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Estates raise funds for ‘Mind’

The Estates Department carried out another year of fantastic fund raising in 2017 for their chosen charity, ‘Mind’.  Estates choose a different charity each year and Mind was nominated by Emily Mason, Environmental Sustainability Assistant.  Emily explained why she had put forward Mind, “I nominated Mind as they are a charity that, now more than ever, are crucial for helping people at crisis point, and preventing people who struggle with their mental health, from reaching crisis point”.

Estates collected various donations throughout the year as well as holding a successful Estates staff raffle and raised the tremendous total of £1834.14.  On receipt of the cheque, a spokesperson from Mind said, “We would like to say a huge thank you. It is important for us to make sure everyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for support and advice”.

To find more out about Mind and the great work they do, you can visit their website.



FitnessFest 2018

As part of the University of Kent’s Worldfest celebrations this month, FitnessFest 2018 will offer three different classes to get your blood pumping. In our annual fitness class shakeup Kent Sport invites you to join the fitness team to sample a unique evening of group exercise at the eighth annual FitnessFest medley on Monday 26 February.

FitnessFest kicks off with ‘The Beast’ circuits at 18.10. Instructor Mike ‘The Beast’ Burrell will put you through your paces as you navigate multiple exercise stations.

At 19.10 we mix things up with Mashup Medley – one hour and four different classes to really test your mettle. Animal Flow, Insanity, Box Fit and Mash It Up combine in to one epic class.

We end the evening with the Zumba finale starting at 20.10. Join Jeni and Emma as they blast through some amazing tunes and get your whole body moving to the Zumba beat.

All FitnessFest classes are free for Gold and Silver Members. Bronze member class rate applies – student £4.40, staff and public junior £5.40, alumni and public adult £6.40. Class fees are payable at the Sports Centre reception. Please book and pay (if required) on to each class you will be attending. Gold and Silver members can book online up to seven days in advance or by visiting the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions. Bronze members can book up to three days in advance at reception. On the day bookings are also allowed. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your booked class start time.

If you’re not a member it’s easy to join, ask at the Sports Centre or Pavilion reception or visit our membership web pages.

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Invitation to Simplifying Kent Project 1 ‘town-hall’ consultation meetings

The project team for the Simplifying Kent Project 1: Programme Approval and Curriculum Design has undertaken and completed a great deal of work in the last twelve months including:

  • the introduction of a revised programme and module approval process (for details on the pilot, please see the QA website)
  • the preparation of recommendations to the University in relation to timetable planning
  • a regular review of taught programmes to ensure they are viable

At every stage, these recommendations have been informed by feedback received from the SK1 Stakeholder Group, and feedback from colleagues in academic schools and professional service departments across the University. The project team is now preparing to draft the final recommendations report, and we would welcome your input on these areas:

  • The structure within which taught programmes of study are organised and run
  • Reviewing the pilot of the revised PMAS processes, and considering whether any further changes are necessary
  • The impact of proposed recommendations on staff, students, marketing and recruitment, and other areas

Therefore, we invite all interested members of staff to a “town-hall” style meeting to give your input on the project’s proposals. These will be held on the following days:

  • 15:00-17:00 on Thursday 15 February in M2-28, Medway Building, Medway campus
  • 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 21 February in SLT2, Stacey Building, Canterbury campus

We hope to see you at one of these sessions. If you are not able to come along, and/or would like more information about the Simplifying Kent programme or this project, please see our SharePoint site or email us.

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Condolences for Jacqui Suggett

The University was very sorry to hear of the death of Jacqui Suggett on 13 January 2018, following a long illness.

Jacqui, who retired from the University in 2008, was the Alumni Database Manager in the Communications & Development Office. After she retired Jacqui returned to the University on short term contracts until 2010, as her wealth of experience was vital to the smooth running of the University’s Degree Congregations. Jacqui’s hard work had made a considerable difference to the Degree Congregations for years.

Jacqui was employed by the University in August 1976 as a Secretariat Assistant (Word Processing Machine Operator) in the Academic Division of the Registry. In 1989 Jacqui started to work for the Public Relations and Information Office on desktop publishing, the University prospectus, and database work. In later years Jacqui worked in Alumni Relations, with particular responsibility for the alumni database until she retired.

Jacqui was an extremely dedicated and accomplished colleague, who pioneered the use of office technology in its infancy training many people to use word processors when they were first adopted. Jacqui was also knowledgeable, wise, and a wonderful friend who would do all she could to help fellow members of staff.

Jacqui’s funeral has been arranged for Thursday 8 February at 1.15pm. The service will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Clarence Road, Herne Bay. Following this a short service will be held at Barham Crematorium. Refreshments will be provided, with details to follow.

Jacqui requested no flowers, and instead asked for donations to the Church or to the Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury.

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Interested in Teaching English Abroad? Take a CELTA course at Kent.

CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is one of the most globally recognised qualifications for teaching English to speakers of other languages. It will enable you to apply for teaching posts either overseas or in the UK. It is regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.

CELTA is also an excellent way of enhancing your employability and if you are thinking of working locally, travelling over the summer, or taking a gap year after university CELTA is a great way to earn money.

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is offering an intensive full time 5-week programme starting on Monday 18 June 2018.

For more information, visit our website. Or email the CELTA Team.

Jolly Sailor Pub in Canterbury

Join us in celebrating two years of pubTALK!

Please join us next Monday 5 February, 19.00-21.00 for Dr Tracy Kivell’s pubTALK; Thumbs up! The evolution of our hands and help us celebrate two years of pubTALK!

As usual this pubTALK will take place in the upstairs function room at The Jolly Sailor, Canterbury. Doors open at 19.00 for a 19.30 start and entry is free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to stay behind after the talk to continue the discussions for a drink or two!

Please feel free to invite colleagues and friends – all are welcome. You can also get up to date information via our website or mailing list.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

The Q-Step team


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Kent Sport dates for the diary

Kent Sport will be hosting some pretty incredible events over the next few months, so be sure to put the following dates in your diary. You can also check the online events calendar to see what’s coming up.

  • Friday 26 January – Xercise Factor application deadline. Make long-lasting changes to your lifestyle through Kent Sport’s Xercise Factor programme through an overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits over six weeks. Complete your application form now.
  • Saturday 24 February – UV touchtennis. After a popular term one event, UV touchtennis is back on the programme for term two. Experience a mini version of the game suitable for all levels, but in UV! Book by emailing
  • Sunday 25 February – UV sports night. Enjoy glow in the dark sports and fitness classes, including an awesome roller disco! Book by emailing
  • Monday 26 February – FitnessFest. Join the Kent Sport fitness team for an evening of masterclasses you won’t forget! Check out the events calendar for more details.
  • Friday 2 March – Canterbury Fire and Ice walk in aid of Pilgrims Hospices. A real mental and physical challenge. Brave the fires (and/or glass) for charity. Don’t forget to bring friends and family for support! Register here.
  • Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 April – Easter Sports Camps for kids. A great opportunity for children to learn a range of sports and meet new friends at the same time at our sports camps run by qualified coaches. Email to book your place.
  • Sunday 6 March – Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge. Kent’s biggest cycling challenge returns for its eighth year. Join more than 1,200 riders at the Pavilion and cycle for charity. Register here.
  • Sunday 20 May – University of Kent Canterbury 10K. A scenic route starting at the Pavilion using some of the historic “Crab and Winkle Way” in the lovely countryside on the edge of Canterbury. Register here.

For all the sports, events and activities, pick up a copy of the Sport at Kent booklet from the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions.

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Defying the Odds- Student Success Project Inspirational Speaker Event

Inspirational speaker Symeria Hudson will share her insights and tips for success on Thursday 25 January 2018. This event is taking place from 12:30 – 13:45 in the Moot Room, Wigoder Law Building.

Recent Senior Executive at ConvaTec plc (FTSE 100 medical giant), Symeria will share her story of ‘Defying the Odds’: growing up in Alabama, attending a historically black college, gaining an MBA at Harvard and winning a seat on the leadership team for one of the largest IPOs in the world of healthcare.

Symeria will share her approach to life and her career, defeating odds with perseverance to achieve success despite many challenges faced over the years.

Hear Symeria’s insights:

  • Purpose: Who you are will determine who you will become
  • Passion: Approaching your career with zeal and excitement
  • Perseverance: Taking grit to a new level, moving forward despite difficulty or delay

Symeria’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session, refreshments, and an opportunity to network.

This event is run under the Student Success Project, winner of the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Support 2017.

The event is free to attend and there is no registration required. For further information please contact Sheree Palmer on 01227 816503 or by email.

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Writing with Impact – a writing workshop for administrative staff

The Learning and Teaching network have arranged a workshop for administrators who would like to improve the effectiveness and quality of their non-academic writing.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 4 April 2018, 13.00-16.00, in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

The ability to write well is an indispensable skill that most people wish they could improve. This inspiring workshop will explore techniques you can use to become a more efficient and persuasive writer. Run by Susan Barker, a novelist with extensive experience as a writing facilitator, this half-day course will include many practical tips and fun activities to strengthen and energise your writing. Participants will complete a pre-workshop questionnaire so specific writing issues can be addressed.

As places are strictly limited, priority will be given to those who can attend for the whole course.

The session is free of charge to participants, but schools/departments are asked to provide a cost code. If a participant fails to attend or cancels without at least 2 working days’ notice, the code will be debited £60 for a half day programme. A charge will not be made in cases of illness or for other valid reasons.

To book a place please email us.


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Alumni research in Contemporary Buddhism

The Department of Religious Studies is delighted to announce that alumni Robert Maguire, who graduated with a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, has published material related to his research in the journal ‘Contemporary Buddhism’.

Contemporary Buddhism is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles on the current state and influence of Buddhism.

Robert’s doctoral project was entitled ‘The Madhyamaka Speaks to the West: A Philosophical Analysis of the Nature of Sunyata as a Universal Truth’. The article is entitled ‘An All-new Timeless Truth: A Madhyamaka Analysis of Conflict and Compromise in Buddhist Modernism’.

The article explores the argument put forward by Donald Lopez, who argues that we should reject the narrative of compatibility between Buddhism and science (as any apparent compatibility is achieved through a process of propositional compromise that sacrifices Buddhism’s distinctive content). This conclusion puts tension on the project within Buddhist modernism to formulate a form of Buddhism that functions within or alongside modern scientific paradigms. While agreeing with Lopez, Robert argues that this conclusion only holds under a particular epistemological assumption that is at odds with the Madhyamaka-Prāsaṅgika philosophy of śūnyatā, and suggests that a Madhyamaka analysis of the tensions in Buddhist modernism opens up the possibility of a friction-less pluralism between Buddhism and science.

You can access the article here.