Monthly Archives: November 2014

Making the most of your winter break

The winter break is a great time to relax and reflect on your year. It’s also a chance to think about new challenges for the New Year. Being a Kent student, there are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills, enhance your employability and have new experiences.

The Employability webpages provide information on many of these opportunities, including:

  • Study abroad. This is a valuable experience which you’re likely to remember for the rest of your life. It’s not only a fun and exciting opportunity, but will put you in a better position when you graduate.
  • Learn a new language. A new year is the perfect opportunity to take on a new challenge. Here at Kent you can take a wide range of language courses, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced.
  • Work experience. In an increasingly competitive job market, relevant work experience has never been more valuable. It’s because of this placements are harder to come by. We offer a wide range of support to help you get that all-important work placement.
  • Why not volunteer? Volunteering is a brilliant way to add essential skills and experience to your CV, while making new friends and supporting a cause you believe in. Also, most the volunteering opportunities we offer go towards your Employability Points.
  • And the support doesn’t end there… Our experienced careers advisers can help you with essential skills development to make you more employable.  Including, creating a quality CV and how to have interview success.

Snow Play at Gulbenkian – Staff offer

Help Mr Green against Mr White in this brrrrilliant and highly interactive smash-hit London production!

Make a giant snowman, cover a whole house in snow and have a super snowball fight in this snowy spectacular where you are guaranteed a white Christmas. Snow Play runs at Gulbenkian Tuesday 9 to Sunday 21 December. Suitable for all ages 3 and above.

University staff are being offered a special rate of £6.50 per ticket (£8.50 standard price). To book, call into the Box Office or go online – you will need to select full price tickets and enter the code UKSTAFF2 (must be caps).

Advertise your job opportunities with Jobshop

Students want to work on campus and we want to support that objective by putting them in touch with as many paid opportunities on campus as possible.

It is now FREE for all University departments to advertise vacancies through Jobshop, so please take advantage of this service and let us know about any jobs you have suitable for students!

Pop into our shop in the plaza (Canterbury campus) and see us at any time with your staffing requirements. Alternatively, jobs can be emailed to us at or via Jobshop’s website.


Kent Sport 50:50 – gladiator challenge

Do you have the strength, speed, skill and will to take on the Kent Sport staff? Then maybe you could proudly represent your College as we challenge you to take on the Kent Sport Gladiators.

On Wednesday 10 December from 4-6pm, we will turn the Main Hall into our very own Gladiator Arena and offer students the chance to take on the Kent Sport Gladiators and fellow contestants in a series of physically challenging games. Score points to gain a head-start in the final round which will decide the ultimate male and female champions!

A maximum 10 contestants (5 men and 5 women) will be selected through a rigorous screening process with everyone else encouraged to come along and cheer your college champions to victory! There will also be an opportunity for everyone to have a go at some events themselves in between the main events.

For an application form and a full copy of our terms and conditions please visit the Kent Sport website. The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 November and college trials will take place in the following week (details will be circulated).

School Swimming Gala

Kent Sport 50:50 – swimming gala

If you fancy competing against other students and staff for the chance of winning medals (and bragging rights!), sign up for our Kent Sport 50:50 swimming gala now.

This new event will take place at King’s School Recreation Centre, Canterbury, on Sunday 23 November from 2-4pm. Competitors will be organised into heats before progressing to a final over a variety of distances.

Complete an application form at the Sport Centre reception now, grab your best swimwear and we’ll see you poolside!

Find out more at or email:

Equality Week, 17-21 Nov

Kent presents the first Equality Week from the 17-21 November with free events and activities.

There are a huge number of activities and events, including:

  • Film screenings
  • Music and dance workshops
  • Sessions that enhance your employability (eg learning British Sign Language)
  • Anne Frank Exhibition
  • Talks from high profile campaigns like No More Page 3 and Stonewall

View the full programme.

Everything throughout the week celebrates equality and diversity, encourages thought and debate and enhances student employability, with most sessions earning Employability Points.

Don’t forget to grab your free wristband on campus and show your support and belief that everyone should ‘Expect Respect’.

For more information contact Becky Lamyman:

Weights room

Have you got the Xercise Factor?

Kent Sport Xercise Factor is back by popular demand, offering members the chance to be selected for one-to-one fitness training and battle it out to earn the title of Xercise Factor Champion 2015.

Student, staff and public members who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to get fit and improve their lifestyle can now apply to take part.

If you are successful in your application you will join the contestants for the Xercise Factor boot camp in January where a member of the fitness team will mentor you for two weeks. Only the committed will make it to the next stage.

Reigning Xercise Factor champion and staff member Vivi Triantafyllopoulou said:

‘The Xercise Factor was such an enjoyable and amazing experience, it really motivated me to push myself to achieve my goals and I learnt so much in the process. I would recommend it to everyone!’

Xercise Factor aims to make long lasting changes to member’s lifestyles. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge.

Pick up your application form from the Sports Centre or download the application form.

Tell us your exercise history, your 2015 lifestyle goals and why you think you have the Xercise Factor.

Post your form in the Fitness Suite X-Box or email by Friday 5 December 2014 and get ready for the challenge in January 2015.

Not a member of Kent Sport? Sign up now!

For more information email

Happiness Lecture: Does my bomb look big in this?

Dr. Katherine Brown from Kings College, London will deliver the first lecture in a year long series of celebratory events as part of the 50th anniversary to present an academic approach to the idea of happiness.

The lecture, titled ‘Does my bomb look big in this? Humour and joy in insecurity and politics’, will take place on Thursday 27 November at 18.00 in KLT 1.

The lecture and Q&A will be followed by a wine reception.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to all.

For more information email

Staff support Children in Need

A big thank you to all staff who supported this year’s Children in Need Appeal.

Colleagues at Medway campus raised £255 – thanks to Micky Dalzell (on Medway Building reception) who invited contributions for coming to work in fancy dress.

At Canterbury, colleagues in Estates Helpdesk raised £239.21 for the appeal. Staff from across the department baked or donated delicious cakes which were quickly snapped up. Their efforts received a special thank you from Pudsey on Twitter: ‘@UniKentStaff Paws up, Kent Heroes!’

If you know anyone else who helped raise funds, let us know by emailing

Medway staff dress up for Children in Need

Blank t-shirt

Design us a 50th anniversary t-shirt – win £500!

If you’ve got a great design idea for a University of Kent 50th anniversary limited edition t-shirt enter our ‘Pitch it!’ challenge.

As part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, we are asking Kent students to pitch their innovative design ideas to a panel of University judges.

You will be asked to demonstrate how you think your t-shirt design can support this landmark year and appeal to students, alumni and beyond.

The winning team will receive a £500 Amazon voucher and the runners-up will get a £100 Amazon voucher.

The application deadline is 9.00 on Monday 24 November 2014.

For full details and to enter visit the competition webpages.