Monthly Archives: September 2015

Canterbury Street Marshal scheme

A Canterbury Street Marshal scheme trial is set to launch on Saturday 19 September.

The scheme is a partnership between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent Union, Christ Church Students’ Union, Kent Police, Canterbury City Council, the Residents’ Associations of north and south Canterbury and Right Guard Security.

The Street Marshals will operate in male and female pairs, patrolling in designated residential areas during University term time as follows:

  • St Michaels area – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights – 23.00-04.00
  • Club Chemistry/Martyrs Field area – Wednesday and Friday nights – 23.00-05.00
  • Sturry Road/Northgate area – Wednesday and Friday nights – 23.00-05.00

During arrivals weekend and fresher’s week the Street Marshals will be available each evening from Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 September.

The Street Marshals primary aim is to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of students as they make their way through designated areas of Canterbury at night. It is also intended that the Street Marshals will provide a reassuring presence to both students and local residents.

The Street Marshals are all Security Industry Authority accredited, have been vetted by Kent Police and undertaken training prescribed by the Association of Chief Police Officers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. All have been selected for their professionalism, friendliness and communication skills in this unique role in Canterbury.

The trial will operate for one academic year.

ROOM for Art

Coming soon to the Medway campus – ROOM is an innovative mobile art space ‘a studio and gallery inside a shipping container’ which transforms a familiar utilitarian object into a comfortable, mobile environment, moving regularly to new locations across the South East to create a flexible space for making and showing art.

ROOM will soon be sited outside the Pilkington building on the Medway campus as a main campus presence for fine art and music, with plans for a series of residencies, projects and events through the year, thanks to Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art & Partner College Liaison Officer at the School of Music & Fine Art.  Says Tim, “ROOM will be a student bookable space helping to extend activities beyond the studio. It responds to and reflects the growing interest in engaged practice.”

Commissioned in 2010 by Art at the Centre Swale, architect/artist Simon Barker designed a series of window boxes in the container’s skin, each with a distinctive character, filling it with natural light and setting up visual connections between the space of the interior and the surroundings.

For more information on ROOM go to https://roomnorthkent.wordpress.com

 

KIE Macmillan Mini Fete and Coffee Morning – One day to go!

Kent Innovation & Enterprise would like to thank all University staff and students who have offered to donate cakes and prizes for the Macmillan Mini Fete and Coffee Morning.

The fete, which takes place on Friday 25 September, 11.00 to 14.30 on the Senate Lawn is a great opportunity to have fun at the Fresher’s Fayre and meet staff and students alike.

If you are donating a cake or a prize, please ensure you deliver them to the Senate Lawn between 10.00 to 11.00 on Friday.

For any questions or queries, please contact Nerissa on 01227 816032 or email enterprise@kent.ac.uk

Medway Activities events

Welcome to Medway – you have worked hard to get here and should be proud of your achievements.

Some of you will feel excited, nervous, confused or perhaps even overwhelmed as your study begins next week. The rest of you won’t have even thought that far ahead because you have been too busy enjoying the wealth of Welcome Week activities available to you!

Either way, we are emailing you to let you know about the medwayactivities events and activities for this week.

 

  • Mature Student Mixer event

Keen to meet some more mature students? Make the most of the refreshments, share stories and experiences in the Rochester Building.

Wednesday 23/09/2015, 12.00-14.00

R2-05, Rochester Building

Free of charge

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place – or just turn up

  • Vensday Skool Disco

A favourite for Fresher’s week as Kent Union are bringing back the school ties and white shirts at the Vensday Skool Disco.

Wednesday 23/09/2015, (Free transport departs Liberty Quays at 21.00, departs Canterbury campus 02.15)

Venue, Canterbury Campus

£3 entry

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place.

  • Postgraduate Mixer event

Maybe you want to meet fellow Postgraduates in an informal, relaxing environment and make the most of the refreshments.

Thursday 24/09/2015, 12.00-14.00

R2-05, Rochester Building

Free of charge

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place – or just turn up

  • Canterbury Food & Wine Festival (day trip)

Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens becomes a giant smorgasbord of food and wine delights, with live music and more! Details: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterburyfoodfestival

Saturday 26/09/2015, (Free transport departs Liberty Quays at 11.00, departs Canterbury at 18.15)

Dane John Gardens, Canterbury

Free entry

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place.

  • Kent Union Fresher’s Ball

Another hugely popular event from Kent Union feat. Radio 1’s Chris Stark and Fuse ODG.

Saturday 26/09/15, (Free transport departs Liberty Quays at 21.00, departs Canterbury campus 02.30)

Venue, Canterbury

Tickets £20 go to http://www.kentunion.co.uk/ents/event/2399/ to purchase tickets (tickets must be purchased in advance).

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place on the transport.

  • London day trip

With Madam Tussauds, Trafalgar Square, the VA museum and more pigeons you can shake a stick at, London has a world of possibilities to be explored. We take you to the city so you can explore as you please.

Sunday 27/09/2015, (Free transport departs Liberty Quays at 10.45, departs London Embankment 19.45)

London

Free of charge

Email medwayactivities@kent.ac.uk to book your place.

To make an enquiry or book your place on any of the above activities you must have registered with Medway Activities.

To register, come to the medwayactivities office (M2-12) Monday to Friday between 10.00 – 12.00 or 14.00 to 16.00.

We have many exciting developments in the planning over the next year, and we are looking forward to sharing these with you as your student life progresses.

Be sure to keep up to date on all the latest activities by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Let’s Play is back and it’s bigger than ever!

As a Sport England funded project, Let’s Play is all about getting students and staff active. Aimed at beginners, we provide a fun environment to get active and try new things. There’s no pressure to commit, just turn up and have a go while making good friends in the process.

Let’s Play is approaching its second year and it keeps getting bigger and better. Last year saw 1,152 students and staff members across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses participating in nearly 40 different sports or activities. Let’s Play participants racked up an impressive 4,325 hours of exercise!

But we are not stopping there and neither should you.

This year, Let’s Play will be putting on more than 65 hours a week of sporting activities across both campuses. Offering a bigger variety of activities and more opportunities to take part in them. If that wasn’t enough, we will also be hosting a number of different one-off events including Bubble Football, Skiing and our ever-popular UV Sports will be back with it being even bigger and better than last year.

If you’re not already sold on Let’s Play, all of our sessions cost less than £2 and you can purchase 10 sessions for £8 or have a year of unlimited sessions for just £20.

To find out more information and be sent our regular email updates, come along and find us at our stalls around campus during Welcome Week or come meet us at the Fayres. Alternatively visit Let’s Play on Kent Sport’s website or follow LetsPlayKent on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Book sessions by simply visiting letsplay.simplybook.me and get involved with any of our activities on campus.

End of incident thanks

The University would like to thank students and staff for their co-operation on Wednesday (23 September) following the evacuation of the central part of the Canterbury campus after Kent police received a bomb threat.

 

We would also like to say thank you to members of the Estates team for all their hard work in keeping the campus safe and to Hospitality for keeping the refreshments going.

Denise Everitt
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Language fair for new students

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) will be holding a language fair to showcase the range of languages that students can learn as ‘wild’ modules while at University. At the event, staff from SECL will be representing Ancient Greek, Arabic, Danish French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The fair will be held on Friday 25 September.

Knowing a foreign language increases your employability and improves your transferable skills. The University offers a wide variety of languages that you can take as ‘wild’ modules, or even as extra-curricular modules. The first half of the event will showcase why learning a language is so important, hosting an interactive quiz (bring your smartphone or tablet) and giving information on the languages you can take as ‘wild’ modules (for credits or as an extra). During the second half, representatives of all languages will be present to answer any questions.

The event will be held form 10am until 12pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Darwin College. For more details, please see the page here: www.kent.ac.uk/secl/events