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Kent Union honoured as top employer again

With 80% of Kent Union's staff made up of current students we are honored to receive a Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For award.

Vice-President (Education) Update

Kent Union update regarding your Vice-President (Education)

How does technology enhance your learning?

This year one of our main goals has been to secure lecture capture through Kent Player for all students to enhance the academic experience. We are getting really close to achieving this across the University, but we need your help to push this through. The Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching are filming testimonials of students about the use of Kent Player and lecture recordings, as well as your experiences of moodle, turnitin and the other technology that students use every day.

Hidden Course Costs: Have your say

Two years ago the University approved a policy which stated that all costs of a module should be available to students upfront so that the overall cost of a module was clear, and that any hidden course costs were exposed. The policy agreed that “mandatory printing for assignments and classes should always

Varsity Winners 2017

The University of Kent have won Canterbury Varsity for the 20th time in a row! After 39 fixtures, from swimming to basketball, Team Kent once again took the win!

Team Kent Ball

Nominations will be open from 20th February, click below to buy your ticket or for more information!

The Bunnies are almost here!

Join us to celebrate the very best societies, fundraising and volunteering of the year!

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!

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.

Official Branded Clothing!

Click here to see our full range of clothing in our online store and the option to personalise each item with your name or society!

Varsity 2017 – Supporting LGBT History Month

This year Varsity is during and will be supporting LGBT History Month.

Your Women's Officer Needs You

The women’s campaign are looking for creative self defining women to contribute to our online gallery.

Statement from your Officer Team

This recent weekend has seen the President of the USA impose an immigration ban that has impacted thousands of people across the world.

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.

NUS Delegate Elections

This year’s NUS National Conference Delegate elections were hotly contested, with 13 candidates and 235 total votes cast. There were 5 delegate positions available.

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.

Jobshop Annual Part-Time, Seasonal and Temporary Recruitment Fair

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 12 - 3pm Darwin College, University of Kent

Above and Beyond Awards

Kent Union awards it's first Above and Beyond Award!

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.

Leadership election dates announced

The dates for the annual leadership elections have been announced.

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.

Message from Women’s Officer – International Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November

The 25th of November marks the day of International Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Women's Fundraising Campaign team are therefore holding a day of fundraising events to raise money for The Rising Sun, which is a local domestic abuse charity based in Canterbury.

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.

Kent Union launches Digital Rep

We have now launched Digital Rep, our new online feedback platform where you can submit feedback about your course, school or faculty at any point throughout the Academic Year. This information is vital to not only help your Student Reps make changes to improve your academic experience, but also for you to have a voice in your education. We have launched this following the development of our Course Rep Review and the creation of our new Education Strategy in partnership with the University.

Womens Campaign

This year the Women’s Campaign is hoping to get two groups of students actively involved...

‘Change It’ re-opens for start of term – make a change today!

To coincide with the start of term Change It, Kent Union’s online change-making platform, re-opens today.

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.

Welcome to your 16-17 Officer Team!

Congratulations to Rory, Ruth, Dave, Clara and Elliott!

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.