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Sport massage

Relax and refresh with Kent Sport special offers

With so much going on at the start of the new academic year you may be wondering how you are going to relax and recuperate from all the exciting activities. Kent Sport has the answer! From arrivals weekend until the end of November we have two special offers for students and staff and you don’t event have to be a member.

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic (, located in the Sports Centre fitness suite, is offering a 30 minute sports massage for just £15. Amazing value! Whether you want to relieve muscle tension or prepare for your sport and fitness activities you are sure to feel pampered and refreshed afterwards. Just email, call 01227 824375 or drop by the Sports Centre reception to find out more and make a booking.

The Pavilion Cafe Bar has a delicious menu (, Sky tv and the best views of sport on campus. If you are looking for a place to relax, socialise with friends and enjoy great food, head on over to the Pavilion. Plus, from Arrivals until the end of November you will be treated to a free drink with any meal purchased at the Pavilion Cafe Bar. Drinks include soft drinks, tea and coffee, Oranjiboom, Spitfire and Thatchers.

That’s not all! Take part in either of these offers and you will automatically be in with a chance to win a free fitness package ( The package includes an initial fitness consultation, a fitness programme and a personal training session. Just be sure to provide your contact information at the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic or Pavilion Cafe Bar.

To stay up to date with Kent Sport news, activities and offers follow @UniKentSports on social media.

Booking for Campus Shuttle now available

The Campus Shuttle booking is now open. Book a seat online at .

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Canterbury and Medway campuses, exclusively available to University of Kent students and staff.

The shuttle will start running from Saturday 16 September.

Booking guarantees you a seat on the service. If you do not book, you can still travel with your Kent One or Kent Union card if seats are available.

More information can be found at

World languages

Give yourself an edge: Take a language as a wild module

To enhance your skills and future employability, do you know you can take either Arabic or Mandarin as part of your degree? There are still opportunities for you to sign up for various levels of studying Arabic or Mandarin from complete beginners to more advanced levels.

Benefits of language study

Learning a language is not only enjoyable, it improves your cultural awareness, develops your adaptability and makes you a more confident and effective communicator, and improves your future employability.

To expand your horizons, search our languages on the online module catalogue ( ) using the following codes: LA307, LA308, LA522 and LA523 for Arabic modules; LA302, LA303, LA502, LA503, LA518 and LA519 for Mandarin Chinese modules.

For more information, follow the link below to see what is on offer for you:

30 years on: a lecture by Professor Richard Sakwa

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to invite you to an event to celebrate Professor Richard Sakwa’s 30 years at the University of Kent.

Richard will be reflecting on, and trying to make sense of, the last 30 years of Russian, European and global politics, and his time at Kent in the last three decades, in a lecture titled ‘From Gorby to Corby: The Clash of New World Orders’

The lecture will be on Wednesday 20 September 2017 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, commencing at 17.00. There will be opportunity for some discussion afterwards, followed by a drinks reception held in Sibson Atrium from 18.45 until 20.00.

After periods working at the University of Essex and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard joined the School on 1 September 1987. Since then, in numerous books, journal articles, chapters and edited works, he has written about the fall of the Soviet Union, the challenges facing post-communist Russia, the nature of the 1989 anti-revolutions, the turbulence in Europe, and developments in global politics. His latest book is Russia against the Rest: The Crisis of Post-Cold War Order (Cambridge University Press, due out in autumn 2017)

This is a free event but please confirm or decline your attendance to Jill Hayes via this link by adding your name and ticking the box if you are able to attend

Please email Jill Hayes ( confirmation or decline, should you have any difficulty with responding to the RSVP link above

Richard is very much looking forward to seeing you at his celebratory event!

Templeman Library Block C Floor

Templeman Library’s newly-refurbished centre opens

The Templeman Library is open across all four floors!

Two years ago, the centre of the Library closed for refurbishment as part of the Templeman Library Development project. Now it’s open again, with new study spaces and service locations. We’re still completing some moves and changes in time for the start of term, but we encourage you to come and have a look.

Read about the main changes you’ll see around the building.

University of Kent's Canterbury campus

Canterbury campus Masterplan

Following the publication of a Concept Masterplan in 2016, the University of Kent is preparing a Framework Masterplan for the Canterbury campus in line with Policy EMP7 of the Local District Plan.

The first step in this process is to prepare an overall spatial vision of what sort of place the Canterbury campus should be and the strategies for delivering it.

A Discussion Document has been produced to enable a range of stakeholders to engage with our emerging strategies for ‘Planning and Environment’, ‘Place-making’, ‘Landscape and Biodiversity’ and ‘Movement and Transport’, together with the draft overall spatial vision.

These strategies and vision will guide the further development of the Framework Masterplan and are underpinned by research studies already underway.

A number of external stakeholder groups were invited to a workshop day to discuss the emerging strategies and you can find a report of that workshop online.

If, having read the Discussion Document and Workshop Report, you would like to be part of a staff focus group later in the summer, please email

National Police Chiefs' Council

‘Stay safe’ guidance

Recent world events have led to requests for advice on how to respond in the unlikely event of an incident on- or off-campus.

The ‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run, Hide, Tell) set out by the UK Government provide some actions to consider in a terrorist or firearms incident, and the type of information that police officers may need in the event of an attack.

While there are no specific threats to the University of Kent, this ‘Stay safe’ guidance is available on the Campus Security webpages. Please find time to read through this information.

You’ll also find useful information on our security provision, SafeZone app and other aspects of personal safety.

The University’s Campus Security team are based at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. If you have any concerns, they can be contacted on internal ext 3333 or 01227 823333 (emergencies only) or for enquiries on 3300 or 01227 823300.

Exciting teaching opportunity for September 2017

The Partnership Development Office would like to introduce you to an exciting teaching opportunity that has just arisen and is exclusively for Kent graduates.

Brompton Academy, for which the University of Kent has strategic responsibility for leadership and development, is inviting direct applications from our final year students, for trainee secondary teachers in the following subjects:

  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • English
  • Media Studies

If you would like to sustain your relationship with the University of Kent and continue into a teaching career, please read the following Q & A section.

Questions and Answers

Who would benefit from this route into teaching?

If you are in your final year, considering a career in teaching and wanting to start in September 2017.

What are the benefits of this scheme above other routes into teaching?

As you are probably aware, there are numerous routes into teaching, which can be convoluted and confusing. The main benefits of this scheme are:

  • A placement starting in September 2017
  • A competitive salary in the region of £22k, which includes the salary and training costs
  • A guaranteed placement in a forward-thinking, local school for your main placement, for three years
  • Support from University of Kent staff, both during the application, interview and work placement stage and also once the programme has started
  • A guaranteed paid work placement in Brompton before starting the scheme, for approximately 6 weeks in the school Summer Term (in May and June 2017)
  • A significantly reduced teaching load in your first year, to allow for a gentler introduction into teaching while you train

How can I find out further information?

We are holding two information sessions about the scheme, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 February, 13.00-15.00 (Stacey Building Lecture Theatre 2, Canterbury campus)
  • Tuesday 7 February, 10.00-12.00 (Keynes College Seminar Room 4, Canterbury campus)

If you would like to come along or have any queries, please email


Funding for EU students to continue

Following the results of the referendum, the UK University Minister and the Student Loans Company have today confirmed that students from the European Union already attending UK universities will continue to receive financial support.

Students starting university courses in the UK this autumn will also have their student loans funding provided for the duration.

You can find out more from the BBC News site as well as the Student Loan Company.