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Sexual Assault Responders required – Medway campus

Student Services are looking to recruit extra staff for the Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) team in Medway.

The role of the Sexual Assault Responder is to provide immediate support to victims of serious sexual assault or rape at the Medway campus out of hours (between 17.00 and 9.00) and at weekends. Full training is provided, and SARs operate on a rota system. The role is to provide advice and guidance to victims of serious sexual assault or rape with regards to aftercare support procedures. The role is NOT a counselling role.

SARs receive a £100 remuneration for joining the team and completing the training and receive £70 for the first hour of a call out, with time and a half for subsequent hours. Any transport costs are also reimbursed.

A Sexual Assault Responder must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a University of Kent member of staff
  • Be able to access the University of Kent Medway campus within 45 minutes of receiving a phone call from Campus Security out of hours (considering the accessibility of a staff member’s usual mode of transportation when accessing the University)
  • Attend a training session
  • Have the permission of their line manager to register for the role of SAR.

For more information, to request a role description, or to express an interest in becoming a SAR, please email Debbie Worthington in Student Services.

SK project 1 staff town hall meetings

New online guide for staff

Following research as part of the Simplifying Kent Internal Communications Project, work has begun on developing a new online staff guide.

The new guide would replace the existing Campus Online webpages and act as a one-stop shop for all staff-related information and services across Kent.

Corporate Communications is leading the development of this project and we want to involve as many staff as possible in developing the guide to ensure it works for everyone.

To start, we are planning a number of focus groups with staff at different campuses to find out what you want from the new-look webpages.

Please help us by joining in a focus group at:


  • Monday 5 February, 9.30-11.30 – Grimond Seminar Room 7
  • Tuesday 6 February, 11.00-13.00 – Grimond Seminar Room 4


  • Thursday 15 February, 14.00-16.00 – Gillingham Building Room 4-12


  • Thursday 22 February –  11.00-12.00 or 14.00-15.00 – room to be advised

Refreshments will be provided so please let us know whether you can attend by emailing us at by 31 January stating which group you’d like to join in.

We look forward to seeing you!

Wendy Raeside and Etienne Donzelot, Corporate Communications


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£1.3m EPSRC research grant announced

Congratulations to Principal Investigator, Professor John Batchelor from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, in collaboration with Dr Maria Alfredsson from the School of Physical Sciences, and Professor Stephen Yeates at the Manchester School of Chemistry, on the award of a £1.3m EPSRC grant.

The grant is entitled ‘Formulating and Manufacturing Low Profile Integrated Batteries for Wireless Sensing Labels’, which seeks to create wireless sensors unlike existing electronics.

You can find out more on the EDA webpages.

On the fiddle: award-winning folk musicians to open Music department spring series

Back by popular demand, the Music Department is delighted to welcome the young award-winning exponents of Scottish folk music, Fara, for a full evening concert to launch its spring events on Friday 9 February at 19.30. Book on the Gulbenkian website.

Comprising four emerging young players at the leading edge of the Scottish folk scene, the group has the title of Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award amongst its many accolades, and after its hugely popular lunchtime concert last year, the group brings part of its 2018 tour to Colyer-Fergusson.

In addition, staff and student instrumentalists are warmly invited to take part in a workshop which the group will lead at 17.30 on the same day, exploring the genre; if you’d like to take part, please do email the Director of Music, Susan Wanless on!

Details and tickets about the evening concert can be found online here: prepare to be transported to the shores of Orkney as Fara’s latest tour comes to the campus.

Here’s a clip of the group in action.

Find out more about Fara.

Image credit: Fara

SMFA’s Adam Chodzko adjudicating ARTiculation Prize South East Regional Finals

SMFA’s Adam Chodzko, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, is adjudicating The ARTiculation Prize South East Regional Finals at Quarterhouse, Folkestone on 31 January.

The ARTiculation Prize is a nationally acclaimed annual event designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art and encourages students aged between 16 -19 in full-time further education, to express their opinions and thoughts via a ten minute presentation to an interested audience about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Adjudicators are asked to assess each presentation as a whole, looking at content, structure, delivery and the speaker’s original approach and unique potential. In 2018 nine Regional Finals will be held across the country.

Adjudicators will select a first, second and third prize winner in each Regional Final, who will each receive book prizes sponsored by Laurence King Publishers. The first prize speaker from each Regional Final will go on to give their talk at the ARTiculation Grand Final on Friday 9 March 2018 at Clare College, University of Cambridge. Winning 2018 Finalists will be awarded 1st Prize £300, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100. All ARTiculation Finalists will receive one year’s free membership to The Art Fund to include an Art Pass and a year’s membership to the Friends of The Roche Court Educational Trust.

More info here

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Short CPD course on evaluation for multi-professional healthcare workers

Two-weekend short CPD course for multi-professional healthcare workers on Introduction to Evaluation within Professional Context will take place in February/March.

The course will commence with consideration of a key question “what is the difference between evaluation and research” by way of an introduction to evaluative approaches in health services and how evaluation can take into account the complexity of health services.


  • Friday 16 – Saturday 17 February 2018, 09.00-17.00 and
  • Friday 23 – Saturday 24 March 2018, 09.00-17.00.

The course is delivered by the University of Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice (CPP), based at Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Medway, ME4 4AG.

The course will take into consideration the contexts and potential areas of conflict when conducting evaluation in health care settings through a session on the politics of evaluation, this will be followed by topics on:

  • Different approaches to evaluation within implementation science
  • Putting evaluation to practice

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between different evaluative approaches.
  • Competently choose between the different evaluation approaches in an informed way.
  • Apply an understanding of a variety of approaches to evaluate professionally relevant interventions and to ascertain impact of professionally based interventions.

The course is delivered by Dr Ferhana Hashem and Professor Patricia Wilson.

For more info and how to book, see the CPP short course webpages.

Flexible, part-time postgraduate and undergraduate programmes offered by the Centre build on your professional knowledge and skills, underpinning them with theories and research in the areas of evidence-based practice, learning and development.

Dementia Friends info session

Dementia Friends info session – 8 February

Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. Because public understanding is so poor, people with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated. And that means that they’re less likely to be able to live independently in their own communities.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour during which you will learn more about dementia and how you can help create a dementia friendly environment.

We have an Information Session taking place at our Canterbury campus on Thursday 8 February, from 12.00-13.00 in Keynes Seminar Room 4. You will need to sign up first via Kent Union’s volunteering webpages.

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Jisc commissions two videos to showcase the work of the OPERA project

The OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievement) project, initiated by our Student Services department, seeks to embed a more inclusive approach to the way that we design and deliver information experiences at Kent.

Working in partnership with Jisc we adopted a different approach to removing barriers. Alistair McNaught from Jisc uses the analogy that a typical response to disabled students is to give them a ladder to get over barriers whereas we wanted to work on removing the barriers so that our students don’t need ladders.

The partnership with Jisc has afforded Kent the opportunity to refine, tailor and develop existing methodologies, confident that they reflect good practice derived from Jisc’s many years of leading inclusion initiatives.

Through the OPERA project we have demonstrated that we are an institution that values inclusivity through dedicated resource and the ability to assimilate inclusive practices into administrative and learning and teaching processes. The impact of the project is being seen in inclusive curriculum design, procurement, library resources, harnessing assistive technologies as productivity tools, web design, estates, hospitality, module and programme specification and a more pervasive inclusive mind-set.

The videos are available on the University of Kent OPERA project webpages.

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Are you interested in conservation and/or woodland crafts? 

There are a number of free workshops this term run by Dr Ian Bride (SAC) introducing students to conservation and woodland management and woodland crafts, in a fun, practical and interactive way all whilst earning Employability Points!

  • KE060: Woodland Coppicing
  • KE062: Bench-Making and Carving
  • KE071: Making a Besom
  • KE160: Woodland Crafts: Hazel Hurdles (Fence sections)
  • KE161: Woodland Crafts: Making a Brash Fence
  • KE162: Tree Identification: Bark and Buds

Book your place here now.

For more information, click here.

Study Plus

Free Business Start-Up Workshops at Medway

Are you interested in starting your own business?

There is still time to book your place on our free Business Start-Up Workshops in conjunction with Study Plus and the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise at the Medway campus.

The workshops have been structured so that all students who are interested in freelancing or being self-employed can feel confident that they’ll walk away with valuable information. By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Pitch a business idea
  • Understand the finances, legalities and processes for starting up a business
  • Identify a suitable structure for a business plan
  • Generate a business idea
  • Test a business idea
  • Develop marketing research
  • Understand sales processes
  • Pricing
  • Plan cash flow
  • Know tax, insurance and VAT requirements
  • Understand the elements of a business plan

To book your place on the course, click here.

For more information, visit the Study Plus website.