Monthly Archives: March 2016

Onwards and Upwards – Women in leadership online study

Professor Ruth Blakeley, University of Kent Aurora Programme Champion would like to encourage women in academic and professional service roles to participate in a research survey investigating women’s career development and leadership experiences in higher education.

The research has been commissioned by the Leadership Foundation who run Aurora, a leadership development programme for women in higher education and will track the aspirations and experiences of women in the higher education sector in the UK and Ireland over four years.

Taking part will involve completing an initial online questionnaire, taking approximately 15 minutes and you will be invited to complete follow-up questionnaires between now and 2019. No-one will be asked to complete more than three questionnaires and none will be longer than the first one. It is hoped that coming back to the survey will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your career and aspirations as well as helping us to track developments over time.

Please note, all responses will be confidential. Only members of the Loughborough University team commissioned to undertake the research will see them. You will not be identified by name or by implication in the published reports and papers arising from this project.

This study aims to make evidence-based recommendations about how institutions and individuals can take action to change things, where change is needed. Interim reports will be produced once per year, and will be shared with those who have participated in the study. Findings will also be shared across the sector and beyond.

If you are willing to take part in what is hoped to be a very exciting project please go to the questionnaire at: or if you would like to more about the study, please have a look at the project website: or contact:

Wigoder Law Building

Monday 11 April – Sunday 5 June, 2016

To enable the new link walkway from the Wigoder Law Building to be connected to the existing footpath, the existing ramp that rises from the Rutherford lawn area to the Senate lawn area in front of the Templeman Library will be closed from 11 April 2016 until 5 June 2016. In its place a temporary ramp will be put in place by the Senate steps for the duration of these works. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Enter the Canterbury Theatre survey and you could win a £50 voucher

The Gulbenkian and Marlowe theatres are looking for East Kent residents who are NOT regular theatre goers – to find out why not!

The survey will take you approximately ten minutes to complete and when you finish you will be entered in a prize draw to win one of THREE prizes, a £50 High Street Voucher or one of two £50 vouchers for the Gulbenkian or Marlowe Theatres.

To take the survey click here:

This research is being conducted on behalf of the Gulbenkian and Marlowe Theatres by COaST, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Pay What You Decide – Best of BE Fest

Headspinning performances from Europe’s four corners on Wed 6 Apr at 7.30pm. From Italy comes ‘Quintetto’ by TIDA, the 1st prize award winner at this year’s Birmingham based festival; a razor sharp and interactive comedy and physical theatre piece that packs a serious punch dealing with the realities of shoestring budget entertainment.  ‘#sobrejulieta’ is a one-woman show craving to be a dialogue from Spanish company, Grumelot. Using a rather famous bard (2016 is his 400 year commemoration) as a way to the audience’s heart, ‘#sobrejulieta’ uses English, Spanish and projected video texts in this contemporary adaptation of a love story full of excess. The third performance entitled ‘The Whistle’ is by Darragh McLoughlin from Ireland’s Squarehead Productions.

Gulbenkian are trialling a Pay What You Decide ticket policy for Best of BE Festival 2015.  You reserve your tickets in advance for free. You enjoy the show. Then exit you pay what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay, based on your overall enjoyment of the performance.

SharePoint unavailable on 31 March

SharePoint will be unavailable on Thursday 31 March from 08.00 until approximately 17.00. We’ll email you to let you know when it’s back up and running.

Save a copy of any files today that you might want to access.

We need to apply monthly updates to SharePoint. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We’re looking at ways to reduce the amount of time needed for future updates.

The next monthly update will be Thursday 28 April.

IT maintenance is advertised in advance on Service Alerts.

Refurbishment of K Bar – Keynes College

Refurbishment of K Bar – Keynes College

Friday 8th April – Sunday 8th May, 2016

Works will commence on the 8th April 2016 to refurbish K Bar. There may be some noise and disruption during the works, although efforts have been made to keep this to a minimum. Works are due to complete on the 8th May 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Funds available to support departments employing students on campus

Thinking of recruiting? Why not employ a student through the Work-Study Scheme? You could be eligible for match-funding of up to £500!

The Careers & Employability Service (CES) has been awarded some funding by the Development Office’s Student Projects Grant to help increase the number of student employment opportunities across the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

This funding will enable CES to match-fund Academic Schools and Professional Services who advertise eligible paid roles for students this academic year (up to a maximum of £500 per new school/department). For example: if you recruit a student for 10 hours at £8.99 per hour,
we could pay half of this amount, £44.95 (funding is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis).

Are you considering recruiting soon? Do you have a role that would suit a student or could be amended to employ a student? If you are interested in employing a Work-Study Scheme student, contact Hannah Greer on or 01227 824038.

Watch new Think Kent lecture videos

Check out the latest lecture videos in the Think Kent series on YouTube.

Similar to TED Talks, these 15-minute videos feature Kent academics speaking about their research and the international impact it has had.

So whether you want to learn more about new cancer treatments or discover the medical mystery behind King George’s madness, watch the Think Kent playlist and subscribe for additional weekly Think Kent lectures.

University Cecilian Choir and Sinfonia on Radio 3 and in concert this Thursday lunchtime

The University Cecilian Choir and Sinfonia were featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ on Easter Sunday, with a profile introduced by Dr Michael Hughes from the School of English, a member of the Choir. You can listen back to the feature online here: in which the musicians can be heard perform Monteverdi’s ‘Beatus Vir.’

The Choir and Sinfonia will perform at St Peter’s Methodist Church on Canterbury High Street this Thursday lunchtime, in a programme of music by Vivaldi and Mozart. Admission is free – more details here: