Postgraduate students are represented by the Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA) as well as the Kent Union (for all students). The KGSA is led by student representatives with annual elections to promote the views and needs of students on academic, pastoral and social issues.
The Kent Union offers an impressive range of services, in addition to hosting dozens of sports teams, activity groups and student-led societies. Those involved in the Kent Union were in general, satisfied with it, with previous student reviews describing staff as ‘helpful’ and ‘dedicated’. The union is led by five elected full-time officers and is overseen by a Trustee Board. There is also a partnership in place with the University of Greenwich Students’ Union, making up the Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together (GK Unions), which is for students studying on the Medway campus.
Previous students praised the variety of clubs and societies on offer at the university, saying there was something for everyone to enjoy. They also described them as ‘active’ and ‘inclusive’ to new members.
Societies run by the SU range from the Cooking Society to the Art Society. There is also a large number of special interest, subject-specific, cultural and religious groups for students to join. Sports fans will be able to join one of the many clubs, such as sailing, windsurfing, rowing, swimming, golf, boxing, caving and mountaineering – to name but a few.
There is also the chance to join one of the student-run media outlets, including a radio station, TV channel and newspaper, where students will be able to gain some hands-on experience in writing, producing and presenting.
Canterbury is famous for its cathedral, the Archbishop and culture. Students have said that it is small enough to allow for easy travel by foot, bike or public transport, but has everything students could possibly need - including plenty of open green spaces and several clubs.
Perks include a number of theatres, museums, cinemas and a range of high street and independent shops. By night, students will have a choice of old school pubs, bars and clubs to venture to. If they’re into water sports, students will be able to head over to the nearby coastal town of Whitstable, home to several beaches.
Nearby students can find galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as an ice rink, ski slope and indoor roller-skating rink. There are also plenty of country parks in the surrounding area, ideal for walking around when the sun comes out.
Both towns have high-speed train links to London and from there the continent; there is a free bus between Medway and Canterbury so students can make the most of both places.
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