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Freecycle event

Freecycle event

Staff and students are invited to donate unwanted items for a freecycle event taking place on the Canterbury campus in early November.

Items including clothes, books, shoes, bags, crockery, pots, pans, homeware (excluding electricals and sharps) can be dropped off at the Student Activities Centre on Thursday 8 November from 15.00 to 17.00. The freecycle event takes place the following day, Friday 9 November, from 1pm on the plaza. Staff and students can take any of the items in return for an optional donation to Kent RAG, who are supporting Movember. The event will end as soon as all of the items are gone, so it works on a first-come-first-served basis. Be there early to avoid missing out!

Cyber Security Event

KirCCS Public Engagement event on Cyber Security

Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent will host its first Public Engagement Event in Cyber Security at the Canterbury campus on Wednesday 5th December 2018 from 13.00 to 18.00.

The event will be opened by Professor Karen Cox, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, at 14.30 after a buffet lunch reception, together with posters, stands, and demonstrations on various topics in Cyber Security.

The event will also include a talk by Professor Philippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, on the University’s activities, achievements and future plans in research and innovation. There will be an introduction to KirCCS, followed by a number of invited talks given by external speakers from government, industry and academia.

KirccS is representing the University of Kent as a UK government recognised ACE-CSR (Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research).

Please book your place at this event as places are limited.

 

 

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Writing with Impact workshop for professional services staff

The Learning and Teaching Network has arranged a Writing Workshop for Professional Services staff on Wednesday 21 November, 13.15-16.15, Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6.  The session will be run by Susan Barker, a novelist with extensive experience as a writing facilitator.

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.  The workshop will include many practical tips and fun activities to strengthen and energise your writing.

Whether composing an email, a letter or a report, Writing with Impact will help you tap into your creativity to become a more confident and effective writer.

Places are limited on this workshop.  To book a place please use the online booking form.

 

 

CSHE Seminar Series

CSHE seminar – Applications of Concept Mapping to Higher Education Research

Colleagues are invited to the Centre for the Study of Higher Education seminar taking place on Thursday 25 October, from 13.00 to 14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

The seminar, on ‘Applications of Concept Mapping to Higher Education Research’, will be presented by Professor Ian Kinchin, Department of Higher Education, University of Surrey.

Concept mapping (as developed by Joe Novak) has been used as a student study aid since the 1970s. Applications of concept maps have been shown to help students to understand complex ideas and integrate their learning to build a coherent knowledge structure. Concept mapping has also been used as a research tool as it provides a method to collect and present rich data.

Its origins in science education have resulted in a bias towards quantitative analysis of maps and has resulted in various ways of scoring maps. This seems to mask much of the benefit of producing a map in the first place. Qualitative analysis of maps can reveal unique perspectives that might be lost by other data collection techniques. Whilst the qualitative analysis of maps can be messy, it can be a more effective way of eliciting personal views of research participants.

he application of concept map-mediated interviews can facilitate the visualisation of these personal views. This seminar will introduce participants to the pros and cons of this approach, and initiate discussion about the appropriateness of the tool for academic professional development.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the online booking form.

Sustainable food

Launch of a new sustainable food strategy

The University of Kent recognises its responsibility to carry out its procurement activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, and the considerable influence we have in using our buying power to encourage healthy and sustainable food production and consumption. With this in mind, the University launches its first sustainable food strategy on 1 October 2018.

The strategy is a road map for increasing the sustainability of our food offering from field to fork and beyond, and has been co-written by Kent Hospitality, Kent Sport, The Gulbenkian and the Estates Department, along with the Kent Union Environment Officer and student and staff reps. The strategy supports the University’s aim to embed the Sustainable Development Goals into our operations.

Highlights include:

  • Reducing overall meat consumption across our campuses and improving the welfare standard of the meat we serve
  • Reducing the miles our fruit and veg travels and increasing the seasonality of our menus
  • Incorporating food grown on campus into our menus
  • Carrying out a full review of the amount of single-use disposables we get through
  • Pursuing options for food composting

Read the full strategy and find out more about sustainable food at the Sustainability web pages or email sustainability@kent.ac.uk.

Study Plus courses

Free Study Plus workshops to boost your CV

Registration is open now on our FREE Study Plus workshops. There is a wide variety of courses which allow you to explore your creative side as well as learning new skills to help you during your studies and when you graduate. Courses include:

  • KE192: #DigitalReboot Business Start-Up Workshops
  • KE125-KE127: Advanced Spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel
  • KE170: The Ever-Changing Face of Sherlock Holmes
  • KE158/KE159: Acting for Beginners/Improvers
  • KE146: Harry Potter and the Literary Phenomenon
  • KE148: U. N. I. (You and I) Protect
  • KE178/KE179: Cambridge/IELTS Exam Preparation Taster
  • KE095: Communicate with Confidence
  • KE172: A Journey through 100 Years of Art and History (1860s-1970s)
  • KE155: An Introduction to Sustainability

And many, many more…

Book your place via the Workshops page in SDS.

Study Plus is also a proud sponsor of the Employability Points scheme that rewards students for active engagement in co-curricular activities.

Study Plus offers you the chance to earn up to 60 Employability Points per course (number of points varies depending on the number of hours attended)! The points can then be exchanged for the chance to apply for rewards including paid internships, work experience opportunities, training and vouchers offered by local and national employers.

Discounted Language Express courses for Medway students

The Centre for English and World Languages offers 20 week courses in French (Beginners) and Japanese (Beginners and Post-Beginners) at the Medway campus. The classes take place on Wednesday afternoons and will begin on 10 October 2018.

We are currently offering 50% discount for the first 35 Kent students at the Medway campus who apply, reducing the cost to just £114 for the entire course!

Visit the Language Express website to find out more and to book your place today.

Carers support Autumn events

Are you a carer, or do you think you could be? Would you like to talk to someone about your caring role?

The University of Kent and Carers FIRST recognise that gaining support for your caring role whilst studying can be difficult. We are therefore offering you the opportunity to gain 1-2-1 support in your caring role and share your experiences with other carers on campus.

Join us at the Rochester Building, room R2-05 on the Medway campus on:

  • Wednesday 3 October, 12.30-14.30
  • Wednesday 7 November, 12.30-14.30
  • Wednesday 5 December, 12.30-14.30

Carers FIRST Community staff will be on hand to chat to you about your caring role and to offer support.

Crowdfunding at Kent

Crowdfunding@Kent – Build the crowd!

One of the stand out events in Freshers Week this year was the much anticipated launch of the University’s new crowdfunding platform , CrowdFunding@Kent

A joint project between Kent Union and The Development Office, Crowdfunding@Kent provides a vehicle for small student projects to be funded throughout the year. The best projects could even receive match-funding up to £1000.

Students, groups and societies are invited to apply online. The most exciting and best supported projects will be first in the queue to try their hand at crowdfunding.

A test project run through the platform earlier this year called The Green Room – From Tree to Building successfully raised more than £6,000 to construct a teaching and social space using timbers cut from campus woodlands.

For further information email crowdfunding@kent.ac.uk or download an application form.

 

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Public consultation on Campus Masterplan

A public consultation on our Campus Masterplan takes place in October. We’ll share our vision for the future evolution of the campus to best meet the needs of the University and of the wider city and region.

The Framework Masterplan proposals detail the framework within which we will make decisions on the future development of our estate in the short-term (2018 to 2021) and medium-term (2021 to 2031), covering the period defined within Canterbury City Council’s District Local Plan.

This latest version of the Masterplan takes into account the feedback that staff, students, local amenity groups and residents provided during the initial stages of consultation in 2016 and 2017.

We learned a lot from that feedback and we now invite you to share your views on the Framework Masterplan by attending our consultation events. They take place as follows:

  • Saturday 6 October 2018, 10.00-16.00 at Westgate Hall, Canterbury
  • Thursday 11 October 2018, 14.00-20.00 at Tyler Hill Memorial Hall
  • Friday 12 October 2018, 14.00-20.00 at Blean Village Hall
  • Thursday 18 October 2018, 10.00-16.00 Darwin Conference Suite,  Canterbury campus

Our response to the views you express during this stage of the consultation will be published in a Consultation Statement later this year. This will feed into the final stages of development of the Framework Masterplan document, which will be presented to Canterbury City Council at the end of the year.

More information about the Masterplan and copies of previous consultation statements are available on our Masterplan web pages.