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Become more employable – add a Year In

Gain new skills to stand out when you graduate.

The need for well-rounded graduates from employers is increasing; in 2023 the demand for workers who can bring a range of skills to the table is larger than ever before. The opportunity is here for you to become that graduate as applications for Kent’s Year-In courses have opened.

The Year In courses give undergraduates students in Years 2 and 3 the opportunity to take an extra year in another course subject. This can be between your 2nd and 3rd year, or after your 3rd year is complete.  Courses on offer for the 2023/24 academic year include:

If you take a Year-In, it will appear on your degree certificate, letting employers know what you are capable of.

What does a Year In give you?

A Year-In will help combine your existing knowledge and experience with practical skills and experiences valued by employers. The graduate labour market is competitive, and the Year-In could be the very thing that makes you the obvious choice for an employer. You’ll spend a year immersing yourself in a new subject, with courses designed for beginners, that will deliver engaging, high level learning opportunities.

Get an insight into each Year In subject

Watch the videos to find out more about each Year In involves:

Got questions? Contact careerhelp@kent.ac.uk for guidance

 

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Your new and improved ‘Progress Profile’ is ready to view

What are Progress Profiles?

A Progress Profile is a web app that graphically displays your academic progress. Every Kent undergraduate student will have a Progress Profile. They display your attendance and marks in an easy to evaluate format to quickly identify strengths, areas for focus and patterns that might otherwise be obscured. They’ve now been enhanced to show even more detail than before.

Progress Profile showing attendance and marks

Progress profile graph showing course attendance and marks

Why are they important?

Students have told us that sometimes it’s hard to know how well their studies are going. We created Progress Profiles to give a clear picture of your performance across every stage of the degree journey.

Academic Advisers can also see the reports of all their advisees. We all know how important it is for students to have regular conversations about their studies with an Academic Adviser and Progress Profiles can help focus and augment these conversations.

Progress Profiles can be accessed directly from the top banner of the Student Guide.

Student Guide menu bar

For any queries relating to access to, or content of, Progress Profiles, please contact the Information Services Helpdesk: helpdesk@kent.ac.uk

For further information or to provide feedback on Progress Profiles please contact the Student Success Team studentsuccessproject@kent.ac.uk.

 

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Returning student accommodation applications now open!

Getting organised for next year? You’ll be pleased to know you (and your friends) can now apply for Kent’s accommodation for September 2023! 

If you’re still in a post-Christmas haze, don’t fret, we’re here to take the hassle out of house hunting and worrying about deposits or bill payments.  Opt to stay on campus next year and take advantage of the great benefits of living on campus.  

Campus accommodation benefits: 

  • All utilities are included (gas, electric, heating, water, personal contents insurance and Wi-Fi) 
  • Zero deposit with nothing to pay until September 2023 (Canterbury campus) or an advanced rent payment for Pier Quays 
  • Free sports membership at Kent Sport or Medway Park 
  • Excellent location, just a stone’s throw away from study areas and social facilities   
  • Shorter contracts lengths that match your term dates  
  • 24-hr campus security 
  • Dedicated college reception and maintenance teams 

We’ve set aside a limited number of rooms across the Canterbury campus and Pier Quays exclusively for returning students, so whether you are in your second, third or fourth year you can apply online! 

Extra perks 

  • Live with your friends. Just tell us in your application whom you’d like to be roomies with and if you meet our requirements, we’ll house you together! (Check out our FAQs for more info). 
  • Guaranteed offer for the first 1,000 undergraduate Canterbury returning student applications and all Medway applications.  
  • Clarity and certainty. Early applicants get their confirmation as early as the end of January, with room allocation information following from late March/April. 

Check your emails from the Accommodation Team or visit our returning student accommodation page for more information including our handy FAQs 

So, remove the worry of finding a new place to live, and instead apply online now and relax knowing you can live with friends and have the great facilities available on campus to return to next year.  

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Last chance! Student Art Pass – a year of art and opportunities for a fiver

A Student Art Pass lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

Plus, you’ll gain access to paid opportunities in the visual arts and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

Only available until 31 January. Get your £5 pass today before it’s too late.

Get £30,000 over 3 years

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme is now open

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme is a new flagship initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for students who are most likely to face challenges when attending higher education.

The initiative provides funding to support them through to graduation, alongside training opportunities to develop their potential and help them build brighter futures.

The programme will support 100 full-time current undergraduate students, due to graduate in 2025, throughout the duration of their studies. They will receive £30k of funding over three academic years, a series of employability training and development sessions and a dedicated mentor to guide them through the programme.

This flagship, multi-million-pound scholars programme, was developed in collaboration with our partner universities, including the University of Kent, and is aimed at providing more structured and holistic higher education support that is ongoing, combats a range of challenges and is not just a stamp in time.

Am I eligible?
In order to be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or older.
  • Applicants must be current full-time undergraduate students at the University of Kent, completing their undergraduate course in 2025. Any degree discipline is welcome.
  • Applicants must qualify as a Home Fee Status student.
  • Applicants must not be receiving more than £1,500 per year in external sponsorship
    for their degree, for example, from other sources such as industry bodies/employers
    (University Core Bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility).
  • Applicants must self-identify as part of at least one of the following under-represented
    groups (guidance has been taken from the Office for Students’ existing list of underrepresented groups).– Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income
    or low socioeconomic status.
    – Black, Asian and minority ethic students.
    – Mature students.
    – Disabled students.
    – Care experienced students.
    – Carers.
    – Students estranged from their families.
    – Students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
    – Refugees.
    – Students from military families.

Apply now:

Applications are now open and will close at 23:00 on 31 of January 2023.

Apply and learn more about the Santander Universities Scholars Programme >

Watch the video to find out more:

IT and Library support desk

Job opportunity: Join the IT and Library Support Team

We’re looking for part-time staff to join our team at the IT & Library Support Desk in the Templeman Library.

Location: Templeman Library, Canterbury Campus
Salary: £12.06 per hour

The role

Information Services is looking for people to join our team as Support Assistants, working flexible hours part-time to staff the IT & Library Support Desk in the Templeman Library. These vacancies will begin in January 2023 and continue until at least the end of the 2022/23 academic year. Training will be provided.

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting students, staff and visitors in finding and using library resources and public IT facilities
  • supporting students connecting their own devices to the University networks and services
  • supporting circulation functions within the Library and at partner institutions.

In an average week we aim to offer at least 6 hours of work, though this is not guaranteed. The Support Desk is open 7 days a week, up to 12 hours a day, with most shifts between 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday and 12:00-18:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Initial pay will be at least £12.06 per hour. Upon gaining sufficient experience there is an opportunity to progress to a higher rate.

The person

The successful candidates will have a keen desire to help others and excellent communications skills, coupled with a good understanding of the library and IT facilities provided by the University of Kent.

  • They will be confident, friendly and willing to approach others to offer assistance and enforce regulations.
  • Advanced knowledge of both IT and library resources is desirable but not essential for this position.

We expect all Support Assistants to be available to work during Welcome Week (September), as this is our busiest time of year.

For full details of the role and the selection criteria please refer to the job description linked below.

The department

The IT and Library Support team is part of User Experience within the Information Services department at the University of Kent.

More information

Closing date for applications: 14 March 2023 

If you’re a Kent student and need advice on job applications and interviews, contact the Careers and Employability Service.

Due to the volume of applications expected for these posts there may be a delay between the closing date and receiving a response from us. Please do not contact us for updates on the status of your application; we will contact every applicant with the outcome of their submission in due course.

Interviews are scheduled to be held in early January, however we will continue to accept applications until 14 March from people who are available to work later in the year.

£3 meal deal

£3 Meal Deal changes to location (13-16 December)

Recently, to help with the rising cost of living, we introduced a £3 meal deal in Rutherford Dining Hall (Canterbury) every day of the week.

Between 13-16 December, there will be some changes to where you can buy the £3 meal deal.

Weekday lunchtime

Sibson Café will run the festive £3 meal deal Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 – 14:30.

On the menu this week is bratwurst hotdogs with caramelised onions and fries, and plant-based hot dogs with caramelised onions and fries.

Weekday dinnertime 

Rutherford Dining Hall will continue to run the £3 meal deal in the evenings, Tuesday to Friday, 17:00 – 20:00.

More support with cost of living

You can see all the financial support available to students on our Cost of Living Support webpages. 

And please remember, if you are struggling financially, get in touch for support.

University Community Choir spring dates

Try something new and feel connection, create community and lift your spirits… We are delighted to invite you to join the University Community Choir, meeting weekly on Canterbury campus.

Singing in a Choir has many benefits, it’s informal, social, and helps you focus on something different as part of a group. Most importantly it’s fun!

It’s free to join, and there are no auditions, and you don’t need to be able to read music. Come along to meet others, or bring a friend.

Upcoming dates for Spring Term

  • 18 January 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 25 January 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 1 February 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 8 February 2023 13.00-14.00 (Grimond LT3)
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  • 22 February 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 1 March 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 8 March 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 15 March 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 22 March 2023 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)

Spread the word to anyone else (staff or student) who might enjoy this opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Mita Mondal, Email: mm595@kent.ac.uk

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Cookies and Conversation on 6 Dec

What do you think about the study spaces on Campus?

Why do you choose certain spaces to study? Do you use different spaces for different types of study?

Join us in the Templeman Library Café from 16:00 – 18:00 on Tues 6 December to share your views and also enjoy some free yummy cookies and a hot drink on us!

Find out more about how the University is listening to students. Have your say, make your voice heard and help us shape our services!

Safety

Free personal safety items

College and Community Life and the Transport Team recently set up a stall in the library to hand out safety equipment including personal alarms, torches and anti-spiking devices.

Students looking at free personal safety items in library

With earlier sunsets as winter gets closer, we have a range of free items which support getting home safe including personal safety alarms, torches and high-visibility bands.

We also have a variety of anti-spiking devices you can pick up for free to take with you on a night out.

You can visit Security and Transport Centre or Medway Security Office to collect any of the following items for free:

  • Personal safety alarms
  • Torches
  • Stop Topps (Single use cup covers)
  • Bottle caps
  • Be bright be seen snap bands
  • Information on University safety services