Monthly Archives: January 2022

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LGBT+ History Month at Kent

What is LGBT+ History Month?

LGBT+ Month is an annual nationwide celebration throughout February, which was started in 1994 to celebrate the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The history month gives a focus to raise awareness of the prejudice that can still exist, but also to raise up role models, celebrate achievements, and build a more just community. This year, the national theme is Politics in Art: ‘The Arc is Long’, and we at Kent also aim to ‘educate out prejudice’ and open doors for more dialogue and visibility for everyone in our diverse university community.

Kent Celebrations

You can find the Kent LGBT+ History month programme of events on the Kent Union website, featuring both online and in person activities open to all. Look out for exhibitions in the Library and the ‘LGBTQ+ In Lockdown’ exhibition in Keynes Atrium featuring student artists reflecting on what lockdown meant for them, both positive and negative. You might like to take part in a new book club, or try some hands-on activities such as tie dye t-shirt printingpronoun badge making or Zine creating.

There are also educational webinars and seminars on ‘The Experiences of Transgender Students in Higher Education’, a series of highly exciting sessions as part of our ‘Celebrating Consent Day’, Student Support workshops on building resilience, film screenings, a Woody’s Quiz, and the chance to get tickets for the Queer Prom in March. LGBTQ+ flags will also be flying across both the Canterbury and the Medway campus. Learn about the meaning behind each of the unique colours and designs.

Support at Kent

Some of the discussions about LGBTQ+ experiences in lockdown may be challenging to engage with, or provoke feelings that you might benefit from working through in a therapeutic setting. Student Support and Wellbeing are running a therapeutic ‘Reflect, Recover and Empower’ workshop for LGBTQ+ students on 21 February, 19.00-20.30 with a particular focus on the personal impact of Covid-19 and coping with future change.

Student Support and Wellbeing offer mental health support, counselling and peer support groups to all students. You can also check out our LGBTQ+ self-help resource section online.

We have a number of ways to help and support staff, including through our EAP programme and Mental Health Allies. You can find all the information on support available to staff on our SharePoint site.

Networks and Societies

Kent operates networks and societies for its staff and student Rainbow communities. The Staff Network is open to all staff, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It runs a confidential mailing list as well as organising different events throughout the year to promote equality and diversity and to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ people and issues. It also organises social events so that staff can network and seek advice and support from fellow colleagues. Please email the staff network if you are interested in joining.

The LGBTQ+ Student Network acts as a voice for LGBTQ+ students to both the University and the Union and helps to ensure informed decisions are made on a practical and strategic level as well as planning events and networking opportunities for new and returning students. Email the Student Network if you are interested in joining.

You can also join the student LGBTQ+ Society at Canterbury and the Medway LGBTQ Society, whose primary function is to facilitate a safe space for students of marginalised gender identities and sexualities to socialise and meet other like-minded individuals, helping to develop friendships and support networks. 

Allyship

LGBT+ History Month is for LGBTQ+ people and their allies as well. If you want to learn more about being an effective ally and using your power and influence to magnify the voices of underrepresented or marginalised groups, then our online Ally resources are an excellent place to start.

Follow #KentLGBTQHM22 on social media for the latest information on what’s on, and if you would like to contribute your experience and perspective to conversations, podcasts or articles on this theme during the month, please email StudentServicesWeb@kent.ac.uk.

Written by Natalia Crisanti, Student Engagement and Communications Officer, Student Services  and Becky Lamyman, Student Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Officer, Student Services. 31.01.22

 

Postgraduate study at Kent. Open Event. Wednesday 23 February 2022. On campus and virtual.

Considering postgraduate study and staying on at Kent? Join us at our Open Event to get all the information you need.

We’ll be holding an Open Event on Wednesday 23 February 2022, offering both face-to-face and virtual options.

Meet and chat to our academics and support staff, learn about funding and scholarship awards, and attend a Q&A panel with current students who progressed from undergraduate to postgraduate at Kent.

Come along and find out more about postgraduate life and what’s on offer for you, including exclusive scholarships, as a Kent grad.

Book your place at the virtual event [12.00 – 14.00 UK time]

Book your place at the campus event [17.00 – 19.00 UK time]

Continue to pursue exciting areas in your field or a new area altogether, develop your skills and stand out.

Kent’s range of career-focused programmes will give you that employability edge and connect you to some incredible opportunities.

The entry requirement for many of our postgraduate courses is an actual or projected 2:2 and we’ll be taking a flexible approach, considering each student individually.

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Careers support for your final year of Uni

The Careers and Employability Service is here to support you now, and for three years after you leave Kent.

Whether its finding internships and work experience, volunteering, or your dream graduate job, we are here for you – we can even help you with selecting postgraduate study options.

Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser

You can access our help through online or face-to-face appointments using our booking system, where you will find 15-minute Quick Advice appointments, 45-minute Careers Guidance appointments, or even practice interview slots for when you have a job interview lined up.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do after Kent, a Careers Guidance appointment will help you in making decisions and future plans.

If you just have a quick question, or would like a CV or application reviewed, a Quick Advice appointment is best.

Online resources

We also have a wide range of online resources that can help with achieving your next career goal.

We have an online CV reviewing system that can check your CV and even match it against a job description, giving you a real edge over other applicants.

If you haven’t got a CV, or think it might need a lot of work, we have some handy guides to CVs and applications.

We also have a practice interview system that will help you improve your video interview performance.

If you find yourself being invited for an assessment centre, you might want to check out our practice tests which give feedback on how you are performing.

Getting your dream job

We are here to help you navigate the graduate labour market, and provide access to vacancies, we have some helpful guides on working in different roles and sectors, or alternatively, you can find out what people go on to do that have studied the same subject as you.

You can also chat to one of our qualified advisers – no career question is too simple or complex.

Events and workshops

We also run a large number of events and workshops at which hundreds of employers every year come onto campus to give insight into the world of work.

This includes our sector themed weeks where we soon have charities and NGOs, Inspiring Women, Creative Industries and Science and Data.

Earn Employability Points

Don’t forget, that any activities that you do, are likely to give you Employability Points, which can help you gain work experience and internships.

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What careers support is there at Kent?

The Careers and Employability Service is here to support you now, and for three years after you leave Kent.

Whether its finding internships and work experience, volunteering, or your dream graduate job, we are here for you. We can even help you with selecting postgraduate study options.

Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser

You can access our help through online or face-to-face appointments using our booking system, where you will find 15-minute Quick Advice appointments, 45-minute Careers Guidance appointments, or even practice interview slots for when you have a job interview lined up.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do after Kent, a Careers Guidance appointment will help you in making decisions and future plans.

If you just have a quick question, or would like a CV or application reviewed, a Quick Advice appointment is best.

Online resources

We also have a wide range of online resources that can help with achieving your next career goal. We have an online CV reviewing system that can check your CV and even match it against a job description, giving you a real edge over other applicants. If you haven’t got a CV, or think it might need a lot of work, we have some handy guides to CVs and applications.

We also have a practice interview system that will help you improve your video interview performance.

If you find yourself being invited for an assessment centre, you might want to check out our practice tests which give feedback on how you are performing. If you’re looking to gain some experience, but want to work remotely, we have a guide to developing skills at home.

Help getting your dream job

We also have the Careers Award, which takes you through the process of thinking about, and planning for your future career – and you get 60 Employability Points for completing it!

If you want help getting into your dream job, we have some helpful guides on working in different roles and sectors, or alternatively, you can find out what people go on to do that have studied the same subject as you.

Events and workshops

We also run a large number of events and workshops at which hundreds of employers every year come onto campus to give insight into the world of work. This includes our sector themed weeks where we soon have charities and NGOs, Inspiring Women, Creative Industries and Science and Data.

Earn Employability Points

Don’t forget, that any activities that you do, are likely to give you Employability Points, which can help you gain work experience and internships.

Make your words count. Review your uni and win a £2k voucher. whatuni.com/reviews

What uni feedback – chance to win £2,000 voucher

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And your words could literally change the course of someone’s life, by making them think differently about their future, or inspiring them to consider a city, uni or course they never previously thought of.

Whatuni is the UK’s largest source of real, honest student reviews. Reviews which give current students a voice, and help future students make really important decisions about their future.

They also give institutions insights into what students think about their experiences – what they love about where they study, and what could be improved.

Write your review for your chance to win a £2,000 voucher.

Equal Pay Audit 2022

The University has started work on a scheduled Equal Pay Audit. To make this representative of the University population, your help is needed to check and, if necessary, update your equality information on Staff Connect by Friday 4 February.

The audit will update and build on the picture we gained from the 2015 audit. Data will be analysed by gender, age, ethnicity and disability, and also include some intersectional analysis which examines the impact of overlapping protected characteristics on pay.  

This data is anonymised and in order to further protect confidentiality, low response numbers are masked and not reported on.  

A Working Group comprising Human Resources, EDI staff, Union and Staff Representatives is currently working on a scoping document which will be published in due course.

To update your data, visit the ‘My Details’ and ‘My Equality Info (Edit)’ tabs from the left hand dashboard on Staff Connect.  

Female-only Tennis Coaching Course

Are you a female student or staff member at Kent looking to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of coaching Tennis?

Kent Sport is delighted to be offering our first tennis coach education course in our new University of Kent Indoor Tennis and Events Arena, at our Canterbury Campus.

Working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Virtus Leisure Management, the LTA’s approved LTA Coach Development Centre, we are hosting the two-day LTA Level 1 Assistant: Core Training Course.

Dates:

Sunday 27 February and Sunday 3 April 2022, 9.00 – 17.00

Cost:

£100 (usually £275)

Who can sign up:

Female students and staff at the University of Kent. The course has been subsidised by the LTA to encourage and engage more females into a coaching role within the sport of tennis. This enhanced two-day qualification is ideal for tennis parents, enthusiasts, or keen players looking for the knowledge and skills to support group coaching sessions, alongside a lead Coach.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Communication, organisation, and differentiation skills for group coaching
  • Basic tactical, technical, physical, and mental development frameworks
  • Other key assistant skills; from safeguarding to LTA Youth delivery.

LTA Assistants will be trained to assist a lead Coach at any venue. The course is designed so that sessions run by a lead Coach can be run with higher group numbers, or a session with the same group numbers can be run with higher quality. The course learning outcomes are delivered in the context of beginner level, 10 and under coaching.

However, the course covers basic knowledge and skills that are applicable for any age and any level of player. On completion of the course, LTA Assistants will be trained as a Court Supervisor and will also receive their Safeguarding Training which can be accepted as part of LTA Coach Accreditation.

For further information on the course or to book your place contact: sue.bamford@virtuslm.co.uk.

For further information or general tennis enquires at the University of Kent please email: sportsdevelopment@kent.ac.uk.

Celebrating consent day with Ruby Rare, 9 February

Celebrating Consent Day, 9 February

Strengthening our culture of consent

The University of Kent aims to be a positive and inclusive community for all staff and students, and provide a place of work and study where respect and healthy relationships thrive.

We are committed to ensuring that our approach against sexual misconduct and assault is transparent and clear to both staff and students – that is it not tolerated and what the avenues are for reporting and obtaining support should it happen. To make a positive culture shift requires not only clarifications of sanctions and process, but a proactive approach to cultivate and strengthen a culture of consent in our university community – which is why we have launched a sex-positive campaign.

We have put together a student facing consent campaign page which is a useful resource for staff too.  In our campaign page we give information about what consent is and share some tips on how to ensure they have got consent, and how they can give consent clearly to their partner(s).

Celebrating Consent Day

As part of this ongoing campaign, we invite all staff and students to attend, learn and participate with us on Wednesday 9 February: Celebrating Consent Day!

Join us in Darwin Conference Suite from 13.00 for an afternoon of interactive and engaging sessions. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite where you can book tickets for as many or as few sessions as you would like!

13.00-14.00 The World of Online Dating: find your perfect partner and stay safe

We are starting our afternoon with a workshop on online dating. METRO and Protection Against Stalking (PAS) will be telling us about how to stay safe in the online dating world, and how to create a profile and enjoy getting know people.

15-15.15 Sex & Empowerment with Ruby Rare

For the second session we will be joined by Ruby Rare, a sex-educator, artist, and body-positive champion. She’s on a mission to engage people of all ages in positive conversations about sex and pleasure. You can expect a talk that moves away from the typical heteronormative sex-ed and addresses the ways in which we can tackle the stigmas around consent education and put pleasure first.

Ruby is a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, co-founder of life drawing collective Body Love Sketch Club, and has spoken at TedXLondon, Women of the World Festival, and on BBC Woman’s Hour. She is listed as one of 24 figures making a positive change to social media in Cosmopolitan’s 2021 Positivity Index.

15.30-17.00 Crafting Consent: a collaborative artwork

Our final session invites all participants to reflect on sex-positivity, empowerment, and consent by making a contribution to our community artwork. We will be providing materials and food! Stick around for a chat with our speakers and each other, have time to discuss your ideas and responses while we create a lasting memento of this snapshot in time of Kent’s journey to a more inclusive sex-positive culture.

We hope to see you there! Will you help us put a full stop to sexual assault and misconduct? Consent. Get it. Full Stop.

If you have any questions or want to collaborate on the Consent campaign at Kent, please email us at WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk

Celebrating consent day with Ruby Rare, 9 February

Celebrating Consent Day with Ruby Rare! 9 February

We’re committed to cultivating and strengthening a culture of consent in our community.

You’re invited to our sex-positive Celebrating Consent Day on Wednesday 9 February. Everyone is welcome to attend, learn, and participate.

Join us in Darwin Conference Suite from 13.00 for an afternoon of interactive and engaging sessions. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite where you can book tickets for as many or as few sessions as you would like!

13.00-14.00 The World of Online Dating: find your perfect partner and stay safe

We are starting our afternoon with a workshop on online dating. METRO and Protection Against Stalking (PAS) will be telling us about how to stay safe in the online dating world, and how to create a profile and enjoy getting know people. This is for everyone! Whatever your gender, sexuality, age or current dating status, there will be intel for you to reflect on navigating digital spaces and your online identity.

14.15-15.15 Sex & Empowerment with Ruby Rare

For the second session we will be joined by Ruby Rare, a sex-educator, artist, and body-positive champion. She’s on a mission to engage people of all ages in positive conversations about sex and pleasure. Her work is influenced by her experiences as a queer, non-monogamous, dual-heritage person. She has recently launched the podcast In Touch and is the author of ‘Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults’. You can expect a talk that moves away from the typical heteronormative sex-ed and addresses the ways in which we can tackle the stigmas around consent education and put pleasure first.

Ruby is a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, co-founder of life drawing collective Body Love Sketch Club, and has spoken at TedXLondon, Women of the World Festival, and on BBC Woman’s Hour. She is listed as one of 24 figures making a positive change to social media in Cosmopolitan’s 2021 Positivity Index.

15.30-17.00 Crafting Consent: a collaborative artwork

Our final session invites all participants to reflect on sex-positivity, empowerment, and consent by making a contribution to our community artwork. We will be providing all the materials you need and food to fuel your inner artist! Stick around for a chat with our speakers and each other, have time to discuss your ideas and responses while we create a lasting memento of this snapshot in time of Kent’s journey to a more inclusive sex-positive culture.

Register for events. We hope to see you there!

Will you help us put a full stop to sexual assault and misconduct? Consent. Get it. Full Stop

Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic

Get jabbed today on our Canterbury campus, Wed 26 January

Join the thousands of students getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

We will be running an additional vaccination clinic on campus  today (Wednesday 26 January), from now until 16.00, in the Old Santander Bank on the Canterbury campus. 

Come along for your free Covid-19 vaccination – 1st, 2nd and booster vaccines are all available.

For 18s and over the gap is 8 weeks after the first dose and 12 weeks for the booster after the second.  Anyone who has recently had Covid should wait for 28 days before getting their vaccine/booster.

Can’t make today? We’ll be running another pop-up vaccination clinic on Tuesday 1 February.