Monthly Archives: February 2019

Reminder of Campus Shuttle changes and benefits of service

We hope you are enjoying the changes to the Campus Shuttle. The changes were made based on results from the shuttle survey, completed by over 450 students and staff. Summary of the changes:

  • Passengers can now 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 now only stops once on the Canterbury campus, at Keynes bus stop
  • The service no longer stops at Darwin bus stop
  • The on-the-hour timetable continues with some changes to peak travel times to improve reliability
  • Change of route: Keynes- Liberty Quays- Dockyard (Western Avenue)- Pembroke- Dockyard (Western Avenue)- Liberty Quays- Keynes
  • The new booking system allows you to book a seat on the day
  • There are two new, larger Campus Shuttle vehicles (53 and 34 seaters) wrapped with a University of Kent design

There are other benefits of the service, the Campus Shuttle:

  • is a free, regular service
  • runs on weekdays and weekends
  • has on-board Wi-Fi
  • has on-board USB charging points
  • new booking system is mobile-friendly

If you would like to provide feedback on the Campus Shuttle please contact

Kent and the Vatican to host atheism conference

An event co-hosted by the University of Kent’s ‘Understanding Unbelief’ project, the Pontifical Council for Culture (the Vatican department responsible for dialogue with non-believers), and the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network, will explore ground-breaking new research advancing the scientific understanding of atheism and nonreligion.

Taking place at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 28-30 May 2019, the ‘Cultures of Unbelief’ conference presents findings from the multidisciplinary research programme, aiming to map the nature and diversity of ‘unbelief’ across the world.

Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology for the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent, said: ‘The growth of different forms of non-religion has been a significant development in many societies across the world in recent decades. This conference, drawing together findings from the most substantial international programme of research in this field, promises to be a genuinely landmark event in taking forward both our understanding of the varieties of non-religion and the social implications of these.’

Dr Lois Lee, Senior Research Fellow in Religious Studies in SECL, is Principal Investigator for Understanding Unbelief. The project, which is supported by a £2.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation is co-led by psychologist Dr Miguel Farias (Coventry University), anthropologist Dr Jonathan Lanman (Queen’s University Belfast), and sociologist Professor Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s University).

Recent popes have repeatedly voiced a desire for greater understanding between ‘those to whom religion is something foreign, to whom God is unknown’ as Pope Benedict XVI put it in 2009 when he announced his new initiative for Christian-atheist dialogue known as the Court of Gentiles. More recently, Pope Francis has written of ‘a sincere and rigorous dialogue’ with nonbelievers as being ‘nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live’.

The current collaboration comes at a time when rates of unbelief and non-religion appear to be rapidly rising across the world, with potentially significant social, cultural, and political implications. New figures published last year by Understanding Unbelief researcher Stephen Bullivant revealed that 70% of UK 18-29 year-olds identify as having ‘no religion’.

EU and UK flags

Latest Brexit information

As part of the University’s preparations for Brexit, a suite of webpages is now available for current and prospective students, staff and researchers.

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we aim to continue to provide the latest support and guidance to our students and staff. These pages will be updated with the latest information as more details become available.

Also included are examples of how the University is informing the Brexit debate through its series of academic expert comments and guest lectures amongst other activity.

The pages include contributions from our Academic Division, Human Resources, Research Services and Corporate Communications teams. Kent Union has also provided additional advice for EU students.

Copyright: The Card Game. Thursday 28th October

Dear Colleagues,

Chris Morrison would like to invite you to a session of Copyright the Card Game which will be held on Thursday 28 February (10:00 – 12:30) in Room A108 (Templeman Library).

Aligned with the themes Personal development and Policy and legislation, the Learning outcomes will be:

  • Understand how copyright really works in HE
  • Encounter existing licences and the new legislative framework
  • Practice using the exceptions and licences in specific HE examples
  • Discuss the role of risk management in making decisions

Further details are on the Kent Copyright Literacy blog. If you’re interested in attending please contact

We look forward to seeing you there!

MSc Computer Science conversion course

Graduating this year and not sure what to do next?

Want to improve your skills through further study?

Have an interest in technology?

Come along to the Postgraduate Open Event to find out more about the MSc Computer Science conversion course. Open to students from any degree.

Visit the School of Computing stand at the Postgraduate Open Event on Tuesday 5 March, 17.00-19.00, Darwin Conference Suite

Further details can be found online.


Developing Self and Others (including RPD)

This workshop aims to provide a very practical approach, utilising interaction and discussion, providing opportunity to interact with other managers/supervisors from across the University, share common experience and knowledge and increase internal networks, whilst developing an understanding of the induction, probation, appraisal (RPD) processes, as well as how to consider and create development plans for staff across your team.

Aimed at Line Managers, the workshop is taking place on Friday 22nd February, 9.30-12.30. Please book your place by logging onto Staff Connect.


Unravelling the mysteries of the Menopause

The Learning and Organisational Development Team will be running a seminar on HRT and The Menopause on Friday 8 March 2019 in the Rochester Board room, Rochester Building, Medway campus starting at 09.30 until 11.15. This important seminar will provide information, advice and guidance on the Menopause, how it affects women and the impact of this from a work perspective.

This seminar will be delivered in two parts:

  • Part 1 a presentation by Anita Ralph MSc (Herbal Medicine), MNIMH MCPP, who will share and open for discussion holistic medical approaches in treating the symptoms of The Menopause.
  • Part 2 of the seminar will be a presentation by Miss Anne Henderson – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who will share information and discuss The Menopause and Prescription HRT, medications etc.

This seminar is open to everyone (this includes men). The menopause is something that affects not only those who are going through it but also colleagues, managers and others who are there to support people who are going through it.

Do you want to help implement the UN Sustainability Development Goals at Kent?

The ‘Teaching Sustainability’ one-day conference will take place on Friday 1 March from 09.00 – 18.00 in Keynes College, Canterbury. Register at Eventbrite for free now.

Staff and students are invited to attend the FREE conference hosted by William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies for the Department of Modern Languages, and Catherine Morris Environmental Adviser in the Estates Department’s Sustainability Team. Students will receive 20 Employability Points for attending.

The conference aims to build networks across the University and beyond to embed the UN Sustainability Development Goals into the University’s curriculum.

On the day, speakers from across the sector will share how these issues have been addressed at their university. You will also get the chance to explore:

  • the possibility of stand-alone sustainability modules,
  • how sustainability topics/skills can be embedded into existing teaching,
  • and help shape how we teach sustainability at Kent.

Register now >
View the conference programme >

The conference is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education through the Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award (TESSA).

Further support has been provided by the Master of Keynes College as part of Keynes College 50 year anniversary celebrations.

Photo by Bas Emmen on Unsplash

Valentine’s flash sale

This Valentine’s day, we want you to love yourself. That’s why we’re offering students an exclusive one-day-only 20% off flash sale where you can save up to £32. So if you’re not already a member of Kent Sport, this is a great opportunity to join us. You can even purchase for that special someone; you simply need their student ID number, found on the back of their Kent One card.

The 20% student membership discount is available on Thursday 14 February only. Gold will be reduced to £131.20 (was £164) and Silver will be £112 (was £140). Student memberships are valid until 31 August 2019.

Purchase membership online at before 11.59pm and use discount code VDAY20 at the checkout. Alternatively, visit the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions to purchase.

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‘Out and Proud’ LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition, Medway, 14 February

For LGBT History Month, the ‘Out & Proud’ LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition, previously at the Templeman Library, will be at the Drill Hall Library.

The exhibition will be opened by University of Kent Vice Chancellor Karen Cox, Champion for the LGBT+ Staff Network, at the Drill Hall Library (Medway campus) on Thursday 14 February at 16.00.

Please register for your FREE ticket on Eventbrite.

‘Out and Proud’, curated by the University of Kent LGBT+ Staff Network, aims to highlight the diverse experiences of staff on our campuses who share their stories to show the realities of being a queer person. From coming out stories to awkward conversations and incidences of discrimination and harassment, the exhibition is an honest representation of real people, from the harsh realities to the wonderful acts of solidarity and humanity.