As we approach the beginning of a new academic year it’s back to the day job for the Recruitment Team after a very busy August working on the Clearing hotlines.
UCAS Clearing is always an exciting time of year and 2016 was no different. In the hotline we took 20,500 calls over eight days and the team of 38 temporary hotline operators did a sterling job helping the applicants on the other end of the line.
The summer sun may still be beating down on The Garden of England, but here in Recruitment we are back out on the road already with school visits in Surrey, Sussex, Essex, London and closer to home in Kent already – including a pretty intense 90 minute personal statement session Lydia and I ran at Caterham School – complete with dos and don’ts, a look at some recent examples and a tip sheet to help the students write their own. This time of year is extremely important as Year 13s are putting together their UCAS applications and Year 12s are starting to think about choosing a university and we really do see sessions from our entire portfolio being booked, which is great – lots of information for the students and lots of variety for us!
We also have a raft of Open Days floating our way; at the Canterbury campus on October 8th and 22nd and at the Medway campus on 15th October – all Saturdays. It is always great to get visitors onto campus. It was on my visit to the Canterbury campus that I decided Kent was definitely the place for me back in 2007, and as the many building projects continue there is even more to see on the tour including a new Law School and Library extension at Canterbury and a new GK Union centre at Medway.
Autumn is by far our busiest season for European trips too, and before too long we will be winging our way around the continent. I have a visit to an international school in Salzburg to kick things off, as well as trips to Luxembourg, Paris, Brussels and Helsinki in October and November. The other Recruitment Officers will be popping up all over Europe in cities such as Madrid, Krakow, Bucharest, Athens, Nicosia, Berlin and Milan to name a few, so it’s time to dig out the old passport.
Finally, to all those coming to the University of Kent in a week’s time we wish you all the very best of luck in your course and we hope you very much enjoy your time at Kent.