Category Archives: Student opportunities

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Canterbury Safer Streets logo competition

Make your logo design the symbol of Canterbury’s Safer Streets initiatives from the recent government grant.

About Safer Streets 

The Canterbury Safety Partnership has been successful in securing government Safer Streets 4 funding to dedicate towards safety and perception of safety in Canterbury. This grant supports the development of training, safety resources, a central website and safety packs for patrons of Night Time Economy (pubs, clubs and bars) in the city, alongside other exciting projects.

Under this umbrella the project will look at information regarding consent and harassment, drinks spiking, alcohol awareness, getting home safe, respect and inclusion, and reporting methods for students and members of the public. There will also be new initiatives and resources tackling Violence Against Women and Girls.

Canterbury has a huge student community, and the we want students to define the vision of this project. We require a logo to brand and connect project materials produced under the Safer Streets grant, which clearly promotes safety in Canterbury. This logo needs to be bold and eye-catching and represent the values and goals of this project.

Brief and deadline for submissions

Read our project brief for more information on how to get involved and make your submission! There will be a prize for the winning logo entry and honourable mentions.

The deadline for the competition is Monday 21 November 2022 23:59.

 

University Community Choir autumn 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 Autumn Term

  • 9 November 2022 13.00-14.00 (Grimond LT3)
  • 16 November 2022 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 23 November 2022 13.00-14.00 (Grimond LT3)
  • 30 November 2022 13.00-14.00 (Colyer-Fergusson)
  • 7 December 2022 13.00-14.00 (Grimond LT3)
  • 14 December 2022 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

Student celebrating Holi festival. WorldFest Bitesize

WorldFest Bitesize Fund for cultural events and celebrations

We’ve set up the Worldfest Bitesize Fund so you can apply for a financial award of up to £250 to help run a multicultural event.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the date of the event.  

Examples of past events and celebrations we have supported include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving, Kent African Summit, Newroz, Holi, African Evening Gala, Discover Islam, Japanese Cultural Festival, Asian Fusion and a Thai Festival.

Open to all Kent Societies and students.

Find out more about how to apply for the WorldFest Bitesize Fund.

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Register your interest in campus accommodation for next year!

Are you and your friends thinking about where to live next year? Take the hassle out of house hunting and worrying about deposits or rising bill payments by returning to live with us again next year either on our Canterbury campus or in Pier Quays, Medway. 

You can register your interest now and gain access to our application pages 24 hours early when they open in mid-January 2023!  

Any returning student can apply and we’re guaranteeing over a thousand rooms for our Canterbury and Medway returning students for 2023/24. Other benefits include: 

  • Living with your friends – tell us in your applications and as look as you meet our guidelines we’ll house you together. 
  • Pay no bills – all utilities are included (gas, water, electricity, heating and Wi-Fi) meaning there’s no unexpected bills or price hikes. Plus, you get to keep your sport membership for free for another year. 
  • No deposit needed to secure your room – pay nothing until September 2023 for Canterbury campus accommodation and only an advanced rent payment for Pier Quays. 
  • Quick and easy – to register your interest and you can submit for yourself or on behalf of a group You’ll then be ahead of the game when applications go live in January with your early access.  

For Canterbury accommodation you can apply for any area except Turing College (which is reserved for new students). In Medway we also have phase 2 rooms available in Pier Quays which returning student applications are given priority for. 

Find out everything you need to know on our returning student accommodation page or register your interest now 

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Travel Plan Survey – win up to £150 on your KentOne card

It is that time of year where the Transport Team are working on developing a New Travel Plan and we want to hear from staff and students about your commute to and from the University and travel within the local area.

By completing the survey, you help us plan our future transport strategies, understand what current services are working well, what improvements or changes staff and students would like to the current transport options provided, and help us with our carbon emissions research.

Plus complete the survey for the chance to win £150, £75 or £50 on your KentOne card. Or if you’re based at Medway you can choose a voucher for the Deep End.

The survey closes 23:59 Monday 21 November 2022.

Students Survey:www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/VJXA2S/ 
Staff Survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/YVTNS2/

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Postgraduate Community Experience Awards – event and project funding

What is the award for?

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) invites applications for funding from postgraduate students (of all levels across all of our locations) to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus which will enhance the community experience of postgraduate students at Kent.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £1500 to fund their project.

What is the criteria for entry?

Successful applicants will put forward:

  • A clear commitment to build community across a number of academic divisions/disciplines.
  • A broad interdisciplinary and/or external focus.
  • detailed breakdown of the planning, implementation and budgeting of the event/project.
  • new, innovative idea not currently in existence.

Proposals must also:

  • Be planned to take place within the academic year in which the applicant has applied for it.
  • Be based on the applicant’s main campus/centre, though external locations (up to 20 miles away) may be considered if vital to the project/event.
  • Be consistent with Kent’s regulations on data protection.

We particularly welcome applications engaging with the themes of wellbeing, internationalisation, career or research career development, and equality, diversity and inclusivity.

How can I spend the money?

  • Successful applicants will work on the project/event on a voluntary basis, with funding put towards materials/external assistance.
  • The GRC will assist with room bookings and small purchases of materials, but all other activities must be managed by the awardee themselves.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use Kent services such as Kent Hospitality and Design & Print Services in order to keep costs down.

Funding cannot be used for:

  • Serving alcohol unless part of a fully justified reception or dinner.
  • Supporting pre-existing projects.
  • Donations to charities, groups, or individuals.
  • Paying current students to participate or support a project/event. Small incentives may be possible, but the panel will favour voluntary support.

How to apply!

Once you have come up with a great idea to enhance the postgraduate community experience at Kent, you will need to think about how you want to make it happen. Discuss your idea with friends and colleagues, and make sure your supervisor is aware that you want to submit an application. You will need to provide a letter of support from your supervisor or School’s Director of Graduate Studies, so talk to them as well.

When you are ready, you will need to fill out an Application Form and email it to kentgrc@kent.ac.uk by the allocated deadline.

Application deadlines:

Round 1 – Opens Monday 3 October, closes Friday 11 November

Round 2 – Opens Monday 6 March, closes Friday 14 April

Read about previous winners

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Share your experiences with disability

At the University of Kent, we believe in being part of the drive for a more inclusive society, where diversity is celebrated, opportunities are created and voices from all corners of  our community are amplified. As we approach Disability History Month (16 November – 16 December), here are some ways you can share your perspective and get involved in showcasing and growing inclusivity at Kent and beyond.

Share your experiences with disability

Are you interested in being involved in a campaign to raise awareness this Disability History Month? We’d like to give everyone at Kent an insight into the experiences of our community in disclosing parts of identity, so we can better understand and support one another.

We’re inviting students past and present as well as staff to share your experiences by writing a blog post, attending a storytelling event to share in person with others, or being professionally filmed for a few minutes at a location convenient for you. To structure what you say or write about we’ll have some questions available that you can think about ahead of time, but you are also welcome to can make up your own question or theme which draws out your particular lived experience of disability and study/work/opportunities at Kent, or how it set you up for where you are now.

Interested in sharing your story at a live evening event in December, in short-film form or written word? Please fill in the online form. so we can contact you about being involved.

#DHMKent22 is coming soon!

Stay tuned for events and resources as we approach Disability History Month 2022 #InclusiveKent @UniKentSSW.

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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Exploring intersectionality therapeutic support group for Women of Colour

The University environment may have provided opportunities for you to notice things about yourself that you might want to explore and talk about. This therapeutic support group will take place online over six sessions and will provide a safe space to explore experiences and themes with others, who you may have things in common with. Commitment to attend all six sessions is required.

The group has been run over the last two years and came about as a response to feedback from students in the context of Black Lives Matter and the pandemic. Having access to others and role models that look like us is fundamental to our wellbeing; all of participants reported feeling a sense of connection and a sense of belonging.  Quotes from previous participants include “everyone listened and supported each other”, “felt a sense of sisterhood”, “felt seen in a way that gave me comfort, topics resonated”.  All participants felt that the group had a positive impact on their sense of identity as a Black woman or woman of colour.

The group will be experiential, and you are expected to bring yourself and be willing to share your thoughts with others and to be able to listen to others. We will decide together in week one which themes we would like to explore each week. Previous themes include; Who am I? – What does it mean to be me? – Relationships – Friend or enemy? – Self-love – Mental health – Self-care. You may have other themes that you want to suggest and explore.

Please note that you need to commit to attending all six sessions which take place on Tuesdays from 12.00-13.30 on the following dates: 1 November, 8 November, 15 November, 22 November, 29 November, and 6 December 2022.

If you are available for all six dates and would like to participate, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk to book your place, you will then be contacted for a brief 1:1 online meeting with the group facilitator at a mutually convenient time before the course begins. Please think about why you would like to join the group and what you would like to get out of it.

Find out more about the group. If you have any queries, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk

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Student expectations survey – chance to win £300 Amazon voucher

To be in with the chance of winning a whopping £300 Amazon voucher, take just 10 minutes to fill in the Student Success Expectations Survey.

This questionnaire is for first year students and aims to find out your academic expectations and plans for the year. We use the results to find out what you hope to achieve at Kent, and how best to support you (so taking part is a win-win). 

Complete the survey to be in the running for our star prize, and you’ll also be added to a Divisional draw for a £20 Amazon voucher! The more students that complete the survey in your Division, the greater your chance of winning, so remind your friends to take the survey too (we’ll even organise a Divisional social if enough students take part).

Completing the survey is also worth 5 Employability Points – these can be cashed in to apply for exclusive internships, placements and training on the Employability Points Scheme. The Student Success Team will get in touch directly with any lucky winners to arrange prize collection.

The survey closes on Monday 24 October at 17.00.