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Leadership Bulletin 17 October 2018

Read the latest Leadership Bulletin (17 October 2018)

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

The latest issue (17 October 2018) includes a summary by our Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox on the financial challenges facing the University and plans to overcome them.

There are also updates on Executive Group meetings and the launch of this year’s TESSAs (Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards).

The Bulletin is distributed fortnightly to all members of the 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.

Find out more about the Leadership Bulletin and see previous issues on the OVC webpages.

Professor Karen Cox at the Aurora launch - October 2018

Launch event for Aurora 2018-19

The Learning and Organisational Development (L&OD) team is pleased to announce its continued support and participation in the Advanced HE Women Only Programme, Aurora.

On behalf of the L&OD team and the University of Kent Aurora Champion Professor Yvonne Sherwood, a huge congratulations to this year’s 2018/19 cohort!

To mark the start of the programme, this year’s Aurorans and previous Alumni came together at the launch event on Wednesday 10 October. The event was opened by our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who delivered an inspiring talk about her own career journey and shared positive words of encouragement to this year’s participants.

In addition, two previous Aurora Alumni, Natalia Crisanti, Project Officer, Student Support and Dr Ana Leite, Research Associate, School of Psychology, shared their own stories of how the Aurora Programme had positively impacted their own personal and professional development journeys.

The event provided an opportunity for this years Aurorans and previous Kent Aurora Alumni to network, share their experiences and create some ongoing development opportunities as a wider group, as well as to reinforce and spread the word about the positive impact the programme can have.

For more information about the Aurora Programme please contact Jena Dady, Learning and Organisational Development Adviser,

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan

CPP lecturer at History of Medicine in Muslim Heritage congress

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, Lecturer for the Centre for Professional Practice, has just returned from the 6th International Congress for the History of Medicine in Muslim Heritage which was held in the Medical Faculty of Fez, Morocco.

While there, she delivered a paper on the Enrichment of the Teaching of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology exploring how the cultural heritage of medicine can be used to enrich the biomedical and medical curricula in a way that inspires the imagination as well as the intellect.

She also chaired sessions on the influence of Islamic culture on the dawn of the Padua School of Medicine and life and work of Professor Naguib Pasha the father of modern obstetrics and gynaecology in Egypt.

The Centre for Professional Practice offers flexible, part-time work-based studies.  The Master’s in Professional Practice and short courses have been specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to develop their academic ability while maintaining their professional role. To find out more, see the CPP webpages

Cellular Dynamics

Cellular Dynamics to be performed at the Norwich Science Festival

Cellular Dynamics – a collaboration between the School of Biosciences and the Music Department – will feature in the Norwich Science Festival, Monday 22 October, at 19.00 in the Norwich Octagon.

Cellular Dynamics merges cutting-edge biological research with live musical performance. It explores fundamental biological processes and concepts – such as cell growth and division, neural development, and synthetic biology – through projection of images and video derived from research undertaken at Kent. Curated and presented by Professor Dan Lloyd from the School of Biosciences, the performance features musical repertoire for piano duo – including Ravel, Debussy, Glass and others – selected and performed in collaboration with Daniel Harding, Deputy Director of Music, and Matthew King (Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

Cellular Dynamics has previously featured in the Cheltenham Science Festival, and has been selected for the British Council SPARK Festival in Hong Kong (January 2019). Previous incarnations have included performances in the Canterbury Festival, and with chorus and string orchestra in the Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

teaching forum

Programme Approval and Curriculum Design Project – consultation documents available

As you may know, the Programme Approval and Curriculum Design project (formerly part of the Simplifying Kent programme of projects) has been running for the last two years, reviewing current practice and a range of proposals and options relating to the ways in which programmes and modules are approved and reviewed, the structure within which the University’s taught programmes operate, and other areas related to curriculum design.

The project is reaching the end of its current phase, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all colleagues who have had input into the project, either as members of the Stakeholder Group, or through the meetings, consultation sessions, and focus groups we have held throughout the last two years. We have greatly valued everyone’s contributions and have made many changes in response to people’s feedback and ideas. The University has lots to be proud of, but we also face some problematic issues and it has been good to see so many people engaged in trying to solve them.

We have prepared a final recommendations report, detailing the work we have done, options we have considered, and the recommendations the project team is making to Senate. We would welcome your thoughts and comments on this report before we present it in November.

All members of staff are invited to access the executive summary of our report, and the full report itself, via the project’s Sharepoint site.

All thoughts and comments will be gratefully received via email at and/or at one of the consultation sessions we have planned to be held in the latter half of this month. If you would find it useful for Jon to come out to meet with you and/or your team to discuss any of the recommendations in more detail, please get in touch via

We will be holding consultation sessions open to any and all interested colleagues at the Canterbury and Medway campuses on the following dates and times:


  • 11.00-13.00, Friday 19 October – Cornwallis East Seminar Room 1
  • 14.00-16.00, Friday 19 October – Cornwallis East Seminar Room 1
  • 12.00-14.00, Monday 22 October – Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 7


  • 11.00-13.00, Thursday 25 October – PK127, Pilkington Building

Jon Beer – Project Manager and Simon Kirchin – Project Lead

Rock Choir logo

Rock Choir gets off to a flying start: still time to join!

Monday lunchtimes will never be the same again, after the successful launch of Rock Choir here at the University! Organised by the Music department, Colyer-Fergusson Hall resounded to the sound of nearly 90 voices in a session led by Jonathan Grosberg.

There’s still time to join if you’d like; sessions are from 12.45 – 13.45 every Monday, open to staff and students at the University – and it’s free! Come along to the next rehearsal on Monday 15 October.

Staff Connect

Book training and record your appraisal (RPD) using Staff Connect

From 23 October, you will be able to book on to training run by the Learning & Organisational Development (L&OD) team through Staff Connect, the same system that is currently used for HR and Payroll. Line managers will be able to view and authorise training requests and you will also be able to record your appraisal (RPD).

Staff Connect replaces the current booking system on the L&OD website and local practices for recording appraisals (RPDs). Training provided in other areas of the University will not be affected.

Also from 23 October, line managers will also be able to set up “delegations” in Staff Connect, enabling other members of staff to approve requests on their behalf. They can also nominate different delegates for different people management processes on Staff Connect, e.g. their PA for annual leave requests, and another manager for appraisals if this reflects what happens in practice. User guides for both managers and staff regarding delegation set up and management are available on the Staff Connect Delegation page.

If you have any questions about Staff Connect, there is guidance, including a frequently asked questions section, on the Staff Connect website.

To find out more about using Staff Connect to book on to L&OD training courses and to record appraisals (RPDs), please come to one of the demo and drop-in sessions available for all staff and line managers. Please go to L&OD Staff Connect information to find out more.

This is the latest update in the Staff Connect Phase 2 project. The recording of staff absence, including annual leave, and staff recruitment will go live in early 2019. If you have any questions about the project, please contact

Kent County Council By-election – 15 November 2018

Are you registered to vote in this election?

If you are living on the Kent campus or in the Tyler Hill, Harbledown, Blean or Rough Common areas and are eligible to vote in the UK, you can vote in this election, but you must be registered to vote from your term-time address by Tuesday 30 October 2018.

There will be a Polling Station at the Senate Building for registered students living on campus to cast their vote; for all other areas you will receive a Poll card advising you of your Polling Station.

In addition, Kent students could win £100 1st prize or £50 2nd prize just for registering to vote (if eligible) before 11 December 2018 (T’s&C’s apply).

Students from the UK, EU, Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories and British Crown Dependencies are all eligible to register to vote.

As a student, you can be registered to vote from your home address and your term-time address.

In national elections such as a General Election or a Referendum, you must only vote once (from either address) and in local elections you may vote from both addresses (providing that they do not fall within the same local authority).

Register now at or call 01227 862007.  Alternatively, look out for the electoral registration form that will be delivered to you shortly.


Richard Sakwa

Putin and Trump: A Study in Deception? – Rutherford Grass Roots Lecture

As part of the Rutherford Grass Roots Lectures, the Rutherford College Master’s Office is hosting a talk by Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor of European and Russian Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations on Putin and Trump: A Study in Deception?

All staff, students and the general public are welcome to attend the talk in Rutherford Lecture Theatre One on Thursday 11 October from 18.00-19.00.

Further details can be found at here