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Coffee with Colleagues is back! Register Now

The Coffee with Colleagues scheme offers everyone working at the University the opportunity to invite a colleague they have never met in person, or do not know very well, to talk about their respective role over a cup of coffee (or tea!).

This year, there is now also a “Mystery Colleague” option for more adventurous colleagues willing to be matched with a colleague at random.

Registration is open until Friday 6 April but don’t wait too long to register as numbers are limited and vouchers allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, all you will need to do is complete a short form giving details about yourself and your guest. The registration form can be found on our webpage – click here to access the form.

If you are successful, you will receive an email mid-April confirming that a drinks voucher for two has been loaded onto your KentOne card and can be redeemed at one of the University’s commercial services outlets (Canterbury and Medway).

If you have chosen the “Mystery Colleague” option you will be given the name of the person you have been matched with so that you can get in contact and organise your coffee encounter.

Coffee with Colleagues is part of the Kent Colleagues Connect programme, jointly funded by the Academic Division, Commercial Services and Learning & Organisational Development. This programme offers a number of opportunities throughout the year to meet colleagues across the University in an informal setting and learn more about their role. The full programme can be found here.

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University Teaching Prizes 2018 – call for applications

Each year the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. The call for applications for the 2018 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 May 2018.

Further details and information on how to apply are available on our web pages here.

The prizes will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 3 October 2018, to which all staff are invited. Please email us if you would like to attend.


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Extra buses- exams and Easter vacation

As exam time is approaching the Transport Team, Estates department, are working with Stagecoach to provide extra Uni2 buses on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 25 March and 27 May 2018.

During term-time we provide a 24 hour bus service 6 days a week, serviced by the Uni1, Uni2, 4 and Triangle buses. The additional Uni2 services mean that there will be a 24/7 bus service for this period to help you travel to and from the library to prepare for exams. See additional Uni2 services below or on posters at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.


Buses to town centre

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435

The Beverlie   2134    2234    2334    0039    0139    0239    0339    0439

University Darwin        2138    2238    2338    0043    0143    0243    0343    0443

University Park Wood             2142    2242    2342    0047    0147    0247    0347    0447

University Keynes Stop A       2146    2246    2346    0051    0151    0251    0351    0451

St Dunstans Westgate            2153    2253    2353    0058    0158    0258    0358    0458

Canterbury bus station            2201    2301    0001    0106    0206    0306    0406    0506


Buses to Hales Place

Canterbury bus station A5/B1 2105    2205    2305    0010    0110    0210    0310    0410

St Dunstans Westgate            2111    2211    2311    0016    0116    0216    0316    0416

University Keynes Stop B       2117    2217    2317    0022    0122    0222    0322    0422

University Park Wood             2121    2221    2321    0026    0126    0226    0326    0426

University Darwin        2125    2225    2325    0030    0130    0230    0330    0430

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435


The Uni1 and Uni2 buses will also continue to the usual timetable over the Easter vacation (6 April to 8 May 2018) despite being outside of term-time.

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Return of the Chill Out Zone

The Templeman Library Chill Out Zone is back from Monday 19 March

Relax in a calm and quiet pop-up space in the Library – open just for exam season. Take some time out from your revision, flop on a beanbag or comfy chair, enjoy the views, do some colouring, leisure reading or just chill. There will also be wellbeing workshops running in this space in the exam term on de-stressing. No studying allowed! Tell us what you want to see in here by writing ideas on the whiteboard.

You can find the Chill Out Zone in D Block, Floor 3. The space is open from 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 19 March and you’ll need your KentOne card to enter.

Need to relax with some reading?

Have a look at our Wellbeing and Self Help reading list. All the books on it are available as e-books.

Topics include:

  • Study and exam skills
  • Motivation
  • Mindfulness
  • University life
  • Coping with stress and anxiety

If you need more support, Student Wellbeing can help you.

Study smarter with productivity tools

Try some of these free apps and tools, picked out by Student Support. They can save you time, make it easier to access study material and increase your productivity.

Stay safe on your way to the Library

The Templeman Library is open 24/7 until June. Make sure you’re safe, whatever time you arrive and leave:

  • Use the SafeZone app for quick access to campus security and emergency services
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Bring your own cup & save 20% off hot drinks at Gulbenkian

Love the environment this February! Gulbenkian are offering 20% off hot drinks when you bring your own cup to Gulbenkian during this month.

In the UK we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day. That’s a staggering amount. Choose a reusable cup, reduce waste and help protect the environment.

Gulbenkian recently switched to barista style service to improve wait times and create a more efficient service. Making it quicker to get your caffeine fix or your lunchtime sandwich and perhaps one of the delicious cakes or brownies we have available daily.

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Estates raise funds for ‘Mind’

The Estates Department carried out another year of fantastic fund raising in 2017 for their chosen charity, ‘Mind’.  Estates choose a different charity each year and Mind was nominated by Emily Mason, Environmental Sustainability Assistant.  Emily explained why she had put forward Mind, “I nominated Mind as they are a charity that, now more than ever, are crucial for helping people at crisis point, and preventing people who struggle with their mental health, from reaching crisis point”.

Estates collected various donations throughout the year as well as holding a successful Estates staff raffle and raised the tremendous total of £1834.14.  On receipt of the cheque, a spokesperson from Mind said, “We would like to say a huge thank you. It is important for us to make sure everyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for support and advice”.

To find more out about Mind and the great work they do, you can visit their website.



FitnessFest 2018

As part of the University of Kent’s Worldfest celebrations this month, FitnessFest 2018 will offer three different classes to get your blood pumping. In our annual fitness class shakeup Kent Sport invites you to join the fitness team to sample a unique evening of group exercise at the eighth annual FitnessFest medley on Monday 26 February.

FitnessFest kicks off with ‘The Beast’ circuits at 18.10. Instructor Mike ‘The Beast’ Burrell will put you through your paces as you navigate multiple exercise stations.

At 19.10 we mix things up with Mashup Medley – one hour and four different classes to really test your mettle. Animal Flow, Insanity, Box Fit and Mash It Up combine in to one epic class.

We end the evening with the Zumba finale starting at 20.10. Join Jeni and Emma as they blast through some amazing tunes and get your whole body moving to the Zumba beat.

All FitnessFest classes are free for Gold and Silver Members. Bronze member class rate applies – student £4.40, staff and public junior £5.40, alumni and public adult £6.40. Class fees are payable at the Sports Centre reception. Please book and pay (if required) on to each class you will be attending. Gold and Silver members can book online up to seven days in advance or by visiting the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions. Bronze members can book up to three days in advance at reception. On the day bookings are also allowed. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your booked class start time.

If you’re not a member it’s easy to join, ask at the Sports Centre or Pavilion reception or visit our membership web pages.

For Kent Sport news, events and special offers, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UniKentSports.


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Invitation to Simplifying Kent Project 1 ‘town-hall’ consultation meetings

The project team for the Simplifying Kent Project 1: Programme Approval and Curriculum Design has undertaken and completed a great deal of work in the last twelve months including:

  • the introduction of a revised programme and module approval process (for details on the pilot, please see the QA website)
  • the preparation of recommendations to the University in relation to timetable planning
  • a regular review of taught programmes to ensure they are viable

At every stage, these recommendations have been informed by feedback received from the SK1 Stakeholder Group, and feedback from colleagues in academic schools and professional service departments across the University. The project team is now preparing to draft the final recommendations report, and we would welcome your input on these areas:

  • The structure within which taught programmes of study are organised and run
  • Reviewing the pilot of the revised PMAS processes, and considering whether any further changes are necessary
  • The impact of proposed recommendations on staff, students, marketing and recruitment, and other areas

Therefore, we invite all interested members of staff to a “town-hall” style meeting to give your input on the project’s proposals. These will be held on the following days:

  • 15:00-17:00 on Thursday 15 February in M2-28, Medway Building, Medway campus
  • 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 21 February in SLT2, Stacey Building, Canterbury campus

We hope to see you at one of these sessions. If you are not able to come along, and/or would like more information about the Simplifying Kent programme or this project, please see our SharePoint site or email us.