Student Employability: Breaking Barriers

Student Employability: Breaking Barriers is a week of lunchtime lectures and presentations from inspirational individuals and Kent alumni.

All the speakers have overcome perceived obstacles to succeed in their chosen careers, be that homophobia, disability discrimination or perceived the glass ceiling for women in the work place.

The talks are taking part in Medway (16th-20th March) and Canterbury (23rd-27th March) and attendance is worth 15 EP points.

The series open to all students and is free to attend.

Athena SWAN Awareness Event at Medway, 7th May

Good Practice Benefits All. This is the theme of the Athena SWAN Awareness Event at Medway, and this is why the Athena SWAN Working Group would like to invite all staff to attend on Thursday 7th May 2015. Working to the Athena SWAN principles, means working in a place where all staff are valued.

Kent received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2014, which recognised our commitment to the Athena SWAN initiative. The initiative aims to advance the representation of women in science. By perusing this agenda, we aim to create the best working environment for all staff, and this year’s event will cover themes relevant to staff across the Faculties.

We invite you to join us in the Rochester Boardroom at 09:30. The event will run until 13:45 and includes lunch.

We can confirm that Lenna Cumberbatch, Diversity Manager at the Royal Society, will give the keynote address. A panel discussion, led by the Dean of Sciences, Professor Mark Burchell, will give participants the chance to discuss the initiative and find out what we’re doing here at Kent.

There will also be workshop sessions on: Promotion; Career Planning for Early Career Researchers (and those wondering what their next step should be); and a special Research Services’ Grant Factory Workshop.

We welcome all staff – men and women; Medway and Canterbury based – to attend the event.