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Stop using SharePoint 2013 sites by 7 October

This is a final reminder that SharePoint 2013 will be set to ‘read only’ and cannot be edited after 7 October.Please ensure all content that you need is moved from SharePoint 2013 by this date.  

You will still be able to access SharePoint 2013 sites and download the content but will not be able to make changes to documents, permissions or other content. 

SharePoint 2013 will be permanently retired after 31 December 2022. 

What does this include? 

  • All SharePoint 2013 sites, which includes anything beginning with a URL 
  • SharePoint 2013 ‘mysites’, which begin with the URL and can be accessed by clicking ‘OneDrive’ in the top right corner of SharePoint 2013. 

For further help: 

There is lots of useful advice on the KentNet Support site. 

If you are not aware of the process to move content or where content should be moved to please send your enquiry to Izzy Linthwaite, Digital Collaborative Services Lead, Information Services. 

Black History Month at Gulbenkian Arts Centre

At Gulbenkian we are committed to offering a diverse programme year-round, working with companies and artists who represent all parts of our community.

In October we have a number of events that celebrate the talents and creativity of Black artists listed below. For further details and how to book visit the Gulbenkian website.

On Stage:

Homeward: Soul Food by Lyrici Arts – Mon 10 Oct, 19.30

Medway based Lyrici Arts at the table for a soulful storytelling feast that will draw you into a journey that is both intimate and epic in scope. Four compelling tales from four remarkable Black heritage artists, take audiences around the world and across time on a passage of self-discovery. This is a Creative Estuary co-commission and supported by Gulbenkian Arts Centre.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tue 18 Oct, 20.00

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and have been touring the world ever since, winning five GRAMMY Awards on the way. Nelson Mandela called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”, and they tour now to celebrate Black History Month.

On Screen:

Queen of Glory – Thu 13 Oct, 19.00

Queen of Glory is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover to Ohio.

Get your £10 Staff Membership at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre

New for this year, Gulbenkian have introduced a Kent Staff Membership.

For only £10 you get:

  • 4 free cinema tickets
  • 20% off all films for 12 months
  • plus 40% of selected theatre for 12 months
  • and 10% off in the Gulbenkian Café………for 12 months
  • AND your discount can be applied for up to 6 tickets per event!

This month just for example, you can save on seeing Florence Pugh and Harry Styles on the big screen in Don’t Worry Darling, or save on tickets to see theatre legend Shôn Dale-Jones (literally) in the flesh on our stage in Still Floating.

Visit the Gulbenkian site to buy you £10 membership.

Christmas Parties 2022 – Book today!

Celebrate the festive season in style with us this year.

We’re excited to announce that Christmas Parties on the Canterbury campus are now open and taking bookings.

We have packages to suit all tastes, from an organised Christmas Party Night on Thursday 15 December in Darwin Suite, with an indulgent 3-course meal and entertainment, or exclusive use of Darwin Suite for your own private festive event with seasonal menus, drinks and entertainment packages.

For something truly different, why not bring some festive wonder to your Christmas party and work with our events team to plan your bespoke event.

Our Conference and Events Team are on hand to take the stress out of the organisation for you.

So, whatever your plans, support Kent this season by keeping your spend on campus and count on us for fun-filled celebrations and a night to remember!

Find out more on the Conference and Events website.

Send your enquiries via this enquiry/contact form.


Care first fortnightly webinars

Our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support.

Here’s the schedule for two weeks:

Week commencing 10 October 2022

Monday 10 October – ‘Mental health awareness – In association with World mental health day’– Awareness and information on Mental health, how to recognise and support
those experiencing mental illness and changes to their mental health.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Wednesday 12 October – ‘How Care first can support you’– A webinar for awareness and how to access the EAP service provided by Care first.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Friday 14 October – ‘Your counselling call to Care first’ – This webinar provides an overview of what you can expect when making a call to the counselling help line.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Week commencing 17 October 2022

Monday 17 October – ‘Menopause awareness’ – This session looks at the impact of Menopause on a woman’s mental and physical health. Offering ideas for ways that may help you cope when
going through this stage of your life, Supported by a menopause specialist.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Wednesday 19 October – ‘How Care first can support you’ – A webinar for awareness and how to access the EAP service provided by Care first.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Friday 21 October – ‘Practical information and advice through Care first’ – The webinar provides detail about our Information Specialists and their role as part of your EAP service.
Time: 12.00-12.30 – click on this link to sign up

Discover England’s First Cathedral

FREE entry for University of Kent students

With new events and activities, a major new exhibition, and free entry for University of Kent students*, there’s never been a better time to discover Canterbury Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage Site, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and resting place of saints and royalty.

Whether seeking out dragons and grotesques, admiring the medieval stained glass windows – including the oldest in Britain –  marvelling at carved tombs, or exploring the Cathedral’s stunning Cloisters and green spaces, there’s plenty to do.

New for 2022 is a major exhibition in the Cathedral’s Crypt – ‘Making History: Church, State and Conflict’ – which allows visitors to explore up close, for the first time, a unique collection of artefacts that tell the complex, and often violent, story of Church-State relations. Items on display include the battle shield of Edward The Black Prince, a grant from one of the four knights who murdered Thomas Becket, and The Accord of Winchester, the 11th-century document signed by William the Conqueror.

Discover more by visiting the Canterbury Cathedral website.

*Students studying full-time at local universities (University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University for the Creative Arts) enjoy free entry with their student ID. Terms and conditions apply

Early Bird Tickets Released for 2023 Kent and Medway Business Summit

The Kent and Medway Business Summit returns on Friday 13 January 2023 in the award-winning Sibson building on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent.

Annually, Kent Business School hosts the Kent and Medway Business Summit, which brings together some 300 businesses and policy makers to debate key themes.

KBS is committed to transferring its intellectual wealth, skills and knowledge into the work environment. Building relationships and collaborating with private, public, and third sector organisations helps to stimulate new areas of research and enterprise.

“The Kent and Medway Business Summit is a unique platform, not only to discuss challenges and opportunities of our region, but especially to forge new partnerships between businesses and academics that can make a difference in finding innovative solutions to these challenges,” said Professor of Management Science Paola Scaparra.

All UoK staff are welcome to join ‘The Kent & Medway Business Summit’ to exchange knowledge and take steps towards collaborative working with the outside world.

Bringing together businesses, key policymakers and leading academics, The Kent and Medway Business Summit features the latest news from key projects, expert keynote speakers and collaborative panel discussions.

To attend, book your Early Bird Tickets Released for 2023 Kent & Medway Business Summit – . To get involved with presentations or workshops email

Staff Conference 2022: Kent’s journey towards becoming a University of Sanctuary

Article from Dr Thomas Parkinson

With the ongoing war in Ukraine, asylum seekers crossing the Channel daily in unsafe and hostile conditions, and almost 90 million displaced people worldwide in 2021, forced migration has become a defining challenge of our times. As a university at the heart of a border county, and with a strong tradition of civic and community engagement, we believe the University of Kent has a key role to play in leading debate, research, and advocacy.

Our Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme builds on this institutional commitment. Since its launch in September 2021, our SRT has grown an active network of researchers from across the University’s Divisions, promoting an inclusive and interdisciplinary research culture and raising the University’s profile as a leading hub of expertise in this area. We’ve also built and strengthened partnerships with charities, NGOs, and businesses nationally and internationally.

Migration and Movement is proud to be leading Kent’s application to become a University of Sanctuary, part of a national movement that looks to build welcoming communities for displaced and vulnerable people seeking sanctuary from persecution.

As an institution, we are already doing a great deal to develop our campuses as places of welcome, safety and inclusion. Our Article 26 scholarships provide places and funding for refugees and asylum seekers to study at Kent each year. We support CARA (Council for At Risk Academics) and its work to provide urgent assistance to academics in danger or forced into exile. We are supporting Kherson State University in the Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine through the national twinning initiative, and participating in local activities through Canterbury for Ukraine to welcome Ukrainians settling in our area. Our pioneering Kent Law Clinic has for many years provided much-needed legal services to support asylum seekers in their quest for settled status.

But the University of Sanctuary process calls on us to do more – to examine our weaknesses as well as our strengths, to develop further support for those seeking sanctuary, and to bring a ‘whole university’ approach to bear on ensuring our institution is truly a welcoming place for all.

A Steering Group was set up earlier this summer to formally launch our Sanctuary journey. This academic year, we are commissioning a consultation with students, staff, and members of the local community with lived experience of seeking sanctuary to inform the University’s commitments and objectives. Working through the Migration and Movement theme, the University will engage in a wide range of Sanctuary-related activities in 2022/23, including policy and advocacy work and hosting series of cross-disciplinary open lectures on migration.

I’m delighted to be presenting on these activities, and on our application to become a University of Sanctuary, at this week’s staff conference.  I’ll outline what the application process means for the University, and how you can become involved. Come along and find out more on Thursday afternoon (3.30 – 4.15) in the Templeman Lecture Theatre (and on Teams).

For further information on the staff conference programme, visit our webpage.

Staff conference 2022: Global and Lifelong Learning’s Escape Room Challenge: The Case of the Missing Dean

The Director and Dean of Global and Lifelong Learning, Dr Anthony Manning, has gone missing. His last known whereabouts was somewhere within the labyrinthine corridors of Rutherford College, but official efforts to locate him have proven futile. Can you help us find our missing Dean or will you leave him to an otherwise underwhelming fate?

Come and join the teams from Global and Lifelong Learning (GLL) for an exciting Escape Room experience and help them locate Dr Manning. By solving puzzles, deciphering cryptic emails, and finding hidden clues, you can get to know our team and unlock the wide and diverse opportunities we offer.

Taking part in this session will help colleagues from across the University to jointly discover the diversity of our learning opportunities and services through work-based learning and internationally focused courses and experiences.

As you journey through the tasks, in this thrilling fusion of ‘Where’s Wally?’ and ‘Prison Break’, you will unlock connections and collaborative potential that will help you to access and benefit from GLL’s wide-ranging provision.

Through the tasks provided you will also gain further understanding and awareness of many different student community groups at Kent, ways of developing tools to help our student community and mechanisms to provide transformative global and lifelong learning experiences for all.

The event will take place 11:15 on Friday 16 September in Templeman Seminar Room 2.

University Book of Condolence

Following the message of condolence from the Vice-Chancellor, we have books of condolence available so that staff and students can leave their memories, tributes and reflections on Britain’s longest-serving monarch. These are located in our main two libraries as well as online and will remain open for staff to sign in Rutherford reception until Friday 23 September, along with the online version.


In the Welcome Hall of the Templeman Library, to the left as you come through the main entrance.


In the Drill Hall Library reception, shared with Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich.


digital book of condolence is also available for those at our other locations who may not be able to sign in person.

Support and guidance 

Many of us will be feeling sad about the news of Her Majesty’s passing, while hearing about bereavement, loss and significant national change can be difficult. Recent events may also bring up feelings of loss about other people in your life.

Even if you are not experiencing direct feelings of grief, a significant change like this can be unsettling – please do speak to your line manager if you are finding things difficult and remember that free, anonymous support is available at all times via our Employee Assistance Programme.