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Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor welcomes UUK wish for futher talks

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox has welcomed the confirmation from Universities UK (UUK) that it is asking for further talks with UCU and would be open to reintroducing defined benefits if economic and funding conditions improve. An open letter to all vice-chancellors, signed by both the UUK’s President and Chief Executive, said ‘We are open to changing the scheme again to reintroduce defined benefits if economic and funding conditions improve. To that end we have been and continue to ask for further talks with UCU on the future of the scheme’. The letter also invites members of the USS to put forward ‘any proposals you feel may not have been sufficiently considered.’

You can find all the latest information for staff about the proposed pension changes and the industrial action on the HR website including the latest updates from UUK.

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SMFA’s Tim Meacham’s work features in Turner Contemporary Exhibition

SMFA’s Fine Art Lecturer and artist Tim Meacham’s work Eye of the Needle is on show at the Hantverk & Found Gallery, Margate, from 3 February-18 March.

It is part of the offsite programme for Turner Contemporary’s major exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, which explores the significance of T S Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.

Eye of the Needle, made with support from the University of Kent, explores TS Eliot’s relationship with the mechanical sound recording of the gramophone, making particular reference to its role in The Waste Land in providing the machine mediated sound track of modernity. The viewer accompanies the needle on its journey across the landscape of a gramophone record. The role of the needle is considered in first embedding sound, through creating the grooves of the record, and then as a “rider” travelling across the surface of the disc as it plays. 78-rpm records, made of shellac and slate dust, give something of themselves (dust) in order to release their sound, thus changing the landscape with each play.

Tim Meacham is an artist who works across media to explore space within the triangulated world of experience between seeing, hearing and touching. SMFA’s Partner and College Liaison Officer, he is currently undertaking a practice based PhD. For more information, see: www.timmeacham.space

Hantverk & Found is a celebrated seafood café and commissioning art gallery in the heart of Margate Old Town committed to supporting artists to make art, with a small gallery space to exhibit works by local and emerging artists. As well as providing support to artists, they frequently commission new work.

The Preview is Saturday 3 February, 18.00-20.00. Find out more at: http://www.hantverk-found.co.uk/

Kent staff and students’ biggest donation

The summer term always creates a challenge for the Recycling and Waste Team as we deal with the annual student departure. Adhering to the principles of the Waste Hierarchy, in which reuse is rated more highly than recycling, the team partners with the British Heart Foundation and FareShare to encourage students to pass on their unwanted clothing, bric-a-brac and food rather than throw it away. 

While the promotions are directed towards students, the Recycling and Waste Team is delighted to see staff join in so enthusiastically too. The results for the summer term 2017 are now in, and there was a huge increase of 78% in clothing donations and 83% in book donations, compared to the same period last year. That’s a staggering 5.5 tonnes more being reused for good causes.

Offsetting this improvement, the food bank donations sadly weren’t quite as positive, with a 25% drop from last year. Despite this reduction, we still achieved in excess of a quarter of a tonne of food, and our first donations came from staff members.

Finally, the Warp It furniture reuse programme are redistributing unwanted office furniture across and between Canterbury and Medway campuses and continues to go from strength to strength. It has seen a phenomenal 170% increase year-on-year. First introduced in January 2016, the scheme has now saved the University some £211,000. Not only that, but the Recycling and Waste Team is now linking up with local charities to pass on items which cannot be reused by the University. 

Thank you to all for your continued support in making our world just that little bit greener! 

  

Footsteps Project path

A lasting legacy

The Footsteps Project was launched in 2014 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Almost 800 alumni, students, staff and members of the wider community have already made a gift to the project and had a personal message engraved on a brick and set in the Crab & Winkle Path alongside the Templeman Library.

Their donations have helped build the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports scholarships, hardship bursaries and student projects. To date, the Footsteps Project has raised over £50,000, allowing the Kent Opportunity to increase the number of bursaries available for students experiencing financial hardship, and to allow two full postgraduate scholarships – the Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship – to be awarded each year to talented Kent graduates pursuing research degrees.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far – not only are you leaving a lasting legacy on campus, but you are supporting the next generation of students to walk in your footsteps. If you would like to be part of the next ‘wave’ of bricks (due to be installed in September) the deadline to make your gift is Monday 31 July.

To find out more about the Footsteps Project, please visit www.kent.ac.uk/footsteps or email giving@kent.ac.uk.

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.

Timeline:

  • 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 r.a.millns@kent.ac.uk

Students on campus

Violence Against Women and Men Staff Forum

The University will be hosting a Violence Against Women and Men Staff Forum on Thursday 20 April 2017, in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 from 9.45 until 13.00 (a buffet lunch is included) where staff can learn more about the initiatives implemented to date to address issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.

The Forum will also introduce staff to the Intervention Initiative. Developed by the University of the West of England, this active bystander programme is “an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens”. The programme was run in March and October 2016 through Study Plus and, following a recent £50,000 grant, from HEFCE (Higher Education Council for England) will be further developed and expanded in 2017.

Attendees will hear from Prof April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Dr Wayne Campbell, Director Student Services and Dr Sinead Ring, Lecturer in Law.

This Forum is part of our commitment to ensure that Kent remains a safe place to live and study.

Please email directorstudentservices@kent.ac.uk by Thursday 13 April 2017 to register your attendance at the Forum, specifying any dietary requirements.

Staff Enterprise and Impact Training

The seventh annual Enterprise and Impact Training event will take place on Wednesday 26 April, 09:30 to 16:30, in the Darwin Boardroom, Canterbury Campus.

The training, run by Kent Innovation & Enterprise, is recommended for academics and researchers, at any stage of their career, who would like to develop skills for enterprise activity and optimise their interactions with external organisations. It is also suitable for members of support staff that work at the interface between academia and external partners.

This programme will give you the knowledge, confidence and practical tools necessary to engage successfully in enterprise activities such as consultancy and collaborative funding streams.

You will increase your potential to apply your expertise within industry, public sector and third sector organisations, and will learn about how enterprise and knowledge exchange activities can benefit your career.

There are only 20 places available, so please be sure to reserve your place using the Learning and Development booking form:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-learninganddevelopment/bookings/courses/index.html

A light lunch is included.

If you have any questions about the training please contact Janine Coomber or Kimm Sutter by emailing enterprise@kent.ac.uk

CSHE Research Seminar on 16 February 2017

Bringing the BTEC into the inclusivity agenda is the theme of the next CSHE (Centre for the Study of Higher Education) Research Seminar.

The seminar, to be presented by Dr Lavinia Mitton and Dr Alexander Hensby from University of Kent, will take place on Thursday 16 February, from 16.30-17.30, in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury Campus.

In this talk we will show why narrowing the white-BME attainment gap at degree level necessitates understanding vocational qualifications, in particular the BTEC. Secondly we will explain that not enough is known of how individual entrants with vocational qualifications may have a cluster of characteristics associated with low academic attainment, which may add to their disadvantage.

We will focus on the disparities in students’ confidence in their academic capabilities by qualification and ethnicity. Our evidence base is original unpublished data from the University . It was collected from Kent’s administrative records and a large scale online survey of its home domiciled undergraduates carried out in November 2014 (n=3858; response rate=34%). Our results indicate that in the pursuit of an inclusivity agenda we should monitor the academic attainment of students with vocational qualifications.

The talk will begin with an introduction to the research we are doing as part of the University’s wider Student Success (EDI) Project. https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsuccess/index.html

All colleagues are welcome to attend.

Please book a place by emailing cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk as limited seating is available.

Kent Hospitality in China

Conferences and Events go to China

Kelly Leonard, from Kent Hospitality’s Conference and Events team recently travelled to Shanghai to attend Destination Britain China. We attended with Visit Kent and Leeds Castle.

Below Kelly summarises her experience of attending this event:

‘On the first day of the event I had the chance to attend the Marketing Briefing for UK suppliers which gave me great insight into the Chinese market, before which I had very little idea about. Two things stood out to me while listening to the presentations: during China’s version of Black Friday £14.1 billion was made in one day, with Generation Y spending 74% of the total amount; by 2025 over half of the Chinese population will be middle class. Both of these ideas point to the fact that the Generation Y in China is leading the way to China becoming the biggest global economy and keeping the title of ‘1st for outbound travel spend.

‘The next two days were focused on meeting the buyers from companies around China and each day consisted of 20 meetings (each 14 minutes long) with each buyer who had chosen to speak with us. Sharing a table with Visit Kent really worked in the University’s favour as Alanna (from Visit Kent) and myself would spend time introducing the county and the benefits of visiting Kent, and then tying this in with staying in the many bedrooms that we have here at the University.

‘The feedback from most buyers was very encouraging and positive, with many saying they want to move away from spending time in London (due to high costs of accommodation/attractions and being too busy) and that they would look to branching out and visiting Kent.’

We are following up enquiries with buyers Kelly spoke to in Shanghai. To find out more about our conference and event services please visit our website.

A half moon rising behind Canterbury Cathedral at night. Kent.

Student Tickets to University Carol Service

The University Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral is on Tuesday 13 December at 20.00.

Free tickets for students will be given out in the foyer of the Grimond Building on Monday 5 December at 12.45 and at Woolf Lecture Theatre, on Tuesday 6 December at 19.00.

In order to stand the best chance of getting a ticket on either occasion you will need to arrive earlier than the distribution time and join a queue. Strictly one ticket issued per student presenting themselves in person, with ID, at the ticket distributions.