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University Teaching Prizes 2018 – apply by 25 May

Each year the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. The call for applications for the 2018 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 May 2018.

Further details and information on how to apply are available on our web pages here.

The prizes will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 3 October 2018, to which all staff are invited. Please email us if you would like to attend.


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Resilience – A biopsychosocial model of health and wellbeing (Mental Health Awareness)

We are pleased to be able to offer a number of sessions led by Psicon who are a local specialist in Psychology and Health Services.

Open to any member of staff who would like to increase their understanding of mental health awareness and managing personal resilience, the presentation-style sessions will provide a comprehensive blend of practical advice alongside an overview of underpinning theory and models to help participants gain a rounded understanding of managing mental health.

The sessions take place on:

  • 4 May: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 – Sibson SR6
  • 10 May: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 – Grimond Lecture Theatre
  • 11 May: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 – SLT2 Stacey Building
  • 6 July: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 – Keynes Seminar Room 16

To book a place and to obtain further information, please visit The Learning and Organisational Development Activities Calendar.

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Pop-Up library study spaces for revision and exam period

From 9 April until the end of the Summer Term, we are excited to bring you over 280 pop-up study spaces on the ground floor of the Templeman Library.

We are also making some spaces on Floor 2 Silent during the same period. This will give you over 200 more silent spaces.

For full details of where the study spaces are please see the Library and IT News blog post.

David Cooper TUCO winner

K-Bar Supervisor Wins ‘Best Signature Cocktail’ at TUCO Competitions

It was with great excitement that K-Bar supervisor, David Cooper (pictured third from left), was announced as winner of the ‘Best Signature Cocktail’ award at the TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation) Competitions in Warwick last week.

David, who took part in the Bar Skills Competition, won the judges over with his signature coffee-based cocktail, the Café Noisette. Inspired by the French hazelnut coloured coffee, the drink featured whiskey, coffee liqueur and hazelnut syrup. In addition, David also had to create a sharing drink, a beer or cider based cocktail, and as many gin and tonics as he could in one minute.

However, David was not the only competitor representing Kent at the Competitions this year. Katy Webb from Dolche Vita wowed the judges with her coffee expertise in the Barista Skills Challenge. Sam Ranger from The Street Kitchen showed off his talent for fast food in the Campus Speed Cook Challenge. And Chefs de Cuisine Ben Elsbury and Rob Grimer plated up a delicate three course meal in the Chefs’ Challenge.

The TUCO Competitions is an annual contest which sees over 150 delegates from 50 universities compete against each other in a wide range of culinary and aristological activities.

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Coffee with Colleagues is back! Register Now

The Coffee with Colleagues scheme offers everyone working at the University the opportunity to invite a colleague they have never met in person, or do not know very well, to talk about their respective role over a cup of coffee (or tea!).

This year, there is now also a “Mystery Colleague” option for more adventurous colleagues willing to be matched with a colleague at random.

Registration is open until Friday 6 April but don’t wait too long to register as numbers are limited and vouchers allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, all you will need to do is complete a short form giving details about yourself and your guest. The registration form can be found on our webpage – click here to access the form.

If you are successful, you will receive an email mid-April confirming that a drinks voucher for two has been loaded onto your KentOne card and can be redeemed at one of the University’s commercial services outlets (Canterbury and Medway).

If you have chosen the “Mystery Colleague” option you will be given the name of the person you have been matched with so that you can get in contact and organise your coffee encounter.

Coffee with Colleagues is part of the Kent Colleagues Connect programme, jointly funded by the Academic Division, Commercial Services and Learning & Organisational Development. This programme offers a number of opportunities throughout the year to meet colleagues across the University in an informal setting and learn more about their role. The full programme can be found here.

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Extra buses- exams and Easter vacation

As exam time is approaching the Transport Team, Estates department, are working with Stagecoach to provide extra Uni2 buses on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 25 March and 27 May 2018.

During term-time we provide a 24 hour bus service 6 days a week, serviced by the Uni1, Uni2, 4 and Triangle buses. The additional Uni2 services mean that there will be a 24/7 bus service for this period to help you travel to and from the library to prepare for exams. See additional Uni2 services below or on posters at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.


Buses to town centre

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435

The Beverlie   2134    2234    2334    0039    0139    0239    0339    0439

University Darwin        2138    2238    2338    0043    0143    0243    0343    0443

University Park Wood             2142    2242    2342    0047    0147    0247    0347    0447

University Keynes Stop A       2146    2246    2346    0051    0151    0251    0351    0451

St Dunstans Westgate            2153    2253    2353    0058    0158    0258    0358    0458

Canterbury bus station            2201    2301    0001    0106    0206    0306    0406    0506


Buses to Hales Place

Canterbury bus station A5/B1 2105    2205    2305    0010    0110    0210    0310    0410

St Dunstans Westgate            2111    2211    2311    0016    0116    0216    0316    0416

University Keynes Stop B       2117    2217    2317    0022    0122    0222    0322    0422

University Park Wood             2121    2221    2321    0026    0126    0226    0326    0426

University Darwin        2125    2225    2325    0030    0130    0230    0330    0430

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435


The Uni1 and Uni2 buses will also continue to the usual timetable over the Easter vacation (6 April to 8 May 2018) despite being outside of term-time.

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Return of the Chill Out Zone

The Templeman Library Chill Out Zone is back from Monday 19 March

Relax in a calm and quiet pop-up space in the Library – open just for exam season. Take some time out from your revision, flop on a beanbag or comfy chair, enjoy the views, do some colouring, leisure reading or just chill. There will also be wellbeing workshops running in this space in the exam term on de-stressing. No studying allowed! Tell us what you want to see in here by writing ideas on the whiteboard.

You can find the Chill Out Zone in D Block, Floor 3. The space is open from 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 19 March and you’ll need your KentOne card to enter.

Need to relax with some reading?

Have a look at our Wellbeing and Self Help reading list. All the books on it are available as e-books.

Topics include:

  • Study and exam skills
  • Motivation
  • Mindfulness
  • University life
  • Coping with stress and anxiety

If you need more support, Student Wellbeing can help you.

Study smarter with productivity tools

Try some of these free apps and tools, picked out by Student Support. They can save you time, make it easier to access study material and increase your productivity.

Stay safe on your way to the Library

The Templeman Library is open 24/7 until June. Make sure you’re safe, whatever time you arrive and leave:

  • Use the SafeZone app for quick access to campus security and emergency services
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Bring your own cup & save 20% off hot drinks at Gulbenkian

Love the environment this February! Gulbenkian are offering 20% off hot drinks when you bring your own cup to Gulbenkian during this month.

In the UK we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day. That’s a staggering amount. Choose a reusable cup, reduce waste and help protect the environment.

Gulbenkian recently switched to barista style service to improve wait times and create a more efficient service. Making it quicker to get your caffeine fix or your lunchtime sandwich and perhaps one of the delicious cakes or brownies we have available daily.