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Eastern ARC training

Funding opportunity for Essex Summer School course

The Eastern ARC and the Graduate School will fund an opportunity for one Social Science PhD student working on a project with applied quantitative methods to attend an Essex summer school training session.

This includes the fees for one course, accommodation during the training period as well as travel. To apply, please email EARCpgmobility@kent.ac.uk with the title of the course you wish to attend, and up to 500 words addressing the following points:

  • Background summary of your PhD project
  • How the method proposed will advance your PhD project
  • How attending the course will advance your skill set as a PhD candidate
  • Why you wish/need to attend the course this year

You will also need to include a half page supporting statement from your supervisor, and a short CV outlining training courses you have already attended and indicating your current level of statistics training.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th April 2018, and the award will be announced by the end of April.  If you have any queries please email Hannah Swift and/or EARCpgmobility@kent.ac.uk.

Please note that applications from first and second year full-time PhD students (up to the fourth year for part-time PhD students) will be prioritised.

PRIDE Awards poster

Submit your PRIDE Awards Nominations

The PRIDE (‘Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence’) Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given out four times a year with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a badge.

Nominations can be made online by any member of University staff, students and visitors. Alternatively you can pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in all Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets in Canterbury and Medway, as well as College reception areas.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible on why the nominee is being put forward for a Pride Award. The panel are looking for staff who achieve more than just what is expected in their role (i.e. hardworking, professional, positive and friendly attitude).

Congratulations to December’s Pride Award winners – Fay Allen, Student Accommodation Co-ordinator and Christine Nottage, Keynes Day Cleaner.

For further information or for guidance on submitting nominations please contact pride@kent.ac.uk

Medway Service of Remembering

Medway Service of Remembering

Our annual Service of Remembering will be held on 5 April 2018 from 12.15-1.30pm.

The service will be held in the St George’s Centre and is a time for us to honour members of staff, students and loved ones who have passed away in this previous year.

Whether or not you are able to attend the service please feel free to contact Lynne Martin, the Medway Campus Chaplain, with names of those you wish to be remembered.


Easter Zone sports academy

EasterZone sports camps for kids

Kent Sport has the perfect way to keep your children entertained this Easter, with five days of professional sports coaching, led by qualified and DBS checked coaches and supported by sports supervisors.

If your children are aged five to 14 and would enjoy taking part in a variety of sporting activities on a daily basis, including football, kwik cricket, tag rugby, hockey and tennis, then book them onto EasterZone 2018! An introduction to new sports and activities will be on offer along with the opportunity for children to develop their skills in specific sports and make new friends in a fun environment.

Prices for EasterZone are £35 per day or £130 per week. University of Kent staff and student discounts are available. Late pick-ups until 5pm are also available for an extra £10 per day per child.

Closing date for applications will be Sunday 18 March 2018 and we will be unable to accept bookings after this date.

You can book your places online or download a booking form at www.kent.ac.uk/sports/easterzone. Please complete and return the form with a cheque (made payable to ‘Uni Kent’) to the University of Kent Sports Centre, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NL.

Please contact sportsdevelopment@kent.ac.uk if you have any queries or call 01227 816391.

Executive Group

Changes to senior leadership structures

The Vice-Chancellor has made two changes to the senior leadership structures at the University.

Firstly, the Executive Group plus Deans (EG+) will, from 1 March, become the Extended Executive Group (EEG). The membership will now comprise: EG; Director of Human Resources; Dean of the Faculty of Humanities; Dean of the Faculty of Social Science; Dean of the Faculty of Science; Dean of the Graduate School; Dean for Internationalisation; Dean for Medway; Academic Registrar; Director of Estates; Director of Information Services; Director of Commercial Services; and Director of Student Services.

Secondly, Managers’ Forum has been renamed the Senior Leadership Forum. Its membership includes: Executive Group, Deans, Heads of School, Directors of Professional Service Departments, Heads of Centres and Medway representatives.

The Executive Group (EG) itself remains unchanged with its membership comprising: Vice-Chancellor and President; Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost; Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer; Deputy Vice-Chancellor  (Education); Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation); and the Director of Finance. The Secretary to the Council is in attendance.

Kent Colleagues Connect Professional Speed Networking

Resounding success for the first-ever professional speed-networking event at Kent

The first-ever strictly professional speed-networking event at Kent was a great success, attracting more than 130 colleagues.

The networking events took place on 14 February across both the Medway and Canterbury campuses. The Kent Colleagues Connect organising team was delighted with the take-up and the diversity of participating colleagues, representing schools and central departments, academic and professional services staff.

Here are examples of the extremely positive feedback received immediately following the event:

‘What a really enjoyable as well as extremely useful event”,

“A very welcome event”,

“A great event!”

This new initiative is part to the 2018 Kent Colleagues Connect programme which offers a number of opportunities for colleagues at the University to get to know each other’s roles better through informal meetings.

The next event will be “Coffee with Colleagues”, which will open for registration next month and will allow participants to invite a colleague they do not know very well, or at all, to discuss each other’s roles over a complimentary cup of coffee (or tea!). Watch this space for information about when and how to take advantage of this offer!

Full details of future Kent Colleagues Connect events in 2018 check the programme calendar. If you would like to find out more about the scheme, please contact the programme team at KentColleaguesConnect@kent.ac.uk.


Voice recognition

Dr Angelos Lengeris to appear at Speech Science Forum

Dr Angelos Lengeris, Lecturer in Linguistics for the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will present at the Speech Science Forum at University College London (UCL) on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

His talk focuses on how ‘Auditory Training Improves Second-language Pronunciation in Spontaneous Speech’.

Computer-based auditory training has been found to improve the production of second-language vowels and consonants in isolated words, and words in scripted sentences. However, we do not know whether learning transfers to spontaneous speech. In his talk, Angelos will present the results of a study examining the effects of computer-based auditory training on Greek speakers’ production of English vowels in sentences and spontaneous speech.

Vowel production was assessed via an identification test with native English speakers and an acoustic analysis of vowel quality before and after training. Training significantly improved learners’ production of English vowels in sentence materials and in spontaneous speech, which demonstrates the ecological validity of the high-variability paradigm.

The talk will take place at UCL’s Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences department in London.


Get on your bike this term

Bicycle hire is available for students and staff from this weekend, 13 and 14 January.

To do your bit for the environment and get a little fitter too, visit the Cycle Hub near the Pavilion at Canterbury campus to hire a bike from 10am to 4pm. The bikes come complete with lights, a lock and a bell and hire is from only £30 per term.

The service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport team within the Estates Department. Bikes are provided by CyclingAge. For more information get in touch with Chris at chris@easybycycle.co.uk.

You can hire a bicycle from Liberty Quays at Medway campus. Simply ask at reception for more information.

Free bicycle checks

Dr Bike will be back at the Canterbury campus during term time to check and adjust your bike. Visit the Cycle Hub on Wednesdays to get your free bicycle health check. The service also returns to Medway from Thursday 18 January and is located outside the Rochester Building.

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