Monthly Archives: September 2021

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Have you completed or are you facing issues with Financial Registration?

New and returning Kent students need to complete Financial Registration on KentVision by 18 October 2021. 

In receipt of a scholarship or fee waiver?

Scholarships, fee waivers and discounts are not currently appearing in student accounts. This may result in you receiving an invoice for your full programme fees for the academic year 2021/22.

You are only required to pay for any outstanding fees minus the value of any scholarship you have. Find out more on our FAQs page.

We are sorry for this inconvenience and working to get this fixed as soon as possible.

If you haven’t completed Financial Registration because your scholarship or discount isn’t appearing in the system, please follow the steps on our FAQ webpage.  

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Get involved with our Future Human Signature Research Theme

One of our first three Signature Research Themes – Future Human – is inviting applications from staff for our Vice-Chancellor PhD Studentship selection process, as well as ideas for cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovative research.

The Future Human theme explores the use of science and technology to improve human performance either temporarily or permanently. Its transdisciplinary approach will help us understand the opportunities, limits, challenges and risks of using scientific and technological advancement to restore or improve performance and to overcome current limits of body and mind.

Theme co-lead, Dr Lex Mauger says: ‘Future Human is much more wide-ranging than many might think. By focusing on four sub-themes – Healthy Human, Everyday Human, Working Human and Super Human – our aim is to go much further than just understanding the science and technology. We want to know how enhancing human capability cuts across different fields from business and commercial to ethical and legal.’

You can find out more about Future Human on the Signature Research Theme web page.

PhD Studentships available

As part of its start-up resourcing, the Future Human Signature Research Theme is offering two Vice-Chancellor PhD Studentships for the 2022-23 academic year. The studentships will be allocated to named supervisory teams running a pre-determined project.

To select these supervisory teams and projects, the Future Human leadership team is running a Sandpit event, which will involve 20-30 academics from a range of disciplines and result in up to 15 project proposals. From these project ideas, two supervisory teams will be awarded the PhD studentships, and a further three project teams will be awarded seed-corn funding of £1500 for further development of their idea.

Staff will need to apply for one of the limited places on the Sandpit event, which will be held on 9 and 10 November 2021. More information on the Sandpit sessions, including an application for attendance to be completed by 17.00 on Friday 15 October 2021, is available here.

Share your views

The Future Human leadership team – comprising Dr Lex Mauger, Dr Sarah Hotham and Professor Aylish Wood – is committed to offering opportunities and activities to promote transdisciplinary collaborations and development of innovative research bids. They’re keen to hear from colleagues across the University about current and future plans for providing this. Complete the 10-minute survey to tell the team what you think.

Signature Research Themes

Signature Research Themes are a key part of the University’s strategy to further develop its global research profile. The themes bring together a wide range of ideas and approaches through cross-disciplinary collaboration, and they enhance the excellent practices and activities, highlighting the cutting-edge and innovative research that goes on at Kent.

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Issues viewing your timetable?

We are aware of some technical issues which are stopping some of you from viewing your timetable.

We are sorry for this inconvenience and working hard to fix any issues and respond to your queries.

Here are a few things you can try yourself to fix the issue, as well as where you can go for help:

Log out and in again 

Try logging out of KentVision and log back in again.

Are you fully registered?

You must be fully registered on your modules for your personal timetable to show. Please check you have enough module credits in KentVision. If you think module registrations are missing please speak with your Division.

8am slots

Classes which appear on the timetable at 8am are recorded and can be viewed at any time in Moodle. You are not expected to do this at any particular time of day and so do not represent a clash on your timetable. They are conveniently placed on your timetable to help you pace your studies through the week with other taught content.

Timetable clashes

See above about 8am slots. For clashes at other times please consult with your Division.

If you are missing classes, studying remotely or have a question about group allocations, please speak to your Division. 

Issues with Ical feed

Information Services are looking into problems some students are having with the ical feed. Please use the KentVision timetable while they fix this.

Spring term queries

The timetable for spring is yet to be completed and is subject to change. It will be released later in the autumn term.

Coronavirus

Welcome to the Autumn Term

From Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

A warm welcome to all of you to the start of the 2021/22 academic year at Kent. I am delighted to see so many of you back on our campuses and to have so much more face-to-face teaching planned after a year and a half of so much uncertainty. You should all be enormously proud of your efforts in getting to this point, and I look forward to following your success with us across the year.

Along with ensuring you have the best possible experience with us, we will need to continue to focus on keeping our community safe as we return this term. Covid has sadly not gone away and we all have a part to play our part in keeping cases low. We are also fully prepared in the event that cases rise significantly.

Face coverings

We are strongly encouraging and recommending that everyone wears face masks in crowded indoor spaces, including teaching spaces or corridors. These are optional, but wearing one can help keep each other safe – we also need to be mindful that both fellow students and staff may be anxious about coming back together, so we need to think of each other in how we behave in crowded areas.

Testing

Remember to keep on testing twice a week as you come onto campus – find out more about how you can pick up a kit and do your bit.

Vaccinations

I am really pleased so many of you have already had your Covid vaccines – we have an NHS bus on our Medway campus today for those that would still like to get theirs, and hope to have one on our Canterbury campus shortly (unfortunately today’s visit has been cancelled). Do watch out for the Government’s Grab A Jab campaign for walk-in vaccine centres too.

Good luck this term

There is plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead outside of your studies, including our Virtual Employability Fest from 11-22 October featuring the South East Virtual Careers Fair on 20 October. For more information on this and all our events, keep an eye on the Student Guide, our student events calendar and our Kent Uni Student app. I hope you all get a chance to explore the best of what Kent has to offer and wish you all the very best for the rest of the term.

With all best wishes,

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

Coronavirus

Condolences for Professor Geoffrey Stephenson

It is with great sadness that we inform colleagues of the death of Geoffrey Stephenson (1939-2021).

Geoffrey established the Social Psychology Research Unit and the Board of Studies in Social Psychology at the University of Kent in 1978, and created its pathway to become the Institute of Social and Applied Psychology and ultimately both the School of Psychology and Tizard Centre.

Geoffrey was one of the UK’s foremost social psychologists in the 1970s and 80s and a leading figure in the formation and growth of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, being elected its President from 1984-7. Following his retirement from Kent in 1998, he continued to be very active in research and teaching for a further decade.

A full obituary will be prepared in due course. Those wishing to convey messages of condolence and remembrance to his wife Astrid and children Lawrence, Kate and David are welcome to contact Professor Dominic Abrams: D.Abrams@kent.ac.uk

In memory of Geoffrey, his family invite donations to be made in aid of Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne via  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidStephenson28/1

Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura | Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance

Report and support. New reporting tool

New Report and Support tool for students

We are pleased to announce a new online reporting tool for reporting student incidents of sexual misconduct and assault, harassment (non-sexual), assault, bullying, discrimination and hate incidents. This replaces the previous inform Kent (inK) system ​and helps Kent students to get the support they need promptly.

The Report and Support online tool allows both anonymous and named reports. If you choose to provide identifiable information, we will be able to contact you to offer support or discuss ways that you can (if you wish to) report the incident formally. By deciding to report anonymously, you will be providing information that will help us to make our university the safest ​environment it can be. Anonymous information will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the year, to ensure that we are ​monitoring incidents reported and putting ​new strategies in place where needed.

Take a look at Report and Support online for about how to report, and well as several support articles relating to these incidents. It may be worth familiarising yourself with the tool in case you or a friend needs to use it to make a report in future, and you can also find information on positive safety campaigns and ways in which you can get involved in promoting a culture of respect at Kent.

Have your voice heard. Visit Report and Support now.

 

Report and support. New reporting tool

New Report and Support online tool for students

We are pleased to announce a new online reporting tool for reporting student incidents of sexual misconduct and assault, harassment (non-sexual), assault, bullying, discrimination and hate incidents. This replaces the previous inform Kent (inK) system ​and helps Kent students to get the support they need promptly.

The Report and Support online tool allows both anonymous and named reports. If a student chooses to provide identifiable information, we will be able to offer support or discuss ways that they can (if they wish) report the incident formally. Reporting anonymously will provide information that will help us to make our university the safest ​environment it can be. Anonymous information will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the year, to ensure that we are ​monitoring incidents reported and putting ​new strategies in place where needed.

Take a look at Report and Support online for about how to report, and well as several support articles relating to these incidents. It may be worth familiarising yourself with the tool in case you need to advise a student to make a report in future. You can also find information on positive safety campaigns and ways in which you can get involved in promoting a culture of respect at Kent.

Visit Report and Support now.

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Black History Month Events at Gulbenkian Arts Centre

Gulbenkian has a fantastic programme of events lined up for Black History Month this year including performances, films screenings and more!

Kicking off Gulbenkian’s Black History Month events, legendary reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson (LKJ) will perform at Gulbenkian Arts Centre on Friday 24th September.

The legendary reggae poet and social activist was born in Jamaica before moving to London. He was a member of the Black Panthers and the poetry editor of political magazine Race Today, using the platform to introduce important ideas and new voices to the British public, including Michael Smith and Oku Onuora. His influential and radical voice made him

Drama grad Taylor Sonko - Garvey performs at Gulbenkian 50th anniversary celebrations

Taylor Sonko – Garvey

the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums made with long-time collaborator, dub producer Dennis Bovell. He has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981, bringing new artists to the attention of wider audiences.

Gulbenkian is also excited to announce that University of Kent alumni from School of Arts, Taylor Sonko – Garvey will be opening for LKJ. She developed her performance poetry studying Popular Performance in her second year.

Tickets for the event are £15 (Concessions available).

 

Respect Film

Respect

Screening in our cinema, Respect is the new film from Liesl Tommy following the remarkable true story of Aretha franklin’s career from a child singing in a church choir to international superstardom. Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and Mary J. Blige, this is one musical sensation not to miss! Screening from Friday 8th October at Gulbenkian Arts Centre. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.

Babylon Film

Babylon

See British cult classic Babylon is a film that captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in 80s London with vivid cinematography, a powerful message and an incredible soundtrack . See it on Friday 29th October. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with film cast member Beverley Woodhams, and a DJ set in the café from 9.30pm. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.

Candyman Film

Candyman

In 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a watershed moment to horror subverting the genre’s long record of offensive racial tropes, and four years on its legacy can be seen across film and tv. Catch the update of the classic 1990s film that has become the latest black horror hit, Candyman on Tuesday 2nd November. This new take, produced by Jordon Peele and directed by rising star Nia DaCosta, gives the franchise a significant overhaul making Candyman is a brilliant horror that addresses issues such as racial injustice and gentrification. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.  This film screening is also a 2ForTuesday screening, where Students and Under 25s can get 2 tickets for the price of 1.

For more information and tickets please visit www.thegulbenkian.co.uk.

(c) Lake Reflections by Vlad Podvorny CC0

Always attribute images online! A warning to bloggers and web authors

Article by Chris Morrison | Copyright, Software Licence & IS Policy Manager

Universities are increasingly receiving copyright infringement notifications from photographers and their representatives. This blog post provides advice on how to avoid receiving an unexpected demand for licence fees.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on this blog, but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been a lot of copyright literacy related activity at Kent. One of the most pressing copyright issues that has arisen recently across the education sector is the number of claims received from picture agencies demanding licence fees for the unauthorised use of their clients’ photographs on institutional websites. This includes use of a stringent termination mechanism in the 2.0 version of Creative Commons licences which has caught many people out. This post provides an overview of what can happen when you don’t take care in selecting and posting images online, and what you can do to avoid receiving an infringement notification.

Copyright and photographs online: the basics

As per the updated copyright guidance we published last year, photographs are protected by copyright. This means the copyright owner (usually the photographer themselves, but potentially an employer or a commissioning organisation) has the exclusive right to do or authorise certain activities with their photographs, such as copying them or communicating them to the public. It is only legal to post photographs online if you have the permission of the copyright holder, or if your use is covered by an exception to copyright such as ‘quotation’ or ‘illustration for instruction’. If you use someone else’s photograph without the copyright owner’s permission, and the use is not covered by an exception, then you will have infringed copyright. Infringement of copyright means that both you and the University may be liable in the event of legal action so it’s important to follow a few simple steps to avoid this.

Finding and using licensed content

We all want to find engaging images to use on our blogs and web pages and we have information on finding and sharing content online as well as guidance on how to find and attribute images online. The attribution guidance explains how to use the following types of content:

One of the key messages here is to always provide a credit to the photographer unless you are certain that no attribution is required. This principle also applies to use of images in teaching where copyright exceptions might apply. For example, the exception covering ‘illustration for instruction‘ only applies if the author or creator of a copyright work is acknowledged unless this is ‘impossible for reasons of practicality or otherwise’. And even in cases where no attribution is required we recommend that you do where possible.

Attribution is also one of the fundamental elements of the Creative Commons licences which allow people to share content freely online. All Wikipedia content is published under a Creative Commons licence as are millions of Flickr photos. It is also the most widely used set of licences for open access publishing.

The issue with Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 licences

We have experienced a number of people getting caught out by photographers using older versions of the Creative Commons Attribution licence which has very strict attribution requirements. As reported in a recent Computer Weekly article some photographers have developed a business model that involves seeding large amounts of Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 licensed images on platforms like Flickr, and then using automated image recognition tools to identify where these are being used without attribution. Older versions of the licence are specifically chosen because, unlike 4.0 version of the licence, they do not have a provision to ‘cure’ any failure to comply with the attribution requirements. The photographer or their agent then contacts the organisation or individual responsible for the website demanding a licence fee payment. The amounts demanded are usually between £600 and £1000 and appear to be calculated to be just low enough to make getting legal representation unaffordable, but high enough to make it worthwhile for an agency to pursue those who have used images without attribution.

I recently organised an event with other copyright specialists in the sector to discuss this issue and we were joined by representatives from Creative Commons. Whilst Creative Commons note that the business model above is not in the spirit of the licensing scheme, they are not able to intervene in disputes between copyright owners and users of their works. They are currently working with their partners and others to create a statement of principles about licensing enforcement to influence community behaviour. They are also working on updated guidance on how to attribute photos appropriately, and I am working with others in the UK HE sector to develop further guidance on the implications of this for online learning.

In the meantime I would advise that you always provide attribution for any images you use online, and be careful when using images licensed with CC BY 1.02.0 or 3.0 licences. And if you are contacted by someone claiming payment for copyright infringement please contact copyright@kent.ac.uk.

Image credit (c) Lake Reflections by Vlad Podvorny CC0

Kent Sports Clinic official launch!

Join us on Friday 1 October 16.00 – 18.00  as we officially launch the brand-new Kent Sports Clinic! We’ll be hosting a networking event with Clinic staff talks and drinks in the Sibson Atrium.

About the clinic:

The Kent Sports Clinic combines the expertise of the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic and the School of Sport and Exercise Science Clinics to create one of the most extensive performance, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation services in Kent.

Don’t forget to sign up to hear the latest news and events happening at the clinic – and as an added bonus for signing up, you’ll also be entered into a prize draw to win some great prizes!

To sign up visit the Kent Sports Clinic website.