Monthly Archives: August 2014

Copyright at Kent

Information Services have just published copyright guidelines and a copyright policy to help staff, students and partners understand and resolve copyright issues.

The Guidelines include a clear explanation of UK copyright law and practical advice for those using or creating text, images, music, software, sound and video recordings as well as other types of educational and research resources.

The University’s Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer, Chris Morrison, has created the guidelines in conjunction with a consultative group drawn from across the University.

Chris, who also sits on the UUK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group, is available for further copyright advice at or on 01227 823857 and is planning a programme of activities over the coming months to raise awareness of copyright issues throughout the University.

For more information: email

Cracking the Crinoline performance

StevensonThompson’s Moving Memory Company takes to the streets to deliver a short, sharp, surprising sting as part of the Gulbenkian’s bOing Festival.

When: Saturday 30 August at the Gulbenkian

The performance lasts approximately six minutes and will take place at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

Combining crinolines, corsets and boxing boots, these Queen B’s remind us not to take little old ladies for granted.

Join them for a performance that is uplifting, life enhancing and will leave you reaching for your Marigolds.

Read the full bOing brochure.

For more information: email

Supporting Fragile X Awareness Day

In support of Fragile X Awareness Day 2014, the Tizard Centre are supporting a showing of the critically acclaimed feature documentary ‘Mission to Lars’.

It’s the story of a road trip of a lifetime with just one condition… Tom’s. Tom Spicer has Fragile X Syndrome and he dreams to meet his hero: rock God Lars Ulrich of Metallica. His siblings promise to make it happen, with hopes of good times and bonding on the road trip. But Tom’s disabilities, a dysfunctional family and heavy metal’s labyrinthine backstage world thwart the mission at every turn. Then as they get closer to Lars, Tom the man starts to shine and a touching and inspirational finale ensues.

The screening will be held at the Gulbenkian, starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 24 September 2014, and will include a brief introduction to Fragile X Syndrome.

The event is free and open to all but donations to the Fragile X Society will be very welcome and a collection will be made on the evening (cash or text donations: text ‘FRAG11 £(amount)’ to 70070).

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common inherited cause of learning disability, yet there is little awareness of the condition.

The Fragile X Society is the only UK charity dedicated to families affected by Fragile X, and they do fantastic work providing support and information.

The organisers would like to thank Spicer and Moore for their support with the event.

50th Anniversary Monopoly

The University of Kent, in celebration of its 50th anniversary launches special edition Monopoly.

Now you can play this classic game with a University of Kent customised version.

Be rewarded for achieving high grades, pay Masters’ fines for ignoring the noise ban and lose a turn because you are lost in Eliot. Or were you in Rutherford?

Relive those student days with hours of fun and reminiscences.

You can reserve your copy and pre-order today.

Note: We expect delivery early-mid September.

For more information: email

Aurora Programme 2014/15

The University is pleased to announce it is continuing participation in the Aurora programme.

The Aurora programme is a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) development programme for women in higher education.

The programme is sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow and Dr Ruth Blakeley (Reader in International Relations) is the Kent Aurora Champion.

Following last year’s involvement and experience of Aurora, the University will again be supporting a Kent cohort for 2014/15.

Female academic staff up to Senior Lecturer level will be invited to apply through their Faculty and, in addition this year we will be piloting the Aurora programme in two selected professional service areas where women are currently under-represented.

For more information: email

Tim Moorhead

The University is saddened to learn of the death of Tim Moorhead, Associate Lecturer at Kent Law School following a motorbike crash. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Kent Music What’s On guide

The new music programme for September to December has now been published online.

This season is set to embrace everything from ancient instruments to contemporary chamber opera, the Hall will be abuzz this autumn, featuring some of the very best music across the next four months.

The Lunchtime Concert series begins on Wednesday 8 October with Rags to Riches as pianist Helen Crawford brings her period-costume-bedecked performance of ragtime music.

This season will launch the new ensemble-in-residence, ‘CantiaQuorum’, who open their residency with Bach and Copland on Wednesday 5 November, as a curtain-raiser to their first formal concert later in the month with Stravinsky and Walton.

December’s lunchtime concert will involve ‘The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments’ who will be exploring the common ground between Renaissance, Baroque and traditional Norwegian music.

The Hall will welcome visiting performers including the ‘Nova Music Ensemble’ who will come in October as part of the Canterbury Festival, bringing contemporary chamber operas by Cecilia McDowall and Stephen McNeff.

Throughout 2014-15 the Colyer-Fergusson will be participating in the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, featuring alumni and Honorary Doctorate recipients. We are delighted to welcome acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor, Trevor Pinnock, in a recital of music by Bach.

The Chorus and Orchestra will perform music by Mozart and Beethoven, and the term concludes with the usual Big Band seasonal cracker in December.

You can check out all that’s coming up on the What’s On pages.

For more information contact:

Canterbury car parking information – 17 Sept

As you may be aware the University is holding an Open Day on the Canterbury campus for potential applicants for 2015 entry on Wednesday 17 September 2014. We are expecting in excess of 4000 visitors to this event.

Open Days are very important recruitment events for the University as they play a key role in a student’s decision-making process. Our September event is particularly important as it targets those seeking to make early applications and who tend to be highly qualified individuals. The competition for such applicants will be fierce, particularly with the total removal of student number controls for 2015 entry.

Our top 20 league table position has put us in good standing to attract highly qualified students and our competitors are among the best universities in the country. It is therefore important that we do all we can to ensure that our potential applicants have a positive Open Day experience.

Due to the numbers we are expecting to visit, car parking on the day will be problematic. It would therefore be very helpful if staff could assist by making alternative travel arrangements and, where possible, use public transport, car share or work from home on Wednesday 17 September. Managers are asked to encourage staff to respond positively to the impact of the Open Day and, where it is possible, to allow relevant staff to work from home. Enrolment Management Services and the Estates Department are working together to limit the disruption.

For those who are still required to attend work on the Canterbury campus, we have arranged for other parking options. These include a free Park & Ride from Kingsmead (opposite) Sainsbury’s operated by Canterbury City Council. If this is not convenient, members of staff will be reimbursed for any parking charges they incur in or around Canterbury as a result of the parking restrictions.

We ask for your cooperation and understanding as we seek to both respond to our potential students as well as maintain a fully operational campus.

Further information on parking arrangements for the Open Day can be found on Estates webpages.

Freshers Helpers needed!

Want to make new friends, have fun and develop new skills?

Then apply to become a Freshers Helper!

It’s really easy; all you need to do is complete an application form.

Before you apply, please ensure you familiarise yourself with the role description as it is this criteria that will be used to determine whether you are successful.

Read the role descriptions and Frequently Asked Questions on the Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together website.

Mobile phone fraudsters: police advice

The police National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) is warning students to stay vigilant about a suspected mobile phone fraud targeting students at universities across the UK.

Students have been offered cash incentives to entice them into registering for personal mobile phone contracts, which are then used for the benefit of a private company.

Invariably the student receives a high value smartphone on a lengthy network contract, but then sends on the phone and SIM card to the private company for a small cash incentive and the promise of a modest monthly income. However, the students involved are now running up significant debts.

NMPCU believes that students may have divulged details about their bank accounts, credit or debit cards and personal circumstances, making them susceptible to identity fraud.

The major UK mobile phone networks and other industry partners have been made aware of the NMPCU investigation to best support the affected students.

If you have been affected, you can take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Inform your bank or building society as soon as possible.
  • Change financial and email account passwords and security questions.
  • Take particular care to close any compromised accounts.
  • Ensure that other family members don’t use account passwords such as your mother’s maiden name, as these should also be changed.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit report. This will identify searches conducted by a lender, date of search, type of application and which credit accounts are set up in your name. You can contact any one of the three credit reference agencies and receive support in resolving credit report problems caused by identity fraud:,,
  • Look at your credit report closely. If you find entries from organisations you don’t normally deal with, contact them immediately.

Students can avoid falling victim to fraud as follows:

  • Never divulge private information data in response to a personal approach, email, text, letter or phone call unless you are certain that the request is from a reliable source.
  • Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank, financial or mobile service provider concerned.
  • The three credit reference agencies offer a credit report checking service to alert you to any key changes on your credit file that could indicate potential fraudulent activity:,,
  • Don’t throw away entire bills, receipts, credit-card or debit-card slips, bank statements or even unwanted post in your name. Destroy unwanted documents, preferably by using a shredder.
  • Keep your personal documents in a safe place, preferably in a locked drawer or cabinet at home.
  • Change passwords regularly.

If you have been affected by this, they should email the NMPCU on providing your contact details, university and brief details of the issue.

For advice about protecting yourself from a fraud of this kind, students can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.