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Kent Student Awards 2018 shortlist

We are proud to announce the 2018 Kent Student Awards shortlist.

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

Our judges had the very difficult task of narrowing down over 250 excellent nominations to the following shortlist.

The winning students will be announced at the gala dinner on Friday 1 June.

The winner in each category will receive their very own brick in the University’s ‘Footsteps Path‘, a certificate and their achievement will be recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when they graduate.

The awards are brought to you by Kent Union and the University of Kent.

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OH Overseas Travel Health Advice

Do you travel overseas in the course of your job?  Are you a Travel Planner for your School or Department?  If either of these statements apply to you then you would probably be interested in the updated Travel Health Information on the OH website.

Also, Caroline Groombridge, one of the OHWAs has undertaken additional training in Travel Health and is happy to address any queries you have related to your health while you are away on University related activities. Caroline works part-time so, although you can email her directly, it might be more useful for you to contact OH Admin on ext 4691 or by email on so a convenient time for you can be slotted into her diary for her to discuss issues with you. This can be by telephone or face to face.



Swim safety

Following the recent warm weather, we want to warn students not to swim in unauthorised areas, including basins in Chatham Historic Dockyard. Please take note of the following water safety advice:







Check out Medway Council’s sports page for leisure centres with swimming pools in the local area.

Win Free Tickets to City Sound Project

University of Kent Arts & Culture are supporting City Sound Project 2018, and have 5 pairs of wristbands to this brilliant day of live music to give away to staff.

City Sound Project takes place on 16 stages across Canterbury city centre on Sunday 27 May, and your wristband will get you access to all venues.

To win a pair of wristbands, worth £35 each, simply email with the subject line “Arts&Culture”. The first 5 to respond will win the wristbands.

Event: innovations in improving health

Next week Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) are hosting a free event focusing on innovative approaches to improving health through exercise and enhancing capability through collaboration.

At this event, you will enjoy talks from:

Innovative sport technology company Smartlife about the benefits brought by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Medway Community Healthcare Trust about its successful student placement scheme.

The University’s Respiratory Clinic about its world-class research with elite and professional athletes on exercise-induced asthma.

This event is free and open to all and is an opportunity to network with academics and businesses to explore development opportunities. You will also be able to hear about relevant funding available to support collaborations.

This is part of KIE’s Midweek @ Medway Series.

Event Details:

  • Wed 23 May 2018
  • 15:00 – 18:00
  • Rochester Building, University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham ME4 4AG

To book or for more information please email

Student Services Bitesize Talks 2018: dates for your diary

First launched in February 2015, these informal lunchtime talks are given by specialists across Student Services and provide staff with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and understanding on a variety of student related topics, and share experiences and best practice.

The talks will start at 1.10pm and will finish by 2.00pm. Staff can bring their lunch if they wish. There will be a question and answer session at the end of each talk.

Monday 21 May 2018, Sibson Building, Seminar Room 3

Self-care in supporting students

Suzanne Balabil is a Senior Counsellor in Student Support and will present a talk that addresses how we balance caring for others with caring for ourselves. The talk will explore what sustains and what depletes our professional and personal self, especially in times of severe stress.

Tuesday 22 May 2018, Sibson Building, Seminar Room 3

Autism Spectrum Conditions

Tom Sharp, Disability Team Manager will present a talk outlining the specific challenges that students with autism spectrum conditions face and the kind of support they require, including how staff members can better understand the needs of these students.

Thursday 24 May 2018, Sibson Building, Seminar Room 4

Understanding Mental Health Difficulties

Kate Pitchforth, Senior Wellbeing Advisor will present a talk on the mental health issues that students present with and outline the support offered by the Wellbeing Advisors.  The talk will include advice as to how to spot the possible indicators of ill health in students and what staff members can do to offer help and support.

Dvorak In The Woods, Thursday 31 May

The Billhook Nook outdoor theatre space, opposite the new KBS building on Parkwood Road, will play host to a performance of Dvořák’s ‘American’ quartet, as the ensemble heads out into the summer sunshine (or so we hope, anyway…) on Thursday 31 May at 13.10.

Comprising third-year Law student and Music Scholar, Lydia Cheng, second-year Asian Studies & Classical and Archaeological Studies student, Alice Nixon, second-year Music Scholar reading Mathematics, Molly Richetta on viola, and final-year Law student, cellist Alex Deacon-Viney, the ensemble plans to take Dvořák’s popular work out of the concert-hall and into somewhere you wouldn’t expect to hear it.

Assuming the weather is as good (or even better) than it is at the moment, people are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy some fine weather and even finer music on Thursday 31 May at 13.10. During what is always a busy term, with students (and staff) working under the pressure of examinations, the chance to hear music in an informal and relaxed environment will hopefully offer a welcome respite from the term’s busy commitments.

The event is free to attend: more details online. The Billhook Nook space is part of the Creative Campus initiative.

Please note that the event is entirely weather-dependent! Please keep an eye on Twitter @unikent_music for updates on the day in the event of uncertain weather conditions.

Could you make use of the new video conferencing studio?

From our state-of-the-art studio on the Canterbury campus, staff can:

  • hold meetings or run seminars remotely, saving time and money
  • hold interviews with people from all over the World
  • hold VIVA oral examinations
  • have meetings with suppliers and external organisations
  • contact colleagues in Brussels and Medway with the click of a button

About the studio

It’s a light and airy video conferencing facility in the centre of campus, offering:

  • space for up to 16 people: the room works well for both small or larger groups
  • dual HD screens for presenting work and seeing participants face to face at the same time
  • PC and HDMI laptop connection
  • hearing loop
  • disability access via a lift, the room is on the first floor of the Cornwallis Octagon (Cornwallis South).

The service is free to staff.

Book a video conference

Canterbury Nightline: We’re here, We hear

In March 2018, the University of Kent opened Canterbury Nightline, a student-led listening service aimed at providing out of hours support for students across Canterbury.

It is open from 8pm to 8am and can be contacted via phone, email and instant messaging.

Callers are free to contact the service for any problems they may be experiencing, from discussing mental health and problems at home to university stress.

Nightline can also signpost callers to relevant services that are available while at university.

Stamp Out Stress with Kent Sport

The exam season is upon us; it’s time to switch on and cram in some much needed revision over the next few weeks. During this time, it’s important to switch off, relax and have a break from revision. That’s why we’re putting on a range of activities and offers to help you beat the exam stress.

There can’t be much better for relaxing than a sports massage at the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic, and at £14 for 30 minutes there really is no excuse. But if massages aren’t your thing, how about some relaxing bike rides through the glorious Kent countryside to seaside towns like Whitstable and Herne Bay? Or try Stamp Out Stress fitness and dance classes like BodyPump and Veraflow to help exercise the stress away.

Alternatively, why not ‘smash into one another in giant inflatable balls while kicking the football around.’ That’s bubble football. Or try a slightly more chilled out sport like mini golf. There’s also the Canterbury 10k run on Sunday 20 May.

If you’re looking for somewhere quiet, whether that’s purely for relaxing or to get in some study time, then get on over to the Chillout Zone at the Pavilion Cafe Bar. On Wednesdays you get unlimited refills of tea/coffee for just £2.

You can check out the full list of events taking place in our Sport at Kent brochure.

There’s a lot happening across the University to help beat exam stress, simply search #StampOutStress, #ExamCalm and #UnwindYourMind on social media to find events on campus.