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Support from other students

If you are feeling lonely and would like to meet up with your fellow student peers then we have a couple of schemes to give you the support you need.

Buddy Scheme

Kent Union are extending their Buddy Scheme to support those remaining on campus over Christmas. To ensure no student feels isolated over the vacation period, the Christmas Buddy Scheme gives an opportunity for anybody not returning home to pair up with other students, matched on their common interests and location. Buddies can meet virtually or in-person as part of a ‘Christmas bubble’.Buddies aren’t just for Christmas though and you might find a long-lasting friendship through the scheme.

Residential Life Assistants

The Residential Life Assistants will be staying on campus during Christmas. They are postgraduate student volunteers who host events and support initiatives within your College. They will be on hand to offer you support and organise events such as The Tw’Elf Days of Christmas competition and the Christmas Cookies baking event. You will be able to borrow baking kits and baking boxes, cooking books and jigsaws from the College and Residential Life team. They will also be hosting events via Zoom over Christmas. Please head to our calendar so you are updated on all their events.

 

How to stay safe on campus

We have some tips on how to stay safe on campus over the Christmas period while still
enjoying the festivities.

COVID

Due to COVID it is imperative that you follow the government guidelines:

  • Hands – please keep your hands clean.
  • Face – wear a face covering inside University buildings and where social distancing can’t be maintained. There are exemptions for a number of health and other reasons, please be respectful of those who are unable to wear a face covering.
  • Space – remember to socially distance from others.
  • Test – if you display any symptoms that could indicate Covid-19, self-isolate immediately, get tested, and let the right people know. Please read our procedure if experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been advised to self-isolate.

Personal safety

Your personal safety is important to us. If you are out on your own at night here are some tips:

  • If on campus, use our night-time walking taxi service by contacting Campus Security
  • Get a registered taxi – save some money for the end of the night, so you can be brought straight home – it’s much safer and easier
  • Get the night bus, the Uni2. Stagecoach provides a night bus and the route includes campus colleges and the local area.
  • Get a free personal safety alarm from Campus Security
  • Keep your valuables hidden – cover-up expensive looking jewellery, mobiles, keys, cash and cards
  • Stick to well-lit and busy areas. Avoid car parks and underpasses
  • Stay alert – don’t walk home on the phone or listening to music

Celebrating safely

The festive period is all about being merry but do exercise caution.

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended
  • Never accept a drink from a stranger or someone you don’t trust
  • If you feel ill, slightly drunk or wasted when you know you shouldn’t, your drink could have been spiked. If so, tell someone you trust and get to a safe place

Campus Security staff are on duty 24/7 and can be contacted on 01227 823333.

Free SafeZone app

The free SafeZone app gives you quick access to emergency services, first aid and the University.

Get food delivered to your doorstep

If you don’t fancy popping outdoors then you can get your food to come to you.

Morrisons Student Doorstep Delivery

Morrisons have introduced their Student Doorstep Delivery. The new service allows students who are isolating or in need of food the option to receive a next day delivery for just £2. To place an order, students should visit and payment will be taken at the doorstep upon delivery.

You can find out about the other student delivery services available, including same day options. 

Please note that there will be no deliveries on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day.

Shop with Co-op on Deliveroo

Co-op have teamed up with Deliveroo to offer you easy online shopping. This means your favourite dish can be sitting on your doorstep in as little as 30 minutes. All you need to do is download the app and get ordering.

Looking after your wellbeing

There is a lot of support on hand for students over the Christmas period at the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Wellbeing Art Kits

We have a Wellbeing art kit which can be sent to your door for some festive, crafty relaxation.

Espression Arts in Canterbury has teamed up with Student Support and Wellbeing to offer these decorate at home kits at a cheaper price for Kent and KMMS students. Simply the discount code KentStudent2020 and your University of Kent email address  – postage is absolutely free for you and covered by the University of Kent.

What’s in it?

Each Kit comes as a mixed media pack with everything you need to create a wonderful, personalised work of art wherever you are. Kits include your selected ceramic decoration shape with a hole for hanging (approx 8cm x 8cm), three colours of acrylic paints (various colourways available) glitter and sequins can be added (with glue provided) to brighten up your creation and add sparkle! Designs can be applied front and back for double the fun. Once completed your decoration can be hung on the ribbon provided to give to a loved one or to keep for yourself – full user instructions provided.

If you have any queries, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk with your order number and address.

Canterbury

Student volunteers are on hand throughout the night if you just need someone to listen. The phone number to call is 01227 824848 or they have an instant chat function if preferred.

Campus Security staff are on duty 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and can always be contacted on their emergency number 01227 823333

Medway

At Medway, students have access to support through Medway Foodbank Vouchers (these can be obtained from the Medway Campus Chaplain) and Medway Street Angels.

For support with your finances, please contact GKSU Advice team to find out more about what support is available to you.

Please remember that the Medway Campus Chaplain is also available and can be contacted on MedwayCampusChaplain@gre.ac.uk.

Wellbeing

Student Support and Wellbeing continues to operate until 22 December and then will return on Monday 4th January. Wherever you find yourself over the vacation period, please find below some information to help you stay well and connected:

For expert information to help you through the challenges of coronavirus from Student Minds, check out the Student Space website which provides advice, as well as telephone, email, webchat and text support.

For 24/7 free online support from peers and trained professionals, all Kent students can access Togetherall.

If you’re having a difficult time and want to talk to someone, you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org.

If you would prefer to receive support via text message, Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope, simply text 85258.
Spending Christmas on campus? There’s lots happening for our on campus communities – for information on events, where to eat, meet, study, worship, walk and much more, check out the vacation webpage. Local GP surgeries (University Medical Centre in Canterbury, St Mary’s Island and in Medway) are operating according to normal opening hours apart from bank holidays, outside of these please use NHS 111.

Greenwich’s Wellbeing Hub provides resources to empower you to look after your mental wellbeing with practical tips on resilience and self-care. The University of Greenwich is also offering students Winter Care Packages that can be ordered here.

Remember, you can call Nightline to speak to a trained student volunteer about anything that may be troubling you. Greenwich students can access the London service on 0207 631 0101 or there are other online methods available.

More information, advice and resources will be posted throughout vacation on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts – check out @UniKentSSW.

Emergency support

NHS 111 is the NHS urgent help advice line. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

For 24/7 free online counselling and peer support, all Kent students can access Togetherall for free.

Need to talk right now? Call the Samaritans free on 116 123

The university also offers a Wellbeing Page to provide links to Counselling Services, Self-help Resources, and ways to stay connected.

Facilities at Medway over Christmas

There will be numerous on campus facilities open during the Christmas break. You will be able to catch up on your studies at the library and pop into the student union.

Drill Hall Library

The library will be open between the dates listed below. Please note that you don’t need to renew or return any books, including document deliveries, from Friday 4 December to Sunday 17 January inclusive.

21 to 22 December – 09:00 to 17:00
23 December – 10:00 to 16:00
Closed on 24 to 28 December
29 to 31 December – 10:00 to 16:00
Closed on 1 January
2 to 4 January – 10:00 to 16:00
From 5 January onwards the library will be open between 08:00 to 21:00.

GSKU

The Student Union will be open till 17 December, they will close on 18 December and re-open on 11 January. You will be able to pop into the Student Hub to speak to reception.

Chaplaincy

The University Chaplaincy will continue to be responsive throughout the Christmas period, so please email them at chaplaincy@kent.ac.uk or call/text 07970 438840 if you feel you need additional information or relevant personal support.

Facilities at Canterbury over Christmas

There will be numerous on campus facilities open during the Christmas break. You will be able to catch up on your studies at the library or grab a coffee from the cafe and pick up your groceries from the Co-op.

Templeman Library

These are the dates the library will be open. Please note that you don’t need to renew or return any books, including document deliveries, from Friday 4 December to Sunday 17 January inclusive.

The library will be open till 18 December – 08:00 to 22:00.

After that these are the dates they will be open:

19 to 22 December – 09:00 to 18:00
23 to 24 December – 10:00 to 16:00
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
27 to 31 December – 10:00 to 16:00
Closed on New Years Day
2 to 3 January – 10:00 to 16:00
4 to 17 January – 09:00 to 18:00

You can find more information about studying over the Christmas vacation.

Study spaces on the Canterbury campus

From 19 December to 4 January study spaces will be available in the Templeman Library, Darwin study hubs, Nickle Court Study Hub and Woody’s IT Study Hub.

Seminar rooms and PC classrooms which have been available for study or to attend online seminars and lectures will be closed until the Spring Term.

Gulbenkian

The theatre and cinema will close at 18:00 on the 20 December. Colyer-Fergusson will remain open for external activity until the 16:00 on the 22 December. The café closes on the 22 December and will reopen on the 4 January.

Woody’s

Although the bar and catering service will be closed, the student hub will remain open for the Parkwood shop and Study Hub.

Library café

The cafe will remain business as usual until 11 December. They will be closed on 12 and 13 December, then open on reduced hours 10:00 to 18:00 from 14 to 18 December. The café will then close from end of day on 18 December until 11 January.

Oaks nursery

Oaks will be open until 22 December when they close from 13:00. They will open up at 8:00 on 6 January.

Co-op at Main Plaza

The Co-op will be closed between 12 December and 12 January. However, there will be a click and collect service and Deliveroo option for students.

Co-op at Parkwood

It’s business as usual with reduced opening hours except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. There will also be a click and collect service and Deliveroo option here.

15 to 18 December – 08:00 to 20:00
19 to 20 December – 09:00 to 19:00
21 to 24 December – 09:00 to 17:00
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
27 December – 10:00 to 16:00
28 to 31 December – 09:00 to 17:00
Closed on New Years Day
2 to 3 January – 10:00 to 16:00
4 to 8 January – 09:00 to 17:00
09 to 10 January – 10:00 to 16:00
11 to 15 January – 08:00 to 20:00
16 to 17 January – 09:00 to 20:00

Chaplaincy

The University Chaplaincy will continue to be responsive throughout the Christmas period, so please email them at chaplaincy@kent.ac.uk or call/text 07970 438840 if you feel you need additional information or relevant personal support.

For traditional Christmas worship services with Christmas Carols (in person and online) why not explore the programme at Canterbury Cathedral.

Meanwhile, New Life Church is a partly campus-based ministry, led by our Pentecostal Chaplain and is offering online content.

St Thomas’ Catholic Church, Canterbury offers in-person and online services.

Please visit the University Chaplaincy website or email direct on chaplaincy@kent.ac.uk and sign up for their e-newsletter (a special Christmas edition will be sent out on 18 December). In addition, please contact them if you would like to receive a free copy of the booklet ‘Comfort and Joy’ (Christmas prayers and reflections, presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury). This can be delivered to you anywhere on Canterbury campus.

Thanksgiving Celebration Web Hangout

Tomorrow we are hosting a Thanksgiving celebration web hangout event at 15:00. It will be a chance to meet new students, take part in fun activities and share stories and experiences. There will be a quiz, Thanksgiving message board and a presentation.

All students are welcome to join this fun and informal event.

The link to sign up is here.

You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event.

Creative Industries Federation – FREE student membership

The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries membership are offering Kent students FREE membership to the Creative Industries Federation (CIF).

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Through their unique network of creative organisations, influential policy and advocacy work and extensive, UK-wide events programme they support and celebrate the work of their members.

Membership to the CIF will give you the following benefits:

  • Exclusive access to their carefully curated selection of launch resources that provide
 insight into the industry
  • Practical guidance and tips to help advance your career
  • Access to all the best platforms you can use to connect to the industry and to your peers
  • 
Extensive details of the creative opportunities and job boards out there to fulfil your creative potential
  • Exclusive access to parts of their busy events schedule, including recorded content from the landmark November 2020 Creative Coalition festival.

You can register on the online student membership portal, using your university email address.

Campus shuttle bus

Delays on the Campus Shuttle Service

There are severe delays to the Campus Shuttle Service today due to the M2 being closed because of a vehicle on fire, and part of the A2 being closed due to a gas leak. Therefore, the Campus Shuttle are now using the M20. This has impacted the journey time and has meant that the shuttle will be operating at different times today.

The services operating will be:

10:30
12:30
14:30

This will be the time of the service from Canterbury to Medway, and from Medway to Canterbury.

The situation is being monitored and any changes will be updated as soon as possible.

How to keep physically active during Lockdown

Lockdown can be tough – along with studying, eating well and catching up with your friends and family, you need to make sure you are getting enough exercise.

With the sports hall closed and public gyms closed for the unforeseeable future, getting your regular exercise can be tricky. Also staying at home for a long period of time can make you lose the motivation to keep fit.

However, it is imperative that you take up physical exercise because not only does it keep you calm and will also boost your health during this unprecedented time.

Here are some tips on how to stay physically active when self isolating.

Take short active breaks during the day

Short bouts of physical activity add up to the weekly recommendations. Dancing and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are other ways to stay active at home.

Follow an online exercise class

If you can’t get up in time to join Joe Wicks, why not take advantage of the amount of online exercise classes available on YouTube? They are free and there are lots to choose from.

Walk

Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you are on a call with classmates, stand or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down. If you decide to go outside to walk or exercise, be sure to maintain at least a two-meter distance from other people.

Stand up while studying

Mix up your study habits by standing up whenever possible. Consider setting up a standing desk by using a high table or stacking a pile of books or other materials, to continue working while standing.

Try something new

Why not try yoga, dog walks, running, taekwondo, hula hooping, online exercises classes (e.g. from Kent Dance) and even turning your housemate’s empty bedroom into a home gym!