Enhancing academic and personal support

Kent provides a friendly, supportive environment and is committed to helping you get the most out of the challenges and opportunities university brings.

Here are some highlights of the work we've done to enhance the Kent student experience to help you reach your full potential.  

Academic Advisers

Academic Advisers have been introduced across all academic schools to provide you with individual advice and guidance to maximise your academic and personal development.  

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Academic peer mentoring

Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) partners experienced students with newer students to support their on course learning.

This scheme is open to any students from participating schools.

It provides academic support for specific modules or general academic skills’ development. This is delivered through 1:1 sessions, small group meetings or drop-ins (varies from school to school).

Benefits of the scheme

• Encourages independent learning
• Improves student retention and achievement
• Facilitates communication between students and academics 
• Builds a community of learning

Benefits for mentors:

• Skills development such as, confidence, communication and leadership
• Practice of teamwork and organisation skills 
• Enhance CV
• Involvement in a community of learning

Benefits for mentees:

• Gain confidence in academic skills
• Become an independent learner
• Discuss and apply knowledge
• Get help with practical aspects of the course
• Develop a strategy for success

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Buddy scheme

The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer non-academic support scheme co-ordinated by Kent Union that helps students through university life at Kent.

Buddy Volunteers act as a ‘go to’ for students who have worries or questions about the University or University life.

The Buddy Scheme runs lots of regular events and trips and also signposts to other activities on offer across the Union, University and Student Groups.

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Student Learning Advisory Service

Every year, the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) supports the development and academic achievement of students from foundation to PhD. SLAS contributes to the development of learners through bespoke study skills sessions embedded in the curriculum, workshops, one-to-one guidance, academic peer mentoring and through online resources.

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Student Wellbeing

Our Student Wellbeing team offers free support to students experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues.

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Student Support

Students with disabilities or dyslexia are now able to take advantage of the services offered by our Student Support team.

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Kent Union Advice Centre

Kent Union’s Advice Centre provides free, confidential, and impartial advice for students studying at the University of Kent. The service can be accessed through drop-in sessions, telephone consultations, booked appointments, or contacted via email.

Financial support

In 2016-17, Kent provided £14.6m for scholarships and bursaries.  

Student Projects Grant Scheme

In 2016 we gave £50,000 to projects that improve our students’ experience, including the European Summer Schools scholarships, the App Development Conference and the Work-Study Scheme. We plan to do the same again in 2017. Apply and find out more about the grant.

New Support to Study procedure

The Support to Study procedure has been launched to further ensure that your health and wellbeing does not have a detrimental impact on your ability to progress academically and function within the University community. This procedure is focused on your best interests, and is intended as an alternative to any disciplinary procedures for those students who qualify.  

Respect at Kent policy

The University of Kent aims to provide an environment which respects and values the positive contribution of all its students, enabling them to achieve their full potential and to gain benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University. The Respect at Kent policy outlines the commitment and principles that underpin this.

Reporting Discrimination, Racism, Harassment or Sexual Abuse

Please use Inform Kent (InK), the online reporting tool to report incidents of sexual assault, harassment, relationship abuse, hate crime, discrimination or bullying. You can chose to remain anonymous if you prefer. 

Chaplaincies at Canterbury and Medway

The chaplaincies support students from all faith backgrounds and run numerous events throughout the year, including community work, student trips and services.  

Free English courses for international students

The Centre for English and World Languages offers free courses to help international students at Kent improve their English language.  

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