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Celebrating consent day with Ruby Rare, 9 February

Celebrating Consent Day, 9 February

Strengthening our culture of consent

The University of Kent aims to be a positive and inclusive community for all staff and students, and provide a place of work and study where respect and healthy relationships thrive.

We are committed to ensuring that our approach against sexual misconduct and assault is transparent and clear to both staff and students – that is it not tolerated and what the avenues are for reporting and obtaining support should it happen. To make a positive culture shift requires not only clarifications of sanctions and process, but a proactive approach to cultivate and strengthen a culture of consent in our university community – which is why we have launched a sex-positive campaign.

We have put together a student facing consent campaign page which is a useful resource for staff too.  In our campaign page we give information about what consent is and share some tips on how to ensure they have got consent, and how they can give consent clearly to their partner(s).

Celebrating Consent Day

As part of this ongoing campaign, we invite all staff and students to attend, learn and participate with us on Wednesday 9 February: Celebrating Consent Day!

Join us in Darwin Conference Suite from 13.00 for an afternoon of interactive and engaging sessions. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite where you can book tickets for as many or as few sessions as you would like!

13.00-14.00 The World of Online Dating: find your perfect partner and stay safe

We are starting our afternoon with a workshop on online dating. METRO and Protection Against Stalking (PAS) will be telling us about how to stay safe in the online dating world, and how to create a profile and enjoy getting know people.

15-15.15 Sex & Empowerment with Ruby Rare

For the second session we will be joined by Ruby Rare, a sex-educator, artist, and body-positive champion. She’s on a mission to engage people of all ages in positive conversations about sex and pleasure. You can expect a talk that moves away from the typical heteronormative sex-ed and addresses the ways in which we can tackle the stigmas around consent education and put pleasure first.

Ruby is a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, co-founder of life drawing collective Body Love Sketch Club, and has spoken at TedXLondon, Women of the World Festival, and on BBC Woman’s Hour. She is listed as one of 24 figures making a positive change to social media in Cosmopolitan’s 2021 Positivity Index.

15.30-17.00 Crafting Consent: a collaborative artwork

Our final session invites all participants to reflect on sex-positivity, empowerment, and consent by making a contribution to our community artwork. We will be providing materials and food! Stick around for a chat with our speakers and each other, have time to discuss your ideas and responses while we create a lasting memento of this snapshot in time of Kent’s journey to a more inclusive sex-positive culture.

We hope to see you there! Will you help us put a full stop to sexual assault and misconduct? Consent. Get it. Full Stop.

If you have any questions or want to collaborate on the Consent campaign at Kent, please email us at WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk

Celebrating consent day with Ruby Rare, 9 February

Celebrating Consent Day with Ruby Rare! 9 February

We’re committed to cultivating and strengthening a culture of consent in our community.

You’re invited to our sex-positive Celebrating Consent Day on Wednesday 9 February. Everyone is welcome to attend, learn, and participate.

Join us in Darwin Conference Suite from 13.00 for an afternoon of interactive and engaging sessions. Get your free tickets via Eventbrite where you can book tickets for as many or as few sessions as you would like!

13.00-14.00 The World of Online Dating: find your perfect partner and stay safe

We are starting our afternoon with a workshop on online dating. METRO and Protection Against Stalking (PAS) will be telling us about how to stay safe in the online dating world, and how to create a profile and enjoy getting know people. This is for everyone! Whatever your gender, sexuality, age or current dating status, there will be intel for you to reflect on navigating digital spaces and your online identity.

14.15-15.15 Sex & Empowerment with Ruby Rare

For the second session we will be joined by Ruby Rare, a sex-educator, artist, and body-positive champion. She’s on a mission to engage people of all ages in positive conversations about sex and pleasure. Her work is influenced by her experiences as a queer, non-monogamous, dual-heritage person. She has recently launched the podcast In Touch and is the author of ‘Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults’. You can expect a talk that moves away from the typical heteronormative sex-ed and addresses the ways in which we can tackle the stigmas around consent education and put pleasure first.

Ruby is a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, co-founder of life drawing collective Body Love Sketch Club, and has spoken at TedXLondon, Women of the World Festival, and on BBC Woman’s Hour. She is listed as one of 24 figures making a positive change to social media in Cosmopolitan’s 2021 Positivity Index.

15.30-17.00 Crafting Consent: a collaborative artwork

Our final session invites all participants to reflect on sex-positivity, empowerment, and consent by making a contribution to our community artwork. We will be providing all the materials you need and food to fuel your inner artist! Stick around for a chat with our speakers and each other, have time to discuss your ideas and responses while we create a lasting memento of this snapshot in time of Kent’s journey to a more inclusive sex-positive culture.

Register for events. We hope to see you there!

Will you help us put a full stop to sexual assault and misconduct? Consent. Get it. Full Stop

Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic

Grab a Jab on Canterbury campus, Tues 1 February

Join the thousands of students getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

Following the success of the last vaccination clinic on campus, we will be running another on Tuesday 1 February, 12.30-16.30, in the Old Santander Bank on the Canterbury campus. 

Come along for your free Covid-19 vaccination – 1st, 2nd and booster vaccines are all available.

For 18s and over the gap is 8 weeks after the first dose and 12 weeks for the booster after the second.  Anyone who has recently had Covid should wait for 28 days before getting their vaccine/booster.

Can’t make these? Find a Covid-19 vaccination centre near you in Kent and Medway.

Students sat outside Sibson building

Covid-19 Update: Keeping our campuses safe

From Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

Following my email on Wednesday about recent Government Covid-19 announcements, I wanted to follow up with a bit more detail on what this will mean for us at Kent. As you know, our focus throughout the pandemic has been on keeping our entire community safe, and our approach at this stage is on taking sensible steps to limit the risk of infection as we return fully to face-to-face teaching.

We also all have a role in recognising and respecting the different situations both students and staff may be in and that some, particularly those who are more vulnerable, will be concerned about the changing picture nationally. With that in mind, our expectation is that everyone should continue to wear face coverings in teaching spaces, communal areas of our buildings and other areas where there are lots of people around. This can make a real difference to infection rates, along with reassuring those who are most at risk.

Vaccinations

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our pop-up vaccination centre on our Canterbury campus earlier this week, joining the thousands of students who have been jabbed across the country. If you are heading into town this weekend, there will another walk-in at Whitefriars in the empty Ernest Jones shop from 10.00 to 16.00 on both Saturday and Sunday – we’ll also have another pop-up centre on Canterbury campus in the Old Bank on Tuesday 1 February from 12.30 to 16.30. Find a Covid-19 vaccination centre near you.

Testing

Everyone coming onto campus should also continue to test at least twice a week and register their results with the NHS – free lateral flow test kits are available on the Canterbury campus from College receptions, Campus Security, the Registry and the Templeman Library, plus at the Old Sports Hall at Medway.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support with this and for everything you continue to do to keep our campuses safe.

With all good wishes,

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

Students on Canterbury campus

Talking Cultures: Free intercultural workshops

Are you looking to further enhance your intercultural awareness and an opportunity to meet students from various cultural backgrounds? If so, you might be interested in these stand-alone cultural workshops which are free and open to all Kent students.

Workshops will be delivered in-person at the Canterbury Campus. If you need assistance, please email internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk

Workshop 1: Cultural Knowledge and Identity – EWLA3340

Wednesday 2 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 2: Considerations of Intercultural Communication – EWLA3350

Wednesday 9 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 3: Barriers to Intercultural Communication; Tools & Strategies – EWLA3360

Wednesday 16 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Workshop 4: Enhancing cultural awareness – EWLA3370

Wednesday 23 Feb, 14.00-15.30.

Feedback from students who have previously attended a Talking Cultures workshops

Laura Prats Cardona: “Personally, my favourite one [workshop] was the culture workshop, where we were put in groups of more or less ten people and each of us discussed the prejudices on our cultures, what we believed to be culture (which is so much more than just food music or clothes) and what culture we identified ourselves with. It was interesting to see how people who had travelled or moved countries during their childhood (myself included) identified with two or more cultures”.

Bilal Hussain: “Internationalisation and global engagement programmes exemplified by GOLD, such as the talking cultures workshops, have helped fuel this new emerging environment of cultural pride and expression for us all. Going back to the previous point about travelling through the people you meet; internationalisation programmes have become even more important in keeping this momentum going in the current COVID climate where we can’t travel. This only amplifies just how important it is in forging global and diverse relationships so that we can see the world through people. Most importantly however, it improves our respect and awareness of different perspectives from different parts of the world which helps us to build a respectful and tolerant society where we can celebrate each other and forge togetherness rather than divisions”.

 

Park Wood kitchen with two students smiling at each other

Returning student accommodation applications now open

Are you and your friends thinking about where to live next year? Take the hassle out of house hunting and worrying about deposits or bill payments by returning to with us again next year.

We’ve set aside a limited number of rooms across the Canterbury campus and Pier Quays exclusively for returning students, so whether you are in your second, third or fourth year you can take advantage of the great benefits of living with us once again when you apply online!

  • Live with your friends – tell us in your applications and as look as you meet our guidelines we’ll house you together. (Check out our FAQs for more info).
  • No deposit needed to secure your room – pay nothing until September 2022 for Canterbury campus accommodation and only an advanced rent payment for Pier Quays.
  • Guaranteed offer– for the first 1,000 Canterbury returning student applications and all Medway applications. You’ll also get quick confirmation with early applicants finding out if their application is successful at the end of January with their room allocation information following from March.
  • Pay no bills – all utilities are included (gas, water, electricity, heating and Wi-Fi) plus you get to keep your Kent Sport Premium Plus membership for free for another year.

If you are applying for Canterbury accommodation you can apply for any accommodation area except Turing College (which is reserved for new students). In Medway we also have phase 2 rooms available in Pier Quays which returning student applications are given priority for. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis so apply early to maximise your chances.

Check your emails from the Accommodation Team or visit our returning student accommodation page for more information including our handy FAQ Guide.

So, remove the worry of finding a new place to live, and instead apply online now and relax knowing you can live with friends and have the great facilities available on campus to return to next year.

Getting back together. Mixing in and living in halls means you are at more risk of infectious diseases. Missed your free routine MMR, MenACWY or Covid-19 vaccines? Make tie to check with yout university GP and arrange to have them. Don't let infectious disease spoil your time at university.

Increase in Group B Meningococcal disease in university students

Recent data and analysis from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that in autumn 2021 there was an increase in the number of cases of meningococcal disease in teenagers and young adults, mainly caused by group B meningococcal disease (MenB) – with the majority among university students.

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that can go on to cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). There are 5 main meningococcal strains that cause disease in the UK. Men B is the most common strain in the UK and other strains include MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY.

Signs and symptoms of Men B

The disease can progress rapidly so it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms so that you can get medical help as soon as possible. Commons signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia:

  • fever with cold hands and feet
  • vomiting
  • drowsy or difficult to wake
  • confusion and irritability
  • severe muscle pain
  • pale blotchy skin, spots or rash
  • severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • dislike bright lights
  • convulsions or seizures

If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

Have you had your vaccines?

It’s important to keep up to date with your vaccines.

It is recommended that you get the MenACWY vaccine (protecting against 4 types of meningococcal disease) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine before starting university. If that is not possible, you should have the vaccines as soon as you can after you arrive.

If you are unsure which vaccines you have had, contact your GP.

Postgraduate study at Kent. Open Event. Wednesday 23 February 2022. On campus and virtual.

Postgraduate Open Event, 23 February

Step up, stand out and specialise – discover our career-focused programmes at Kent. We’ll be holding our Open Event on Wednesday 23 February 2022. The event offers both face-to-face and virtual options, providing an opportunity to meet our staff and current students, across our UK and European campuses.

Join a community that’s already shaping tomorrow’s world and discover where it could take you.

Book your place at the virtual event [12.00 – 14.00 UK time]

Book your place at the campus event [17.00 – 19.00 UK time]

What to expect at the Open Event:

  • Find out more about postgraduate study at Kent, a top UK and global University
  • Discover our multimillion-pound scholarship fund, subject specific awards other funding opportunities
  • Learn more about our career-focused programmes, particularly our conversion Master’s courses in Business, Law, Marketing, Finance, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Social Work, Healthcare and more
  • Meet and chat to our incredible academic and support staff as well as our current students
  • Virtually view our campuses in Kent, Canterbury and Medway, and our postgraduate centres in Europe, Brussels and Paris. Or, we welcome you to visit our Canterbury campus in person.

Book a place at our open event here

Sharpen your focus and step up in your career this 2022. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Register to vote. Students need to register to vote each year. gov.uk/register-to-vote

Register to vote

Students can be registered to vote at a term-time address and a home address

How do I register?

Registering to vote is quick, easy and secure.

  1. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will be asked for your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. If you do not know or do not have a National Insurance number, please select ‘I cannot supply a National insurance Number’ and enter ‘student’ for the reason.
  3. Students from the UK, EU, Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories and British Crown Dependencies are all eligible to register to vote.

Why should I register?

To vote: You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you are not registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you or how things are run. Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

As a student, you can register at both your term time address and at the address you live at outside of term time. At local elections, you can vote in both areas if they are in different council districts. You can only vote once in a national election such as a UK Parliamentary General Election, it is a criminal offence to vote twice in these elections. If you are unsure which elections you can vote in, check with our Electoral Service team.

But I thought I was already registered to vote?

If you are unsure whether you are registered please contact Electoral Services, Canterbury City Council . Students need to register at their term-time address each academic year.

What if I don’t wish to register in the Canterbury area?

If you do not wish to register in the Canterbury area as you only wish to register at your home address, please email electoral.services@canterbury.gov.uk informing Electoral Services of your wish not to register, together with your term time address and full name.

Electoral Services, Canterbury City Council Contact details

Phone: 01227 862 007
Email: electoral.services@canterbury.gov.uk

If you have any problems or queries with your registration, please contact Electoral Services. 

"Resolutions" spelt in scrabble tiles

New Year, new study habits

Want to develop some new study habits in the new year and start your studies with energy and enthusiasm? Here’s how the Library Team can help you keep those New Year resolutions.

Be more organised and save time

Use study tools in our Software Finder to help plan your study time and ensure you get the most out of each session. These are perfect if you find yourself getting distracted from your work, need help blocking out your environment or want to create an action plan for your next assignment.

Digital ‘re’tox

Maybe detoxing is more traditional at this time of year, but why would you want to go offline when you have so many digital resources at your fingertips! This could be the year that you get fully acquainted with the range of e-resources that the library has to offer. Use LibrarySearch Digital and the Digital Resources Directory to get searching.

Health and wellbeing

Wellbeing tools are great for looking after your mental and physical health. They can encourage you to take regular breaks, use your downtime to fully relax and can even help you work on your sleep habits! Stepping away from your study at regular intervals is important to stay healthy and focused. Pick up a copy of Inquire and have a coffee break at the Library Café!

Stay motivated

Working with others can really help when trying to stay motivated. Why not form a study group with friends to keep yourself on track? It’s so much easier to bail out when you’re working alone, so commit to study sessions with others! You could even book a group study room in the library, decked out with presentation screens so you can share ideas and keep sessions engaging.

Discover something new (or very old!)

New to the University (welcome!) or not familiarised yourself with the Templeman Library yet? Pop in and see us – we are 24/7 until Summer from 17 Jan! Alternatively, learn about the services on the Library and IT e-induction on Moodle. Watch this short film on the Templeman Library and how we can help!

Want to gain some more research skills to help with your studies and employabilty? Head over to the Library Research Skills Moodle module. Get lost in our Special Collections and Archives. Visit the website to find out what collections we hold that may help you with your studies, pop into the reading room to speak to our team or come along to an exhibition. A good place to start is our online British Cartoon Archive or British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

Find a guardian angel!

Now maybe this wasn’t on your list of resolutions, but it should be. Every subject at University of Kent is overseen by an Academic Liaison Librarian. Luckily for you, they’re on hand to help with all of your study worries, whether you need help finding your way around the library, or want some guidance on how to use some the tools we’ve mentioned.

You can find the details for your guardian angel liaison librarian under ‘subject support‘ on our website. Do you have any study-related resolutions we’ve not mentioned, and want to know how the library can support you in keeping them? Leave a comment below and we’ll do what we can to help!