Category Archives: Medway Student

Burger & Business sessions

Burger & Business was a University of Kent-funded initiative coordinated and led by the #DigitalReboot student ambassadors for the 2018-19 academic year. Maisie Galea and Hazel Frost organised the series of events with the intention of creating an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and come up with possible business ventures. While they were leading the sessions at the Canterbury campus at Mungo’s Bar, Ayomide Alli led the events in the Medway campus at The Deep End.

All students were invited to come to the meet-ups to achieve one of the goals for Burger & Business, whether this was meeting a possible co-founder for a business, sharing and learning about other people’s business ideas, or sharing and listening to business experiences – plus, of course, to enjoy a free burger meal.

Success stories include one group who came to the event in need of a website for a product they were selling. After socialising with another student at the meet-up who had the technical abilities to develop a website for them, they also met a student photographer who was willing to help advertise their product. It was evident that students were both satisfied with their meal as well as the company they were surrounded by at the event, making it another successful addition to the #DigitalReboot program!

Design our Space student competition

Kent Sport is challenging students to ‘Design our Space’ for a chance to boost their creative portfolio and win some fabulous prizes.

What is the space?

One of our squash courts has become a multi-use sports facility for a variety of activities including martial arts and boxing. Kent Sport would like you to creatively enhance the space to provide an inspiring and enjoyable experience for the students who will use it. You have four walls as your blank canvas to unleash your imagination on; show us what you can do!

Who is the competition open to?

The competition is open to all University of Kent students.

Judging and prizes

A panel of judges will review all submissions and select the best design. The winning participant will be able to transform the space and see their design in use and will receive a £300 Amazon voucher and a meal for two at the Pavilion Café Bar. The runner up will receive a £150 Amazon voucher. Five random entries will receive a Kent Sport goody bag including a £10 Amazon voucher.

When does the competition close?

The competition will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

How do I get started?

So if you want to kickstart your creative career or just rise to this exciting challenge, visit our website for further details including terms and conditions and start brainstorming your ideas!

If you have any queries and to submit your artwork, email us on


Dr Jason Nurse

Computer Science in the pub

Dr Jason Nurse will be taking his knowledge of online privacy to the pub as part of the national Pint of Science series of events.

He will be one of three speakers in the tech-themed event in The Good Intent in John Street, Rochester on Monday 20 May. The theme for the evening is the pros and cons of modern technology.

Jason’s talk specifically addresses concerns about online advertising.  Firms can launch targeted ad campaigns suited to what they believe we want, or to influence our beliefs in particular ways. To allow such targeting, organisations constantly explore new ways to gather information about us, often at the expense of our privacy. This spans traditional web tracking, smartphone apps and new technologies (e.g. smart-tech). In this talk, Jason will demystify how online advertising works, the tricks advertisers use to track users, and what the risks to us are. He will also provide some tools and tips you can use to protect yourself online.

For more information and tickets (which usually sell out quickly) go to the Pint of Science website.

Sweet FA show

Sweet FA – Fine Art Degree Show

The University ’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Sweet FA… the Fine Art Degree Show 2019; an exhibition of work by 20 exciting, emerging international artists, set in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

The exhibition opens with a Private View on Saturday May 18,  from 13.00-18.00 with, at 15.00, speeches from special guests; the acclaimed artist Bob & Roberta Smith, Victoria Pomery, director of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, and Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend. It is open to the public from Sunday 19 – Friday 24 May, from 10.00-17.00.  Please note the show is closed on Tuesday 21 May.

Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions by the University ’s Fine Art students, visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society, framed by the backdrop of The Historic Dockyard. The exhibition will offer the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes.

The catalogue for this year’s show is designed in collaboration with MA Curation students from the University of Kent’s School of Arts

The Degree Show Address:
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY

Entry for the private view is via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ car park on the East Road, and for the rest of the exhibition, via The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance.

More information on opening times and directions is available on The Historic Dockyard webpages.

Find out more about the event on SMFA Facebook: @unikentmfa, SMFA website or Fine art student Instagram.



Wicked - Women in creative event design

WICKED – Women in creative event design

This Event & Experience Design Showcase takes place from Saturday 18 May to Friday 24 May, in Studio 1, Engineering Workshop on Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Opening times are:

  • Saturday 18 May, 13.00 – 18.00
  • Sunday to Friday 19 May –  Friday 24 May , 10.00 – 17.00
    (NB closed on Tuesday 21 May)

The Showcase, WICKED, celebrates the work of current Event and Experience Design graduating students. As this is a special celebration of the undergraduate course, we will be celebrating the achievements of our alumni from the very start of the course. Thirteen years of ambition, aspiration, achievement and excellence within education and the events industry

Like their predecessors, these early career designers have continued to make work at the forefront of contemporary practice in the ever-expanding field of events.  They have embraced changes in technology, taken delight in manipulating and crafting materials and always prioritised the creation of a memorable experience for their audiences.



Update on Brexit deadline extension

At a summit on Thursday 10 April, the European Union and UK Government have agreed to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 October 2019. This means that the UK will remain part of the EU until that date, unless the Government is able to secure a deal beforehand.

The University’s Brexit Working Group, led by Jeremy Carrette, Dean for Europe, has been meeting for a number of months to prepare for Brexit, prioritising our response in the event of ‘No Deal’ with the EU. This group will continue to work on the various possible outcomes to ensure that – whatever happens – we are well prepared and are doing all we can to minimise disruption to our work. This will include long-term planning for Brexit to ensure continuity of relationships across Europe for teaching and research.

We will continue to update students and colleagues as the situation unfolds. There is more information on settled status, travel and other issues on the Brexit webpages:

If you have any further questions about what this could mean for you, please contact one of the following:

For Students:

For Staff:

Kent students at the Mini-hackathon 2019

Kent students take on a mini-hackathon!

On Wednesday 20 March, the Success Accelerator Programme brought 15 talented first-year students to London to experience the world of business by taking part in a mini-hackathon. They were put to the test, using their creativity and skills to analyse and find a solution to a business problem.

The Success Accelerator Programme, which is sponsored by the Kent Opportunity Fund, aims to inspire students at Kent to achieve a career in the City. The programme includes students from the School of Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science and Law. Currently, there are 14 alumni mentors, all professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for those students looking to achieve their own version of success by gaining employment in London. These mentors work in partnership with the University of Kent to support students with mentoring and work experience that will serve as a springboard for their future careers.

The mini-hackathon gave students a flavour of the working world and exposed them to some key concepts of Financial Technology (FinTech). Students worked in teams as “consultants” to think of a solution to a problem using FinTech and Alumni mentors acted as senior partners, there to empower them. They created a professional pitch deck and presented their concepts to industry professionals and graduate employers, who were board members; judging their work to what would be considered in the real world! The consultants delivered strong pitches and provided great answers when responding to questions from the board, who were very impressed with their proposed solutions.

This was a fantastic event, which gave our first-year students a great insight into FinTech and a career in the City. We look forward to seeing what else our mentees are involved in during the programme, later on, this year!

Kent Bunny

Kent Bunny gives back

This Easter, Kent Bunny will be delivering chocolate eggs to Medway hospital children’s ward. We are asking you to help us do this by donating eggs for us to deliver. You can do this by:

💻Going to our Amazon Wishlist and select one of our eggs to purchase.

This will be sent directly to us for Kent Bunny to deliver.

🏢 Or buying chocolate eggs and dropping them off to us on the Canterbury campus.

Come to Development Office, University of Kent

Room G17, Rutherford Annexe

Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX, UK

As the University mascot, Kent Bunny likes spreading cheer around the University and wider community and he would love your help to do this!


Have you accessed your Progress Profile yet?

What are they?

Progress Profiles are an information sheet produced for students that show you personalised progress and attendance information. They are produced regularly throughout the academic year for all undergraduate students. Progress Profiles show SDS information in a simplified, graphical way making it easier for you to spot anomalies and identify possible areas for improvement, especially when revising for exams. They are also a great starting point for any discussions you have with your Academic Adviser so you can make the most of your contact time with them.

Where are they?

Your current and all previous Progress Profiles can be found on MyFolio. Simply click the ‘MyFolio’ link at the top of your Moodle page and follow the link to Progress Profiles.  Progress Profiles can be viewed, saved or downloaded as required.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about Progress Profiles go to

or email

Got 5 minutes? Register to vote!

Local elections are taking place in England and Northern Ireland on Thursday 2 May. To have your say you must be registered by Friday 12 April 2019.

Politicians look at who is on the electoral register and who votes when they’re making decisions. And what do they see? As it stands, only one third of young people (aged 18-34) are registered, compared to 96% of older people.

We can change this together – Register to vote by Friday 12 April 2019

Plus, students are able to register at both their home and term time address – as they spend time in both places local services in both areas may affect them. We encourage as many students as possible to get online and register today.

Why does this matter to you? Because just being registered to vote gives you power; you can influence the community which you live in. Local elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions about local services such as leisure facilities, housing and waste collection. And of course, councillors associated with a political party will be working to help achieve the goals of their party, if that’s your thing.

Make your voice heard in your local elections: Register to vote now!