Monthly Archives: November 2021

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Care first webinars w/c 29 November 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 29 November –  Friday 3 December) webinars are as follows:

Monday 29 November 2021 – ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link 

Tuesday 30 November 2021 -‘ The benefits of staying positive’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link

Wednesday 1 December 2021 – ‘The positives of structure and routine’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Thursday 2 December 2021 – ‘Tips to manage burnout’
Time 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Friday 3 December 2021 – ‘Festive wellbeing’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

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Book your Christmas dinner at Woodys!

Looking for somewhere social to go for your Christmas Dinner? With your department, or friends?

Woody’s are taking Christmas Dinner bookings now for any date Mon 13 – Friday 16 December. You can choose between 2 or 3 courses and all meals come with the usual festive trimmings of crackers and mince pies!

2 courses – only £12!

3 courses – only 15!

Bookings can be done by messaging Woody’s on their Instagram or Facebook pages. Or you can drop-in and book at the bar. Click onto the Festive Menu Flyer and get booked in soon!  

Careers in the Public Sector Week 29 Nov – 3 Dec

Join us for the Careers and Employability Service’s Careers in the Public Sector Week, 29 November – 3 December.

Starting on 29 November, the Careers and Employability Service will be hosting a week of online activities looking at Careers in the Public Sector. This programme is open to all students interested in finding out more about working in this sector.

Throughout the week, we will be joined by a range of Kent alumni and employers, including local councils, the Civil Service, the Office for National Statistics, and Teach First. Events will include: insight talks from employers; presentations on how to succeed in landing graduate roles; advice on asking for reasonable adjustments when making applications; and a panel discussion on careers in teaching.

All events will be virtual and hosted on either Teams or Zoom. You can also earn 10 Employability Points by attending each event, which can be redeemed later in the year for exclusive rewards.

To see the full schedule of events, please visit our website. You can book your place for each event now on TARGETConnect. We hope to see you there!

Kent Sport Christmas on campus

Christmas themed classes – Monday 6 December 

Join Jeni and the team for an afternoon of festive-themed Christmas classes, including Santa’s Spin Surprise and 12 Days of Boxfit. Costumes optional! Keep an eye on social media channels UniKentSport where details of all the classes will be shared soon. Classes are free for Premium Plus and Premium members. Make sure you book a space on the class through your online account.

Santa Run – Tuesday 7 December

What better way to get in the festive spirit than a gentle 5k run around the Canterbury campus, following Santa on his sleigh? Join our popular Santa Run, starting at the Plaza at 1pm. Festive outfits encouraged, and the first 100 finishers will earn themselves a shiny (chocolate) medal. When you cross the finish line, head up to The Pavilion Café Bar for a nice (free) warming cup of hot choc, a mince pie and Christmas music! We’ll then announce the winners of the best dressed competition.

You can sign up to the event here on the Gulbenkian website

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 10 December

Throw on your best (or worst!) Christmas jumper and join Kent Sport staff as we raise funds for Save the Children. A donation box will be set up at main reception at the Sports Centre.  

Closing dates

We’ll be signing off for the year on Wednesday 22 December, meaning all Kent Sport facilities will be closed from this date. We’ll be reopening on Tuesday 4 January.  

Stay Well at Home

Wherever you’ll be this Christmas, at home or on campus, you can still stay active with Kent Sport through our Stay Well at Home content. Check out our range of virtual classes and wellbeing articles.

As always, follow us on social media UniKentSports for the latest updates. And visit our website.

The Gulbenkian Café proudly supports Kentish suppliers

As a member of Produced in Kent, the Gulbenkian Café is passionate about supporting the diverse range of food and drink businesses in Kent.

The menu showcases what can be done with the fantastic local produce found right here in the Garden of England. Options include cooked breakfasts, burgers and hand rolled pizzas, made with fresh produce from nearby farms, butchers and cheesemongers.

Our suppliers include Foodari, Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Preston Family Butchers, Coastal Farm Eggs, Simply Ice Cream and many more.

Our coffee supplier, Garage Coffee, is an award-winning speciality coffee roaster based in the beautiful village of Hoath, just outside of Canterbury. They roast in small 12kg batches for optimum quality, and only roast speciality grade coffees which are always fully traceable and fairly traded.

Garage Coffee is the winner of the Kent Non-Alcoholic Drink of the Year at the Produced in Kent ‘Taste of Kent’ Awards 2021 for their Maypole coffee blend, which is served right here in the Gulbenkian Café.  

For more information about the Gulbenkian Café, and to view our opening times, please visit our website.

Transport Social Media Competition

The Transport Team are encouraging students and staff to interact with @unikent_travel on social media by opening a Transport competition with prizes.

The prizes include vouchers for various food outlets on Canterbury campus and the winner will be announced on Friday 17 December 2021.

To enter the competition:

  • Get a picture – this can be a photo you have taken or one that you have created.
  • Think of a good caption – either promoting road safety or sustainable travel home for Christmas.
  • Post the image and caption – you can post this on Twitter and/or Instagram.
  • Tag @unikent_travel in your post to enter the competition.
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Our role as men in ending sexual violence

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

Usually when we put together updates for students and staff, we are thinking of the broad community at Kent that we are all part of. However, with today being the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I want to prompt discussion between one group in particular – the men who study, live and work across our campuses.

There is no doubting the extra poignance of today after a year which has seen such hurt, anger and public outcry following high profile and appalling events such as the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. More recently, the reported rise in drink spiking has brought into sharp focus a deep-seated culture of violence, and potential violence, towards women that plays out both nationally and on our university campuses.

If we are completely honest, the way these acts of violence are discussed all too often places the onus on women to protect themselves – don’t dress in a particular way; don’t drink too much; don’t leave your drink unattended; don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know. It is especially painful to hear testimony from women about how systemic violence can force them to think along these lines when simply trying to enjoy a night out. Far from getting to the heart of the problem, these approaches detract from it and place the blame at the wrong door – putting expectations on the victims of crime rather than the perpetrators.

While some may find this challenging, the real message here is much more straightforward. Men need to stop being violent towards women. Harassment is a crime. This is our problem and we need to own it. It is a simple fact that the overwhelming majority of violent acts against women are perpetrated by men. Trying to brush past this as the behaviour of a minority of us misses the point – just because you are not personally violent does not give you the right to ignore, or worse tacitly condone, the experiences of so many women in our community.

As men, we all need to ask ourselves the hard questions. Am I prepared to challenge others when they are acting inappropriately? Do I call out supposed jokes or comments that over-step the mark? Am I clear that I do not have a right to women’s attention or their bodies? At times this may not be easy, or it may not make you popular – however, it is incumbent on us to both change and encourage change wherever we can.

Both the University and Kent Union will continue to do all we can to keep the women of our community safe, including launching our new Consent. Get it. Full Stop campaign this week. We will continue to promote specialist support for those who are victims/survivors of violence, and we’ve more work to do with our partners to ensure all of our venues both are and feel as secure as possible. But that alone is not enough. Men must own violence against women as our issue to address, not theirs. It is only when we do this that things will genuinely improve to the benefit of all.

If you have been affected by sexual misconduct, assault or harassment, through our Report + Support tool we hope to empower you to record details of any incidents and to ensure you can gain access to support from a specialist adviser when you need it. You can also discuss your options for reporting an incident formally or you can choose to remain anonymous – you are in control and we are here to support you.

Staff can report sexual misconduct, assault or harassment using the staff online reporting tool and attend Active Bystanders training. Staff can also choose to remain anonymous when making a report.

#ConsentGetIt

The Deep End

Kent Union at Medway

Kent Union is your students’ union at The Hub. Being partnered with The Hub means you get the best of both worlds. The Hub is a quality £5 million venue jammed packed with activity, resources, support and fun for you to have the very best time at Uni.

Sports Clubs and Societies

They have a variety of student groups that you can join to help you have fun and meet people. It’s not too late to join a sport or society.

Give it a Go and Medway Move

Their events programmes includes our regular fitness sessions and a varied and diverse range of interactive activities, trips and events. You can sign up to everything from Pilates to crafts, trips to laser quest and social football! Keep an eye on their socials or on the The Hub What’s On webpage for the latest.

They have a dedicated team of staff at The Hub to help you access activities or run your own. Get in contact Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00 at the Hub Reception or email thehubmedway@gre.ac.uk.

Advice Service

With so much to think about with your studies you may find you need assistance with housing questions, your finances, or academic concerns. This might feel a little overwhelming so it is important to remember that you can access The Hub’s free Advice Service for confidential and impartial advice helping you make an informed decision to keep you on track.

The Deep End

This quirky bar and restaurant is actually built on top of the old naval swimming pool! Housed in The Hub building, the Deep End hosts events and socials as well as serving up some tasty food and drinks. Follow @thedeependmedway on Facebook and Insta to keep up to date.

Have Your Voice Heard

Kent Union aim to provide you with the tools to shape your student experience, feel empowered to make positive change through championing the views of your fellow students, collaborating on campaigns, and leading on meaningful action.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a way to gain skills, support your academic interests, boost your employability, meet friends, and help to improve the world. The Hub offers lots of volunteering opportunities for you to make the most of your free time.

Follow @thehubmedway on all social media channels to stay up to date and involved.

Covid-19 update – 24 November 2021

With more of us working on campus at least part of the time, it is essential that we all continue to keep safety at the front of our minds.   

 Key to ensuring everyone stays safe is regular testing and reporting of results.  

Everyone coming onto campus should continue to take a Covid lateral flow test twice a week. You can get walk-in tests or pick up take-home kits from the Old Bank on our Canterbury campus or the Old Sports Hall at Medway, or order them online.   

Reporting is also critical to supporting the national effort to counter Covid. If you are using a home test kit, please remember to report your lateral flow test results to the NHS, using the postcode CT2 7FS, whether they are positive or negative – instructions on how to do this should come with the testing kit itself.    

If you have symptoms or if you do test positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started and get a PCR test as quickly as possible. If your PCR test is positive, please let your line manager know and also email covidsupport@kent.ac.uk.   

If someone in your household tests positive, and even if your own test is negative, you are encouraged to work at home if you can during the self-isolation period. If your role is not normally one that works remotely, please talk to your line manager about any work you can do from home. If there is no work you can do remotely, please remain away from work for the duration of the isolation period (if you are living with someone with Covid-19) or until you have had a negative PCR test (for a close contact)  

Other ways we can do our bit to stay  safe are:  

Vaccinations – A key component in national efforts against Covid. If you qualify for a booster jab,  you are strongly encouraged to get one if you can.   

Face coverings – We strongly encourage and recommend that staff and students wear face coverings in crowded indoor spaces, particularly if meeting people from outside their area. Face coverings are available free of charge from any student reception desk.  

Ventilation – We are monitoring buildings and rooms across campus to ensure they meet Government guidelines on airflow. Keeping a window open supports this and our ‘virtual first’ approach to staff meetings also helps reduce the number of gatherings. If you wish to double-check airflow levels in your area, get in touch with Estates Customer Services to borrow a CO2 monitor.  

Following checks by our Estates team, some of our teaching spaces have reduced capacity. If you’re teaching in these rooms, you’ll need to follow ‘user instructions’ on ventilation. You can find out which rooms this applies to, and check on any changes ahead of your class, on the live teaching room spreadsheet on our Estates webpages. Useful guidance on ventilation is also available from our SHE team.