Monthly Archives: April 2019

Sports Centre Road and Sports Centre car parks – 2 and 3 May

The closure of Sports Centre Road on Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May 2019 has been delayed until Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May 2019.

The work is to install the site accommodation for the new Kent and Medway Medical School building. Sports Centre Road and the car parks to the rear of the Sports Centre will be closed between 08.00 and 16.00 on each day.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Customer Services on ext 16666.

Mark Ashmore
Estates Project Manager​
Estates Department,

Train to teach English as a foreign language at Kent

CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an internationally recognised qualification, allowing you to teach English to adults in the UK and abroad. The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) runs an intensive CELTA training course starting on 17 June 2019.

At the end of the course you will have the chance to meet representatives from local language schools.

Find out more about CELTA and apply.

Academic Career Map

Launch of new Academic Career Map

The Academic Career Map (ACM) will be launched, alongside a revised Academic Promotion Policy, to take effect in September 2019.

ACM is a framework setting out relevant expectations, supporting development and recognising achievements at each academic career stage. The related changes to the Academic Promotion Policy will mean significant changes to the promotion application process for academic staff on Teaching & Research, Teaching & Scholarship and Research contracts.

Academic staff are invited to find out more about ACM at one of several staff information sessions taking place during May and June. The team behind ACM will also be visiting some schools, but if one is not yet scheduled, you could attend one of our open-invitation sessions. Dates for all planned sessions, from 8 May to 21 June, are available now on the ACM webpages

The ACM was developed in partnership with academic and academic-related staff, through the Recognising Excellence in Academia Project, with the aim of providing greater clarity around expectations. The proposed detail was shared with all staff through the University website and several staff engagement and consultation events in November/December 2018. Helpful feedback resulted in the ACM being finalised and approved by relevant committees.

The Academic Promotion Policy has been revised to align with the ACM framework and introduce other changes to address feedback received from staff throughout the project.

To find out more about the ACM framework, and guidance on how it will work, see the ACM webpages

If you have any comments or questions, please email

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Funding available for business-university innovation collaboration

Funding is available through the Kent Innovation & Enterprise Industrial Strategy Fund for business-university innovation collaboration. This round of funding is available until, and must be spent by, June 30th 2019, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

This is support funding whereby a cash contribution from business is match funded from the University – in effect the University contribution is free of charge to the company. Business contribution must be a minimum of £3,000 and a maximum of £40,000.

The aim of the fund is to drive commercial development, economic growth and job creation by enabling UK businesses to undertake innovation projects with the University of Kent. Collaborative development projects are designed to assist the industrial community in areas highlighted in the UK Industrial Strategy.

If you’d like more information or have a collaboration in mind that you would like to explore please contact the Innovation & Enterprise team at

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Humanities and Social Sciences Staff interested in Knowledge Transfer!

Kent Innovation & Enterprise invite staff from Humanities & Social Science faculties to find out about the requirements and opportunities for collaborative working with businesses and organisations, including AHRC and ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding information. Tom Campbell, Creative Industries Specialist from the Knowledge Transfer Network, will be our guest speaker.

The event will take place on the 13th May, 12:00 – 14:00 in SR2, Sibson. A light lunch will be provided so please register in advance via Eventbrite and let us know of any dietary requirements.

If you’d like to know more about the event please contact Lauren Griffiths-Norbury at


National Careers Service event – supporting older workers

As part of our ‘BAG’ week, come to a presentation on Friday the 17th of May, 11:00 – 12:00, JS1, by Rose Carter of the National Careers Service about supporting older workers. There is a greater number of older people in employment than ever before, but many people over the age of 50 are at risk of leaving the workforce early and not necessarily because they want to.

As the UK workforce ages, employers will increasingly need to rely on the skills and experience of older workers of they are to remain competitive, increase productivity and growth and avoid skills shortages in the future.

With this in mind, the National Careers Service is presenting a session to support the University and all staff with information, advice and guidance on how to retain and recruit older workers.

Designed for all staff and managers. Book your tickets through Eventbrite.


Natalia Sobrevilla Perea

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea made member of Bolivarian Society

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Professor of Latin American History in the Department of Modern Languages, has been made an official member of the Bolivarian Society.

The Bolivarian Society was set up in Lima in 1927, after the Centennial of the Wars of Independence and brings together intellectuals and people interested in the legacy of liberator Simon Bolívar. Natalia was incorporated into the society in July 2018. At the official ceremony, she was presented with her membership diploma and gave a presentation on Simon Bolívar and the Peruvian Army, which forms a chapter of her forthcoming book on the Army and the creation of the State in Peru.


Get £5 off entry to Hythe Bay Triathlon

Fancy having a go at a Triathlon? Ashford Tri Club is offering Kent students and staff £5 off entry to the Hythe Bay Triathlon on Sunday 19 May.

This very friendly local event is suitable for beginners and experienced triathletes: it features a 250m pool swim, 15km bike leg from Hythe to Folkestone and back, and a scenic 5km run along Hythe promenade.

More information is on the Ashford Tri Club website.

Register online and use code KENT195 to get the £5 discount.

Garage Coffee at the Gulbenkian

Speciality coffee to launch at Gulbenkian

From 30 April, Gulbenkian will be working with Canterbury based Garage Coffee to bring their ethically-sourced, delicious coffee to their café.

The Cafe will be serving their delicious house blend Maypole and a selection of single origin filter coffees. Importantly for Gulbenkian and the team behind Garage Coffee, they ensure that any coffee they produce comes from farms where workers are paid a good rate for their beans. They only use importers who deal with these speciality farms, which means that they know that the farmers are getting paid, on average, around 25% more than the fair-trade rate.

The Cafe will also be serving a fabulous array of loose leaf teas, expertly blended by Debonair Tea, a family-run tea business in Kent.

James and Alice from Team Garage Coffee will be on site on 30 April, so please come up to the café and say hi, have a chat to them about coffee and take your first look at this fantastic new addition to the speciality coffee scene in Kent!