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Complete our cyber security awareness survey

We are conducting a survey on cyber security awareness at the University. We are trying to get an understanding of your training needs and preferences. We hope to use this information to build the most suitable cyber security awareness program for the university students and staff that address exactly what you need.

It’s completely anonymous and will only take a few minutes.

Your participation would be very helpful and much appreciated.

Just click on the survey link to get started and please share it with your colleagues.

The deadline to complete the survey is Monday 19  July.

Listen to our new Researching the Rainbow podcast!

This week we celebrate the launch of a brand new podcast, Researching the Rainbow! This project, developed by the LGBT+ Staff Network, explores the exciting world of LGBTQIA+ research taking place at the University of Kent and beyond.

About the show

Join us on Researching the Rainbow to hear more about the exciting and thought-provoking advances in LGBTQIA+ research. Listen to staff and student researchers across a wide range of disciplines talk about their work… and themselves!

Researching the Rainbow is coming (out) to you from a flamboyant little closet in the Locke Building at the University of Kent, UK. Hosted by the wonderful Rasa Mikelyte (she/her), and produced by the fabulous Josh Turner (he/him) this podcast is for anyone who’s into exploring the big queer questions!

The first episode available to stream now is with the wonderful Dr Jolie Keemink, speaking about her research into LGBTQ+ inclusive care.

New episodes released every Wednesday! Upcoming episodes include interviews with PHD Social Psychology Student Kirsty Gravestock, Kent Law School’s Senior Lecturer Dr Flora Renz and MA Comparative Literature student Michael Redmond.

Listen, like, subscribe and follow

You can listen and subscribe on all major Podcast platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts and you can follow our social media accounts on:

Instagram: @Researching_The_Rainbow

Twitter: @RetheRainbow

Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2004730/share

It really helps us out if you can follow, like and subscribe so please do if you can!

Does your research explore  LGBTQIA+ themes? Click here to sign up to be on Researching the Rainbow.

KentVision: Latest Features and Functionality

We are pleased to announce that the latest release of new features for the KentVision Project has gone smoothly. These are now ready to help staff deliver improved processes and better services for students.

My Marks (Student and Staff View)

New enhancements to the view for both students and staff to enable module adjustments from Board of Examiners. This is especially relevant to our students who have raised an end-of-year extenuating circumstance claim – they can now view any adjustments that have been made regarding their claim which was previously all off-system.

As module results are agreed by the central teams and the reassessment records generated (where a reassessment adjustment has been raised at a board) these can now be immediately viewed by staff. However, it has been adapted to ensure this view is not available to students until their formal result is released.

Modules that are trailed (repeat and reassessment) now appear in the relevant stage of the My Marks view.

Board of Examiner Functionality

Functionality is now available for staff to view a read-only version of the Board of Examiner secretary screen which provides a snapshot for the student to view all module adjustments, notes, and alternative progression outcomes from the various boards and post-boards.

On the secretary screens the total credit and stage average values are now displayed to two decimal points.

Enhanced functionality has been released to the central teams to ensure the boards processing report now defaults to the process of the current progression records and ignores any other adjustments from previous boards in the same academic – this is particularly relevant for PGT activity.

Post-Marks Release Functionality

Functionality has been released which will enable Divisions to capture any post-board changes for student outcomes once results have been formally released.  This allows staff to record such actions in the system to give a full audit trail of board stages and allows incorporation of any subsequent post-board changes.

Functionality has also been released to the Central teams to process these requests from a dashboard view within KentVision in a structured and managed way – reducing administration burdens on staff.

Results Letters

Result letters improvements issued as part of the finalist results release are now available to our students via the Results Server.

Module Component Reassessment Report

Improvements to the report will now provide a means to extract re-assessment details by module or students as required for those undertaking re-assessments in August.

This release is the culmination of work behind the scenes, and we commend everyone involved for their hard work – especially the users of the system dedicating time to ensure improvements are realised.

For further information about what features and functionality we are delivering by August 2022 please see our previous KentVision Project Update.

Inaugural Diversity Mark Awards

In hopefully the first of many celebrations to come, the inaugural Diversity Mark Awards took place at this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference.

Diversity Mark is an institution wide initiative run by Student Success, celebrating modules that offer an inclusive learning experience and diverse range of resources for their students. It was created by Dr Barbara Adewumi to address the lack of diversity and persistent dominance of Global North knowledge in reading lists and the curriculum.

The Diversity Mark Award is granted to modules that undergo a process of reflection and change, with the support of Student Diversity Mark Officers who review whether modules consider authors of varying race, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and socio-economic context.

The first successful convenors to achieve Diversity Mark status were presented with Diversity Mark Awards by Professor Richard Reece, in recognition of their incredible achievement. These convenors were as follows:

Angela Harrison for her modules JOUR3010 ‘Reporting and Writing’, JOUR6070 ‘Specialist Journalism (UG)’ and JOUR8210 ‘Specialist Journalism (PG)’. Angela was highly commended for her celebration of student voice and use of diverse learning materials.

Dr Margherita Laera for her module DRAM6850 ‘Theatre and Adaptation’. Dr Laera was highly commended for her discussion of diverse reading material and incorporation of anti-racist values.

Dr Ben Turner for his module POLI3140 ‘Introduction to Political Thought’. Dr Turner was highly commended for his use of focus groups, inclusive and diverse reading list and the opportunities his module provides for students to co-produce knowledge.

These Diversity Mark Awards wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment to diversifying the curriculum displayed by Senior Diversity Mark Officer Rachel Gefferie and Diversity Mark Officers Tamika Adamson, Irene Binil and Lily Gibbs.

Student participation in focus groups and module contributions were also an invaluable part of the Diversity Mark process, and the Student Success team would like to thank the below students for the integral part they played:

  • Johan Mappumchery Babu
  • Tarini Tiwari
  • Kush Pattni
  • Dilara Ali-Osman
  • Rianne Okungbowa
  • Iona Singh
  • Victoria Adeyemi
  • Rai-Anna Ellis-Brereton
  • Daniel Anenou
  • Anesu Muzanechita
  • Stephany Bempong
  • Renee Washington
  • Chris Thomsett
  • Ayo Adekaiyero
  • Ka Yee (Ellie) Mak
  • Tiara English
  • Gnebe-Awa Diofu
  • Alexander Bharma
  • Members of the ‘Reflective Diary’ focus group on module PSYC5890.

If you would like to find out more about Diversity Mark, visit the Student Success website for further information.

Diversity Mark presentations will be taking place across Schools after Welcome Week, however any convenors interested in participating are warmly encouraged to register their interest with the relevant Student Success team member for their Division:

Division of Arts and Humanities & Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice: Kerry Shelton on K.Shelton@kent.ac.uk

Kent Business School & Division of Human and Social Sciences: Tolga Duygun on T.Duygun@kent.ac.uk

Division of Natural Sciences & Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: Hollie Sanigar-Relf on H.Sanigar-Relf@kent.ac.uk

Boy playing cricket, hitting a cricket ball with a bat

Introducing CricketZone children’s holiday camp!

We’re pleased to announce our brand new children’s sports camp, CricketZone coming this August!

In partnership with Kent Cricket, CricketZone provides a week of professionally-led softball cricket coaching, delivered by qualified and DBS-checked coaches.

This new camp is aimed at children 5 to 12 years old who are new to cricket or keen to gain experience through our inclusive camp. Children will have daily skills sessions based on introductory level softball cricket.

Dates and times

  • CricketZone 2022 runs from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August.
  • You can drop your children off from 8.30 and pick up at 15.00.
  • We also offer a late pick-up option from 15.00 to 17.00.

How to book

Prices

For University of Kent staff:

  • One day £30 per child
  • One week (five days) £125 per child

For members of the public:

  • One day £35 per child
  • One week (five days) £150 per child

Late pick-up (15.00 to 17.00)

  • Our late pick-up option includes fun and engaging activities tailored to the location, such as table tennis, table football, new age kurling, bowls, speed stacks, twister, board games, and creative drawing.
  • £10 per child per day

More information

If you have any questions about our holiday camps, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list for future camps, please email sportsdevelopment@kent.ac.uk or call 01227 816391.

Garden to Gulbenkian in Under 5 Minutes

For the first time ever, the catering department has been able to purchase fresh produce from the Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG).

Several crates of organic Swiss chard made their way to the Gulbenkian Arts Centre Café for Senior Chef, James Argent-Paine, to use in his daily specials. James used his exceptional culinary skills to produce a delicious chard soup, and an equally tasty dish of fish cakes and stir-fried chard.

The chard travelled a total distance of 1.3 kilometres (a 3-minute drive, or 15-minute walk) from plot to plate, meaning the vegetable was not only fresh and delicious, but chock-full of vitamins and minerals.

Local produce is not only tastier and healthier, but it’s also better for the environment, as it eliminates the need for fuel-intensive transportation, excessive packaging, and unnecessary preservation methods.

The KentCOG team commented that it was “so wonderful to see the food grown by students, staff and community members making its way into campus meals!”

Typically, the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown in the garden are available free of charge to volunteers, or by donation to visitors. This is the first time KentCOG has sold its produce at market value to another commercial service.

This culinary collaboration is an exciting step towards a more sustainable future at Kent.

About Kent Community Oasis Garden

Launched in September 2018, the Kent Community Oasis Garden is a multiuse space for students, staff, and the local community run in partnership with East Kent Mind. The garden provides a space for people to grow food, learn new skills, and enjoy some peace and quiet.

The garden is a pesticide free space, adopting permaculture principles and building hibernacula to look after the neighbouring creepy crawlies.

The Community Oasis Garden runs lots of different activities including ecotherapy sessions, insect talks, craft sessions, and foraging workshops.

For more information about the Kent Community Oasis Garden, please visit the Kent COG website.

Catering wins a number of awards!

This has been very successful time for Kent’s Catering Team. Not only have they won the highly sought-after Street Food Award at the 2022 U Dine Awards. But 11 of their food outlets have been presented with an Elite Food Hygiene Award too!

Here’s some more detail about each of these fantastic achievements from our catering team:

Street Food Award at U Dine Awards 2022

The awards, held at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 16 June, celebrate and recognise excellence across the university hospitality sector and are supported by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH). The awards were hosted by celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE.

The Street Food Award is an accolade which recognises on-trend, innovative street food operators. The University of Kent was presented with the award for their adaptable and dynamic street food van – The Street Kitchen.

Since its launch, The Street Kitchen has become a much-loved food destination amongst staff and students, serving delicious, grab-and-go meals at low-cost prices. The menu changes every week, meaning customers never grow bored of eating the same dishes week in week out.

Over the years, The Street Kitchen has cooked up a variety of dishes from across the globe, including South African bunny chow, Jamaican jerk chicken, Italian arancini balls, and Korean chicken burgers.

The Street Kitchen team work incredibly hard to appeal to the student demographic, keep on top of food trends, produce exciting plant-based options, and provide customers with a mouth-watering street food experience.

Keith Williams, Head of Trading, said: “It’s fantastic the University of Kent has won this award, and quite an achievement given the calibre of the competition. It’s brilliant to see the hard work, creativity, and innovation from Street Kitchen chef, Sam Ranger, recognised by the sector.

Sam will join other U Dine award winners on a 3-day insight tour into the hidden gems of Tuscany and its regional cuisine. Expect to see some incredible Italian dishes on the Street Kitchen’s menu soon!”

The three other shortlisted contenders for the Street Food Award included Newcastle University, The University of Leeds, and The University of Nottingham.

Elite Food Hygiene Awards

11 of Kent’s food outlets have been presented with an Elite Food Hygiene Award.

Scores on the Doors hands out ‘Elite’ awards to businesses who have demonstrated real consistency and care in the field of food hygiene – achieving three consecutive five-star ratings for ‘very good’ food hygiene.

The Scores on the Doors Food Hygiene Rating System helps customers choose where to eat or shop by providing clear information about a businesses’ hygiene standards.

Food Hygiene Ratings are determined at routine inspections carried out by Environmental Health Officers from the local council. The hygiene standards found on these inspections are rated to show how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

Businesses who have achieved ‘Elite’ status have maintained years of exemplary hygiene standards, ensuring food is properly handled, kitchen and dining areas are clean, and food safety records are kept up to date.

David Jordan, Safety and Compliance Adviser, proudly presented Elite Food Hygiene Awards to the following outlets:

  • Rutherford Dining Hall
  • Bag It
  • Create Café
  • The Street Kitchen
  • Hut 8
  • Origins
  • Darwin Kitchen
  • Gulbenkian Café
  • J’s Tea Bar
  • Dolche Vita
  • Mungo’s

David Jordan said, “To achieve Elite hygiene status in 11 of our catering outlets has been one of the proudest moments of my career. Over 72% of UK businesses hold a five-star hygiene rating, but only 12% have been presented with an Elite Food Hygiene Award.”

It can take more than four years to build up three sets of consecutive five-star hygiene ratings. The catering team are hopeful that both K-Bar and Sibson Café will achieve Elite status when they receive enough inspections to be eligible. Both outlets currently hold two consecutive five-star hygiene rating awards.

LSSJ Research Festival – 7th and 8th July 2022

The Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice (LSSJ) Research Festival will be taking place in July.

When

  • Thursday 7 July 2022 in Medway from 14.00 – 18.00 in the Rochester Boardroom
  • Friday 8 July 2022 in Canterbury from 9.15 – 18.00 in Darwin Conference Suite

The content is primarily internally facing but colleagues from across the division and the wider University are warmly invited to join us at either or both campuses. Staff expenses for travel between the Canterbury and Medway campuses will be reimbursed.

You are welcome to join us for all or part of the day. To register please visit the Eventbrite website.

Draft Medway Programme:

Rochester Boardroom, Rochester Building

14.00 – 14.05: Welcome and Introduction, Dawn Lyon, Director of Research and Innovation, LSSJ and Kate Ludlow, Research and Innovation Manager, LSSJ

14.05 – 15.20: Panel: Migration and movement, with Tracee Green / Emma Soutar (CCP), Aravinda Kosaraju (KLS), Rachel Larkin, Bridget Ng’andu (SSPSSR), and Jo Warner (Chair, SSPSSR)

15.20 – 15.40: Tea and Coffee

15.40 – 17.00: Workshop: Body Mapping, led by Tara Young

17.00 – 18.00: Drinks (location TBC)

Draft Canterbury Programme:

Darwin Conference Suite, Darwin College

09.15 – 09.30: Welcome and Introduction, Dawn Lyon, Director of Research and Innovation, LSSJ and Kate Ludlow, Research and Innovation Manager, LSSJ

09.30 – 11.00: Panel: Childhood and Civil Society with Ellie Jupp, Emily Lau and Ali Body (SSPSSR), Melissa Nolas (Goldsmiths)

11.00 – 11.20: Tea and Coffee

11.20 – 12.00: Research Choices and Journeys with Miri Song (SSPSSR), and Lydia Hayes (KLS)

12.00 – 14.00: Lunch with parallel sessions

Research Exchange / Walking and Talking / PGR Speed Dating / PGR Posters / Sound Workshop / Craftivism Workshop / Sensory Research (smell/touch stall!)

14.00 – 15.15: Collaborative research: partnerships and co-production with Chrissie Rogers, Vivi Triantafyllopoulou and Serena Tomlinson (Tizard), Amanda Bates (CHSS), Darren Weir (KLS) Helen Brooks (Arts) and others TBC

15.15 – 15.35: Tea and Coffee

15.35 – 17.15: ECR Spotlights with Asta Zokaityte, Clare Williams, Flora Renz and Ida Petretta (KLS), Kayla Wicks (SSPSSR) and Jolie Keemink (PSSRU)

Meet the Author with Beth Breeze, Heejung Chung, Carolyn Pedwell (SSPSSR), and Erika Rackley, Eleanor Curran, Sheona York (KLS)

17.15 – 18.00: Drinks, Darwin Conference Suite

In Conversation with Lemn Sissay OBE

Digitally Enhanced Education webinar – 13 July 2022

The E-Learning Team are pleased to announce that the next event in our series of Digitally Enhanced Education webinars’ will take place on Wednesday 13 July from 14:00 – 16:30 (GMT), with the theme ‘Pedagogy and Practice when Teaching and Learning Online’

Agenda:

  • 14:00 – 14:05 – Dr Phil Anthony (University of Kent): Introduction
  • 14:05 – 14:20 – Dr Martin Compton (UCL): Ungrading: More possibilities than some might think
  • 14:20 – 14:35 – Dr James Wood (Associate Teaching Professor at SNU): Enabling feedback-seeking, agency and uptake, through dialogic peer and teacher screencast feedback
  • 14:35 – 14:50 – David White (University of the Arts London & President of ALT): Design-Research: 15 experiments in online creative education
  • 14:50 – 15:05 – Dr Ellie Davison (University of Lincoln): Top Ten Tips for producing accessible, engaging video microlectures
  • 15:05 – 15:15 – Break
  • 15:15 – 15:30 – Dr Emma Hargreaves (University of Kent): Cocreation in curriculum design – a blended approach
  • 15:30 – 15:45 – Molly Edwards (Student from UCL): Partnerships between students and staff in Higher Education
  • 15:45 – 16:00 – Maria Méndez (Southbank International school): Happy students = Happy learners or Embedding wellbeing activities in our lessons (both online and presencial)
  • 16:00 – 16:15 – Allison Wolfreys (Open University): Creating an audio drama for undergraduate legal education
  • 16:15 – 16:30 – Assistant Professor Eliana Elkhoury (Athabasca University, Canada): A summary of the “Champions of reimagined assessment” campaign

Please share

Colleagues are very welcome to join this community and so feel free to circulate. Please ask anyone wishing to join tocomplete the Digitally Enhanced Education registration form if they haven’t already. We add them to the mailing list linked to the series, and they will receive the joining link via email on Tuesday 12 July.

If you would like to present at a future event, please submit a short synopsis and Phil Anthony will be in touch.