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Professor Yvonne Sherwood Honorary Doctorate

Congratulations Professor Sherwood

The University would like to congratulate Professor Yvonne Sherwood, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo in a ceremony on 1 September.

In recognition of Professor Sherwood’s research in Religious Studies, she received a Doctor Philosophiae Causa. Professor Sherwood was also invited to give an address on behalf of the new honorary doctors in the degree congregation, held in the Univeristy Aula.

Professor Sherwood has been regularly involved with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo as an external examiner for PhD vivas, a research collaborator and guest lecturer.

This is a wonderful achievement, which acknowledges Professor Sherwood’s significant contribution to the field of Religious Studies and is also a marker of the international reputation of researchers at Kent.


Photo (left to right): Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics, University of Kent; Aud Valborg Tonnessen, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo; Svein Stolen, Rector, University of Oslo.

Credit: UiO/Terje Heiestad

Who would you nominate?

The Senior Management Team within Estates are looking for inspirational members of staff who have made a difference to colleagues or customers through dedication, innovation, understanding or skill.

The Customer Services Award is given to an Estates staff member or team who:

  • provided a timely and professional service to customers;
  • were responsive to customer needs and requests;
  • were courteous and considered the needs of the customer when making decisions.

Winners will be selected on a monthly basis, each receiving a £20 Amazon voucher.

The purpose of the award is to recognise and reward excellent customer service. Send us your nomination now

Nominations will be judged on a monthly basis with the results being published on the Estates website. The deadline for receiving nominations for the next award is 12.00 on Friday 6 October 2017.

Professor Karen Cox

Read the all-new Executive Group blog

The Executive Group blog is a new platform for staff and students at Kent to learn about the projects that Executive Group members are working on and institutional updates.

Every other week a different member of Executive Group will take control of the blog and share what’s in their in-tray at the moment. The blog will cover a range of topics from the University’s health agenda to an update on our European activities and Brexit.

The blog, posted once a fortnight on a Wednesday, comes in conjunction with a revamped website for the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for easily accessible, clear information.

Arrivals registration

Volunteers needed – Parent Pit-stop

Are you available between 10.00 and 15.00 on Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 September? We’re looking for volunteers to help support a meet and greet service as part of a new initiative running over arrivals weekend.

Arrivals weekend is known to be a busy period at the Canterbury campus despite students having the option to register later in the week. Often parents and carers accompany students during this process, which contributes to the length of the queues. This can complicate the management, and compromise the efficiency, of this process.

This year the University is piloting an approach to improve this by offering parents and carers a place to relax and enjoy a free coffee and cake. We are referring to this as the Parent Pit-stop and it will be held in the café of the Sibson building. This will be sign-posted from the Sports Hall and we will work the queues handing out tickets which can be exchanged for tea/coffee and cake.

The initiative is being supported by the Development Office who will help with the meet and greet of parents and chat with them to allay any fears or apprehension. As this is the first time we are trying this and we are uncertain of what engagement we will have we are seeking further support to ensure we have sufficient staff. Many staff are already committed over the weekend, but if you are not and you are able to join us on campus, your support to meet and greet would be very much appreciated.

The Parent Pit-stop will be open in the Sibson building from 10.00-15.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Darren Ellis on extension 7745.

Tendering portal

New tendering portal

From 11 September 2017 the University’s tendering portal will change from In-Tend to the new Delta E-sourcing Portal to publish all procurement opportunities over the value of £25,000.

The new portal will offer more functionality, information, and a better experience for suppliers, the Procurement Team and the University.

As with the current portal, this portal is free for potential suppliers to register and use and provides a secure, efficient, transparent method of conducting compliant tendering exercises. Suppliers are able to register on the portal and receive alerts when opportunities arise.

Registration is quick and easy and if you have any suppliers that may be interested please direct them here.

If you have any queries please contact the Procurement Team.

Maricela Santiago Torres

A successful year for philanthropy

In 2016-17, the generosity of our alumni, staff, former staff and friends saw over £800,000 raised to support University of Kent students.

Gifts received in 2016-17 support a wide range of projects and initiatives across the University, including:
• The award of two Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarships to enable two talented Kent graduates to undertake PhD study;
• 50 bursaries for students experiencing financial hardship;
• Opportunities for students to organise or participate in projects which enhance their employability;
• The continuation of the prestigious University Music Scholarship scheme;
• The launch of the new First 500 Scholarship, being awarded for the first time in 2017
• Support for students and academics seeking refuge from uncertainty, conflict or persecution;
• An array of prizes to celebrate academic achievement and participation in school life;
• Kent Union’s Access to Activities Fund;
• The launch of a new crowdfunding platform which will provide increased fundraising opportunities for student-led initiatives.

Donations to Kent in 2016-17 came from almost 1,300 donors, over 1,000 of whom are Kent alumni. Last year, a number of alumni and friends chose to remember the University with a gift in their will. As well as individuals, Kent receives philanthropic support from approximately 50 corporate organisations and charitable trusts.

Our fantastic community of alumni, staff and friends lend their generous support to today’s students. By sponsoring a brick in the Footsteps path, making a gift during our telephone campaigns or joining us for one of our In Conversation events, each donation makes a difference to our students.

Find out more about how your support makes a difference at


Photo caption: Maricela Santiago Torres, MA Modern French Studies, was awarded a scholarship supported by Santander Universities.

Students on campus, Canterbury

Updated regulations and complaints procedure

The Regulations on Student Discipline in relation to non-academic matters and the Complaints Procedure for Students have been revised for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Regulations on Student Discipline in relation to non-academic matters provide guidance on the actions that may be taken should a student’s conduct not support the University’s commitment to create a community that advances knowledge and stimulates intellectual activity, good order and the good name and reputation of the University. In registering with the University, students agree to be bound by all relevant provisions and regulations of the University, so please ensure you are aware of the provisions available within this document.

The Complaints Procedure for Students provides guidance to students who may feel dissatisfied with some aspect of their dealings with the University, and details the procedure the University and student will both follow through all stages of the complaint.

If you would like further guidance please refer to the Student Conduct and Complaints website

Learning and teaching network

Medway Learning and Teaching Festival

This year’s Medway Learning and Teaching Festival takes place on Thursday 14 September 2017, 09.00-13.00 in the Ward Room, Pembroke Building and will reflect on the teaching evaluation metrics within the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the impact on teaching practices and student experiences.

The keynote speaker, Dr Fabio Arico (UEA), will explore the concept of learning gain as part of the national Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) project, and speakers from the three universities at Medway will present on student engagement and teaching enhancement projects.

For programme details please visit the website

To book a place please email

Centre for Health Services Studies logo

Health practitioners can benefit from new clinical internships

Kent clinical health practitioners can benefit from a new internship programme at the University aimed at developing their research capability.

Up to eight places are on offer for the internship programme, which is being funded by the Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme 2017-18.

The University’s Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) will provide the research training and development opportunities to a range of health practitioners under the programme. This will form part of CHSS’s commitment to support and advise health care staff across the region to develop and undertake research projects. HEKSS will award funding to support back-fill cost, tuition fees and reasonable expenses.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this valuable funding! It means CHSS can now provide research training and development opportunities to a range of local health practitioners. The programme will help the University to develop research capability and capacity across the south east region”.
CHSS Research Fellow Dr Ferhana Hashem (Intern Programme Leader)

For more information, visit the website or contact Ferhana at