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Staff BBQ

Lunchtime staff BBQ – last chance to book!

The Vice-Chancellor very much hopes you can join her for a lunchtime BBQ she will be hosting in July.

Deadline for RSVP extended until end of Tuesday 27 June 2017.

The BBQs will take place outside No. 1 Bistro in Medway on Tuesday 4 July 2017 (12.00-14.00) and on the Registry Lawn in Canterbury on Wednesday 5 July 2017 (12.00 -14.00)

Please register for your chosen location via the link below and bring your ticket with you on the day.

For Canterbury:

For Medway:


Vegetarian and vegan food will also be provided, but please do email if you have any other dietary requirements.

The BBQ is a free event for all University of Kent staff and is an ideal opportunity to come together and enjoy a shared lunch break.

We hope to see you there!

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:

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):

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:

Staff can go abroad too!

Kent Staff can apply for funding to undertake two-five days training/teaching opportunities at our Erasmus partner universities or other relevant organisations within Europe. Learn new skills, share best practices, develop international networks and explore potential for further cooperation (eg research).

Activities can include:
• Training courses
• Job Shadowing/Observation
• Staff Training events
• Teaching at a partner university

Come to our information session on Wednesday 14 June, 12:30–13:30
Keynes Seminar Room 4, Canterbury campus

For further information phone 01227 82419, email or visit


New LibrarySearch

In July, we’re changing to a new system for LibrarySearch.

If you’re here in the summer or returning in the autumn, follow these steps to get ready for the change:
1. Tidy up your library account: return any books you don’t need, and pay off any fines you may have. Our vacation borrowing checklist has more details.
2. Export your Favourites from LibrarySearch: email them to yourself or import them into your preferred reference management software.
3. Keep an eye on your email: we’ll keep you posted about key dates and developments.

Why is LibrarySearch changing? The new system allows us to make big improvements to the way you borrow books in future. How LibrarySearch looks and works will stay quite similar, but with greater potential for future improvements.

If you’re on campus over the summer and would be interested in testing the new LibrarySearch, please email to register your interest.

Battle of Medway Festival

The Battle of Medway

Between 8 and 17 June Medway Council and partners commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Dutch raid of 1667 with a 10-day spectacular of naval and ship visits, street festivals, exhibitions, arts and cultural activities and family entertainment.

Kent is proud to be a co-sponsor and we encourage staff and students to visit the festival website for the full events listing.

Festival highlights include:
8 June: Launch event – tickets for the parade and joint performance by the Royal Marines and Dutch Marine Band at the Dockyard are available.

8 June – arrival of up to 50 yachts

9 June onwards: Breaking the Chain Exhibition – a rare opportunity to see some of the most important paintings and documents associated with the Battle of Medway, with exhibits from international collections.

10 June: Marine band concert – travel through time from 17th Century with the Great Dutchman, to Robbie Williams and Sting

10-11 June: An exclusive opportunity to see life on board British and Dutch naval vessels

10-11 June: The Dutch are coming – step back in time to 1667 with family friendly re-enactments and a new exhibition at Upnor Castle

14 June: A further 100 offshore sailing yachts will arrive on the river

17 June: Medway In Flames – a fantastic light and sound show involving film, water screens, pyrotechnics and a spectacular firework display on the river.

Find out more at

Public lecture

A leading expert on the Anglo-Dutch maritime wars of the 17th century will give a public lecture on 30 June. This forms part of a three-day conference organised by the University of Kent and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.


Question mark

Your views on Kent as a place to work

The University is undertaking the first phase of what will become annual staff surveys, to understand your perception of Kent as a place to work. This is a chance for you to give feedback about what your working environment is like now and what needs to be done so that it develops in a positive way that enables you to do your best.

The surveys are being rolled out in four phases to enable efficient administration and to ensure we have the capacity to provide follow-up support to respond to any issues highlighted. The first phase begins 5 June, with the remaining phases planned for September, November/December and March 2018.

Responses will be entirely anonymous and we have made the survey deliberately short so you will find it quick to complete (5-10 minutes). When the time comes for your department/school, you will be sent an email from with a link to the online survey. Your opinion matters, so please respond to the survey and encourage others to do the same. We want to get as high a response rate as possible so that we can gain credible insight into what we do well and what we need to develop.

The information we collect will also be used to support our Athena SWAN work and to help us make changes to enhance your working life.

Data from the survey will be held confidentially by HR and results for each school or department will be shared and reviewed with staff within those areas. The information collected will be used to highlight what we do well and to identify areas where we want to take action, to monitor trends and for Athena SWAN submissions. University-level results will be published on the website.

Find out more, including the survey schedule, as well as guides for staff,  managers and Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Teams

Times Higher Awards 2017 logo

Entries for the THE Awards 2017

Entries are now open for this year’s Times Higher Education Awards. Further information on the 2017 Awards, categories and criteria is available on the awards website
Posie Bogan, Director of Corporate Communications, will be working with colleagues across the University to agree our entries over the next fortnight. If you have any suggestions, please email as soon as possible and by Friday, 9 June.

Illustration from video 'This is her story..'

Student video leads to NHS apology

An animation made by four students from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) documenting issues with mental health treatment has led to an apology from the CEO of the NHS Trust involved and a promise to improve services.

The video tells the story of Sophie, who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, and details her experiences with mental health services in the UK, as part of a project for Mental Health Awareness Week.

It was published online on the BBC and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times, including by Helen Greatorex, the chief executive of Kent and Medway Partnership Trust.

She said that on watching the film she felt compelled to apologise for the treatment Sophie had received by writing a letter promising things would change.

The video was produced by four final year students, three from the BA in Digital Arts, Sophia Ppali, Roan Caulfield and Rhianna Taylor and one from the BSc in Multimedia Technology and Design, Samantha Body.

Read the full story here.


summerzone hockey

Summer sports camps for children

Children can have fun at action-packed, multi-sports camps at the University of Kent this summer.

Kent sport will be running SummerZone sports camps for children aged five to 14, which will run on weekdays from 7 to 11 and 14 to 18 August, 09.00 to 15.00 with late pick-ups available.

Available to book from 1 June to 21 July and University of Kent staff can benefit from a discounted rate.

SummerZone offers a wide range of activities from skills-based sessions to fitness activities and sports-specific coaching, each led by qualified coaches and supervisors. This year’s sports include cricket, football, hockey, tag rugby and tennis.

Find out more information including staff discounts and how to book.