Hi everyone ! I have worked at a lot of schools, sixth forms and colleges and I have noticed a lot of people find some university jargon a bit confusing - rightfully so! I know before I came to university a lot of these words didnt really mean much to me. So this is a quick glossary. A list of terms that should makes things a bit clearer if you are slightly lost with all these words you keep hearing when you're on a campus tour or open day or even just reading through our blogs!
Lecture A class, usually lasting at least an hour, often to a room of over a hundred students, taken and led by a lecturer.
Workshops These usually run in conjunction with the lectures they are associated with: in a two-hour lecture, the second hour may comprise of a workshop where students are given tasks or questions to work on in smaller groups.
Module A subject unit of your degree. Most degrees consist of a number of core modules and modules which you choose to take.
Capped Marks If you fail a module (by getting below 40%, usually), you will have the option to retake it - however, regardless of the new grade you actually get, it will be "capped" at 40%. This is in part to discourage students from attempting "multiple tries" or "spreading out" their modules!
Reading Week/Enrichment Week Basically a fancy name for Half Term, though it doesn't always fall halfway through term. Students are supposed to use this week to work on their ongoing assignments, reading, or projects.
Seminar Some modules, as well as having lectures, will run seminars as part of the contact hours for the week. These are smaller, student-led classes.
Tutor A module tutor will take seminars (and may lecture for one or more of your modules as well). A personal tutor acts as a point of contact for your course concerns.
My Kingston The name for the KU student intranet which acts contains your online resources and info regarding uni, and also includes OSIS and Studyspace.
Studyspace An online resource which allows you to download course files, module guides, lecture notes, extra materials, and also where you may have to hand in online copies of your coursework.
OSIS Stands for Online Student Information System: OSIS lets you apply and enrol, and once you are a student at Kingston gives you access to course dates and timetables, as well as information on things like course results and finance.
Guess what, I am here again with something different this time. I recently worked at Taste KU open day and though maybe I should share my best experience with you all. Some of you might not know what this event is about which is normal as I wasn't sure myself but I do NOW. This event was mainly for students who have been made an offer by Kingston University. This was my first time working at this event so was really excited. Waking up early in the morning wasn't really fun but I think it was worth it. I worked with new Ambassadors and was so proud of myself to be part of experienced ambassador team. During this event I met students who were in the same school I went to. I was so surprised and happy to welcome them to my University. Fantastically some of them wanted to do Accounting and Finance which is what I am doing. After attending this event my friends had a chance to find out more information about their course and they were really happy to make Kingston their firm choice.
I also made a new friend "Banana" and "Orange". Luckily, I managed to take few pictures with Banana and here they are. I wanted to take some pictures with Orange too but Orange was really shy to take pictures with anyone. I would strongly advise everyone to attend these events if you are thinking of coming to Kingston. This will help you decide whether you want to make Kingston your firm choice. Also, you will get a real taste of what it is like at Kingston University. The next event is coming up this Saturday. This is all for this blog, I will catch you later with more blogs SOON...
Hi everyone! It's really nice to be back and to be able to share what I've been up to since graduation. This blog will concentrate on my new working life and how Kingston helped get me there. Hope it's useful and interesting...
First here's a little background information: I have just started a 'Higher Education Graduate Trainee' scheme called Ambitious Futures - so yes my job title is very long! This involves me carrying out three five month placements in two institutions. My first placement is back where it all began- Kingston! At the moment, I'm working on a number of different projects for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Penrhyn Road. It's all very exciting and new and I am learning a lot about what goes on behind the scenes at a university - trust me, it's more than you think! It's also really lovely to be back here as I loved uni and Kingston itself. The familiar environment was definitely helpful those first couple of weeks when I was settling in.
So how did Kingston help me get my graduate job I hear you ask?
Summer Boot camp session
After I finished my exams in May, I attended a summer graduate 'boot camp'. This was a one day course that covered everything you need to perfect for the graduate job market: CVs, cover letters & interview skills. I also had the chance to practise what I had learnt in mock interviews and presentations. The feedback I got was both encouraging and really useful for when it came to the real thing. It was actually a really fun day too and I got to meet new people who were in the same position as me. It was great to be able to share stories (and horror stories) about the graduate job search so far- highly recommend!
CV and LinkedIn workshops
There were always regular workshops at Kingston Hill for CVs and cover letters. I used the service a quite a few times to check the layout and grammar of my CV. The tips I got were only minor, but in today's competitive market, this could make all the difference.
KU Law Society
Having the chance to be a committee member of a society really improved my 'soft skills' of team work, effective communication, problem solving and planning. Above all it was a lot of fun and really made me feel part of the Law School and University community.
Last but not least is the amazing Ambassador Scheme! It was actually one of my previous managers that suggested I apply for my current job. She also really helped me with my application- for which I will be eternally grateful :) The scheme gave me the confidence to work and deal with a variety of people and improved my public speaking skills no end. In fact, the information I learnt throughout my time as an Ambassador still helps me now and I'm able to answer a lot of questions in my current job that I wouldn't have been able to without my previous experience.
To end, I'd like to say that although the job market is scary and extremely daunting there is help at hand. All you have to do is search for opportunities and make the most of the options given to you.
A day in the life of a Primary Teaching student - Lectures at Kingston Hill campus, leftovers for lunch, making giant bubbles, walking along the River Thames and attending the Yorba School of Education event
Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Sebastian
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A day in the life of a Midwifery student - preparing for a day at uni, hot chocolate addiction, working at the postgraduate open day and going out in Piccadilly Circus with friends.
Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Doreen
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A day in the life of an Information Systems student - Cycling to uni, late for a lecture, working with the employability team, lunch at Richmond Park and a late night at the library
Posted 7 Jul 2014 by Adam
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Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Abigail
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