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Professor Robert Freedman

We are sorry to have to announce the death of Professor Robert Freedman who died on Tuesday 17 October following a period of illness.

Robert first came to Kent in 1971 when he joined what was then the Biological Laboratory.  He went on to become its Director in 1989, remaining in that role until he was appointed pro-Vice- Chancellor in 1996. He subsequently became Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In 2002, he left the University to take up a post at the University of Warwick. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Royal Society of Biology and served as a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in July 2010.

During his time at Kent, Robert was an active supporter of the arts on campus and was regarded with great affection by many. He will be sadly missed by his friends here at Kent. Our thoughts are with his family.

VC Photo Competition

The University boasts campuses and centres in some of the most beautiful cities in the UK and Europe. The Vice-Chancellor is launching a competition for black and white photos of these cities, centres and campuses which will be displayed in her office.

Who is the competition open to?
The competition is open to University students, staff and alumni and participants are encouraged to submit black and white photos that capture the essence of these locations.

Judging and prizes
A panel of judges will choose the best entries , which will be displayed in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. There will also be a cash prize for the top entry for each location of £50.

When does the competition close?
The competition will close on Monday 4 December 2017.

Please read the competition rules and submit your photo on Flickr.

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Estates service disruptions – Darwin and Cornwallis

Darwin Rose Garden – Removal of Trailing Cherry Trees

Removal trees will take place from Monday 16 October – Wednesday 18 October 2017

On Monday 16 October between 08.00 and 16.30, the removal of the trailing Cherry trees is due to take place.

There will be some noise disruption and some of the footpaths will be closed whilst the works are carried out.

The trees will be replaced week commencing 6 November 2017.

Cornwallis Octagon/ Computing 2 Lift Out of Order

The lift will be out of order from Friday 13 October – Friday 20 October, 2017

The Cornwallis Octagon/ Computing 2 Lift will still be out of order until Friday the 20 October 2017 due to the failure of the door mechanism. Lift engineers are scheduled to attend and carry out modifications.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact Keith Margrave on 01227 824129 or email k.margrave@kent.ac.uk . Alternatively contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

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Welcoming new International Students

We were delighted to welcome our new cohort of international students to our campuses at the end of September and kick start the new academic year in style!

During Arrivals Weekend, we welcomed nearly 400 new international students via our airport transfer service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. In booking this service, the students were welcomed at the airport, had transport arranged to then take them to the Canterbury or Medway campus, where our Meet and Greet team welcomed and escorted them directly to their accommodation. As well as staff members, it was wonderful to have many of our current students who have just returned from their Year Abroad overseas, volunteer to be part of this meet and greet service both at the airports and on Campus.

Following the weekend, our Welcome Week saw a series of activities to help settle the students into their life of Kent. These included our annual ‘Global Hangouts‘ launch a popular networking and interactivity event designed for all new international and European students, and hosted at both our Medway and Canterbury campuses. With internationally-themed activities and refreshments, the atmosphere was one of connectivity, fun and cultural festivity and kicked-off an annual series of smaller-scale Global Hangouts arranged throughout the academic year that are open for all students to join.

Welcome Week concluded with approx 450 students enjoying our organised trip to Leeds Castle. Katharina Kalinowski remarked:

“It was lovely to meet new people and spend time with the international community. It was also interesting to learn about British history. I would definitely recommend it and would like to go on similar trips in the future.” Known as the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’, students had the opportunity experience a little of our heritage right here in Kent.

Using creative and imaginative forms of assessment

On Tuesday 10 October 2017, 12.55-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Professor Charlotte Sleigh from the School of History will present this session as part of the ‘New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent’.

This session aims to stimulate participants to think of new and creative ways to assess students in their learning. It will consider authentic ways to re-connect assessment both with liberal values of learning and instrumental skills for employability. It will also address some of the difficulties and pitfalls (institutional and student-based) in going off-piste in this manner.

Please email to book a place.

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Student Projects Grant Scheme now open for applications

Need to fund an idea or project?

The Kent Opportunity Fund offers bursaries of up to £5,000 from the Student Project Grants Scheme! Applications open on the 16 October.

What is the Kent Opportunity Fund?
The Kent Opportunity Fund has been established to support a broad range of scholarships, student projects to enhance extra-curricular activities at Kent, and bursaries to support students experiencing financial hardship. Committees of Kent staff, alumni and donors allocate the funds raised and ensure that they go to the students most in need.

To find out more and apply please follow the link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/giving/opportunityfund/projects/

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World Mental Health Day 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October and to show support, GKUnions are hosting a range of events promoting ways that YOU can look after number one!

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World Mental Health Day 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October and to show support, Student Minds and UKC Mental Health Group will be out on the plaza between 12.00 and 14.00 promoting ways that YOU can look after number one!

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Support at Kent

Now the Welcome Week madness is over, it’s probably a good time to start exploring Kent and the support services we have to offer. Watch our support, health and wellbeing video.

You can also read our short pdf guide to support at Medway.Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way, dissertations, vivas…) this is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in.

SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. You can learn in your own time using our online guides or attend one of SLAS’ many workshops.

Don’t forget your school is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you registered with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability you should contact Student Support. They can provide not only academic support but can help with applications for funding.

If you’re going through a difficult time or just don’t feel happy – staff in our Wellbeing Team are always available to listen.

Advice Centre

From money worries to getting on with your housemates, Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together’s Advice Centre are available to help. All advice is free – so make the most of it!

Medical advice

You are advised to register with a practice near to your accommodation.

If you are living in Liberty Quays or within 6 miles of the University, you can register with the Sunlight Centre Surgery.

You can also get a list of local GPs from Student Services in the Gillingham Building.

Master’s Office

When you arrived at Kent you automatically joined a college. Your Master’s Office is there to give advice and can be used as a first port of call for any questions you may have.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events (including a very festive carol service in St George’s Centre on campus). They are also a good contact for advice and support.

support

Support at Kent

Now the Welcome Week madness is over, it’s probably a good time to start exploring Kent and the support services on offer. Watch our support, health and wellbeing video.

You can also read our short pdf guide to support at Kent.

Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way, dissertations, vivas…) this is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in.

SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. You can learn in your own time using our online guides or attend one of SLAS’ many workshops.

Don’t forget your school is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you registered with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability you should contact Student Support. They can provide not only academic support but can help with funding applications.

If you’re going through a difficult time or just don’t feel happy – staff in our Wellbeing Team are always available to listen.

Advice Centre

From money worries to getting on with your housemates, Kent Union’s Advice Centre is available to help. All advice is free to Kent students – so make the most of it!

Medical advice

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.

If you need any medical advice, treatment of a minor illness/injury or contraceptive advice, you can visit the ‘drop-in’ nursing service in Keynes College.

Master’s Office

When you arrived at Kent you automatically joined a college. Your Master’s Office is there to give advice and can be used as a first port of call for any questions you may have.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events (including a very festive carol service in the Cathedral). They are also a good contact for advice and support.

International students

As well as all the other support services available to students, international students can visit International Team in the Registry Building. They can help with any international related queries and run a series of cultural events.