Employability Points


The Chancellor's Employability Points Award, part of the Kent Student Awards

The Chancellor’s Employability Points Award recognises a student who has made an outstanding contribution to a University initiative, whilst participating in the EP Scheme. Nominations for this prize must come solely from current University of Kent or Kent Union/GK Unions staff, and is only open to students who are engaged with the Employability Points Scheme.

The winning student will be awarded £400 at the Kent Student Awards Gala Dinner in May 2018, whereas the second and third place students will also receive prizes. Furthermore, all nominees with receive a Kent Student Awards certificate!

Nominations are currently closed and will re-open in January 2018.

Nomination criteria

  • Nominations must only be received from current full or part time members of University of Kent or Kent Union/GKUnions staff (hereby referred to as 'staff').
  • Multiple nominations for students is acceptable.
  • Where a single nomination has multiple members of staff co-signing, this will be counted as one nomination.
  • All students from a UK-based campus are eligible to be nominated.
  • All nominees must be registered on the Employability Points scheme by the time the panel meets to shortlist.
  • 'University initiative' must be extracurricular, and nominee must not receive any form of payment or academic credits for it. The only exception to this is that it may be something for which they can log hours towards the Kent Union/GKUnions 'Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering' (KSCV) award.
  • The initiative must be in line with the University's ethical code of conduct policies.

Chancellor's prize

The Chancellor's Employability Points Award is a part of the Kent Student Awards. For more information on the Kent Student Awards and for the prize, please visit the KSA website.

Key dates

9th January 2017

Nominations open via EP website

27th February 2017

Nominations close via EP website

5 May 2017

Gala awards dinner

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Winning Student 2016-17


The winning student of the Chancellor’s Employability Points Award 2017, as selected by the University of Kent's Chancellor, Gavin Esler, was Aaron Cross for his role as the Technical Manager of CSR FM.

Having been described as ‘the lifeblood of CSR’, Aaron’s commitment to CSR has been predominant factor in the radio station’s continued growth in recent years. Recently, both studios have undertaken technical and cosmetic upgrades, with Adam leading on these projects. In particular, he created new software for the TV plasma screens, time and webcams to allow for visual communication between the studios, a CSR app in addition to undertaking a predominant role in redesigning the website.

Aaron is reliable and modest – never looking for praise or recognition – and simply commits everything to the continued success of CSR. Aaron has recently focused on increasing recruitment to the tech team, preparing a three-year capital expenditure plan and is currently assisting with the upgrading of the studios and the FM transmission systems.


Shortlisted Students 2016-17

1. Tom Ritchie and Rowena Bicknell

2. Aaron Cross

3. Sharad Kiswani

Nominated Students 2016-17

Rachel Bale
Emma Cooke
Jose (Miguel) Santos
Thomas Rowe
Aaron Cross
Asad Khan
Matthew Harrall
Jack Warner
Jolanta Wasag
Aleksandar Angelov
Arielle Sagrillo Scarpati
Sharad Kiswani
Melissa Neave
Jonathan Small
Benjamin Silvester
Rowena Bicknell
Paul McConnell
Timo Kuerten
Alayna Marsh
Tom Ritchie
Jihad Dib


Previous Winners


Natalie Tipping - Winner 2015-16 

The winning student of the Chancellor’s Employability Points Award 2016, as selected by the University of Kent's Chancellor, Gavin Esler, is Natalie Tipping, for her commitment and dedication towards the development of the InQuire newsletter.

Natalie first joined InQuire in 2011 and her influence was clearly demonstrated a year later when she joined the editorial team as Newspaper Features Editor. Whilst Natalie was responsible for maintaining the section, managing writers and proofreading content, she significantly enhanced the section through the inclusion of news deemed more relevant to the student audience.

Later in 2013, Natalie helped organise #Awakefor48, a 48-hour radio marathon which incorporated Canterbury Student Radio (CSR), Kent Television (KTV) and Inquire – the first time the three student media outlets worked together. Through Natalie’s leadership, the initiative raised over £1,500 for Catching Lives.

Currently Natalie is Editor-in-Chief, a demanding role she has held since 2014. Her commitment is unquestionable and is demonstrated by the fact, in 2014, she dedicated over 2,000 voluntary hours to the newspaper. In this current role, Natalie has ensured the redesign of InQuireLive.co.uk, increased the number of student volunteers in the team, increased revenue by launching InQuire’s new advertisement arm and undertaking additional committee roles. This was all achieved in addition to the countless hours and many late nights writing articles and laying the newspaper against tight deadlines.

InQuire would not be the publication it is today without Natalie’s dedication, leadership and determination. For this reason, Natalie has been awarded the Chancellor’s EP Award.


Yu Lok (Billy) Ng - Winner 2014-15

Billy received the highest number of nominations for the Chancellor’s Employability Points Award in recognition of his involvement in fundraising for the Kent Law Campaign. The Kent Law Campaign is a £5 million fundraising project, which looks to build a new home for Kent Law Clinic and the University of Kent’s Mooting Programme. The University has pledged to match each donation received pound for pound, and to date the campaign has raised over £3.4 million. As a part of this, the Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) was established in 2012 to raise awareness of the Kent Law Campaign across the student community. To date, they have raised £53,000 and look to reach their £70,000 target by the end of the campaign in April 2016.

Billy, as the Vice-Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the campaign within the student body and fundraising towards this target. Billy has fundraised by:

  • Securing sponsorship for the Seasonal Greeting Cards and Calendars, which raised £2,923 for the campaign.
  • Leading on the organisation of the third annual Law Ball and second annual Fun Run.
  • Completing the Reading Half Marathon and a sponsored sky dive, which raised £395.
  •  Securing volunteers and entertainers to assist with the Canterbury Legal Walk.

Billy has demonstrated considerable leadership and determination towards fundraising, where he has personally raised £3,318 for the Kent Law Campaign.

Billy’s passion for charity fundraising is also demonstrated with his involvement with the Anthony Nolan Trust, where he was shortlisted for the Volunteer of the Year Supporter Award. Billy also ran the London Marathon in 2014 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

In addition, Billy is the Vice-President of the Kent Union Council, Treasurer of the Kent Union Societies Executives, World Language Course Representatives for Centre of English and World Languages and an alumni ambassador for Queen Mary University, representing the Hong Kong Area.

In recognition of his extra-curricular engagement, Billy has recorded over 1,800 Employability Points, an astonishing feat. Billy has demonstrated an acute awareness to enhance his employability prospects and has made the most of opportunities made available to him, as seen with the internships, mini pupillage’s and marshalling placements he has undertaken.

Billy’s endless enthusiasm, passion and determination for charity fundraising and law has allowed him to make an outstanding contribution to student life and directly benefit both the wider community and his chosen charities.



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