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Athena SWAN representatives

Athena SWAN Awareness Day 21 June 2017

Booking is now open for the Athena SWAN Awareness Day, taking place from 10.00 to 15.30 on 21 June at Sibson, Canterbury Campus.

This event is for staff and students who are involved in, or interested in being involved in, the University’s work for creating an inclusive work environment for everyone.

The highlight is an external speaker we are privileged to have at our event; Professor Sara Mole from the UCL, who is going to share her department’s story from Bronze to Gold.

What is Athena SWAN?

“Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.” ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter

The charter, which launched in June 2005, was first implemented to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). In 2015, the charter was expanded to also include arts, humanities, social science, business and law (AHSSBL) disciplines as well as professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Find out more about Athena SWAN and the awareness day.


New legislation to replace the Data Protection Act

Next year will see the introduction of new legislation relating to data protection. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.The new legislation seeks to strengthen the rights of all EU citizens in an increasingly digital environment and to facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies.

Despite Brexit, the UK will still have to comply with the legislation. For the most part, GDPR requirements will be the same as under current data protection legislation. However, there is a new focus on accountability and the ability to prove that personal data is being protected throughout its lifecycle. Failure to comply with the new requirements will result in significant penalties, far greater than those currently incurred under the Data Protection Act.

Work is underway at the University to prepare for the new legislation. In the meantime, please complete the data protection online training module, if you have not done so already. This is mandatory for all members of staff. You can also find out more about data breach here

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Medway Campus Security Team

24/7 security at the Medway campus

The University has launched a new 24/7 security service at the Medway campus. The new security team will be patrolling the Pembroke and dockyard sites to keep our students, staff and visitors safe.

The team will be based in the Medway building and can be contacted at any time on the phone numbers below.


  • 3333 (if dialling from a University landline)
  • 01227 823333 (if dialling from a mobile or external landline)

General enquiries:

  • 3300 (if dialling from a University landline)
  • 01227 823300 (if dialling from a mobile or external landline)

The team will be working closely with other security teams from Greenwich University, Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic Dockyard, Chatham to provide a quality security service that meets the needs of our communities.

And don’t forget that the SafeZone App is available and can be used to contact the team for both security and first aid emergencies saving the need to remember or dial any phone numbers. Please see the SafeZone webpage for more details.

The Security Supervisor, Mick Miles, is available Monday to Friday during the day at the Medway building (next to reception) to answer any queries you may have about the security service at the Medway campus.


Volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties at this July’s graduation ceremonies.

The ceremony dates and times are available here:

This is a special day for all of our students and staff so any help you can offer at any of the ceremonies would be appreciated as we aim to make the day as memorable as possible for all our guests. We would not be able to achieve the success of Congregations without your help.

Any helpers who volunteer at two consecutive ceremonies in one day will be provided with refreshments.

We offer full training for your roles and members of our team will be there on the day to support you.

We have a variety of roles and if you’d like to help or need further information please email with the dates and times that you are able to help.

If you have never volunteered at congregations, then this year is your year!


Research Showcase: U3A and University of Kent

Staff and students are invited to attend the U3A and University of Kent Research Showcase on Tuesday, 23 May from 11.30am in the Gulbenkian Foyer.

The University of Kent is welcoming over a hundred members of the Canterbury and District branch of the University of the Third Age to campus for the research showcase. We will share research projects, posters and performances, as well as finding out more about areas for future partnerships.

It will be fast-paced, fun and wide-ranging, with a strong contingent of postgraduates presenting their work in an accessible format, and input from academic staff from across all three faculties and an array of disciplines.

12.00-13.15: Research Showcase #1

  • Gulbenkian Theatre: War, Reflections, and Representations
  • Gulbenkian Cinema: Music and Making Voices Heard

13.45-14.45: Performing Together

  • Colyer-Fergusson Hall: U3A choir, Moving Memory and Moving Well

15.15-16.30: Research Showcase #2

  • Gulbenkian Theatre: Health and Memories
  • Gulbenkian Cinema: Culture, Heritage, and Ecology

16.30-17.30: Looking Forwards

  • Wine reception, prizes, Gulbenkian Youth Theatre demo, signing of memorandum of understanding, conversations.

Click here for the Research Showcase Final Programme

So if you are looking to take a break from exams or marking, need caffeine, have your own research ideas or just want to come and see what’s on display, then please do join us for whatever part of the afternoon you can. You can further support your peers by filling out the odd feedback form, which would be much appreciated.

Stamp Out Stress

Kent Sport have put together a comprehensive programme of activities for the summer term to help keep all members active and stress-free.

We have a thirty minute fitness and dance classes throughout the week. Give Express Yoga a whirl, breathe in the fresh air on our Healthy Walk or try your hand at Tai Chi. These three calming classes run weekly until 16 June.

Other Stamp Out Stress activities include:

  • Cycle to Whitstable, Wednesday 24 May
  • Obstacle assault course, Thursday 25 May
  • Dodgeball competition, Friday 26 May
  • Sports day at the beach, Sunday 28 May
  • Robin Hood Archery at Broad Oak Road, The Goose, Wednesday 31 May
  • Cycle to Chartham, Sunday 4 June

For more details visit the Kent Sport website You can also find out what’s on via our online events calendar or download our term three Sport at Kent activities booklet.


Kermiz by Cirque du PLatzak

Kent’s International Family Festival is back!

Tickets are now on sale for bOing! and with performers from The Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Finland and the UK confirmed to headline its set to be another outstanding weekend.

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August 2017, the annual bOing! International Family Festival will once again host some of the most innovative and exciting performances for two days of multi-sensory fun.

The programme boasts a number of new performances and also welcomes back some bOing! regulars. All offering mesmerising, high-energy entertainment.

For more details about performances and to buy tickets please visit the festival website


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New Security and Transport Centre

The Transport Team relocated to the new Security and Transport Centre (map) with Campus Security on 8 May 2017. The building is an extension of the current Campus Security building, located between the two banks on central campus.

The move is an opportunity to improve collaboration between the Transport Team and Campus Security and enhance the services we provide. The new location also provides an improved working environment for the teams and includes a reception area that has been specifically designed to improve customer experience.

The opening times for the Security and Transport Centre are as follows:

  • Transport Team: Monday- Friday 8.30- 17.00
  • Campus Security: always open

For all travel enquiries, including collection of parking permits and staff bus passes, please come to the Security and Transport Centre. The building continues to be developed and so staff will provide further updates.

We look forward to seeing you in the new Security and Transport Centre.

Jeriah Nadesan

New work from SMFA Music Technology student to be premiered in Kent

On 13 May at 7.30pm, the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (CRSO) premieres a new work by SMFA MA Music Technology student Jeriah Nadesan. The programme, conducted by director Peter Bassano also includes music by Brahms, Rodrigo, and Saint-Saens and takes place at The Central Theatre Chatham.

Says Jeriah, “My piece is called Glorious Streams and I have aimed to convey this in the flowing rhythms and rich harmonies the orchestra plays. When writing this piece I attempted to be less strict in keeping my composition traditionally classical, but allowed for the nuances of my musical influences such as Jazz, Gospel and Pop. I have also added some live electronics to this piece, using different types of synths, to accentuate the music the orchestra plays.”

Jeriah was born in South Africa, his family moving to England when he was 6 years old.  Comments the composer, who also achieved his BSc in Music Technology in the School of Music and Fine Art, “I grew up in a home that was always filled with all types of music as both my parents are singers and accomplished musicians.  I developed an interest in classical music as a result of studying classical piano. After completing my studies, I hope to pursue a career in Music Arrangement, Film Composition and Music Production.”

SMFA’s partnership with the CRSO has already resulted in 5 world premieres of music by student composers from the School of Music and Fine Art.

Formed in 1969, the CRSO has approximately 60 playing members, both amateur and professional musicians, who perform concerts at The Central Theatre, Chatham, and other venues in Kent. Rehearsals take place at the Pilkington Building, University of Kent at Medway, on Mondays, 7.45-9.45pm.

Tickets for the concert on 13 May are available from

For more details go to

Photography: Sarah Bennett