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Staff Show Off their Talent at Annual TUCO Competitions

Kent staff took part in The University Caterers Organisation’s annual competition (TUCO) held on 10-11 April at Warwick University. The competition saw over 50 members and 150 delegates competing against each other in a wide range of culinary activities.
The TUCO competitions provide an opportunity for members to showcase their skills across a variety of disciplines, from barista skills to speed cooking.

This year the University of Kent was represented by:

  • Scott Tulloch, from Cargo in Medway, who wowed the judges with his signature cocktails in the bar skills category.
  • Dan Weale, from Mungo’s in Eliot College, who showed off his knack for cold brew coffee in the barista skills category.
  • Chinonso Onuigwe and Leighton James, from Dolche Vita and Origins, who together rustled up a tasty three course meal in the Chefs Challenge category.

Despite not returning with a trophy, the four representatives did a fantastic job on behalf of the University of Kent and were thrilled to be a part of the competition.

Scott Tulloch, Bar and Bistro Supervisor, said:
The TUCO Competitions are great because it gives you the motivation and desire to push yourself and learn more about the industry. I have learnt so much from my two days in Warwick.

The Competitions, held at Warwick University, are enhanced with a table-top exhibition from industry suppliers with innovations and new products for delegates to sample, culinary classes, and social dinners.

Sent in by: Phillipa Page

EU and UK flags

Staff affected by Brexit

As part of our ongoing work to provide support and information to staff that are impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and in response to staff feedback, the University is adding to the support we put in place last year.

Loan scheme extended

First I am pleased to confirm that the short term loan scheme announced last year is to be kept open until further notice.   This scheme offers an interest free loan to assist staff who make a decision to apply for citizenship, residency or who feel they need to meet the costs of legal advice. In offering this loan the University is seeking to provide choice to individual members of staff to respond to the Referendum decision in a way that they feel is best for them and their families. It is though important to note that the University is not encouraging staff to take up these options which may ultimately prove unnecessary depending upon the outcome of Article 50 negotiations. You will find further information and an application form on our loan scheme web page

Family Networking Event to take place on Saturday 20 May 2017

In response to feedback from our initial immigration information sessions, the University is organising this event as an opportunity for staff and their families to share learning and experiences with others affected by the Brexit vote. The event will take place in The Gulbenkian from 10am till 4pm and will include refreshments (pastries on arrival and a light sandwich lunch at 12.30). Please note that this event is open to all staff and their families.

As well as a chance to network and share experience on relevant topics, Kesar & Co Solicitors will be on hand throughout the event to provide information. There will also be entertainment for children including film screenings (Ratatouille and Harry Potter), drama and craft activities.

As we have booked Kesar & Co Solicitors for the whole day there will also be a limited number of slots for short one to one/family appointments in the afternoon which will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.  These slots will be 20 minutes long only and can be booked in advance by making a request to Please note that there will be no entertainment for children after 2pm and so unless different personal arrangements can be made, children will also need to be present at these appointments.

Please put the date in your diaries and, to help us plan around potential numbers,  let us know as soon as possible whether you intend to  attend, and would like to receive further information about this event in due course.  Please respond using the email address

Information is also available on the HR EU Referendum web site If you have specific queries that are not answered there, please do email us at

Shadow Matching scheme

Shadow matching opportunity

Last year, as part of the Faculty and School Administration Excellence Initiative, we ran a pilot Shadow Matching scheme. The scheme offers staff an opportunity for reciprocal shadowing opportunities between Schools and Central Services, to better understand the impact of their work and the work of others. The pilot was a great success with over 80 staff across the University taking part, developing new working relationships and broadening their understanding of roles.

We are delighted to be running this initiative again and invite you to take advantage of this opportunity.


  • Thursday 6 to Thursday 27 April – Staff in Central Services can register to take part
  • Monday 8 to Thursday 25 May – Staff in Schools can register to take part
  • Early June – Pairs are matched and applicants informed
  • Thursday 22 June, 10.00 to 12.00, Darwin – Meet Your Match event
  • June-November – Two half-days of work shadowing to be arranged by participants

If you are interested in taking part please discuss this with your line manager, who has already received information about the scheme, before completing a short online application.

Registration is now open for Central Services staff.

Registration will open for school-based staff on 8 May. A link to the application form will be circulated nearer the time.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions please email

Rutherford Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T)

Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May, 2017

The portable appliance testing for Rutherford College is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May 2017.

Please ensure all equipment is available for testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. If there are any queries please call the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Sarah Turner’s Public House to be screened at Gulbenkian

Directed by award-winning artist Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research, the Grierson Award nominated film Public House (96 mins, 2016) which premiered in October 2015 at the BFI London Film Festival, and has also been screened at Tate Britain and the ICA, is being toured nationally through PictureHouse and other cinemas, including the Gulbenkian Cinema on 21 June at 18.45.

Organized and sponsored by Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (UKC) and the Gulbenkian Cinema, the film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Turner, chaired by Thanos Zartaloudis (Kent Law School; AA School of Architecture and Co-director of KISS).

Service disruptions – Templeman East – Heating

Dear Colleagues,

There is currently an issue with the heating plant for Templeman East. This work will affect the heating system, and this is scheduled to be repaired next week. The ventilation plant will not be affected, and this will be adjusted to provide higher heating levels during the period while the heating is off.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries, please contact the Helpdesk on ext 3209.

John Kingsland
Senior Energy Systems Engineer

Kent’s Brussels School hosts annual International conference

On the 6 and 7 April 2017, the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies hosted their annual conference, drawing together students, academics, academics and the curiously minded from all across Europe and beyond. The conference, entitled ‘The Disappearing State? Contested Governance in the 21st Century’, ambitiously aimed to discuss a broad range of the ‘public goods’ that are being contested by both state and non-state actors in the 21st century.

Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of BSIS, the conference brought together some of the brightest in their fields to discuss topics such as aid and development, Taliban justice in Afghanistan, Education and the future of Iraq, access to the internet, migration and counterterrorism.

The conference and its topics attracted 140 attendees from a great range of backgrounds, including the European Parliament and Commission, think tanks, governmental institutions, current and former professionals and journalists, and many more. Through our lunches, breaks and networking receptions at the end of each day, the panelists and attendees were able to keep the conversation going, sharing even more knowledge and developing contacts that could aid them in the future. This conference allowed those with interest direct access to those with knowledge, and this will only further embolden the will of people to discuss and research the conference topics, many of which are becoming increasingly important in today’s society.

The conference was designed to reflect the overall nature of BSIS, in that it brings together knowledgeable people from a diverse set of backgrounds to discuss the most pressing issues facing the international community today, and aims to ensure all those who spend time at BSIS leave richer for the experience. With the feedback received from attendees and the panelists themselves, we believe this goal had been achieved.

The full story, photos and social media resonance can be followed here, and a post-conference will be available here in the next weeks.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2018!

Student Enterprise Winners to compete in the USA

Each year the University of Kent selects a student, or team of students, to compete at the Virginia Tech University in the USA along with students from 14 other universities from around the world. These students all have one thing in common: a great business idea.

The University of Kent represents the UK to compete in this prestigious competition with other countries including Ecuador, France and Australia. Students pitch their business ideas with the chance to win $25,000 and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

We are proud to announce the 2017 entry will be Daniella Golden and Saga Rad, who won the University of Kent preliminary Big Ideas Competition with the business idea. The judges had the very difficult task of narrowing down the student applications and Daniella and Saga had fierce competition. Daniella and Saga’s winning entry, ToDo, is an online platform for collaborative environmental volunteering with a connected webshop.

Thank you to all of the students who entered the Big Ideas Competition this year- the caliber of entries was fantastic and every one of the participants should be proud of their achievements.

Staff apprenticeship briefings

Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – All staff briefings

You are invited to attend one of the upcoming staff briefings on higher and degree apprenticeships.

These meetings hosted by the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships will be taking place over breakfast or lunch throughout the beginning of the summer term.

Briefings will be an opportunity to find out more about:
How academic Schools can go about offering higher and degree apprenticeships
The opportunities associated with delivering higher and degree apprenticeship training
What the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can do to support academic Schools with the delivery apprenticeships
What opportunities there are to deliver apprenticeships internally

Please select one of the dates below to attend and indicate your preference using this Doodle Poll:
Canterbury: Wednesday 10 May, 12.00 – 14.00 (lunch 12.00 -13.00), SIBSR6
Medway: Wednesday 17 May, 12.00 -14.00 (lunch 12.00 -13.00), PK107
Canterbury: Thursday 25 May, 9.00 – 11.00 (breakfast 9.00 – 10.00), CNESR1
Medway: Wednesday 31 May, 8.00 – 10.00 (breakfast 8.00 – 9.00), DA101

If you have any dietary requirements please email

As the delivery of apprenticeships represents a significant new area of provision these briefings are suitable for all staff across academic schools and professional service departments to attend.

EG approved the establishment of the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in August 2016 and the Centre, located at the Historic Dockyard, is now up and running under the direction of Dr Scott Wildman.

There University currently has 70 learners enrolled on apprenticeship programmes with significant growth and increasing opportunity anticipated over the coming months, driven by the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and degree apprenticeships.

More information about the centre can be found on the website.

Forthcoming workshop on Canterbury heritage

Canterbury and the Via Francigena: Promoting Heritage through Cultural Routes is a new project organised by the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, with the aim of engaging the public with heritage, including a workshop, conference and volunteering opportunities. The project has already been able to offer bursaries for walking the Via Francigena in May.

As part of the project, a workshop on ‘Value-based Heritage Management in Canterbury’ will be held in the Learning Lab at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge on 5 May 2017.

The workshop will extend over a half-day period and will be structured to two sessions, the first session asking ‘What is important in Canterbury that needs protection? Why is it important?’ and the second session asking ‘How to protect and manage Heritage Sites? How to involve local communities’ participation in decision-making processes?’

Spaces are limited so attendance is by invitation only. You may be able to receive an invitation by contacting the organisers directly. If you have any queries, please contact Maria Dimitriou:

For full details about the workshop, please see the page here.