Monthly Archives: August 2020

Click and Collect service ends today

Click and Collect service ends today so you won’t be able to reserve books that are available on the shelf after 17:00.

The library will still hold any Click and Collect items you’ve requested prior to tomorrow. When you get the email that tells you they are available, you will have seven days to collect them from the Click and Collect point.

However, from From Tuesday 1 September you will be able to access the bookshelves in the Templeman Library and get the books you need yourself.

Staying safe

When you access the bookshelves, please follow these rules:

  • Wear a mask when moving around the library and when accessing the bookshelves, unless you are exempt
  • Don’t browse the shelves: look up the location of the book through ‘Find it on the Shelf’ on LibrarySearch to minimise handling of books and the time you spend in the stacks
  • Keep your hands clean: wash them before and after handling books or use the sanitisation stations at the Library’s entrances
  • Don’t enter a bookshelf aisle if there’s already another person in it
  • Don’t put books back on the shelf: if you’re using books in the Library without checking them out, put them into the returns machine in the Welcome Hall or into drop-off points across the Library when finished with.

Reservations

You can currently only reserve items that are on the shelf in the Drill Hall Library (through our inter-site loan service) and items from the Kent Request Access collection in the Templeman Library basement.

You can no longer reserve items on the Templeman Library shelves, and you can’t reserve items on loan to someone else, so that we don’t have to recall those items and cause people to make journeys to campus.

How to borrow and return

  • Borrow your books by taking them to any Borrow & Renew machine across the Library.
  • Return them as normal into the returns machine in the Welcome Hall.
  • We’ll quarantine any books that have been borrowed or handled for 72 hours before returning them to the shelf.
Wing of aeroplane in the sky

Students returning to Kent from abroad

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the University of Kent in September in person or online.

If you have started making plans to travel to campus, take a look at the latest government advice to check whether you will need to self-isolate upon arrival to the UK, and how you can do so safely. If you are travelling from a non-exempt country you will need to self-isolate for 14 days to keep you and everyone else safe.

Staying on campus?

Any students arriving from countries that are required to self-isolate on arrival should fill in this short form, which will provide the Accommodation Office with some further details, such as your arrival date (if known at this stage) and any additional requirements.

The Accommodation Office will send pre-arrival information to you, including where to arrive and what you will expect on arriving at the University of Kent. In the meantime you can take a look at the accommodation FAQs.

Staying off campus?

If you have an accommodation agreement off campus you should contact your accommodation providers to see what support or arrangements are in place if you need to self-isolate.

If there are no provisions in place at your off-campus accommodation and this cannot be arranged with them directly,  you may wish to contact the University Accommodation Office to enquire about any remaining availability of self-isolation accommodation on campus.

On-campus self-isolation accommodation is primarily for student’s living on-campus for the whole academic year and as such will be subject to availability meaning we cannot guarantee you self-isolation accommodation if you will be living off-campus for the rest of the academic year. If we are able to make an offer of self-isolation accommodation, you would need to pay for both the accommodation and food package during your time spent with us. Contact the Accommodation Office for more information.

Arranging your travel to Kent

Kent currently works with Key Travel and we are putting plans in place to offer you use of their services to assist you with booking your travel to Kent. This will offer you a preferential service and they will seek to find you the most convenient and affordable travel options. Using Key travel is at your discretion so feel free to make other arrangements if this option doesn’t suit you.

We are also looking into flight options for students from countries where travel is particularly difficult at the moment and students who this affects have already received information about this.

Check our international travel webpages for further details.

If you have any questions or if there’s anything we can do to make your arrival as easy as possible, please email deaninternational@kent.ac.uk (international students) or studenthelp@kent.ac.uk (UK/EU students).

ICCI creative industries

Get involved with ICCI

Kent’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (ICCI) is now up and running.

The Institute’s role is to coordinate and advertise our teaching and research across Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities disciplines, as it relates to cultural, creative and digital innovation. We’re working at the cross-over between creativity and the digital in particular, in areas like gaming, immersive tech, AI, health and welbeing (including social prescribing) and placemaking, but also more generally in finding creative solutions to cultural problems.

Your ICCI offers a place for business, academics and students to come together around these questions.

The key schools to date have been Computing, EDA, Business School, Journalism, the Centre for Music and Audio Technology, Architecture, English and Arts, but we have also been working with SSPSSR, CHSS, KentHealth and KMMS to generate new types of teaching and interdisciplinary research. We want to put people in touch with one another across these areas of the University and beyond to make sure that, as a university, we’re ready to take advantage of new opportunities.

So we would love to hear from you if you are interested in creative work – do please email us with a very brief description of your interests, join the mailing list on the ICCI website, or get in touch with any questions or suggestions: icci@kent.ac.uk

Top 10 tips for cycling to work  

As more of us start planning for a return to campus, it’s worth considering how we travel there. With the government keen for everyone to get back in the saddle and the University actively promoting cycling and walking, why not give cycling a go?

To encourage staff and students to walk and cycle to, from and around our campuses, Kent offers a range of incentives.

Here are the 10 things on offer to make cycling an easier option:

1. Staff Cycle to Work Scheme

The Staff Cycle to Work Scheme offers you the chance to purchase a brand new bike and accessories from a range of participating local stores at a discounted rate. Further information is available on the Staff Finance page.

2. Local bike shop discounts

Some local bike shops, including Canterbury Cycles in Canterbury and Bikes Bike Bikes in Gillingham, offer Kent staff and students 10-15% discounts on bike purchases. You can find further information on Travel Discounts.

 3. Business bike mileage allowance

Staff who use their bike to travel to and from a meeting can claim 20p per mile. For more information, see ourFinance webpages.

4. Cycle shelters

There are over 2,000 cycle parking spaces available across the Canterbury and Medway campuses. This includes several covered and secure (KentOne card-access) shelters.

You can view the location of all the Canterbury-based bike lock-ups via this map. Shelters on the Medway campus are located at the Drill Hall Library, Central Avenue and Nelson Building.

5. University cycle groups

KUBUG is an independent cycling group at the University. It’s open to all staff and students who have an interest in cycling in and around the Canterbury campus. You can interact with other cyclists via the free online forum.

University of Kent Cycling (UKC) is a multi-discipline sports club run by Kent Union. It caters for all levels and anyone who loves having fun on two wheels!

6. Safety tips and advice

The University offers plenty of safety tips and advice when it comes to cycling, including how to check your bike is fit for purpose. See their advice on the Transport page.

7. Cycle events

Cycle events, from fun activities to organised bike rides, take place at the University throughout the year.To find out what’s on when, keep an eye on the transport calendar or follow @unikent_travel.

8. Kent cycle routes

Kent boasts some fantastic cycle routes and footpathsto enjoy both for leisure and as direct routes to and from our campuses. The Crab & Winkle Way, for example, is a picturesque off-road link between Canterbury and Whistable.

9. Cycle training course

If you want to learn how to ride a bike or need more confidence riding to work, then make the most of the cycle training courses provided by Kent County Council.

10. Cycling updates

For cycling updates at the University, follow  @unikent_travel and/or sign up to the Transport team newsletters.

If you have other useful tips for cycling to and from the University of Kent, please share them with us at stories@kent.ac.uk

 

 

 

Pinocchio film image

What’s on at the Gulbenkian

With the Gulbenkian cinema and café now open (since 17 August 2020), there’s plenty of fantastic films and live events for you to enjoy!

Cinema bookings are currently online only and close two hours before the screening time. To find out what the Gulbenkian has been doing to ensure a safe visit, please visit its Customer information page.

Here are just a few of the movies and events you can go and see:

Clemency – Friday 21 August – Thursday 27 August 2020

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) .

Family Film: Trolls World TourSunday 30 August 2020

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour.

Pinocchio Friday 4 September 2020

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved fairytale, old woodcarver Gepetto (Roberto Benigni), fashions a wooden puppet, Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi), who magically comes to life.

Jive Talkin’ perform the Bee Gees – Saturday 10 October 2020

Rescheduled from May 2020, this group is renowned for being the original and best Bee Gees tribute show.

Bogota in Columbia

Erasmus+ funding award links with law school in Colombia

A new exchange agreement between Kent Law School (KLS) and the University of Los Andes, Colombia has been signed.  The agreement covers PhD student and staff exchange; activity that will be supported by an Erasmus+ grant won by Kent.

University of Los Andes plays a central role within the academic community in Colombia and in Latin America as a whole. The institution shares KLS’ critical, interdisciplinary approach to law and commitment to excellence in research and education; it is hoped that the exchange will establish long- lasting avenues for research collaboration particularly in the areas of peace building and transitional justice.

Dr. Luis Eslava, Co-Director of the Centre for Critical International Law within KLS, welcomes the new agreement:

‘It is extremely exciting to inaugurate the Erasmus+ programme. It will give the Kent and ‘Universidad de los Andes an opportunity to further consolidate their interinstitutional partnership while supporting a fantastic exchange programme that will benefit staff and doctoral students from both institutions. We are looking forward to receiving at Kent Law School our colleagues from Los Andes.’

Head of Kent Law School Professor Lydia Hayes is also excited about the partnership:

‘The student and academic community at Los Andes is wonderfully vibrant and we are proud that the new exchange agreement further enhances our connections. We foresee many benefits for staff and students in Columbia and in Kent because of new opportunities for student placements, the exchange of knowledge and learning, and joint working on research in the social study of law’.

Due to Covid-19, the exchange will commence online, with physical mobility taking place when it is safe to do so.

For information about Erasmus+ funding to support exchange outside Europe, please contact Primrose Paskins in International Partnerships

Erasmus CE-Big Climate Movement 2020 logo

Virtual Exchange Opportunity – The Big Climate Movement

What is the impact of climate change on the planet, political action and the movement of people?

Kent has partnered with Sharing Perspectives Foundation to bring students the opportunity to discuss this question through a new 9-week virtual exchange course beginning in October, Cultural Encounters: The Big Climate Movement.

With the guidance of certified dialogue facilitators, students will meet weekly to discuss the theme of the course and engage in interactive assignments building 21st century skills, bringing their online experience to their offline reality.

For more information about this exciting new opportunity including the course outline and how to apply, please visit the Global website.

Watch this YouTube video, to find out what to expect when participating in the Interactive online course.

If you would like to participate, please register your interest by 21 September.

Virtual exchange allows students to engage in meaningful, cross-cultural experiences as part of your education.  These projects are becoming ever more important in offering students an international learning experience.  With recent events preventing traditional study abroad, these projects provide the framework for students to develop their cross-cultural attitudes, skills, and communication in addition to improving their digital literacy skills valued by employers.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact internationalpartnerships@kent.ac.uk

Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme Students

Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme.  The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies.  It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness.

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year.

Benefits include:

•  Employability Points awarded per activity
•  Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Dean for Internationalisation
•  Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report
•  Practical event & project management experience
•  A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

This programme is also offered as a credit-bearing ‘wild’ module, GOLD500.

For further details please see our website.

Deadline to apply is midnight on 11 October, 2020.

(If considering taking this as a wild module, usual module registration deadline applies).

What past students have said:

‘I would highly recommend this programme to any student who is globally minded and wants to be more active on campus, as well as wanting to learn new skills that you don’t get when you join a society’. 
Preena Dodhia, BSc Biomedical Science

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the GOLD programme, not only do I think that it has allowed me to develop skills that have strengthened my employability, I also found the programme to be an important avenue for expression during an intense final year of study. I would recommend the GOLD programme to any student that is interested in further developing themselves personally and professionally’.
Leo Harris, BA History and Spanish

The header image was taken on 4 March 2020, before lockdown.

International Programmes to host BALEAP event

BALEAP is a body which supports the professional development of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals. It also runs an accreditation scheme for EAP courses. We are delighted to be hosting the BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM) online on 6 November 2020.

The theme of the PIM is 2020 Visions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

The new decade has brought with it major shifts in higher education, with many challenges and opportunities. This event will allow participants to explore how EAP practitioners have responded to these and how they have influenced future plans.  It will also allow participants to reflect on the past and look forward to the future, as we adjust to, work with and create the ‘new normal’.

We are now inviting EAP colleagues in the UK and further afield to submit proposals for sessions on a range of topics:  a PIM online is a great opportunity to present from anywhere in the world.

Present a session online
Present a session online

Possible topics to explore are:

  • the response to the ‘new normal’ so far, our plans looking ahead
  • tools and techniques – from materials to assessment to pedagogy/approaches and blended learning
  • the learning environment – inside and outside the classroom, the impact of a ‘digital first’ approach
  • the learner – what does the learner now want and need?
  • the practitioner – how has the changing environment affected us?
  • how have we adapted to the changing environment?
  • what has worked and what has not?
  • what is next and where do we want to go?

Other suggestions are welcome. Submission Deadline: 17.00 (BST) Tuesday 6 October 2020

Further details about the PIM and how to submit a proposal for a session are on our website.

How the Templeman Library can help you

As you approach the end of your final year we are here to support you through the next few months.

Help with your assignments

We have a wide range of resources to help you with your assignments. You an also ask a Liaison Librarian for one-to-one support on either the Canterbury or Medway campus. Online support is available on our Library Research Skills Moodle page, including finding material for your research and managing your references.

Look after yourself

Browse our Wellbeing and Self-Help reading list or check out the accompanying book displays in the Library. Need some time out? The Templeman Library’s Chill Out Zone provides a quiet space to relax and take a break from studying. If you’re on the Medway campus pop along to one of their wellbeing events.

Exam-time study support

During exam time, you’ll find additional study spaces and silent study areas plus bookable individual study rooms in the Templeman Library. Study in the way you want to by choosing a study space to suit you. The Templeman Library is open 24/7 and the Drill Hall Library 24 hours, five days per week until June!

Study and work smarter! Check out our Productivity Tools, to help you manage your time, take notes and stay focussed plus more.

Help with getting a job

Have a look at our Careers and Employability reading list to find books to help you with career choices and preparing for applications and interviews. Sign up for a one-hour workshop on using online business resources to stand out in the job market.

After you graduate

Don’t want to miss out on the great resources when you graduate? You can join the Library as an alumni member.

View more events on these webpages.