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Where will Go Abroad Bitesize take you?

The Go Abroad team is pleased to announce Go Abroad Bitesize, an exciting new initiative supporting global opportunities for Kent students.

Current Kent students can now apply for funding to carry out short, extra-curricular placements abroad. The deadline to apply is 6 February 2022.

These could be anywhere in the world and could involve studying (for example a summer school), working (summer internship) or volunteering.

To find out what opportunities may be available, how much funding you could get, how and when to apply, please visit the Go Abroad Bitesize webpage.

See where other Kent students have travelled

Latest edition of Kent Magazine: Winter 2021/22 now available

Kent Magazine returns this winter 2021/22 to bring you all the latest news, research, and stories from the Kent community. It’s available a few different ways:

  • In print – we’ve posted copies to our alumni who have recently updated their postal address with us. If you haven’t received a copy but would like one, please email us with your current address and we’ll add you to the mailing list.
  • On our campuses, at college receptions and in magazine stands at select locations (available from Monday 24 January).
  • Online and to download as a PDF file on Issuu.com.

From graduate and staff profiles to news articles, find out what the latest edition of Kent Magazine has in store

Here are just some of the features included in the issue for you to enjoy:

Passing it forward – with Mike Wilkins MBE 

The alumni team caught up with Mike Wilkins MBE, who transformed sports at Kent, to hear about his life, career in football, and time at our university.

Using research to clean up our acts

In this article read about the research that a team of Kent psychologists undertook, which found that using carefully worded road signage can decrease the number of drivers leaving engines idling during queues at crossing barriers.

Abulrazak Gurnah

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Boost your employability with a specialised year

Develop your skills and get career-ready by adding a year to your undergraduate degree:

Stand out from the crowd in the job market and be ready to live and work in tomorrow’s world.

Current Kent student and interested? Don’t miss the information event on Wednesday 26 January, 14.00-15.00, in KLT1 and online. Book now.

Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic

Grab a Jab on Canterbury campus, Tues 1 February

Join the thousands of students getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

Following the success of the last vaccination clinic on campus, we will be running another on Tuesday 1 February, 12.30-16.30, in the Old Santander Bank on the Canterbury campus. 

Come along for your free Covid-19 vaccination – 1st, 2nd and booster vaccines are all available.

For 18s and over the gap is 8 weeks after the first dose and 12 weeks for the booster after the second.  Anyone who has recently had Covid should wait for 28 days before getting their vaccine/booster.

Can’t make these? Find a Covid-19 vaccination centre near you in Kent and Medway.

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Care first webinars w/c 24 January 2022

Our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support, including weekly webinars. 

This week’s (Monday 24 January –  Friday 28 January) webinars are as follows:

Monday 24 January 2022 – ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link 

Tuesday 25 January 2022 – ‘Trying something new by stepping out of you comfort zone’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link

Wednesday 26 January 2022 – ‘Stress awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Thursday 27 January 2022 – ‘Parents mental health awareness‘
Time 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Friday 28 January 2022 – ‘Coping with COVID uncertainty’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Covid-19 Update: Changes from next week

From Martin Atkinson, Director of HR & Organisational Development 

Following the Government announcements on changes to Covid-19 restrictions earlier this week, there are a number of things for us to consider at Kent. While the national guidance has changed, our focus throughout the pandemic has been on keeping our entire community safe and, at this stage, that means making gradual changes so that we continue to limit the risk of infection while we return to our usual working practices.  

With that in mind, our intention is that we all treat February as a transition month where we can start to relax some of our existing measures at a pace that suits individuals in different areas while continuing to keep an eye on the situation locally.  

Returning to campus  

Any staff currently based at home are welcome to start coming back to work on campus from next week, with hybrid working arrangements back in place where relevant. Do discuss this with your line manager ahead of your return, and bear in mind when you do come back that we’ll need to keep safety at the front of our minds in busy areas in particular.   In-person meetings can also be booked where it makes sense – however, do consider what the appropriate format is for these, with a continued recommendation that we think ‘virtual-first’ given people will be working in different locations.  

Face Coverings  

We’ll also all need to recognise and respect the different situations both staff and students may be in and that some, particularly those who are more vulnerable, will be concerned about the changing picture nationally. With that in mind, our expectation is that everyone should continue to wear face coverings in teaching spaces, communal areas of our buildings and other areas where there are lots of people around. As before, in most cases those teaching classes won’t need to wear a face covering as they will have sufficient space at the front of the class.  

Face coverings can make a real difference to infection rates, along with reassuring those who are most at risk – we are also writing to students today to confirm that our current approach remains in place.  

Testing  

Everyone coming onto campus should also continue to test twice a week and register their results with the NHS – free lateral flow test kits are available on the Canterbury campus from College receptions, Campus Security, the Registry, Estates and the Templeman Library, plus at the Old Sports Hall at Medway.  

There is a lot to take in with a number of national changes happening in a short period of time – do talk this through with a manager if you have any concerns or via our Employee Assistance Scheme if you want to do this anonymously. Thank you also to all of you for your continued support with keeping each other safe throughout this period.  

Martin  

Martin Atkinson | Director of HR & Organisational Development

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Covid-19 Update: Keeping our campuses safe

From Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

Following my email on Wednesday about recent Government Covid-19 announcements, I wanted to follow up with a bit more detail on what this will mean for us at Kent. As you know, our focus throughout the pandemic has been on keeping our entire community safe, and our approach at this stage is on taking sensible steps to limit the risk of infection as we return fully to face-to-face teaching.

We also all have a role in recognising and respecting the different situations both students and staff may be in and that some, particularly those who are more vulnerable, will be concerned about the changing picture nationally. With that in mind, our expectation is that everyone should continue to wear face coverings in teaching spaces, communal areas of our buildings and other areas where there are lots of people around. This can make a real difference to infection rates, along with reassuring those who are most at risk.

Vaccinations

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our pop-up vaccination centre on our Canterbury campus earlier this week, joining the thousands of students who have been jabbed across the country. If you are heading into town this weekend, there will another walk-in at Whitefriars in the empty Ernest Jones shop from 10.00 to 16.00 on both Saturday and Sunday – we’ll also have another pop-up centre on Canterbury campus in the Old Bank on Tuesday 1 February from 12.30 to 16.30. Find a Covid-19 vaccination centre near you.

Testing

Everyone coming onto campus should also continue to test at least twice a week and register their results with the NHS – free lateral flow test kits are available on the Canterbury campus from College receptions, Campus Security, the Registry and the Templeman Library, plus at the Old Sports Hall at Medway.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support with this and for everything you continue to do to keep our campuses safe.

With all good wishes,

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

Students on Canterbury campus

Talking Cultures: Free intercultural workshops

Are you looking to further enhance your intercultural awareness and an opportunity to meet students from various cultural backgrounds? If so, you might be interested in these stand-alone cultural workshops which are free and open to all Kent students.

Workshops will be delivered in-person at the Canterbury Campus. If you need assistance, please email internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk

Workshop 1: Cultural Knowledge and Identity – EWLA3340

Wednesday 2 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 2: Considerations of Intercultural Communication – EWLA3350

Wednesday 9 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 3: Barriers to Intercultural Communication; Tools & Strategies – EWLA3360

Wednesday 16 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 4: Enhancing cultural awareness – EWLA3370

Wednesday 23 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Feedback from students who have previously attended a Talking Cultures workshops

Laura Prats Cardona: “Personally, my favourite one [workshop] was the culture workshop, where we were put in groups of more or less ten people and each of us discussed the prejudices on our cultures, what we believed to be culture (which is so much more than just food music or clothes) and what culture we identified ourselves with. It was interesting to see how people who had travelled or moved countries during their childhood (myself included) identified with two or more cultures”.

Bilal Hussain: “Internationalisation and global engagement programmes exemplified by GOLD, such as the talking cultures workshops, have helped fuel this new emerging environment of cultural pride and expression for us all. Going back to the previous point about travelling through the people you meet; internationalisation programmes have become even more important in keeping this momentum going in the current COVID climate where we can’t travel. This only amplifies just how important it is in forging global and diverse relationships so that we can see the world through people. Most importantly however, it improves our respect and awareness of different perspectives from different parts of the world which helps us to build a respectful and tolerant society where we can celebrate each other and forge togetherness rather than divisions”.

 

Weekly Engagement and Impact Surgery launched

The Research Excellence Team are organising a weekly drop-in surgery offering help and support with anything related to public & community engagement and impact.

Are you an academic wanting to find out more about sharing your research with the wider community and identifying different pathways to impact? Are you a business leader looking to find an academic partnership? Do you need help with events management, audience or stakeholder identification, event evaluation, impact evidencing, funding and grants? Then do come along.

Our surgeries take place every Wednesday from 14.00 – 16.00 during term time except in weeks when there is a Kent Public Engagement Network (KPEN) meeting. Surgeries are open to anyone including staff, students and members of the public including community and business groups.

For more information contact Jill Hurst at j.hurst-853@kent.ac.uk.