Category Archives: Student Guide

Support at Kent

Now the Welcome Week madness is over, it’s probably a good time to start exploring Kent and the support services on offer. Watch our support, health and wellbeing video.

You can also read our short pdf guide to support at Kent.

Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way, dissertations, vivas…) this is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in.

SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. You can learn in your own time using our online guides or attend one of SLAS’ many workshops.

Don’t forget your school is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you registered with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability you should contact Student Support. They can provide not only academic support but can help with funding applications.

If you’re going through a difficult time or just don’t feel happy – staff in our Wellbeing Team are always available to listen.

They also run a series of well-being workshops to help you get the best out of University life.

Advice Centre

From money worries to getting on with your housemates, Kent Union’s Advice Centre is available to help. All advice is free to Kent students – so make the most of it!

Medical advice

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.

If you need any medical advice, treatment of a minor illness/injury or contraceptive advice, you can visit the ‘drop-in’ nursing service in Keynes College.

Master’s Office

When you arrived at Kent you automatically joined a college. Your Master’s Office is there to give advice and can be used as a first port of call for any questions you may have.


University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events (including a very festive carol service in the Cathedral). They are also a good contact for advice and support.

International students

As well as all the other support services available to students, international students can visit International Team in the Registry Building. They can help with any international related queries and run a series of cultural events.

U.N.I (You and I) Protect workshops

Places are now available on U.N.I (You and I) Protect workshops running in October 2018.

All of us can take action to protect each other and the wider University community to help promote a culture of dignity and respect at Kent. This programme will help you recognise and challenge problematic and harmful behaviour, such as abuse or sexual harassment.

On completion of the course participants will understand what a ‘bystander’ is and be empowered to be able to intervene in situations safely and with confidence.

There will be two sets of workshops running in October 2018. You can attend on either Monday or Friday mornings from10.00 to 11.30 during weeks 3, 4 and 5. All students who complete the course will receive 15 Employability Points.

If you want to take part or simply want to find out more please visit the Study Plus website. The module code is KE148. Places are limited so please sign up as soon as you can.

Further information about the course can also be found on the Student Services website.

canterbury campus

Public consultation on Campus Masterplan

A public consultation on our Campus Masterplan takes place in October. We’ll share our vision for the future evolution of the campus to best meet the needs of the University and of the wider city and region.

The Framework Masterplan proposals detail the framework within which we will make decisions on the future development of our estate in the short-term (2018 to 2021) and medium-term (2021 to 2031), covering the period defined within Canterbury City Council’s District Local Plan.

This latest version of the Masterplan takes into account the feedback that staff, students, local amenity groups and residents provided during the initial stages of consultation in 2016 and 2017.

We learned a lot from that feedback and we now invite you to share your views on the Framework Masterplan by attending our consultation events. They take place as follows:

  • Saturday 6 October 2018, 10.00-16.00 at Westgate Hall, Canterbury
  • Thursday 11 October 2018, 14.00-20.00 at Tyler Hill Memorial Hall
  • Friday 12 October 2018, 14.00-20.00 at Blean Village Hall
  • Thursday 18 October 2018, 10.00-16.00 Darwin Conference Suite,  Canterbury campus

Our response to the views you express during this stage of the consultation will be published in a Consultation Statement later this year. This will feed into the final stages of development of the Framework Masterplan document, which will be presented to Canterbury City Council at the end of the year.

More information about the Masterplan and copies of previous consultation statements are available on our Masterplan web pages.

Studio 3

Studio 3 gallery hosts exhibition on revolution

The School of Arts is hosting a new exhibition, Beyond the Barricade, in the Studio 3 Gallery in the Jarman Building from 28 September 2018.

Based on the spirit of the French Revolution, the exhibition brings artists from various nations together to look at different dimensions of revolutions. By documenting past upheavals and recent events, the exhibition aims to present artistic creation as a form of social and political action.

Beyond the Barricade has been supported by the nationally funded project, the Age of Revolution, in partnership with Waterloo 200. The exhibition will run until 30 November 2018.

The Studio 3 Gallery is the School’s dedicated exhibition space which plays host to major exhibitions and annual shows that are open to the public.

Music Technology

CMAT forms Music Academic Partnership with UK Music

The University of Kent’s Centre for Music and Audio Technology has formed a Music Academic Partnership (MAP) with UK Music.

MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between a select number of educational institutions and UK Music, a campaigning and lobbying group which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry from artists, musicians, songwriters, composers, record labels, publishers, producers and music licensing groups.

Academic members, who must be invited to become a part of MAP, benefit from this membership with a number of initiatives that include exclusive networking, collaborative research, a parliamentary programme, rehearsal spaces, and a range of student opportunities, including the BBC Introducing Pilot, MAP Music Technology Prize and access to exclusive Production Days and industry showcases.

This partnership is the latest example of CMAT’s excellent links to the music industry and commitment to the employability of its students. CMAT works with leading music bodies across the industry, including the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA), the Music Managers Forum and the Council for Music Makers.

Job Shop and Volunteering Fair

Medway Jobshop and Volunteering Fair

GK Unions is proud to announce the debut Jobshop and Volunteering Fair, which takes place on Thursday 4 October at the Student Hub, Medway campus.

The fair gives you the chance to come and speak to a variety of organisations offering paid work and volunteering opportunities, from one-off projects on campus to long-term projects with community organisations and much more!

It is organised by GK Unions, Jobshop and Volunteering. You can find out which community groups and employers will be attending at the event Facebook page.

Mathilde Poizat-Amar

Mathilde Poizat-Amar delivers Think Kent lecture on travel writing

Dr Mathilde Poizat-Amar, Lecturer in French in the Department of Modern Languages, has given an online lecture entitled ‘Why is Travel Literature so Interesting?’ for the University’s Think Kent series, which is now available on YouTube.

In a globalised and increasingly connected world where we can collect information about unknown places without having to open a book, travel literature could easily pass for an endangered species in the literary landscape. Yet, despite the concurrence of Internet and the ever-growing importance of major literary genres (such as the novel or the autobiography), travel literature stands the test of time – both in terms of popularity and critical importance.

Mathilde’s talk takes the case of modern and contemporary French Travel Literature to present a few reasons why travel literature is so resilient to change, and why studying travel literature matters more than ever. You can watch the full talk on YouTube.

The Think Kent lectures are a series of TED talk-style lectures produced with the intention of raising awareness of the research and teaching expertise of Kent academics and the international impact of their work.

canterbury campus

Changes to Giles Lane car park

Giles Lane has now become one car park designated pink zone. This means that blue zone permit holders can no longer park in this car park.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) barriers are due to be installed in Giles Lane car park to improve parking enforcement and traffic management.

Blue zone car parks

Blue zone parking is still available in the Sports Centre blue zone, Park Wood Courts, Pavilion and Oaks car parks. Please see our interactive car park map which shows the number of parking spaces within each parking area.

Accessible parking

Accessible parking on campus remains the same and is marked on our interactive car park map. See if you’re eligible for an accessible parking permit.

Find out more

For more information, view our Giles Lane changes webpage. If you have any questions please email

Do you need to travel by car?

If it is an option for you why not consider changing up your travel to campus by walking, cycling or taking the bus? The University encourages sustainable travel wherever possible through the University’s Travel Plans.

Purchase the Stagecoach Unirider bus ticket for only £180 (if purchased before 2 October 2018) for unlimited travel on any Stagecoach bus in East Kent and East Sussex.

Or you can hire a recycled bike for £40 per term (plus £60 refundable deposit) to help you get around easily.

New Park Wood Building open for business

Park Wood Student Hub Now open for business!

 Standing in the heart of Park Wood, the new Student Hub opened its doors on Arrivals weekend, literally! Taking advantage of the brilliant sunshine the new look Woody’s Bar threw open it’s bi-fold doors to the outside seating area, with hungry students and parents trying out the modern international street food menu. Campus Coffee, designed, delivered and developed by students, quickly proved popular serving great tasting coffee with a conscience, with profits helping support students at Kent. Campus Coffee will continue to evolve and we’re excited to see it roll out across other Kent Union outlets

 Kent Union Officers had lobbied on behalf of students to improve the student space on campus. Aaron Thompson, the Union President, gave an impassioned speech on behalf of students at the opening “It’s amazing, it looks incredible and I can’t wait for students and staff to come back to campus and use it! It looks completely different and I think that the students of Park Wood will love it”.

 As well as Woody’s, there is a larger, more accessible SU Shop everything from warm morning pastries, fresh fruit and veg, to late night snacks and drinks. The self-service tills mean students can beat the queues and get on with their day. The SU Shop is open from 8am-midnight weekdays.

Two much anticipated dance studios, named after Misty Copeland (first African American Principal Ballet Dancer) and Vicky Featherstone (influential in British Theatre), are fully equipped providing the first campus studios for student groups.

Replacing the Park Wood study mobile, the 25 PC’s in the new Student Hub quiet area is expected to be popular with the 2,000 plus Park Wood students and links onto a social space for students and staff. Designed to be a calmer environment this space, opening onto a balcony will be bookable for student groups in the evening for their events/socials and/or fundraising activity.

View KTV’s coverage of the opening here.

Three new Professors of Law for Kent Law School

Kent Law School is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Professors of Law: Professor Erika Rackley, who took up her post earlier this month; and Professor Diamond Ashiagbor and Professor Rosemary Hunter, both of whom will join the School in October.

 Professor Ashiagbor was previously Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has research interests in labour/employment law; regional integration (the European Union and the African Union); labour law, trade and development; human rights, equality and multiculturalism; economic sociology of law; socio-legal studies; law and the humanities.

 Professor Hunter is re-joining Kent Law School after four years at Queen Mary University of London. Her areas of expertise are broadly in feminist legal studies and socio-legal studies, with a particular focus on family law, judging and the judiciary, and access to justice. She is well known as one of the founders of the Feminist Judgments Projects, in which participants rewrite judgments in existing cases from a feminist perspective, imagining how a feminist judge might have decided the case if she had been sitting on the bench at the same time as the original judges. She is also one of the editors of the online journal feminists@law.

 Professor Rackley joins Kent Law School from the University of Birmingham – twenty years after she first started at Kent as a postgraduate research student. Her research focuses law, gender and feminism, with a particular focus on judicial diversity and the nature of judging, feminist legal history and image-based sexual abuse (including ‘revenge porn’). Her scholarship has shaped legislation and policy in the UK and has been widely cited by senior members of the national and international judiciary