Monthly Archives: June 2017

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Cornwallis Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T.)

On the 21 and 22 of June, the portable appliance testing is scheduled to take place in Cornwallis.

Please ensure all equipment is available for testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. If there any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 3209.

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Service Disruptions

On the 17 and 18 June 2017 from 08.00 to 17.00, the ground floor toilets in Cornwallis South (G17-18) will be closed for essential maintenance works to be carried out.

This will involve the breaking up and removal of the floor so that access can be gained to the damaged soil pipes, in preparation for their replacement. This is likely to cause some level of noise disruption.

All waste will be disposed of via a trailer, rather than a skip being stored on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 3209.

Roman Research Trust award for Steve Willis

Dr Steve Willis, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has won funding from the Roman Research Trust to support specialist reporting on late Roman pottery excavated in North-East Lincolnshire. The excavations included a training project for Kent students, in conjunction with the North East Lincolnshire Archaeology and Local History Society.

Pottery is typically the main find on sites of the Roman era and its detailed study is vital for dating site occupation and phases and for understanding culture and activity at sites.

Steve explained: ‘The really interesting aspect of this site is that it sees a growth in activity which becomes intense in the very late Roman period. This is remarkable as at this time it had been thought the eastern coastal region (where the site lies) was abandoned due to raiding from across the North Sea and maybe Scotland.

‘The site was a collection and processing centre for agricultural produce: horses and grain and seemingly brewing. This generated wealth judging from the jewellery finds. The pottery is very distinctive and regionally specific and continues into the Anglo-Saxon era. It will provide information on everyday life as Britain moved towards what was traditionally seen as the ‘Dark Ages’ following the eclipse of the Roman era. It will provide information on everyday life as Britain moved towards what was traditionally seen as the ‘Dark Ages’ following the eclipse of the Roman era.’

The Roman Research Trust (RRT) is a charitable trust that offers financial support to research and education in the field of Romano-British Archaeology. For more details of the trust, please see its website.

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Freedom of speech within the law

The University has a code of practice that underpins its commitment to freedom of speech within the law.  The code is available on the policies and procedures page of the University’s governance website.  This code replaces a previous version that had been put in place to meet the requirements of the Education Act 1986.

The aims of the code are: to provide guidance on freedom of speech within the law; to ensure that any restrictions are kept to a minimum; and to outline measures that might be put in place to support freedom of speech in circumstances where there may be concerns about the maintenance of order or health and safety.

Annex A of the code sets out procedures for student and Kent Union bookings.

An annual report of the operation of the code is submitted to Council every year. The report for 2015-16 is available here.

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea on justice for forced sterlisation

Dr Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Reader in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages, has co-organised and will be speaking at an event, ‘Forced Sterilisations in Peru and the Search of Justice’, to be held at the Human Rights Action Centre in London, at 18.00 on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

The event is organised in conjunction with the Peru Support Group, Amnesty International as well as the University.

Between 1996 and 1998, some 200,000 women and around 30,000 men were forcefully sterilised, many without their consent or understanding what the procedure meant for their fertility. The victims have been campaigning for justice and reparation for two decades. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about what this policy consisted of as well as its longer-term consequences.

At the event, human rights defender Esperanza Huayama, president of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women, from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, Peru, who will be speaking about her experience in seeking justice and reparation.

The event is free to attend, and you can register online.

Staff Connect Launch

Staff Connect, the new self-service for employees will be launching on Wednesday 21 June.  At the time of writing, there continues to remain some teething problems, but we are satisfied that sufficient support is in place to help staff that might be hindered by these issues in the event that they are not fully resolved.

Once the system is live on the 21 June, you will be able to access and/or update some of your personal information, as well as view your payslips online. This means there will be no hard copy payslip sent out for June, employee payslips will only be available online.

We have arranged a number of drop-in sessions over a week, starting on launch day (21 June), at both Canterbury and Medway campuses. HR and project staff will be available to help with any queries you may have and to offer support in accessing the system.  Further information on these sessions can be found at;

If you’d like to refresh your knowledge on Staff Connect in preparation, you can find help and support available online on the Staff Connect Project page;

Explore innovation and enterprise activities with the Kent Enterprise and Impact Network

The next meeting of the Kent Enterprise and Impact Network (KEIN) will take place on Thursday 29 June, 12.00 – 14.00, Cornwallis room NW09 – Canterbury Campus.

KEIN, a network jointly created by Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) and Learning and Development (L&D), brings together staff interested in collaboration. Academics, researchers, technicians and other members of staff can explore innovation and enterprise activities, maximising the impact of their work, and alternative sources of funding, in an informal setting.

This session will provide information on the subject of enterprise funding. KIE’s Beth Flowers and Chris Nash (Innovation Officers for Funding) will deliver a presentation on the processes around enterprise funding, and Dr Dan Mulvihill, Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology/Associate Dean Science Faculty (Research and Innovation), and Dr Ann-Marie Towers, Research Fellow in the Personal Social Services Research Unit, will speak about their experiences.

All University staff are welcome to attend. To reserve your place at the session, including a free light lunch please email and specify any dietary or access requirements.

If you would like to come along for the presentations only, you are welcome to turn up on the day without booking a place and feel free to bring your lunch with you.

For any questions or queries about the session, please email or phone 01227 82(7376).

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Registry Courtyard – Essential Repairs

On the 17 and 18 June 2017 from 08.30 – 16.30pm, the raised flower bed in the courtyard area of the Registry will be undergoing repairs.

This will involve the removal of all flower bed capping slabs, removal of all broken mortar from underneath slabs, and then the reinstatement of slabs onto a fresh bed of mortar.

Noise will be kept to an absolute minimum and we hope to have all works completed by Sunday evening.

All areas affected will be properly barricaded off with all relevant signage advising of access routes.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If you do have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 3209

Sunset ‘n Swing: classic jazz on the Registry Lawn, Weds 14 June

The 1930’s jazz orchestra, General Harding’s Tomfoolery, bids a musical farewell to the academic year with a final performance on the Registry Lawn on Weds 14 June at 17.00.

The marquee will host the ensemble, playing classic swing tunes from original band-parts, from 5-6pm, and there will be ice-creams and cocktails served by the Gulbenkian; grab a deck-chair and enjoy an hour-long mixture of favourites from the Glenn Miller era, including ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz,’ ‘The Charleston’ and ‘Lady Is A Tramp.’ Admission free!