Category Archives: Student Guide

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.

Kent Cricket fireworks night offer

Kent County Cricket Club is offering University staff and students discounted tickets for its Fireworks Night on Sunday 5 November.

The event is held at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, CT1 3NZ, with entertainment starting from 15.00 including a funfair, live music from Old Town Souls, competitions and more (hosted by KMFM’s Laura Nevitt).

Gates open at 15.00, fireworks display at 18.00, with live entertainment until 19.00.

Discounted ticket prices available in advance are:

  • Adults £6
  • Junior (2-14) £3
  • Family (2 adults, 2 juniors) £15.

Book online using promo code TEAMKENT (e-ticket only, discounted rates don’t apply to telephone bookings or purchasing at the gate).

Visit the website for further information.

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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.

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Estates service disruptions – Darwin and Cornwallis

Darwin Rose Garden – Removal of Trailing Cherry Trees

Removal trees will take place from Monday 16 October – Wednesday 18 October 2017

On Monday 16 October between 08.00 and 16.30, the removal of the trailing Cherry trees is due to take place.

There will be some noise disruption and some of the footpaths will be closed whilst the works are carried out.

The trees will be replaced week commencing 6 November 2017.

Cornwallis Octagon/ Computing 2 Lift Out of Order

The lift will be out of order from Friday 13 October – Friday 20 October, 2017

The Cornwallis Octagon/ Computing 2 Lift will still be out of order until Friday the 20 October 2017 due to the failure of the door mechanism. Lift engineers are scheduled to attend and carry out modifications.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact Keith Margrave on 01227 824129 or email . Alternatively contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

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Fire alarm testing

Essential fire alarm testing will be carried out by an in-house engineer during October.

Each test will last no longer than two minutes. All rooms will need to be accessed, as this testing is a legal requirement.

Mandela Building – Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October
The Venue – Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 October
Marlowe Building – Monday 23 to Friday 27 October

We apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Templeman Library

Special Collections & Archives is on the move!

Our new dedicated space for Special Collections & Archives on the lower ground in Block A of the Templeman Library is now complete, and our collections are currently being moved into their new permanent home. All collections will be stored in the same space again, so it will be much easier and quicker to access material.

The Reading Room will remain open. However, as collections will be travelling between stores, we need as much notice as possible if you’d like to come in and see material, ideally a week.

If you’re a student booked in for a group visit, it’s still happening! All seminars, inductions and groups are going ahead as planned.

If you’re an academic who’d like us to host a group visit, please get in touch. We’re still taking bookings for seminars this term (and next year), but it may not be possible to host a session at the last minute unless it’s already booked.

The move is scheduled to take about three weeks. We’ll keep everyone updated on the Special Collections & Archives blog and on the website.

The Special Collections & Archives team will remain in their current office on the first floor in Block A, Templeman Library. If you have any questions or queries about the move, please get in touch.

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.