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Centre for Critical Thought – The Future of Work seminar series

Following rescheduling due to the ongoing UCU industrial action, we are very happy to announce the final schedule for the seminar series, The Future of Work. Details on speakers, titles and rooms can be found below.

All University staff and students are welcome to attend, and please feel free to distribute to any networks, lists or individuals you feel may be interested.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch ( if you have any questions.

  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 17.00-19.00, RLT2
    Valeria Graziano (Coventry University) and Kim Trogal (University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury): ‘On repair movements, domestic fantasies and antiwork politics?’
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018, 15.00-17.00, KS13
    Dawn Lyon (Kent): ‘Making a future that counts: Young people’s narratives of working futures in a post-industrial landscape.’
  • Wednesday 9 May 2018, 15.00-17.00, W1-SR6
    David Frayne (Cardiff University): ‘Capitalism and the Politics of Free-Time’
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018. 15.00-17.00, W1-SR6
    David Bates (Canterbury Christ Church University): ‘Immaterial Labour, Exploitation and the Refusal of Work.’
  • Tuesday 22 May 2018, 17.00-19.00, RLT2
    Annalise Murgia (University of Leeds): ‘Experiencing Precariousness in the Hybrid Areas of Work: The Case of Italy.’

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Kerri Layton

SMFA graduate starts creative event consultancy

2011 BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design graduate, Kerri Layton, has started her own creative event consultancy, Kerri Kreates. Clients and previous partners include Alexandra Palace, A Different World Productions LTD, the BBC, Fuse Festival Medway, Lancaster BID, Kent County Council, The Arts Council, Body and Mind Festivals, Glade Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Eventspiration and The Hospital Club.

Whilst at Kent studying in the School of Music and Fine Art, Kerri won two awards from the Kent Enterprise Hub & Round One, forming a performance group and social enterprise arts company ‘FAF Arts’ touring the UK in the summer terms with her company and theatre productions. Always very active performing and organising events, she then went on to host session’s at Employability Week for the University of Kent, on ‘Making it Happen’ whilst working for her clients around the UK.

Kerri comments: ‘It was a practical degree that taught me the logistics of event management but fundamentally placed the importance on the creation and theatre of the event, of it’s core narrative. I made explorations into audience’s journeys using experience as a means of ritual and celebration. Communicating core themes and ideas via the medium of 3D, sensory and participatory experiences, later specialising in outdoor theatre. I enjoyed every second of this degree and it continues to inspire and inform me to this day.’

After graduating, the dynamic Kerri performed with the Banner Theatre Company as a guitarist and singer, went on to launch her solo music show, Lady Layton, which toured internationally, including Glastonbury, and was a headline act at many UK events and festivals, and now performs with her live band as a solo artist Miss Kerri Layton. Her new EP releases in March.

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Industrial dispute update – Wednesday 14 March

Message from Denise Everitt, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer:

Yesterday’s failure to find support for the settlement suggested by UCU and UUK following talks at ACAS is obviously disappointing to everybody concerned.  We are aware that many staff, as well as the University itself, had high hopes that these discussions would allow us all to move forward with a better pension outcome for staff and certainty for our students.

In response to this setback, we will continue to urge all those involved at national level to return to the table to continue discussions with a view to resolving the current industrial dispute as quickly as possible, as well as lobbying for an outcome that protects the interests of our staff and students. Alongside this, our priority is to support schools in seeking to mitigate the impact of the action on students as much as we can.

We continue to be engaged in talks with Kent Union and the local branch of the UCU and will use a joint voice wherever we can to press for positive change. In the meantime, we remain committed to the sentiments underpinning our joint statement of 9 March in which we called for a solution that reflected Kent’s core values of fairness, equality, collaboration and respect. It is these values that will continue to make a career in Higher Education an attractive choice for both current staff and those just beginning their working lives.

We will continue to keep you informed with any developments relating to this situation.



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External Examining and Boards of Examiners training, Medway 

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning and Teaching Network session on Wednesday 28 March, 13.15-14.30 in Rochester R2:09, Medway.  The session titled ‘External Examining and Boards of Examiners at Kent’ will be presented by Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance.

This session will give an overview of regulations and requirements relevant to External Examiners and Board of Examiner meetings. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions/procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

This session is for University staff and external examiners who are involved with organising, attending or recording Board of Examiner meetings. Staff new to Boards of Examiners are strongly encouraged to attend.

To book a place, please email:


Ableism in Academia conference

Ableism in Academia conference – 23 March

The University is one of the key supporters of the first Ableism In Academia conference (AIA) being held at UCL on 23 March 2018.

Even in a field where inclusivity and diversity are given due priority many pressures and challenges are faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse staff in HE. By engaging in debate around academic ableism, including how it intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality, AIA aims to create a policy-facing manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change.

AIA organiser Nicole Brown, is Academic Head of Learning and Teaching within UCL’s Institute of Education, as well as undertaking PhD research here at Kent with Dr Jennifer Leigh (CSHE).

The event will be live-streamed to ensure wide accessibility and members of staff are warmly invited to participate by following the steps summarised on Nicole’s website.

The AIA keynote speaker is Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), author of Contours of Ableism.

Professor Karen Cox

VC Open Forum – Thursday 22 March

Message from Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President:

As you know, as part of my commitment to meeting as many colleagues as possible and getting views on the University, I am working my way round our schools and professional service departments and having open conversations as part of school meetings and department updates.

In addition, I will be holding three Open Forums for anyone to ‘drop in’. These are currently scheduled for March, May and July. The first of these will be held on Thursday 22 March from 10.00-11.00 in Woolf Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus (with the next one being held at Medway). These will be open sessions for colleagues to share with me their thoughts on the University, what works, what doesn’t work and how they would like to see things done differently. This will all help to shape the review of the University strategy and priorities over the next few years.

If you are able to attend the first Open Forum, please register your attendance here.


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Declaration of participation in strike action and action short of strike (ASOS)

We would like to remind staff who are participating in the UCU industrial action that they are asked to complete an online declaration of their participation in the strike action and action short of strike (ASOS). Whilst there is no requirement or obligation to give advance notification that you are intending to take industrial action of any kind, completing the declaration will allow the University to manage the disruption to our students as effectively as possible. The University will maintain both your employer and employee pension contributions provided that you give consent via the online declaration process in a timely way.

To declare your participation in (or subsequent withdrawal from) the industrial action, please click on this link to log into Staff Connect and select the relevant Industrial Action Form button on the left-hand menu (if you intend to go on strike and participate in ASOS, you will have to click on both buttons). This will then display the declaration forms, please select the form(s) you wish to complete. Once completed, please ensure that you click on the submit button which is in the bottom right-hand corner of the form. Please note that you will need to submit both the strike and ASOS forms separately if you intend to participate in both.

If you have any questions related to the industrial action, please direct them to the Employee Relations & Business Partnering team.

Martin Atkinson
Assistant Director – Employee Relations and Business Partnering | Human Resources

Enhance your teaching with a TESSA

Want to try something new in your teaching? If so, why not apply for a TESSA – our new Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards?

TESSAs, introduced last term, are intended for Kent colleagues who are interested in encouraging and enabling teaching and learning innovation; or who have a great idea that would improve the quality of teaching, teaching-related activity, support for teaching, or the student learning experience at Kent.

We already have University Teaching Prizes, which reward colleagues on their achievements. But sometimes what’s needed is a bit of funding to try something new, or test out an idea or a different way of working – and now you can apply for a TESSA to do just that.

We’re piloting this small grants scheme during 2017/18. You can apply for funding of between £500 and £3,000, with up to £5,000 on offer for large, high-impact, collaborative projects across the University. All colleagues who contribute to teaching, learning or teaching support are eligible to apply – you don’t have to be an academic, or based in a school.

In our first round, we were delighted to be able to fund 11 high-quality applications from all around the University, and we are now all set for Round 2. The deadline for applications has just been extended to 12 noon on Thursday 17 May 2018, for projects starting during summer 2017/18 or Autumn Term 2018/19. Successful applications will be announced by Monday 4 June.

Find out more, and download the short application form for a TESSA, on our Teaching webpages. You’ll see that previous applicants have been generous in allowing us to publish their forms, so you may be able to link up with someone doing a project similar to the one you are planning.

If you have questions, please get in touch with April McMahon or Jess Sutherland.

Philippe De Wilde

Kent signs San Francisco Declaration on fair research assessment

The University of Kent has affirmed its commitment to the fair assessment of research through the signing of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and adopting the principles outlined in the Leiden Manifesto.

Professor Philippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, says: ‘I am happy to endorse the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, and I have signed up to it on behalf of the University. We have never used journal-based metrics for performance evaluation, and have no intention of doing so. I hope that in future the publication landscape will become more fluid. University repositories, preprint servers, professional societies, start-up publishers and established publishers all have a role to play in disseminating research. With modern IT, there is no reason for a hierarchy between those players. Let us recognise the limits of metrics as well as those of peer review.’

With the adoption of these principles, as an institution, we commit to:

  • Be explicit about the criteria used to reach hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions, clearly highlighting, especially for early-stage investigators, that the scientific content of a paper is much more important than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it was published.
  • For the purposes of research assessment, consider the value and impact of all
    research outputs (including datasets and software) in addition to research publications, and consider a broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice.

The implementation of these principles at Kent is supported through the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC). We recognise that the adoption of these principles is a statement of intent and that there will be a gradual aligning of the policy and embedding the practice at Kent. As issues are highlighted and areas in contradiction with these principles come to light, we will review the policies in light of the principles, ensuring Kent has a robust and fair approach to the use of metrics for research evaluation.

The OSC is providing a route for researchers and professional service staff to report policies, procedures and behaviours that they felt were out of line with the principles included in the DORA and the Leiden manifesto. If you have any such concerns, questions or requests for training then please get in touch so that we can prioritise these requests.

Jane Reeves

From Kung Fu Panda, Second Life and Lara Croft to Rosie 1, 2 and 3

Professor Jane Reeves from the Centre for Child Protection will deliver this Rutherford Grass Roots Lecture, next Wednesday 14 March, at 18.00 in Rutherford Lecture Theatre One, Canterbury Campus.

Thinking differently about topics, particularly those as complex as child protection can be very difficult. There are currently 50,000 children and young people on child protection registers in the UK (NSPCC 2016) and probably many hundreds of thousands more who are groomed and abused online or via online contacts. In order to tackle this level of abuse we have to change the way we think about child abuse, how we train professionals and how we encourage children to protect themselves and their friends.

This lecture will take you on a journey of innovation, gaming and educational theory; from the germ of an idea on how to change child protection training, to the development of a suite of child protection serious game simulations which are used across the UK and all over the world.

For further details, please click here.