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Care first webinars w/c 3 May 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 3 May – Friday 7 May ) webinars are as follows:

Monday 3 May 2021 – BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 4 May  2021 – ‘How Care first Can Support You’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 5 May 2021 – ‘Post-Partum Mental Illness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 7 May 2021 – ‘Sun Safety’ (in line with Skin Cancer
awareness month)
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 8 May 2021 – ‘The importance of adhering to COVID-19 guidelines’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Next Generation Impact launch

To continue the discourse and look to the future of impact generation following the REF2021 submission, the Research Excellence Team has organised a series of six panel discussions covering many aspects of the impact agenda and aptly named ‘Next Generation Impact’.

The launch on Monday 26 April was an outstanding success with over 1000 views across YouTube and Facebook –attracting an audience from 54 UK universities, 6 international universities and 11 public sector attendees.

The live streamed panel talk with esteemed guests Dr Steven Hill (Director of Research at Research England), Dr Julie Bayley (Director of Research Impact at University of Lincoln), Dr Tina Haux (Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy at the University of Kent) and Professor Paul Phillips (Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Kent) discussing ‘Perspectives on Impact’ gave the audience an insight into research impact and how this is perceived across the sector.

‘Impact culture needs to be nurtured as part of an institutional commitment to long term and sustainable impact – for and beyond – REF’

The next event in the series ‘Embedding Impact in Research: from Planning to Publication’ will be live streamed on Thursday 13 May 12.00 -13.00. The series is free and open to all – book now 

Coronavirus

Covid-19 update: Plans for Autumn 2021

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

Along with preparations for the Summer exam term and wider KentSummer activity, much of our focus is now turning to what our teaching and student experience offer will be in Autumn 2021. After so much disruption, having an attractive offer for both new and returning students that makes them feel welcome and supported is absolutely critical and, with that in mind, we have worked with staff and our Students’ Unions on a number of key principles in planning for next year. 

Our approach 

We have all had to learn and adapt so much throughout the pandemic and, while our plans are still dependent on the Government’s roadmap for coming out of lockdown, we want to open up again in the right way, while unapologetically keeping the best of what we have done differently where we know it can be of real benefit to students. Our intention is that in Autumn 2021: 

  • Our campuses will be openwith student residencies occupied at normal levels and our bars, cafes and arts venues ready to be brought back to life in line with any remaining social distancing measures 
  • Face-to-face teaching will be offered where we know it makes a real difference, such as seminars, lab classes or studio sessions 
  • Lectures will remain online to enable as much space as possible to be available for in-person teaching 
  • Remote study options will be available for the whole of the year in recognition of the diversity of our student body and the likely continued difficulties with international travel 
  • Support will be in place throughout to make sure staff get continued training and that we are with our students every step of the way as they re-adapt to University life 

The last year has highlighted the breadth of quality in our teaching more than ever, with new approaches to delivery that reflect the different ways students want to learn and interact with us. This approach is intended to keep the best of this as things open up more next academic year and we work with our students to build a better future together. 

Find out more 

I appreciate this impacts on so many areas of your work, and many of you will have further questions as we all look ahead to next year. We are currently putting together more detailed information pages on this for both staff and students which will be shared as soon as possible. Alongside this, I will be hosting a staff webchat from 12.00 – 13.00 on Thursday 6 May on our plans and encourage those that can to join me then to discuss the proposals in full. 

With best wishes, 

Richard 

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

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Are Unis Racist Documentary : University of Kent Response

Last night’s BBC documentary Are Unis Racist highlighted powerful and deeply troubling examples of students experiencing systemic racism at universities across the countryWe fully acknowledge the justified hurt and anger behind the issues raised in the programme, and we recognise that we, both as an institution and a wider sector, are institutionally racist and need to do more to tackle this. 

We know we have a significant role to play in ensuring that we challenge and deconstruct systemic racism and all forms of discrimination at the University and beyond. We will continue to address these issues at Kent, and encourage all members of our community to learn more about them so we can ensure we are a place where all individuals feel welcome, supported and proud of who we are. The resources put together on this by our BAME Staff Network  are available to everyone to further their understanding of their role in challenging racist behaviour and structures.  

We fully support our students and staff to report incidents of racism, harassment and discrimination Students can do this via our Inform Kent reporting tool which will ensure that you gain access to support available after any incidentwith a separate formal process for staff.  

We also encourage anyone affected by the documentary to seek support from those around you, including contacting Student Support directly at any time via wellbeing@kent.ac.uk.  Staff are also encouraged to talk to their manager or a colleague, or to contact our Employee Assistance Programme.    

Find out more about Challenging Racism at Kent

 

Annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report 2019/20

We are pleased to present the Annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) report for 2019-20 which showcases the excellent work taking place  across the University of Kent to promote and embed equality and inclusivity.

We hope you find the report an interesting and stimulating read and that it demonstrates the high importance that Kent places on issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity.

KentVision now live

From Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

I am delighted to be able to announce that our new student record system, KentVision, is up and running. Through the hard work, dedication and effort of an enormous number of individuals across the entire institution, the migration of student data from SDS to KentVision has been successfully accomplished and the new system is now available for staff and students to use.

It is important to stress that additional functionality will be added to KentVision over the coming days, weeks and months. Information on this will be regularly updated on the KentVision staff webpages.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for getting us to this point.

With best wishes,

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

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CHASE studentships outcome for Kent 2021

Six applicants to the University of Kent were selected this month for Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships through the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). Many congratulations to these applicants! Staff and fellow postgraduate research students in departments across the Division of Arts and Humanities are very much looking forward to welcoming these incoming scholarship holders to Kent in Autumn 2021.

As an active consortium of 9 research-intensive institutions, CHASE fosters collaborations that provide inspiring research-led training across the arts, humanities and creative practices. Working across institutions and disciplines, and in partnership with organisations in the creative and public sectors, CHASE supports a rich and responsive environment for new research.

CHASE training enables doctoral students to enrich their research and professional skills in readiness for careers in the academy and beyond. In addition, Kent has also been successful in securing two CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Awards. These awards support a student to work in partnership with an external organisation, and this year’s awards at Kent (deadline for applications 7 May) are in partnership with Incomindios UK and with the Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello. See Indigenous Arts and Environmental Justice and Emerging digital cultures in contemporary Cuba for more details.

For more information visit the Chase website.

Kent joins the Race to Zero campaign

The University of Kent celebrated Earth day last week (22 April) by joining the Race to Zero campaign along with over 70 other UK HE institutions, making public our pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

Catherine Morris, Environmental Adviser said:

‘I feel proud that by joining the Race to Zero, our senior leadership has made a public commitment to the net zero agenda and our contribution towards the sector’s leadership on a global level at COP26 in November 2021. I am looking forward to seeing the results of our open consultation with staff and students on how the university can tackle the issues of the climate emergency and I am excited to be part of developing the plans for how we will achieve our net zero target’

By joining we have committed to the following:

  • Pledge: having a 2050 or sooner net zero target
  • Plan: explain what steps will be taken toward achieving net zero
  • Proceed: taking action towards net zero
  • Publish: commit to report progress annually

We are currently developing the Carbon Management Plan which will set out how we plan to achieve our net zero target.

The university is committed net zero by 2040 in terms of activities it directly controls (such as university vehicles and campus electricity) and by 2050 – or sooner – in indirect emissions (such as those associated with waste and products purchased).

Achieving this will take action across the university from cutting long-haul air travel and reducing paper and plastic use to ensuring that our curriculum and research is aligned with the climate emergency.

All staff and students are invited to complete our consultation to give us your thoughts and ideas on how we can deliver this at Kent. We want to hear from as many people as possible to ensure that our plans reflect the way we want to live, learn and work in the future.

You can also find out more about Kent’s response to the climate emergency by visiting the sustainability webpages or through their social media accounts: Instagram/Twitter

Grant awarded to online Special Collections and Archives

University of Kent’s Special Collections & Archives service has been awarded over £110,000 to assist with the digitising of its collections, through the Capability for Collections (CapCo) fund, administered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Special Collections & Archives, based in the Templeman Library, Canterbury campus, preserve and manage the University’s unique and distinctive collections so that they are accessible for the benefit of teaching, scholarship and society. Collections include the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and British Cartoon Archive. They are proud to hold Archive Service Accreditation from the National Archives in recognition of their professional standards in acquiring, preserving and providing access to the collections.

Karen Brayshaw, Special Collections & Archives Manager explains:

“The funding will allow us to purchase vital digitising equipment to help with providing online access to the recently deposited Beaverbrook Foundation’s collection of original cartoon artworks and digitising the highly visual original costume designs, theatre playbills and posters from the David Drummond Pantomime Collection”.

The grant will also support collaborative opportunities across the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (ICCI) and Eastern ARC, enabling the University to participate in future special collections and archives digitisation projects.

Main image: Illustrated programme for the pantomime Dick Whittington at Drury Lane Theatre from the David Drummond Collection.

Further Information:

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £213m to expand and upgrade existing research infrastructure to help UK researchers tackle major challenges such as COVID-19 research and recovery, and net zero goals.
  • The projects, spread across the UK, will provide UK researchers with advanced equipment, facilities and technology, and cement the UK’s position as a world-leading research and innovation superpower.
  • The investment will ensure the UK is the best place in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live, work and innovate. This will help to power up economic recovery and level up the UK.
  • The £213m, from the government’s World Class Labs funding scheme and made through eight of UKRI’s constituent research councils, covers investments in all disciplines from physical sciences to arts and humanities.
  • This includes a landmark £15m investment in the arts and humanities which will go to securing the future of the UK’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
  • UKRI is investing £15m in the Capability in Collections fund as part of the World Class Labs project.

Kent’s Special Collections and Archives hold over 150 collections including:

  • The British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and popular and comic performance from the Victorian era to the present, including pantomime, melodrama and variety works including the David Drummond Pantomime Collection
  • The British Cartoon Archive and other cartoon artwork and publications, particularly satirical works
  • The history of the University of Kent and the local area
  • Photographs, scrapbooks, engineer records, and published books relating to wind and watermills
  • Collections of 20th century prose and poetry first editions.

For further information contact Karen Brayshaw, Special Collections & Archives Manager.

 

Care first EAP webinar recording

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a great resource for staff. It provides emotional support through telephone assessment at any time of the day. If the assessment shows it is appropriate, staff can access up to 8 sessions of face to face or telephone counselling. Care first also operates a system of telephone support with call handlers with trained expertise in life solutions, for example, debt, benefits. legal, family and caring responsibilities.

Care first runs webinars on a variety of subjects every week. You can now watch a recording of a webinar for University of Kent staff that took place on Wednesday 14 April, and learn more on what the EAP has to offer, first hand.