Category Archives: Student Guide

Access skills development training and quizzes for free

Over the years, The MTD Training Group have provided several courses as part of the Employability Points programmes.

These have included Management Training CoursesSales Training Courses and also access to an Online Learning Platform.

They are now giving all Kent students access to several FREE resources to help them with their studies and to also help prepare them for the working world.

Leadership Test

Benchmarks your management and leadership skills against 12 competencies and 96 key skills. Learners receive a personalised report with the findings and tips on how to improve.

Coaching Skills Assessment

Just how good are you at coaching? Answer 36 questions and receive a personalised report of the results and areas to work on.

EQ Test

How emotional intelligent are you? We’re talking EQ not IQ here. How good are you are recognising and then managing your emotions? This 50-question diagnostic will reveal all.

Sales Skills Test

Answer 64 questions and receive a personalised report on your sales and influencing skills.

Management Apprenticeships

Further information on management and leadership apprenticeships.

Management Blog

Over 1,000 quality articles and blogs on leadership and management theories and models.

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Over 1,000 tips and techniques on how to improve your sales and marketing.

Sales Techniques & Free Sales Training Material

Videos, audios, and cheat sheets to help you improve your sales and sales management skills.

Pride Picnic – 18 June 2022

You’re all welcome to come along to our Pride Picnic on Saturday 18 June 2022.

Organised by the Kent and Medway Network of LGBT+ Networks, the picnics will take place in Canterbury and Chatham,  from 12.30 – 15.00. Any people wishing to help can go along at 12.00 to help set up.

Bring your own picnic and blankets, along with Pride flags, bunting and other decorations.

This a wonderful event to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities around the world, so we hope to see you there!

Where the events are:

Canterbury:

Coleridge Gardens
Canterbury Christ Church University, CT1 1QU
Contact: cccq.quality@canterbury.ac.uk 

Chatham:

Rochester Building Lawns
University of Kent at Medway, ME4 4AG
Contact: LGBTstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk 

Brand Roadshow (16-17 June)

Work is continuing to develop on the new look and feel for how we talk about Kent. As this progresses, we would like to invite you to a roadshow next week to understand your views on the work so far!

This is open for everyone to drop in and will include an introduction to the thinking behind the updated brand work alongside mock-ups of different options we have been exploring. You will get a chance to feedback via an online form about what you like and how you feel about the new branding. Join us at either the Canterbury or Medway campus:

Canterbury: Templeman Library Foyer between 10:00-15:00 on Thursday 16 June and Friday 17 June.

Medway: Student Hub social space between 11:00-14:00 on Thursday 16 June.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the roadshow will be supported by an online version.

Watch out for an invite next week with more details, plus more information on the journey so far!

You can read Simone Davies blog on our new brand identity here.

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Join us for Pride Canterbury!

This Saturday (11 June) is Pride Canterbury! The parade will pass through Canterbury High Street at 11.30am and is followed by a star-studded festival in the city’s Dane John Gardens.

Take Part in the Parade

University of Kent LGBTQ+ staff, students, and allies are all warmly welcomed to take part in the parade. If you would like to march with us in pride, you can collect a wristband from EDI Adviser Kim Mulholland on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June between 12.00 and 13.00 in the Gulbenkian Café. Wristbands will also be available to collect on the day, but please note that these will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

On the day…

The University of Kent Parade Group will meet on the steps of the Marlowe theatre between 10.00 and 10.30 before walking to the Parade Staging Area together. Please be prompt, and remember to wear your best Pride outfit! A number of banners, placards and flags will be available for you.

See you there!

4 different coloured dustbins

Moving out of your student house (Canterbury)

We appreciate that when moving out, extra rubbish can be generated but we want to work to reduce any impact on the local community.

Bins and waste

All the information you need to know about what goes in what bin, when the bin collection dates are and how to recycle are on the council website.

Donating your unwanted items

Bulky waste disposal

Large items that might not fit in your regular bin can be disposed of in the following ways:

Make sure you don’t leave large items or old furniture in your rented accommodation without prior permission from your landlord, as otherwise you are likely to be charged.

Get involved and volunteer

Do you want to help out and give back to your local community on a local litter pick? This looks great on your CV and can really make a difference in your community!

If you have any concerns throughout this busy move-out period, you can get in touch with the College and Community Life Team by emailing cclteam@kent.ac.uk.

Find out more about the College and Community Life Team.

Canterbury campus accommodation

If you’re moving out of our Canterbury campus accommodation on or before 10.00 on Saturday 18 June, make sure to follow the guidance on the Accommodation webpage. There’s also information for recycling and waste on campus, storing and shipping your belongings and booking vacation accommodation .

Group of students at Summer Ball

Events roundup: 6-12 June 

Here’s a roundup of this week’s top events: 

All week: Summer Music Week 

A week-long music festival celebrating the end of the extra-curricular musical year at Kent. Includes some free lunch time concerts as well as ticketed musical performances for you to enjoy. 

Tuesday: Screenwriting Festival and live music 

The Film and Media department, with the Film and Media Writing Club, are hosting a Screenwriting Festival on Tuesday 13.30-17.50. Join for a series of workshops and discussions about writing for the big and small screen. The day will conclude with a screening of No Time to Die at the Gulbenkian, which will be preceded by an interview with the film’s screenwriter Kent alum Robert Wade at 18.45   

Or if you fancy listening to some live music, the Gulbenkian Summer Festival continues with an outdoor live performance from professional singer/songwriter Avi Simmons at 17.00 on Tuesday on the Gulbenkian Lawn.  

Wednesday:Mindfulness relaxation 

On Wednesday you can have a moment of calm with an online guided meditation and breathing session at 13.00. Or if you’d prefer to meet in person, you can join a mindfulness session in Cornwallis East at 17.00. Take a break from exams and life’s stresses and relax with other students in person or online. 

Thursday: Events for postgrad students and outdoor cinema 

As part of Postgraduate Week, on Thursday there are lots of events to help Master’s students decide what to do next. Plus events around becoming an academic and teacher training opportunities for postgrad students with Teach First 

This week’s Gulbenkian Summer Festival film is the award-winning ‘Nomadland’, showing on a big screen in the open air on Thursday at 21.00. There will also be a selection of delicious food and drink available for purchase during the event.  

Saturday: BioBlitz, Summer Ball, and Pride Canterbury! 

There’s a lot happening in Canterbury on Saturday! There’s something for everyone.  

Interested in nature and sustainability? The University of Kent BioBlitz is a free, interactive event with the aim to record as many living species as possible in a specific area in a short amount of time. There are also nature events such as bird walks, bumblebee surveys and badger surveys. View the full timetable. 

Kent Union’s Summer Ball returns! It’s the party of the year with live music, free fairground rides and plenty of photo opportunities. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends as we come to the end of the academic year. 

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also Pride Canterbury, which Kent are proudly sponsoring. There’s a parade through the high street at 11.30 and live music all afternoon in The Dane John Gardens. It’s a great way to celebrate LGBTQ+ diversity, equality and progress. Find out how you can join us in the Pride parade.

If you’re based at the Medway campus, you can book a seat on the free Campus Shuttle to attend any of these events. Just make sure you also book your seat for the journey home.  

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Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – along with others across the country and around the world, we will be joining the celebrations of Her Majesty’s remarkable 70 years of service to the nation. 

Our royal connections

Her Majesty has visited the University twice in our long history – once to our Canterbury campus in 1987 to meet students and formally open new computing facilities in the Cornwallis Octagon and again in 2002 to mark the opening of our Medway campus, shared with Greenwich and Christ Church universities.

We’ve dug into our archives to find this photo of the Queen visiting in the late 1980s as we opened new computer labs – you can also find a photo of her visit on the wall of the Cornwallis Octagon!

The University itself was granted its Royal Charter on 4 January 1965, which is what gives us the power to award degrees. The Charter outlines is signed by Queen Elizabeth II and outlines both our objectives as a University – for the advancement of knowledge, the diffusion and extension of arts, sciences and learning, and the provision of liberal, professional and technological education.

Events and Celebrations

Activities will be taking place across Kent and Medway to mark the Platinum Jubilee weekend, alongside nationwide celebrations. Jubilee beacons will be lit across the UK ahead of a Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4 June and The Big Jubilee Lunch at communities around the country on Sunday 5.

To kickstart the extended bank holiday weekend, we have rounded up the events and celebrations taking place throughout Kent for those that want to head down and join in with special Jubilee moments across the county

  • Lighting of Jubilee Beacons will take place at venues across the county as the sun sets on Thursday 2 June – including Canterbury, Whitstable, Chatham, Margate and Dover
  • Platinum Jubilee events will be taking place in a number of locations, with fun for all the family at special activity at Mote Park, Hever Castle and Leeds Castle
  • Rochester Castle will host Medway’s Platinum Jubilee Picnic Site, with a live-stream of the events taking place in the capital across the weekend. The Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant will also make its way to a riverside street party in Chatham on the Saturday
  • Lectures and musical tributes will also take place at Canterbury Cathedral – find out more about Jubilee Celebrations in Kent

We hope you have a lovely bank holiday and get to celebrate this remarkable achievement!

Pride flag with Kent logo and copy 'The University of Kent proudly sponsors Pride Canterbury

Your LGBT+ Colleagues and Students need your support!

At at a time when a professional footballer coming out as gay is still seen by some as controversial, it is more important than ever for colleagues, students, and the wider community to be able to see examples of the lived experience of LGBT+ Pride.

This year, Canterbury Pride takes place on Saturday 11 June and the University LGBT+ Staff Network will be organising a group to march through the city to show that Kent is an inclusive and welcoming place for all LGBT+ people.

The marching group and attendance at Canterbury Pride are not only open to Network Members, but to all members of our community, whether you identify as LGBT+ yourself or are an ally. Book the date in your diary and watch this space for more information about how to join the parade nearer the time.

We are also asking staff and students to take part in a campaign about what your rainbow lanyard means to you. If you’d like to get involved, please email communications@kent.ac.uk.

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Applications open for Internship Experience UK, 20-22 June

Applications are now open for Internship Experience UK,which is taking place on 20-22 June.

Created to help you explore a new sector and upskill, this is the no.1 virtual internship experience to supercharge your CV ahead of the autumn application season. Better yet, you’ll also be able to hear from top employers who have renowned internship, placement and graduate programmes and ask them your questions on how to secure a role.

What is Internship Experience UK?

Internship Experience UK is a three-day virtual internship programme which takes place every summer – each year is a completely new programme designed to support you with your career. So far, over 140,000 students and graduates have taken part and reaped the rewards of spending a few days of their summer with the world’s top employers. 10,000 of them have even secured roles with the firms they met on the experience. Now it’s your turn!

You can join any one of the following streams, with no experience or prior knowledge required:

Can’t make the live experiences or want to take more than one stream? You can always catch up and take multiple streams with Internship Experience UK On-Demand.

How does it work?

12+ leading businesses and organisations will be joining each stream, running sessions to help you enhance your CV and get a taste of what it’s like to work in your chosen sector by completing a work sample.

With the majority of employers hiring more graduates, and none hiring fewer than last year, Internship Experience UK is the perfect springboard to land your dream role.

What’s new for 2022?

  • Meet the winner of The Apprentice and top business mogul, Tim Campbell, who will be joining us as the keynote speaker. As an MBE for Enterprise Culture, author of one of Amazon’s Top 10 business books and co-founder of the Bright Ideas Trust (a charity that helps young people set up their own businesses), Tim is a fantastic person to learn from at the start of your career journey.
  • Complete internship-style projects set by top global employers to help you familiarise yourself with the types of tasks you’d be doing as a graduate. Completing the work sample provides you with a tangible example to talk about in your interviews that can make you stand out from the competition.
  • Each year features even more top employers for you to meet and be trained by on a range of new topics. In 2022, you’ll meet: Amazon, Bank of America, Bloomberg, British Airways, Clyde & Co, EY, Google, Macquarie, Nestle, Ofcom, PwC, PA Consulting, Teach First, Vodafone… and many more still to be announced!

Who is Internship Experience UK for?

Students and graduates at any level are welcome to apply to Internship Experience UK.

Whether you’re certain about joining a specific industry or have no idea what you want to do or where to start, Internship Experience UK is for you! You don’t need any previous experience – this is a chance for you to learn about different sectors and gain clarity over what roles suit you.

Took part in the 2021 stream and wondering if you can still take part? This year’s programme is completely new so you can build on your learnings from previous experiences with training on new topic areas, meet new employers and widen your network.

How to apply

Applications for Internship Experience UK 2022 are now open. To apply, click on the stream you’re interested above.

Any questions in the meantime? Take a look at the FAQ page.

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Employability Health Check

The University is undertaking an Employability Health Check to help us identify areas of good practice and to collect ideas for future activity. We are hosting online round tables for staff, and individual surveys with students. If you would like to take part, please add your details to https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/contact/form.html and we will send you the appropriate links.

Professional Service colleagues 14th June 10.00-12.30

Academic colleagues 30th June 10.00-12.30

Students will be contacted 7th-16th June

These events are hosted and facilitated by an external company. If you are unable to attend, but would like to feed ideas into this review, please email headofces@kent.ac.uk.