Monthly Archives: February 2019

New Keynes College Sustainability Scholar

Jane Zhuk, a stage 1 Biochemistry student in the School of Biosciences has won the Keynes College Sustainability scholarship which was  specially created to celebrate Keynes College’s 50th anniversary and mark its taking part in FutureProof, Kent’s response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our commitment to the SDG Education Accord.

The scholarship is one of several Community Scholarships offered by the University’s Student Services‘ team and aimed at students who are interested in providing opportunities within the local and campus communities. The scholarship offers the recipient financial support, advice and project management support, and the opportunity to develop personal and employability skills.

Jane will be working on a number of exciting projects, including a new herb garden in Keynes College and a Sustainability week organised in collaboration with Keynes College Student Committee. Jane is keen to hear about any students and members of staff who would want to know more about these projects,  would like to be involved or have any ideas they would want to put forward and discuss. Jane can be contacted at the following email: 

Jane will also be posting updates on her projects on the University sustainability blog.

Another opportunity to make contact with  Jane will be at the upcoming ‘Teaching Sustainability: Sustainable Teaching’ conference, taking place in Keynes on Friday 1 March.  The event is free to attend including refreshments, a showcase sustainable lunch and drinks reception at the end of the day (more information and links to registration can be found here)​.


Timetables should now be working

Update 10.30 Mon 25 Feb 2019 – We believe that student timetables should now be working again through the Student Guide. Students may need to exit the student guide and log in again to it to see their timetable.

Post at 9.30 on Mon 25 Feb 2019 – Classes are happening as usual, however we’re urgently investigating why you may not currently be able to access your timetable.

We’ll update Service Status with progress, so please check there for the latest.

Information Services
01227 82 4999

Enhance Your Wellbeing 2019

Are you ready to #TrySomethingNewForFree? We have a huge variety of inspiration for students and staff – come and discover some fun and practical ways to improve your wellbeing.

In Keynes Atrium on Monday 25th February and Tuesday 26 February between 12.30 and 14.30 you will find information stalls, craft activities and a whole host of free workshops and snacks. It will be very interactive and a chance to relax and connect positively with your own mind and body, and with each other.

What? Where? When?

Please see the attached programme for workshop listings and the full programme is also ONLINE– including celtic jewellery making, dog therapy, henna hand painting, yoga, tai chi, movement medicine, ceramic painting, writing for wellbeing – they are all free to attend and no booking is necessary.

Follow @UniKentSSW for the latest updates and programme reminders for #EnhanceYourWellbeing2019.

Medway’s Enhance Your Wellbeing activity will take place on 7 March which is Universities Mental Health Day – for the programme CLICK HERE.

National Counter Terrorism Security Office training event

Counter terrorism training event at Medway campus

The University recently hosted the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) at the Medway campus.

NaCTSO visited the campus on 8 February to deliver ‘ACT Strategic’, a brand new product to replace Project Argus.

The event, in the Rochester Boardroom, was organised by Mark Arnold, Head of Security at the University who also welcomed everyone. The training was formally opened by Shamima Begum, Head of Professional Development & Training Delivery at NaCTSO.

Taking part in the training were 32 representatives of Medway campus stakeholders – including the universities of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich, Student Union, Kent Union, NHS Medway CCG, Kent Police, Medway Council, Chatham Maritime Trust, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Medway Dockside Outlet and six NaCTSO observers.

The training comprised updates on the current threats to the UK and commercial/public organisations, risk management cycle, measures to reduce risk, as well as legal and training advice. Group discussions followed on key issues impacting the Medway Campus. Feedback was provided by the attendees to NaCTSO on the ACT Strategic product.

The training was used by NaCTSO as a proof of concept before rolling out the product nationally. Locally, it will be used to develop an overarching Serious Incident Response plan for the Medway campus.



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.

Global Hangouts Medway

Come and join us in the Student Hub on Wednesday 27 February from 13:00 – 14:30 for the next Medway Global Hangout of the series.

The theme will be a celebration of ‘Love’ and the event is open to ALL Medway students. Book your FREE tickets.

For more information about our termly Global Hangout events, visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Community Scholarships at Medway and Canterbury 

The Community Scholarships programme, previously known as Medway Community Scholarships, was opened to all students registered at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses in 2018-19, from all stages, disciplines and modes of study. Thus far we have received 100 application pack requests this academic year with the following breakdowns:

Medway = 16
Canterbury = 77
Not currently registered = 7

Degree level
UG = 60
PG = 33
Not currently registered = 7

Twenty one percent of students who requested the pack submitted an application form for consideration; two of which were successful in the autumn term at obtaining the full reward and two in the spring term, with all four students being based at Canterbury.

The two scholarships awarded in the autumn term were Art at Heart and Music for Change.

Grace Lau, a first year Psychology student manages the project, Art at Heart, a series of ten art and craft workshops for year 3 and 4 pupils at Pilgrim’s Way Primary School with learning difficulties and/or low confidence. The workshop objectives are to improve emotional well being and self-confidence of the pupils through art making, introducing alternative ways for them to express themselves.

Aida Sharaf, a second year Drama and Film student is organising a concert called Music for Change that aims to raise awareness of mental health, domestic abuse, drug abuse and social inequality/discrimination through the lyrics. The hope is the ‘concert will give a platform of expression to people who are struggling with issues that are not discussed as much as they should be. Many students and young adults struggle with mental health, abuse and social inequality/discrimination but sometimes can feel like they are trapped. I have found that art allows people to be expressive which can be an outlet for a lot of these suppressed issues.’ Music for Change is looking for a new venue due to emergency maintenance being carried out at the Gulbenkian Theatre in March 2019.

Our successful scholars in the spring term, thus far, include the projects From the Cubby and the Keynes Sustainability Scholar.

Joe Spence, a postgraduate in his second year studying for a PhD in Social Anthropology, will be using current footage to create an ethnographic film, From the Cubby, that will be screened later this year, to raise awareness of homelessness and resettlement in Canterbury. The film ‘will explore some of the problems people experience when they become housed, and are faced with the prospect of untangling themselves from social networks associated with homelessness and addiction”, with the aim being to “foster dialogue across organisations, bringing stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds together to discuss the policies and practises associated with homeless resettlement programmes.’

Jane Zhuk, a first year Biochemistry student was awarded the Keynes College Sustainability Scholarship project, the first of its kind, which was initiated by the Master of Keynes College, Chloe Gallien and Emily Mason, with the objective of ​initiating, engaging and supporting sustainability actions at Keynes College.

The Community Scholarships is closed for applications for 2018-19 and will re-open in September 2019 for the academic year 2019-20. Special circumstances may be given for small-scale projects. Please contact Debbie Worthington, Student Activities and Scholarships Officer, for further information.

Read more about Community Scholarships online.

Visit the home of Sir Winston Churchill 16 March

The University Chaplaincy is running a day-trip by coach to Chartwell, home of Sir Winston Churchill, which is located in the West Kent countryside. This will be followed by an afternoon in the attractive town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The day-trip leaves from the Canterbury campus and there are still some seats available to students. The £18 ticket price includes coach travel and full admission inside the house and grounds at Chartwell.

For more details and information and to book your place visit the University of Kent’s Online Store.

Understanding and Working with Self-harm and Attempted Suicide – 25 March

The Centre for Professional Practice will host a presentation on Understanding and Working with Self-harm and Attempted Suicide at Canterbury campus on Monday 25 March from 9.30-11.30.

The presentation, by Dr Terence Nice, Programme Director (Psychotherapy), at the Centre for Professional Practice, focuses on the assessment and treatment of people who self-harm and attempt suicide.

The presentation looks at the prevalence of self-harm, national guidelines, causative factors and ways of ameliorating suicidal ideations and diminishing acts of self-harm. The territory of self-harm and attempted suicide is often paradoxical and labyrinthine, leaving clinicians, practitioners and workers uncertain about how to react positively and respond appropriately.

The presentation is aimed at all those people who come into contact with young or older people who self-harm or attempt suicide.  The presenter is a Lecturer in Psychological Therapies, Highly Specialist Psychotherapist and an active researcher in this field. Dr Nice has also developed a self-harm tool-kit to assist in the assessment and treatment of this group. The presentation will be followed by Q&A time. Refreshments will be provided and certificates of attendance will be issued.

Venue: University of Kent Canterbury campus, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, Canterbury CT2 7NZ.

Fee: The event has a charge of £20.

All spaces must be pre-booked online.

For any queries, please email or call 01634 888929.

The course is delivered by the Centre for Professional Practice (CPP). Our part-time, flexible Masters in Professional Practice programme, starting in October 2019, offers you an opportunity to attain academic recognition for the skills, knowledge and experience you have developed in the work place.

Learn more about the Centre for Professional Practice.

T: 01634 888929

Decolonising the curriculum expert is University of Kent inspirational speaker

The Founder and Director of Black British Academics is the inspirational speaker for a University of Kent workshop in Medway that will reflect on the decolonisation, democratisation and diversification of the UK curriculum.

Dr Deborah Gabriel will lead the 3D Pedagogy Workshop on Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 14.00-15.30 in the Rochester Building at the University’s Medway campus.
Dr Gabriel, a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University, has carried out extensive research into the experiences of black academics and the challenges of decolonising the curriculum. She is well known for her expertise on racial inequality in higher education and disparities in pay and progression.

The event aims to equip participants with a basic understanding of critical race pedagogy (a theoretical took applied to understand racism impacts on teaching), social justice pedagogy and critical reflective practice, enhancing educational practice by increasing cultural competence.
The event is part of the Student Success Strategy in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES). Head of the School, Professor Claire Peppiatt-Wildman, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from Dr Gabriel. Our focus in on inclusive teaching and by targeting education practice, we enhance the outcomes for students of colour and enrich the learning process for students of all ethnic backgrounds.’

The event is free and open to all. To book please visit the event’s dedicated booking page here.