Category Archives: Medway Student


International Student Experience Fair 2019

*Free Entry for all International & European Students*

Come along to the International Student Experience Fair on Wednesday 9th October from 12:00-14:00 in Darwin Conference Suite, and learn how you can enhance both your studies and employability. Enjoy an afternoon of cake and refreshments, and find out more about the support services available to international students.

Perhaps you need help with your studies, want to find out about opportunities available to you, or you’d like to attend workshops to improve your learning experience? Find out more at the fair!  They’ll be a prize draw and the chance to win vouchers.

Remember, there is no need to book this event, just turn up on the day. It is definitely an event not to be missed!

For further information, please email


Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme.  The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies.  It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. 

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year. Benefits include:

•            Employability Points awarded per activity

•            Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Dean for Internationalisation

•            Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report

•            Practical event & project management experience

•            A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

For further details please see our website. 

 Deadline to apply is 30th September 2019.

Helen Stokes portrait

Chair of Royal College of GPs to give Foundation Day Lecture

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), will give the University’s annual Foundation Day Lecture on Friday 27 September.

The title of Professor Stokes-Lampard’s lecture is ‘Healthcare Now and For The Future’. It will take place in the Gulbenkian Theatre on the University’s Canterbury campus 6pm – 7pm. It is free and open to all with no booking required but seating will be on a first-come basis.

The Foundation Day Lecture celebrates the University’s many achievements since receiving its Royal Charter in 1965.

Professor Chris Holland, Dean of the new Kent and Medway Medical School, a collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, said: ‘I am delighted that Helen will be giving this year’s lecture. She has been an exciting and inspirational leader and role model for General Practice. She embodies the vision of contemporary General Practice that will encourage our future graduates to consider this route as a career.’

The RCGP is the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK and internationally. The Chair shapes policy and leads the strategy of the College, working with politicians, policy makers and the media to ensure that the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented.

During her time as Chair Professor Lampard-Stokes has built alliances and collaborated across the breadth of health and social care with the aim of improving the working life for GP’s and insuring the highest possible standards of care for all.

She is a part-time GP partner at a practice in Staffordshire and a professor in the Medical School at the University of Birmingham (Chair of Undergraduate GP Education).

Prior to training as a GP, she worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for several years and this experience shaped her clinical and academic aspirations. She was a personal mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands until 2016, a scheme supported by the West Midlands Deanery and RCGP Midland Faculty.

How to look out for each other

At Kent we’re a community who look out for each other. Here are a few ways to help you look out for your friends and class mates.

Download the SafeZone app

SafeZone is a free campus safety app for all students and staff, giving you quick access to first aid, security or safety assistance.

SafeZone is an easy way to connect to Campus Security, who are on campus 24/7 365 days a year!

More about safety on and off campus.

Stick together and plan your journey home

Always plan your journey home and stick with your friends.

There are lots of buses that run during the night-time in both Canterbury and Medway. The Uni2 bus in Canterbury is a 24 hour service between the city centre and campus.

Getting a taxi? Make sure it is registered.

If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation in Canterbury where you need to take a taxi back to campus or to the police or hospital, you can use the student safe taxi scheme to get a registered taxi back to campus and pay the funds later.

More about getting around.

Check in with your friends

Remember to check in with your friends and course mates to see how they are doing.

If you or a friend needs some extra support, there are plenty of resources available. Contact your School or College Master in the first instance for academic help and any other worries. Your School or College Master will be able to help you, or refer you to someone who can help.

You can also check the wellbeing services that Student Support and your Students’ Unions offer, providing help and advice on a range of issues.

Find support through the Buddy Scheme

Sign up to Kent Union’s Buddy Scheme either to find a buddy or to volunteer as a buddy. Buddy volunteers are there to give you a helping hand and offer you support and friendship. The buddy scheme is available for Canterbury and Medway students.

Inform Kent (InK) online reporting tool

Everyone should feel secure at Kent—we’re here to support you. InK is an online reporting tool that helps record details of incidents such as sexual assault, harassment, relationship abuse or hate crime. Find out more about the services available with Student Support.


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A returning student’s checklist

Welcome back! If you’re returning to Kent after the summer break, here’s a helpful summary for settling back in.

Timetables will be on the Student Guide before term starts on the 23 September 2019.

Lectures for all modules and stage 2 & 3 module group allocations will be released on Monday 9 September 2019.

For Stage 0 & 1 modules, group allocations will be finalised by Friday 20 September 2019.

You must be registered on your modules for your personal timetable to show. Continue to go back and check your timetable regularly for updates including other events. Read our Timetabling FAQs.

You will need to register on SDS from Tuesday 17 September 2019 (now OPEN) so we know you’re definitely coming back. You don’t need to register in person or attend arrivals weekend. This is for new students. Please pay any outstanding fees to the University so you can register and delays are avoided. To ensure swift payment of your student loan, you are advised to re-register by Wednesday 18 September 2019. It takes 3-5 working days from the point of registration for funds to be released to your account. Read more.

Term starts on Monday 23 September 2019. Welcome Week is the week before (16-20 September). View term dates

If you’ve got a new phone, tablet or laptop, get it Kent WiFi-ready before you come back to campus by running our WiFi setup tool. For friends or family visiting campus, WiFi Guest is available for those who don’t have a Kent IT Account, an eduroam account or govroam account.

Living off campus is very different from living in University accommodation. Read our community webpages for information on bills, bins, neighbours and much more!

Highlights and new developments include:

The new Kent and Medway Medical School – with their first students starting in September 2020.

The Mandela Building is becoming the new home of Kent Union’s Jobshop, the Full Time Officers, the Advice Centre, sports, societies and volunteering. Mandela will also have a small study/social space, a student kitchen, student toilet facilities and union offices.

There have been renovations to the Sail and Colour Loft, home to Kent Business School at Medway.

There are more places to study in Templeman library including study pods and techno-booths for group work, and individual study carrels for private study.

Medfest doubled the number of visitors attending the festival and was a great success, with rides and live performances.

The School of Economics has moved to the Kennedy Building, which is located between the Sports Centre, Jennison and opposite Sibson. The Kennedy building provides more dedicated social and meeting spaces for students and staff. There are also 11 new central teaching rooms in the building including an IT suite.

Team Medway won the inter-campus Varsity 8-4 against Team Greenwich.

Over at the Pavilion in Parkwood, Kent Sport is working on a brand new indoor tennis and events area open to members.

Have a great 2019-20 at Kent!

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Timetables now available for returning students

If you are a returning student, tour personal timetable is now available on the Student Guide if you are fully registered on your modules.

This will show your main group classes, such as lectures, and your group allocations, such as seminars or labs, for level 5 and 6 modules.

If you are taking any level 4 modules your group allocations will be finalised by Friday 20 September 2019.

If you have recently changed module or programme of study, there may be a delay to your personal timetable being available.

Continue to go back and check your timetable regularly for updates including other events. If you have more questions, read the Timetabling FAQs.



One Hour Degree game

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get a degree in a fraction of the time it normally takes? The One Hour Degree game has been produced specifically for students who are about to join or have recently begun their degree journey at Kent.

It is a narrative based adventure game which simulates all the significant elements of gaining a degree condensed into as little as one hour.

There are five independent ‘quests’ focused on Welcome Week, the first term, the first year, year 2 and year 3. The game introduces key facilities, support networks and social opportunities that are available at Kent as well as displaying stunning imagery of our parkland campus.

Players will earn ‘knowledge’ and ‘wellbeing’ points along the way as well as a badge for each completed quest. Together they will dictate the classification of the ‘degree’ received at the end before you have the opportunity to be part of your very own graduation video. With more than 100 million unique pathways through the game, you can easily choose a different story path each time to see how different decisions result in different outcomes.

The game does not require a login or user account and can be played by anyone who has access to a web browser, on any device.

Play the One Hour Degree game now.

Fernado Otero

Fernando Otero appointed Deputy Head of School of Computing (Medway)

Dr Fernando Otero has been appointed as the new Deputy Head of School (Medway), with immediate effect. Fernando has been a lecturer in the School for six years, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer this year. He gained his PhD at Kent and previously worked as a Research Associate so has long experience of the University and the School.

Head of School, Professor Richard Jones said, ‘Fernando impressed us greatly with his vision for the future of the School of Computing in Medway. He will join the School’s Core Management Team and I very much look forward  to working closely with him.’

Fernando is a member of the Data Science and Computational Intelligence Groups and his research interests include data mining and knowledge discovery, bio-inspired algorithms, the application of data mining algorithms in bioinformatics and financial forecasting, and big data.

Fernando has also recently secured funding for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with London-based fintech start-up Youtility to enhance user experience using machine learning models. He also leads Computing’s outreach activities to schools and colleges.

Sports Ready Clinic

University of Kent’s Sports Ready Clinic

Here at the University of Kent’s Sports Ready Clinic, based at Medway Park Sports Centre, our 2nd and 3rd year Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation students provide our services under the supervision of vastly experienced therapists.

Through the use of our state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques we can reduce your pain (sporting and non-sporting injuries) and aid your recovery time, as well as offering advice on how to prevent future injuries. 


  • Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation (Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment and a Personalised Rehabilitation Plan)
  • Injury Prevention
  • Sports Massage
  • Alter-G session.


  • 1-hour £20
  • 30-minutes £15

Discounts are available for Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention and Alter-G sessions (excluding Sports Massage):

  • FREE for University of Kent SSES staff & students.
  • 50% discount for University of Kent staff & students (non SSES).
  • 25% discount for family of University of Kent staff & students.
  • 25% discount for University of Kent Alumni. 

Specialist Equipment: 

  • Alter-G Treadmill, an anti-gravity machine that helps us get you back to walking/running quicker after injury or surgery.
  • Gait Analysis, using the RX scanner and Gwalk can enable us to adapt your technique if needed. 

Clients who have recently used the Alter-G Treadmill include: 

  • Men’s 1st Team players from Gillingham Fc and Ebbsfleet United Fc, recovering from surgery. 
  • A female Para triathlete training for the World Championships in Switzerland in August.
  • Lastly, a young man with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a nervous system degeneration condition resulting in him being a wheelchair user. Using the Alter-G, he can walk and maintain the strength in his legs. 

For more information about our opening times or to book please contact us below:

Phone: 01634 888137   


 Book Online here.

 Visit our Website.

Buddy Scheme

Join the Kent Union Buddy Scheme

University can be the best time of your life, but sometimes we all need a little helping hand.

The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer non-academic support scheme co-ordinated by Kent Union that helps students through university life at Kent.

Buddy Volunteers act as a ‘go to’ for students who have worries or questions about the University or University life.

The Buddy Scheme runs lots of regular events and trips and also signposts to other activities on offer across the Union, University and Student Groups.

Our Buddy volunteers are here for you! Sign up here!