Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Student Union
  • Year established:
    1965
  • Website:
    https://kentunion.co.uk/
  • Contact
    • mandela building, university of kent, canterbury, ct2 7nw

About Kent Union

Established in 1965, Kent Union are the students’ union for the University of Kent, representing the interests of 20,000 individuals.

The organisation believes every student at the university should have the opportunity to try out new experiences, have fun, make new friends and be a part of a community. They believe every student should have the chance to fulfil their potential in life, have a voice in society and make a difference.

Kent Union also look to be a great place for its employees to work, and promotes a flexible environment where all members of staff can flourish. Great onus is placed on staff development and communication, and all staff are invited to take advantage of flexible working.

Chief Executive Jim Gardner attends department meetings on a regular basis, and his open-door policy means staff are invited to communicate any issues they may have directly. Jim also writes personalised Christmas and birthday cards for all career staff.


What is it like to work for Kent Union

Leadership
Leadership
In a recent staff survey, 84% of employees agreed that Kent Union’s managers live and breathe the values of the organisation. This dedication was reflected in previous years, where managers have sacrificed an annual cost of living salary increase to ensure other staff could benefit from this pay increase.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
The organisation invests heavily in training and development for all staff, and last year invested nearly £70,000 in this area. Amongst other training includes a bespoke management development programme, which features eight one-day modules covering a range of relevant topics.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Kent Union staff are given impromptu gifts, awards and social events to reward exceptional performance or hard work. What’s more, the organisation’s Going the Extra Mile awards scheme recognises great work among staff, with each nominated employee receiving a personal thanks from the Chief Executive.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development
    Development

    Non work related training supported

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    2

  • Earning £35,000+:

    2%

  • Average Age:

    28

  • Male : Female:

    33% / 67%

  • Staff:

    417

  • Staff Turnover:

    57%

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