Monthly Archives: August 2014

Memorial service for Dr Sandy Alexander

Dr Sandy Alexander, a long-term supporter, governor and friend of the University, passed away on 11 July.

Dr Alexander joined the University Council in 1974 as a lay member and was the University’s Treasurer from 1977 until 1992. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law in 1982.

Dr Alexander’s funeral was held on 1 August as a private family affair. A memorial service will take place on Wednesday 27 August at 2.30pm in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral.

New Dean of Health

Dr Peter Nicholls, of the School of Biosciences, has been appointed as the University’s new Dean of Health.

Dr Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology, is an immunologist with over 20 years of expertise in antibody engineering that includes experience in industry as well as academia.
He has had previous direct involvement in projects that resulted in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, and has been the recipient of project funding from the Leukaemia Research Fund since 1998.

Dr Nicholls will lead KentHealth, the University’s one-stop-shop for health and social care expertise in research, training, innovation and partnerships with the regional NHS, and steer the implementation of its new health strategy at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

KIE Macmillan fete and coffee morning

Take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and help raise money for a very good cause.

You are invited to join Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) for refreshments, raffles and many fun-filled activities at our mini fete to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It’s also a great opportunity to have fun and network at the same time. Refreshments and activities include: Homemade cakes and treats, bottle tombola, guess the key, find the luck lollipop and win the contents of a wheelbarrow, with prizes kindly donated by Morrisons

We need your help to raise as much money as possible, by:

  • Donating bottles (not empty, please!) for the tombola
  • Bake us a cake and drop it off by 9am on the day .
  • Coming along and having fun.

For more information, please email

Liz’s head shave for charity

Assistant Housekeeping Manager Liz Brown has lost her hair, but gained pounds for good causes.

Margate teacher Luke (29) has terminal cancer. Funds raised, including Liz’s drastic haircut, will go towards Luke’s Bucket List as well as Cancer Research UK and Pilgrims Hospices.

Liz, who is a mobile hairdresser in her spare time, says: ‘I lost my nan to cancer two years ago and wanted to do something that makes a bit of a statement. As a hairdresser, having my hair shaved off is pretty massive!’

Liz has raised £1,300 to date. You can still support her via her online fundraising page.

STOPTOBER 2014 (Quit Smoking)

Occupational Health are working with the NHS to start another successful stop smoking programme.

Quitters will be given individual appointments with a NHS professional. Or if you prefer you can come with a friend. The programme starts on 18 September 2014 and sessions will be held in Occupational Health, Keynes College.

If you are interested, please contact Pat Armstrong on ext 4691 or email

CSRfm feedback survey

CSRfm (Community and Student Radio in Canterbury) need your opinions and feedback. Whether you are a regular listener or are yet to tune in they need you to fill out their 2014 CSRfm Listener Satisfaction Survey.

CSRfm is made up of students from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church as well as local members of the community. The team are hoping to have their most successful year yet and your feedback could make this possible.

The survey only takes two minutes to complete and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher.

For more information contact:

Equality advice and support for staff

The University’s EDI Team provides advice and support to staff covering all areas of equality in employment.

Other sources of support include Occupational Health, Counselling Service, HR Advisers, Chaplaincy and a Mediation Service.

A service which has recently been updated is the Harassment Contact Network. Harassment Contacts provide advice and support to staff and students who suspect they are being subjected to any for form of bullying or harassment, for example, sexual orientation,or any protected characteristic.

EDI staff networks offer employees a chance to network and share ideas on creating a more inclusive working culture. If you would like to get involved visit the EDI website:

For more information please contact

Colyer-Fergusson Temporary Closure

The Music Department would like to apologise in advance for the closure of the Colyer-Fergusson Building on Wednesday, 20, Thursday, 21, and Friday, 22 August. The closure is due to recording in the main Hall. For more information contact: