Monthly Archives: May 2021

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Kent Sport summer membership is back!

After a turbulent year we’re delighted that our facilities are once again open, and that means our popular summer half-price membership offer will return on 1 June!

And what’s more, we’ve introduced new prices for this year, so there has never been a better time to take out a Kent Sport membership:

  • University of Kent staff – £13 per month
  • New price for University of Kent students and Juniors* –  £18 per month
  • New offer for alumni and public – £37 per month and includes a plus one

Your Premium Plus membership provides access to modern sport and fitness facilities on the Canterbury campus, including:

Access to the gym for cardio and resistance/weights sessions A full timetable of fitness and dance classes A wide range of indoor and outdoor sports Our brand-new Indoor Tennis and Events Arena, featuring four acrylic tennis courts Social sports sessions with our Let’s Play team.

Once you’ve purchased your membership, you’ll need to create an online account in order to book sessions and activities. Social distancing measures are in place throughout our facilities. Please review our Coronavirus webpage for more detail.

You can purchase your membership by visiting the Sports Centre and The Pavilion receptions. Summer offer is available for purchase from 1 June to 20 August 2021 inclusive and is for use for one month from the purchase date. Membership terms and conditions can be found at kent.ac.uk/sports/membership.

 

*To apply for the junior rate, you must be in full-time education or aged 16 to 18 years old. Proof of full-time education (student card, etc.) will be required when purchasing a Junior membership.

3i University Network Climate and Energy Workshop

Colleagues are invited to an online workshop on Climate & Energy being staged by the 3i University Network (comprising Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Lille and the University of Kent) on 16 June, from 14.00 -16.00.

The workshop, chaired by Simon Barnes, Funding & Partnership Development Manager at Kent, will provide an opportunity to explore the theme of Climate and Energy and discuss areas for future joint research collaboration.

You can register for the workshop via this Workshop Climate Energy link.

Other workshops

The workshop is one of four online thematic sessions being organised this term by the 3i University Network. Each session will bring together researchers around a particular theme, enabling them to meet, present lines of research and strengths at each partner institution and sketch a plan for future collaboration.

Other workshops taking place are:

  • Workshop on Community and Well-Being, coordinated by University of Lille, 11 June, 13.00 – 15.00. Registration link
  • Workshop on Marine and Maritime Challenges, coordinated by Université of Ghent, 15 June, 14.00 – 15.30 Registration link
  • Workshop on Nutrition and Health, coordinated by KU Leuven, 11 June, 9.00 – 11.00. Registration link

About the 3i University Network

The Interregional Internationalisation Initiative (3i) University Network was launched with a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020.

The Network was created to intensify collaboration opportunities and utilise the combined strengths of research, academic and professional training, administration and infrastructure to find solutions for common problems and challenges facing these regions.

Find out more on the 3i University Network webpages

Care first webinars w/c 31 May 2021

Our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support, including weekly webinars.

This week’s (Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June ) webinars are as follows:

Monday 31 May 2021 – BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 1 June 2021 – ‘Introducing the new Care first Zest’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 2 June 2021 – ‘Coping with stress’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 3 June 2021 – ‘‘How can Care first support you?’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 4 June 2021 – ‘Coping with uncertainty’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

CSHE Research Seminars June – July 2021

In this series of seminars, members of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent showcase new long-form research outputs addressing a range of issues in research and practice in higher education (HE).

We celebrate a new edited book on the practice of leadership in HE (Jarrett & Newton eds, 2020), an edited special issue introducing signature assessment and signature feedback (Pitt & Quinlan, 2021), a monograph on embodied research methods (Leigh & Brown, 2021) and an edited collection on decolonising the university (Thomas & Jivraj, eds 2020). Each seminar will provide a taster, pulling out key concepts or main take-away points from the work that will be of interest to higher education researchers and/or practitioners.

For full details on each of these events please visit the CSHE events webpage.

Leadership in HE: Lessons from Other Sectors

17 June 2021 13.00 – 14.00 BST – Sign up via Eventbrite

Kendall Jarrett and Stephen Newton present:

Jarrett, K. & Newton, S. (eds) (2020). The practice of leadership in higher education: Real-world perspectives on becoming, being, and leaving. Abingdon: Routledge.

This seminar aims to heighten attendees’ awareness of what higher education can learn from the leadership practices of colleagues in other sectors. Select passages from the book will be read and informally discussed with consideration given to the experience of leadership in HE at three stages of the leadership cycle.

Signature Assessment and Feedback Practices in the Disciplines

24 June 2021 9.30 – 10.30 BST – Sign up via Eventbrite

Edd Pitt and Kathleen M. Quinlan (Eds) present a special issue (2021, issue 2) of Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, and Practice

In this seminar, we draw lessons from across the papers in this special issue to propose and illustrate key elements of signature assessment and signature feedback practices.

Applying Embodied Inquiry Research Methods to HE Research

1 July 2021 13.00 – 14.00 BST – Sign up via Eventbrite

Jennifer Leigh and Nicole Brown present:

Leigh, J. & Brown, N. (2021). Embodied inquiry: Research methods. London: Bloomsbury.

In this seminar, Jennifer Leigh and Nicole Brown will discuss why and how we use our bodies to research, what an embodied approach brings to a research project, and the kinds of considerations that need to be taken into account to research in this way.

Decolonising the University: Engaging students and activists in HE inquiry for change

8 July 2021 13.00 – 14.00 BST – Sign up via Eventbrite

Dave S.P. Thomas presents:

Thomas, D.S.P. & Jivraj, S. (eds), (2020). Towards decolonising the university: A Kaleidoscope for empowered action. Oxford: Counterpress.

Dave S.P. Thomas, a doctoral student in HE himself, will provide insights on how to co-produce knowledge with BAME students, researchers, activists, and practitioners to advance both knowledge and systemic change.

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Cumberland Lodge Scholarship Acceptance

Congratulations to PHD student Callum O’Malley (School of Sports and Exercise Sciences, Division of Natural Sciences) for his acceptance to the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship at the Cumberland Lodge Society. Only ten students nationwide are offered this scholarship across all disciplines. The main purpose of the scholarship is to improve the inclusivity and dissemination of research.

We spoke to Callum to find out more:

What made you apply for the scholarship?

‘In fact, I had come across the Cumberland Lodge and Scholarship on the Kent Scholarships page. I aim to go into post-doc work and academia post-PhD, therefore some individual grant funding to start building my research portfolio and grant record is quite a big focus and the Cumberland Lodge seemed a good start to apply and get some experience with the process. I had my eye on the scholarship a few months before it opening for applications which I used to prepare and research around the Cumberland Lodge a little more.

In addition, the scholarship is involved with Outreach work which I am already quite heavily involved with both at Kent and at my previous institution. There is the opportunity to collaborate with individuals from other areas with a shared interest in outreach. I hope to carry on my research (which is in line with our “Future Human” signature theme) with some people from other areas to help diversify my work.’

Read the rest of the story on our Sports and Exercise Sciences news.

Cycle Friendly Places accreditation success

Article from Kent Hospitality

Kent’s Commercial Services team were pleased to receive accreditation from Cycling UK last week designating our guest accommodation as cycle friendly for tourists. The accreditation recognises measures such as secure cycle shelters, areas for washing and drying clothes, flexible catering options, available repair kits and cycle hire information that have been put in place to facilitate individual and group guests on cycling holidays/visits.

The Conferences and Events team are used to welcoming B&B guests and groups into the 4*- 5* Visit England graded campus accommodation every spring and summer for holidays, and Event Co-Ordinator Rachel Walmesley said:

“We are very excited to have achieved this accreditation. We already have some regular cycling groups that stay every year in Turing College which is predominantly our cyclist friendly accommodation. We hope that this accreditation along with our existing offer of free sports access to all B&B guests will encourage more cycling individual and group guests from within the UK and overseas.”

Whilst Kent Sport’s Cycle Hub may be temporarily closed, there’s alternative cycle stores in Canterbury so as long as you’re not two-tired (sorry for the pun!) there is no reason not to enjoy one of the many cycle routes located on the doorstep of campus this summer.

The University of Kent’s Cycle Friendly Places accommodation accreditation will be valid until June 2023. To find out more about our holiday accommodation for individuals and groups visit: www.kent.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/holidays

Earth sculpture that says "worldwide"

Virtual summer school opportunities

Take part in a virtual summer school at one of our partner universities. A great opportunity to learn with top academics and enjoy diverse cultural activities without flight and accommodation costs.

Do you have plans for Summer 2021?

Kent is pleased to offer various virtual summer schools being delivered by our partner universities.  Many are offering full scholarships or discounts to participate.  Now is a great time to learn something new, try a course that you may not be able to study here at Kent or help to enhance your studies ready for next term.  Courses on offer range from Film to Buddhism, Introduction to Cantonese to European Cultural Studies, Sustainable Development to Techpreneurship.

See all our Virtual Summer School opportunities here

In addition to any scholarships offered by the host university, Kent is also able to offer some financial support to those students who meet the following criteria:

  • From a family with a combined annual parental income of under GBP 25,000, or
  • The first person in their family to go to university, or
  • A care leaver or who are care-experienced, or
  • Have caring responsibilities, or
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

How to apply

  • Review the virtual summer schools available, including checking the full costs.
  • Identify a first and second choice (if applicable) of summer school,
  • Email goabroad@kent.ac.uk with your expression of interest
  • Submit an application form for the Virtual Summer School Fund

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the funding is distributed to eligible candidates or the deadline for the summer schools have passed.  T&Cs available on request.

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Plant a seed at the Kent Community Oasis Garden

Visit the Kent Community Oasis Garden to discuss sustainability and wellbeing, and take home your own herb, tomato, or flower seed.

You will be shown around the Kent Community Oasis Garden and find out how to get involved. While you make the paper pots for the plants, we’ll discuss re-using packaging for planting seeds and recycling on campus. You will learn about seeds, what they need to thrive, and you will get to choose a herb, tomato or flower seed to take home and grow. You will need to save some everyday items to use for your planting: for example, bring the cardboard inside of toilet rolls, trays from mushrooms or vegetables, tins from soup or beans etc (food containers need to be washed and allowed to dry).

Feedback from students from the first session

“I didn’t even know this beautiful space existed!”

“I would love to come back and spend more time in the garden.”

“Using general household items for planting is genius!”

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Book online now

Tickets are limited, so please choose one 30 minute time slot when booking:

  • 14.00-15.00
  • 15.00-15.30
  • 15.30-16.00
  • 16.00-16.30

The College and Community Life team will email you more information on finding the Kent COG closer to the session and if you have any questions, please contact us at cclteam@kent.ac.uk.

Please follow @unikent_ccl on Instagram for news on a wide variety of events and activities taking place throughout the year.

Knowledge Exchange Framework webinars – coming to your Division

Article from Bryony Dutta | Knowledge Exchange Framework Coordinator

Kent’s Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Team will be touring the University’s Divisions with a deep dive webinar into the What, Why and When of the Knowledge Exchange Framework and Kent’s inaugural results.

 The Knowledge Exchange Framework (now the third pillar of University assessment alongside the REF and the TEF) produced strong results for Kent, but what do these results mean, both now and in the future, and where do they place us nationally?

Carole Barron, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation, and the Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator, Bryony Dutta, will be answering these key questions for your Division, with an introduction to the Knowledge Exchange Framework and an in depth analysis of the results. There will also be the opportunity to pose your questions in a dedicated Q&A.

Look out for your calendar invitation in your divisional communications for the webinars taking place on the following dates:

  • Human & Social Sciences: Tuesday 15 June, 11.00 – 12.00.
  • Natural Sciences: Friday 18 June, 13.00 – 14.00.
  • Computing, Engineering & Mathematical Sciences (CEMS): Wednesday 23 June, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Law, Society and Social Justice: Tuesday 29 June, 11.30 – 12.30
  • Kent Business School : Wednesday 7 July, 12.00 – 13.00
  • Arts & Humanities: Date tbc

Knowledge exchange and public engagement cover all activities engaging non-academic audiences in or with your research, and getting involved can deliver significant benefits to you, your research partners and to wider society.  To find out more about the Knowledge Exchange Framework, visit our website or watch our ‘Introduction to Knowledge Exchange’ webinar.

 

Virtual Exchange Opportunity with Hong Kong Baptist University

You can take a module online with one of our partner university’s in Hong Kong along side your modules here at Kent.

We are delighted to offer Kent students the opportunity to participate in the HKBU Virtual Exchange ProgrammeThis is an unique opportunity to be able to take 1 or possibly 2 modules in addition to your main studies at Kent with our partner university, Hong Kong Baptist University.  The current list of modules available can be found here, all are taught in English.  Modules range from Business Communications to Gender, Language and Creativity, Introduction to Cantonese to Mathematics on the Battlefields.

The modules will run from September – December, with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous elements (the exact % of each will depend on the module).  If you decide to apply, you must be prepared to commit and attend for the full semester.  There are no fees associated with the programme.

Alongside the classes, HKBU are excited to enhance your virtual study experiences with them through a wide array of virtual student-led activities such as buddies scheme, cultural immersion activities, and talks!

Benefits

All students who participate in this virtual mobility will be able to learn, appreciate and evaluate different international perspectives, strengthen your intercultural dialogue skills and develop your knowledge in an area of studies that you may not be able to get from Kent.  This will be an opportunity for you to meet and collaborate with students from across the world, and can either provide an alternative to study abroad or act as a taster to go later during your time at Kent, depending what Stage you are at in your studies.

You will receive a transcript from HKBU on successful completion of the module, in addition to Employability Points at Kent and it will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report.

What to do next?

If you are interested in participating and would like to be nominated to HKBU, in order to start the application process, please email studyabroad@kent.ac.uk by 25 June 2021. 

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.