Monthly Archives: October 2017

Free fireworks display in Medway

Join Medway College Life Activties for the annual fireworks display at Great Lines on Saturday 4 November.

We will be meeting at Liberty Quays at 18.00 to all walk together to Great Lines Park for the fireworks at 19.00.

Board games and soup will be provided at the Medway Chaplain’s residence after the fireworks for a donation of £1.

Please book a place so we know numbers.

Use your STUDENT ID NUMBER as your access code when booking online.

SK project 1 staff town hall meetings

Invitation to Simplifying Kent Project 1 ‘town-hall’ consultation meetings

Simplifying Kent Project 1: Programme Approval and Curriculum Design.

Work is underway on the Simplifying Kent projects which developed out of the KSDD review. The project looking at Programme Approval and Curriculum Design has already made some headway towards its objectives, as the University is piloting a new programme and module approval process during this academic year (for details on the pilot, see the QA website).

The project team are now turning to the other aspects of the project:

  • the use of market intelligence in programme and module planning;
  • the complexity of our space and timetabling arrangements; and
  • the University’s larger-than-average portfolio of programmes and modules.

To that end, we would like to invite all interested members of staff to meet with us to seek your input on the project’s initial proposals. We will be holding these ‘town-hall’ style meetings on the following days:

  • Friday 27 October
    • 11am-12noon, Darwin Lecture Theatre 2, Canterbury campus
    • 12noon-1pm, DLT2
    • 2pm-3pm, DLT2
  • Tuesday 7 November
      • 12noon-2pm, PK130, Medway campus


    Dr Simon Kirchin, Project Lead
    Jon Beer, Assistant Project Manager

Take part in the learning gain project – win up to £500

If you are a first or second year student you have an exciting opportunity to participate in a national research project that aims to track and assess the growth of students’ knowledge, skills and work-readiness as they progress through higher education.

The outcomes of this longitudinal research will help inform improvements to learning and teaching across the higher education sector.

Take part by completing an online questionnaire.

Participants will be entered into a prize draw; you could win £500 or one of five £100 prizes.

Read the briefing note (pdf) for more information.

Become a Student Global Officer

The Dean for Internationalisation is inviting all undergraduate students to apply to become Kent’s Global Officers for 2017/18 through taking part in his Global Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) programme.

Through the programme, the Student Global Officers will work with him to support and partner on the range of internationalisation projects which will be taking place during the academic year.

Apply now

Go Abroad Awards – nominations open

Call for nominations from students returning from a year abroad! 

International Partnerships is delighted to announce nominations are open for the University’s annual Go Abroad Awards.

The Awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of students who have undertaken a study or work placement abroad.

Make a nomination

The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the Dean of Internationalisation and is a lovely formal evening including a full course dinner, speeches and great entertainment.


Applying for HEA Fellowship through the Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff (RRES)

HEA Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff

The University of Kent has been identified as an institution that can recognise claims for Fellowship or Senior Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

If you have a minimum of 5 years experience in teaching/teaching-related roles within the University (including leaders of educational provision) gaining HEA Fellowship status provides you with national recognition of your expertise, commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning, and demonstrates that your practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

For further information on the Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff please visit our web page or email us.

Professor Robert Freedman

We are sorry to have to announce the death of Professor Robert Freedman who died on Tuesday 17 October following a period of illness.

Robert first came to Kent in 1971 when he joined what was then the Biological Laboratory.  He went on to become its Director in 1989, remaining in that role until he was appointed pro-Vice- Chancellor in 1996. He subsequently became Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In 2002, he left the University to take up a post at the University of Warwick. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Royal Society of Biology and served as a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in July 2010.

During his time at Kent, Robert was an active supporter of the arts on campus and was regarded with great affection by many. He will be sadly missed by his friends here at Kent. Our thoughts are with his family.

Demistifying the Family Court - Kent Law Clinic event

Event to demystify family court proceedings

An event to help demystify and explain family court proceedings for people unable to afford legal representation will be hosted by Kent Law Clinic on Wednesday 1 November.

‘Demystifying the Family Court’ aims to give anyone expecting to be a litigant in person a better understanding of how the family court works. It will also help to explain what is likely to happen at a family hearing. It will be held in a replica court room (pictured) in the Wigoder Law Building on Kent’s Canterbury campus.

The Clinic’s Family Law Solicitor Philippa Bruce has enlisted the help of a local district judge and barrister to offer general advice on how the court works. The panel will also include a member of the public who has personal experience of both children and family proceedings.

Although it won’t be possible to offer individual legal advice on specific cases, the event aims to address a broad spectrum of questions ranging from when to arrive at court and where to sit, to how to prepare, organise and present a case in the family court.

Philippa said: ‘Representing yourself in family court proceedings can be very stressful and the court itself can feel like an intimidating place if you are unsure what to expect. Our aim is to take away the mystery and enable people who are representing themselves to feel more confident and capable of putting forward their case in court.’

Taking place from 18.00 to 19.30, the event is open to all.

People in the local community seeking advice on specific cases can book an appointment to attend a Monday evening Clinic Advice Session staffed by volunteer legal advisors. Please contact the Law Clinic on 01227 823311 to find out more or to book an appointment.

Condolences for Dr Sarah Hyde

Sarah Hyde
We are saddened to learn that Dr Sarah Hyde, formerly Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Japan in the School of Politics and International Relations, died last week. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

As many of you will be aware, Sarah had bravely battled with her brain tumour for some considerable time before taking ill-health retirement in the last academic year.

We all have our own personal memories of Sarah and collectively we admired her determination to continue teaching and play an active role in the school for as long as her health allowed.

Sarah was a mentor and friend to a great many students at the University. She was an animating force for the study of Japan and also an ambassador for the Kent’s partner institutions in Japan.

The funeral will be held at Upper Gornal Methodist Church (Spills Meadow, Upper Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands DY3 3UN) at 11.00 on Monday 30 October.