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Canterbury Nightline

Canterbury Nightline – We’re here – we hear

Are you missing home? Struggling to make friends at university? Not sure who to contact about something? Feeling low or upset? If so, Nightline is here for you!

Canterbury Nightline is a student-run listening and information service. You can contact us about anything and one of our trained volunteers will help and support you. Everything you say will be completely anonymous – you don’t even have to tell us your name.

You can contact us via phone (01227 824848) or instant messenger ( between 20.00 and 08.00 on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Or email us 24/7 on

For more information, find us on Facebook (Canterbury Nightline) or Twitter (@CanterburyNL)

Any problem, no matter how serious or small, Nightline is there for you

BISA prize-winners 2018

Double award success for POLIR

The School of Politics and International Relations is celebrating a double success in the annual British International Studies Association (BISA) awards.

PhD student Tom Watts won the Postgraduate Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize, while Reader in International Relations, Dr Sean Molloy was joint winner of the Susan Strange Book Prize.

The Postgraduate Excellence prize recognises postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies, raised the profile of learning and teaching in International Studies and shared best practice among BISA members.

Head of School, Professor Richard Whitman describes Tom as an “extremely worthy winner”. Tom has been teaching at Kent for several years and won the University’s Social Sciences’ seminar teaching prize in 2017. His application included an exceptional commitment to reflective practice, widespread innovations and work beyond the classroom including blog posts for the BISA PGN website.

Sean Molloy received the Susan Strange Book Prize for his book Kant’s International Relations: The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace (University of Michigan Press, 2017). The prize is for the best book published in any field of international studies during 2017. The prize aims to honour the work of Susan Strange and to recognise the best current work in the discipline.

BISA is a learned society which develops and promotes the study of International Studies, Politics and related subjects through teaching, research and facilitation of contact between scholars. Find out more on its website.

Staff Connect

Staff Connect Phase 2 now underway

Last year the University launched a new integrated HR and Payroll system – Staff Connect. This introduced a new HR and Payroll system, management reports and the foundations of employee self-service.

The next phase of work on Staff Connect is now getting underway. It will see the phased introduction over the next year or so of further functionality to the system, enabling an automated, streamlined, single point of entry for many of our HR functions.

The aim of the second phase of Staff Connect is to streamline our HR processes and provide employees and managers with a one-stop-shop for most of your HR-related activity.

By the end of the second phase of development to Staff Connect you will be able to view and book onto training courses provided by Learning & Organisational Development (L&OD) and request annual leave via the system.

If you line manage others, Staff Connect will be where you go to authorise training and leave requests, record some forms of absence and you will have the option to log Appraisals/RPDs.  If you are a recruiting manager, Phase 2 will also see the replacement of the current i-grasp recruitment system.

The first of the new functionality to launch will be Training Administration – in September 2018.  This new element to Staff Connect will replace the existing system used by L&OD for training course administration, registration and evaluation of courses managed and delivered centrally by them.

If you are a regular user of the courses run by L&OD, either as a manager or as a member of staff, or are just interested in seeing how the new Staff Connect solution will work, user testing/training sessions, of about two hours in length, are being organised for each day of the week commencing 13 August.  To indicate that you would be interested in attending one of these sessions please contact Su Westerman (Staff Connect Communications and Engagement Manager).

If you have any questions or queries regarding any element of the project please also contact Su Westerman.  Alternatively, you can find out more at the Staff Connect Information website.




AUA logo

New AUA Fellows

Congratulations to Alison Mansell, Student Conduct and Complaints Manager, and James Redmond, School and Business Manager, SSPSSR, who have both been made Fellows of the Association of University Administrators.

They join a growing list of AUA Fellows at Kent, which also includes: Wayne Campbell, Director of Student Services; Chloé Gallien, Master of Keynes College; Melissa Mulhall, Head of Administration, Social Sciences; Linda Lough, Head of Administration, Sciences; and Helena Torres, Centre Administration Manager, Brussels.

The AUA is the professional association for University professional services staff, with over 4,000 members drawn from all levels of University administration and management. AUA Fellowships are awarded based on criteria including continuing professional development, professional knowledge and capability.

Kent has 65 AUA members drawn from schools, faculties, Student Services, Information Services and Academic Division. Kent is joint 6th nationally in terms of its membership numbers. Earlier this summer, Kent Business School hosted the second AUA South Regional Symposium attended by 57 AUA members and non-members representing 13 Universities.

AUA South Regional Symposium May 2018

Our VC and President, Professor Karen Cox addressing the AUA South Regional Symposium 

A re-launch of the AUA@Kent network is planned for the autumn term as part of our aspirations to develop a wider range of local activities and events and raise the profile of the AUA across the University

Watch this space for more details!

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN: Words matter

Work on the University’s Athena SWAN gender equality charter now includes Professional Services and involves shining a light on some of the established practices that impact the experience of our Professional Services colleagues.

One issue that has been raised with the Athena SWAN team is the use of the term ‘non-academic’ to describe Professional Service roles. It may not seem immediately obvious or important but defining colleagues by what they are not has a negative impact on their identity.  Words matter and this is an example of everyday behaviour that can easily go unchallenged. We are asking all colleagues to avoid using the negative term ‘non-academic’ and instead describe roles whether they be Research, Academic or Professional Services by what they are, rather than by what they are not.

Please keep your feedback coming to


Medway campus

VC Open Forum for staff – Medway, Friday 6 July

A reminder that our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, will be holding an Open Forum at Medway campus this Friday (6 July).

The Forum, from 10.30-11.30 in Pilkington Lecture Theatre, is open to all University of Kent staff. It’s an opportunity to share your thoughts on the University – what works, what doesn’t work and how you’d like to see things done differently. Your feedback will help to shape the review of the University strategy and priorities over the next few years.

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


KMTV launches new exciting TV schedule

This week KMTV begins a brand new exciting TV schedule – 24 hours a day of KMTV and a new lunchtime bulletin! And a fresh look at Kent with the live outside broadcast show ‘Kent Goes Out’ on summer Friday evenings.

You can see the link to view the new schedule and listings now available for everyone on the KMTV website.

The new look brings Vintage Comedy mornings with The Lucy Show, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney Show, a Food Morning on Wednesdays, weekday western afternoons with Bonanza, The Lone Ranger and Hawkeye and The Last of the Mohicans, and new guaranteed times for films (Midday Movie for musicals, comedies and classics, 2pm Films including popular sci-fi creature features, Midnight Movie with horrors and 1970s classics, and 9pm Films at the weekends).

At lunchtimes every weekday there is a NEW lunchtime news bulletin at 13.45. And Kent Tonight remains KMTV’s flagship show at 17.30-18.30 each weekday, repeated at 21.15 and with an 20.00 bulletin in-between.

Saturday and Sunday mornings have been given over to Children’s TV with  programmes running from 06.00 such as Zoo Babies and cartoons, then the newly made British children’s series Teenie Weenie leading into the classic tales of boy and horse Champion the Wonder Horse and Fury.

The evenings feature our own shows and vintage US crime series, sci-fi, factual looks at space and aviation, a bit of celebrity and some football heroes..

Dragnet and Man with a Camera , One Step Beyond and Sherlock Holmes  are all classic series in our evening schedules. And to help us remembers that ‘all that glisters is not gold’ we’ve got Pain Behind the Fame and Hero 2 Zero.

Our own shows: Team Talk at 18.30 on a Monday and repeated throughout the week; Chris & Co for business on Wednesday at 18.30 and repeated; the music show Bassed in Kent on Thursdays and Fridays at 20.45 and Paul on Politics live at 17.00 on a Friday and repeated over the weekend. Made in Kent our food show, Kent Says given over to viewers’ opinions and Kent Thinks featuring University of Kent lecturers are throughout the week.  And the kmfm Breakfast Show kicks off every weekday with Gary and Laura at 6 simulcast on the channel.

Extra tickets for Staff and Student Communications Conference – 4 Sept

Due to popular demand, we have added extra tickets for our first Staff and Student Communications on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

The conference is being  hosted by Corporate Communications, from 9.00 – 14.00, in Keynes teaching foyer, seminar room and lecture theatre. Lunch will be provided.

If part of your job involves creating communications for colleagues and/or students at the University, this could be the conference for you! It will give you the chance to network with other professional communications colleagues at the University, share best practice and learn some new skills.

You will be able to:

  • hear from an external speaker who is an internal communications expert (name to be confirmed shortly!)
  • take part in a social media workshop
  • ask students and staff your communications questions
  • learn how Corporate Communications can support you.

Register now for the event via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about the conference, please email


BLOCK circus and dance extravaganza – 20 and 22 June

On Wednesday 20 June (Medway) and Friday 22 June (Canterbury), join us for breathtaking performances to launch the Kent Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Leading UK companies NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse bring together their unique styles in BLOCK, a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, BLOCK leaves audiences gasping.Twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks, are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. BLOCK is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges.

You may remember Motionhouse as the company who brought the dancing diggers to bOing! in 2015. They combine circus and dance to create spectacular, physical performances that have wowed crowds across the world. We are delighted to have them back at the University once again.

The performance times are:


  • 12.15 (at staff BBQ)


  • 13.30 (as part of the staff BBQ)
  • 16.30 (open to all staff and public)

Everyone is welcome, and the 16.30 performance is open to all family and friends as well – so please spread the word.

Challenges of Religious Urbanization in Africa workshop

The Challenges of Religious Urbanization in Africa

The ‘Challenges of Religious Urbanization in Africa’ workshop, funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the Religious Urbanization in Africa (RUA) project, will be held on 26 June 2018. It is hosted by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, in collaboration with the University of Kent.

The aim of the workshop is to gather a unique set of speakers to discuss current and urgent issues relating to intersections between infrastructure and the expansion of religious organisations in African cities. The key questions to be considered are

  • Do religious infrastructures ameliorate or exacerbate everyday challenges of safety, inclusion, and security?
  • How should development policies and analyses take account of religious dynamics and religious actors in urban African contexts?

Amongst the speakers is Dr David Garbin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, who is Principal Investigator on the Rua Project.

The workshop programme is available on the Rua website.