Monthly Archives: June 2017

24hr cycle ride in aid of Bloodwise

Three colleagues in Estates will be taking to their bikes for a 24-hour cycling challenge to raise money for Bloodwise, the UK’s blood cancer charity, in support of a colleague who is currently fighting leukaemia.  

The ride will take place from 18.00 on Friday 14 July to 18.00 on Saturday 15 July, with the team cycling laps of Parkwood. They are hoping to raise £1,500. If you would like to sponsor them, you can do so via the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crankies24hcycle

If you feel up to the challenge, why not join them for the ride? Entry is £10 to be paid via the JustGiving page or direct on the day.

Money raised will help fund the charity’s life-changing research and support those fighting blood cancers.

Find out more about Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research): https://bloodwise.org.uk/

For more information about the event please call Alan on extn 3388

Paul – 3216

Gary – 3297

 

Brexit networking event

Family Networking Event well received

The University welcomed over 70 people to a Family Networking Event held in the Gulbenkian on Saturday 20 May. The day was organised as part of the ongoing programme of support for staff affected by Brexit and offered those attending an opportunity to gather advice and information and to share experiences.

Kesar & Co Solicitors were on hand throughout the event, leading discussions on topics such as citizenship, political developments, family and extended family members, and permanent residency. Over 40 staff/family members benefited from one-to-one legal advice sessions conducted on the day, while accompanying children were entertained with films, drama and craft activities.

Immediate feedback following the event indicated it had been well received and much appreciated by those that came; one attendee wrote ‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those involved on Saturday. It was extremely useful and the kids had fun too.’

We remain committed to supporting our staff who may be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and we will continue to update and provide information as and when we are able to. In the meantime, anyone with questions or concerns, especially in the post-election period, can email the HR team at: staffeuqueries@kent.ac.uk

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Jarman Building – Annual Emergency Lights Testing

On Tuesday 27 June 2017 from 9.00 to 12.00, the annual emergency light test is due to take place.

The test will take approximately 3 hrs and lighting levels will be reduced for the duration.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 3209.

Tyler Court – Annual Emergency Lights Testing Programme

From Tuesday 20 Jun to Thursday 22 the annual emergency light test in Tyler Court will take place as follows:

Tyler Court A – Tuesday 20 June 2017 from 09.00 to 12.00.

Tyler Court C –  Wednesday 21 June 2017 from 09.00 to 12.00

Tyler Court B – Thursday 22 June 2017 from 09.00 to 12.00

Each test will take approximately 3 hours and lighting levels will be reduced for the duration.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 3209.

Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference 2017

On Saturday 2 September The Tizard Centre will be holding the Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference 2017  in the Sibson Building. This will include a range of talks and sessions for delegates to participate in, a short film “This is Me” from Square Pegs drama group, networking with like-minded people and professorial inaugural talks by Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones and Prof Julie Beadle-Brown.

The Conference runs from 09.30 – 16.15 hrs and aims to bring together all updated research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day is aimed at professionals working in this area, Tizard Practitioner Network members and people with a personal interest in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For full details and programme for the event can be found at the Conference website, where you can also register online.

Linguistics PhD student wins IPrA prize

Isabella Reichl, a PhD in Linguistics student, has just been awarded the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Student Prize for her paper Refusals in Early Modern English Drama Texts: New Insights, New Classification.

The award includes the publication of the paper in the IPrA journal Pragmatics, as well as £500. Isabella received a message from the prize committee, praising her paper as an admirably accomplished scholarly exploration of historical pragmatics, done with gusto and technical expertise.

Isabella is undertaking her PhD project on ‘Initiating and Countering Pre-cooperative Illocutionary Acts in Present Day English’, supervised by Dr Eleni Kapogianni.

The International Pragmatics Association is the largest and most renowned international community of researchers working in the field of linguistic pragmatics. Established in 1986, it now has on average 1,400 members in over 70 countries. Its conference is organised every two years, attracting a very large number of attendees. This year, the 15th IPrA conference will be held in Belfast, 16-21 July, where Isabella will present her paper.

For more details about IPrA, please see its website.

Service Disruptions

Rutherford College Corridors: E1N & S1S & Rooms: E1N1 & S1S1 – Essential Maintenance Works

On Monday the 19 June 2017, essential maintenance works to the electrical installations are due to take place within the below mentioned areas.
This will involve the isolation of the electrics in the whole corridor.

These works are planned to take place as follows:

E1N Corridor will have no electrical supply on Monday 19 June 08.00 – 12.00

S1S Corridor will have no electrical supply on Monday 19 June 12.00 – 16.00

Rooms: E1N1 and S1S1

The lighting will not be affected, it will only be the power to sockets in each of the rooms.

 

SSPR Entrance, Off Giles Lane – Tree Surgery

On Monday the 19 June 2017 from 08.00 to 16.00, Blean Tree Care will be carrying out the safe felling of an Ash Tree close to the steps, roadway and building.

There will be some footpath closures and noise disruption whilst this work is carried out.

 

Turing College – Construction of Various Footpaths and External Steps

From the 19 June 2017 until approximately 21st of July 2017, Emb Contractor has been appointed to undertake the above works. It is anticipated that the works will take approximately five weeks to complete (circa 21st July 2017).

There will be vehicle and plant movements throughout this period, but these works are quite straight forward and no disruption is anticipated.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation whilst we undertake this essential work. If you have any queries, please contact the helpdesk on Ext. 3209.