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Apply for Santander Universities opportunities

Banco Santander is currently celebrating 25 years of Santander Universities and its commitment to higher education. In line with this, and to celebrate its anniversary, Banco Santander has launched 2 new exciting programmes: Becas Santander | Digital Business – The University of Chicago and Becas Santander Tech | Emerging Technologies Programme by MIT Professional Education. Applications for both opportunities are now open via the Santander Scholarship Platform – see further information on each programme below and via the individual hyperlinks.

Becas Santander | Digital Business – The University of Chicago (access via Google Chrome)

Applications open: 07/10/2021

Applications close: 11pm 15/12/2021

Aimed at: individuals aged 18 and over who are nationals and residents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, USA or the United Kingdom

Together with the University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Santander Universities is offering 1,600 places on this new and exciting course to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Participants will receive a unique training experience based on problem-solving and mastering the necessary tools to turn knowledge and ideas into high-impact action.

The programme will provide participants with the opportunity to improve their professional career by training in new technologies and management models. Successful applicants can choose one of four online courses to complete, each lasting 7 weeks. The 4 courses available are:

  1. Fintech
  2. Building and Managing Resilient Teams
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Leaders
  4. Digital Marketing

The training courses will begin on 22 February 2022 and will be online with some live sessions.

Becas Santander Tech | Emerging Technologies Programme by MIT Professional Education (access via Google Chrome)

Applications open: 05/10/2021

Applications close: 11pm 10/01/2022

Aimed at: individuals aged 18 and over who are nationals and residents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, USA or the United Kingdom

In collaboration with MIT Professional – a global leader in innovation, education, and digital transformation – Santander Universities is offering 400 scholarships geared at courses related to in-demand technologies such as blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity in a job market dominated by digitalization and upskilling. Participants will gain hands-on experience that can help boost their employability and their career paths.

Participants can choose one of 5 online courses, lasting 8-9 weeks. The 5 courses available are:

  1. Digital Transformation: Technologies and their Practical Applications
  2. Machine Learning: Leveraging Data Insights
  3. Designing High Impact Solutions with MITdesignX: Framing
  4. Designing Product Families: From Strategy to Implementation
  5. Management of Technology: Road mapping and Development

Most courses do not require any specific prior knowledge or professional background linked to technological or digital functions. Upon completion, participants will receive an accreditation certificate by MIT Professional Education.

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We’re hiring a Social Media Content Creator (Medway campus)

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Kent student to create digital content for the University, supporting and developing the University’s communication with its students. They will be primarily responsible for scheduling and producing content for the University’s social media platforms and website. Content will include photos, video and blogs, as well as running Q&As for current students on Instagram.

This is a great opportunity for a student interested in a career in the growing digital job market, as well as Marketing, Advertising, Communications and PR.

For the full job description and to apply, please visit our website.


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Join our Global Hangout celebrations this term!

Global Hangouts are fun, informal events that are open to all Kent students. They are a great way to meet other students from across our community. Please feel welcome to come along and to share this information with fellow students.

We will be hosting a number of Global WebHangouts this term to celebrate various UK and international festivals. This term this includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations.

Later in the year we will also hold Hangouts to celebrate New Year, Spring Festival, Holi, Easter and Eid. If you would like to get involved in running a WebHangout to celebrate a festival or cultural event from your culture, that isn’t mentioned in this email, please fill in the form.

Global WebHangouts this term

Autumn Term Global Hangout (Face-to-face)
Join us for tea and cake at the Colyer Fergusson Foyer (next to the Gulbenkian Cafe) on Tuesday 23 November from 13.00-14.30 for the Autumn Term Global Hangout.

Meet new people at Kent and enjoy good conversation from Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, staff and fellow students. Our Kent Global Student Ambassadors will also be there and we can help with any questions you may have too.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Student Prize for Sustainability (up to £500 to support your idea!)

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative that could help us achieve our sustainability goals? Maybe you have a plan for how to save energy in halls through an engaging social media campaign or to reduce food waste by teaching students to cook using leftover food.

Students (individuals or groups) could receive up to £500 by suggesting ways we can overcome our sustainability challenges and will be supported by University staff to implement their proposal on our campuses.

Come along to our co-create your campus event in the Gulbenkian Cafe on Thursday 28 October from 12.00-14.00 and talk to staff and students about the sustainability challenges we face and find out more about how to enter.

The prize

The prize fund of £500* will be awarded to the winning proposals to support the implementation of the projects as well as reward the individuals or groups. There may by up to 5 prize winners depending on the number and feasibility of the proposals. Where multiple proposals are selected, the proportional distribution of the prize fund will be at the discretion of the award panel.

* A minimum of 50% of the fund will be ring-fenced as cash prizes with up to 50% remaining for the implementation of the winning proposals.

Find out more about the 2021 University of Kent Student Prize for Sustainability and upcoming Climate Action Week (25-29 October).

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Christmas shoebox appeal wrapping and filling session

Would you like to get involved in our Christmas shoebox appeal to help vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe?

Our Careers and Employability Services (CES) will be hosting a wrapping and filling session Monday 15 November 13.00-15.00. Get involved!

This event is part of Volunteering Week (15-19 November). See the shoebox appeal poster to learn about what items we’re looking for and how you can help.

If you would like to get involved but cannot make the volunteering session, please contact to register your interest and let us know how many boxes you will be making. Please then bring these to the CES reception no later than Friday 19 November.

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Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week, 1-5 November

Join us for the Careers and Employability Service’s Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week, 1-5 November 2021.

Starting on 1 November, the Careers and Employability Service will be hosting its first online Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week. This week-long programme is open to all students interested in finding out more about working in these sectors.

Throughout the week, we will be joined by a range of Kent alumni and employers, including Santander, Investment20/20, and Moore Kingston Smith. Events will include: workshops on networking and selection tests; insight talks from employers; presentations on how to succeed in landing graduate roles and internships; and an alumni panel discussion of equality and diversity within these industries.

All events will be virtual and hosted on either MS Teams or Zoom.

You can also earn 10 Employability Points by attending each event, which can be redeemed later in the year for exclusive rewards.

To see the full schedule of events, please visit our website. You can book your place for each event now on TARGETconnect.

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Remote study support and services

So, what exactly is remote study? Remote study is when ALL teaching and learning is delivered online, and you won’t be going on campus.

If you have chosen to study remotely, here are some key services and support on offer to you:

Studying remotely:

Learning and teaching material is mostly delivered through Moodle and KentPlayer.

Read our online teaching and learning guide for information on:

  • the tech you need and support available if you need a laptop or other tech
  • getting started on Moodle and Kent Player
  • assessment advice
  • our online library resources
  • accessibility and productivity tools

And make sure you check out the Online Learning at Kent Moodle Module so that you’re fully prepared for online learning at Kent.

Your academic school will give you programme and module-specific information.

Getting support:

All our amazing support services are offering virtual appointments and have a wealth of online resources. See our support services for contact details and online support:

Socialising online:

Stay connected:

University musicians set to make a Beautiful Noise as part of the Canterbury Festival

Student musicians from the University will be taking part in the Canterbury Festival’s Beautiful Noise project at Westgate Hall on Saturday 23rd October.

The project brings together players from local educational establishments, including Simon Langton Grammar School, St Edmund’s School and the King’s School, as part of a day of community music-making in this year’s festival, and brings the whole day to what promises to be a rousing conclusion with big band jazz and swing under the direction of Head of Performance at St Edmund’s School, Ian Swatman.

“It’s very exciting to be bringing young players in the region together to play such great music.” enthuses Ian, “empowering the performers and audiences of tomorrow, and giving them a platform as part of Canterbury’s international celebration of the arts.”

Students from the School of Law and the School of History will be amongst the saxophone and brass sections of the ensemble that night; find out more here,

Books and Computers for Africa

The Division of Natural Sciences has been collecting books to send to Books2Africa (a Canterbury based registered charity 1152599). This drive led by Dr Andrew Wickens from Sports and Exercise Sciences collected 18 decent sized boxes of books which the charity were extremely pleased with.

This October in celebration of Black History Month, they are organising the Kent Computer Drive to collect donations of laptops and desktops to be refurbished and shipped to students and teachers in Africa. Their goal is to raise 500 laptops and 200 desktops and are offering free collections and drop-offs within Kent only. Anyone who wishes to donate their old laptop or desktop in Kent or to find out more, can head to the website to arrange a free collection or drop-off.

A shout out to the Division of Natural Sciences, and to Andrew in particular for collecting so many books for such a worthy cause.

To find out more please take a look at the Kent Computer Drive Poster