Hear from our staff
Nicola Gibson, Director of Student Services and Safeguarding
I have been working at MidKent College as the Director of Student Services and Safeguarding since June after working at another FE establishment for 17 years. I needed a new challenge and applied for the role at MidKent College. My motivation for applying was based simply on the values, behaviours and the College mission;
‘Provide high-quality technical education and training to drive the ambitions and prosperity of the communities of Maidstone, Medway and surrounding areas.’
During the short period of time that I have been at the College I can say that staff and students do truly live and breathe the values and behaviours of the College and that students and the community is truly at the heart of everything that the College does.
The College is a great place to work and has a real family and community ethos that is felt the minute that you step through the doors. Staff feel valued and appreciated, are encouraged and have autonomy to effect change.
The College is a ‘Good’ College and I look forward to being part of the journey towards ‘Outstanding’, I can honestly say that it is a pleasure to have become part of the MidKent College family.
J.J. Keevey Curriculum Manager Hospitality and Catering
I joined MidKent College initially as sickness cover at the City Way campus whilst studying my DTLLS with the University of Kent. I was then offered sessional hours to assist in logging my required teaching hours for the DTLLS and further develop my teaching.
When the Horsted and City Way campuses joined and relocated to a brand new purpose-built campus in Gillingham, I was employed as a sessional lecturer which led to a full-time post in 2009. The support, training and encouragement over the years has seen me now progress into management.
At MidKent College, staff are not just a number, but individuals who are encouraged to communicate ideas and queries directly to line managers and senior management via dedicated communication channels. Staff focus days brings all staff together to help map out the policies, values, and mission of the College where students are at the forefront of what we do. Staff at MidKent College are part of a family and it’s a great place to work, be it for experienced staff or those starting their teaching career.
Sukh Gill, Lecturer in Business
I have been at MidKent College for about 13 years. I first started as a sessional Business lecturer, then after one year became a permanent member of staff. I enjoy teaching all aspects of Business and sharing my industry experience with our students. The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the students' progression throughout their journey at MidKent College. As well as my role as a Business Lecturer at MidKent College, I am also the Union Secretary for the College’s recognised union UCU. I have been in this role for about five years now and thoroughly enjoy supporting our College members and helping to develop policies/practices across the college. Both the Business and Union team I am a part of are very supportive which makes my role even more so rewarding.