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.

Kent Players Donate to Orangutan Foundation

The University of Kent Players donated an amount of £500 to the Orangutan Foundation. This was money raised through ticket and programme sales of author Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, a production done by the Players in an event held at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, in April 2017.

Director of Wyrd Sisters, Vicky Gatward-Warner said “We are really pleased to continue our commitment to raise money for charity by supporting the Orangutan Foundation, which was close to Terry Pratchett’s heart. Pratchett was a trustee of the organisation until his death in 2015.

Where will the money go?

The donation will help the Orangutan Foundation in their mission to save orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, by working with local communities and promoting research and education.

 

Who are the Kent Players?

The University of Kent Players are an amateur theatre group, consisting of staff from the University of Kent raising money for charity on each production. They perform two productions each year at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

 

About the Orangutan Foundation

Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation working actively across the range of both orangutan species.

Shadow Matching Scheme: the BIG reveal

Building on the success of last year’s pilot Shadow Matching Scheme, we were delighted to run this scheme again and to invite 78 participants to this year’s 2017 launch event on Thursday 22 June.

The scheme has been set up to facilitate informal meetings between professional colleagues from academic schools and central services.  The objective is to break down some of the silos in which we too often operate and to help the participants better understand the work of other parts of the University, as well as provide them with a fresh look at their own professional practice.

Last Thursday’s event kicked-off this year’s scheme and was the first opportunity for all the matched pairs to meet. The pairs began discussing their roles and what they were hoping to get from the shadowing visits through a series of fun and engaging activities and are now ready to organise their reciprocal visits. These will typically take place over two half-days over the course of the summer.

The Shadow Matching Scheme is part of the “Excellence through partnerships” enhancement theme of the ‘Excellence Initiative‘, which the Academic Division has been running since 2012 for professional staff in the University’s schools and faculties.

More information about this scheme and others is available on the Excellence Initiative website, the go-to place for all professional staff in schools to learn about the various projects which have been put in place under the Excellence Initiative since its launch.

In addition, colleagues may wish to consider taking part in the Erasmus staff mobility scheme which provides excellent staff shadowing and training opportunities at other European universities.

If you have any question or suggestions about this scheme, please contact C.Gallien@kent.ac.uk

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.’

Cycle to Work Wednesdays throughout summer vacation

Join your University colleagues between 08.00 – 09.00 at the Pavilion Café Bar for a free tea or coffee when you cycle to work on Wednesdays. Just complete the Doodle poll  to let us know you are coming.

While you’re there why not drop your bicycle in to Dr Bike at the Cycle Hub for a safety check before you head off to the office.

Further information about the Pavilion Café Bar is available on the website and follow @ThePavilionCafeBar on Facebook for updates. View the Canterbury campus map for directions.

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.

Public Lecture – Mathematics in the eye of the beholder

Medical imaging benefits from advances in many branches of mathematics. At the same time, the needs of the medical diagnostic technology pose new mathematical challenges. This talk surveys a few problems that have appeared in Professor Marti­nez Finkelshtein’s collaboration with specialists studying some pathologies of the human eye, in particular, of the cornea.

The lecture, entitled `Mathematics is in the eye of the beholder’, will be delivered by Professor Andrei Marti­nez Finkelshtein, an expert in the applications of mathematics to human vision. Andrei Marti­nez Finkelshtein is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Almeri­a, Spain, and founder and Director of Research and Development at Neurobia Research.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday 4 July from 18.15-19.15 in the Sibson Lecture Theatre 3 on the University’s Canterbury campus. It is free and open to all. Parking is free on the campus after 17.00 and refreshments will be available in the Sibson atrium from 17.45.

To book please visit https://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/Register/maths

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: www.kent.ac.uk/secl/modern-languages/events/index.html?eid=25847

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-kent-staff-bbq-canterbury-campus-tickets-34104728160

For Medway: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-kent-staff-bbq-medway-campus-tickets-34104774298

 

Vegetarian and vegan food will also be provided, but please do email events@kent.ac.uk 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!