Monthly Archives: October 2020

Entrance to the Drill Hall Library in the sunshine

Medway catering: Some changes from 2 November

We’re making a few changes to our catering offer at Medway.

From next Monday (2 November), students and staff will be able to buy a wide range of food and drinks from the Deep End (Monday to Friday 11:00-20:00); the Archibald Hay Mess in Drill Hall Library (Monday to Thursday 10:00-20:00 and Friday 10am-5pm); Pilkington Cafe (Monday to Friday 8:00-15:00) and the Pembroke café (Monday to Friday 8:00-16:00).

We have temporarily suspended our catering operations at the Bistro No 1 and the Galvanising Workshop catering outlets for the time being and will be reviewing this position in the New Year.

All catering outlets are Covid safe and are fully compliant with university and government guidelines.

If you have any information then please email catering@kent.ac.uk.

Athena SWAN success for three more Kent Schools

The results from the last Athena SWAN submission round have been announced and we are delighted to announce that three new Schools were successful in securing Athena SWAN Bronze.

Congratulations to the School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent Business School and School of Arts for securing their first Bronze award!

The overall success rate for an award this time round was 82%. You can read more about the Athena SWAN submission and success rate statistics on the Advance HE website.

These results bring the total number of Schools holding an Athena SWAN award to 13. Our current awards holders are:

Division of Arts and Humanities: School of Arts, School of European Culture and Languages, School of History

Division of Natural Sciences: School of Biosciences, Medway School of Pharmacy

Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: School of Computing, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (Silver)

Division of Human and Social Sciences: School of Anthropology and Conservation, School of Psychology

Division of Study of Law, Society and Social Justice: Kent Law School, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Kent Business School 

Congratulations again to our newest award-holders SAC, KBS and Arts! Securing an award is always a result of hard work and commitment to the Athena SWAN principles.

You can find out more about Athena SWAN, including latest news and how you can get involved on Kent’s Athena SWAN webpages.

Estates Reward Scheme

Nominate a colleague in Estates for a reward

The Estates Staff Reward Scheme is open again from 1 November 2020, following a temporary suspension due to Covid-19 and lockdown.

The reward scheme was launched in 2017 to recognise Estates staff who have made a difference to colleagues or customers through dedication, innovation, understanding or skill.  Since then, more than 100 awards have been presented.

Award categories

The Customer Services Award is given to a staff member or team who provided a timely and professional service to customers, were responsive to customer needs and requests, were courteous and considered the needs of the customer when making decisions. Nominations are invited from colleagues across the University.

The Staff Excellence Award is given in recognition of a colleague who has shown consistent exemplary performance and has demonstrated integrity and a significant support to their teams in the course of their working day, whilst upholding the spirit of the Estates core values. This category is open to nominations from Estates colleagues only.

The winner/s in each category will each receive a £20 Amazon voucher to be awarded on a monthly basis.

In addition, the winner/s of each category will be entered into the Staff Member of the Year Award. This award will be presented to someone recognised by the Senior Management Team as providing outstanding commitment to the department. Nominees will be selected from the Customer Services Award and the Customer Excellence Award entries. The winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher and the runner-up, a £50 Amazon voucher.

Nominations

To make a nomination, follow this link on the Estates webpages.

 

North Atlantic flight paths

Kent academics feature in third public hearing for the Airspace Tribunal

A third public hearing for the Airspace Tribunal – an international forum to consider the case for and against a new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above – will be hosted online, from Toronto, next month.

The Airspace Tribunal is a public forum established two years ago by Kent School of Arts  Reader Shona Illingworth and Kent Law School Emeritus Professor Nick Grief.

The public tribunal is examining the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace, and considering the case for and against a proposed new human right to protect all people from physical or psychological threats from above.

This year’s hearing in Toronto will take place over three two-hour panel discussions via Zoom on:
•       Sunday 1 November (14.00 –16.00) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bAjf_rYARQa9iJhYgsMmLA
•       Wednesday 4 November (14.00 –16.00) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2N9Ha14_TuacEUKSWWVITA
•       Saturday 7 November (14.00 –16.00) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UGG35bQFTiGb2pNQbr-3tA
•       A final one-hour summative session will be held on Saturday 14 November (14.00 –15.00). https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuqorTwrG9H-6TDKDEtujPAmasBf6YZJ

All the webinars are free, with times indicated in Eastern Standard Time.
The first webinar will feature presentations by Shona and Nick, together with Kent Law School Reader in International Commercial Law Dr Gbenga Oduntan.

The Toronto hearing of the Airspace Tribunal is co-presented by The Power Plant and the Master of Visual Studies program at the Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto.

The Power Plant’s Director, Gaëtane Verna, will Chair each session and Counsel to the Tribunal, Kirsty Brimelow QC of Doughty Street Chambers will pose questions to the Experts. Members of the audience – acting as judges – will also be able to ask questions.

A full programme is available on The Power Plant website.

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Mental health support

There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, and students are being faced with challenges not yet seen before, which might make you more vulnerable to feeling anxious, depressed or just low.

Whether or not you have struggled in the past with mental health issues, take a bit of time to actively focus on your wellbeing and remember that whatever you’re going through, support is available at Kent.

What mental health issues can the University’s Wellbeing Team help with?

The Wellbeing Team can help with issues such as stress and anxiety, panic attacks, depression, eating difficulties, sleep problems, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Is there any professional mental health support offered by the University?

The Wellbeing Team consists of Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and Student Mentors. Mental Health Advisers are specialist practitioners who can offer mental health advice and support. They can provide short term focused interventions to promote wellbeing and support students to develop coping strategies, and help put in place an ILP or ‘inclusive learning plan’ if required.

We also have a free confidential Counselling service for all Kent students.

What about additional support?

There are many ways you can access mental health support. Togetherall offers 24/7 online mental health support overseen by qualified therapists. You can also give Canterbury Nightline a call to speak to a trained student volunteer about anything that may be troubling you during the night.

There are lots of charities such as Mind and Rethink Mental Illness who have many online resources. See our mental health webpage for more ways to access support.

Are there any wellbeing events or groups I can join at Kent?

Take a look at the Student Support and Wellbeing events calendar to meet others and find ways to support your mental health. There are regular events such as the Wellbeing Café, International Wellbeing Group, student mindfulness sessions, social groups for autistic students and more.

Don’t forget to follow the Student Support and Wellbeing Team on social media @UniKentSSW for mental health and wellbeing free activities, events, peer support groups and online resources.

What should I do if I need urgent mental health support?

Please see our emergency support webpage for information on urgent mental health support.

PRIDE Award winners - September 2020

Congratulations to Kent Hospitality’s latest PRIDE Award winners

It was a bumper round of PRIDE Award winners last month with three staff members winning the award.

Congratulations are due to Angela Forsyth (Accommodation Co-ordinator), Keira Hannigan (Chargehand) and Jason Townsend (IT Systems, Development and Support Officer). PRIDE stands for ‘Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence’ and the panel felt that the hard work and dedication of all three exemplified this and could not be ignored, especially where multiple nominations were received for different projects each was working on.

While recognising how hard the entire Accommodation Team have worked throughout the Clearing and Arrivals period, Angela’s nomination singled her out for her ‘tireless’ work and “unflagging efforts” on the Clearing hotline call centre, both in training the team and responding to student calls. Additionally, Angela contributed and helped to implement a new procedure for processing student data in the Accommodation Office that “increases efficiency, is time saving and improves customer service”

Keira’s award recognised her “dedication, consistency, proactiveness, and her willingness to support and assist the Housekeeping Team in their work”. Her nomination focused on a recent three-month period where Keira stepped up to help run and manage one of the college Housekeeping Teams above and beyond her role. Keira has also taken on extra tasks and hours throughout the Covid-19 pandemic so far and has also helped to support new staff starters and has consistently shown why she is a “valued member of the Chargehand team”.

The final winner was a familiar face; however, the panel felt that Jason’s outstanding work producing 14 fully operational tracking devices from scratch for Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets deserved recognition. Jason designed a bespoke computer prototype, tested it, sourced parts and manufactured the final trackers often giving up his own time to ensure the trackers were ready as soon as possible. An extract from his nomination read that his “innovation, devotion and selfless voluntary service” on this project “has made the jobs of the Catering Team easier and safer”.

Many congratulations to Angela, Keira and Jason on their well-deserved wins.

We are sure that there are lots of our staff going above and beyond, so if you know of any Kent Hospitality staff member from either the Canterbury or Medway campus, it is quick and easy to nominate them for a PRIDE Award. To submit a nomination, just visit the PRIDE website and complete our online form.

The award is given in March, June, September/October and December with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a PRIDE pin badge.

The closing date for the next PRIDE Award is currently Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 12 noon.

Picture shows; Angela, Keira and Jason with their certificates.

Gulbenkian autumn offers- see films for just £3!

Have you visited Gulbenkian yet? We’re lucky to have a cinema and theatre at our Canterbury campus [see location on map].

Until the end of December Gulbenkian are offering all their standard film screenings (so not live and recorded or family films) for half price!

Half price films – This means students pay only £3 per ticket, and Gulbenkian student members pay only £2.50.

£1 filter coffee – Their filter coffee is supplied by Canterbury based Garage Coffee. If you love your coffee, enjoy a mug for only £1 from the Gulbenkian café.

Gulbenkian student offers

Gulbenkian Uncovered – gives students (18+) the chance to get behind the scenes, develop new skills and run events at Gulbenkian. Find out more about Gulbenkian Uncovered.

 

How to make the most out of Progress Profiles

Students have told us that it can be hard to know how well their studies are going. We created Progress Profiles to give our students a clear understanding of their performance. We think it is important to have regular conversations about your studies with your Academic Adviser. Progress Profiles can help focus these conversations.

Your Progress Profile is now available via a web based platform. It’s a summary of your academic progress to date and it shows your attendance and attainment. Your Progress Profile can be accessed directly from the Student Guide.

Screen shot of Student Guide showing Progress Profiles link in menu bar

Need help using Progress Profiles? Watch the video below for a detailed explanation of how Progress Profiles work and how you can make the most of them.

 

What do I do if I feel like I need some support?

We hope your Progress Profile will help you feel enabled to steer your studies. However, we recognise that in some cases it may make you feel like you need some support. Please do not feel like you need to work through this alone. We encourage you to speak to your Academic Adviser or to take a look at our student help webpages to see how you can access further support.

Student Alanah standing in front of lake and snow capped mountains in Canada

Global Pathways: Which one will you take to explore the world?

(Photo by Study Abroad student Alanah Moore taken in Canada.)

International Partnerships is currently working with Stage 1 and 2 students to offer support with their study placement opportunities overseas. On Friday 16 October, we hosted a virtual Global Pathways presentation and the recording can now be found on the DP6100 Moodle module.

Stage 1 and 2 students are encouraged to listen to this recording which outlines the application process to study abroad, the support available to students and any other important information including finances. Please note that only Stage 2 students are expected to complete the DP6100 Moodle module and application form. Stage 1 students will not come to apply until their second stage of studies.

The deadline for Stage 2 applications is Friday 20 November, 2020.

We will also be hosting a virtual Global Pathways drop-in session on Thursday 5 November from 14.00-15.00 in order to answer any queries that students may have at this stage. This session is open to both Stage 1 and 2 students. For details of how to join, please email internationalevents@kent.ac.uk.

Learn more about our Go Abroad opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

The Go Abroad Team

 

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Study Plus November free events and workshops

As a Kent student you have access to a wide range of free Study Plus events and workshops to help you develop your skills and meet others with similar interests.

Keep reading to see what’s on for the first half of November, including Meditation, Project Management, Passion for Photography and Emergency First Aid.

Wednesday 4 November 15.00-17.00 – ASPIRE – Spotting trends using the market 

Business success lies in studying emerging trends and learning how to use market information to stay ahead of the curve and spot the next big thing.

In a 50-minute group challenge, develop a sustainable business proposition using market information and forecasts.

Wednesday 4 November 18.00-20.00 – Meditation Part 1 

An experience-focused course, aimed at introducing meditative techniques with practical application and benefits to daily life, including work and study. Students will experience a range of meditative approaches, examining their background, principles, and applications to increase resilience, boost creativity and bolster confidence.

Friday 6 November 13.00-14.30 – Personal Presence and Impact  

To introduce the concept of positive personal presence and impact and how it can benefit career development. You will come away;

  • Understanding what we mean by personal presence and impact
  • Knowing how to create a positive presence
  • Understanding the role of authenticity for positive impact
  • Recognising how personal presence and impact affects leadership potential

Friday 6 November 15.00-16.30 – Managing Stress 

Stress is something that affects everyone. It causes you to feel overwhelmed with their studies, accounts for huge percentages of absences at work and can negatively impact our mental and physical health. Simply said if you do not take a proactive step to manage stress it could have terrible consequences.

This 90-minute workshop looks at what stress is and explores some of the benefits as well as the negative impacts of stress. Most importantly this workshop will provide you with practical tools you can implement to manage stress.

Monday 9 November 13.00-14.30 – Business email skills 

Good email skills will help you secure a job and boost your career. However, many students enter the workforce without really knowing how to write clear, concise emails in a business environment.

In this course you will come away with a toolbox of practical solutions to plan, structure and write professional emails quickly. It also covers the principles of business email etiquette. It is highly interactive with group discussion, practice exercises and real-life examples from public and private sectors.

Wednesday 11 November 14.00-15.30 – Introduction to Project Management 

Projects are happening all around us and in the workplace it is likely that you will find yourself either involved in a project or managing one.

The aim of this course is to share some tools and approaches that will help you set-up and deliver your project successfully.

Delivered on-line by an experienced project manager you will hear about real-life projects and what to do when things don’t quite go to plan.  There will be opportunities to input into the course but this will be entirely optional.

Wednesday 11 November 14.00-17.00 Passion for Photography 

  • 14.00-15.00 Intro “A Passion for Photography” (lecture)
  • 15.00-16.00 What the Camera Settings Mean (lecture)
  • 16.00-17.00 Using those settings on Manual Mode

Learning outcomes:

  • How to set up your camera and operate it on manual mode
  • What aperture, shutter speed and ISO mean
  • How to expose a photo for indoors
  • How to expose a photo for outdoors

Thursday 12 November – 15.00-17.30- Understanding Unconscious Bias at Work 

When I think back to attending my first Equality workshop back in the early 00s the focus was something like this, “don’t do this, don’t say that, that’s racism, that’s sexual harassment, don’t forget to sign the attendance register…”. Sessions were about compliance, sharing information, and protecting the organisation. Now, of course, some of that still applies in 2020, but the conversation has evolved. 

In this workshop we will explore the research, impact, and practical steps we can take to recognise, map and mitigate against the impact of unconscious bias in our working lives and beyond. In the session we will look at:

  • What is unconscious bias?
  • Understanding unconscious bias: the key principles and concepts
  • Micro behaviours: assumptions, affirmations, and aggressions
  • Practical steps to mitigate against unconscious bias

Saturday 14 November – 10.00-14.00 – Emergency First Aid 

An introduction to Emergency first aid. This will be a 4 hour event.
Please note we have limited spaces available so book soon to avoid missing out!