Monthly Archives: October 2015

A new Kent Extra course

A new Kent Extra course: KE064 – Mentoring at University: Reflective Practice run by the Student Learning Advisory Service is starting at Canterbury and Medway on 04 November:

You can sign up now for the new 12 week mentoring module which starts in week 6. It will be taught on the Canterbury campus (on Wednesdays, 13.00 to 14.00 in ELT2) and on the Medway campus (on Wednesdays 14.00 – 15.00 in DA015).

This is a Kent Extra course so it is non-credit bearing, but it will appear on your degree transcript. Follow this link to sign up:

Why do a Kent Extra course?
It’s a great chance to build transferable skills and enhance your CV and career prospects. If you complete a Kent Extra course, you will get Employability Points and it will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (subject to satisfactory attendance). It’s also a chance to study something purely for pleasure, free of charge.

How do I find out more and sign up for a course?

Visit:, where you will find KE064 listed for Canterbury and Medway.

Follow the link to sign up in the Student Data System. Choose ‘Workshops’: under ‘My Study’ you will see a list of Workshop Skills choose ‘Kent Extra’ to see a list of Kent Extra workshops and choose KE064 at the Canterbury or Medway campus depending on where you are based.

New Professional Writing for Social Workers book.

SLAS advisor Louise Frith and Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Ruben Martin have published their book: Professional Writing for Social Workers.

Communicating in writing is a highly valued skill which is central to the fabric of social work practice. This book is an indispensable manual for all social work students, newly qualified social workers and experienced professionals who want a practical guide to improving their writing.

Endorsements for the book include:
‘I am pleased to endorse this very important book for aspiring social workers and qualified social workers.’
Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, Chief Executive & Managing Partner, Bokell Associates Ltd, Magistrate, and recognized leader in the field of workforce development

‘Writing well matters! Frith and Martin provide a solid rationale for professional writing and take the reader from technical aspects of writing to specific types of professional writing. This book is not a “once read” text for students or social workers, but rather a resource to keep within one’s reach!’
Barbra Teater, Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, America

‘Professional writing is an essential part of a social worker’s repertoire – I highly recommend it.’
Joyce Lishman, Emeritus Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

‘Frith and Martin have developed an easy-to-read guide for newly qualified (and long qualified) social workers to use in a very practical way. The book covers all areas of writing in a professional context.’
Victoria Hart, Mental Health Social Worker, UK

The book signing is at the Community Care Live Annual Conference in London Design Centre on 3 November 2015.

25 Year Lunch – 13 October 2015

This year fourteen members of staff attended the 25 Year Lunch which was held in the Darwin Conference Suite on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 hosted by Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow.   The lunch is given to celebrate and recognise the contribution each of them has made at the University over the years.  A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.

Photograph (from left to right)

Back row

Alex Jarnell (Kent Hospitality), Alison Ross-Green (Director of HR & OD), David Nightingale (Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor), Dr Keith Lampard (Council Secretariat), Stephen Burke (Master of Eliot), Professor Robert Jupe (Kent Business School), Dr David Hornsby (School of European Culture & Languages), Dr Glenn Bowman (School of Anthropology & Conservation)

Front row

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow (Vice-Chancellor), Denise Everitt (Deputy Vice-Chancellor), Peter Verrall (School of Physical Sciences), Professor Kenneth Fincham (School of History), Claire Bird (EMS), Rosanna Callow (Kent Hospitality), Anne Rushworth (Human Resources), Martin Toone (Estates), Rosie Callow (Finance Division), Heather Barnett (EMS).

Campus Online – tell us what you think

Campus Online is your page!

It’s the place where all current staff can find out latest University news as well as link to key information and services. But does it include everything you would expect it to, or are there important bits of information missing?

We’d love to know what you think – please tell us your views by completing this survey by Thursday 5 November 2015.

Be sure to keep checking Campus Online, we’ll be posting our findings as well as asking for more feedback soon!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy, Allie and Etienne,
Corporate Communications

‘Run for Your Life’ on Saturday 31st October

This year the Kent Law Campaign Student Group will be hosting their annual 5km fun run, ‘Run for Your Life’ on Saturday 31st October in aid of the Kent Law Campaign. There will be prizes for the fastest male runner, fastest female runner and best fancy dress costume!

There are several ways in which you can get involved:

Take part in the 5km fun run by registering online. All participants will receive a sponsorship pack and t-shirt when they register. You are encouraged to wear fancy dress to get in the spirit of Halloween.

Support the Student Group by volunteering on the day. Email your details to the Student Group for more information on support needed.

Be an official photographer and help capture the day forever. Email your details to the Student Group.

Registration will start at 12noon on Saturday 31st October in Senate Committee Rooms 1 & 2, a warm-up from one of our Kent Sport instructors will commence at 1.30pm on the Senate Lawn (weather permitted) which will then kick start the run at 2pm outside the Law School.

Advance entry is £10, on the day the entry fee will be £12 so it is worth signing up early! Your entry fee includes a Kent Law Campaign t-shirt, a sponsorship pack, a Kent Law Campaign medal and a goody bag.

Runners are also encouraged to get sponsorship from friends and family, all sponsorship raised will be matched pound for pound by the University and will go towards the new Kent Law Clinic and Mooting Chamber!

Careers Fair Car Park Closures 03.11.2015

The Sports Centre blue zone and P&D car parks will be closed on 03.11.2015

This is to assist with the Careers and Employability Service annual Careers Fair, providing an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to meet with over 100 employers offering graduate vacancies and/or work experience opportunities within their organisations.

Please remember, that it is likely that other car parks in the centre of campus may be full. The University’s Traffic Regulations do state that we do not guarantee a space to park, however there is normally parking available in Park Wood Courts;

Parking enforcement will continue during the closure of these car parks, please ensure that you park in marked bays only within the car parks valid for your permit.

Fireworks Extravaganza

University staff and students have been offered a special rate to attend the annual Kent Cricket Club Fireworks Extravaganza. Taking place on Thursday 5 November 2015, 17.00 – 20.00 at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury, the evening offers a night of entertainment, live bands, funfair and an amazing fireworks display.

A standard Adult Ticket is £6, Junior Ticket (aged 2-14) £3 and Family Ticket (two adult and two juniors) £15. By using the promotional code UKC these prices will change to £5, £2.50 and £12.50 respectively.

The promotional code will work up until 17.00 Wednesday 4 November. Purchase tickets online. On the ticketing page simply insert the code UKC and click apply to claim your reduced rate.

Event information:

Date: Thursday 5 November 2015
Venue: The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ
Time: Gates open at 17.00 | Entertainment from 17.30 | Fireworks at 19.15 | Evening finishes at 20.00.

Visit the website for further information and to book online

Army Roadshow

Get a taste of life as an Army Officer at a unique event happening at the Jarman Piazza, Canterbury Campus on 26 and 27 October. Come along and you can train alongside a PTI from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as well as taking on the Sandhurst obstacle course and experiencing skydiving in 360° virtual reality. Finish top of our leaderboard and you could win a real skydiving experience with the Army Red Devils.

The Army officer event will be followed by an interactive presentation and networking session.

Kent alumni launch The International Student Law Review

Kent Law School alumni Michael Testori and Andre Sinanan have launched The International Student Law Review (TISLR), a new online academic publication providing a peer-reviewed platform for students and academics alike to publish their work.

Michael and Andre are the Editors in Chief, managing the journal in collaboration with a diverse group of international students, all of whom share a commitment to developing critical and intra-disciplinary legal scholarship. Contributions to TISLR are invited from students, academics and practitioners alike, irrespective of their jurisdiction of practice.

Andre, who was previously Executive Editor of the Kent Student Law Review whilst studying his Law LLB degree at Kent, said: ‘Our aim is to promote an academic and intellectual discussion of topical, legal issues around the world. We seek to publish the most innovative and critical scholarship, particularly those that offer an intra-disciplinary or unique perspective on these areas, and believe that TISLR is in a unique position to capitalize upon the commonalities that exist across legal jurisdictions.’

Amongst the members of the Editorial Board are Kent English and French Law student Morgan Taylor together with Kent Law School alumni Indre Dapkeviciute and Stacia Franz.

TISLR utilises a double blind peer review process; articles undergo a first round selection process by the Editorial Board before being referred to a separate Review Committee comprised of academics from the University of Hong Kong. The Review Committee then make a recommendation regarding publication. Details of how to make a submission are available from TISLR’s website.

As well as seeking submissions, the TISLR team is seeking to recruit new members of its Editorial Board and Review Committee. It is also keen to hear from staff writers willing to write contributions for TISLR’s ‘Recent Issues’ blog.

Would you like to add a Year in Computing to your degree?

The School of Computing is proposing to introduce a new programme from September 2016.

This will be a free-standing, self-contained year, offered to all students in the University and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year).

Come to our kickstart lunch to find out more, enjoy free pizza and talk with others about your interests in tech on:

Wednesday 4 November 2015, 13.00-15.00, in Brian Spratt Room, SW101, Cornwallis

Sign up here (let us know you are coming so that we order enough pizza!)

The kickstart lunch is open to any current Kent undergraduates from any schoool, other than the School of Computing.

Come along if:

  • you are interested in studying computing AND your degree
  • you would like to get prepared for a career in tech
  • you are interested in exploring the frontiers of your subject and computing
  • you want to learn how to be creative with computing.