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Black History Month 2016

In May and June 2016, Kent Union held the first of its Black History Month planning meetings, putting out an open call to all students and students group to attend. The first meeting was attended by a range of different societies, volunteering groups and students, who put forward their ideas for the focus and events for the month long celebration.

Black History Month Virtual Gallery Launches

Kent Union in partnership with University of Kent the Student Success (EDI) Project,  has been pleased to launch two Exhibitions celebrating Black History Month this October – both are now available to view virtually.

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...

Access to Activities

The Access to Activities fund is here to support students who wish to participate in Kent Union/ GK Union activities where cost is a barrier. In 2015/16 we awarded over £4,000 to students in need.

‘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.

Officers Residential Trip

Last week the new sabbatical officer team 2016/17 went away for a week’s training in Whitstable to learn loads of skills that will make us better officers! We spent 6 days training and 1 day on a team bonding trip on the river Stour learning to Canoe. The training was a mixture of learning more about Kent Union as an organisation and learning about ourselves as representatives as students.

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.

Higher Education Bill Advances through Parliament

The Higher Education and Research Bill has advanced to the committee stage of its assent through parliament.

The Bill, which will make considerable changes to universities, began as a Green Paper in which the Government consulted on proposed changes to the higher education (HE) system. This then moved to the White Paper in which the Government set out its priorities and turned them into a Bill to move through Parliament.

Volunteer of the Month September

Meet Septembers Volunteer of the Month and nominate someone amazing for October.

Volunteers Needed for BME Steering Group Committee

Want your voice as a Black or Minority Ethnic Student to be heard on campus and to contribute towards improving the student experience? Become a BME Student Voices Steering Group Member!

Kent Union Launches Campaign Toolkit and Resources

Thinking about running your own campaign or want to make a positive change for students and don’t know where to start? Look no further! Kent Union has launched a brand new Campaign Toolkit and Campaign Resources to help you on your way to running your own successful campaign!


CSRfm, Canterbury’s local Community & Student Radio station has been awarded a third community radio licence, meaning it will continue to broadcast on FM in Canterbury until 2022.

Campus safety app for students and staff

The University has launched a free app service to help give round-the-clock safety reassurance to staff and students.