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University travel – new policy and provider

If you’re planning to travel on University business, don’t forget that we now have a new travel provider and a new policy.

All business travel – whether by plane, train or car – should now be booked with Key Travel. If you need help, contact your school/department finance administrator or email the Procurement team in Finance –

The University also has a new Travel Policy, which includes guidance on booking travel, assessing and managing travel risk, the use of rail, taxis and flights, and Uber, AirBnB and

Organisational structure feedback

Thanks to all those of you who have emailed our feedback mailbox ( following the Vice-Chancellor’s email of 6 February 2019.

As you know, the email covered a number of challenges facing the University and proposals that Executive Group are bringing forward in order to make sure we are able to meet these challenges and build for a successful future.

We are currently working on more information and frequently asked questions for both staff and students and hope to have more for you later this week. Your feedback so far has already helped us to prepare that information.

In the meantime, please do continue to send us your questions, suggestions and ideas and we will do our best to ensure your comment/query is answered as soon as possible.

Corporate Communications on behalf of Executive Group

‘Out and Proud’ LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition, Medway, 14 February

For LGBT History Month, the ‘Out & Proud’ LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition, previously at the Templeman Library, will be at the Drill Hall Library.

The exhibition will be opened by University of Kent Vice Chancellor Karen Cox, Champion for the LGBT+ Staff Network, at the Drill Hall Library (Medway campus) on Thursday 14 February at 16.00.

Please register for your FREE ticket on Eventbrite.

‘Out and Proud’, curated by the University of Kent LGBT+ Staff Network, aims to highlight the diverse experiences of staff on our campuses who share their stories to show the realities of being a queer person. From coming out stories to awkward conversations and incidences of discrimination and harassment, the exhibition is an honest representation of real people, from the harsh realities to the wonderful acts of solidarity and humanity.

Dr Bike Medway

Dr Bike free bicycle check-up (Medway)

Fancy getting your bike checked over for free? Visit Dr Bike on Thursday 21 February outside the Student Hub from 11.30-14.30.

Dr Bike are trained bicycle mechanics who regularly come onto campus to check and adjust your bike for free. The service is available to University of Kent and University of Greenwich students and staff.

Additional work will be quoted individually but will always be at a special reduced rate.

For more information visit our Dr Bike webpage

If you do not own a bike, check out the Rent & Ride cycle hire scheme.

RPD Workshop for reviewees

Appraisal (RPD) Workshop for reviewees

This workshop aims to provide an understanding of the appraisal (RPD) process, including how to plan for the discussion and how managers may wish to flex their approach to this.

It will also provide insights into some of the skills required to make the most of an appraisal (RPD) discussion and understanding of objective setting.

The workshop is aimed at all staff members who are interested in preparing for their appraisal (RPD) discussion and is taking place on Friday 22 February. Book your place by logging onto Staff Connect.

Football Shirt Friday 15.2.19

Football Shirt Friday – 15 February

Calling all staff, students and alumni! Please support us in our fundraising drive to enable the National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA) and Slum Soccer to send a team of children from India to the 2019 Global Peace Games, a week-long peace education and football programme in Messines, Belgium.

How to get involved – Football Shirt Friday, 15 February
All staff, students and visitors are encouraged to support ‘Football Shirt Friday’ and contribute whatever they can via collection buckets in the Sports Centre reception and via the crowdfunding page – suggested minimal donation £2.

If you love your team, wear your shirt with pride on this Friday and support this great cause. If football doesn’t float your boat then you can wear a rugby or other team jersey accordingly.

We are also looking for cyclists to take part in the sponsored bike ride on Saturday 23 March. To enable as many cyclists as possible to take part, Football Shirt Friday will raise money to help the cyclists reach the baseline donation figure.

If every Kent student and member of staff contributed just a couple of pounds to the fund, it would make a huge difference towards making this opportunity a reality for as many young people as possible!

For further information about the cycle ride, please contact Oli Prior at

For further information about the fundraising campaign, please contact Ernie Brennan at



Parking on large Applicant Days (Canterbury campus)

This is a reminder that large Applicant Days are starting at Canterbury campus from Wednesday 13 February.

For large Applicant Days, parking will be reserved in Rutherford and Tyler Courts car parks, whereas for smaller Applicant Days parking will continue to be reserved in Giles Lane car park (the area behind Woolf).

While we do not expect parking on campus to be completely full, it may be helpful to consider car sharing or using alternative modes of transport where reasonably possible on the large Applicant Days. If you are able to work from home and wish to do so, please arrange this with your manager.

Large Applicant Days

Applicant Days are essential for recruiting new students to the University. The larger Applicant Days starting from next week tend to be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Spring Term.

A significant number of bays (100-225 based on requests for parking from bookings) will be reserved in Rutherford and Tyler Court car parks to assist with parking on the following Applicant Days, as requested by Enrolment Management Services:

  • Wednesday 13 February – 137 bays reserved (confirmed)
  • Wednesday 20 February
  • Wednesday 27 February
  • Wednesday 6 March
  • Wednesday 13 March
  • Wednesday 20 March
  • Wednesday 27 March
  • Wednesday 3 April

Please note that the locations are subject to change. Keep up to date with the Transport Team newsletter and events calendar which we will update as details are confirmed.

Refer to our interactive parking map for parking areas.

Smaller Applicant Days

Up to 40 bays (based on requests for parking from bookings) will normally be reserved in Giles Lane car park (area behind Woolf) on the smaller Applicant Days to assist with parking as requested by Enrolment Management Services. These events are held on weekdays and Saturdays in the Spring term. The weekday dates are below:

  • Thursday 14 February
  • Thursday 21 February
  • Friday 22 February
  • Thursday 28 February
  • Thursday 7 March
  • Friday 8 March
  • Thursday 14 March
  • Thursday 4 April
  • Friday 5 April

When numbers are confirmed they will be updated on the events calendar.

Relaunch of Kent Project Management Framework Toolkit

Need help with managing project delivery?

The BIPU Team has simplified the Kent Project Management Framework (KPMF) Toolkit for staff managing projects at Kent.

The KPMF is now available to all staff and provides a suite of useful documentation to help you identify, initiate, set-up, run and manage projects and changes.

The revamped KPMF Toolkit can be accessed via SharePoint.

Further enhancements are planned and will include a selection of online tutorials on key project topics and relevant LinkedIn Learning resources.

So far we have introduced the following LinkedIn Learning Pathways:-

For further information about projects, contact the BIPU team:

Do you want to be a journalist?

Would you like to learn the skills you need to challenge fake news and get work in a 21st century newsroom? Now you can do just that by taking a Year in Journalism with Kent’s award-winning Centre for Journalism.

This freestanding, self-contained year, is open to students from other schools at Kent and can be taken after stage two or three. It’s classed as part of your undergraduate study programme so you can continue with student finance and living locally while you study.

During the year, you will work exclusively within the Centre for Journalism, based in a live newsroom environment taught by tutors including working reporters, former editors of national newspapers and specialist correspondents.

You will study for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism, a nationally recognised professional qualification for a career in journalism.

Find out more and apply online now or meet us at one of our Year in Journalism Kickstart Lunches, on Thursday 28 February or Thursday 7 March in the Colyer-Fergusson Foyer, any time between 12.30 and 15.00. Book your place now by emailing

passion for learning

Do you have a passion for learning?

Are you interested in learning and development?

Would you like to be the first to know about new and exciting opportunities?

Could you help us spread the word to your colleagues and friends?

We are keen to engage Champions from areas across the organisation who have a passion for development and would like to help launch and embed these new development activities within their teams, departments and across the organisation.

If that sounds like you, please read our blog for more information