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The Anonymous Marking Debate in HE

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning & Teaching Network session taking place on Wednesday 31 January, 13.15-14.30 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

Presented by Dr Edd Pitt on ‘The Anonymous Marking Debate in HE’.

In light of the current anonymous marking debates, the Assessment and Feedback Steering Group at the University of Kent requested that institutional data from students and experiences of staff engaged in anonymous marking should be explored in order to inform future policy based decisions. Results from an exploratory study will be discussed and future directions explored. In particular, the focus will be on practical and logistical implications of anonymous marking alongside the potential affects upon the student learning experience.

To book a place please email

Vegan options available on campus

There are lots of vegan options available across campus in Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets and not just for Veganuary!

From a Breakfast Pot at The Galvanising Shop Café on Medway campus, to Origins’ BBQ Pulled Mushrooom range, or a Buddha Bowl in Sibson Cafe on Canterbury Campus, there are a host of tasty options to get you through the day.

A handy guide covering all the vegan options available at Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets across Canterbury and Medway can be found on UniKentFood’s latest blog post here.

For any enquiries contact

Graduate Attributes discussion drop-ins

At Kent Union we value your opinion and we’re always looking for ways to make you more employable.

The Graduate Attributes are a set of qualities or features regarded as characteristic of the Kent Graduate which has been developed and embedded during their time at Kent. We’d like to gain your opinions about the current Graduate Attributes website and possible logos. Your contributions will make a real impact.

The discussion will last no longer than 30 minutes and you’ll receive a voucher to be redeemed at the Library Café!

All the sessions will run in the Meeting Room in the Student Media Centre. Below are the drop-in dates and times:

  • Thursday 25th January 2018: 3 – 4 pm
  • Friday 26th January 2018: 12 – 1 pm and 2 – 3 pm
  • Monday 29th January 2018: 12 – 1 pm
  • Tuesday 30th January 2018: 1 – 3 pm
  • Wednesday 31st January 2018: 2 – 3 pm

Come along and have your say!

Alumni Pub Nights

Alumni Pub Night: Next Tuesday!

The next Pub Night is NEXT TUESDAY 30 January with the theme of business start-up. This will be a great opportunity to network with a range of alumni and current Kent students so don’t forget to register here to receive your first drink free.

The Kent Hub for Innovation and Enterprise will be joining us. Find out how you can start your own business and what help the University can give students, staff and alumni.

You’ll also get the chance to hear from and speak to Kent graduate, David Browne, who started his own business with help from the University so it will be great for those who are not sure where to start or those just starting. David founded Convert Energy, a renewable energy design and project management company based in Canterbury, with his business partner Ben Glancy.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 30 January from 18.00 – 20.00. Please come along even if you aren’t thinking of starting your own business to meet with current students and fellow alumni! Contact if you have any questions.

Study in Brussels or Paris for two weeks next summer

You can now apply for our European Summer School Scholarships to spend two weeks living and studying in one of Europe’s most important capital cities at our specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels or Paris.

Scholarships are open to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students and will cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, lunches, guided visits, local travel around Paris or Brussels and a final dinner.

This is a fantastic opportunity to discover these wonderful cities while gaining skills and intercultural awareness which will be attractive to potential employers.

The deadline for applications for a scholarship is 17.00, 2 March 2018.

Students who then study at our Paris or Brussels centres on full year MA’s after undertaking one of our summer schools will be entitled to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

Find out more about the summer schools and how to apply.

Kent Sport Couch to 5K New Year Challenge

Just because you don’t run doesn’t mean you can’t. If you can walk for half an hour, chances are that you can pick up the pace and give running or jogging a try.

The University of Kent is bringing you the Couch to 5K programme. It has been especially designed for people who have done little or no running.

You will work on your running and by the final week you will be running for half an hour, or approximately 5K.

And you won’t be on your own as we have our enthusiastic Run Leader, Barry Hopkins, who will be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your target.

This challenge builds in time and effort, so you’ll constantly be impressed with what you can do if you push yourself a little.

Every Wednesday through to 21 March 2018, 12.00-13.00. Please note the one hour session includes warm up, cool down, stretches and you therefore won’t be active for the full hour.

No need to register just turn up and meet at the Sports Centre Reception and Barry will welcome you.

Comfortable clothing and footwear advisable.

The sessions are £1 per person or free for Gold and Silver members. Any questions please contact:

Running for Medway Maritime Hospital

Alan Le Grys, an Associate Lecturer in SECL and an Associate Learning Advisor with SLAS, is running the Reading Half-Marathon on Sunday 18 March to raise as much money as possible for the Lawrence and Galton Cancer wards at Medway Hospital.

Alan and Linda Le Grys (CPP) tragically lost their son Peter to cancer in November, but want to thank the hospital staff for their compassion and kindness, as well as their professional skill.

The hope is to raise money to convert one of the side rooms on Lawrence Ward into a Relatives’ Room for families visiting gravely or terminally ill patients.

Please help us to make this happen by sponsoring Alan via the JustGiving page.

Image credit: Alan Le Grys

Do you know an inspirational Kent student? Nominate them for a Kent Student Award!

From 15 January until 6 April 2018 students, staff and members of the public can nominate a student or group of students to win a Kent Student Award.

And if you send us a complete nomination by 31 January 2018 you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Nominate someone now

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate student achievement in extracurricular areas of university life. View the award categories.

Kent Student Award winners will receive a personalised brick on the Kent ‘Footsteps Path’ and it’s something impressive to add to the CV.

Please share this with colleagues, students and local businesses to encourage nominations.

Support for carers

Are you a carer, or think you could be, would you like to talk to someone about your caring role? Then this new project is for you.

University of Kent and Carers FIRST recognise that gaining support for your caring role whilst studying can be difficult.

We are therefore offering you the opportunity to gain 1 -1 support in your caring role and share your experiences with other carers on campus.

Join us from 12.30 – 14.30 on:

  • Wednesday 24 January
  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Wednesday 21 March

Room: R2- 05, Rochester Building

Carers FIRST Community staff will be on hand to chat to you about your caring role and offer what support they can.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information:



Xercise Factor

Kent Sport’s fitness competition is back by popular demand, offering members the chance to be selected for one-to-one fitness mentoring and battle it out in a bid to be crowned Xercise Factor Champion 2018.

Applications are now open and we are looking for students, staff and members of the public who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to getting fit and changing their lifestyle for the better. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge.

If you are successful in your application you will join other contestants for the Xercise Factor boot camp in February where a member of the fitness team will mentor you for two weeks. Only the committed will make it to the second phase and compete for the honour of becoming the Xercise Factor Champion.

Reigning Xercise Factor Champion 2017, student Hana Sofia Baakza, said

‘My six weeks flew by and I am really sad it has come to an end, and in all honesty I have never noticed such a change in my body in this six weeks than I have in my six months at the gym.  I know I will continue lifting and going to the gym even after this challenge is over. I have learnt so many new skills and feel truly proud of myself’.

Pick up your application form from the fitness suite reception at the Sports Centre or download it here. Post your form in the fitness suite ‘X’ box or email it to by Friday 26 January and get ready for the challenge!

Visit the Xercise Factor webpage to keep up to date with the latest news and don’t miss anything!

Not yet a member of Kent Sport? See our membership details.