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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.

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. 

Latest edition of Kent Magazine: Winter 2021/22 now available

Kent Magazine returns this winter 2021/22 to bring you all the latest news, research, and stories from the Kent community. It’s available a few different ways:

  • In print – we’ve posted copies to our alumni who have recently updated their postal address with us. If you haven’t received a copy but would like one, please email us with your current address and we’ll add you to the mailing list.
  • On our campuses, at college receptions and in magazine stands at select locations (available from Monday 24 January).
  • Online and to download as a PDF file on Issuu.com.

From graduate and staff profiles to news articles, find out what the latest edition of Kent Magazine has in store

Here are just some of the features included in the issue for you to enjoy:

Passing it forward – with Mike Wilkins MBE 

The alumni team caught up with Mike Wilkins MBE, who transformed sports at Kent, to hear about his life, career in football, and time at our university.

Using research to clean up our acts

In this article read about the research that a team of Kent psychologists undertook, which found that using carefully worded road signage can decrease the number of drivers leaving engines idling during queues at crossing barriers.

Abulrazak Gurnah

Home Office computer desk display

Care first webinars w/c 24 January 2022

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 24 January –  Friday 28 January) webinars are as follows:

Monday 24 January 2022 – ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link 

Tuesday 25 January 2022 – ‘Trying something new by stepping out of you comfort zone’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to webinar link

Wednesday 26 January 2022 – ‘Stress awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Thursday 27 January 2022 – ‘Parents mental health awareness‘
Time 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Friday 28 January 2022 – ‘Coping with COVID uncertainty’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please go to this webinar link

Covid-19 Update: Changes from next week

From Martin Atkinson, Director of HR & Organisational Development 

Following the Government announcements on changes to Covid-19 restrictions earlier this week, there are a number of things for us to consider at Kent. While the national guidance has changed, our focus throughout the pandemic has been on keeping our entire community safe and, at this stage, that means making gradual changes so that we continue to limit the risk of infection while we return to our usual working practices.  

With that in mind, our intention is that we all treat February as a transition month where we can start to relax some of our existing measures at a pace that suits individuals in different areas while continuing to keep an eye on the situation locally.  

Returning to campus  

Any staff currently based at home are welcome to start coming back to work on campus from next week, with hybrid working arrangements back in place where relevant. Do discuss this with your line manager ahead of your return, and bear in mind when you do come back that we’ll need to keep safety at the front of our minds in busy areas in particular.   In-person meetings can also be booked where it makes sense – however, do consider what the appropriate format is for these, with a continued recommendation that we think ‘virtual-first’ given people will be working in different locations.  

Face Coverings  

We’ll also all need to recognise and respect the different situations both staff and students may be in and that some, particularly those who are more vulnerable, will be concerned about the changing picture nationally. With that in mind, our expectation is that everyone should continue to wear face coverings in teaching spaces, communal areas of our buildings and other areas where there are lots of people around. As before, in most cases those teaching classes won’t need to wear a face covering as they will have sufficient space at the front of the class.  

Face coverings can make a real difference to infection rates, along with reassuring those who are most at risk – we are also writing to students today to confirm that our current approach remains in place.  

Testing  

Everyone coming onto campus should also continue to test twice a week and register their results with the NHS – free lateral flow test kits are available on the Canterbury campus from College receptions, Campus Security, the Registry, Estates and the Templeman Library, plus at the Old Sports Hall at Medway.  

There is a lot to take in with a number of national changes happening in a short period of time – do talk this through with a manager if you have any concerns or via our Employee Assistance Scheme if you want to do this anonymously. Thank you also to all of you for your continued support with keeping each other safe throughout this period.  

Martin  

Martin Atkinson | Director of HR & Organisational Development

Weekly Engagement and Impact Surgery launched

The Research Excellence Team are organising a weekly drop-in surgery offering help and support with anything related to public & community engagement and impact.

Are you an academic wanting to find out more about sharing your research with the wider community and identifying different pathways to impact? Are you a business leader looking to find an academic partnership? Do you need help with events management, audience or stakeholder identification, event evaluation, impact evidencing, funding and grants? Then do come along.

Our surgeries take place every Wednesday from 14.00 – 16.00 during term time except in weeks when there is a Kent Public Engagement Network (KPEN) meeting. Surgeries are open to anyone including staff, students and members of the public including community and business groups.

For more information contact Jill Hurst at j.hurst-853@kent.ac.uk.

Dame Dash charity run in aid of St Joseph’s Hospice and Hackney Empire. Hackney, London. Sunday 27 October 2013

Sign up to the Panto Horse and Dame Fun Run

Kent retiree, Ruth Newman, has organised a fun run in memory of her friend, Jacqi Woolf with Pilgrims Hospices.  

From the theatre to the seafront, some Panto favourites will be coming to the coast on Sunday 20 February 2022 with the inaugural Herne Bay Panto Horse and Dame Fun Run.  

Ruth has been working with the Pilgrims’ Community Fundraising  Manager to organise the fun- run from scratch and promote it locally. Ruth’s husband, Tony Williams, who works in Central Student Administration at Kent, is helping to organise the race and will be one of the official photographers on the day.  

The panto-themed fun run will raise funds for Pilgrims Hospices in memory of her friend, who was very fit and active, and loved dressing up for a fun run. As her father and brother had both been cared for in a Pilgrims hospice, Jacqi became a very active fundraiser for Pilgrims. Very sadly, she became ill herself and passed away in the Thanet hospice.  

The run takes place along Herne Bay seafront, starting and finishing at the King’s Hall, on Sunday 20 February. Registration is from 9.30 – the run starts at 11.00.  

Students and staff can sign up to take part in the run and raise money to support the hospices. You can dress up as a panto horse, dame or any panto character you like. You can also help by spreading the word on social media and encouraging friends and family to join in.  

You can also support Pilgrims Hospices by donating to the dedicated fundraising page. If you would like to help on the day with registration, marshalling, taking photos or videos, please contact leila.ilkhan@pilgrimshospices.org  or call her on 01227 812621.    

You can find more details on the event and information on signing up on the Pilgrims website.

Header photo credit – Andrew Smith – taken of the Dame Dash charity run in aid of St Joseph’s Hospice and Hackney Empire. 

Dave S.P. Thomas

Dave Thomas inducted into Future Leaders Society

Dave Thomas, a PhD candidate within our Centre for the Study of Higher Education, has been inducted into the American Association of Colleges and Universities Future Leaders Society.  

Dave, who is also an EDI adviser and an associate lecturer at Kent, was invited to join the Future Leaders Society after becoming a finalist for the prestigious K Patricia Cross Award. The award recognises graduate students who “show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning.”

Each year, the award attracts hundreds of nominations from across disciplines. Dave is the only student from a university outside of the USA to be selected this year. Since he began his part-time doctoral studies in Higher Education in 2017, Dave has amassed an exceptional record of achievements including:

  • engagement of student and staff communities at Kent through the Decolonise UKC initiative and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network
  • local community engagement that strengthened connections between African and Caribbean heritage residents in the Medway region and the University of Kent
  • research on race equality and enhancing teaching and learning in higher education, particularly for minoritised students
  • and service across the UK higher education sector on race equality. 

During Dave’s doctorate, he contributed as a student success professional at Kent before recently taking up appointments as a Senior Advisor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Advance HE and Associate Lecturer in the Kent and Medway Medical School.

Professor Richard Reece, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, says: ‘It is excellent news that Dave’s substantial accomplishments have been recognised.  He will be able to exchange expertise with American colleagues on this very important aspect of higher education as he continues to grow as a leader in HE here in the UK.’

A group of people listening to a talk or lecture

Call for contributions for Learning and Teaching Conference

Colleagues involved in teaching or supporting student learning are invited to submit proposals for workshops, discussion papers, mini-presentations, or posters for the 2022 Learning and Teaching Conference. Contributions should address the theme, “Rethinking assessment and feedback designs for learning enhancement”, and be received by 28 February 2022. The full call, including the proposal submission form, is available via this blog.

How we design assessments and opportunities for students to gather and act on feedback are critically important aspects of teaching practice.  Assessment design is a key point of leverage for enhancing education because many students strategically focus on it, and it is obligatory. Feedback can be one of the most powerful ways of enhancing students’ learning if students are prepared to seek out and use all available sources of feedback to improve their subsequent work. We invite contributions that address assessment and feedback in various ways or contexts, for example:

  • Diversifying assessments as part of diversifying the curriculum for cultural and racial inclusivity
  • Gamification
  • Digital tools for automating or innovating processes
  • Using questions and unmarked tasks strategically and systematically to enhance seminars, labs or lectures
  • Authentic assessments
  • Wider audiences for student work, such as presentations or performances for the community or business stakeholders
  • Promoting self-feedback or peer feedback
  • Noticing, interpreting, and making changes based on feedback from technologies of the discipline (e.g. lab equipment readings, results of computer code, sense-making of statistical data and outputs)
  • Innovative use of materials, spaces, or technologies
  • Co-curricular, partnership, work-based, or employability activities

The conference will be held on Monday, 20 June 2022 in Darwin Conference Suite. Sign up to attend. Questions can be emailed to heprogsadmin@kent.ac.uk.      

The Concordat logo

Concordat webinar – 15 February 2022

Professor Shane Weller, Professor Paul Allain and Dr Alison Charles with Divisional and central colleagues will be holding the webinar, ‘Responding to the challenge of the Researcher Development Concordat at Kent, on 15 February 2022, 14.00-15.00.

As a signatory of the Researcher Development Concordat since June 2020, the University supports its principles as part of our commitment to create the very best culture for our researchers.

Join us to learn about the wide-ranging work which is being undertaken to realise these aims. Contribute to the debate about how best to implement the Concordat principles across Kent.

The session will consist of a short overview of the context, progress to date and our current plans, followed by a discussion and Q&A about how we might implement the Concordat principles, including 10 days’ professional development pro rata per year for staff who research.

All academic and research staff and professional services staff who support them are very welcome.

There is no need to book – access the Microsoft Teams link via SharePoint (Kent staff login required.)

This webinar will be recorded and available to watch on demand with a Kent staff login.