Monthly Archives: December 2018

Kent Bunny - Canterbury Food Bank

Canterbury Food Bank thanks University staff

On Monday 17 December, the Canterbury Food Bank came to collect the donated items and were pleasantly surprised. They couldn’t believe the amount of food donated in such a short amount of time.

Kent Bunny hasn’t quite had time to come around to thank everyone for their donations, therefore, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity so close to Christmas.

Thank you!

Kent Hospitality and Gulbenkian Annual Awards ceremony

A big congratulations to all Kent Hospitality and Gulbenkian staff who received awards at this year’s Annual Awards Ceremony [link to].

On Thursday 6 December, 130 staff were recognised for having achieved nationally accredited qualifications in the last year, with over 200 awards presented. The event celebrated both departments passion to learn and develop, Pride awardees, achievements and professionalism.

The CECS (Consistent Excellence in Customer Service) Award was also presented at the event by Denise Everitt, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Many congratulations to runner-up: Sam Ranger, Street Kitchen chef and this year’s winner: Lucy Galt, Gulbenkian Café Bar Assistant.

Working with your team

Learning & Organisational Development are offering this practical workshop which focuses on aspects such as team dynamics, the realities of managing motivation and morale, as well as understanding how to adapt management style to best effect.

This course is aimed at managers and supervisors and takes place on Monday 14th January 2019. Book your place by logging onto Staff Connect.

James Corbin

New Head of Careers and Employability

I am very pleased to inform you that following a recent competitive selection process,  James Corbin has been appointed as Head of Careers and Employability.  As many of you will be aware James currently holds the post of Interim Head of Careers and Employability and I am delighted that he has been successful in his substantive appointment.  James will commence his new role this week, and I am very much looking forward to working with him, as is Jane Glew in her new role as Interim Director of Student Services.  I am sure you would like to join me in congratulating him in his recent appointment.

Professor April McMahon | Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education

Start the new year with Windows 10

If you don’t have Windows 10 on your staff PC yet, please help us by installing it this December or early January. It would be great if we can get most staff PCs using Windows 10 by the start of Spring term.

How to install Windows 10

  • Read this essential checklist to make sure you don’t lose work or access to software.
  • Start the installation just before you leave for the day. It runs itself and can take a few hours. If you run it overnight it should be done by the following morning.

Allow at least an hour to get up and running the next morning.

What’s different with Windows 10

It comes with Office 2016 which will replace Office 2013. The differences are minor. Windows 10 is a little faster than Windows 7 and works a bit differently.

Thank you. All staff PCs need to stop using Windows 7 by the end of 2019 as Microsoft will stop supporting it shortly after.

We are here to help so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Information Services Staff Excellence Awards 2018

A busy year in Information Services has meant many well deserved Staff Excellence Awards for 2018!

Each year we reward individuals and teams alike for going above and beyond, be it by working on a project or simply excelling in their day-to-day roles.

Denise Everitt, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer and John Sotillo, Director Information Services awarded the prizes at a ceremony which was followed by a celebratory lunch.

Congratulations are given to all staff members who won an award, and thanks for all the hard work for Information Services.


Campus Shuttle

Campus Shuttle changes for the New Year

Having listened to your suggestions from the recent Campus Shuttle survey, which over 450 staff and students completed, there will be some exciting changes to the service from January.

In response to your feedback:

  • passengers will now be able to board the Campus Shuttle at Liberty Quays for travel to Pembroke campus and the Dockyard (Western Avenue)
  • to allow for passenger boarding time without losing the hourly service, the shuttle will now only stop once on the Canterbury campus, at Keynes bus stop
  • the service will no longer stop at Darwin bus stop
  • the on-the-hour timetable will continue
  • we are introducing two new, larger Campus Shuttle vehicles (49 and 34 seaters).

Medway student feedback was clear in wanting the new service from Liberty Quays to the Pembroke campus and the Historic Dockyard. To ensure we can keep an hourly service, the decision had to be made to remove one of the stops at Canterbury. The majority of you in the survey said you’d prefer to keep the Keynes bus stop, or had no clear preference.

Features of the new vehicles include Wi-Fi, USB charging points, more comfortable seats, a toilet and fold out tables on the larger vehicle. Both of the vehicles will be wrapped in a University of Kent design.

We’ll be publishing more information for the new improved service in the New Year on our Campus Shuttle webpages.

Ben Thomas at the Italian Cultural Institute

 Ben Thomas, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, will take part in a discussion about Raphael at the Italian Cultural Institute at 7pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

‘On Raphael – Indagine su Raffaello #5’ will be chaired by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute.

Ben will participate alongside Deanna Petherbridge, artist, writer and curator, and Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A. They will explore the practice of drawing through the work of Raphael, and its lasting impact on Western art over centuries up to contemporary practice.

Please contact the Italian Cultural Institute for more information about the event.