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Student Life

Getting involved with the Student Union is a great way for you to be part of College life.


The Student Union

By joining the Student Union you may get involved is assisting clubs, hosting events, organising trips or helping to develop and deliver health campaigns. Student Union Officers meet every week to discuss College activity and to organise and plan for events.

The Student Union receives funding from the National Union of Students (NUS) to help support Union activity. To find out how to apply for a NUS Card, visit the National Union of Students' website.

With an NUS Card you can get over 200 discounts in the UK and, because it comes with one year free ISIC, it also brings over 42,000 international discounts in 130 countries.


Enrichment

Enrichment takes place throughout the week and offers a wide variety of exciting activities and support that add to your time at College. Taking part in these activities, or accessing the support available will enhance your personal development, help you gain new skills, enjoy new experiences and support you to achieve all you can at College.

Open up a world of Enrichment through the five strands:

  1. Cultural Enrichment and Personal Development - These are regular events aimed at raising awareness of other countries, traditions and their cultures through a range of workshops and food tasting events.
  2. Hadlow Evening and Weekend Enrichment - These activities, open to all students, help make the experience an enjoyable and fulfilling one.
  3. Cross-College Themed Events - These are the annual parties and events, open to all students that celebrate the start, middle and end of the academic year these include the Winter Ball, charity fundraising events, The Hadlow Group Sports Awards and Summer Ball.
  4. Sport Enrichment - The Hadlow Group has a variety of competitive sporting teams including football, netball and rugby teams and we offer a range taster sessions for all students to get active when studying with us.
  5. Curriculum Enrichment - Each curriculum area will organise sessions for other students to experience what they do, or to learn a transferable skill and create an understanding of what we have to offer.

Common Room/Wellbeing Hub

The Common Room is available for all students to use and has a wide range of facilities including games consoles and games, karaoke and disco system, TV, pool tables, arcade games and a dedicated music room with a variety of instruments.


Activities and events

Students are able to take part in a variety of different activities which may include learning a new skill, helping other people within the community or local area, attending a workshop or sampling offsite activities. The programme is based on activities specifically requested by our students and aims to keep you stimulated and motivated.

West Kent College is a Health Promoting College encouraging students to participate in physical activities and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Students may wish to join the football, rugby, netball teams. The teams compete in the KCSSA Sport League and Cups, which has a fixture list from September through to the spring break.


Keep Fit

Being based at West Kent College you will have access to the on-site gym -The Fitness Suite - to stay in shape. Within the gym you'll find a range of cardio-vascular machines (such as treadmills, exercise bikes and rowing machines) along with both resistance and free weight training facilities.

The Fitness Suite staff will work with you to draw up an individual fitness programme in a friendly and welcoming environment. You can also keep in shape with the one of the fitness classes such as yoga.

Other sports on offer include:

  • Table tennis
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Martial Arts
  • Golf

All activities offered are free of charge for students to attend, with the exception of The Fitness Suite which can be paid for on an annual or termly basis. If you hold an NUS Extra Card you are entitled to a discounted annual membership at the Fitness Suite.


College committees

On all of our college committees there is a student representative , including two students on the College Board of Governors. By being one of these representatives, you will ensure that you have a say in how the College is run, as well as giving yourself the chance to develop excellent skills for your future career.

Ultimately it is your chance to put forward ideas, comments and suggestions to benefit the whole student population.


Learner Voice

Learner Voice gives you the chance to participate and influence all aspects of College life. From something quick and easy, such as making a comment on one of the College social networking sites, to being a student representative for your group.

As a student representative you will attend a Learner Voice forum each term with the Executive team and also attend a Learner Voice conference in the spring term. The College will always respond to learner opinions, including 'you said, we did' initiatives, student emails and feedback directly from the Student Union and class representatives.