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 have been introduced across all academic schools to provide you with individual advice and guidance to maximise your academic and personal development.
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
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.
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.
Our Student Wellbeing team offers free support to students experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues.
Students with disabilities or dyslexia are now able to take advantage of the services offered by our Student Support team.
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.
In 2016-17, Kent provided £14.6m for scholarships and bursaries.
Student Projects Grant Scheme
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.
Dignity at Study Policy
We have reviewed our Dignity at Study Policy to make it easier for students facing discrimination to find help and report incidents.
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.