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Help to give up smoking

Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard, so it stops us even trying. Giving up smoking is one of those things. It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.

NHS Stop Smoking will be on campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for seven weeks from 8 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College.  You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two. NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.

Come on…. make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!

For details on how to book an appointment follow this No more lectures poster.

Internationalisation Forum 2018

Sign-up for Internationalisation Forum – January 2018

The Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning is pleased to invite you to the University’s annual Internationalisation Forum, which will take place at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses next term.

The Canterbury Forum will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018 in the Darwin Conference Suites 1 and 2, from 09.30-13.00. The event will start with refreshments at 09.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.

Our Medway Forum will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 in the Gillingham Building, Room G3-04, from 10.00 – 11.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.

The aim of this year’s events is to provide an overview on the progress of the University’s internationalisation activity and to launch the process of updating and consulting with colleagues for the next phase of the Internationalisation Strategy. This is in line with the University’s forthcoming review of its overall strategic plan.

Professor Karen Cox, Vice Chancellor, has kindly agreed to give the Canterbury Forum’s opening speech. The full Pprogramme will be published shortly.

All staff are invited to attend and there will be representation from the student body.

We very much look forward to seeing you at one of the events.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox

Happy Christmas from Karen Cox

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you all for what you have done for our University this year. It has been incredibly successful with much to be proud of – including our Gold rating in the TEF, the launch of KMTV on terrestrial television, a well-deserved Higher Education Academy award for the Centre for Child Protection and, more recently, a Times Higher Education Award for our Student Success Project. None of these initiatives and achievements would be possible without the help and support of all our staff across the whole of the University.

Congratulations as well to all our successful researchers and research support teams who have secured funding for their work across our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. The diversity of the research undertaken here at Kent, its interdisciplinary nature and the collaborations involved are just fantastic. The work you do really does transform lives.

May I wish you all a peaceful and happy break over the Christmas and New Year period. It has been a very busy few months and I think we are all ready for a bit of ‘down time’. I look forward to continued working with you over the next few months and celebrating many more successes together in 2018.

Professor Karen Cox
Vice-Chancellor and President


A video of Professor Cox ‘In Conversation’ with our Chancellor Gavin Esler on Foundation Day (23 November 2017) is now available on YouTube

Yvonne Sherwood

Yvonne Sherwood awarded fellowship at CAS

Yvonne Sherwood, from the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, under invitation from Professor Robert Yelle.

She will be giving talks based on forthcoming book projects, and working with Professor Yelle on a collaborative research project on ‘Sovereignty’.

The Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is a forum for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange. It promotes co-operation between outstanding researchers from various LMU departments and fosters participation of visiting scholars in research and academic life at LMU.

For more information about CAS, please see the Centre’s webpages.

Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique lecture on Wildlife Forensics

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan from the Centre for Professional Practice gave a Café Scientifique lecture on Wildlife Forensics for Science & More at the No 84 Tearoom in Gravesend.

Science & More (SAM Club About Things Strange & Interesting) is a monthly pop-up science lecture,  mainly for schoolchildren (but parents come along too).

Dr Brennan gave a talk about her research and forensic investigation work and also gave members of the audience a chance to collect and examine pollen evidence under microscope.

She commented: ‘It was a packed house and even though I showed the occasional gruesome picture of crime scenes it didn’t seem to put anyone off their cakes!’


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Festival of Projects – come and join us on 10 January

As the festive break approaches, no doubt you are searching for exciting events for the diary to look forward to when you return in January!

We have the solution:  Kent’s first Festival of Projects, which will take place on the afternoon of 10 January.

Here at Kent we have a fantastic range of student-facing projects and initiatives – but sometimes we are less good at raising awareness of those projects, communicating progress, and making sure they connect, integrate and work together. So this is your chance to find out more.

During the afternoon, we will be showcasing a range of projects designed to produce direct, positive changes in student experience, attainment and outcomes. We are expecting contributions, for example, from the Student Success Project, Kent Union, the Student Hub, Careers and Internationalisation, to name but a few. There will be short presentations, along with two opportunities for further discussion and networking over coffee and drinks – when you can visit stalls to find out more about the more than 30 projects which will be involved on the day.

All colleagues are most welcome to attend, whether or not you are involved in a student-focused project, to find out more about what we are doing at Kent to support the student journey, and to play your part in discussing how we can link our excellent projects together better in future.

Please come and join us on 10 January! You can see the latest draft programme and sign up here.

Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education and Chloe Gallien, Master of Keynes

Pint of Science Festival

Share your research at a Pint of Science event

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.

A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.

Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to  double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.

We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.

If you are interested, please email with the following details by 23.59 on Sunday 14 January 2018:

  1. Your name and school
  2. A summary of your research (max 100 words)
  3. Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
  4. A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).

Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: and

The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.

Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at

Stagecoach winter vacation bus timetable

Buses serving the University of Kent will run a winter vacation timetable from 17 December 2017 to 13 January 2018.

Uni1 – special timetable.

Uni2 – special timetable between 18 December and 31 December only (no Uni2 buses will run between 1 January and 13 January).

Route 4 – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Triangle – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Christmas Day – no buses.

Boxing Day – no buses.

New Year’s Day – no buses


You can pick up a physical copy of the winter vacation timetable from Security and Transport Centre, reception areas or Canterbury bus station. You can also view the winter vacation timetable in the poster panels at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.

Follow @StagecoachSE on Twitter for regular service updates, or view live bus times on the Stagecoach app for iPhone and android.

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Refurbishment of toilets and new kitchen in Registry Extension

From Monday 11 – Monday 15 January 2018, the 1st floor toilets in the Registry Extension will be closed in order to carry out a refurbishment of the toilets and the installation of a new kitchen area.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext 3209.

Neil Hornsey
Senior Building Surveyor

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Last few days of Travel Plan Survey 2017

The staff and student Travel Plan Survey 2017 closes on Friday 8 December 2017.

Don’t miss the chance to have your say and potentially win £100 cash card to use at the catering outlets on campus, or one of 100 hot drinks vouchers. Just enter your University of Kent email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize draw.

Let us know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. The data from the survey helps shape various reports including the University Travel Plans and the Movement and Transport Strategy which feeds into the Canterbury campus 50-year Masterplan.

This is your opportunity to let the Estates Department know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. Have your say on buses, cycling, parking, the Campus Shuttle and more.

The survey takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. There is also a “finish later” option if you need to return to complete the survey.