Monthly Archives: September 2020

Four students walking on the University grounds

What’s on today

To welcome you to Kent we have a wide range of events to help you settle into campus and your class. These are the events taking place today.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing Cafe – Online – 15:30 to 16:30

Meet with other students online for mental health support, games and creative pursuits.

Study

Introduction to the Library and IT Services – Online – 13:00 to 13:30

Find out all you need to know about Library and IT Services in this web chat.

Social

Socially Distanced Olympics – Sports Pavilion, Canterbury – 11:00 to 13:00

Take part in a host of socially distanced challenges across campus based on Olympic sports, all while maintaining social distancing.

Kent Union Monday Funday – Kent Union, Mandela Student Centre, Canterbury – 12:00 to 16:00

Discover and try new activities all across campus, from mini golf to painting. You can even try your hand at presenting the news.

GKSU Monday Funday – The Deep End, Medway – 12:00 to 18:00

Do you like having fun, on a Monday? Get yourself down to the Student Hub for outdoor footdarts, badminton and table tennis.

Eco Team Coffee Morning – The Mezzanine, Medway – 12:00 to 13:00

Hear all about Eco Team Medway and how you can get involved with environmental action at the Medway campus.

Campus Tour – Medway – 12:00 to 13:00

A socially distanced walking tour to explore the Medway campus.

Social Run – Sports Centre – Canterbury – 17:00 to 18:00

Join Kent Sport on a run across the campus.

Social Distance Speed Meet – Deep End – Medway – 18:00 to 21:00

Head to this socially distanced speed meeting event to network like minded people.

Careers

Finding a Part-time Job – Online  11:00 to 12:00

This session will cover job-hunting methods, where to look for adverts and creating speculative applications – giving you the tools to start applying.

LinkedIn Job hunting – Online – 13:30 to 14:30

This session provides valuable tips to help you get more out of using LinkedIn. You will also learn how to make the most of our university’s impressive alumni pool.

Rock Choir logo

Rock Choir returns!

If you’d like a break from work, tune in to your FREE lunchtime Rock Choir once more this term!

Once you get your head around singing through Zoom, it’s a fantastic way to give your brain a break and to de-stress. Rock Choir will be meeting virtually online and learning some great new arrangements together.

Rehearsals start on Zoom from the 21st of September and for the following Mondays. You can turn up to as few or as many as you’d like. If you’d like to attend (and haven’t joined a session since the start of 2020), please email jonathangrosberg@rockchoir.com to register to take part.

Places are limited, so make sure you sign up if you’re interested!

Neophytus Loizides

Webinar on Covid-19 in the Americas – 21 September

A webinar on ‘Subnational Governments in the COVID-19 Scenario in the Americas’ takes place on Monday 21 September from 14.00 (UK time).

The webinar is organised by School of Politics and International Relations, the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Forum of Federations and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

You can watch it live on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoXLBorRKps or https://www.youtube.com/user/forumoffederations

The webinar will include welcome remarks from:
• Rupak Chattopadhyay, President & CEO, Forum of Federations
• Magdalena Talamas, Director of the Department for the Promotion of Peace, OAS
Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent

Panelists include:
• Matias Bianchi, Executive Director, Asuntos del Sur
• Juan Cruz Olmeda, Associate Professor, Centre for International Studies , El Colegio de Mexico
• Joy St John, Executive Director, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
• Isaac Alfie, Director of the Office of Planning and Budget of Uruguay and Head of the Covid- 19 Presidential Technical Advisory Committee
• Nathalie Behnke, Professor, Institute of Political Science of the Technical University Darmstadt
• Andreas Kiefer, Acting Secretary General, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe

The webinar is open to all and free to attend with no booking necessary. Feel free to pass on the details to anyone that might be interested.

Picture shows: Professor Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent.

What’s new for 2020/21?

Besides changes in place relating to Covid-19, there are lots of positive developments here at Kent.

Firstly our Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) has opened. KMMS is a collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University, which sees the first 100+ students starting their studies this month. KMMS will educate aspiring doctors to train to deliver 21st century medicine, attracting talented students from all backgrounds, from the local community and beyond and offer opportunities to help to transform the future of healthcare.

We have a new mobile app for current students to help you easily access our services, events and key information. Search ‘Hello Kent’ on your app store to download the free app!

GK Unions has become GKSU. GKSU are committed to being the voice of Medway, ‘No decision about you, without you’. You can still find GKSU in the Student Hub to get involved with societies, sports, events, wellbeing programmes, volunteering and more at Medway. The introduction of Medway networks provides a dedicated space for groups of students to meet, socialise, and foster a community.

You may start to see mention of Divisions. This year Schools will be grouped into new Academic Divisions as part of our ongoing work to make it easier to access support from us and improve your experience at Kent. Similarly, we are reorganising some of our student services to improve your access to support. The new Student Services structure allows the University to invest further in mental health support and out-of-hours provision.

We have a new College Life Team who are a first point of contact for any kind of advice and support. Park Wood has become a College, which provides student members of Park Wood with an exciting opportunity to get involved in shaping the College identity and community in Park Wood. You can also check out the College and Community Life events and competitions.

Progress Profiles have been updated. Launched by the Student Success Project as a pilot in 2018, they provided all undergraduate students the opportunity to view their attendance and attainment data, currently found in SDS, in a more graphical way. Following student feedback the Progress Profiles have now been updated so the new reports are web based, updated daily with improved graphics and the ability to directly compare previous year’s information alongside current statistics.

We have a new MOSAIC app for students. The app brings together a collection of short videos for new, returning and final year students. Videos include advice from both staff and students about support and opportunities available at the University of Kent.

Kent WebChats welcoming students to campus

We have a series of WebChats arranged to welcome our students to the campus. The talks will cover topics such as safety and security, quarantining details, accommodation, enrolment and registration plus college life.

The Webchats take place on the following dates. Sign up for your chat session and we will send you the Zoom link.

Welcome back on 18 September at 10:00.

You can book place here.

Welcome back (Later arrivals) on 9 October at 10:00. 

You can book your place here.

If you’d like a WebChat on another theme, then just let us know and we’ll set one up. Suggestions can be mailed to directorstudentservices@kent.ac.uk.

Office Lockdown Escape Room

The Office Lockdown Escape Room is a fun game that you can play with your housemates. The idea is that you come up with an awesome name for your team and see how fast you can solve the clues to beat the clock.

The escape room will be available today, 18th, 21st, 24th and 25th September between 10:00 and 16:00.

Prizes are awarded for best team name, fastest and slowest groups. The maximum team size is six and they must be from the same household.

Please note each member of your household will need to book their ticket individually for the same time session, any problems email CCLTeam@kent.ac.uk

Each team member needs to apply for their own ticket from the Eventbrite link below https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/office-lockdown-escape-room-tickets-120397444999

Entrance to the Drill Hall Library in the sunshine

Support at Medway

We understand that this year is going to be different and you may feel like you need additional support when it comes to studying online and looking after your wellbeing. But please don’t worry, there are loads of people on hand at the University to help. This blog outlines the support on offer and how to get in contact.

First points of contact

The Colleges that make up the Canterbury and Medway campuses are made up of the friendly Colleges and Community Life Team, who are a first point of contact for any kind of assistance, advice and support. All Medway students are affiliated with Medway College.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

As part of our blended learning approach, you may want to take our Online Learning at Kent: A Guide to Successful Study moodle module to help familiarise yourself with online study. You can find more help with your studies on the coronavirus studying webpage.

You can also get in touch with the  Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS). SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your university journey.

We have a team of expert staff who can help you face the challenges of studying, socialising and living independently, whatever else you might be going through, whether it’s something you’re experiencing for the first time at University or have dealt with for a while.

There is also a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

GKSU (formerly GK Unions)

GKSU are your Students’ Union at Medway. From money worries to housing issues, academic problems to visa support, GKSU Student Advice Service is available to help through their free, impartial and confidential advice service.

Medical advice

You should register with a local doctor near to your accommodation in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS): Find your nearest NHS Surgery.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please see our coronavirus health and wellbeing page.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events. They are also a good contact for advice and support. You can also see their guidance around socially distanced faith and worship.

Support at Canterbury

We understand that this year is going to be different and you may feel like you need additional support when it comes to studying online and looking after your wellbeing. But please don’t worry, there are loads of people on hand at the University to help. This blog outlines the support on offer and how to get in contact.

First points of contact

The Colleges that make up the Canterbury and Medway campuses are made up of the friendly Colleges and Community Life Team, who are a first point of contact for any kind of assistance, advice and support.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

As part of our blended learning approach, you may want to take our Online Learning at Kent: A Guide to Successful Study moodle module to help familiarise yourself with online study. You can find more help with your studies on the coronavirus studying webpage.

You can also get in touch with the  Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS). SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your university journey.

We have a team of expert staff who can help you face the challenges of studying, socialising and living independently, whatever else you might be going through, whether it’s something you’re experiencing for the first time at university or something you have dealt with for a while.

There is also a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

Kent Union

Kent Union are your Students’ Union at Canterbury. From money worries to housing issues, academic problems to visa support, Kent Union’s Student Advice Centre is available to help through their free, impartial and confidential advice service.

You can also get in touch with your Kent Union full-time officers who are each responsible for specific areas within the Union.

Medical advice

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus called the University Medical Centre. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.

Our University Nursing Service is available 24/7 during term-time. Currently you need to call the Nursing Service on 01227 469333 before visiting them.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please see our coronavirus health and wellbeing page.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events. They are also a good contact for advice and support. You can also see their guidance around socially distanced faith and worship.

 

New coronavirus testing site on the Medway campus

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is opening this week in front of the Jellicoe Building car park on Medway campus.

Opening times are:
Thursday 17 September – 14.00-17.00
Friday 18 September- 10.00-17.00
And then 08.00-20.00 seven days a week.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through centre will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.

Everyone who attends the testing centre must follow a strict set of rules including following social distancing, practising good personal hygiene, not travelling by taxi or public transport and wearing a face covering throughout. There will be clear signage that directs those coming to the testing centre to move around the location in a socially distanced manner and they will be directed to leave as soon as they are finished.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result the next day.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Further information on Covid-19 is available on our coronavirus webpages for staff and students.

A medic person in PPE testing someone sitting in their car.

New coronavirus testing site at Medway campus

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility will open at the Medway campus this week as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. Testing is available for everyone with coronavirus symptoms, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

The testing facility will be located in front of the Jellicoe building, in the car park accessed by North Road. This area has a low student footfall, and you will not need to walk through main campus to access it.

The site is easily accessible without a car, and those being tested will be required to follow public health measures in attending the testing centre, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre).

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). Those being tested may experience some mild discomfort but it should not hurt.

Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result the next day.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, advising them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.