Supporting you to succeed
We know that medicine is a demanding course physically, intellectually and emotionally. It requires commitment, and during your five years with us, you may experience some challenges with which you may need help.
Whether you need additional support with study, financial advice, or just a listening ear, our support staff are here to help you succeed and make the most of your time with us.
This includes support for students with disabilities (including long term medical conditions, Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), and mental health difficulties), support for care-leavers and general advice and support related to the student experience. In addition, both Universities have a Wellbeing Team and if needed can offer a free, confidential Counselling Service, staffed by professional and experienced counsellors.
Personal Academic Tutors
Our Personal Academic Tutors provide an important point of contact in matters relating to your academic progress, personal development and welfare. They also support the induction process and help you settle into academic life and the medical school community.
You will be assigned to a Personal Academic Tutor in your first week of teaching and they will help you with general guidance, including discussion of your academic progress and personal development skills through your ePortfolio and feedback from assessments. Pastoral support, including help with minor crisis issues, will be provided when needed.
Student Buddying Scheme and Student Peer Mentoring Scheme
In your first year, you will be paired up with 2nd and 3rd year students from other healthcare professions, who will be your buddies. They will help you settle into the medical school and life as a medical student. As you progress in your studies, you will have the opportunity to buddy new first year medical students.
Student Support Team
The Student Support Team are responsible for the smooth running of the School’s processes, including curriculum, timetabling, module choices, assignment submissions, exam queries, clinical placements and attendance. The team will provide a drop-in enquiry service for all students.
You will have access to the relevant academic support at both universities, in person and online. In each year’s indcution we will ensure you are aware of the general welfare and academic support that is available to you. During your 5 or 6 years with us, we will help you to strike a balance between being committed to your studies and ensuring that you can manage the pressure of workloads. We encourage you to maintain a work-life balance during your studies and promote opportunities for you to get involved in extra-curricular activities with the Students’ Unions at both universities. In years 1 and 2, you will have each Wednesday afternoon free to enable you to get involved in other university activities.
Occupational Health Services
The universities will provide occupational health clearance and support for all medical students. The service will offer initial screening/clearance of applicants and follow up appointments with students and will be a necessary check to ensure your fitness to practise.
The University Medical Centre is an NHS General Practice based on the University of Kent’s campus. All students from KMMS can access the Medical Centre which offers a variety of services, including psychological therapies and sexual health services. Students must register with this, or another GP practice in Canterbury, so they can access facilities as and when needed. .
You will be able to access the universities’ counselling services, which are professional counselling services, regulated by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), offering short-term confidential counselling sessions.
Counsellors and Wellbeing/Mental Health Advisers will work closely with the University Medical Centre and external services, including Community Mental Health Teams, the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, the local Crisis Team and substance misuse services. Some of these services provide drop in sessions on both campuses. The teams also maintain close links with voluntary sector organisations such as the Samaritans.
E-therapy is also offered to students who are not able to physically attend counselling sessions on the Canterbury campuses.
Both universities offer open mental wellbeing and disability drop in times which will be available for all students at either campus.
Kent Union and Christ Church Students’ Union, with the support of the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, run ‘Nightline’, an out of hours student-led listening and support service.
A 24/7 nursing service is also available to all students at the University of Kent during term time. Both universities have a 24/7 Campus Security presence, with staff trained in Mental Health First Aid who, upon request, will conduct regular welfare checks for on-campus students that give cause for concern. The two universities together are in the process of further strengthening out of hours mental health support.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We aim to attract students and staff from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds. We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. At KMMS, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our ethos and underpin everything that we do. We are committed to ensuring that our students are fully supported with respect to protected characteristics, including LGBTQi and to dealing with issues including domestic violence are treated promptly and appropriately.
For students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and long-term medical conditions (including mental health conditions), specialist services are available, to provide support and oversee the implementation of reasonable adjustments in teaching and assessment.
The Kent and Medway Medical School is proud to offer an inclusive academic experience. Our aim is to offer all our students a fair and enjoyable learning experience, regardless of disability or differences.
We are disclosure positive and encourage you to disclose a disability or mental health illness as early as possible so we can support and advise you if you are facing (or potentially facing) disabling barriers whilst you are studying at University or out on placement. There are three key points in your registration process when you can disclose a disability or mental health illness to us:
- UCAS form – UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admission Service and you will complete a UCAS application form as part of your University application process
- Occupational health questionnaire – You will complete this questionnaire as part of your occupational health clearance process
- KMMS Student Services registration form – You will complete this registration form when you are registering with the Student Support team at either University of Kent or Canterbury Christ Church.
If you disclose a disability, SpLD or Mental Health on your UCAS application, you will receive contact from Student Support, with further instructions on how to access the relevant services. At that stage, you will be invited to register for Student Support and to send in any evidence regarding your diagnosis and/or the support you may require.
Both universities' chaplaincies offer support and friendship, which aim to help students of any faith or no religious faith. They organise group activities and worship, as well as being available for confidential advice or consultation.
The University of Kent offers childcare provision in its Oaks Day Nursery, and this can be used by students from KMMS. However, places cannot be guaranteed and applications should be made at an early stage. More information.
Support for international students
International students will have the same access to disability-related adjustments and mental health support as home students.
In addition, advice and support is available in relation to English language, immigration, finance and other matters related to your student experience.