Monthly Archives: February 2017

Examination and Assessment Check 2017

The Examination and Assessment Check for 2017 exams is now open

Please check your details are correct for the 2017 exams and ensure you are:

  • Registered for the correct modules
  • Assessed as expected (ie coursework and/or exam)

To do this log on to SDS, select Registration

Then select Examination and Assessment Check and check through your details.

You will then need to confirm if your modules are correct.

If there is a problem you will be taken to a new screen, please let us know what the issues are by submitting your changes.

If you have any questions please contact us


Help us improve assessment and feedback

A new review team needs your help to make assessment and feedback at Kent the best that it can be.

Our students are telling us that assessment and feedback is an area where we need to improve, review our current practice and become more innovative. We would like you to come and talk to the review team and share your thoughts and ideas.

The team are holding consultation events on 2/3 March 2017 and would love to hear more about the innovative practice currently underway at Kent and also ideas from other places you may have worked or from your networks of colleagues at other institutions.

Thursday 2 March, Darwin Board Room, Canterbury campus

  • 10.05-11.00 Faculty of Humanities staff
  • 11.05-12.00 Faculty of Social Sciences staff
  • 13.20-14.15 Faculty of Sciences staff
  • 14.20-15.15 Professional service staff

Friday 3 March, Rochester Boardroom, Medway campus

  • 09.00 – 09.55 All staff welcome

We have suggested attendance groups for each meeting above to allow some themes to be explored, but we want to include as many people and perspectives as possible – so if you can’t make it to ‘your’ meeting, please come to another one when you are free. We really would like to meet you, but if it isn’t possible to come to any of our sessions, please email with your ideas.

The team are happy to consider any element of the assessment and feedback process, from the method and timing of assessments to the quality, quantity and timeliness of feedback. We want to know what obstacles there might be to better quality and more innovation, and what the University can do to provide support.

Student events are also being held over these two days and Kent Union are helping collect more feedback and ideas using their Digital Rep platform.

The team is part of the Academic Audit Committee and is led by Prof April McMahon, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor. It also includes Prof Sue Rigby, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, TEF main panel member, and Chair of HEFCE’s learning gain programme.

The team will be reporting on their research and recommendations to the Academic Audit Committee and to Education Board in May.

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.