Employability Points


EP Rewards Evening 2016

Celebrating the successes of the Employability Points Scheme.


The Employability Points Rewards Evening took place on Tuesday 31st May 2016 at the Royal Dockyard Church at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Now in its sixth year, the University of Kent’s Employability (EP) Scheme saw a record 6,784 students taking part, with 132 companies supporting and 617 rewards being offered to the most engaged students.

The evening, which welcomed nearly 200 guests was sponsored by Santander Universities with Medway Council supporting the event and Canterbury City Council sponsoring the promotional materials. Digital Contact also kindly provided the celebratory drinks and Arriva provided return transport for guests from the Canterbury campus.

During the ceremony, 16 top performing students were recognised through the provision of iPads, Amazon vouchers, Kindle Fires and much more, all offered by sponsoring companies and organisations.

Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway Cllr Stuart and Sarah Tranter, Chief Executive of the Dockyard Bill Ferris, Leader of Medway Council Cllr Alan Jarrett and, for the University, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Philippe De Wilde who told winners that they should be ‘very proud of what they have achieved’.

Marcus Wright, Enterprise Manager at Kent Innovation and Enterprise (pictured below, left) said: ‘It was fantastic to hold our first event in Medway and seeing so many of our engaged students, supporting businesses, internal staff and alumni attend and celebrate the successes of the EP Scheme. It was amazing to see our students networking with both staff and external businesses, and the winning students should feel incredibly proud of their achievements.’

Becky Campbell, Managing Director of Reflect Digital, (pictured above, right) who presented a prize, also commented: ‘The 2016 EP Rewards night was a fantastic celebration of the University of Kent's students. Demonstrating the extra curricular activities that so many students are involved in that are so important for future development and career opportunities in addition to the dedication required for their academic studies!’

Carole Barron, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, said 'The University is absolutely committed to providing the best possible student experience for all our students. The EP Scheme is a unique to the University sector and is an important part of our extra-curricular activities. We are proud the scheme has been recognised by central Government as best practice for employability support.'

Professor Philippe De Wilde, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, stated, 'An impressive evening, highlighting some truly impressive achievements by students. I was glad to see so many supporters from business and the public sector turn up to hand out the prizes. Our students are well supported with the start of their careers. I thoroughly enjoyed the venue as well, and our Medway campus will see more Employability Rewards events in the future.'

The event concluded by a musical performance kindly provided by the talented Jamie Johnson (pictured above, centre), a finalist of The Voice 2014.

To find out more about the event details, speakers, and the scheme’s winners, see below:


Many of our sponsors and supporters were invited to our rewards evening. Some even made presentations to students and spoke about why they wanted to get involved with Employability Points, along with students who have benefited from the scheme, and members of the University of Kent community. Here are the speakers we had on the night:

Carole Barron - Director of Kent Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent

Marcus Wright – Enterprise Manager, University of Kent

Bill Ferris OBE– Chief Executive, Historic Dockyard

Cllr Alan Jarrett – Leader of Medway Council

Michael Wilson – University Regional Manager, Santander Universities

Debbie Kucharski – Branch Manager, Halifax

Jan Leandro – Head of Learning and Participation, Canterbury Cathedral

Matt Cook – EP Officer, University of Kent

Stephanie Karpetas – Chief Executive, Sustainability Connections

Jennifer Thomas – Client Business Manager, Caliper

Becky Campbell – Managing Director, Reflect Digital

Elouise Mitchell – EP Student Ambassador, University of Kent

Scott Maynard – HR Director, Southeastern

Richard Heasman – Forensic Accounting and HR Partner, Kreston Reeves

Professor Philippe De Wilde – Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Kent

Student Award Presentations

Here is a list of winners who were announced on the night:

Joey Chong, Highest Scoring Student from the Canterbury Campus

Vladislav Kozub, Highest Scoring Student from the Medway Campus

David Cocozza, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities

Diamantina Stavrianou, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Sergey Ovchinnik, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Sciences

Rachael Whyman, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Finance related Degree

Natalie Tipping, EP Student with the Highest Number of Volunteering Hours towards Kent Union/GK Union’s KSCV Award

Cristina-Diana Cojocaru, Highest Scoring Student who completed the Careers and Employability Award

Clara Lee, Top Four Highest Scoring Student who completed the Careers and Employability Award

Lauren Hocking, Top Four Highest Scoring Student who completed the Careers and Employability Award

Aneta Klukova, Top Four Highest Scoring Student who completed the Careers and Employability Award

Holly Yelland, EP Student with the Highest Number of HIVE Activities Logged

Julia Kirchmayr, Highest Scoring Student who has Logged a Community Outreach Activity

Thomas Owen, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Business related Degree in Medway

Rowena Bicknell, Highest Scoring Postgraduate Student

Jose Miguel Hernan Tanjangco, Highest Scoring First Year Student


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Last Updated: 23/06/2016