Monthly Archives: February 2020

Technician Ayman El-Kharrat

University Technician is runner-up in photo competition

The National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) ran its first technicians photo competition this year, as part of its work to promote the delivery of high quality and sustainable technical services across all sectors.

There was a huge response from across the country with applicants submitting high quality images of technicians undertaking a variety of roles across a wide range of disciplines. The judges were overwhelmed with the quality of submissions and faced a tough decision to select their winner and eleven runner up photos.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) very own Technician Ayman El-Kharrat was successfully chosen as one of the 9 runners up with his photo showing a specialist electronics technician fabricating printed circuit boards. Aymans photo will be featured in the NTDC competition winners’ calendar and used to promote technicians throughout the country.

Paul Sinnock, Director of IT and Technical Services and a member of the Kent technician commitment working group commented, “It is fantastic to see Ayman recognised for the quality of his work which highlights the essential role of technicians within the University. We have such talented technical staff who, often behind the scenes, deliver vital support to all aspects of our operations. I am so pleased the University of Kent has joined other institutions in recognising technicians by signing the technician commitment which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education”.

'Become the teacher you want to be' alongside a teaching environment photo.

Qualify to teach English abroad with a CELTA course

Thinking about teaching English as a foreign language?  The Cambridge CELTA qualification is the gold standard English teaching qualification and enables you to teach English to adults in the UK or abroad.

You can gain your CELTA qualification here at  the University’s Centre for English and World Languages from 15 June – 16 July 2020. You will be taught in a small group of up to 12 trainees.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 18 whose English is at least C2/C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

To find out more and apply online please visit the CELTA website.

Deadline: Apply online by 15 May.

 

 

 

IWD

International Women’s Day events at Canterbury

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) this year is #EachforEqual which encourages people to actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

The 2020 #EachforEqual campaign runs all year long and doesn’t end on International Women’s Day. However, there are a number of events taking place across campus to mark the day:

Kent Union will be marking the day by hosting a number of events; some of which take place before and after the day- keeping in true spirit of IWD.

Kent Uniboob has confirmed a photoshoot for body positivity with the money going towards the National charity on Saturday 29 Feb – Sunday 1 March. The shoot is £10 per person.

There will be a quiz in Woody’s on Sunday 8 March themed around women’s history and iconic women at 8pm.

There will also be a screening of Legally Blonde some free food and boob chat on Thursday 12 March between 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Templeman Library are hosting a display throughout March from their women’s history reading list in the library café.  There will also be a display of women in STEM books from Friday 6 March that will be accompanied by slides of winners of a competition celebrating women in Physics.

Engineering and Digital Arts have a webinar event titled Flexible Working in Project Management: How to make it work, and how not to on Wednesday 11 March, from 12.30-13.30. Book your place via Eventbrite.

This Girl Can is part of The Gulbenkian’s International Women’s Day celebrations. It is a one day event taking place on Saturday 7 March. It celebrates women and equal rights and will be full of dancing, music, talks, workshops and visual arts. All ages and genders are welcome.

Students in class

Have your say on our brand

The University has for some time been thinking about its brand and we have now started a project to clearly define the University’s brand purpose.

As part of that project, we would like your views on which areas of the University’s strategy are most important and your thoughts about the future of the University.

This project will lead to a review of the University’s brand identity and tone of voice, ensuring that the way we present ourselves visually and how we sound is aligned with our purpose and values.

Please do take the time to have your say as this will shape our thoughts and thinking.

Many thanks

David Nightingale, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Civic Mission

International Womens Day

International Women’s Day events

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme is #EachforEqual and a number of events are taking place across campus to mark the day:

Within the Templeman Library, there will be a display throughout March from our women’s history reading list in the library café.  There will also be a display of women in STEM books from 6 March that will be accompanied by slides of winners of a competition celebrating women in Physics.

Gulbenkian has a number of events planned around ‘This Girl Can Family day’ on 7 March. Kent Sport This Girl Can..lift is also happening on the day, which is part of our Lets Play suite of events/activities.

Kent Union has a number of events, including:

  • Quiz in Woody’s on 8 March themed around women’s history and iconic women.
  • Kent Uniboob has confirmed a photoshoot for body positivity with the money going towards the National charity. 29 Feb – 1 March. The shoot is £10 per person.
  • Movie night on 12 March.

The Athena SWAN team will be hosting a special meeting of the Women’s Network on Thursday 5 March in honour of International Women’s Day, on the theme of inspirational women. We will be holding an informal discussion about the amazing women who have inspired us in work and life.

The event will take place from 12.00–14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the conversation, or just listen and get inspired. Lunch will be provided. Book your place via Eventbrite.

Engineering and Digital Arts have a an event titled Flexible Working in Project Management: How to make it work, and how not to on Wednesday 11 March, 12.30-13.30 in the upper area of Jay’s Tea bar, Jennison Building. Book your place via Eventbrite. 

Chris Morrison Graduation Photo

Copyright award for Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison has proved his copyright credentials by winning an award for best dissertation on his Master’s degree course.

Chris, our Copyright, Software Licensing and IS Policy Manager, has graduated with a Master of Arts in UK, EU and US Copyright Law at King’s College London. He passed the course with distinction and was awarded The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best dissertation, at his graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Chris’ dissertation, now available on the Kent Academic Repository was titled ‘Illustration for Instruction and the UK Higher Education Sector: Perceptions of risk and sources of authority’.

Chris said: ‘The dissertation is the culmination of my work and interest in copyright. At the end of my study, I realised that I knew a lot about the legal side of copyright but not so much about how it affects us in education. My dissertation aims to provide some clarity in this area.’

Chris has worked in copyright most of his working life – first for PRS for Music and then as Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library. He joined Kent in 2015, becoming our first dedicated copyright manager.

At Kent, he has continued to champion all things copyright – for example, as a member of the Universities UK/GuildHE Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee, co-organising an annual ‘Icepops’ conference and co-authoring a regular blog on copyright.

He is currently finalising the Kent Copyright Literacy Strategy, the first of its kind among UK universities and regularly presents ‘Copyright the Card Game’ sessions for Kent colleagues. The next session is on Monday 23 March.

Chris remains a passionate advocate for the importance of copyright: ‘Copyright matters because everybody is a creator these days – but similarly everybody uses other people’s material. As an education institution, it is important that we do things the right way.’

JSNCC Papers now available

JSNCC Papers now available to view

The Joint Staff Negotiating and Consultation Committee (JSNCC) is the main forum for consideration and negotiation between the University and its staff. Its membership includes Management, Union, and Staff representatives who meet each term.

The second meeting of the academic year is due to take place on Thursday 5 March 2020. The Committee website contains links to all of the previous meeting minutes and forthcoming meeting papers, which can be accessed  on the JSNCC webpages.

If you would like to comment on any of the Agenda items (shown under the ‘Papers’ tab – March 2020), please contact your Representatives.

Screens at KMTV

Sign up for summer term Study Plus courses now

Looking for things to do when you are not doing exams or revising next term? Look no further! There are some fantastic Study Plus courses and they are all free of charge.

If you have ever thought of working in TV or becoming a journalist, do not miss the chance to get some hands-on experience. TV Production (KE200)  takes place from 4-7 May. Run in conjunction with KMTV, this course gives you the chance to have a go at operating TV cameras and broadcast equipment as well as pitching your ideas, scriptwriting and presenting. You will make a TV programme which will be broadcast online and on TV. Read what participants have to say about the course.

On 2 June, you can take part in a one-day workshop, Songwriting Skills (KE204). If you are able to play guitar or piano/keyboard and would like to learn how to write songs (you don’t need to sight-read music, but you do need to be able to play well enough to accompany yourself), don’t miss this chance to learn from a professional musician.

In the final week of term, you have an amazing chance to try your hand at being a journalist. Journalism (KE044) runs for five days from 8-12 June and allows you to learn what professional journalists do and how they do it. You will produce news stories to real deadlines for newspapers, radio, TV and online, while being guided by staff at the Centre for Journalism.

All of these courses take place at Medway, but are open to students from any campus. Canterbury students can travel to Medway for free by booking a place on the campus shuttle.

If you want to improve your career prospects in general, take part in a series of Career Toolkit workshops, (KE198), which will help you write a great CV, perform better at job interviews and gain some experience of assessment centre activities. They take place from 5-26 May at the Canterbury campus and are run by staff from the Careers and Employability Service.

You can sign up for all of these courses in SDS workshops.

For more information, see the Study Plus website.

Man sat at a desk in a conversation with someone.

Crucial Conversations – next session at Medway campus

We are half way through our bookable offer of Crucial Conversations sessions this year. The objective of the course is to support leaders at Kent to achieve results through bold, courageous dialogue, with their teams and each other. To enable leaders to create a climate of mutual trust and respect and to provide tools, techniques and materials for participants to take away and apply to real-life leadership situations.

The next course is in Medway and takes place on Thursday 14 May and Thursday 28 May – you must be able to attend both days. We have workshops in Canterbury and Medway and as always, all staff are welcome to attend at either site.

This two-day programme is for academic and professional service leaders. The target audience is primarily Grades 9 &10. However, if you are operating in a Leadership role outside these grades and you feel it would be of benefit to you, please contact us before booking, by emailing LDev@kent.ac.uk

See Staff Connect for more information and to book.

Also, see our previous blog to read more about the session from a Trainers viewpoint.

Moodle is working again

Access to Moodle is restored now. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you.

A technical fault with our server management system this weekend affected Moodle as well as other systems. Our specialists worked on Sunday evening and early Monday morning. We were able to fix the problem by 10am on Monday.

If you have any further issues with Moodle, or any other IT services at Kent, please let us know.