Category Archives: Campus online

Open event of the search for justice in Peru

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased be hosting an event on Forced Sterilisations in Peru and the Search for Justice, sponsored by the Canterbury branch of the University and College Union (UCU) and the Kent Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality, following a successful presentation on the subject at Amnesty International in London. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 June at 17.00, in Grimond seminar room 3.

The event will feature human rights defender Esperanza Huayama, president of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, who will be speaking about her experience in seeking justice and reparation.

Between 1996 and 1998, some 200,000 women and around 30,000 men were forcefully sterilised, many without their consent or understanding what the procedure meant for their fertility. The victims have been campaigning for justice and reparation for two decades. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about what this policy consisted of as well as its longer-term consequences.

During the event, a documentary about Esperanza Huayama’s search for justice by Inés Ruiz will be presented alongside the Quipu Project, an online and telephone platform that has provided a channel for many victims of sterilisation to place their stories. Documentary-maker Inés Ruiz was an Associate Lecturer at Kent, where she completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies.

The event will be followed by an open discussion.

For full details of the event, please see:

Staff Connect – launch follow-up

Staff Connect, the new self-service for employees launched on Wednesday 21 June.  At this time, we are aware that some teething problems remain and are in discussions with the supplier to get these resolved quickly, however,  we believe that sufficient support is in place to help any staff that might be hindered.

We have already delivered a number of drop-in sessions at both Canterbury and Medway campuses and more are planned.  HR and project staff are available to help with any queries you may have and to offer support in accessing the system.  Further information on these sessions can be found at the Staff Connect website.

You will now be able to access and/or update some of your personal information, as well as view your payslips online. This means there will be no hard copy payslip sent out for June, employee payslips will only be available online.

The introduction of Staff Connect has many benefits to both the University and to the employee, such as easy access to personal information (via a secure portal), reduced stationery and printing costs and as records are centralised, there is no need to maintain locally held records that typically become out of date very quickly (e.g. emergency contact details).

If you’d like to refresh your knowledge on using Staff Connect, you can find help and support available online on the Staff Connect Project page.

Please note: The recommended web browser for using Staff Connect is Chrome, especially if you want to download copies of your pay documents.  Or as a Manager if you wish to use some of the Manager functions for which it is essential. If you do not have Chrome on your personal device, you can download it directly from Google.

Staff BBQ

Lunchtime staff BBQ – last chance to book!

The Vice-Chancellor very much hopes you can join her for a lunchtime BBQ she will be hosting in July.

Deadline for RSVP extended until end of Tuesday 27 June 2017.

The BBQs will take place outside No. 1 Bistro in Medway on Tuesday 4 July 2017 (12.00-14.00) and on the Registry Lawn in Canterbury on Wednesday 5 July 2017 (12.00 -14.00)

Please register for your chosen location via the link below and bring your ticket with you on the day.

For Canterbury:

For Medway:


Vegetarian and vegan food will also be provided, but please do email if you have any other dietary requirements.

The BBQ is a free event for all University of Kent staff and is an ideal opportunity to come together and enjoy a shared lunch break.

We hope to see you there!

Summer savings with NUS Extra

Buy your NUS Extra card today either online or in Mandela reception and receive some fantastic Summer savings!

NUS Extra is available for staff and students and comes with 1 year FREE International Student Identity Card (ISIC), meaning you can keep saving whilst on holiday. ISIC is recognisable in over 130 countries.

Save on every day items such as:

  • 10% off Co-op Food
  • up to 40% off Pizza Express
  • up to 40% off Merlin Entertainments
  • up to 40% off Zizzi

Did you know you can also save on local attractions such as, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and Canterbury Tales?

For more information please contact Lizzie Norcott on or 01227 824694.

Registry – Calorifier Inspection

On 26 June until 30 June 2017 between 09.00 to 16.30, the Hot Water Services Calorifier is being stripped down for its biannual insurance inspection.

Hot water services will be disrupted during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if there are any queries, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext.3209.

Stagecoach Summer Unirider bus ticket and timetable

From 18 June- 16 September 2017 a summer timetable will operate for the Uni1 and Uni2 buses to and from Canterbury campus. The 4 and Triangle services will continue to operate as normal. If you would like a physical timetable you can collect one from the Security and Transport Centre or from other reception areas on campus.

University of Kent staff can purchase a significantly discounted bus ticket from the Security and Transport Centre. You can choose between the Megarider (Canterbury zone) or Megarider Gold (Kent and East Sussex).

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Aurora @Kent Event “Making Waves” an interview with Professor Nalini Joshi

“Making Waves” an interview with Professor Nalini Joshi,on Thursday 29 June, 14.00-15.00, Sibson Lecture Theatre 3 (LT3).

An opportunity to hear stories and advice from Professor Joshi, a passionate advocate of gender equality in science, and a senior academic leader. (You do not need to know about solutions of integrable systems and universal models in physics for this to be accessible to you!) Professor Nalini Joshi is the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.

This event is open to ALL colleagues, ALL genders, and ALL disciplines.

Booking is not required for this event, but we will be taking a register on the day to log attendees.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this Aurora @Kent event or the Aurora Programme, please do not hesitate to contact Jena Dady, Learning and Organisational Development Adviser

24hr cycle ride in aid of Bloodwise

Three colleagues in Estates will be taking to their bikes for a 24-hour cycling challenge to raise money for Bloodwise, the UK’s blood cancer charity, in support of a colleague who is currently fighting leukaemia.  

The ride will take place from 18.00 on Friday 14 July to 18.00 on Saturday 15 July, with the team cycling laps of Parkwood. They are hoping to raise £1,500. If you would like to sponsor them, you can do so via the JustGiving page:

If you feel up to the challenge, why not join them for the ride? Entry is £10 to be paid via the JustGiving page or direct on the day.

Money raised will help fund the charity’s life-changing research and support those fighting blood cancers.

Find out more about Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research):

For more information about the event please call Alan on extn 3388

Paul – 3216

Gary – 3297


Brexit networking event

Family Networking Event well received

The University welcomed over 70 people to a Family Networking Event held in the Gulbenkian on Saturday 20 May. The day was organised as part of the ongoing programme of support for staff affected by Brexit and offered those attending an opportunity to gather advice and information and to share experiences.

Kesar & Co Solicitors were on hand throughout the event, leading discussions on topics such as citizenship, political developments, family and extended family members, and permanent residency. Over 40 staff/family members benefited from one-to-one legal advice sessions conducted on the day, while accompanying children were entertained with films, drama and craft activities.

Immediate feedback following the event indicated it had been well received and much appreciated by those that came; one attendee wrote ‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those involved on Saturday. It was extremely useful and the kids had fun too.’

We remain committed to supporting our staff who may be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and we will continue to update and provide information as and when we are able to. In the meantime, anyone with questions or concerns, especially in the post-election period, can email the HR team at: