A year in numbers

by David Newell, Recruitment Officer

David rounds up another busy year for the Recruitment team

The banners are down, the pen pots are empty and the tablecloths are folded away. Another year has rolled by for the planet and for the University of Kent Recruitment Team. 2016 has been busy and eventful so I thought I would finish with a “year in numbers” style review of the past 12 months.

  • 324 – The number of events we attended away from a Kent campus over the course of 2016
  • 57 – Events in June. Our busiest month for events with school talks, fairs and the tail end of the UCAS exhibitions season not including all the schools we welcomed to the campus. March was the second busiest month with 43, and February second with 40
  • 35 – UCAS exhibitions attended by University of Kent
  • 11 – Open Days at our various sites and both UG and PG
  • 23 – Different school visits to our Canterbury campus for tours, talks and interactive sessions
  • 15 – External postgraduate events attended by Kent across the UK
  • 20 – European countries visited by the University of Kent Recruitment Team over 2016; not including Jersey and Guernsey, which are crown dependencies but not, strictly speaking, a part of the UK
  • 6 – European countries we visited for the first time in 2016: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Switzerland and Austria
  • 0 – The number of external events we attended in the month of August, ironically one of our most bustling and vibrant months because of…
  • 8,533 – The number of calls answered by our team of 38 call centre staff over the first 8 days of post A-level Clearing

As you can see 2016 has been a very full, sometimes tiring, always exciting year for the Recruitment staff at Kent. We have handed out thousands of prospectuses, spoken to tens of thousands of students, teachers and parents and covered approaching one hundred thousand miles over the year.

Transporting prospectuses - Venice style!
Transporting prospectuses – Venice style!

We’ve been as far north as Helsinki and as far south as Limassol, as far east as Larnaca and as far west as Dublin. I have eaten reindeer for the first time, Emma visited the West Country, Lydia took a tour of the biggest salt mine in Europe, bettering her record from visiting the second biggest in 2015, and Russell has learned to knit. Who knows what delights 2017 will bring?!

It only leaves me to say that, if you are celebrating, we wish you a very merry Christmas and we’ll see you in the New Year for more!