Monthly Archives: July 2017

Changes to LibrarySearch, borrowing and finding books this summer

LibrarySearch is upgrading to a new system at the end of July. Books and services in the Templeman Library are also moving. Find out how this affects you – from borrowing, fines and reservations, to finding books on the shelves. 

We’ll do our best to run a smooth service, but some items and services may be unavailable for a few days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help, please contact the library service

Footsteps Project path

A lasting legacy

The Footsteps Project was launched in 2014 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Almost 800 alumni, students, staff and members of the wider community have already made a gift to the project and had a personal message engraved on a brick and set in the Crab & Winkle Path alongside the Templeman Library.

Their donations have helped build the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports scholarships, hardship bursaries and student projects. To date, the Footsteps Project has raised over £50,000, allowing the Kent Opportunity to increase the number of bursaries available for students experiencing financial hardship, and to allow two full postgraduate scholarships – the Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship – to be awarded each year to talented Kent graduates pursuing research degrees.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far – not only are you leaving a lasting legacy on campus, but you are supporting the next generation of students to walk in your footsteps. If you would like to be part of the next ‘wave’ of bricks (due to be installed in September) the deadline to make your gift is Monday 31 July.

To find out more about the Footsteps Project, please visit or email

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University-partnered KMTV launched

KMTV, the county’s first dedicated television channel is now available on Freeview 7 and Virgin 159 or online at

A unique partnership between the KM Media Group and the University, KMTV broadcasts from a purpose-built studio at the Medway campus.

Watch county-focused news, sport and entertainment around the clock. Programming also includes a live one-hour news roundup, ‘Kent Tonight’, every weekday evening at 17.30.

University Teaching prizes 2017

Once again the University is celebrating excellent teaching and learning support with the announcement of 2017 University Teaching Prizes. The winners are:

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support
Johanne Thompson (Kent Law School
Irena Jennings (Kent Business School
The Go Abroad Team: Emma Marku, Jan Lowe, Janet Wilson-Sharp; Francoise McKee; Brechje Klok-White; Hazel Lander; Sophie Baker; Sammy-Jo Foster 

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Chloe Street Tarbatt (School of Architecture
Professor Murray Smith (School of Arts

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Professor Sally Fincher, Dr Colin Johnson, and Ian Utting (School of Computing)
Dr Dan Lloyd, Dr Tobias von der Haar, and Professor Martin Michaelis (School of Biosciences

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Stefan Rossbach (School of Politics and International Relations
Dr Anna Brown (School of Psychology

You can find further details of the awards at: 

The prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on
Wednesday 4 October 2017, from 12.30-14.00 in Darwin Conference Suite.

All colleagues are welcome. Please email if you wish to attend.


Developing future leaders

Applications are now open for Aurora 2017/18, a leadership development programme for females in higher education.

The University is proud to announce its continuing participation in the Aurora programme, a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) sector-wide development programme for women in higher education.

The Aurora programme aims to enable a wider range of women to think of themselves as future leaders, to develop the skills they will need, and to help their institutions to maximise the use of the skills they acquire. Aurora is for female staff in academic (up to Senior Lecturer level), and professional services (grades 7+) roles who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.

This initiative is a response to the LFHE research which shows there are fewer women in the most senior positions in higher education than ten years ago and identifies features that could be addressed to change this. Many influential stakeholders including vice-chancellors, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) have agreed the situation calls for action and the feedback from the sector has supported encouraging more women to plan and prepare better for leadership roles at an early point in their careers.

Female staff are invited to apply by emailing the Learning and Development Team

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

If you have any further queries at this stage please contact Jena Dady, Learning and Organisational Development Adviser

UPrising 2017: Young people challenging ideas and igniting change in the arts

This Saturday (15 July) Gulbenkian will host Uprising, a one-day festival event focussing on the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education. The event has been planned and delivered by the ART31 Youth Board, a Kent wide group based at Gulbenkian.

Audience members will come together with young people, creative industry professionals and artists to challenge ideas and ignite change in the arts, through panel discussions, Q&As and workshops.

Panel speakers include Darren Henley (Chief Executive, Arts Council England), writer and poet Dean Atta, MC and rapper Envy, ex-Anonymous hacker Jake Davis and more, alongside young people and members of the ART31 Youth Board.

Alongside the discussion, there are animation, music, rap and dance workshops, with artists such as Matthew Bourne, New Adventures & Re:Bourne. Throughout the day there’ll be spoken word, music, dance and theatre performances, including an Acrojou double-bill, All At Sea and its brand-new sequel, Vessel. 

The evening will also feature the ART31 Awards ceremony, where young people will be presented with awards of £500, recognising their achievements in the arts. 

ART31 is a movement, empowering 13-25 year olds across Kent and giving them access to artistic opportunities as well as teaching them creative skills. The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from locations all over Kent, who have organised UPrising. The event will also involve ART31’s technical theatre and film strands, TECH31 and SCREEN31, ensuring that the event is run by young people from start to finish.

UPrising will be at Gulbenkian on Saturday 15 July. For more information and tickets please visit or call the Gulbenkian Tickets and Info team on 01227 769075.

Kent-Ghent call for projects

Since 2009 the University of Kent and Ghent University have enjoyed a strategic international relationship within the context of an inter-institutional cooperation agreement. This agreement has been the framework for partnership activities in staff and student exchange, Erasmus Mundus, co-supervision of research, joint research and the exchange of knowledge and best practice between staff in professional services.

In order to stimulate further Kent-Ghent cooperation, since 2013 the two universities have put out an annual call to staff to submit proposals for collaborative projects.

2017 call for projects
We are pleased to announce the call for 2017. This call aims to support joint Kent-Ghent projects by funding mobility between colleagues at the two institutions For example – short-term staff/student exchange, seminars, workshops, preparatory meetings to establish longer-term collaboration such as double degrees, joint research projects and other activities such as those funded through the Erasmus+ Key Actions.

Funding available: Maximum funding available per project: £1,000 or €1,150.

For more information including the selection criteria and application form, please visit our webpage.

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Estates service disruptions

During the month of July there will be various service disruptions across campus. Please see below for details.

Nickle Court
From Monday 10 July until Friday 14 July 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in Nickle Court.

Each test will last no longer than 2 minutes and will be silent testing under controlled conditions. All rooms will need to be accessed, as this testing is a legal requirement.

The testing will be carried out in-house by the Estates department fire alarm engineer.

Bossenden Court
From Wednesday 5 July until Friday 7 July 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in Bossenden Court.

Each test will last no longer than 2 minutes and will be silent testing under controlled conditions. All rooms will need to be accessed, as this testing is a legal requirement.

The testing will be carried out in-house by the Estates department fire alarm engineer.

Keynes College
From Sunday 9 July 2017 until Sunday 16 July 2017, essential maintenance works are due to take place in the plant areas of B and E block in Keynes College. For health and safety reasons, there will be no hot water in B and E Block whilst these works take place.

There will also be small generators running in the courtyard works but there should be no other noise disruptions for these works.

Eliot College
From Monday 10 July 2017 until Thursday 13 July 2017, essential maintenance works are due to take place within the below mentioned areas:

Monday 10 July – Tuesday 11 July: N2 Female WC Facilities will be closed.
Tuesday 11 July – Wednesday 12 July: N2 Male WC Facilities will be closed.
Wednesday 12 July – Thursday 13 July: E2 Female WC Facilities will be closed.

There will be some noise disruption whilst dismantling some of the boxing in and around the ductwork in these areas.

Becket Court
On Monday 10 July 2017 between 11.00 and 14.00, the annual emergency light test is due to take place.

The test will take approximately 3 hours and lighting levels will be reduced for the duration.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by any of these service disruptions. Your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Ext 3209.


Colleagues to direct and star at the Marlowe

Kasia Senyszyn, Volunteer Management Officer in the Development Office, who also happens to be a Kent alumna, is directing a show at the Marlowe Theatre at the end of this month.

The play, entitled ‘Talk’, will be performed from Thursday 27 July to Saturday 29 July at 20.00. In a time blighted by NHS cuts to mental health care, Talk is at once a scathing rebuke of treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and a moving and thought-provoking story about how we inter-relate and connect with one another in the present.

As well as Kasia directing, Emma Reeder (an Assistant Lecturer in Drama in the School of Arts and also a Kent alumna), is playing one of the main roles, that of Emily Clayton, poet and inmate in Bethlem Asylum.

The story is a heart-breaking, funny and scarily relevant play about sharing the stories that define us.

After the show on the Friday 28 July, there will be a Q&A with the playwright, Mark Wilson, as well as the cast and directors.

Templeman East entrance closed from Monday 10 July

From Monday 10 July, the Templeman Library’s East Entrance will close as we join up the Library.

Access to Templeman East books will be via Templeman West – follow the signs on the Ground Floor to the East lift.

For any assistance please ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West.

From 10 July, between 08:00 – 18:00

Enter the Library in Templeman West and follow the signs to access all services and facilities.

We encourage you to use the study space and PCs in Templeman West during this time while building works are completed.

From 10 July, after 18:00

If you need a book from Templeman East, ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West and staff will fetch it for you.

Thank you for your patience during this time. By September, the Library will be fully joined-up and accessible.