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Be inspirational, be a Student Ambassador

Become a Student Ambassador

Be inspirational, be a Student Ambassador.

Are you interested in sharing your experience and knowledge of university life with the wider community? Then why not help others and gain valuable experience by becoming a Student Ambassador!

The University of Kent’s Student Ambassador Scheme employs enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students to represent the University at on-campus events, in local schools and colleges, in the community and online.

Students can apply to be an ambassador for:

  • The Central Ambassador Scheme
  • The Academic Divisional Ambassador Scheme
  • BOTH the Central Scheme and their Academic Division.

Medway students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Check out the Student Ambassador vacancy webpage for more information about how to apply.

Some deadlines are coming up very soon so if you’re interested, check it out today.

Apply to be a Global Officer, deadline approaching

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 Director and Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning
  • 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, GOLD5000.

Kent Gold programme

For further details please see our website.

Deadline to apply is 9.00 (UK time), 10 October, 2022.

(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

The GOLD programme is a GREAT opportunity for anyone looking to place themselves out of their comfort zone, gain skills and meet like-minded people. It gave me the chance to develop new interests and connect to other programmes and opportunities with international universities, all of which can be utilised in my search for a job after university. I have made amazing friends who I will keep in touch with, and felt like I have extended my year abroad experience in the comfort of Kent, keeping my passion for understanding cultures alive! I would recommend GOLD to all Kent students with an interest in the international and encourage you to put yourself out there. 

Lucy Lavender, BA Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe

Be part of the University Community Choir

Are you starting a new academic year?  Are you a new or existing staff member?

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.

Create new connections within the University community and get away from your work and study in a relaxed and uplifting environment.

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. Starting from 28 September, every Wednesday 13:00 -14:00. Sign up now  Upcoming dates

  • Wednesday 28 September 2022, 13.00-14.00 ( Colyer-Fergusson Hall)
  • Wednesday 5 October 2022 14.00-15.00 ( Colyer-Fergusson Hall)
  • Wednesday 12 October 2022 14.00-15.00 ( Colyer-Fergusson Hall)

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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Study Plus events: language taster sessions, leadership, growth mindset and more

Firstly, welcome to Study Plus Term 1 2022! We look forward to welcoming you to our Study Plus events.

Wednesday 21 September – Discover World Languages

Taster sessions for beginners who would like to have a go at a language, to gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce yourself in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases.

Following Week

Tuesday 27 September

 Study Plus – Understanding leadership styles by Ali Whelan 10.00 -11.30

The overall objective is to understand what we mean by leadership style, the importance of knowing your preferred style but when and how to use alternative styles. Also covered would be how to work effectively with your managers leadership style and the importance understanding leadership preferences and styles can help aid resilience.

Study Plus – Journaling Tools to help Manage Time, Efficiency and Wellbeing By Esther Van Hout 14.00-15.30

Research shows that journal writing has extensive health and wellbeing benefits, as well as being an effective way to help you plan the life you want. This workshop can help with situations as varied as gaining confidence in writing, exploring personal challenges, or keeping organised.

  • Learn what journal writing is and how it can benefit mental wellbeing.
  • Practise different journaling techniques, to focus your attention and express yourself through writing.
  • Learn how journaling can help you with self-care, creativity, and life-management.

Wednesday 28 September

Study Plus – Growth Mindset By Ali Whelan 11.00 – 12.30

To promote the concept of continuous personal development, positive curiosity, and resilience to succeed.

  • What is a growth mindset
  • Fixed mindset v Growth Mindset – 5 key areas
  • The power of ‘yet’
  • The role of feedback
  • ‘Creation of a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015)

Study Plus – World Class Management Programme Introduction 13.00-13.30

This session will introduce you to the online World Class Manager programme. This programme can be completed at your own speed, introducing you to the actionable and highly practical ways to help managers get their best for themselves and their teams. It is designed around 12 habits of great leaders.

You don’t need to be a manager to attend the introduction and complete the course. This is designed to provide you with the knowledge you can take forward to your future employment.

Thursday September 29 September

Study Plus How to Manage Stress and Anxiety with Mindfulness By Esther Van Hout On Zoom 14.00-15.30.

This practical workshop will give you an introduction to research-based strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. We will focus on how mindfulness practice can give us tools to build our resilience in the face of study, work and life challenges. Research shows that this helps to reduce the levels of stress we experience and makes us more able to focus, improve creativity and make better decisions. We will practice mindfulness exercises and techniques together, which you can continue to use after the workshop.

How to sign up for a Study Plus event

Each of the event titles are hyperlinked to take you straight to Target connect booking page, where you can sign up to our events.

Please make sure you check the event description to make sure you know how it is being presented. If it is a virtual event, it will be delivered by Teams or Zoom and the joining link will be emailed to you prior to the event. If it’s being delivered in person, then you will receive a reminder email with the location.

Remember, when you attend a Study Plus event, we will make a record of your attendance and you will be able to claim 15 Employability points.

If you book and can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing studyplus@kent.ac.uk as we do have limited places.

We look forward to seeing you!

Student Art Pass – a year of art and opportunities for £5

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 arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

93% of members would recommend the pass to a friend and is available to buy for a limited time until 12 December to full-time students studying any subject,

Get your £5 pass today.

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Join a focus group to shape the student experience off campus

Have you lived, or are you planning to live, off campus whilst studying at Kent? A huge percentage of our students live in their local community and we need your help to shape the student experience off campus. College and Community Life are running a few community living focus groups to discuss what students living in the city want from support teams, events, volunteering and community building opportunities.

We love being in the heart of Canterbury, a beautiful historical city with a lot to offer its local residents; and we want to know how, we as a university, can help to make your off-campus experience the best it can possibly be.

The focus groups will be held online between Wednesday 3 August and Thursday 11 August 2022, with the Community Life Officer Josh.

We will be talking about:

  • What events and community building would you like us to organise off campus?
  • What is the best way to share information about the university, events, and internal and external support services?
  • What is the best way to get in touch with your house off campus?
  • What will help to improve your sense of belonging in the local community?

We will be offering a £10 voucher to all participants for an hour-long online focus group on Microsoft Teams.

If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this online focus group interest form, and we will be in touch!

Planning on starting unpaid work, a training course of networking experience. You could be entitled to at least £150 towards the cost of travel, training fees and work attire.

Apply for funding to support unpaid work, training or a networking event

Are you planning to undertake some unpaid work experience this summer? Or, are you looking to complete a training course or attend a networking event? You could be entitled to funding to support the costs of your experience!  

The Careers and Employability Service are able to provide funding to current students of at least £150, towards the cost of travel, training fees and work attire for opportunities that will support your employability.  

This is open to current students, who’ll be returning to their studies for at least one term, after the opportunity has taken place. You can claim the funding against costs incurred in the first 3 weeks (or 120 hours) of your opportunity, which will be reimbursed after the experience has taken place. 

Many students have already taken advantage of this; helping them to take part in valuable experiences, to develop their employability. Here are just a couple of the experiences students have undertaken with the help of the funding: 

“The University of Kent Work Experience Bursary has allowed me to advance my experience, technical knowledge and professional skill-set, in the Heritage and Estate Management sectors. I benefitted from the Work Experience Bursary during a two-week period of professional-level work experience at Chiddingstone Castle in West Kent. My time at Chiddingstone Castle has significantly improved my professional skill-set and I believe will enhance my opportunities for employment in the future.”

“Thanks to the University of Kent Work Experience Bursary, I was able to afford travel to and from my unpaid extended work experience placement, along with appropriate work attire. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with established artists from varying backgrounds, see first-hand how seasoned curators organise an exhibition, while learning crucial knowledge about sales, the relationship between a gallery and its artists, how to interact with potential clients, how artwork is displayed within the gallery and on social media.”

“The University of Kent Work Experience Bursary has enabled me to continue on a two-month legal internship at Whitestone Chambers in London, a highly specialised commercial set of Chambers. Attending hearings made me realise that commercial litigation goes far beyond my assumption of big businesses bringing cases against each other, but in fact it is far more personal, and is now an area of the law I will consider for my own career more seriously than prior to my internship.”

To apply, you just need to complete a simple online application form. Requests for reimbursement need to be received by mid-July 2022.   

Access the form and read the full terms and conditions see the Work Opportunities Fund webpage.

We look forward to receiving your application! 

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.

Sales Blog

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.

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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.

Meet 50+ of the UK's leading employers including Amazon, Civil Service, P&G and PWC

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Job opportunity: Work at Lambeth Conference this summer

Are you looking to earn some extra money this summer?

The Commercial Services & Estates catering team are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to lend a hand at this year’s Lambeth Conference (18 July – 10 August).

What is the Lambeth Conference?

Meeting around every ten years since 1867, the Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The conference takes place across venues at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral, and Lambeth Palace during the British summer of 2022.

Over six hundred bishops (and their partners), from all over the world, will travel to the conference.

Bishops

What roles are available?

To ensure the Lambeth Conference is a success, the catering team are looking to recruit extra Food and Beverage Assistants and Bar Bistro Supervisors to help deliver a professional and memorable catering experience.

Person serving food

Duties will include:

  • Assisting with the preparation and serving of meals and beverages.
  • Providing first class customer service.
  • Ensuring kitchen and service areas are clean and tidy.
  • Working within a team to provide a high-quality catering experience.

Applicants must have a can-do attitude, bags of energy, and be willing to muck in! They will need to be able to work quickly and accurately within a busy environment and have a flexible approach to work.

Working at the Lambeth Conference will be challenging, but it will also be exciting and rewarding.

This is a great way to gain experience in the catering industry; and add valuable, transferable skills to a CV!

FREE on-campus accommodation will be available to those working 35 hours or more!

How to apply?

For more information, please email Adam Watkins A.P.J.Watkins@kent.ac.uk.