Category Archives: Student Guide

Easier, fairer borrowing is here!

It’s now easier for you to borrow from the Templeman Library.

  1. Most items are 7 day loans or 3 day loans. They will never be due at weekends.
  2. Items you’ve borrowed will be automatically renewed, unless someone else reserves them. You no longer have to remember to renew them manually!
  3. If you need a book and all copies are on loan, place a reservation to get it!
  4. You’ll only get a fine if you don’t return an item that has been reserved by another user. Fines on these items are £2 a day.
  5. All current students and staff can now borrow up to 40 items, including journals and multimedia.
  6. You should still check your library account for up-to-date information on your borrowing: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In.
  7. You don’t have to return any books before Monday 7 August.

See everything about the new borrowing rules on our updated borrowing web pages.

New Leverhulme-funded project on mindfulness

The Leverhulme Trust has just awarded a research grant for a project entitled ‘Beyond Personal Wellbeing: Mapping the Social Production of Mindfulness in England and Wales’, for which Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, is co-investigator.

Mindfulness is now being employed not only as a therapy, but also to ensure national well-being, happiness, and flourishing; productivity, performance, and efficiency; sustainability, creativity and activism. But what does the exponential rise of mindfulness tell us about the social world in which we are currently living?

Beginning in October 2017, the project will investigate mindfulness provision in England and Wales, looking at the increasing availability of mindfulness practice, specifically in the fields of health and well-being, education, business, politics, and religion.

Richard has recently given a Think Kent lecture on mindfulness, entitled ‘Mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition’.

The project is led by Dr Steven Stanley (University of Cardiff). Richard is co-investigator alongside Dr Alp Arat (British Sociological Association) and Dr Peter Hemming (University of Cardiff).

For more details of Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see their website.

August Exams 2017 – dates, venues and more

Exam Period:
3rd – 17th August 2017

Timetable release: July 2017
Please log into your Student Data System to view your timetable

Registering for resits:
Exam results state whether exams or coursework need to be resat / re-submitted. All resit candidates are automatically allocated a seat in the exam hall – there is no need to register.
If you have passed a module, you cannot request or opt to resit this. The credit framework clearly specifies that degree classifications are to be based on the original mark achieved (or the capped mark if the module was resat).

Resit fees:
Fees for resit examinations taken on campus, or resubmission of coursework
• One Module £65.00;
• two Modules £130.00;
• three or more Modules £195.00;
• a different fee applies for students taking overseas resits (see https://www.kent.ac.uk/student-records/exams/students/resits.html)
You will have received an email with information on how to make payment. This is done via the online store.
Any outstanding fees will be added to your student account.

Resit Exam Venues:

Canterbury Exam Venues:

Medway Exam Venues:

The sports halls in the Sports Centre Pilkington Building
Gillingham Building

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Keynes Seminar Rooms 11-17 Gillingham Building
KSA 1 – Keynes College

Bag Room:
If you have a bag to drop off please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:
Canterbury Campus – Keynes Seminar Room 7
Medway Campus – Pilkington Building Room 014
Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Absence from a resit exam:
Candidates must be available for August resits if required; concessions cannot be considered for those who cannot sit due to holiday, travel or other personal arrangements.
If you are not intending to attend your resit please inform us in writing in advance at exams@kent.ac.uk . Failure to do so will mean you will still be charged the resit fee.

What to bring
• KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us.
• Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
• Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring
• Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school.
• Bags and coats
• Food (Unless permission given prior)
• Any drink other than water

If you have any questions please contact us: exams@kent.ac.uk.

Changes to LibrarySearch, borrowing, and finding books this summer

LibrarySearch is being upgraded to a new system at the end of July. We’re also moving books and services in the Templeman Library, as it reopens as a single building.

Find out how this affects finding and borrow books, and your Library account.

We’ll do our best to run a smooth service, but some items and services may be unavailable for a few days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help, please contact us.

Templeman East entrance closed from Monday 10 July

From Monday 10 July, the Templeman Library’s East Entrance will close as we join up the Library.

Access to Templeman East books will be via Templeman West – follow the signs on the Ground Floor to the East lift.

For any assistance please ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West.

From 10 July, between 08:00 – 18:00

Enter the Library in Templeman West and follow the signs to access all services and facilities.

We encourage you to use the study space and PCs in Templeman West during this time while building works are completed.

From 10 July, after 18:00

If you need a book from Templeman East, ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West and staff will fetch it for you.

Thank you for your patience during this time. By September, the Library will be fully joined-up and accessible.

Dr Asta Zokaityte

Book offers innovative thinking on financial literacy education

A new book by Kent Law School lecturer Dr Asta Zokaityte presents an original contribution to the understanding of an under-researched area of financial education.

Financial Literacy Education: Edu-Regulating our Saving and Spending Habits introduces new conceptual frameworks offering academic audiences an innovative way of thinking about the project on financial literacy education.

What is the book about?
Using the concepts of ‘edu-regulation’ and ‘financial knowledge democratisation’ to analyse the financial education project in the UK, the book exposes serious, and often ignored, limitations to using information and education as tools for consumer protection. It challenges the mainstream representation of financial literacy education as a viable solution to consumer financial exclusion and poverty. Instead, it argues that the project on financial literacy education fails to acknowledge important dependences between consumer financial behaviour and the socio-economic, political, and cultural context within which consumers live.

Dr Asta Zokaityte
Dr Zokaityte teaches commercial law at Kent. Her research interests lie in the areas of financial services regulation, consumer protection, law and development, gender, and socio-legal studies. She has years of professional legal experience having worked as a lawyer in Lithuania, where she advised corporate clients across different fields of practice, including but not limited to: consumer credit, capital markets and securities law, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Dr Zokaityte has published her work in international journals.

Sent in by Andrea Shieber

Get active this summer

Kent Sport’s summer membership offer has now entered its second month and so far they have welcomed lots of new members. If you haven’t signed up yet then don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to purchase a half-price, one-month membership as the offer runs until the 1 September. Remember, summer members get all the same great benefits as Gold members; inclusive bike rental, access to all fitness and dance classes and unlimited use of the fitness suite. If your summer membership is about to expire, don’t forget that you can still take out another month for the same great price.

For more details about the summer offer and benefits of membership at Kent Sport, please visit the membership webpage.

To keep up-to-date with news, events and special offers at Kent Sport, be sure to follow UniKentSports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sports massage offer this July

Good news! The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be running a discount on sports massages throughout the month of July to help you get rid of those nagging injuries. Sports massages are being offered at £15 for 30 minutes and £25 for 60 minutes – and that’s the same great price regardless of membership type. The clinic has availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.00 to 20.00 and Wednesdays and Fridays between 10.00 and 16.00.

To book an appointment, please visit the reception desk inside the fitness suite or call the clinic staff on 01227 824375 or email physio@kent.ac.uk.

To keep up to date with the latest special offers at the clinic, follow @KentSportPhysiotherapyClinic on Facebook.

Gulbenkian awarded £1m funding package from Arts Council England

On Tue 27 June it was announced that Gulbenkian, the University’s arts centre, has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England. The award includes a funding package of £1,095,076 over a 4 year period (£273,769 per year).

This funding supports projects run by, with and for children and young people, including the award-winning bOing! International Family Festival and ART31 – Gulbenkian’s Kent-wide project to connecting young people with opportunities in the arts.

Gulbenkian Director, Liz Moran said:

‘This is brilliant news for us we really appreciate the investment from Arts Council and in particular the increase to develop the ART31 cultural leadership project with even more young people in Kent. We are pleased to see so many organisations in Kent receiving NPO funding and look forward to working in partnership with them.’

The funding announcement comes at a time when the University of Kent is launching its new Cultural Strategy, increasing the profile of the arts across its Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as its European postgraduate centres.

The University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Denise Everitt said ‘This is great news for the University and all those who enjoy the Gulbenkian’s cultural activities, facilities and programmes, many of which are on the cutting edge of their genres. It also demonstrates the Arts Council’s confidence in and support of Gulbenkian at a time when arts funding faces many challenges nationally. I am also delighted for Gulbenkian’s operations team and of course Liz Moran, who, through her new role as Director of Arts and Culture, will be overseeing the delivery of our Cultural Strategy and co-ordinating cultural activity across the University.’

What’s new in the Templeman Library?

By September 2017, there will be some changes to the Templeman Library’s layout, borrowing rules and more.

In the building

  • The Library becomes one: the four blocks of the Library will join up, with full internal access.
  • Four entrances give easy access: the Main Entrance and Library Road Entrance will open onto the new Welcome Hall. The Terrace Entrance and Grimond Entrance will stay open, and the old East Entrance will close.

  • Key services move: the Welcome Desk will move to near the Main Entrance. The Loan Desk and IT and Library Support Desk will move together to Floor 1, C Block.
  • Book moves: the Core Text Collection will merge with the Main Collection, and some subject areas will move for ease of access.
  • Study zones: silent study zones will stay as they are. The rest of the Library will be for quiet or group study, with furniture and spaces to suit all styles.
  • Find free study spaces: a new ‘Find a study space’ service will show onscreen where there are spaces around the Library.
  • New teaching spaces: 6 new seminar rooms and 2 new digital classrooms in A Block, plus the Templeman Lecture Theatre.
  • Takeaway cups allowed: you can bring any drink into the Library, as long as it’s in a secure container with a lid – this now includes takeaway cups. The Library Cafe will offer compostable takeaway cups. There will be liquid disposal bins around the Library.

Services

  • Borrowing: you’ll be able to borrow up to 40 items at once. Books will auto-renew, unless someone else reserves them, and you’ll only get a fine if someone reserves a book and you don’t return it on time.
  • LibrarySearch will look slightly different with an improved interface.

View slideshow: 10 things you should know about the new Templeman Library.