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Coronavirus

Covid-19 update – 23 September 2020

A thank you from Professor Richard Reece:

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the University, and particularly on behalf of our students, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks and appreciation for all of the work that you have done to ensure that the campus has been so ready to welcome students this week, and begin teaching for the majority of students next week.

We are living through extraordinary times and it is hard to imagine, even just thinking back to January, that the University experience over the course of the 2020/21 academic year could have changed so radically. For many students, the experience of starting (or restarting) their university life is a stressful and disorienting one. I wanted to take this moment, therefore, to thank all of you for your diligence and generosity as we work together to respond as circumstances require. I have been enormously impressed with the dedication, commitment and skill that all of you have brought to ensuring that we are as ready as we can be for the start of the new term.

I literally cannot say ‘thank you’ enough. The changeable times that we have all encountered since lock-down foster tremendous levels of anxiety and bring each and every one of us face-to-face with profound uncertainty, with worry for loved ones, and with dislocation in all aspects of our lives. By continuing to work together, in a collegiate, supportive and kind way, I have no doubt that that we will overcome undoubted obstacles that we will face as the term progresses.

With many best wishes,

Professor Richard Reece| Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience)

(Watch Richard Reece’s thank you on this YouTube video)

FutureLearn

Free upgraded access to FutureLearn short online courses

With your Kent email address, you can benefit from free upgrades to a wide range of FutureLearn courses.

As a Kent student or staff member, all you need to do is connect your University email address with your FutureLearn account using this FutureLearn Campus link and verify your email address. You don’t need to already have a FutureLearn account.

This is a great resource for staff and students wishing to supplement their studies, professional and personal development too. There are a wide range of courses available under this offer, including courses created by the University of Kent and other institutions. On completion, you will receive a free certificate of achievement and perpetual access.

At present, this offer is available until the end of December 2020.

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Find out Why The Media Matters

Do you communicate with the media in your role?

Colleagues who would like to learn about working with the media are invited to enrol on  Why The Media Matters, a series of short films, audio, text and scenarios covering topics from understanding the media landscape to how best to respond to journalist requests.

Produced by Inside Edge, the University’s media training partner, Why The Media Matters is intended to be an introduction to the benefits and importance of media engagement.

The training is available for all staff but recommended for anyone who has to communicate with the media as part of their role and the resources can be found by clicking this Staff Training Moodle link and reviewing the Personal Effectiveness category.

For further information or to discuss any aspect of media training or engagement, please contact Gary Hughes, the University’s Head of Press relations.

Yong Yan, EDA

Professor Yong Yan becomes Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Yong Yan from the University’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts has received the highest accolade in the field of instrumentation and measurement with a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Yong Yan was one of 50 engineers admitted to the Royal Academy of Engineering at its annual meeting on 22 September. He was recognised for his “distinctive contribution to improving combustion efficiency and lowering emissions through innovation in electronic instrumentation and successful development of novel instruments, thereby making an important impact on the power industry nationally and internationally”.

Commenting on the Fellowship, Yong said: ‘I am very honoured and extremely privileged to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in the world.’

He added: ‘The Fellowship is only awarded to an engineer who has made exceptional contributions in any field of engineering. It will enable me to perform at a higher level in my research and teaching with a range of support and services from the Academy. The recognition will also help me promote the importance of measurement science and engineering to the UK and the wider world.’

Yong is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). He was recently awarded the gold medal as the most published author of all time in the UK from the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, a leading journal in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. He has published more than 470 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Early career

Yong studied for BEng and MSc degrees at Tsinghua University, Beijing, before coming to the UK in 1989 to study for a PhD degree at Teesside. He joined the University of Kent in Canterbury in 2004 from the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus).

‘I joined Kent,’ he said, ‘because it has the best research facility and support in my area of research, including a well-equipped instrumentation laboratory and technical support for applied engineering research.’

Role at Kent

As Professor of Electronic Instrumentation in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Professor Yan contributes to teaching, research and administration. He was the School Director of Research from 2008 to 2018. Since 2018, he has been the School Director of Innovation, playing a leading role in promotion of engineering innovation and collaborations with industry, as well as managing the Year in Industry modules. Professor Yan also heads the Instrumentation and Control Research Group, including coordination of our REF submission in this area.

 

Jason Nurse, School of Computing

Diversity in Technology inspirational speakers – 23 September

The first School of Computing ‘Diversity in Technology’ inspirational speaker event takes place on Wednesday 23 September, from 14.00-16.00.

Three speakers from various BAME backgrounds will each be giving a short 20-minute talk. This will be followed by a Q&A session for students.

Speakers are:

Jason Nurse
Jason is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing, specialising in research that focuses on the interaction between users and aspects of cyber security, privacy and trust. He will be sharing his experience of growing up in Barbados, and how his University experience and employment at Ernst and Young has led to a career working in academia.

Temitayo Odukoya
Temitayo is the Tech Venture Lead at Colorintech, where she leads programmes and initiatives for BAME tech entrepreneurs. After studying Economics & Politics at the University of Sussex, she started her career as a Technology Consultant at Deloitte. Temitayo then went on to gain start-up investing experience at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s most successful tech investors.  She will be discussing her experience of working as a black female in the tech sector and her motivations for aiming to improve BAME representation. 

Amanda Arthur
Amanda discovered her passion for data during her Masters in Computer Science at Kent. She is currently a Consultant Data Engineer for Kubrick Group, working at Sainsbury’s Data Tech, where she has gained extensive experience of working with Big Data using Cloud technologies. Working for partners of the Women in Data UK movement has provided her with an insight of diversity and inclusion within the data industry. Amanda will be sharing her experiences of studying at Kent, mental health and representing LGBT+ women in the data industry.

If you’re interested in attending the Diversity in Technology event, click onto the Teams link from 14.00 on Wednesday 23 September.

[Picture shows Jason Nurse, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing at Kent]

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Rock Choir returns!

If you’d like a break from work, tune in to your FREE lunchtime Rock Choir once more this term!

Once you get your head around singing through Zoom, it’s a fantastic way to give your brain a break and to de-stress. Rock Choir will be meeting virtually online and learning some great new arrangements together.

Rehearsals start on Zoom from the 21st of September and for the following Mondays. You can turn up to as few or as many as you’d like. If you’d like to attend (and haven’t joined a session since the start of 2020), please email jonathangrosberg@rockchoir.com to register to take part.

Places are limited, so make sure you sign up if you’re interested!

Neophytus Loizides

Webinar on Covid-19 in the Americas – 21 September

A webinar on ‘Subnational Governments in the COVID-19 Scenario in the Americas’ takes place on Monday 21 September from 14.00 (UK time).

The webinar is organised by School of Politics and International Relations, the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Forum of Federations and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

You can watch it live on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoXLBorRKps or https://www.youtube.com/user/forumoffederations

The webinar will include welcome remarks from:
• Rupak Chattopadhyay, President & CEO, Forum of Federations
• Magdalena Talamas, Director of the Department for the Promotion of Peace, OAS
Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent

Panelists include:
• Matias Bianchi, Executive Director, Asuntos del Sur
• Juan Cruz Olmeda, Associate Professor, Centre for International Studies , El Colegio de Mexico
• Joy St John, Executive Director, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
• Isaac Alfie, Director of the Office of Planning and Budget of Uruguay and Head of the Covid- 19 Presidential Technical Advisory Committee
• Nathalie Behnke, Professor, Institute of Political Science of the Technical University Darmstadt
• Andreas Kiefer, Acting Secretary General, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe

The webinar is open to all and free to attend with no booking necessary. Feel free to pass on the details to anyone that might be interested.

Picture shows: Professor Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent.

New coronavirus testing site on the Medway campus

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is opening this week in front of the Jellicoe Building car park on Medway campus.

Opening times are:
Thursday 17 September – 14.00-17.00
Friday 18 September- 10.00-17.00
And then 08.00-20.00 seven days a week.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through centre will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.

Everyone who attends the testing centre must follow a strict set of rules including following social distancing, practising good personal hygiene, not travelling by taxi or public transport and wearing a face covering throughout. There will be clear signage that directs those coming to the testing centre to move around the location in a socially distanced manner and they will be directed to leave as soon as they are finished.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

As well as the testing centre on Medway campus, another walk-through testing centre is available on our Canterbury campus (Rutherford car park).

Further information on Covid-19 is available on our coronavirus webpages for staff and students.

Coronavirus

Covid-19 update – 16 September 2020

Welcome back to the staff who have returned to work on campus. If you would prefer to work back on campus, you will need to discuss your plans and circumstances with your line manager as part of the health and safety protocols now in place.

We know increasing numbers of staff are now seeking to work from campus, but we ask that you do comply with these essential protocols. However, we want to make it as easy as possible for you and we will be sending out new information for staff and managers to explain the return to campus procedures later this week.   

The Government has published new guidance concerning meeting others. The new ‘rule of 6’ states that you can meet up to 6 other people indoors or outdoors providing you socially distance from each other. This means staying 2 metres apart where possible. Please adhere to the ‘rule of 6’ when engaging socially with others; for example during breaks, lunchtime and walking around campus.   

There are some exemptions for University settings including seminars and households which include more than 6 individuals. This may be the case for some student residences. Further information can be found in the newly added FAQs on the Student Coronavirus webpages and Staff Coronavirus webpages (Safety on Campus section) .   

A new FAQ has also been added to the Staff Coronavirus webpages concerning room bookings on campus (in the What Will Happen on Your Return section). This confirms the process for booking a room and that all interviews should be carried out remotely until Government guidance changes. 

Library staff

Library services update for staff

Information Services and the Library Academic Liaison Team are here to help staff with providing the resources you need, information literacy skills training, teaching and research support and lots more.

We hope to support you and your students in the best way possible during this challenging time.

[Picture showing members of the Library team was taken by Hannah Chamberlain prior to lockdown in March 2020.]