Monthly Archives: October 2021

HR Conference 2021: Keeping Up with the Change

We’re excited to announce that the 7th annual Human Resources Conference: Keeping up with the Change will be taking place on Wednesday 24 November with a focus on helping you to adapt to cultural change at work and cultivate a new, future-proof way of working.

Once again, we’ll be joined by the University’s world-leading academics and guest speakers who will share their latest research, examples of best practice and tips and tools which can be applied in the workplace. We’ll provide expert advice on change management, discuss the importance of job sharing as a means to enable flexible working, and hear from innovative local businesses about how they manage and reward their teams whilst working remotely. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a stress management workshop led by our in-house expert.

The virtual event will run from 09.30 to 14.00 and tickets can be purchased for £20 per person. Book online here.

The HR Network was established by our Knowledge Exchange and Innovation team to enable HR professionals and small businesses owners responsible for HR to engage with academic experts from the University, aiding collaboration and knowledge exchange. Sign up to the HR Network newsletter and our LinkedIn Group to receive news of upcoming training and events, the latest research in the field and best practice from other individuals in the network.

If you want to know more about the HR Network and support we provide to HR professionals you can find it on the Knowledge Exchange and Innovation website or contact the team at keinnovation@kent.ac.uk.

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Join the Remote Study College Committee

Here’s a message from the Remote Study Residential Life Assistant (RLA), Abigail about the Remote Study College Committee and why you should join:

‘Hi, my name is Abigail. I am a postgraduate student studying an MA in Curating. I am also a Residential Life Assistant (RLA). As you probably already know, there are 8 colleges at the University of Kent and each college has an RLA. I am the current RLA for Eliot College.

‘Interesting additional fact about me, I am also currently the only RLA that is remote. The University has gone a long way to bring as many students back on campus as possible for in person learning. However, there remains a large community of students like us who for one reason or the other are still remote. This fact sparked conversation between the College and Community Life Team and the RLAs and we have decided to create the Remote Study College Committee to cater specifically to the needs of the remote student community.

‘The traditional college committee is made up of student volunteers who plan encouraging and fun events for their college to promote student socialisation and keep up the community spirit at Kent.

‘The remote student experience, as we know, is vastly different from that of the typical student’s and so to ensure that we can make the very best of our student experience, I would like to invite YOU! Yes, you reading this, to join the Remote Study College Committee.

‘Help us to help you to make new friends, create a more accessible and inclusive environment, as well as plan, promote and manage the kind of events YOU want to see.

‘To find out more information about this committee and how you can join, contact cclteam@kent.ac.uk’

Apply for Santander Universities opportunities

Banco Santander is currently celebrating 25 years of Santander Universities and its commitment to higher education. In line with this, and to celebrate its anniversary, Banco Santander has launched 2 new exciting programmes: Becas Santander | Digital Business – The University of Chicago and Becas Santander Tech | Emerging Technologies Programme by MIT Professional Education. Applications for both opportunities are now open via the Santander Scholarship Platform – see further information on each programme below and via the individual hyperlinks.

Becas Santander | Digital Business – The University of Chicago (access via Google Chrome)

Applications open: 07/10/2021

Applications close: 11pm 15/12/2021

Aimed at: individuals aged 18 and over who are nationals and residents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, USA or the United Kingdom

Together with the University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Santander Universities is offering 1,600 places on this new and exciting course to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Participants will receive a unique training experience based on problem-solving and mastering the necessary tools to turn knowledge and ideas into high-impact action.

The programme will provide participants with the opportunity to improve their professional career by training in new technologies and management models. Successful applicants can choose one of four online courses to complete, each lasting 7 weeks. The 4 courses available are:

  1. Fintech
  2. Building and Managing Resilient Teams
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Leaders
  4. Digital Marketing

The training courses will begin on 22 February 2022 and will be online with some live sessions.

Becas Santander Tech | Emerging Technologies Programme by MIT Professional Education (access via Google Chrome)

Applications open: 05/10/2021

Applications close: 11pm 10/01/2022

Aimed at: individuals aged 18 and over who are nationals and residents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, USA or the United Kingdom

In collaboration with MIT Professional – a global leader in innovation, education, and digital transformation – Santander Universities is offering 400 scholarships geared at courses related to in-demand technologies such as blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity in a job market dominated by digitalization and upskilling. Participants will gain hands-on experience that can help boost their employability and their career paths.

Participants can choose one of 5 online courses, lasting 8-9 weeks. The 5 courses available are:

  1. Digital Transformation: Technologies and their Practical Applications
  2. Machine Learning: Leveraging Data Insights
  3. Designing High Impact Solutions with MITdesignX: Framing
  4. Designing Product Families: From Strategy to Implementation
  5. Management of Technology: Road mapping and Development

Most courses do not require any specific prior knowledge or professional background linked to technological or digital functions. Upon completion, participants will receive an accreditation certificate by MIT Professional Education.

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We’re hiring a Social Media Content Creator (Medway campus)

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Kent student to create digital content for the University, supporting and developing the University’s communication with its students. They will be primarily responsible for scheduling and producing content for the University’s social media platforms and website. Content will include photos, video and blogs, as well as running Q&As for current students on Instagram.

This is a great opportunity for a student interested in a career in the growing digital job market, as well as Marketing, Advertising, Communications and PR.

For the full job description and to apply, please visit our website.

 

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Join our Global Hangout celebrations this term!

Global Hangouts are fun, informal events that are open to all Kent students. They are a great way to meet other students from across our community. Please feel welcome to come along and to share this information with fellow students.

We will be hosting a number of Global WebHangouts this term to celebrate various UK and international festivals. This term this includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations.

Later in the year we will also hold Hangouts to celebrate New Year, Spring Festival, Holi, Easter and Eid. If you would like to get involved in running a WebHangout to celebrate a festival or cultural event from your culture, that isn’t mentioned in this email, please fill in the form.

Global WebHangouts this term

Autumn Term Global Hangout (Face-to-face)
Join us for tea and cake at the Colyer Fergusson Foyer (next to the Gulbenkian Cafe) on Tuesday 23 November from 13.00-14.30 for the Autumn Term Global Hangout.

Meet new people at Kent and enjoy good conversation from Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, staff and fellow students. Our Kent Global Student Ambassadors will also be there and we can help with any questions you may have too.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Student Prize for Sustainability (up to £500 to support your idea!)

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative that could help us achieve our sustainability goals? Maybe you have a plan for how to save energy in halls through an engaging social media campaign or to reduce food waste by teaching students to cook using leftover food.

Students (individuals or groups) could receive up to £500 by suggesting ways we can overcome our sustainability challenges and will be supported by University staff to implement their proposal on our campuses.

Come along to our co-create your campus event in the Gulbenkian Cafe on Thursday 28 October from 12.00-14.00 and talk to staff and students about the sustainability challenges we face and find out more about how to enter.

The prize

The prize fund of £500* will be awarded to the winning proposals to support the implementation of the projects as well as reward the individuals or groups. There may by up to 5 prize winners depending on the number and feasibility of the proposals. Where multiple proposals are selected, the proportional distribution of the prize fund will be at the discretion of the award panel.

* A minimum of 50% of the fund will be ring-fenced as cash prizes with up to 50% remaining for the implementation of the winning proposals.

Find out more about the 2021 University of Kent Student Prize for Sustainability and upcoming Climate Action Week (25-29 October).

Kent People: Meet our very own Jacquie of All Trades 

Jacquie Edwards is PA to the Director of Sport, but better known to many as performer Ginger Bennett. During Black History Month, she tells us how stories of being and growing up in the UK during lockdown helped create this alter ego. 

‘I joined the University in 2001 as a temp in the Estates Department. Jill Andrew’s Friday afternoon tray bakes were amazing and I think I knew from the first bite I would be working here until they shoehorned me out!

‘I’ve always had an affliction or a gift, whichever way you look at it. If I say I’m going to do something out loud, I will generally do it. Sometimes I will fail spectacularly but I will always see it through.  

‘In the past, this has led to some marvellous opportunities: I was a canoeing Instructor (who couldn’t swim that well); a karaoke hostess (with chronic nerves); PA to the Head of Exhibitions and Displays at the National Maritime Museum (with no keyboard skills whatsoever); and managed to hoist the Women’s Rugby World Cup (even though I really don’t like mud and dirt). 

‘I think a lot of working mothers know how that adventurous, pioneering spirit can so easily be diluted once you have children. It happened to me and, three children later, I was more prone to muttering under my breath than boldly proclaiming my next bonkers venture.  

Becoming, Being and Belonging 

‘Enter global pandemic and the lockdown. I’d always thought I came from a very close family but those Zoom calls take to you to another level! Those talking heads revealed family stories I’d never heard – stories about my parents’ arrival to the UK and their feelings of being and belonging. When I shared these stories with friends, I found the stories of their parents’ arrivals meshed with their own feelings and stories. Unconsciously, I had started to build an account of Becoming, Being and Belonging for 1st Generation Immigrants to the UK and their 2nd Generation children.  

‘Somewhere around month six or seven, I became very low – Long Covid, lockdown, three children, home-schooling and menopause all played a part. I have a lovely friend who saw through my thin smiling veneer – we talked, sometimes daily, and I read her the stories and poems I had written around the theme. She told me they were funny and important and, before long, I said out loud “I think I can write a play about this” so I did. It may have helped that friend is an award-winning jazz pianist but, regardless, I’ve done it.  It’s out there. 

The England Women’s Rugby World Cup-winning team, 1994. Jacquie is in the front row with her arm around the flag.

Songs from My Soul 

Songs from My Soul is an amalgamation of tales told to me by friends and family about being and growing up in the UK. I think it cuts across race too as I hope it tells the age-old story of mothers fighting for their children the best they know how and then letting them go.  

‘The stories are distilled into the life of Aretha a mother who, now retired, sees the path travelled very differently from her daughter, Bernadette.  

‘Those Zoom calls were a real awakening and I now have a few more job titles to add to my dodgy CV: Playwright, Producer, Actress.’ 

Listen and find out more 

Jacquie performs regularly across Kent as Ginger Bennett with her funk and Soul Band Project F and the KD Dance Orchestra 

Songs from My Soul will be performed at the Tower Theatre, Folkestone, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October from 20.00. Tickets, priced £12, are available on the Tower Theatre webpages 

Songs from My Soul is a year-long Arts Council funded project and will examine, Becoming, Belonging and Being as part of a performance of new works next year. The Songs from My Soul team would love to hear your stories and write your song. Get in touch via this Songs from my Soul link 

You can also listen to original songs for the Songs from my Soul project on YouTube. 

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This Saturday’s UG Open Day – More helpers needed

From Simone Davies, Director of MORA

We’re holding an Open Day for potential UG students this Saturday (23 October) and we need your help! The Open Day takes place from 10.00 – 14.00 on our Canterbury campus and we need extra staff volunteers to meet and greet visitors and to be available on information points.

Please help us by encouraging colleagues across your team to help on the day. MORA will be able to cover overtime to those on grade 6 and below. Anyone able to volunteer should get in touch asap with the Schools Liaison team. They will need to be at Grimond Building from 08.45 on Saturday for a pre-event briefing. Further information on the Open Day is available on our Visit Kent webpages.

Many thanks your help with this.

Simone Davies | Director of MORA

Christmas shoebox appeal

Christmas shoebox appeal wrapping and filling session

Would you like to get involved in our Christmas shoebox appeal to help vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe?

Our Careers and Employability Services (CES) will be hosting a wrapping and filling session Monday 15 November 13.00-15.00. Get involved!

This event is part of Volunteering Week (15-19 November). See the shoebox appeal poster to learn about what items we’re looking for and how you can help.

If you would like to get involved but cannot make the volunteering session, please contact careehelp@kent.ac.uk to register your interest and let us know how many boxes you will be making. Please then bring these to the CES reception no later than Friday 19 November.

Postgraduate students on campus

Help promote our next Postgraduate events on 17 November

This Autumn, we’ll be hosting postgraduate open events on Wednesday 17 November with two ways to attend, designed to make the events as accessible to as many potential postgrad students as possible.

12.00 – 14.00 – Virtual event

17.00 – 19.00 – In-person event

Our virtual events have been really successful, especially for overseas enquirers and this November we’re delighted to also be able to invite prospective students to come to the Canterbury campus to meet academics as well as support staff and students.

The November events will be of special interest to potential PhD students looking to the meet January funding deadlines, January start Master’s students and final year UG students researching the next steps for their careers.

The scholarships team will be there to advise on Research Council funding applications as well as Tomorrow’s World and alumni discounts available to Kent graduates.

To make 2022 postgraduate recruitment as successful as possible it would be great if colleagues could promote the events to current Kent undergraduates, through professional networks, among family and friends and on their social channels.

For further information about the event and to find out how to register, please visit the Postgraduate Events webpage.