As part of our ongoing work to provide support and information to staff that are impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and in response to staff feedback, the University is adding to the support we put in place last year.
Loan scheme extended
First I am pleased to confirm that the short term loan scheme announced last year is to be kept open until further notice. This scheme offers an interest free loan to assist staff who make a decision to apply for citizenship, residency or who feel they need to meet the costs of legal advice. In offering this loan the University is seeking to provide choice to individual members of staff to respond to the Referendum decision in a way that they feel is best for them and their families. It is though important to note that the University is not encouraging staff to take up these options which may ultimately prove unnecessary depending upon the outcome of Article 50 negotiations. You will find further information and an application form on our loan scheme web page
Family Networking Event to take place on Saturday 20 May 2017
In response to feedback from our initial immigration information sessions, the University is organising this event as an opportunity for staff and their families to share learning and experiences with others affected by the Brexit vote. The event will take place in The Gulbenkian from 10am till 4pm and will include refreshments (pastries on arrival and a light sandwich lunch at 12.30). Please note that this event is open to all staff and their families.
As well as a chance to network and share experience on relevant topics, Kesar & Co Solicitors will be on hand throughout the event to provide information. There will also be entertainment for children including film screenings (Ratatouille and Harry Potter), drama and craft activities.
As we have booked Kesar & Co Solicitors for the whole day there will also be a limited number of slots for short one to one/family appointments in the afternoon which will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. These slots will be 20 minutes long only and can be booked in advance by making a request to email@example.com. Please note that there will be no entertainment for children after 2pm and so unless different personal arrangements can be made, children will also need to be present at these appointments.
Please put the date in your diaries and, to help us plan around potential numbers, let us know as soon as possible whether you intend to attend, and would like to receive further information about this event in due course. Please respond using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information is also available on the HR EU Referendum web site If you have specific queries that are not answered there, please do email us at email@example.com
Last year, as part of the Faculty and School Administration Excellence Initiative, we ran a pilot Shadow Matching scheme. The scheme offers staff an opportunity for reciprocal shadowing opportunities between Schools and Central Services, to better understand the impact of their work and the work of others. The pilot was a great success with over 80 staff across the University taking part, developing new working relationships and broadening their understanding of roles.
We are delighted to be running this initiative again and invite you to take advantage of this opportunity.
- Thursday 6 to Thursday 27 April – Staff in Central Services can register to take part
- Monday 8 to Thursday 25 May – Staff in Schools can register to take part
- Early June – Pairs are matched and applicants informed
- Thursday 22 June, 10.00 to 12.00, Darwin – Meet Your Match event
- June-November – Two half-days of work shadowing to be arranged by participants
If you are interested in taking part please discuss this with your line manager, who has already received information about the scheme, before completing a short online application.
Registration is now open for Central Services staff.
Registration will open for school-based staff on 8 May. A link to the application form will be circulated nearer the time.
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent staff and students can access The Historic Dockyard’s attractions and galleries for free with a valid Kent ID card.
You can also get discounted access for up to five accompanying guests at the Group Admission price applicable at the time. Currently the discounted rates for guests are:
Tickets are valid for one day only. Students/staff should obtain their guest tickets from The Historic Dockyard Admissions Desk during normal opening hours on the day of visit.
The University will be hosting a Violence Against Women and Men Staff Forum on Thursday 20 April 2017, in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 from 9.45 until 13.00 (a buffet lunch is included) where staff can learn more about the initiatives implemented to date to address issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.
The Forum will also introduce staff to the Intervention Initiative. Developed by the University of the West of England, this active bystander programme is “an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens”. The programme was run in March and October 2016 through Study Plus and, following a recent £50,000 grant, from HEFCE (Higher Education Council for England) will be further developed and expanded in 2017.
Attendees will hear from Prof April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Dr Wayne Campbell, Director Student Services and Dr Sinead Ring, Lecturer in Law.
This Forum is part of our commitment to ensure that Kent remains a safe place to live and study.
Please email email@example.com by Thursday 13 April 2017 to register your attendance at the Forum, specifying any dietary requirements.
The University regrets to announce the death of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Sibson who died on Sunday 19 March 2017.
Robin was Vice-Chancellor from September 1994 to August 2001 and, through a range of initiatives, established the framework for today’s University. He created the current structure of schools and departments; began an expansion of student numbers and widening participation with links to associate colleges; and developed higher education provision in Medway leading to creation of a new campus.
In addition, he began to steer the University in its performance of the Research Assessment Exercise and was key to the development of Kent as a European university.
A statistician, who was best known for his research on natural neighbour interpolation, Robin was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 2002.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said: ‘Robin played an invaluable role in the shaping of the University as we know it today, and we are indebted to him for his vision and foresight. Everyone who knew Robin will be deeply saddened by his death. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Heather and all his family.’
The new Sibson Building was named in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the University.
Kent mediation expert Dr Cheryl Dolder has been asked to join an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that is engaging with policy makers and working to promote methods of resolving disputes within the civil justice system that don’t involve going to court.
Now in its second year, the APPG on ADR is currently collecting evidence to determine the cost-effectiveness of dispute resolution processes (such as mediation and arbitration) within the context of a civil justice reform agenda.
Dr Dolder became involved with the APPG on ADR while researching current initiatives that might inform the objectives of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution module that she convenes at Kent Law School.
Dr Dolder said: ‘The work of the APPG on ADR is crucial to ensure that policy decisions accurately promote the use of processes most appropriate for the interests and needs of parties in dispute, particularly when the proposed implementation of the Online Court is fast approaching. Here, the spotlight is set to fall on mediation as the gatekeeper to justice through the courts; hence, its values need to stand up to close scrutiny of its actual, rather than commonly perceived, effectiveness. This is why the teaching of appropriate dispute resolution is so important in today’s law schools and why the APPG is exploring opportunities to support the Government’s intentions to review the development of ADR in the Legal Services Act.
‘As a nation, we have a long adversarial tradition; if mediation and other forms of ADR are to become the norm, there needs to be a significant sea change in the climate and culture of dispute resolution in the UK. The APPG, with the input of Kent Law School, is actively contributing to that process.’
On Wednesday 15 March, KIE will be hosting a Q+A session about AHRC KTP funding, to allow researchers to learn more about how Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) can support longer-term, collaborative projects with external organisations. This event will include a presentation from Dr Terry Corner, the South East KTP Adviser.
KTPs are a longstanding, publically-supported programme, helping organisations to meet a core strategic need and identify innovative solutions through the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills from a research base. The benefit of AHRC-funded KTPs is that they are more open to projects that produce societal benefit and end-user well-being, over straight income generation. Furthermore KTP funding does not require academics to have been awarded previous research council funding.
Examples of recent AHRC-funded KTP projects include: the development of a drama-based training programme for Durham Police Constabulary to work more sensitively with victims of domestic violence; a collection management system for the National Centre for Children’s Books to attract a more mature audience, and the creation of digital content to support innovative talking therapies for severe personality disorder service users.
Please come along to ask Terry, or a member of the KIE KTP Team, any questions about the scope of AHRC KTP funding, partner eligibility and to explore potential project ideas.
The session will take place from 12.15 to 13.15 and hot and cold soft drinks will be provided but feel free to bring along your lunch.
The seventh annual Enterprise and Impact Training event will take place on Wednesday 26 April, 09:30 to 16:30, in the Darwin Boardroom, Canterbury Campus.
The training, run by Kent Innovation & Enterprise, is recommended for academics and researchers, at any stage of their career, who would like to develop skills for enterprise activity and optimise their interactions with external organisations. It is also suitable for members of support staff that work at the interface between academia and external partners.
This programme will give you the knowledge, confidence and practical tools necessary to engage successfully in enterprise activities such as consultancy and collaborative funding streams.
You will increase your potential to apply your expertise within industry, public sector and third sector organisations, and will learn about how enterprise and knowledge exchange activities can benefit your career.
There are only 20 places available, so please be sure to reserve your place using the Learning and Development booking form:
A light lunch is included.
If you have any questions about the training please contact Janine Coomber or Kimm Sutter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s only one week left to nominate a talented student for this year’s Kent Student Awards.
Students, staff and members of the public can nominate a student to win a Kent Student Award up until 26 February.
The awards recognise and celebrate student achievement in extracurricular areas of university life. View the award categories.
Kent Student Award winners will receive £400 and it’s something impressive to add to the CV. Runners-up will also receive £100.
Please share this with colleagues, students and local businesses to encourage nominations.