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Appointment of interim Deputy Vice-Chancellors

The University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Christina Hughes as interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) and Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura as interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance).

Christina brings extensive leadership experience to the post having spent three years as Provost at Sheffield Hallam University and four years Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Warwick. She is a member of the TEF Subject Panel (Social Sciences) and is Visiting Professor at the University of Coventry’s Centre for Global Learning Equity and Attainment. Christina will be joining the University on 14 October 2019 and will build on the good work already underway thanks to Professor April McMahon who starts her new role at Manchester University in a few weeks’ time.

Georgina has made a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the University, especially in the growth and development of Psychology’s profile and positioning and nationally through leadership roles in the British Psychological Society. Georgina also has extensive cross-institutional experience across a range of projects in education, research, EDI, and organisational change. Georgina will start her new role on 1 October 2019 and interim arrangements will be made to cover her current commitments as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Both will be members of the University’s Executive Group.

Directors of Division and divisional Directors of Operations: Update

We are currently recruiting for our new Directors of Division and divisional Directors of Operations roles. As part of this, we recently held briefing sessions for prospective candidates offering more detail on the recruitment process.

For those unable to attend the briefing session for the divisional Director of Operations, the presentation slides and FAQs from the session are now available on the recruitment page here:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/ofs-opportunities/directorops.html

In addition, the FAQs for the Director of Division roles have been updated to provide clarity around research or academic contributions within the role. More information on this and the role itself is available here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/ofs-opportunities/directordivision.html.

New academic division leadership roles: appointment process

As part of the process to reorganise our schools into seven large academic divisions, we will shortly start work on recruitment to the Director of Division and Divisional Director of Operations roles. More details on the recruitment process for these are outlined below.

Directors of Division

An internal advert for this will go live on Monday 5 August, with external leadership consultancy Wickland-Westcott supporting us with the assessment process. The key selection and assessment dates are outlined below:

  • 5 August: Job advert live
  • 26 August: Closing date for applications
  • 27-29 August; 2-5 & 10 September: Initial telephone interviews with Wickland-Westcott
  • 17 September: Shortlisting meeting
  • 18-22 September: Shortlisted candidates to complete pyschometric tests
  • 23-25 & 30 September; 2 October: Assessment centres (case study and interview) run by Wickland-Westcott
  • Mid-end October: Final panel interviews and stakeholder presentations

If you wish to find out more about the assessment process and what will be involved, Wickland–Westcott will be on campus holding briefing sessions on the following days / times:

  • 1 August, 13.30 – 14.30 – Darwin Boardroom
  • 6 August 12.30 – 13.30 – Darwin Boardroom

For those unable to make these briefing sessions, a Q&A document will be made available on the Organising for Success webpages shortly afterwards.

A reminder of the new academic divisions can be found on the Organising for Success webpages.

Divisional Directors of Operations

Recruitment to these roles will also be for internal candidates only, with the assessment process managed by external consultancy Minerva. The advert is expected to go live on Monday 12 August, with more details to follow on the selection process.

Professor Karen Cox

Interim DVCs: appointment process

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Recent announcements stated that we would be seeking to make interim appointments to cover two DVC positions until the outcome of open recruitment processes.

We are looking at external and internal options for these roles in this period and I am now writing to invite colleagues who may have the relevant skills and experience to make formal expressions of interest in the following interim roles:

DVC Academic Strategy, Planning & Performance

This will be a new role with the post holder providing leadership on, and implementing structural frameworks for, a broad range of institutional planning and horizon scanning activities. This will help ensure that Kent is well-placed to respond to sectoral changes and provide an outstanding student-centred experience.

The DVC Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance will also develop frameworks to support the delivery of academic and research excellence in our new school groupings. The key accountable areas for this role will include strategy and planning, as well as academic leadership, working closely with the emerging school groups and their leadership teams, to ensure that Kent maintains a competitive offering to students.

A full job description is available here

DVC Education & Student Experience

The post holder will be responsible for the University’s continued excellence in student experience and will be accountable for developing and delivering further innovations in educational programmes.

The interim DVC Education and Student Experience will work across the University to implement new strategies and impact our education offer alongside student support.  The role holder will ensure that our educational programmes are relevant for the graduates of the future, and of an excellent standard; that student needs are met both curricular and co-curricular dimensions and that we are working towards our ambition of offering one of the best student experiences in the UK.

A full job description is available here

Both positions will be interim until appointments are made following open recruitment processes and offer an excellent opportunity to step up into a more senior role and take on a new challenge which will play a key part in shaping these roles for the future.

Should you wish to express interest in either or both of these interim appointments please provide an up-to-date CV, together with a covering letter setting out how you feel you would contribute in the role to s.power@kent.ac.uk.

Please note that the closing date is 12 noon on Friday 30 August 2019.  Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 September (DVC Education and Student Experience) and Friday 13 September (DVC Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance).

If you would like to have an informal, confidential conversation about either post, then please feel free to email me or Ruth Johnson, so that a suitable date / time can be arranged.

Professor Karen Cox

Read the latest Leadership Bulletin

The latest issue of the Leadership Bulletin, designed to give an overview of key developments at Kent, is now available.

This edition features a ‘Long Read’ from Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost David Nightingale, focusing on a step-change in our approach to marketing and recruitment activities and our preparations for Clearing.

The Bulletin is distributed fortnightly to all members of the Senior Leadership Forum to cascade to staff in schools and professional service departments. If you haven’t received your copy yet, you can read the bulletin online.

Love my Genome screening at the Gulbenkian

A documentary following the journey of 10 healthy volunteers who have agreed to be genetically screened for future disease will be shown at the Gulbenkian on Monday 17 June.

All of the volunteers featured in pioneering documentary Love my Genome currently work in the field of genomics, including world-leading genetic scientist Professor Darren Griffin.

Genetic testing is an increasingly important tool for clinical practitioners investigating the cause, prevention and treatment of disease. By tapping into each person’s unique blueprint researchers can predict the likelihood of each of us inheriting a range of medical conditions including breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

As with many great scientific breakthroughs, however, human genome sequencing comes with a cost. The film chronicles the reactions of each person as they contemplate not just their own future but that of their children, spouses, siblings and loved ones. With one couple about to start a family of their own this film explores the ethical, moral and practical challenges that confront them.

Location: The Gulbenkian Cinema. University of Kent, Canterbury Campus.

Date and Time: 12:15pm on Monday 17 June 2019.

Duration: 20 minutes followed by a Q&A with Professor Darren Griffin and contributors.

Attendance: OPEN to everyone. Attendance is free. Please register with Eventbrite here.

 

Estates Department Update

In March 2018 we conducted an Estates Department customer feedback survey to gain your views on what you think of Estates and how we operate.  There was a 54% response to the survey and the comments provided us with an important insight into what our customers think we do well and highlighted some areas for improvement.

As a result of the survey and the feedback indicating customers wanted a single point of contact, we launched the Estates Customer Services Centre on 26 June 2018, at our Estates Showcase event.  Since then we have been working hard to address areas which needed improving as well as concentrating on becoming more transparent in the way we operate.  An action plan outlining these changes can be viewed on our website here.

If you would like any more information on the survey feedback please contact Estates Customer Services by email: estatescustomerservices@kent.ac.uk

Partnership Award Success for the Kent and Medway Progression Federation

The Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) is a partnership between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts and 40 schools in Kent and Medway. The partnership works to raise aspirations and attainment of young people disadvantaged by circumstance, who might not otherwise consider progression to higher education.

KMPF were delighted to accept the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Award commendation in the category of Widening Access Partnership on behalf of all the partners who make up the collaboration at an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament this month. NEON is the professional organisation supporting those involved in widening access to higher education to affect change in their own organisations and communities. This NEON award recognises organisations that work together and support each other to effectively widen access for those who need the most help.

The University of Kent has worked in partnership with KMPF since its inception in 2011 and has played an integral role in increasing opportunities and widening access to higher education for so many students across Kent and Medway.

Find out more about the award and the work of the partnership on KMPF’s website

School receives bronze award under Athena SWAN Charter

The School of European Culture and Languages has been successful in its application for a Bronze Award under the Athena SWAN Charter. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the University of York on 24 June 2019.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Bronze awards recognise that the School has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This includes initiatives such as working to promote the number of female students on courses, ensuring an even balance of male and female teaching and academic staff, and putting equality policies in place for all staff.

Dr Lubomira Radoilska, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Deputy Head of School and Athena Swan lead, said: “The Athena SWAN Bronze Award is an important milestone toward the advancement of gender equality within SECL. The four year Action Plan that this Award supports will guide our continued efforts developing a working and learning culture where everyone feels welcome and respected.”

Design Our Space student competition

Kent Sport is challenging students to Design Our Space for a chance to boost their creative portfolio and win some fabulous prizes.

What is the space?

One of our squash courts has become a multi-use sports facility for a variety of activities including martial arts and boxing. Kent Sport would like you to creatively enhance the space to provide an inspiring and enjoyable experience for the students who will use it. You have four walls as your blank canvas to unleash your imagination on; show us what you can do!

Who is the competition open to?

The competition is open to all University of Kent students.

Judging and prizes

A panel of judges will review all submissions and select the best design. The winning participant will be able to transform the space and see their design in use and will receive a £300 Amazon voucher and a meal for two at the Pavilion Café Bar. The runner up will receive a £150 Amazon voucher. Five random entries will receive a Kent Sport goody bag including a £10 Amazon voucher.

When does the competition close?

The competition will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

How do I get started?

So if you want to kick start your creative career or just rise to this exciting challenge, visit our website for further details including terms and conditions and start brainstorming your ideas!

www.kent.ac.uk/sports/designourspace

If you have any queries and to express your interest, email us on sportsenquiries@kent.ac.uk.

#DesignOurSpace