Volunteering and development opportunities

You’re already developing a wide range of skills through your course, but there are many other opportunities to help you enhance your skills and help you to grow as a person while at Kent.

Kent Volunteering Scheme

Volunteering is any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. It provides a way of giving your time and skills to help others and assists you in building your employability skills.

Take a look on Target Connect for some volunteering opportunities

You can now log your hours with the Kent Volunteering Scheme. Receive support from the Careers and Employability Service (for example how to discuss your Graduate Attributes with employers) when you hit certain volunteering milestones.

Log your volunteering hours

Volunteering opportunities with Kent Union

Interested in volunteering? Want to give up your time to help others?

Kent Union has thousands of volunteering roles, from running a Student Group, to representing students by being a Student Rep or Network Officer to supporting students by being a Buddy.

By Volunteering, not only are you helping others you are also gaining experience and developing a huge array of employability skills. 

See Kent Union volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities through The Hub at Medway

Volunteering is a way to gain skills, support your academic interests, boost your employability, meet friends, and help to improve the world. 

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities at our Medway campus. Get involved. 

See volunteering opportunities at The Hub

Representing students

Kent Union is a student-led organisation. This means that the decisions and choices Kent Union make are informed and made by you, the students.

In order to do this, Kent Union run elections for full-time (or sabbatical) officers who take a year out (paid) during, or after their degree to represent your views by working for Kent Union. There are also lots of Student Networks representing a wide range of interests.

The Hub is your Students' Union at Medway. You can become a Medway Rep to represent your fellow Medway students and ensure your voice is heard.

More about how you can represent the student voice

Study Plus free courses

Enhance your CV and improve your employability by taking a Study Plus course in something different to your main area of study.

Attendance of Study Plus courses will be recorded in your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) and you will earn employability points.

More about our Study Plus courses

IT Skills

A range of classes and online training is available for staff and students who would like to improve their skills or gain the ECDL qualification.  

More on IT skills you can learn

Student Ambassador Scheme

The Student Ambassador Scheme provides students with the opportunity to work with local schools and colleges on a range of exciting projects - both on campus or in schools.

Student ambassadors take part in a range of activities including: campus visit days, open days, school and college open days, HE fairs, subject specific taster days, residential summer schools, mentoring small groups of school students, aspiration raising activities, projects in Brompton Academy (the University’s Academy) and its feeder primary schools.

Opportunities can be paid, credit bearing, or voluntary.

More about the Student Ambassador Scheme

Learn a language

There are many opportunities and various modes of language learning available, which will enhance your employability and enable you to use your skills internationally.  

More about learning a language

Making music

We have a flourishing programme of music and students from all subjects, together with staff and the local community, have the opportunity to get involved in a wide-range of extra-curricular music activities including performances. Learn how you can involved with making music at Kent.

More about making music

Academic Peer Mentoring

You can also volunteer as an Academic Peer Mentor to develop your skills. Academic Peer Mentors support new students as they start university. Mentors receive training, you can easily fit it around your studies and it will be added to your student record that potential employers see.  

More about Academic Peer Mentoring

Sports and societies

Kent Union and The Hub currently supports student societies and sports clubs, all of which are run by Kent students, for Kent students.

Join societies and sports clubs to meet friends, give back to the University, and have fun!

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

More about the Buddy Scheme

Study Skills

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) offers one-to-one appointments with learning advisers, maths and stats clinics, help developing your academic writing, and creative language development.  

More about study skills
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