The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Student support and facilities
At Kent, we have professional teams who are able to advise you prior to your application and support you when you begin your studies.
Our Information team offer a free and impartial guidance service to those who are thinking of returning to higher education, or thinking about university for the first time and are unsure just what they want, or need, to do. The team provides advice on entry requirements, progression routes and funding, as well as information relating to disabled access and study skills.
The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) provides information and guidance on studying. It is a free and friendly resource for students from all subjects and accredited levels of study.
Advice and workshops
The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) offer a limited number of confidential appointments during term-time for individuals (or for small groups of students, on request). Advice appointments provide friendly, impartial advice in a relaxed environment.
Workshops and events include sessions on getting started with university study, revision and exam strategies, and dissertation planning. We run some sessions on Saturdays, especially for part-time students.
Both the workshops and advice appointments provide friendly, impartial advice in a relaxed environment.
IT and Study Skills
Value Added Learning in University Education (VALUE)
VALUE MaP is a free programme of study skills development for mature and part-time students. It is run as a series of Saturday workshops on effective study and also takes place at varying times of the week to allow for flexible attendance.
A certain level of study and IT skills are necessary in order to study at university level and we can help you to incorporate these skills into your learning. We offer introductory sessions for students who feel they need extra assistance, including information on how to find books in the library, monitor your IT account, produce, save and retrieve essays, and submit them, either by emailing them to the school or via Moodle (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment).
Places are limited and you should contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
SLAS has books, software, videos, audio tapes and leaflets on a wide range of themes related to study. Leaflets are free and you can borrow other resources. The SLAS website includes free printable downloads and links to other useful sites.
Maths and statistics
SLAS provides maths support materials. The Statistics Desk, based in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, offers advice if you are doing a project involving statistics. We can help with maths queries by phone or email as well.
This ‘human signpost’ service helps if you are experiencing difficulty with your studies. If we don’t know who can help we will find out; we work closely with other support services within and outside the University. You can find out what other sources of help are available on the SLAS website.
Being a part-time student* allows you access to the full range of University study resources – for instance, the library collections. There are also hundreds of PCs for student use on the Canterbury and Medway campuses and at the Tonbridge Centre.
You may also want to take advantage of the University’s leisure facilities. On the Canterbury campus, these include a fully equipped sports centre, the Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema. At Medway, students have access to the on-site sports facilities and various student societies. A state-of-the-art sports centre, Medway Park, is also available to students at discounted rates.
* the level of access varies for students taking accredited or non-accredited courses.