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Colleagues to direct and star at the Marlowe

Kasia Senyszyn, Volunteer Management Officer in the Development Office, who also happens to be a Kent alumna, is directing a show at the Marlowe Theatre at the end of this month.

The play, entitled ‘Talk’, will be performed from Thursday 27 July to Saturday 29 July at 20.00. In a time blighted by NHS cuts to mental health care, Talk is at once a scathing rebuke of treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and a moving and thought-provoking story about how we inter-relate and connect with one another in the present.

As well as Kasia directing, Emma Reeder (an Assistant Lecturer in Drama in the School of Arts and also a Kent alumna), is playing one of the main roles, that of Emily Clayton, poet and inmate in Bethlem Asylum.

The story is a heart-breaking, funny and scarily relevant play about sharing the stories that define us.

After the show on the Friday 28 July, there will be a Q&A with the playwright, Mark Wilson, as well as the cast and directors.

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Sexual Assault Responders required

Student Services are looking to recruit staff to the Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) teams in both Canterbury and Medway.

The role of the Sexual Assault Responder is to provide immediate support to victims of serious sexual assault or rape at the Canterbury and Medway campuses out of hours (between 17.00 and 9.00) and at weekends. Full training is provided, and SARs operate on a rota system. The role is to provide advice and guidance to victims of serious sexual assault or rape with regards to aftercare support procedures. The role is NOT a counselling role.

SARs receive a £100 remuneration for joining the team and completing the training, and receive £70 for the first hour of a call out, with time and a half for subsequent hours. Any transport costs are also reimbursed.

A Sexual Assault Responder must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a University of Kent member of staff
  • Be able to access the University of Kent Canterbury or Medway campuses within 45 minutes of receiving a phone call from Campus Security out of hours (considering the accessibility of a staff member’s usual mode of transportation when accessing the University)
  • Attend a training session
  • Have the permission of their line manager to register for the role of SAR.

For more information, to request a role description, or to express an interest in becoming a SAR, please contact Becky Lamyman in Student Services on



Staff BBQ - summer 2017

Summer BBQs a huge success

More than 1200 staff enjoyed an al-fresco lunch last week thanks to the Vice-Chancellor and a spell of good weather.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow invited staff to join her for a lunchtime BBQ on Tuesday 4 July in Medway and Wednesday 5 July in Canterbury. The events provided the perfect opportunity for staff to come together and celebrate another busy and successful year.

The staff BBQs have become a regular annual event since the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015, and have established themselves as a highlight of the year.

Yet again, the catering staff did everyone proud with amazing food, from the classic BBQ fare of sausages and burgers to tasty paellas, and ice creams all round for dessert.

A special thanks goes to Kent Hospitality and the Development Office for arranging such a well-organised and successful event.



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Marlowe – Repairs to calorifier

On Monday 10 July 2017 until approximately Friday July 2017 between 8.00 and 16.30, the remedial works to the calorifier are due to take place. It is anticipated that the works will take approximately 1 week to complete (circa 14 July 2017).

The hot water system will be affected during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Wayne Nixon
Mechanical Team Leader