Xercise Factor

Kent Sport’s fitness competition is back by popular demand, offering members the chance to be selected for one-to-one fitness mentoring and battle it out in a bid to be crowned Xercise Factor Champion 2018.

Applications are now open and we are looking for students, staff and members of the public who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to getting fit and changing their lifestyle for the better. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge.

If you are successful in your application you will join other contestants for the Xercise Factor boot camp in February where a member of the fitness team will mentor you for two weeks. Only the committed will make it to the second phase and compete for the honour of becoming the Xercise Factor Champion.

Reigning Xercise Factor Champion 2017, student Hana Sofia Baakza, said

‘My six weeks flew by and I am really sad it has come to an end, and in all honesty I have never noticed such a change in my body in this six weeks than I have in my six months at the gym.  I know I will continue lifting and going to the gym even after this challenge is over. I have learnt so many new skills and feel truly proud of myself’.

Pick up your application form from the fitness suite reception at the Sports Centre or download it here. Post your form in the fitness suite ‘X’ box or email it to o.prior@kent.ac.uk by Friday 26 January and get ready for the challenge!

Visit the Xercise Factor webpage to keep up to date with the latest news and don’t miss anything!

Not yet a member of Kent Sport? See our membership details.

New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff – 31 Jan

Colleagues are invited to attend Dr Mike Poltorak’s session on ‘Collaborative Learning through Documentary Reception and Production: Reflexivity and Embodiment in Visual Anthropology’.  Dr Poltorak is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology.

The session takes places on Wednesday 31 January, 12.55-14.00 in Darwin Seminar Room 8, Canterbury.

The integration of the content, and critical reflection of the production, of documentaries into teaching visual anthropology can enhance and transform students’ learning and their own video productions. Using three positions in relation to video production in the community of Angsbacka in Sweden Dr Poltorak will reflect on the relationship between sharing and embodiment and its’ value in teaching and suggest it offers an opportunity for transformative ‘peer teaching’ where students have the opportunity to engage with reflexivity, share insights, work collaboratively and then act with confidence and insight through making a video.

To book a place please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk

Learning and Teaching Network session – Curriculum Internationalisation

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning & Teaching Network session taking place on Friday 26 January , 13.15-14.30 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

Presented by Dr Anthony Manning the session will focus on Curriculum Internationalisation and how this can be embedded in your academic practice at module level. It will provide an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of what is meant by internationalising the curriculum and to reflect on aspects of internationalisation which are already present in your provision in relation to taught content, teaching approaches and assessment.

Throughout the session, examples of good practice will be shared and discussed. Time will be allocated for questions and to provide support to staff working on module specifications.

To book a place please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk

staff speed-dating event

Sign-up for Strictly Professional Speed-Dating event on 14 February

Would you like to meet colleagues across the University in an informal setting to understand their roles better, enhance collaborative working and build professional networks?

This Valentine’s Day, the Academic Division invites you to attend Kent’s first Strictly Professional Speed-Dating event. This will be a fun event on 14 February 2018 mirroring the well-known speed-dating format!

The event is open to all those working at Kent, whether based in schools or in central departments, either in an academic or a professional services capacity, and will take place in the Darwin Conference Suite (Canterbury) and Rochester Building (R2-09, Medway) between 11.00 – 12.00. followed by some additional networking time over a cup of tea/coffee and cake if you wish to stay back and meet yet more colleagues.

This event is part of the Kent Colleagues Connect scheme building on a number of very successful pilot projects run by the Academic Division over the last couple of years which brought together nearly 300 participants across 450 separate interactions. Kent Colleagues Connect will provide various opportunities throughout 2018 for informal meetings between colleagues across the University. The full calendar of events is available here.

Kent Colleagues Connect is the latest scheme from the Excellence Initiative, a professional development programme run by the Academic Division since 2012

Please register here for the Speed-dating event before 1 February 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact us on kentcolleaguesconnect@kent.ac.uk

Only The Last time

Help to give up smoking

Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard, so it stops us even trying. Giving up smoking is one of those things. It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.

NHS Stop Smoking will be on campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for seven weeks from 8 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College.  You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two. NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.

Come on…. make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!

For details on how to book an appointment follow this No more lectures poster.

Medway College Life for Staff

Medway College Life for staff

Medway College Life is providing staff with social, physical, recreational and cultural events during the Spring Term 2018.

It’s time to reclaim your lunch break and create a sense of community!

Get together with your fellow colleagues for a range of FREE activities in the Rochester Senior Common Room (R2-04).

What’s coming up in January:

  • Book Club – Come along and share your opinion and thoughts on the book over tea and cake. Books can be nominated and chosen by the book club, we will aim to explore one book every two weeks. Every Tuesday 13.00-14.00 from 16 January.
  • Tea/Coffee morning – enjoy a late breakfast with a pastry and coffee on Wednesday 17  January at 10.00.
  • Soup and walk – Enjoy a hearty soup after a walk around Medway Campus on Thursday 25 January, 12.00-13.00! Book in advance by emailing medwaycollegelife@kent.ac.uk
  • Stress Management drop in – Join our campus Chaplain to find out more about stress management. Learn how to manage your stress at work. Tuesday 30 January, 12.00-13.00

A full calendar of events is available here.

Don’t fancy joining in any of these activities? The Rochester Senior Common Room is open to all Medway staff every day.


Diego Peña

New international exchange agreement with Colombian university for PhD legal scholars

Colombian PhD legal scholar Diego Peña is the first to benefit from a new international exchange agreement between Kent Law School and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá DC.

The reciprocal agreement enables up to three doctoral research students from each institution to study at the partner institution for a period of six to 12 months. It was instigated by Kent Law School Senior Lecturer Dr Luis Eslava with support from the Law School’s Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Professor Donatella Alessandrini, Director of International Programmes Lisa Dickson and Law Lecturer Dr Rose Sydney Parfitt.

Both Kent and Los Andes also share a commitment to promote academic staff mobility opportunities and the development and consolidation of research networks with a view to developing collaborative teaching, joint research projects and joint conferences and seminars.

Diego was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Kent Law School’s distinctive critical approach to socio-legal research and arrived in September to work under the supervision of Dr Eslava. His thesis is a study of the relationship between urban policy and public law in three Latin American cities: São Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Bogotá.

Diego said: ‘Kent was very attractive to me because I was trying to introduce a critical approach to my thesis. Additionally, I had read a book by Dr Eslava that was very stimulating and useful. He studies the links between local urban development and international law in developing countries that takes Bogotá as an example.’

This latest international exchange agreement is the second to be made available to PhD scholars at Kent Law School; the first agreement signed in May between Kent Law School and the University of Melbourne was also the first PhD student exchange agreement to be made available at Kent.


£5 deals across Kent Hospitality Catering Outlets for January

For the next two weeks Kent Hospitality are offering £5 deals across their catering outlets to welcome in 2018.

This means that from now until Sunday 28 January you can start your day right and grab a mega breakfast and drink from No1 or drop into Cargo for an all-day breakfast each for just £5.

This offer is open to both staff and students, plus if you are using your KentOne card to pay you can save an additional 5%.

The full list of available deals can be found at the UniKentFood blog.

All offers are valid from 15/01/18 – 28/01/18 inclusive whilst stocks last.


£5 deals across Kent Hospitality Catering Outlets for January

For the next two weeks Kent Hospitality are offering 15 £5 deals across their catering outlets to welcome in 2018.

This means that from now until Sunday 28 January you can drop into Rutherford Dining Hall for their daily carvery, grab a fajita from Origins for lunch, or pick up a 12” pizza in Hut 8 each for just £5.

This offer is open to both staff and students with Mungos, K Bar and Dolche Vita also having £5 offers in place. Plus if you are using your KentOne card to pay you can save an additional 5%.

The full list of available deals can be found at the UniKentFood blog.

All offers are valid from 15/01/18 – 28/01/18 inclusive whilst stocks last.

For any enquiries contact catering@kent.ac.uk

Medway Housing Fair

Medway Housing Fair

Every year, students rush to find properties as early as possible, and every year they face the same issues. Home Stamp are here to give you the advice you need to make the best decisions.

Make sure you attend our Housing Fair on 24 January 2018 in the Pilkington Building, where you can get free impartial advice, as well as have the chance to win a week’s rent – just by attending the event!

Find out more about the Medway Housing Fair.