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Financial Year Workshops

As you are probably aware, the Financial Year end is fast approaching on 31 July 2019.

The Financial Reporting Office is holding four workshops in Canterbury and Medway from 21 June to 11 July. Following a similar format to last year, the workshops  are intended to be an open discussion offering advice and support on what will be required of you during the year-end process.

Please book a space on a workshop through Staff Connect.

The Financial Reporting Office will  be making the 2019 year end guidance available shortly, along with timetables to help you to plan ahead.

The Office is looking to improve the process overall – if you have any suggestions or comments, please email team members on

Please also feel free to contact the Financial Reporting Office if you have any questions in the meantime.

Rudimental, Rochester Castle

Special discount: Rudimental (Sound System) at Rochester Castle Concerts

Rudimental (Sound System) with special guests Example and Mahalia will be performing on Wednesday, 10 July at the Rochester #CastleConcerts.

Rudimental will be performing a DJ set with live vocals and brass with:

  • Mark Crown playing the trumpet
  • Taurean Antonie Chagar playing the saxophone
  • Morgan Connie Smith and Bridget Amofah on vocals

Tickets are just £35 (down from £48.50).  Whether you’re a full or part-time student, or member of staff, simply select the student option at the checkout!  And please tell your friends.

Get your tickets now via Medway Tickets Live.

For more information, see the Castle Concerts webpages.


Gulbenkian 50th birthday

Gulbenkian is 50 today!

On 10 June 1969, Gulbenkian opened its doors to the public.

50 years later, we remain a busy cultural venue for staff and students, and for the local community. Over 100,000 people attend live performances and film screenings each year, and our Creative Learning team provide amazing creative opportunities for over 8,000 children and young people across Kent.

So, we are celebrating with a 50 Years Festival! There are free events, including the Radical Roots festival day on Saturday 15 June packed with activities and performances, and ticketed events like the New Canterbury Sound (Nelson Parade, The Selkies & Evil Usses) on Friday 21 June and THE Canterbury Sound (Caravan & Soft Machine) on Saturday 22 June.

Please join us if you can. You can find out more on Gulbenkian webpages.

24hr Cycle Challenge

24hr Cycle Challenge Paris-Calais: Completed!

After months of training, three brave  staff cyclists made it and along the way successfully raised funds for several charities.

Tania Durt (Brussels), Jim Gardner (Kent Union) and Dan Weale (Woody’s) officially started their ride at 05.00 on Saturday 26 May from the University of Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture and arrived to Calais at 01.00 on Sunday 27 May. They were supported throughout their ride by Olivia Martin and Liam Ryan from Kent Union.

The 24hr Cycle ride is one of the three fundraising challenges organised in 2019 by University of Kent Union.

Tania Durt decided to take part in this ride to represent the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and to celebrate 20 years of the University of Kent in Europe.  In addition to raising money for the three Kent Union supported projects: The Access to Activities Fund, Liberation Groups and Nightline, Tania decided to support a local Brussels charity which provides food and shelter for refugees: Porte d’Ulysse, Plateforme Citoyenne de Soutien aux Réfugiés.

Tania is also one of the regular volunteers who helps to prepare breakfast.

Tania said: This Cycle Challenge has been a great opportunity not only to raise funds and awareness on specific topics, but also to meet up with ‘overseas’ colleagues. Thank you to all participants and staff who have coordinated the logistics to make this possible!

Here is the ride in figures:

  • 190 miles (305 km) cycled from Paris to Calais
  • 14 hours pedalled
  • 20 hours of total adventure
  • 5 hours or so of sleeping the night before the cycle ride
  • 2 chains snapped
  • 0 tyre punctures
  • 2 rabbits and 1 non-identified animal (badger?) quickly watched
  • 1 sunrise
  • 1 sunset
  • Lots of hills (particularly on the second half of the ride)
  • £353 funds raised by Tania for University of Kent Union charities
  • €1108 funds raised by Tania for breakfast at La Porte d’Ulysse
Ahead of the 24hr Cycle Challenge

Ahead of the 24hr Cycle Challenge. From left – back – Olivia Martin, Liam Ryan and – front – Dan Weale, Tania Durt and Jim Gardner.


KVSS application deadline: Friday 21 June 2019

A reminder that the KVSS (Kent Voluntary Severance Scheme) application deadline is 21 June 2019. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

All applications received by the deadline will be considered by the KVSS Group (a sub-group of Executive Group) and decisions will be sent to applicants between 1 and 7 August 2019.

You can find out more about the Scheme on our HR webpages.

If you are interested in applying, please discuss this as soon as possible with your line manager or head of school/professional service department. If you would like a quotation before applying, the last day to request an initial KVSS quotation is Friday 7 June 2019.

If you have any questions, email our HR team:

Staff BBQ - summer 2017

Lunchtime BBQ for staff

All University of Kent staff are invited to a lunchtime BBQ hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox.

The lunchtime BBQs will take place on the Registry Lawn in Canterbury on Wednesday 26 June (12.00 -14.00) and outside No 1 Bistro in Medway on Monday 24 June (12.00-14.00).

Please register for either Canterbury or Medway and bring your ticket with you on the day.

The RSVP for this event is Monday 17 June – please register as soon as possible as this is a popular event.

Vegetarian and vegan food will be provided, but please do register any other dietary requirements.

The BBQs are free events for staff and we would hope to see you there.

Please email if you have any further questions.

Kent Digital Accessibility Conference

Book your place at Digital Accessibility Conference on 6 June

Is your work digitally inclusive? Make sure it is by attending the first Kent Digital Accessibility Conference, at the University’s Canterbury campus, on Thursday 6 June.

The conference marks an exciting new link-up between the University and Kent Connects, an innovative IT partnership of public sector providers including Kent County Council (KCC).

Working alongside Kent Connects will help us create a high accessibility baseline for the county and meet under our obligations under the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations (2018).

The ‘Creating a Digitally Inclusive County’ conference is being jointly hosted by the University’s Student Support and Wellbeing team and Kent Connects to celebrate our shared vision for the county. It’s also your opportunity to get involved in a countywide network of excellence, and share best practice with the experts.

Plenary topics will include:

  • The Government Digital Service on new regulations
  • Experts who are affected by these issues every day
  • Microsoft Accessibility
  • Kent authorities on countywide support
  • The University of Kent on tools for enhanced digital experience

And practical workshops will be hosted by:

  • Accessibility auditors
  • Plain English professionals
  • Microsoft accessibility advisors
  • Assistive technology experts

The conference takes place in Woolf College from 09.30-16.00 and refreshments, including lunch will be provided. Book your FREE place now on Eventbrite.

Information about arrival, parking and specific agenda timings will be sent after registration.

To find out more, email

Students in class

Find out why Kent is a great place for postgraduate study

Open Day 6 July 2019, Canterbury

Whether you are thinking of returning to study to develop or change your career, or perhaps to pursue a subject purely for pleasure, we would like to invite you to ‘Coffee and Cake with the Dean’ to find out how we can help you to achieve your ambitions.

Professor Paul Allain is hosting the event in the Templeman Library, SR1, between 10.00 and 12.00  on Saturday 6 July and will be joined by current postgraduate students and staff from the Graduate School and Scholarships Unit to answer questions about studying at Kent and the wide range of opportunities on offer. In addition, the schools and centres will be available in the Sports Hall between 09.00 and 15.00 to discuss your particular academic discipline.

  • Kent has a £12m postgraduate scholarship fund and there are awards and discounts for alumni and new graduates.
  • We have a wide range of subjects, most of which are available full or part-time and some by distance and blended learning.
  • The event will cover all Kent’s programmes offered at our locations in Canterbury, Medway, Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome.

Book today on our Courses webpages.

Everyone is welcome to attend so please share this invitation with your friends, family and colleagues, whether they are studying now or if they would like to return to study in the future.