Monthly Archives: March 2017

Staff communications at Kent: Tell us what you think!

We’re looking for volunteers to tell us what they think about staff communications at Kent!

Focus groups will be taking place next month (April) at our Canterbury and Medway campuses to seek your views on internal communications – what do you currently send out and receive, and what changes would you like to see?

The research is being carried out as part of the Simplifying Kent Internal Communications Project, which is being managed by Wendy Raeside in Corporate Communications.

The Project is one of nine set up by the Simplifying Kent programme board in response to findings by the Kent Service Delivery Diagnostic review completed last year. That review found that while we devote a lot of time to internal communication, many staff are dissatisfied with the volume of information they receive, particularly via email.

The first phase of the Internal Communications Project will review current staff communications at Kent, explore best practice across the HE sector and beyond, and then come up with recommendations on how we could improve what we’re doing here.

We’d love to hear what you think – please join us if you can at one of the following focus groups:

  • Tuesday 11 April, 10.30-12.00 – Senate Committee Room 2, Canterbury campus
  • Tuesday 11 April, 14.00-15.30 – Senate Committee Room 2, Canterbury campus
  • Wednesday 12 April, 10.30-12.00 – Rochester Board Room, Medway campus

The focus sessions should last no more than 1.5 hours and will include refreshments – tea, coffee and cakes!

Email us at Communications@kent.ac.uk asap – by 31 March latest – if you’re able to join us. Please confirm which of the three focus groups you’d prefer to attend.

Further information about the Internal Communications Project and the other Simplifying Kent projects, on SharePoint.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Wendy Raeside and Etienne Donzelot
Corporate Communications

Volunteers needed for bOing! 2017

bOing! is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading family arts festivals, with up to 11,000 people visiting in 2016. The festival organisers are urgently looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly and have some brilliant opportunities.

One of the stars of bOing!2017 is the PENTALUM LUMINARIUM, a huge, inflatable structure of extraordinary beauty which audiences can walk through, explore and enjoy. The Luminarium is manned by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, who greet the audience and help guide them round this incredible experience.

Gulbenkian Director, Liz Moran explains;
‘Since Architects of Air formed over 20 years ago, their Luminaria have travelled to 37 countries and wowed audiences across the globe. They came to bOing! last year with Mirazozo Luminarium and due to such incredible demand we are very excited to be bringing them back with a new Luminarium – called Pentalum – as part of bOing! and that they want members of our community to be involved with running it.

We want everyone to have the chance to be part of bOing! and volunteering is a brilliant way to get involved. Joining the Luminarium team is just one way volunteers can help, so if you want to do something brilliant and totally different this August please get in contact with us.’

bOing! International Family Festival takes place on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, on the beautiful University of Kent campus in Canterbury and is an amazing weekend of the very best in theatre, dance, music, films and fun for all the family.

For more information and to apply for bOing! volunteer opportunities please contact Rebecca Brown on r.m.brown@kent.ac.uk.

Simplifying Kent 1: Programme Approval and Curriculum Design

Staff are invited to join an open forum about proposed changes to programme approval and curriculum design which are taking place as part of the Simplifying Kent Programme.

At the meeting staff will be updated on proposed changes and have an opportunity to ask questions about the project. The event will be led by Dr Simon Kirchin, Dean of Humanities, who is leading this particular project.

SK1: Programme approval and curriculum design is one of nine projects which comprise the Simplifying Kent programme, itself the result of the recent Kent Service Delivery Diagnostic (KSDD Review).

In a nutshell the aims of the project to:
1. Review and improve the Programme and Module approval process.
2. Review the programme and module portfolios for all schools (e.g. numbers of students, structure of module choices, but not educational content) and make recommendations on changes and on future decision-making.

Meetings will be held at both Canterbury and Medway, the details are as follows:
– Wednesday 5 April, Templeman Lecture Theatre, 14.00 – 15.00
– Wednesday 7 June, Medway Building, M3-04, 15.00 – 16.00

To help with planning please respond to this Doodle Poll to help with planning.

AHRC and KTP – funding to support collaboration

Dr Terry Corner, the South East Adviser for Knowledge Transfer, presented at a workshop hosted by Kent Innovation and Enterprise on Wednesday 15th March.

The goal of the event was to raise awareness of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) prospects for academics in areas of specific interest to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and researchers already working in, or partnering with, organisations in heritage, culture and the creative arts.

Information shared in the session included examples of recently funded AHRC KTP projects, criteria for successful projects and details of the support available in the University to help academics to develop and submit a KTP proposal. Case studies demonstrated the breadth of opportunities where broadcast technologies, exhibition capabilities and imaginative design were just some of the important ingredients for projects arising from arts and humanities research. The success rate of KTP applications is 89% with an average award value of £140,000 which can contribute to the Research Excellence Framework.

Colleagues from the Schools of Arts, Engineering and Digital Arts, English, Kent Business, Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, UELT and Research Services attended, with wider interest expressed from Architecture, Psychology, SECL, Anthropology and Computing.

If you would like more information about KTPs or the AHRC, or if you think that you might have a KTP in the making, please contact the Kent Innovation and Enterprise team on 01227 82 (7376).

How long does it take a comedian to screw in a light bulb? Official Sweepstake

The School of Physical Sciences the office are holding the official Sweepstake ” How long does it take a comedian to screw in a light bulb?” This is open to all staff, and you can enter by going to room 205 in Ingram Building from now and until 14.30 on Friday.

This will also be available for our PGR and Postdocs at our PGR networking session on Friday 24th March between 12.30 and 14.00 when we have cakes and drinks available.

 

Routledge interviews Simon Kirchin

Academic publisher Routledge has published an online interview with Dr Simon Kirchin, Reader in Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, about his latest book, Reading Parfit: On What Matters (Routledge, 2017).

Derek Parfit (1942-2017) was a British philosopher who specialised in identity, rationality and ethics, and who sadly died on 1 January this year. His work On What Matters was published in two volumes in 2011, and Simon’s book is a response to this.

The interview, structured into ten questions, begins by asking Simon about the first line of On What Matters [‘We are the animals that can both understand and respond to reasons.’] and also gets him to explain and enthuse about Parfit’s philosophical work.

Simon sums up the hope Parfit can offer to readers: ‘what one can learn from reading or even dipping into On What Matters is that whilst philosophy, and moral philosophy, can tackle some very deep and fundamental questions, it can also be done simply and straightforwardly.’

The full interview is available online.

On litter and literature: forthcoming lectures by Professor Peter Read in Turin and Narbonne.

Professor Peter Read from SECL will be giving a guest lecture to staff and students at the University of Turin on 5th April 2017. He will be speaking on the manuscripts of Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), exploring how the poet constantly reshuffled and plundered his ever-expanding archive to create new works, using scissors and paste as well as pen and ink. The lecture will show how Apollinaire complemented and amplified his resolutely modernist literary style by writing his poems, stories and other texts on a very diverse range of recycled materials, including headed notepaper from banks, cafes and newspapers, the back of international news-agency bulletins, used wrapping paper, notepads, exercise books and diaries printed in English, French and Russian.

Peter has also been invited to give a public lecture at the 7th Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film next November in Narbonne. Peter’s lecture will be at the Médiathèque du Grand Narbonne on 30 November 2017 and will be focus on his recently published book “Apollinaire: Lettres, calligrammes, manuscrits” (Paris, Textuel / Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2016).

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

Join the eggs-travaganza and be in with a chance of winning one of over 100 prizes!

From 27-31 March there will be 100 eggs to be found, and over 100 prizes to be won!

To join the eggs-travaganza, and be in with a chance to win cracking prizes, you need to find the eggs that Kent Bunny has hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. He has also hidden 15 ‘onscreen’ – take a selfie in front of them and submit to Twitter, Instagram or post to this Facebook event using #KentBunny.

Prizes up for grabs include: Amazon vouchers, sports massages at Kent Sport, Gulbenkian tickets, meals out on campus, In Conversation tickets, a branded varsity jacket, University of Kent Monopoly sets and much more….and lots of chocolate eggs of course!

At the end of the week, everyone who has found an egg will then be entered into the grand prize draw for the chance to win a camera or an iPad mini.

The competition is open to all University of Kent staff, students and alumni.

Follow the clues each day which will be posted here and on Twitter @unikentevents.

#KentBunny

Entrepreneurial Kent Students secure a place at Nationals Competition

On the 15 March the University’s Enactus Team showcased its social entrepreneurial projects at the Enactus regionals in London and secured a place to represent the University at the National Competition at the Excel, London on the 10 and 11 of April.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus provides a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Enactus work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.

Every year Enactus UK hosts a nationwide competition in which over 59 universities showcase the life changing work they do. The winner of the UK competition represents the country in the Enactus Worldwide competition against 36 other countries.

The Enactus Kent team delivered an outstanding presentation in front of a judging panel comprising of business leaders from: Barclays, KPMG, Unilever, and Tesco. The Kent projects were then examined further to assess the sustainable, social, economic, and environmental impact on the beneficiaries and their livelihoods.

The projects the University’s Enactus Team presented, include:

Cantuta is working with our Charity Partners, Clinica De Quinua in the remote South Eastern region of Peru. We are working to empower 26 elderly beneficiaries through beekeeping and honey harvesting skills.

MyStreets – Ex-homeless people in Porchlight housing guide alternative tours of Canterbury that focus on the less well known history and the issue of homelessness in the city.

Badlaav – This project aims to empower deserving women beneficiaries by putting them behind wheels in Kashmir, India.

For more information about the projects and competition please email the Enactus University Advisor, Sophie Taylor-Gammon- s.taylor-gammon@kent.ac.uk

International students

Kent Global Passport

All Kent students have access to the Kent Global Passport. This is a free online app which has been designed to help you to highlight your international skills and experience. You can do this from home or from any device and the app has questions to help you identify skills you never knew you had.

You can also Fast-track your Kent Global Passport with a three-hour StudyPlus session led by Dr Manning. You are expected to bring your own device (Ipad/laptop/Iphone etc) so you can navigate the online Kent Global Passport as the lecturer presents it. See the Kent Global Passport page for more details .

Global Engagement Modules (GEMS)

GEMS are wild modules with an international dimension, they cover a diverse range of subjects from global histories and religions to environments and cultures. You could even learn a new language! Visit GEMS to see the many ‘wild’ modules which have particular international significance, so that you can identify them easily. For more information, visit the links to the module catalogue. Further details on how to add a GEM to your studies is provided below:

1. Check: make sure your programme of study allows wild modules. If you are unsure check with your school first.
2. Select: Choose a GEM you would like to take. You’ll need to meet pre-requisites in order to take it.
3. Apply: When selecting your modules use the wild module selection table to include your GEM as one of your preferred modules

For queries or more information, contact: deaninternational@kent.ac.uk