Monthly Archives: March 2016

Onwards and Upwards – Women in leadership online study

Professor Ruth Blakeley, University of Kent Aurora Programme Champion would like to encourage women in academic and professional service roles to participate in a research survey investigating women’s career development and leadership experiences in higher education.

The research has been commissioned by the Leadership Foundation who run Aurora, a leadership development programme for women in higher education and will track the aspirations and experiences of women in the higher education sector in the UK and Ireland over four years.

Taking part will involve completing an initial online questionnaire, taking approximately 15 minutes and you will be invited to complete follow-up questionnaires between now and 2019. No-one will be asked to complete more than three questionnaires and none will be longer than the first one. It is hoped that coming back to the survey will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your career and aspirations as well as helping us to track developments over time.

Please note, all responses will be confidential. Only members of the Loughborough University team commissioned to undertake the research will see them. You will not be identified by name or by implication in the published reports and papers arising from this project.

This study aims to make evidence-based recommendations about how institutions and individuals can take action to change things, where change is needed. Interim reports will be produced once per year, and will be shared with those who have participated in the study. Findings will also be shared across the sector and beyond.

If you are willing to take part in what is hoped to be a very exciting project please go to the questionnaire at: or if you would like to more about the study, please have a look at the project website: or contact:

Wigoder Law Building

Monday 11 April – Sunday 5 June, 2016

To enable the new link walkway from the Wigoder Law Building to be connected to the existing footpath, the existing ramp that rises from the Rutherford lawn area to the Senate lawn area in front of the Templeman Library will be closed from 11 April 2016 until 5 June 2016. In its place a temporary ramp will be put in place by the Senate steps for the duration of these works. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Enter the Canterbury Theatre survey and you could win a £50 voucher

The Gulbenkian and Marlowe theatres are looking for East Kent residents who are NOT regular theatre goers – to find out why not!

The survey will take you approximately ten minutes to complete and when you finish you will be entered in a prize draw to win one of THREE prizes, a £50 High Street Voucher or one of two £50 vouchers for the Gulbenkian or Marlowe Theatres.

To take the survey click here:

This research is being conducted on behalf of the Gulbenkian and Marlowe Theatres by COaST, Canterbury Christ Church University.

10 exam disasters you should avoid


The Exams Office (and their pets!) share the top 10 exam disasters you should avoid.

1.Walking into the wrong exam – check your timetable carefully!
Personal timetables are available on SDS by the end of March. Dates, times and venues may change – check regularly.



2. Oversleeping – leave yourself plenty of time to get to your exam.
Morning exams begin promptly at 09.30, afternoon sessions at 14.00. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your


3. Inappropriate clothing – wear layers of clothing, temperatures can vary.
Keep an eye on weather reports and check Twitter for updates from the Exams Team.tshirtdog


4. Turning up late
Latecomers will not be given additional time. Speak to your student support officer regarding concessions after the exam if there are exceptional circumstances.xmasdog


5. Your mobile phone or smart watch ringing
Mobile phones and smart watches are not permitted in exam halls. Leave it at home!lab-phone


6. Sitting uncomfortably
Allow enough time to leave your property in the bag rooms and check the seating plan outside the venue so you know where to sit.bean-bag-cat


7. Bringing your bag in
Bags are not allowed in the exam halls, please leave at home or use the bag rooms provided. Stationery should be in a clear plastic pencil case. Food and drink are not permitted unless you have prior permission (for medical reasons).doggybags

8. Forgetting your Kent ID card
You need to bring your ID card to every exam. If you’ve lost your card please visit the Student Reception in the Registry to purchase a replacement. meerkat-id


9. Last-minute revision! But don’t bring notes into your exam.
There’s lots of help available. Contact your school and tutors for specific advice. Preparation is key!book-cat

10. Panicking! There is lots of support on campus to help you keep calm.
It’s normal to feel anxious before exams. Make sure you’re well prepared and seek advice in advance if you’re unsure or unclear about your exams.



Good luck with your exams!

Pay What You Decide – Best of BE Fest

Headspinning performances from Europe’s four corners on Wed 6 Apr at 7.30pm. From Italy comes ‘Quintetto’ by TIDA, the 1st prize award winner at this year’s Birmingham based festival; a razor sharp and interactive comedy and physical theatre piece that packs a serious punch dealing with the realities of shoestring budget entertainment.  ‘#sobrejulieta’ is a one-woman show craving to be a dialogue from Spanish company, Grumelot. Using a rather famous bard (2016 is his 400 year commemoration) as a way to the audience’s heart, ‘#sobrejulieta’ uses English, Spanish and projected video texts in this contemporary adaptation of a love story full of excess. The third performance entitled ‘The Whistle’ is by Darragh McLoughlin from Ireland’s Squarehead Productions.

Gulbenkian are trialling a Pay What You Decide ticket policy for Best of BE Festival 2015.  You reserve your tickets in advance for free. You enjoy the show. Then exit you pay what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay, based on your overall enjoyment of the performance.

SharePoint unavailable on 31 March

SharePoint will be unavailable on Thursday 31 March from 08.00 until approximately 17.00. We’ll email you to let you know when it’s back up and running.

Save a copy of any files today that you might want to access.

We need to apply monthly updates to SharePoint. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We’re looking at ways to reduce the amount of time needed for future updates.

The next monthly update will be Thursday 28 April.

IT maintenance is advertised in advance on Service Alerts.

Refurbishment of K Bar – Keynes College

Refurbishment of K Bar – Keynes College

Friday 8th April – Sunday 8th May, 2016

Works will commence on the 8th April 2016 to refurbish K Bar. There may be some noise and disruption during the works, although efforts have been made to keep this to a minimum. Works are due to complete on the 8th May 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Funds available to support departments employing students on campus

Thinking of recruiting? Why not employ a student through the Work-Study Scheme? You could be eligible for match-funding of up to £500!

The Careers & Employability Service (CES) has been awarded some funding by the Development Office’s Student Projects Grant to help increase the number of student employment opportunities across the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

This funding will enable CES to match-fund Academic Schools and Professional Services who advertise eligible paid roles for students this academic year (up to a maximum of £500 per new school/department). For example: if you recruit a student for 10 hours at £8.99 per hour,
we could pay half of this amount, £44.95 (funding is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis).

Are you considering recruiting soon? Do you have a role that would suit a student or could be amended to employ a student? If you are interested in employing a Work-Study Scheme student, contact Hannah Greer on or 01227 824038.

UKM Student’s top tips for exam success!

UKM Student Nat shares her top tips for exam success.

Be realistic about what you can achieve

One of the big stresses about exam season can be overthinking how much you’ve got to do, and then putting it off until the last-minute, and then stressing again about how much you’ve got to do!

Get out of this vicious circle by planning ahead. We’ve still got around a month to go until exams, so make sure you start planning what you need to do by when NOW. Be realistic about how much stuff you’re going to do each day over the holidays until the temptation to binge on Netflix becomes too strong. Make a plan day-by-day and stick to it. You’ll feel so much better for it, and having everything you need to do written down in front of you is sure to clear your head.

Tidy room tidy mind

One of the key things at the top of my revision to-do list isn’t even revision related. Before I start any revision – and indeed before I start any essay work for those of you still working towards those end of term deadlines – I tidy my house. I make sure that my room is a nice place to sit for hours on end, and I make sure all my dishes are cleaned so a) I’m not tempted to procrastinate by doing them later, and b) I’m not adding to my housemates’ stress by leaving the communal areas in a state.

Get a cracking revision playlist sorted

Another of my key procrastination before revision go-tos is to make a revision playlist on Spotify. Thankfully for you guys, I’ve already done this for you, so you’ve got no excuse to procrastinate by making your own. After all, who can improve upon perfection?!

Check out my revision Spotify playlist.

Organise your notes

This tip kind of ties into the tidying your room tip, but seriously, the amount of stress that will clear just by organising that pile of crumpled handouts in the corner of your room into something that you can easily pick and choose bits from is amazing. Getting organised will also help you to prioritise what you need to go over first, and you might also be reminded of things you’d completely forgotten about, which you need to go back over.

Make time to socialise

I think the biggest revision tip I can give you is that if you socialise and make time to see your friends, you’ll feel so much better. Now, I don’t mean have study dates (although this can work too), I mean get out of the house, go for a run with a mate, or have a barbecue now the weather has got a bit nicer, and relax. Yes I know your head will be swimming with all that stuff you’ve been reading all day, but just remember that your friends are in the same boat, and you can help each other through this. Why not get together and all cook a meal? Or you could each cook part of something and take it round to one of your houses. Here’s an idea for a great quick meal to make during exam time, which takes very little time, but is full of the nutrition you need to keep your brain going.

Brain food recipe – Spicy Chicken and Veg Pasta (serves 4)


  • 4 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 vegetable oxo cube
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 red chillis, sliced with seeds removed
  • 2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 150ml of red wine (optional)
  • Pasta shapes of your choice


  1. Boil the pasta for 10-15 minutes until just cooked (al dente).
  2. Put the oil in a large frying pan and wait for it to heat.
  3. Add the onion, leek and garlic, and cook on a low heat until soft.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  5. Add the paprika and cumin, and stir to coat the chicken and vegetables.
  6. Add the fresh tomatoes and peppers.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes and the red wine, as well as the oxo stock cube. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer.
  8. Add the sliced red chilli and the fresh parsley, and continue to simmer until the liquid has reduced and the spices have infused.
  9. Drain the pasta and mix into the chicken and vegetable sauce.

Serving suggestion: Top with grated cheese (cheddar or parmesan are my favourites for this) and serve with garlic bread.

For all the University’s revision support see the exams webpage in the Student Guide.

Dr Bike at Medway on 6 April

Fancy getting your bike checked over for free by the CyclingAge guys? Dr Bike will be outside the back of Rochester Building on Wednesday 6 April.

Come along between 11.30 and 14.30 to get your bike checked over for free by trained bicycle mechanics.

For more information



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