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The EU Parliament elections are happening this Thursday 23 May

Where do I vote?

Most people vote in person. If you have applied to vote by post or by proxy head – find out more online.

You must vote at your local polling station (open 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 May) – you will have received a poll card in the post which gives you the address of where this is.

Lost your poll card? Simply enter your postcode at www.vfyf.co.uk/wheredoivote

You do not need your poll card with you to vote.

What happens at the polling station?

When you arrive you will give your name and address to staff at the polling station.

If you’re in England, Wales or Scotland you don’t need anything with you.

If you’re in Northern Ireland you’ll need to also bring a photo ID – this could be your passport, driving license, Electoral Identity Card or certain kinds of Translink Smartpass.

You’ll be given a ballot paper with the people and parties you can vote for.

  1. Take your ballot paper into the polling booth
  2. Follow the instructions in the polling booth and on the top of your ballot paper to vote
  3. Put your paper in the ballot box on your way out

Who do I vote for?

It’s up to you! Find out who the parties and candidates are running in your region.

If you’re in England, Scotland or Wales you will get to vote for one party (who have put forward a list of candidates), or an individual candidate standing as an independent.

In Northern Ireland you will rank your candidates in order of preference – a system called ‘Single Transferable Vote’.

Your vote matters. Make sure to turn out on 23 May 2019.

Science event

Soapbox Science Canterbury returns in June

After last year’s success, the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) are organising another Soapbox Science Canterbury event to promote women’s research to the public.

Come see some fabulous women scientists from SAC alongside the Schools of Biosciences and Physical Sciences at Kent, and hear speakers from Birkbeck and NIAB EMR talk about their exciting research.

The event will take place on Saturday 15 June between 13.00 and 16.00 in Westgate Gardens in the centre of Canterbury.

Hear twelve women speak about their scientific work on a broad range of topics including forensic anthropology, planetary science, molecular biology, illegal wildlife trade, biological anthropology and conservation science. Come and learn about capuchins and elephants, your brain and your teeth, and many more interesting topics in the lush surrounds of Westgate Gardens.

The event is free and open to all ages. whether you choose to drop by for ten minutes or stay the full three hours.

Our Soapbox speakers:

  • Dr Emmy Bocaege (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Toothy tales from an archaeologist
  • Dr Gillian Forrester (Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London) – Your 500 million year-old brain
  • Dr Julieta G. Garcia-Donas (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Dem bones, dem bones!: What forensic anthropology tells us about the dead
  • Dr Ana Loureiro (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Kent – From 1 to infinity
  • Dr Emma McCabe (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Superconductors and levitating magnets!
  • Ms Louisse Paola Mirabueno, (NIAB EMR and University of Reading) – Xylella fastidiosa: a fussy bacterium
  • Dr Marie-Jeanne Royer (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Climate change and cities, how green can help
  • Dr Agata Rożek (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Space potatoes and rubber ducks: shapes of asteroids and comets
  • Dr Helena J. Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Shapeshifting Molecules in the Spotlight
  • Dr Jill Shepherd (School of Biosciences, Kent) – Where are my stem cells?
  • Dr Barbara Tiddi (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Female (monkey) power: how black capuchin females choose their mates
  • Ms Laura Thomas-Walters (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Saving rhinos and elephants from the illegal wildlife trade

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the research they do. The events transform civic areas into an arena for public engagement and scientific debate.

Changes to 190 and 191 bus services

From 11 May 2019 Arriva introduced new buses, services 1 and 2, to replace the 191 bus service.

View the new timetable.

The 191 will no longer stop at the Medway campus but the new services will arrive on campus approximately every 10 minutes.

Arriva has introduced these new services to improve reliability.

The 116 bus route remains the same and continues to stop at the University.

The new Campus Shuttle route also connects Liberty Quays accommodation, central campus and the Dockyard. Find out more on the Campus Shuttle webpage.

REF2021 – Draft Code of Practice

The Code of Practice is a vital document for the University’s REF 2021 submission.  It is a requirement that all institutions submit a Code of Practice outlining the process of defining Researchers and selecting outputs and showing that the university supports equality and diversity in the REF.

We have now drafted the University’s Code of Practice and are inviting all staff to comment from 1 – 21 May 2019.

Following the consultation, any revisions will then be made and the Code of Practice will be submitted to the REF on 7 June for final approval.

For this REF cycle the University intends to submit 100% of eligible staff defined as those on teaching and research (T&R) contracts and some research only contracts.  The criteria for selection will be outlined in the Code of Practice.

You are invited to review the REF2021 Draft Code of Practice webpage for full details.

exams

Exams 2019 – what you need to know

My timetable

7 May – 14 June 2019

You can view your timetable and module codes now by logging into your Student Data System.  (SDS) 

What time should I arrive

You should arrive 15 minutes before the start of your exam.

Morning exams begin promptly at 9.30; afternoon exams begin promptly at 14.00.

Where is my exam venue

Not sure where you need to go?  – See exam venues

Where do I sit

You will be allocated a seat for each exam, please find the seating plan at your venue before the start of each session.

What to bring

  • KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us
  • Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
  • Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring

  • Mobile phones/smart watches/headphones
  • Bags
  • Food (unless permission given prior)
  • Any drink other than water

Bag room

If you have a bag to drop off, please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:

Canterbury Campus –             Keynes Seminar Room 7

Medway Campus –                   Pilkington Building Room 014

Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Dockyard Church – Foyer Entrance

My ILP

If you have an Inclusive Learning Plan (ILP) please take a moment to check your exam adjustments are correct. On SDS select ‘Details and Study’ and ‘My Details’. You’ll see a button marked ‘My Inclusive Learning Plan’ if you have been in contact with the Student Support and Wellbeing team (SSW).

We appreciate Exams season is a stressful time of year, we are here to support and help you throughout this period.

If you have, any questions please contact:

Visit the exams webpages

Follow us: @UniKent_CSAO

Short-stay student accommodation now available in Eliot College

Do any of your students commute to the Canterbury Campus? We now have short-stay accommodation in Eliot College available for students living off-campus to book online.

This accommodation package is ideal for anyone worrying about getting to campus and missing an exam because of traffic or other travel delays outside their control, or for students who want more time to concentrate on studying without traveling home late at night. Rooms are £20 a night, with a minimum of a two night stay required to book.

Students will live in a corridor of up to eight other short stay students, all rooms are self-catered singles and have bedding and towels provided. Find out more.

Short-stay accommodation in Eliot College is only available for Kent students, however don’t forget that we also have year-round visitor accommodation available in Beverley Farmhouse next to Canterbury Innovation Centre, ideal for guests who want to stay on campus for the duration of their visit.

If you have any questions please email: holidays@kent.ac.uk

Campus Shuttle

Campus Shuttle running dates

The shuttle runs term-time only which means that the last day the shuttle will be running this term will be Friday 5 April 2019.

The shuttle will start running again at the start of the summer term on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Booking will be available a week or so before this date. The Transport Team will tweet when booking becomes available.

For more information visit the Campus Shuttle webpage or follow @CampusShuttle on Twitter.

Visit by The Lord Roberts (steam engine) on 2 April

The Lord Roberts steam engine will be visiting the Medway campus on Tuesday 2 April.

The Lord Roberts was built in the early 1900s and used on the campus when the HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks were being built to bring bricks from the local brickyard to the campus.

The Lord Roberts is making a visit to the Historic Dockyard this week and the owners would like to bring the engine back onto the campus on Tuesday 2 April.

The programme for the visit is:

·         12:30 – outside the Hawke building

·         14:00-14:30 – outside the Student Hub

Please feel free to drop by and see this excellent example of early 20th century engineering.

What will you do for a year? Journalist or maybe a computer scientist?

While at Kent you can add a fourth year to your degree in something completely different in order to develop your skills and CV. Opportunities include:

 

Will Student Finance cover the extra year?

The ‘Year in…’ courses are in addition to your current degree and it should be possible to extend your student finances for an extra year. Check with your loan provider to see what financial support is available.