Monthly Archives: January 2020

University of Kent Community Cup staff team

Come support Kent FA Community Cup

The University of Kent’s Community Cup staff team are looking forward to their first fixture against Canterbury Christ Church University on Sunday 9 February at 10.30. The match will be at the University of Kent’s grass pitches at The Pavilion.

The Kent FA Community Cup is a great opportunity for staff members from across the University to play 11 a-side football in a competitive but enjoyable format and to put into practise the hours spent playing at our casual small sided staff football sessions throughout the week.’ – Billy Radford, Sports Development Officer for Kent Sport.

The Kent FA Community Cup is a tournament hosted by Kent FA, open to organisations and businesses across the county and providing opportunities for players to compete in a competitive but enjoyable atmosphere. The University of Kent players are from departments all across campus with wide ranging roles. Other local Kent FA Community Cup participants include South East Water and KCC Highways.

So why not show your support by joining them next Sunday 9 February for the 10.30 kick-off and enjoy this exciting match.

The Pavilion Café Bar will be open for refreshments.

iTeams launch (staff)

i-Teams 2020 launch

On the January 29 2020, the Hub for Innovation & Enterprise, part of Kent Innovation and Enterprise launched its first i-Teams session. i-Teams is supported by the business and innovation gateway team at the University of Kent and delivery partners the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce .  A programme funded by the  Enabling Innovation, Research to Application project (EIRA).

 ‘i-Teams is a great opportunity to blend the line between academia and the corporate world’  James Valentino, Head of Innovation, Digital & Marketing at Lucas

 The challenge sponsors:

Lucas: A Kent based Construction Company originally specialising in spray painting.

TMLEP: Improving Patient Safety and Healthcare Standards: A Medical Logistics Enterprise Practice.

Southeastern: Southeastern have been running a rail service between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006.

 ‘We are really excited to be working with the University of Kent. We are looking forward to hearing about the inspiring ideas that could help improve the customer experience across our services.’ Graham Mollison, Southeastern

The Challenges:

Southeastern Rail:  ‘How can you enhance the passenger experience?’

TMLEP: ‘How can you generate profit from TMLEP’s portal?’

Lucas: ‘Investigate how we can exploit existing and emerging technologies to build upon existing relationships and communicate more effectively with customers to drive a better customer experience.’

 ‘Having been involved with the Employability Points Scheme for a number of years, when asked to join i-Teams as a challenge provider, we were more than happy to help.’  Alexander Acaster, UK Clinical Services Manager at TMLEP

Read the full article on the Hub for Innovation Blog:

If you want to know more about i-teams or even attend the grand finale, please contact the Hub team at: unikenthub@kent.ac.uk or on 01227 827376

 

 

i-Teams 2020 launch

On January 29 2020, the Hub for Innovation & Enterprise, part of Kent Innovation and Enterprise launched its first i-Teams session. i-Teams is supported by the business and innovation gateway team at the University of Kent and delivery partners the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce .  A programme funded by the  Enabling Innovation, Research to Application project (EIRA).

 ‘i-Teams is a great opportunity to blend the line between academia and the corporate world’  James Valentino, Head of Innovation, Digital & Marketing at Lucas

 The challenge sponsors:

Lucas: A Kent based Construction Company originally specialising in spray painting.

TMLEP: Improving Patient Safety and Healthcare StandardsA Medical Logistics Enterprise Practice.

Southeastern: Southeastern have been running a rail service between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006.

 ‘We are really excited to be working with the University of Kent. We are looking forward to hearing about the inspiring ideas that could help improve the customer experience across our services.’ Graham Mollison, Southeastern

The Challenges:

Southeastern Rail:  ‘How can you enhance the passenger experience?’

TMLEP: ‘How can you generate profit from TMLEP’s portal?’

Lucas: ‘Investigate how we can exploit existing and emerging technologies to build upon existing relationships and communicate more effectively with customers to drive a better customer experience.’

 ‘Having been involved with the Employability Points Scheme for a number of years, when asked to join i-Teams as a challenge provider, we were more than happy to help.’  Alexander Acaster, UK Clinical Services Manager at TMLEP

Read the full article on the Hub for Innovation Blog:

If you want to know more about i-teams or even attend the grand finale, please contact the Hub team at: unikenthub@kent.ac.uk or on 01227 827376

BCEM Conference

Brain Cognition Emotion Music (BCEM) Conference

We are pleased to invite you to a one-and-a-half day conference at the University called Brain, Cognition, Emotions, and Music (BCEM) — The Quartet With a Missing Link.

When: 20 – 21 May 2020

Where: Canterbury Campus

The purpose of the conference is to bring together evidence from psychology and neuroscience (broadly defined), to clarify how it is that music can convey and induce emotions so powerfully. We have a fantastic group of invited speakers:

– Prof David Huron, The Ohio State University, USA

– Prof Stefan Koelsch, University of Bergen, Norway

– Prof Joydeep Bhattacharya, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

– Prof Andrea Halpern, Bucknell University, USA

– Dr Marcus Pearce, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Both short talks and posters are encouraged and there is no registration fee.

For more information please visit the the BCEM website  

Deadlines for submission are February 29 for oral presentations and March 31 for posters.

Please contact Amir-Homayoun Javadi at info@bcem.uk if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Graduate School Prizes logo

Graduate School Prizes 2020

The annual Graduate School Prizes recognises the excellence of Kent’s researchers and the outstanding work carried out by academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

The Graduate School Prizes will award prizes in the following categories:

Postgraduate Research Prize

Research Degree Supervisor Prize

School Director of Graduate Studies Prize

Postgraduate Administrator Prize

Postgraduate Teacher Prize

Early Career Research Staff Prize

Apply or nominate a candidate now via the Graduate School website where you will find the criteria for each prize and a nomination form.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 9 April at 23.59.

Read about last year’s winners.

Volunteering Opportunities Fair 2020, 4 Feb

Volunteering is a great way to gain skills and experience to add to your CV whilst giving back to the community.

Come along to the Volunteering Opportunities Fair 2020 Tuesday 4 February 12.00-15.00 in Keynes Atrium.

This is a chance to meet with the following organisations offering local opportunities to get involved:

-Alzheimers Society
-British Red Cross
-Canterbury and District Early Years project
-Canterbury Homeless Outreach
-Demelza
-East Kent Mencap
-KAB
-Kent Marrow
-Kent Uni Blood Team
-KSSCRC
-League of Friends
-Porchlight
-Rethink Canterbury
-Strode Park Foundation
-Time to Give KCC

Find out more information about the event or learn more about our new volunteer scheme and how you can log your hours.

Worried man

New staff help and advice service

Staff have easy access to expert help with both workplace and personal issues – thanks to a new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) being launched this week.

Whether you have questions on issues from debt and landlords to nutrition and stress, the EAP website should have the answers.

If not, you can telephone the providers, Care first/Sodexho, free of charge and get help from an information specialist or an accredited counsellor.

Key facts

-All EAP communications and consultations are completely confidential between you and the EAP.
-The same confidentiality applies to any additional support provided or organised for you by the EAP, eg counselling.
-You contact the EAP directly; you do not have to go through your manager to access any of the support the EAP provides
-For managers, a dedicated area of the EAP website offers generic advice on dealing with both individual and team issues; access the link below and click on the Managers tab.

The EAP providers, Care first/Sodexho, were chosen following a competitive tender and interview process, which included input from trades unions. Advice and support is provided at no cost to staff; the University funds all costs associated with the EAP

The EAP incorporates the existing University Wellbeing resource provided by Revitalised, which offers advice on all aspects of wellbeing, including self-assessment.

How to access

Take a look at all the EAP has to offer on its website: www.carefirst-lifestyle.co.uk

Log-in details are: USERNAME: uokent PASSWORD: university

For telephone advice, the freephone number is 0808 168 2143.

If you wish to know more about the EAP before accessing its website or services, see the Occupational Health intranet pages. If you still have questions after this, email occupationalhealth@kent.ac.uk or discuss with your manager, HR or trades union representative.

Remember that the EAP is a great resource so keep these log-in and contact details handy!

Dangerous Corner

The University of Kent Players take a Dangerous Corner

The University of Kent Players are delighted to present JB Priestley’s Dangerous Corner at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury, 27-29 February 2020.

One of Priestley’s ‘time plays’, the plot concerns a group of people enjoying a dinner party when a cigarette case and a chance remark leads to secrets being revealed about the suicide of friend. Once things start to be known, there is no turning back – even though it feels like they are driving at high speed with dangerous corners ahead. Will their lives ever be the same?

Tickets priced at £12 (£10 for concessions) are on sale now on the Gulbenkian website.

The University of Kent Players are entirely self-funded and the only money available for productions comes from ticket sales, membership fees and any donations. So they need as many people as possible to come along and support their productions. Your support is appreciated!

Industrial action

Industrial action – January 2020 update

Since the start of the year, talks have continued between UCU and UCEA in an attempt to find a resolution to the current industrial action. UCEA have now made a series of proposals that address the specific issues of pay and working conditions. These will be considered by UCU at a meeting being held today (30 January) and we will provide a further update shortly after.

The proposals set out a series of expectations on individual universities on the three non-pay areas of dispute: workload, gender and ethnicity pay and casual employment. The position on pay remains unchanged.

The University welcomes the proposals put forward at national level and believes that, although considerable work has already taken place in these areas at Kent, there is further work to do at sector-level.

You can read more about the proposals here:

UCEA press release 28 January 2020

UCU briefing 28 January 2020

You can also find regular updates on our Industrial Action webpages.

Free careers events- careers fairs, workshops and advice

The Careers and Employability Services (CES) are holding a huge number of events on a range of topics such as:

-Succeeding in applications
-Interview and Assessment Centres Q&A
-Speed Interviewing events
-Recruitment Agencies & Jobs Boards Fair
-LinkedIn Profiles
-How to talk to employers
-Professionalism and Work Etiquette
-The Kent Volunteer Scheme at Medway
-Finding inclusive employers (Disability/LGBTQ+ friendly)
-Talking about your disability to employers
-Competency and strength based interviews
-Race, Sexuality & Disability in Business
-Career Management
-Career Management for mature students and career changers
-The Hidden Job Market
-Tips on finding summer internships and work experience
-How to network
-Developing resilience in the recruitment process
-Meet the employer events
-Volunteering Opportunities Fair

To take advantage of these free events, see the Careers events calendar, or if you are in your final year of an undergraduate programme, you can see the Finalists events calendar and filter by ‘Careers’ to see targeted career events to prepare you for life after University.