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Students in Westgate Garden

Events roundup: 20-26 May

This week you can take a break from exams with Chill Zone, Pause for Paws, the Medway Spring into Summer Global Hangout and much more.

Monday 20 May: Reflection session for Finalists

Graduating soon? Join this online session which encourages reflection and helps you identify what questions you still need to answer before making a decision about what to do next.

Tuesday 21 May: Thorpe Park trip (Medway) and “Shut up and write” for PGR students

Based at Medway? The Hub is running a trip to Thorpe Park and the price includes your bus journey to and from the theme park. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of iconic roller coasters like Stealth and Nemesis Inferno.

If you are a PGR student but you’re feeling unmotivated or have writer’s block, come along to the “Shut up and write” event. The idea is that you write in focused, concentrated bursts with short breaks for chats with other researchers.

Wednesday 22 May: Medway Global Hangout, Chill Zone, Pause for Paws

On Wednesday there are lots of chances to have a break from exams and revision. Come and join us for our Spring into Summer Global Hangout in the new Oasis Lounge in the Medway Building on Wednesday 22 May (11:30-14:30) for some fun crafts and activities, snacks and refreshments. You are welcome to come for the whole event or just for part of it.

At Canterbury you can relax in the Chill Zone in DG 01/02 in Templeman Library D block. Have a go at Nintendo Switch MarioKart, relax with arts and crafts and play table football and board games. Plus, refreshments and cookies are provided.

Visit Nexus in Templeman Library 15:30 – 17:00 to meet Coco the therapy dog. She’s a certified Pets as Therapy dog who loves being fussed over.

Thursday 23 May: Career Mentoring and drama festival

Find out about the benefits of having a career mentor and how you can get one through the Careers Mentoring Scheme.

If you want to enjoy some free theatre, support our first year Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts students at their First Year Follies Festival on Thursday and Friday, as part of our Creative Canvas event series.

Friday 24 May: How to write an academic CV and Scratch Art

If you’re an aspiring lecturer or researcher, then an academic CV is vital for landing your first academic job. Discover what an academic CV is and what you should include in this online session.

If you live on-campus and want to get creative, join the ResLife Ambassadors for some Scratch Art. Use this black scratch off paper as a doodle pad, to write thank you cards or to play tic tac toe.

Saturday 25 May: Nature walk and trip to White Cliffs of Dover

On Sunday you can explore the local area with the ResLife Ambassadors by going for a nature ramble in beautiful nearby Blean Woods, or go further afield for a trip to the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Colour run

Kent Sport Student Activity Survey

Let us know how we can shape our services to allow you to be active

We all know that there are many physical and mental benefits to leading an active lifestyle. We also know that for some, there are barriers that can prevent us from being active.

Kent Sport is keen to understand the barriers to exercise for students on campus, and how we can improve our service to allow more of our audience to get active.

So, whether you’ve never used the sports and fitness facilities on campus before or you’re a regular user, we want to hear from you!

The Kent Sport Student Activity survey is online, and accessible for desktop, tablet, and mobile users. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

By filling out the online survey, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Amazon voucher*.

The survey is open now until 17:00 on 13 June 2024, with the winner of the Amazon voucher being announced on 14 June.

Complete the survey online

Email us at sportsenquiries@kent.ac.uk if you have any questions.

*One prize of a £250 Amazon voucher available. One entry per person. No cash alternative. Winner announced during the week of 10 June 2024.

Dolche Vita sign

Help us rename Dolche Vita

Calling all University of Kent students and staff! We need your help to rename our beloved campus restaurant, Dolche Vita.

For over a decade, Dolche Vita has been a familiar name on campus, but it’s time for a refresh! We want a new name that reflects our changing menu and isn’t tied to a specific cuisine. This will give us the freedom to offer exciting new dishes based on current food trends and what you, our students and staff, want.

We’re open to all suggestions, but ideally the new name should reflect Keynes College, John Maynard Keynes, the university, or its beautiful surroundings.

You can be a part of this exciting project by clicking the button below. And here’s the cherry on top – if your suggested name is chosen, you’ll win £50 on your KentOne card!

But before you submit any names, please consider the following:

  • Is the name unique?
  • Does it connect with the college, university, or surroundings?
  • Is it easy to say and spell?
  • Is it timeless, not tied to a particular trend?
  • Is it short and snappy (no more than 3 words)?
  • And most importantly, is it free from profanities or offensive language?

We want everyone’s voice to be heard, so make sure to submit your suggestions by the end of term, Friday 14 June 2024.

Why the change, you ask?

Well, while we’ve all grown fond of the name Dolche Vita, it no longer fits our evolving menu and catering strategy. We want a name that gives us the freedom to be creative with our menus. Plus, we’ve been spelling “Dolce” wrong all this time – sorry Italians!

So, thinking caps on – it’s time to come up with a name that truly captures the spirit of our vibrant university community!

Submit your name suggestion.

campus sign

Student encampment on campus

Since Friday last week, the Palestine Solidarity Student Society has been staging a protest on the lawn outside the Templeman Library. This is to raise awareness of the continued war in Gaza and follows a number of similar encampments on University campuses across the world. I have visited the encampment on a couple of occasions and have had constructive and useful discussions with the organisers; I will provide a further more detailed update shortly on things the University will take forward as a result of that.

Supporting peaceful protest

As always, the University of Kent respects and supports our students’ right to peaceful protest and freedom of speech with the law. I would like to thank the students involved in organising the protest for the proactive way they have engaged with both Kent Union and our Campus Security team to ensure it is well-managed and that we maintain a safe and respectful environment for all of our students and staff at all times. This includes giving consideration to how to minimise disruption to our day-to-day activity and ensure students can prepare for and attend exams as normal.

The University also has a continued commitment to ensure our campus remains an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for all. This is especially true at times of tension, when we work with our community to balance the critical importance of people being able to share their views free from censor, with allowing people space to disagree respectfully. It also goes without saying that freedom of speech has to be within the law, and we will never tolerate racism, harassment or abuse in any form.

Ethical Investment at Kent

The University has an established Socially Responsible Investment Policy that guides how and where we invest our money. As part of this, we do not, and will not, invest in companies whose major business is weapons and armament or who are complicit in the violation of international law. The policy also includes not investing in companies whose activities cover a range of other topics, including gambling, tobacco and fossil fuels among others. We believe our investments have a responsibility to match our priorities and values, and regularly review this to ensure we do not knowingly invest directly or indirectly with companies that run contrary to this.

Advice and Support

This continues to be a very upsetting for many in our community, while we also appreciate and understand that protests can themselves cause worry and concern.

If you are worried about the current situation, please get in touch with our Student Support and Wellbeing team who will advise you on support available to you – they are also running drop-in sessions for students where you can access support and advice directly. If you experience any discrimination, please use our Report + Support tool so that we can quickly connect you with appropriate support within the University. You can also download and use the SafeZone App, while Kent Union also have specific support and resources available to all students.

from Richard Reece, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education & Student Experience

Sports Students Unite Against Racism

With Black Inclusion Week starting soon, we wanted to highlight some of the great work being done by Kent Union and Christ Church Students’ Union, who joined forces to show racism in sport the red card by running a ‘Tell Your Story’ campaign.

Sports teams from the universities held their annual Varsity competition at the end of March, and this year there was more at stake than just who would claim the title of champion. Students came together in solidarity not just for the love of the game, but also to take a stand against racism, prejudice, and discrimination.

Launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, this anti-racism campaign centres around a two short films, featuring eight student athletes from racially and ethnically marginalised (REM) backgrounds share their stories, speaking about how their experiences have been shaped by racial discrimination and prejudice in sport. Watch the films here.

“REM students are underrepresented in our sports clubs by 12%,” says Toni Abiodun, Kent Union Vice President Student Engagement, who spearheaded the campaign alongside Max Elvin, her counterpart at Christ Church Students’ Union. Toni continued, “I wanted to run a campaign which was bold, supportive, and inclusive. It was clear there was a lack of participation and representation amongst our REM students in our sports clubs and committees, an issue that couldn’t be ignored. Varsity is the biggest sporting showcase event of the year, so I used this opportunity to hold ourselves and our sports teams accountable.”

win one of 25 ipads

Dive into summer with a new iPad tablet

Summer is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to take a backseat. In fact, with the right tools you can make this summer your most productive yet and fully prepare for the new academic year.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Santander’s iPad Prize Draw. They’re giving away 25 tablets to enhance your study experience.

How do I enter?
To enter, visit the Santander Open Academy platform where you’ll need to register for an account (if you haven’t already got one). After registering, you’ll get a confirmation email. Click on the link in the email to verify your account and then you can log on and apply for the prize draw. Once entries close on 27 June, Santander will pick 25 students at random.

Who can enter?
All university students can enter including undergraduates, postgraduates, part-time and full-time students.

You also don’t need to bank with Santander to get involved. So be sure to share with your friends, coursemates and anyone else who could benefit from this opportunity.

Key dates:
Entries to the prize draw close at 11pm on the 27 June 2024. So don’t hesitate and get your entries in pronto!

Giving you the tools you need to build a brighter future
This is just the latest in a series of initiatives that Santander are running throughout the year to help students.

On the Santander Open Academy platform, you can browse free on-demand learning content to help with your studies. You can also apply for free learning programmes ran in partnership with world-leading educational institutes.

Santander is committed to connecting anyone, anywhere with whatever they need to make their better happen.

By offering cutting-edge tools and unique learning opportunities, they’re paving the way for a future generation full of thinkers, creators, and leaders.

Enter the prize draw now and let’s make your academic journey extraordinary together!

Enter now

Mental health awareness week events

Mental Health Awareness Week: what’s on and support

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2024). Find out what’s on and support:

Event highlights

Look After Your Mate workshops

Kent Union is running “Look After Your Mate” workshops on both Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May. These are in-person workshops to help give you the practical skills and knowledge to support a friend in need whilst protecting your own wellbeing.

The workshops are open to all students whether you are currently supporting a friend, want to be prepared for the future or just have a keen interest in wellbeing. And on completion, you’ll receive a certificate!

The workshop is approximately two hours long. Spaces are limited to 20 students per workshop so register now to avoid disappointment.

Book your place for Look After Your Mate workshop.

Relaxation sessions at The Hub, Medway

If you need a way to de-stress during exams, head to The Hub for one of their relaxation sessions on Monday 13 May and Friday 17 May. On the Monday you can choose between a 15-minute massage or a gel manicure. Friday is another chance to be pampered with a gel manicure.

Quiz Night at Woody’s

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Kent Union is hosting a Quiz Night on Wednesday 15 May 16:00 – 18:00 in Woody’s. This will be a fun-filled evening with fantastic monetary prizes up for grabs.

This event will feature a special round dedicated to men’s mental health, raising awareness for this important issue. Entry is £1 per person with proceeds going to men’s mental health initiative Men’s Shed.

See more Mental Health Awareness Week events.

Mental Health support at Kent

Student Support and Wellbeing offer a range of mental health support including:

  • Counselling offers a safe confidential space to help you re-balance thoughts, feelings and behaviours about life in general.
  • Mental health advisers can help you with managing the impact of your mental health on your academic progress and your day-to-day wellbeing.
  • Specialist wellbeing support– practical help and advice on sexual assault or rape, discrimination, hate incidents or bullying.
  • Addiction support – manage addiction and restore control, including gaming, gambling and substance use.

Spectrum Life for 24/7 support

Our partner organisation Spectrum Life can offer you online, text and telephone support from qualified counsellors and mental health professionals.

Spectrum Life will work with you in getting initial support and help and can liaise with Student Support and Wellbeing to continue supporting you.

See Student Support and Wellbeing website.

Two students chatting on bench by Labyrinth

Events roundup: 13-19 May

This week there are chances to enhance your wellbeing and de-stress during exams, as well as opportunities to learn new skills.

Reminder: KentVision will be unavailable on Tuesday 14 May, from 08:00-10:00, due to planned maintenance. You will not be able to access your exams timetable during this time so make sure to check it before. 

Monday 13 May: Relaxation sessions (Medway), friendship bracelet making and Sign Language Class for Beginners

Take a moment to relax during exams with a relaxation session at The Hub. Choose between a 15-minute massage or a gel nail manicure.

Grab some thread and beads and make friendship bracelets in the Venue as part of Kent Union’s Give it a Go programme.

Learn a useful new life skill by joining this Sign Language Class for Beginners. Sign language instructor Luis will be teaching the basics of sign language.

Tuesday 14 May: LGBTQIA+ Neurodivergent Coffee Morning and improve your LinkedIn skills

On Tuesday, there’s an LGBTQIA+ Student Voices Neurodivergent Coffee Morning. Come for a free hot drink and a chat about how Kent could be better for our neurodivergent LGBTQIA+ community.

Want to improve your LinkedIn skills? Join this online session to find out how, what and when to post, how to grow your network and how to use the job search functionality.

Wednesday 15 May: Look After your Mate workshop, Exam Room Experience (Medway), Pause for Paws and Quiz Night at Woody’s

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Kent Union is running a couple of Look After your Mate workshops. These aim to give you the practical skills and knowledge to support a friend in need whilst protecting your own wellbeing.

At Medway, you can join the Exam Room Experience on Wednesday to give you an opportunity to explore your own stress response and learn techniques with how to deal with them.

Take a break from revision and exams with Pause for Paws. Enjoy a cuddle with Coco the therapy dog.

On Wednesday evening there’s a Quiz Night in Woody’s. Entry is £1 per person with proceeds going to Men’s Shed, a mental health initiative for men. This will be a fun-filled evening with monetary prizes up for grabs.

Thursday 16 May: Finding disability confident employers, Psychometric Testing workshop and Look After your Mate workshop

On Thursday there’s an online session about finding disability confident employers. Disability can include many things such as long-term physical or mental health conditions, short-term serious conditions and neurodivergence.

Graduate recruiters such as PWC will use selection tests as part of their recruitment process and succeeding in these tests is therefore essential for applicants. Join this in-person Psychometric Testing workshop to find out what these tests involve and hints and tips to maximise your potential.

The second of Kent Union’s Look After your Mate workshop is running today. The workshops are open to all students whether you are currently supporting a friend, want to be prepared for the future or just have a keen interest in wellbeing.

Friday 17 May: Relaxation session (Medway), Kent Community Oasis Garden and Medway Activities Awards

On Friday there’s another chance to join the relaxation sessions at The Hub. Choose between a 15-minute massage or a gel nail manicure to help you to de-stress during exam season.

Get outside and volunteer at the Kent Community Oasis Garden. There are open volunteering sessions every Wednesday and Friday 10:00-14:00.

Friday evening is the Medway Activities Awards 2024 at The Hub. It’s a night of celebration and recognition for the vibrant community of societies and sports clubs at Medway.

Saturday 18 May: BioBlitz

On Saturday, the annual University of Kent BioBlitz is back. Run by students in the School of Anthropology and Conversation, this is a day packed with nature surveys, walks and workshops, with the aim to record as many living species as possible in 24 hours. You can sign up for different activities and join for as long as you want.

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students walking

Changes to academic year from September 2025

If you will still be studying at Kent for the academic year 2025-26 (so the year after next), we are making some exciting changes to our term dates to improve flexibility and help you juggle your studies alongside other responsibilities.  

The start and end of term dates will be broadly the same but the makeup of the term dates will be different. For undergraduates, instead of having two twelve week terms followed by a six week term, from 2025 we will have three ten week terms. So the number of teaching weeks will be the same, the difference is that they will be balanced throughout the academic year. 

What’s changing from September 2025? 

We’re introducing a three-term system for undergraduate study and a four-term system for postgraduate study, with simpler module choices and assessment spread throughout the year. 

Taught Programme Term Dates 2025-2026

Welcome Week  29 September 2025 – 3 October 2025 
Autumn Term  6 October 2025 – 12 December 2025 
Spring Term  12 January 2026 – 20 March 2026 
Summer Term  13 April 2026 – 19 June 2026 
Late Summer Term (Postgraduates only)  6 July 2026 – 11 September 2026 

 Benefits of these changes 

This curricular revision, rolling out from September 2025, is the University’s response to years of student feedback. It offers:

  • Timetables communicated well before the start of term, so you can balance your studies with work and other commitments  
  • Teaching spread over three teaching terms, typically with only two modules per term, so you can explore topics in depth 
  • Assessments within each term, not bunched at the end of the year  
  • Learning about real world connections and career-relevant knowledge and skills   
  • Meaningful assessments which help you to demonstrate and develop skills and knowledge that you will need in your future career  
  • Frequent, ongoing feedback to help you learn   
  • Stronger connections with other students on your course 

Want to know more? 

We will provide more updates about the changes to the academic year next year, so don’t worry if you don’t feel like you fully understand the changes yet. 

See our Education Modernisation webpages and FAQs. If those pages don’t answer your questions you can get in touch by emailing Kent2030Student@kent.ac.uk 

New Oasis Lounge in Medway Building

New Oasis Lounge at Medway

Over the Spring break work has started to move all University of Kent activity at Medway to the Medway Building for September 2024.

Something that has already moved is the Oasis Lounge. The new and improved Oasis Lounge can now be found on the 1st floor of the Medway Building and is a place you can meet friends, study, heat up lunch and grab a drink.

Oasis Lounge seating

You will still find Student Support in the Gillingham Building until the end of the 2023/24 academic year if you need student support or careers advice.

Exams are scheduled to take place in the Medway Building this term.  However, Journalism exams will take place in the existing newsrooms on the first and second floor of the Gillingham Building. You will find where your exam is taking place in your exams timetable.

Oasis Lounge