Monthly Archives: December 2015

Staff survey on Hut 8 catering

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 2016.

Many thanks,
The University of Kent catering team

In-sessional English Skills – English Language Support for students

If you are studying at Kent at any level from foundation to postgraduate and English is not your first language, In-sessional English Skills (IES) is for you.

New IES modules start in January and you can sign up from Week 13 via SDS Workshops.

IES can help you improve the accuracy of your English grammar and develop your listening comprehension, seminar discussion skills and writing style for academic assignments. You will also have the chance to discuss your specific language difficulties with an experienced language tutor. IES offers:

Support throughout the academic year
A ten week cycle of taught modules, delivered in the Autumn and Spring terms
Individual writing tutorials with staff from the Centre for English and World Languages
Independent study materials on Moodle
a chance to earn Employability Points

Delivered by the Centre for English and World Languages, IES modules are free of charge and take place on the Canterbury campus. If you’re based at Medway you can catch the Campus Shuttle to Canterbury.

For more information and instructions on how to enrol, see the IES pages on the Centre for English and World Languages website:

Kent Sport – Christmas vacation classes

Keep up with your exercise routines this holiday season with the Christmas vacation fitness and dance class timetable! Grab a copy of the timetable at Kent Sport reception or use the online events calendar to plan your classes.

The new timetable runs from the 21 December, with Gold and Silver members able to start booking classes seven days in advance using the online booking system. Bronze members can book three days in advance at Kent Sport reception.

Kent Sport facilities will be closed from the 23 December to the 3 January inclusive for the Christmas vacation. Classes will start again on the 4 January 2016. Just in time to catch you slipping from those New Year’s resolutions!

For more information about the Christmas vacation opening hours, visit the Kent sport website.

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Not long left to apply for Student Projects Grant Scheme

We would like to remind you that the applications for the Student Projects Grant Scheme will be closed on Friday 18 December, 2015. In January 2015, grants totalling almost £65,000 were made to a range of projects across the University. We are delighted that in the 2015/16 academic year we are able to award £50,000, with individual grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports students by providing scholarships to enhance their academic studies, offering bursaries to assist individuals who are suffering financial hardship, and funding projects that help students to develop their personal and professional skills.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme encourages individuals to bid for funds to run projects that will enhance the student experience and employability of Kent students, offering them the opportunity to hone their skills and gain vital experience outside of the seminar room.

Applications are welcome from student groups in Kent Union, departments, faculties and schools across the University, including our campuses at Canterbury and Medway, our centre in Tonbridge and our European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Development Office or downloaded from the Kent Opportunity Fund webpage.

Applicants will be notified of their application results by late January. For any enquiries, please contact Eva Chow on 01227 824547 or at

KBS’ Business Start-up Journey Launch a Huge Success

Building upon it growing reputation for encouraging students to start their own business, KBS launched its Business Start-up Journey this week. Over 170 students were in attendance, eager to hear the success stories of award-winning entrepreneurs and to find out more about the innovative new programme.

The Business Start-up Journey, is a step-by-step programme that aims to develop the next generation of new business start-ups. The ‘Journey’ supports students through dedicated training and mentorship from idea generation to the preparation of an investor-ready business plan.

Mentors include established entrepreneurs such as Daniel Rubin, CEO of Dune Group, Paul Dyer, Co-Founder of the Towergate Group and Sebastian Brock of Chattoo app.

The launch of Business Start-up Journey this week brought together Kent Excellence in Business Award (KEIBA) Entrepreneur of the Year award winners Becky Campbell (MD, Reflect Digital) and Bal Sandher (Director, Hectic Lifestyles) together with Michael Muzio (MD, Now4cover), who presented their start-up stories in a lively Q & A session.

Marilia Paraschou (Master’s in Law (LLM) International Law and International Relations) student attended the event and comments:

“I went to the Business Start-up Journey launch as I’m looking to gain the practical skills to set up my own law firm after I finish my studies. I think the Business Start-up Journey is a unique opportunity for students to gain a practical business education idea – I haven’t seen anything similar to this at other universities.”

For questions related to Business Start-up Journey, please contact David Williamson, Director of External Services at or 01227 824855.

Project 100 Christmas raffle winners announced

The Project 100 Christmas raffle has now closed and Kent Sport would like to thank all participants for raising funds in support of student sport at Kent.

Even a small contribution to Project 100 can make a huge difference for our students who are under great financial pressures. A £20 donation could enhance a student’s experience at the University of Kent with either of the following:

One hours coaching for a group
A full inter college basketball kit
Entry on to NGB officiating courses
A fitness consultation and programme
A personal training session

Kent Sport congratulates all of the prize winners. The list of winners can be found on the Project 100 webpage ( If you would like to donate to Project 100, you can do so online (

Disruption to Telephone System

Update 14.23

This issue has now been resolved.

Following essential maintenance work that was carried out on the University’s phone system this weekend there are a number of ongoing issues affecting users across the Canterbury campus.

Many users are currently experiencing difficulties when trying to dial external numbers and this is having a particular impact on the University’s credit/debit card machines.

We would like to assure users that every effort is being made to resolve these issues as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We will update you once this issue has been resolved.

If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on extn. 3209.

Big White Wall

The holiday season isn’t always a happy time. From leaving close uni friends, to not being with loved ones, to worrying about workload or family issues, it can be a really tough time. If you need support Big White Wall can help. They offer 24/7 online and anonymous support free to University of Kent students. To be prescribed to Big White Wall contact

Watch this video to see how Big White Wall helped a student.


Eliot Urgent Maintenance – Saturday 12 December, 2015

There will be urgent maintenance work carried out on Saturday 12 December outside the Eliot Reception area.

Heavy duty equipment will be used to jet dirt and debris from the drains in order to source a leak.

The work will be carried out by BP Drains.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, if you have any queries regarding this please contact the Helpdesk on ext. 3209

Coopers End of Term Staff Drinks

To celebrate the end of term and to thank staff for all their valued support over the year, Coopers would like to invite all Greenwich and Kent staff over on Friday 18 December from 17.00 to celebrate in the Christmas break.

Coopers offers available on the day include:

Winter Warmer Hot drinks on Christmas Menu

Mulled Wine

Mince Pies

Bottles of wine at £8.50

It would great to see lots of the staff enjoying Coopers’ last Christmas!!!