Category Archives: Medway Student

VC Photo Competition

The University boasts campuses and centres in some of the most beautiful cities in the UK and Europe. The Vice-Chancellor is launching a competition for black and white photos of these cities, centres and campuses which will be displayed in her office.

Who is the competition open to?
The competition is open to University students, staff and alumni and participants are encouraged to submit black and white photos that capture the essence of these locations.

Judging and prizes
A panel of judges will choose the best entries , which will be displayed in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. There will also be a cash prize for the top entry for each location of £50.

When does the competition close?
The competition will close on Monday 4 December 2017.

Please read the competition rules and submit your photo on Flickr.

English Language and Academic Skills Image

Do you need help with your academic writing?

Individual Writing Tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL), who will give you advice on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each and are free of charge.

Course dates: Tutorials are available all year

Registration: make an appointment by emailing us.

The sessions aim to guide you through the process of revising and editing your academic writing. You will learn how to identify organisational and syntactical strengths and weaknesses in your writing and edit your own work

Please note: this is not a proofreading service.

SLAS services just one click away

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) in UELT is pleased to introduce its ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM: SLAS CONNECT for all 1:1 appointments and SLAS workshops and events.

To book a 1:1 appointment with a learning advisor, Royal Literary Fellow or maths/stats tutor, please go to SLAS Connect.

To book a place on one of our wide range of study skills workshops and events, please go to SLAS Connect.

Please visit the SLAS website for further details and information about the range of programmes and initiatives that SLAS offers students and colleagues.

51zero festival

Film and digital art festival comes to Medway

International festival, 51zero, brings together established and emerging artists, students, graduates, curators and critics for a week-long celebration, from Friday 27 October to Thursday 2 November in Rochester and Chatham.

51zero, which takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway, focuses international collaboration, artistic production and exhibition of film, video and digital art. Working from within Medway, 51zero partners with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas to commission, curate and present contemporary moving image work.

The programme features contemporary artists and established musicians, alongside emerging practitioners and students from the School of Music and Fine Art.

The festival opens on Friday 27 October with an eclectic evening of silent short films, animations and heritage moving-image, screened alongside live music performances at Rochester Cathedral.

Events continue at the Cathedral Crypt and the Guildhall Museum presents exhibitions, installations, participatory performances and a strand curated by students of the University of Kent, until the following Thursday.

On Thursday 2 November, a final showcase of films by emerging artists, as part of Open Projector, will be hosted by the University of Kent, as well as a final discussion forum, bringing together a mix of international and emerging artists, local students and graduates, curators, critics and musicians.

Open Projector takes place in The Royal Dockyard Church, 17.00 – 18.30, providing an important opportunity for emerging artists, graduates, and students to screen and discuss their work in a peer group environment. The public is invited to participate in this closing strand of the festival, which will precede a closing discussion forum, accompanied by a communal supper from 18.30 – 21.30

All events are FREE and open to all. Find out more

Eastgate House

SMFA students stage live event in historic Rochester

Year 3 School of Music and Fine Art Event and Experience Design students present a live event from 11.00 – 16.00 on Tuesday 12 December. The multimedia installations and performances are an explorative response to the physical, historical and social contexts of one of Medway’s historic sites – Eastgate House, Rochester.

This innovative event, which is free* and open to the public produces an interpretive and immersive tour of the buildings.

Says Programmes Director, Peter Hatton: “It is a great privilege and pleasure to work again with the officers at Medway Council’s Sports, Leisure Tourism and Heritage Department and a wonderful opportunity for the students to work with a client in a real-world environment.”

* While the event is free, there is an admission charge to enter Eastgate House.

Free Global Learning Online Opportunity

Have you an interest in working with or finding out about other cultures? Two exciting new virtual mobility projects have been launched this term as part of the Study Plus offerings.

Working with either a university in Hong Kong or Japan, students will work in small groups on a common task and produce a presentation at the end. Themes surround the issue of Migration and Free Trade. Students will be expected to work with their counterparts from Hong Kong or Japan and communicate via Skype and other technologies.

Deadline for initial applications is 4pm Friday 13 October

For more information and to sign up click here.


Bodiam castle

Coach Trip to Bodiam Castle and Rye Sat 21 Oct

After a ride through the attractive countryside in the Weald of Kent, we arrive at the ‘fairytale’ Bodiam Castle, a 13th Century building in an excellent state of preservation. The cost of admission to the castle is included in the £15 ticket price, as is your picnic lunch. Later we proceed to the coast near Rye for a seaside walk. The day ends with free time in the attractive mediaeval town centre of Rye, with its historic buildings and unusual shops. We aim to have arrived back in Canterbury by about 6pm.

This popular annual excursion, organised by the University Chaplaincy, departs from the Canterbury Campus at 9.00 on Sat 21 Oct. Tickets available now from Kent’s Online Store.

Picture by Stephen Laird


Welcoming new International Students

We were delighted to welcome our new cohort of international students to our campuses at the end of September and kick start the new academic year in style!

During Arrivals Weekend, we welcomed nearly 400 new international students via our airport transfer service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. In booking this service, the students were welcomed at the airport, had transport arranged to then take them to the Canterbury or Medway campus, where our Meet and Greet team welcomed and escorted them directly to their accommodation. As well as staff members, it was wonderful to have many of our current students who have just returned from their Year Abroad overseas, volunteer to be part of this meet and greet service both at the airports and on Campus.

Following the weekend, our Welcome Week saw a series of activities to help settle the students into their life of Kent. These included our annual ‘Global Hangouts‘ launch a popular networking and interactivity event designed for all new international and European students, and hosted at both our Medway and Canterbury campuses. With internationally-themed activities and refreshments, the atmosphere was one of connectivity, fun and cultural festivity and kicked-off an annual series of smaller-scale Global Hangouts arranged throughout the academic year that are open for all students to join.

Welcome Week concluded with approx 450 students enjoying our organised trip to Leeds Castle. Katharina Kalinowski remarked:

“It was lovely to meet new people and spend time with the international community. It was also interesting to learn about British history. I would definitely recommend it and would like to go on similar trips in the future.” Known as the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’, students had the opportunity experience a little of our heritage right here in Kent.


Student Projects Grant Scheme now open for applications

Need to fund an idea or project?

The Kent Opportunity Fund offers bursaries of up to £5,000 from the Student Project Grants Scheme! Applications open on the 16 October.

What is the Kent Opportunity Fund?
The Kent Opportunity Fund has been established to support a broad range of scholarships, student projects to enhance extra-curricular activities at Kent, and bursaries to support students experiencing financial hardship. Committees of Kent staff, alumni and donors allocate the funds raised and ensure that they go to the students most in need.

To find out more and apply please follow the link:


World Mental Health Day 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October and to show support, GKUnions are hosting a range of events promoting ways that YOU can look after number one!