Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kent Sport facility arrangements and Christmas video

All Kent Sport facilities at the University of Kent Canterbury campus will be closed Wednesday 23 December 2015 to 3 January 2016 inclusive over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. All sports facilities will open again on 4 January 2016.

Please check our opening times for further information.

The Autumn term fitness and dance class timetable finishes on 19 December and the vacation class timetable will run from 4 January 16 January. There are also vacation classes on Monday 21 December which Gold and Silver members can book online if you are keen to get active prior to enjoying your mince pies.

The team at Kent Sport would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas we hope you enjoy our Christmas video.

Be in the Big Questions audience

The Big Questions
Broadcasting from Canterbury, Kent
Sunday 10 January

The Big Questions BBC1’s topical ethical debate show is now looking for audience members for series eight. We will be broadcasting from Canterbury on the Sunday, 10 January and we would like to invite you to be part of the audience. There will be two shows filmed on this day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The Big Questions is the BBC’s flagship ethical and moral debate programme. It is hosted by the experienced television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell, and airs on Sunday mornings from 10.00 -11.00 and from locations all around the country. The show addresses tricky moral questions facing the nation today, consulting front row experts and a select studio audience. Beliefs, informed opinions and personal stories are all aired during three lively debates.

As an audience member, you may even get the chance to contribute to the discussions yourself, although due to the number of people in the audience we can’t guarantee this.

If you’d like a seat in either of the audiences, please get in touch with Stuart, making sure to leave a contact phone number at the following:

CyclingAge Bike Hire Dates

Fancy hiring a bike for a term? The University of Kent work with CyclingAge to provide a bike hire scheme for students. You can hire a bike for £30 per term plus a deposit (£50, £75 or £100 depending on the bike).

Bike Hire Dates

Saturday 16 January- outside the Gulbenkian

Sunday 17 January- outside the Gulbenkian

Wednesday 20 January- West Oast cycle garage in Park Wood.

Dr Bike- free bicycle check ups

Every Wednesday between 08.30 and 15.30 the friendly guys at CyclingAge are up at West Oast Cycle garage in Park Wood to check over your bikes for free, whether you have hired from them or not.

For more information



Transport Team twitter: @unikent_travel

Switchboard closure today at 11.30

Please be advised that the main University switchboard will be closed today from 11.30 and will re-open at 08.30 on Monday 21 December.

The switchboard will also close for the Christmas break at 12.30 on Wednesday 23 December and will re-open at 08.30 on Monday 4 January 2016.

The Estates Department would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Mungo’s Massive New Year Party!

Mungo’s Massive is back for its first party of 2016 with a Neon Rave! This spectacular, glowing party in Eliot dining hall is going to be one of the most unique parties around and not one you’ll want to miss!

Take out the neon pens and paint, get creative, and dance the night away to a number of contemporary chart hits and old-school club classics.

Join hundreds of glowing students for this massive neon rave on Friday 22nd January, Eliot College Dining Hall, 20.00 til 02.00, plus free entry all night!

And get ready to glow!

For more information and updates from Mungo’s Bar & Bistro visit our Facebook page

Stagecoach Bus Christmas Disruption

Stagecoach buses will be on a reduced service from Monday 21 December until Saturday 16 January.

Buses to and from the University: 21 December 2015 – 16 January 2016

  • Uni 1 – special timetable
  • Uni 2 – no buses throughout this holiday period
  • Route 36 – normal timetable except 25, 26, 28 December 2015 and 1 January 2016
  • Triangle – normal timetable except 25, 26,  28 December 2015 and 1 January 2016

No buses will be running on

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • 28 December – except Sunday service on Triangle only
  • New Year’s Day

Check if you can take an alternative stagecoach bus using their journey planner.

Stagecoach Christmas disruption webpage.

Kent Sport shortlisted for Gym Team of The Year at the National Fitness Awards

Kent Sport is proud to have been recently shortlisted for Gym Team of The Year 2015 by the National Fitness Awards. The awards ceremony was held at Athena, Leicestershire on Friday 4 December and Kent Sport was represented by Ben Trott – Assistant Director (Operations), and Sarah Black and Mike Burrell – both Health and Fitness Instructors on the Kent Sport Fitness Team.

The National Fitness Awards celebrate the excellent services and achievements across the country shown by Gyms, Individuals and Performers in Fitness. For the Gym Team of the Year award, the judges assess competence in working together as a compatible team and building positive working relationships as a functional and successful group. Communication, effectiveness and ability to deliver quality services to members and each other were the attributes within this category. The Kent Sport Gym Team demonstrate these skills on a daily basis and were proud to be acknowledged and recognised for their hard work.

Ben Trott said of the experience, ‘It is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted for this award and Kent Sport is very proud to achieve this recognition at a national level, highlighting the core high standards that we expect from our teams of staff. The Kent Sport Gym Team should be very proud of their success in 2015’.

Sarah adds, ‘Every day I am proud to be a part of Kent Sport at the University of Kent and I work with a fantastic group of teachers and instructors. The team offer support, guidance and assistance daily to each other. With or without a trophy we are winners to experience working together on a daily basis and were worthy candidates in this award.’

For more information about Kent Sport visit and follow @UniKentSports on Facebook and Twitter.

Take survey for chance to win a meal for two

The catering team would like to know your thoughts about the delivered takeaway service on campus – which is called Hut 8 in Turing College.

Please fill out this survey for the chance to win a meal for two in Mungo’s, Origins, Dolche Vita, Hut 8 AND Cargo!

It doesn’t matter if you have never been to Hut 8! It should take less than 5 minutes, and would be greatly appreciated. The closing date is 9 January.

MA Fine Art graduate’s first solo screening exhibition in Kent on Thursday 17 December

Maeve Buckenham, one of SMFA’s recent MA Fine Art graduates and winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for her work in the 2015 degree show, has her first solo screening exhibition – the film screening premiere of The world is now all there is – on Thursday 17 December. Invited by 51zero, a dynamic arts organisation working in South-East England and Northern France, artist Maeve Buckenham presents new work where she uses her own video, poetry and sound design to explore the excavation of family history in relation to identity formation. With her thought-provoking and visually assaulting films Maeve opens a dialogue with the viewer on the perception of mental health conditions, particularly Anorexia Nervosa in young women.

18.00 – 18.30
Welcome and refreshments.

18.30 – 20.00
Artist Filmmakers Salon with Maeve Buckenham
Introduction / Short film screening / Group response

No34 / 34 High Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 4PB

For more information go to

Postal arrangements for Christmas 2015

In order to allow the Postal Services staff to join the Estates Team for a Christmas lunch on Friday 18 December 2015, there will be changes to the usual postal arrangements and delivery/collection times at the Canterbury campus.

Please note that on 18 December there will be no further mail deliveries or collections after 11am. Timings will be brought forward for the departments that normally have their first or only delivery/collection after this time. The Post Room will be closed between 11am and 4pm and the postal counter service for personal mail will not be open on this day. If mail volumes are not excessive, outgoing items collected before 11am should still be processed on the same day. Urgent items of business mail may be hand delivered to the Post Room between 4-4.20pm on the 18 December, where they will be processed in order of priority.

On Monday 21 December and Tuesday 22 December a normal service will operate.

On Wednesday 23 December there will be no further mail collections after 10.30am. Please ensure that all outgoing mail is at your collection point in time for your first collection to ensure that it is sent out before the Christmas closure. Departments that usually have their first or only delivery/collection after this time will have a collection at 10am. The postal counter service for personal mail will not be open on this day and it will not be possible to send any items via DHL or Parcelforce.


The Postal Services team would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and thank you for your co-operation.

If you have any queries, please contact the Postal Services Supervisor, Chris Hargrave on ext 3267 or the Post Room on ext 3210.