Monthly Archives: February 2017

Fire alarm testing – Grimond, Aphra and Lumley buildings

On Saturday 25 February 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in the Grimond, Aphra and Lumley buildings.

Each test will last no longer than 2 minutes and will be silent testing under controlled conditions. All rooms will need to be accessed, as this testing is a legal requirement.  The testing will be carried out in-house by the Estates department fire alarm engineer.

Due to the importance of this work your patients will be appreciated and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk.

Get set for EasterZone Sports Camp

Local children can hone their skills at a fun action packed multi sports camp at the University of Kent this Easter.

Kent Sport will be running an EasterZone sports camp for children aged five to 14, which will run from Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April, 9.00 -15.00 and will cost just £90 per child. Late pick-ups until 17.00 are available for an extra £10 per day.

What is EasterZone?
EasterZone focuses on providing children with a range of experiences across the four days. This will include street dance, sportshall athletics, tag rugby, hockey, tennis and multi-skills based activities. An introduction to new sports and activities will be on offer along with the opportunity for children to develop their skills in specific sports and make new friends in fun environment.

The sessions will be led by enthusiastic qualified and DBS checked coaches and supported by sports supervisors, children will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities on a daily basis including from skills based sessions to fitness based and multi-skills, through to sports specific coaching sessions.

How can I book?
You can book your places online or download a booking form, completing and returning it with payment (cheques made payable to Uni Kent) to:

University Kent of Kent Sports Centre, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NL.

To find out more about EasterZone, contact email or call Karen Drake on 01227 816391.

Avoid Library fines and get help with referencing

Library awareness weeks coming up:

27 February – 3 March 2017: #FinesAwarenessWeek – We don’t want you to waste your money on library fines! Come along to seek help and advice on how to check your library account and renew books online to avoid those dreaded fines.

13 – 17 March 2017: Cite it Right – Get help with #referencing and dissertation writing.

See our Drill Hall Library events calendar for other events and workshops being held in the library!

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the full advantage of all the great library tips.

Drill Hall Library: your views are important to us

The Library User Group met on Wednesday 22 February in the Drill Hall Library. It was a drop-in style pop up session in the Group area of the library.

All students were invited to come and meet library staff in an informal setting, have a chat about the library services and maybe even win a prize with games set up by the User Services Team.

Do you want to get involved?
To find out the dates of Library User Group meetings, get involved in shaping your library or just taking part in our fun games and competitions, follow the Drill Hall Library on social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) or email us.

Leave feedback, any time

Since October the Drill Hall library also has another way of collecting everyday feedback on our services. ServMetric is on every PC in the library, the Drill Hall website and on a face-to-face terminal in the library. We welcome comments from all users of the library – students, staff and visitors.

Your feedback is helping us plan the future of our services – the facilities, resources, website, or the general environment. Please let us know what you think!

More study spaces coming to Templeman East

There are now 75 extra study spaces in the East wing of the Templeman Library, and more group study desks will be available soon.

The windows in Templeman East have recently been replaced, to make this side of the Library brighter. Now that the temporary walls around the windows have been removed, it frees up more room for study desks. There are also great views over Canterbury and the countryside from the upper floors.

You’ll find the extra study spaces on Floors 1 and 2, near the windows. Later this month, there will be further group spaces on Floors 1 and 2.

To find out more about study spaces across campus, visit our webpage.

Who’s Who on trial until 31 March

What is it?
Who’s Who is a useful resource if you’re studying modern British society, or just need to check facts about a well-known person.

It gives up-to-date information about over 90,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide, who have left their mark on British public life. Who Was Who is an archive of people included in previous editions of Who’s Who, from 1849 onwards.

You can search for people by their name, birth or death date, occupation, keywords, and other details.

You can access Who’s Who & Who Was Who until Friday 31 March.

Should we keep this resource?
We need your feedback to decide: email your comments to


Bursaries available to walk the Via Francigena

The Centre for Heritage is pleased to offer two bursaries for University of Kent postgraduate students to participate in a historic long distance walk of 87 miles on the Via Francigena from Rome to the ancient Roman port town of Terracina on 14-21 May 2017.

The bursaries are offered as part of the Canterbury and the Via Francigena: Promoting Heritage through Cultural Routes project with funding from the Kent Opportunity fund.

The Via Francigena is a historic route linking Canterbury to Rome, continuing onto the southern port of Brindisi in Italy. Julia Peters, a PhD student in Classical & Archaeological Studies, walked the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome in 2015 and will now lead students on the section from Rome to Terracina.

Walking an ancient route is an immersive experience in history. The route covers sections on ancient basalt paving stones, winds through ancient and medieval towns, offers views of mountains, crater lakes and the sea. This rich archaeological and natural heritage has a collective value that is revealed by retracing the historic route that once connected them. Taking 6 days to walk 87 miles (140 km) offers a glimpse into the experience of travel in the past, from Roman soldiers to medieval pilgrims, as well as the present day. Participants should be prepared for difficulties, but the potential rewards far exceed the challenges to be faced.

The bursary includes a return flight from the UK to Rome, accommodation for 8 nights (in hostels, monasteries and hotels) and subsistence of £20/day for 8 days.

The closing date for applications is 23.00 on Monday 6 March 2017.

Further details of the route and how to apply are available here.

Kent Sport coaching success!

Sadie Appleby, Kent Sport Membership Services Manager, updates us about developments with the staff netball coaching sessions:

Louisa Arnold, Kent Coaching Network Officer, has devoted her Monday lunch breaks for the past 3½ years to coaching staff netball sessions at Kent Sport. I joined Louisa as a fellow netball enthusiast and have been helping with the sessions for the past year as part of the University Volunteering Scheme.

Staff that attend the sessions have various sporting backgrounds. Some had never played netball before, some played a little at school and others got the bug after attending the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. The ladies that attend have great attitude, are keen to learn and improve, and get fit in a fun environment. The sessions are open to all and run throughout term time if you would like to join us please come along, it’s only £1 a session or free to Gold and Silver members.

As with any back to sports offering, a coach’s dream is to enable those attending to develop and progress and that is exactly what these sessions had done for many of the attendees. All were offered the opportunity to enter as a team in a local netball league the response was amazing. Thirteen members of staff wanted to commit, and thanks to the kind sponsorship from Kent Sport, setting up the team was possible. The group of staff are now known as Kent Unicorns and have been practicing as much as they can in their lunch breaks to be match ready for mid-March.

To follow Kent Unicorns progress please follow UniKentSports on Twitter or like us on Facebook and visit our website.

Vice-Chancellor’s Cup – volleyball and rowing

February has been a busy month for the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup competitors, with the three day volleyball event and a new event for this year’s schedule, rowing. 

Volleyball Results
A fantastic turn-out for the volleyball saw over 85 University staff participants each day during the tournament. Well done to every person for getting involved!

Congratulations must go to DEV-ICE (Development Office & Innovation and Enterprise) and Office Politics (School of Politics and IR) for their joint second place finish. A shout out also to last year’s victors, Nobody does it bEDA (School of Engineering & Digital Arts), for finishing in 1st place and remaining the only team unbeaten.

Rowing Results
Rowing is a new event this year and the teams reveled in the chance to get on a rower and battle to be the fastest of them all.

Congratulations to Ken’t Play Sport (Kent Sport) for entering the fastest female and Eat My Shorts (Enrollment Management Services) for the fastest male time. Points were allocated by adding up the male and female time, and with this in mind, well done to new department Flabacus (School of Maths, Statistics and Actuarial Science) for taking bronze, Eat My Shorts for silver and Kent Play Sport for gold.

Up next is the women’s netball on 6, 7 and 9 March. Join in or come and support your departmental staff teams at the Sports Centre, 13.00-14.00; and if you can’t make it to the Sports Centre Like UniKentSports on Facebook for notification of live video coverage.

Visit the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup webpage to take a look at the leader board for overall positions and check out the photos on Kent Sport’s Facebook page.

Key 16th century text describing Elizabethan times comes to Special Collections and Archives at Kent

The Marlowe Society has recently deposited their 1587 copy of Holinshed’s Chronicles with Special Collections and Archives at the Templeman Library in order that it can be accessible to the academic and wider community of the University as well as other audiences. As a result we have been asked by the Society to host a special event to celebrate the deposit. The deposit is a very exciting addition the Special Collections and Archives, strengthening the already significant Early Modern holdings in the collections and thus enriching the resources we have on offer to our Academic and student communities. Holinshed’s Chronicles of England Scotland and Ireland is an important text for understanding the Elizabethan times and we are sure it will be of great value in further supporting those who use our collections for studying and teaching.

Staff and students are invited to join us for a short reception in Templeman Gallery, Templeman Library West, Floor 1 to celebrate the deposit of The Marlowe Society’s 1587 edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles at Special Collections and Archives.

The event will take place at 12.00  on Monday 27 February, 2017. There will be a short address given by The Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Richard Wilson, the Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare at the University and Rose Theatre, Kingston, followed by light refreshments. The text will be available for viewing from 12.00 until 14.00. During the event the Chronicles and other related materials from the collections will be on display in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room.