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Campus to Campus Cycle Challenge Completed!

The Campus to Campus Cycle Challenge has been completed yet again, with the aim to raise money towards the access to activities fund, which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds.....

Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) grading

Today sees the announcement of a new Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) grading. Universities and alternative providers have received either a Bronze, Silver or Gold rating based on the educational experience they provide their students.

Rosie Duffield: Canterbury MP Visits Campus

On Thursday 15th June, Kent Union welcomed Rosie Duffield, the newly elected MP for Canterbury...

New Canterbury MP: Rosie Duffield

After the election result we have written to your new MP for Canterbury Rosie Duffield, inviting her to campus to speak to us all and hear your thoughts about the future of the UK.

Officer Wins: Lecture Capture and Street Lights

Kent Union are excited to announce that the University have approved the Lecture Capture policy from 2017/2018 after six years of strong campaigning from Kent Union and students.....And the Street Lights are coming back!

VP Welfare Update: Understanding Your Bills

Yesterday at the Gulbenkian I teamed up with our Advice Centre to help students with their bills, whether they are currently living in or about to move in to off-campus accommodation. Bills can be pain to handle but the Advice Centre can help! Read more for our top tips on managing your bills. ...

Officer Update: Healthcare Provision in Canterbury

The current healthcare provision in Canterbury is not good enough, and it's at risk at being further reduced.

Your Kent Union officers have written to the NHS trust about this issue and have yet to receive responses, there is a demonstration on Saturday for the public and for students to protest and demand better healthcare provision in Canterbury!

Students cannot access hospitals in Margate and Ashford without huge travel costs. There should be a consideration and consultation with...

Doing a Year in Industry?

Prepare and plan for a successful year by signing up to a workshop with the Advice Centre on 31st May @ 1pm to find out about Money, Housing, Contracts and returning to University.

Welcome Helpers 2017

Save the Date! Welcome Helpers 2017 is soon! We are looking for Welcome Helpers and Welcome Helper Team leaders to help during Arrivals weekend and Welcome Week in September 2017.

Investing in Volunteers

On 3rd May 2017, Kent Union and GK Unions were re-accredited with Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, a title we have held for 10 years...

Pre-Sessional Students

Find out everything you need to know about getting your student Visa for your main course. #KUADVICE

Kent Financial Support Package

The University of Kent has a Kent Financial Support Package funding which is worth a lot of money each year and if you have not applied you may be missing out on this extra income.

Brexit - What does it mean for EU students?

Confused by recent changes in UK policy? Find out how it affects you by visiting our Advice pages.

Part-Time Officer Elections Results

Congratulations to all of our Part-Time Officers for 2017-18!

Leadership Elections: Count Sheets

See all the count sheets from this year's Leadership Elections.

Leadership Elections 2017

The result may be decided, but we'd like to say a huge well done to every candidate in this year's Elections!

Leadership Elections - The Results

After a week of voting, campaigning and flash giveaways, the votes have been counted and the results are in...

Find out how Kent Union supports your Academic Interests

Find out how all the great work Kent Union has been a part of has supported your academic interests!

Park Wood Building Development

Over the last 5 years, your Sabbatical Officers have been lobbying and working hard to secure £3m from the University to re-develop the Kent Union services at Park Wood. Read on to see plans and timelines for the development.

Technology within Politics and Participation

Rather famously within our recent news cycles there has been global displays against Donald Trump. The Women’s March is possibly the most visual and global response, with marches happening in major cities across the US and the world at large. In a single stroke Donald Trump has made enemies of seemingly half the human race. This reaction however is one in a long line of such actions that represent distrust, repulsion, and even hatred manifested in a political way.

Kent Union hosts Ayo Akinrele for BME Voices: Student Leadership Talk

Following the publication of the BME Student Voices Project, one of the recommendations that came out was to hold a greater range of events that encourage BME students into positions of leadership.
In response to this, on 7th February, Kent Union hosted Ayo Akinrele, VP Welfare and Community at Liverpool Hope, for a talk on student leadership.

Free Activities at Kent!

One of my biggest and most ambitious manifesto points when I ran to be Vice President (Activities) was to try to get students free memberships to societies. Students get so much out of being involved in co-curricular activities, it offers so many skills and developments that students don’t get just from their degree. These benefits shouldn’t be exclusively available for students with disposable income; joining student groups should be accessible to all.

Scrutiny Panel 1

On Wednesday 30th November, Kent Union held the first of our Officer Scrutiny Panels, the student’s opportunity to hold elected officers to account on their manifesto pledges and priority campaigns.

International Students' Day

The importance of 17th November is that it is generally celebrated around the world as International Student’s day. It is often focused around the issues of multiculturalism and student solidarity. Here within the UK NUS celebrated International Student Day with a week of talks in Parliament culminating on the 19th with a national demonstration.

Tuition fees Officer Statement

Earlier today, the University announced its intention to increase tuition fees next academic year for continuing Home/EU Undergraduate students who joined the University in or after September 2015. Kent Union is incredibly disappointed in this decision.

Part time Officers visit Parliament

Kent Union’s Part time officers visited the Houses of Parliament this month to lobby Julian Brazier MP on a number of issues important to students at the University of Kent.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2016

Consent is mandatory. Sex without consent is rape, and it is vital that people know what consent means. A person has the right to withdraw consent at any time, and you should never feel ashamed to reject sexual activity.

Officer Reports for Scrutiny Panels

Scrutiny Panels are the student’s opportunity to hold elected officers to account on their manifesto pledges and priority campaigns.

SMFA - Kent Union statement

On 21 November 2016, students of the School of Music and Fine Art based at Medway were informed of the University’s proposal to close the School once all current students have completed their course and graduated.

Kent Union contributes to local council's report on students

Students across universities and colleges in Canterbury are celebrating at securing policies in the Higher and Further Education in Canterbury Impact Review, conducted by Canterbury City Council.

Setting the Agenda on Campus Rents

The cost of university accommodation across the UK continues to spiral upwards, at the same time students are seeing financial support dwindle with the removal of maintenance grants and the upheaval of disabled student allowance.

BME Student Voices Project Report Launches

Kent Union are pleased to officially launch the first report of the BME Student Voices Project, after the student led research project took place last year.

5 Things We Learned From Door Knocking on Campus

Last week our officers spent the week visiting campus accommodation to speak to as many students as possible in order to find out how they are and how we can better support our members. Across the week we spoke to over 1000 students!

Medway Black History Month Open Forum

Yesterday, 3 November, an open forum was held in Medway in regard to the events of Black History Month.

Rory, Union President, began by explaining the background and context of the issues that had arisen and what had happened since then. He went through the issues that had been raised at the open forum in Canterbury the week before and what actions had been decided since then.

Vice-President (Activities) convenes community of faith and belief student groups

Ruth Wilkinson, Vice-President (Activities), hosted the first of twice termly lunch events with committees of faith and belief student groups at the Canterbury campus.

Tuition Fees - Your Officers Respond

Fees are only one part of the story.

Yesterday it became public that Tuition Fees are once again on the rise and Kent was in the media spotlight.

Information for students with concerns over cancelled MA programmes

We have had several students get in contact with us to express concern over the cancellation of some MA programmes for this September.

Calling All Students and Student Groups– contributions for Black History Month

Kent Union will be hosting Black History Month in October, and would like as many student groups to be involved as possible!

Your Officers write to Julian Brazier MP

Take a look at the letter the Officer team have sent to Julian Brazier MP regarding the HE Bill going to parliament today.

Kent Union submits parliamentary evidence on future of higher education

Kent Union has today been published in evidence documents for the parliamentary Public Bill Committee. The committee is tasked with scrutinising the Higher Education & Research Bill currently making its way through parliament.

The Government’s proposal, which identifies a raft of changes to the higher education system, put out a call for evidence as the Bill is scrutinised by committee before returning to the House of Commons.