Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Student Union
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  • Contact
    • Kent Union, Mandela Building, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NW

About Kent Union

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

85% of staff agree that managers live the organisation’s values every day. In the past, the senior management team have skipped a pay rise to ensure other staff get one. They promote volunteering, encourage staff to work flexibly and the CEO invites staff to breakfast and lunch meetings.
Staff are valued and free to express their feelings. They work flexibly, have compressed and annualised hours, and can work from home. There are free health checks, arranged walks around campus, an occupational health nurse and counselling. Free fruit, massages and yoga are also available.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Bonuses are given when financial performance is strong. Staff can get impromptu gifts, awards and social events for exceptional performance. KUDOS is a recognition award scheme inviting staff to nominate colleagues for a £10 gift and personal thanks from the manager. Monthly winners can get £50.

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  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

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  • Pensions

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

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

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  • Male : Female:

    31% / 69%

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