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Update for students on industrial action

Dear Student,

As you may know, together with the Vice-Chancellor, I attended a meeting with student reps and others on Tuesday 14 March. The aim of the meeting, organised by Kent Union, was to hear student concerns relating to the industrial action being taken by some members of our academic staff. Both the Vice-Chancellor and I greatly appreciated having the opportunity to attend and hear from students about their concerns.

We realise that those of you who are in schools affected by this action are inevitably worried about the impact it might have on your assessments and academic progress. While we have a website for students which includes a broad range of FAQs, it was clear from yesterday’s meeting, and from other conversations and communications we had from students, many of the questions you are raising are specific to both your subject and school.

I want to reassure you that the Executive Group of the University and faculty Deans are working with schools affected by the industrial action to put systems in place to mitigate against its impact on you and will communicate what these are over the coming weeks. At the beginning of next week, your school will email you with detailed updates which respond to the concerns raised at the student reps meeting and through other channels. It is important that you are aware that the guidance will come from your Head of School (or in his or her name) and that it is guidance from that source that you should regard as authoritative.

I also want to reassure those students who are emailing me and other colleagues with a range of issues and queries that these are being collated centrally to ensure we have a sense of the nature and scale of the concerns. These will be reflected in the information you will begin to receive from your school next week. I should add that we are endeavouring to reply to those emails as quickly as possible, and where school-specific issues are raised we are forwarding to the school so that they can respond to you directly.

There is no doubt that staff have a great commitment to you as students. The University, Kent Union and the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) at Kent have jointly called on all those involved at a national level to work together to reach a solution, and the University will continue to seek an outcome that protects the interests of our staff and students.

Yours sincerely,

David Nightingale | Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

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.

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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.


Jobshop Recruitment Fair 2018

Jobshop Recruitment Fair

Kent Union is proud to announce the Jobshop Recruitment Fair is back and bigger than ever. Located on the centre of the Canterbury Campus in Eliot Hall, we have a wide variety of businesses promoting their part-time, temporary and seasonal roles in Canterbury as well as nation-wide opportunities. If you’re looking for part-time work don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet employers!

The fair will take place on Tuesday 13th March from 12pm – 3pm in Eliot Hall, University of Kent. We are pleased to have a number of sponsors for the event including Concorde International, Smaller Earth, P&O Ferries, Embassy Summer, PGL and Pettit Recruitment Solutions.

If you live in Medway, make sure to book yourself a free shuttle bus to the Canterbury Campus!

The following companies will be attending:

Explore Learning                                             Scott Anderson Catering

Dreamland                                                       Wesser

New Appointments Group                            CTM

Kent Autistic Trust                                          Gulbenkian

Frontier                                                             Stafford House

Teach First                                                        L’Arche Kent

The Challenge                                                  Plus Ed

Nurse Plus                                                        Centreplate

Churchill House Summer Centres               Global Radio

Magical Maths Club                                        Chaucer College

Canterbury Historic River Tours                   CXK

University of Kent Outreach                          Careers & Employability Service

Employability Points

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 13th March!

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.

Digital Library Services

Your Digital Library Week

Want to know what the best online resources for your subject are? Where you can find them? and how you can get the most out of them?

Come and chat to our Librarians about all things ‘e-resources’ at the Your Digital Library Stand in the Templeman Library Welcome Hall, 11:00 – 13:00, Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March.

If you can’t make it along to the Library use these helpful guides to find out more.

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Visit our resources page to access articles, e-books, news, videos, statistics and more.

Check out your subject guide for the best resources for your subject.

The MyCourtroom simulation

Study Plus course offers insight into child protection

Study Plus is offering the chance to take part in the Centre for Child Protection’s award-winning simulations, which offer a safe way to explore child protection situations, for free.

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the simulation scenario and consider the actions of the characters during the course – KE157: Introduction to Care Proceedings via Simulation Learning: “myCourtroom: Rosie’s Family Goes to Court”.

“MyCourtroom” is an interactive and immersive simulation covering aspects of private and public law that continues the story of its character, Rosie. Built in partnership with Cafcass, ‘MyCourtroom’ is based on realistic scenarios designed to trigger discussions and decisions around court skills – specifically, safe practice, best practice, giving evidence, being cross examined and making assessment decisions to ensure positive outcomes for the child.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to

  • Appreciate key concerns raised by child protection practitioners around court work skills
  • Understand the difference between private and public law settings
  • Consider the different roles and expertise in courts
  • Reflect on direct work with children whose families are involved in proceedings
  • Start contemplating skills to provide evidence or be cross examined in public law proceedings

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about a difficult topic and consider how we should respond in the 21st century using a relevant evidence base and technological know-how.

The course takes place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 (Week 19) from 13.00-16.00.

Visit the Study Plus website for the full calendar of courses and sign-up to take part via the SDS system.


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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