Category Archives: Student Guide

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App for quick access to student advice

Check out the new MOSAIC app for students. The app brings together a collection of short videos for new, returning and final year students. Videos include advice from both staff and students about support and opportunities available at the University of Kent.

If you have feedback or would like to contribute to the app, please email studentsuccessproject@kent.ac.uk.

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Ever thought about a one hour degree?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get a degree in a fraction of the time it normally takes? The One Hour Degree game has been produced specifically for students who are about to join or have recently begun their degree journey at Kent.

It is a narrative based adventure game which simulates all the significant elements of gaining a degree condensed into one hour.

There are five independent ‘quests’ focused on Welcome Week, the first term, the first year, year 2 and year 3.  The game introduces key facilities, support networks and social opportunities that are available at Kent as well as displaying stunning imagery of our parkland campus.

Players will earn ‘knowledge’ and ‘wellbeing’ points along the way as well as a badge for each completed quest. Together they will dictate the classification of the ‘degree’ received at the end before you have the opportunity to be part of your very own graduation video. With more than 100 million unique pathways through the game, you can easily choose a different story path each time to see how different decisions result in different outcomes.

The game does not require a login or user account and can be played by anyone who has access to a web browser, on any device.

Play the One Hour Degree game now.

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What’s on today – 25 September

To welcome you to Kent we have a wide range of events to help you settle into campus and your courses. These are the events taking place today.

Study

Introduction to Library and IT Services – Online – 13:00

Find out all you need to know about Library and IT Services in a 20 minute webchat.

Social

Kent Welcome Fair – Online – 9:00

Meet all our student groups in one virtual space, chat online with the current committee members.

Office Lockdown Escape Room – Canterbury – 10:00

Get your housemates together, come up with an awesome name for your team and see how fast you can solve the clues to beat the clock.

BAME Students Network Chips and Chat – Medway – 12:00

A chance to meet other BAME students studying at Medway.

Archery Tag – Medway – 13:00

Archery Tag is a great way of letting off some steam by and bonding with your friends.

Socially Distanced Olympics – Canterbury – 13:00

Take part in a host of socially distanced challenges across campus based on Olympic sports, all while maintaining social distancing.

Careers

Getting the Most out of Kent Extra – Online – 11:00

We have a range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities to enhance your employability and add a new dimension to student life.

Finding a Part-Time job – Online – 13:00

This session will cover job-hunting methods, where to look for adverts and creating speculative applications – giving you the tools to start applying.

Bright Network careers events and free welcome pack

The University of Kent is proud to be a partner of Bright NetworkBright Network is the UK’s no.1 careers platform empowering students and recent graduates like you with the advice, tools and insights to get ahead and land that first graduate job

The graduate market is super competitive, but with access to over 300 of our leading partner employers and a range of exclusive events and tailored support, you’ll gain the skills you need to stand out from the crowd. Join the Bright Network (it’s free!) to be kickstart your success and you’ll also receive a free welcome pack with goodies to help you get started!

Bright network upcoming events for Kent students

5 October, 16.00 (online)- University of Kent: Boosting Employability, for postgraduates and international students.

12 October, 16.00 (online)- University of Kent: Networking & taking advantage of opportunities

14 October, 12.00 (online)- University of Kent: Practical commercial awareness for city interviews

Learn more about the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES).

Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme Students

Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme

(The header image was taken on 4 March 2020, before lockdown.)

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme.  The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies.  It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness.

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year.

Benefits include:

•  Employability Points awarded per activity
•  Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Dean for Internationalisation
•  Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report
•  Practical event & project management experience
•  A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

This programme is also offered as a credit-bearing ‘wild’ module, GOLD500.

For further details please see our website.

Deadline to apply is midnight on 11 October, 2020.

(If considering taking this as a wild module, usual module registration deadline applies).

What past students have said:

‘I would highly recommend this programme to any student who is globally minded and wants to be more active on campus, as well as wanting to learn new skills that you don’t get when you join a society’. 
Preena Dodhia, BSc Biomedical Science

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the GOLD programme, not only do I think that it has allowed me to develop skills that have strengthened my employability, I also found the programme to be an important avenue for expression during an intense final year of study. I would recommend the GOLD programme to any student that is interested in further developing themselves personally and professionally’.
Leo Harris, BA History and Spanish

FutureLearn

Free upgraded access to FutureLearn short online courses

With your Kent email address, you can benefit from free upgrades to a wide range of FutureLearn courses, if you enrol before the end of September.

As a Kent student or staff member, all you need to do is connect your University email address with your FutureLearn account using this FutureLearn Campus link and verify your email address. You don’t need to already have a FutureLearn account.

This is a great resource for staff and students wishing to supplement their studies, professional and personal development too. There are a wide range of courses available under this offer, including courses created by the University of Kent and other institutions. On completion, you will receive a free certificate of achievement and perpetual access.

At present, this offer is available until the end of December 2020.

We have launched the Hello Kent app

We have launched the Hello Kent app which is a hub for all new and returning students to help them find everything they need during the first few weeks at Kent.

The app is the ultimate mobile resource for students providing a digital home base to access news, important updates and practical help for your first term and beyond. There is also a host of exciting media challenges, giving you the perfect platform to share your university experience with the Kent student community.

These are the features the app holds:

News

Latest news and information for first-time, returning, and postgraduate students.

Support

Key information on a range of topics to improve your Kent experience.

Maps

Your guide to getting around campus in the palm of your hand.

Events

What’s happening? Check all upcoming events on the campus calendar.

Social Hub

A one-stop shop for all the university’s social channels.

Get Involved

Share your campus experience. Take on the university’s latest media challenges and share your photos and videos with the University of Kent’s mobile community.

Key Links

Quick and easy access to online university links.

One-Hour Degree

Learn more about the university by taking on our fun simulation game.

You can also sign up to receive notifications about the latest updates.

Apple users can download the app here.

Android can download it here.

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Catering outlets reopen on campus

Kent Hospitality have reopened their catering outlets for the 2020/21 academic year.

Bag It, Create (takeaway only), Dolche Vita, Hut 8, K-Bar, Mungo’s, No.1, Origins, Rutherford Dining Hall, Sibson Café (takeaway only), The Galvanising Shop Café and The Street Kitchen are now open. For the most recent opening times for each outlet, please visit the catering website.

As of Monday 21 September the Gulbenkian Café will also be serving hot food to eat in and takeaway.

Please note that The Sports Café in the Sports Centre will be closed until further notice.

Although our outlets are running reduced menus, we are still offering a wide variety of dishes; including the Katsu Chicken from Dolche Vita, street food from The Street Kitchen and classic burgers from Origins.

If you have any questions, please email catering@kent.ac.uk

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Abdulrazak Gurnah publishes new novel: ‘Afterlives’

Abdulrazak GurnahSchool of English Emeritus Professor, has just published a new novel, entitled Afterlives (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Afterlives tells the story of three characters whose lives interlink. Restless, ambitious Ilyas was stolen from his parents by the Schutzruppe askari, the German colonial troops; after years away, he returns to his village to find his parents gone, and his sister Afiya given away.

Hamza was not stolen, but was sold; he has come of age in the army, at the right hand of an officer whose control has ensured his protection but marked him for life. Hamza does not have words for how the war ended for him. Returning to the town of his childhood, all he wants is work, however humble, and security – and the beautiful Afiya.

The century is young. The Germans and the British and the French and the Belgians and whoever else have drawn their maps and signed their treaties and divided up Africa. As they seek complete dominion they are forced to extinguish revolt after revolt by the colonised. The conflict in Europe opens another arena in east Africa where a brutal war devastates the landscape.

As these interlinked friends and survivors come and go, live and work and fall in love, the shadow of a new war lengthens and darkens, ready to snatch them up and carry them away.

Further details about the book can be found on the publisher’s website. 

Abdulrazak Gurnah’s new novel ‘Afterlives’ reviewed in Evening Standard

Abdulrazak GurnahSchool of English Emeritus Professor, has had his new novel Afterlives (Bloomsbury, 2020) reviewed in the Evening Standard.

Afterlives tells the story of three characters: restless, ambitious Ilyas was stolen from his parents by German colonial troops; after years away, he returns to his village to find his parents gone, and his sister Afiya given away. Hamza was not stolen, but was sold; he has come of age in the schutztruppe, at the right hand of an officer whose control has ensured his protection but marked him for life. As these interlinked friends and survivors come and go, live and work and fall in love, the shadow of a new war lengthens and darkens, ready to snatch them up and carry them away.

In the Evening Standard review, Jane Shilling writes: ‘in concert halls, museums, public institutions and city streets, a passionate debate is taking place about colonialism and the value of individual lives. It is a question that Abdulrazak Gurnah has repeatedly addressed in his long career as a novelist’.

‘A tender account of the extraordinariness of ordinary lives, Afterlives combines entrancing storytelling with writing whose exquisite emotional precision confirms Gurnah’s place among the outstanding stylists of modern English prose’.

The full review can be read on the Evening Standard’s website. 

And further details about the book can be found on the publisher’s website. 

Language taster sessions

Would you like to learn a new skill? Why not consider learning a language!

The Language Centre are offering free online taster sessions in Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian on Wednesday 23 September.

12.00 – 13.00 – Arabic

13.00 – 14.00 – Mandarin

14.00 – 15.00 – Japanese

15.00 – 16.00 – Russian

The taster sessions are free  to all Kent University students and no previous experience of any of the languages is required. You will gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, find out how introduce yourself in the language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases.

For more information, visit the Language Centre website or email languages@kent.ac.uk