Category Archives: Campus online

New Online Expenses Module via Staff Connect

From 12 June 2019, all staff expenses claims will move online within Staff Connect.

This will replace the existing paper-based expenses forms.

Agreed approvers in your area will authorise the claims before they are forwarded to the Payments Office.

Payments will be made on a fortnightly basis into the same bank account used for your salary payments.

Drop in sessions

Drop in sessions will be held in the period following the launch of the expenses module to allow anyone who wishes to attend for informal training, support and to answer any questions. Please find dates, times and room locations within Cornwallis South East Octagon below:

Monday 10 June all day – SE14
Wednesday 12 June all day – SE14
Thursday 13 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20
Tuesday 18 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20
Wednesday 19 June 14.00-16.00 – SE14
Monday 24 June 14.00-16.00 – SE14
Friday 28 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20

Further information

For more information, please visit the FAQs webpage on the Staff Connect website or email

Winners of the 2019 Graduate School prizes

In 2018 the Graduate School introduced a series of prizes to recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

This year the Graduate School are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Graduate School Prizes. The winners are invited to celebrate their success during a BBQ and Awards Ceremony at the Kent Researchers’ Showcase on Thursday 30 May in Sibson.

Congratulations to all 2019 Graduate School Prize winners.

Winners of the Postgraduate Research Prize 

Ann Christine Kinzer –  PhD Candidate, School of European Culture and Languages

Chloe Johnson –  PhD Candidate, School of Biosciences

Katja May –  PhD Candidate, School of English

Winner of the Research Degree Supervisor Prize

Dr Edward Morgan-Jones – Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, School of Politics and International Relations

Winner of the School Director of Graduate Studies Prize

Dr Catherine Robinson –  Director of Graduate Studies, Kent Business School

Winners of the Postgraduate Administrator Prize

Angela Whiffen – Postgraduate Administrator, School of Arts

Claire Taylor – Centre Manager, Centre for American Studies and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Winner of the Postgraduate Teacher Prize

Recep Onursal – PhD Candidate and Assistant Lecturer, School of International Relations and Politics

The Graduate School was delighted to receive such a high volume of exceptional nominations for this year’s Graduate School Prizes competition.

The Graduate School recognises the significant contribution made to the University of Kent by Postgraduate Researchers, Research Degree Supervisors, School Directors of Graduate Studies, Postgraduate Administrators and Postgraduate Teachers across the University. We would like to thank everyone for their excellent work in support of postgraduate education and research at Kent.

Staff in Registry

Book onto a training course this summer

Learning and Organisational Development have a number of training opportunities open to staff in June and July. They include:

Crucial Conversations – Wednesday 5 June, 09.00-17.00 and Tuesday 18 June, 09.00-17.00 or Monday 9 July, 09.00-17.00 and Monday 22 July, 09.00-17.00. Two-day programme for academic and professional service leaders at Grades 9 and 10.

Working in an Environment of Change –  Wednesday 5 June, 14.00-16.00 or Friday 7 June, 10.00-12.00, Monday 10 June, 14.00-16.00, Thursday 13 June, 14.00-16.00, Monday 24 June, 10.00-12.00,  Wednesday 3 July, 14.00-16.00. Open to all staff members.

Mental Health Awareness – Monday 10 June, 10.00-13.30. For any member of staff who would like to increase their understanding of mental health awareness and managing personal resilience.

Leading and Managing through Change – Friday 14 June or Tuesday 25 June, 09.30-16.30. This session is open to leaders and managers (academic and professional services).

Supporting Staff Through Change – Monday 17 June, 10.00-12.00 or Thursday 27 June, 10.00-12.00. This session is open to all members of staff with managerial responsibilities.

Time Management – Tuesday 18 June , 09.30-16.30 or Friday 28 June, 09.30-16.30. This session is open to all members of staff.

Pre-retirement – Tuesday 25 June, 09.00-16.30. This session is open to all members of staff.

Mid-Career Session – Tuesday 25 June 13.30-16.00 or Monday 8 July, 09.00-11.30. This session is open to any member of staff who has an interest in planning their finances to achieve their personal and financial goals.

Developing Self and Others – Tuesday 25 June, 09.30-12.30 or Monday 15 July, 13.30-16.30. For Managers/Supervisors who are involved in undertaking appraisal (RPD) discussions with members of staff. The workshop is suitable for managers new to undertaking these discussions or for more experienced managers looking to refresh their knowledge and skills in this area.

Note Taking – Thursday 27 June 09.00-12.30. This session is open to all members of staff.

Recruitment and Selection Part 2 Full Programme – Friday 28 June, 09.30-16.30 or Thursday 18 July, 09.30-16.30. This programme of activities is designed to support Chairs of Panel and hiring managers.

Appraisal (RPD) – Wednesday 3 July 09.30-12.30. For any staff members who are interested in and preparing for their appraisal (RPD) discussion.

Central Staff Induction event – Tuesday 9 July. 10.00-13.30. If you are a new member of staff, as part of completion of your probation, you will need to attend a Central Staff Induction event.

Managing Performance – Thursday 11 July 2019, 09.30-12.30. This session is aimed at managers and supervisors.

Understanding Statistics in your Job – Monday 22 July, 10.00-16.00. This course is open to all members of staff.

Find out more about these and other workshops/courses and book your place now via Staff Connect.

Students on campus, Canterbury

Road Closure in Canterbury 25 May – 1 June

During half term (from 25 May to 1 June), there is a road closure in Canterbury that may potentially cause delays. The road is closed between the junctions of St Stephens Close and Malthouse Road. This is to allow for the installation of a new pedestrian crossing.

Alternative routes for through traffic are as follows:

  • Southbound (towards A2) via B2248 Kingsmead Road, A28 Tourtel Road, Military Road, Broad Street, Lower Bridge Street, Upper Bridge Street, Rhodaus Town, Pin Hill, A290 Rheims Way, St Peter’s Place, St Dunstan’s Street and North Lane
  • Northbound (towards A28) light vehicles only as above, but in reverse Northbound for all traffic unable to negotiate Westgate Towers via A290 St Dunstan’s Street, London Road, A2050 London Road Roundabout, Rheims Way before joining the remainder of the northbound diversion above Limited local access to the remainder of B2248 St Stephen’s Road continues from either direction up to where the road is actually closed.

You can find out more information here.

Axel Destruction of Jersusalem

‘Jerusalem Destroyed’: Dr Axel Stähler speaks at University of Bern, Switzerland

Dr Axel Stähler, Reader in the Department of Comparative Literature, who is currently working on a new Leverhulme Trust funded book project on ‘Jerusalem Destroyed: Literature, Art, and Music in Nineteenth-Century Europe’ gave a lecture entitled ‘Giving the Lie to those “Gloomy Depictions”: Nineteenth-century Jewish Reinterpretations of Josephus’ at the University of Bern in Switzerland. His lecture was scheduled in the context of the newly-established project ‘“Lege Iosephum!” Ways of Reading Josephus in the Latin Middle Ages’ (Swiss National Science Foundation) which supersedes the project ‘The Latin Flavius Josephus in its Christian and Jewish Reception’ at the Walter-Benjamin-Kolleg in Bern.

Ever since it was described in much ‘historical’ detail by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple in 70 CE has been considered a pivotal event which initiated with the loss of the Promised Land and the religious centre of Judaism the Jewish diaspora and cemented Christian supersession. The Jews, thus the Christian master narrative, suffered a divine punishment for their rejection of Christ. In his paper, Axel explored the attempts of a writer and a historian of Jewish heritage to challenge and re-write this narrative in mid-nineteenth-century Germany.

Julius Kossarski’s Titus; Or, The Destruction of Jerusalem (1855) was the very first publication of the Institute for the Promotion of Israelite Literature (1855–73), a venture that was of crucial significance to the creation of a Jewish reading public in the German-speaking lands. Within its first year the Institute published also the third volume of Heinrich Graetz’s influential History of the Jews (1856) which covers the period from the Maccabees to the destruction of Jerusalem and thus offers a scholarly complement to Kossarski’s dramatic poem.

In his talk, Axel proposed a comparative reading of both texts in relation to the emerging modern Jewish historiography in nineteenth-century Germany and to conceptions of a Jewish mission among the nations. More specifically, he offered an analysis of the narrative strategies employed in the dramatic poem and the historiographic text to undermine the authority of Josephus in order to validate Jewish existence and particularity in the contemporary present with reference to what has been called ethical monotheism.


Tai Chi

Successful end to our Belong and Grow week

Our Belong and Grow week (13-17 May) included over 40 events, with 391 ‘tickets sold’, many events sold out and some with over 20 people attending.

The event was organised by Learning & Organisational Development as part of ‘Belong and Grow – it’s your bag’ week’. It encompassed EDI and wellbeing awareness, Learning at Work, International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) day, Staff Network Day and Deaf Awareness Week.

Picture shows: The star of Canine Therapy

We send a huge thank you to all of our facilitators who ran amazing sessions encompassing all of the areas above; giving their time and sharing their expertise with staff and students.  A special thank you to Kent Sport who also laid on a number of events during the week.

We were so lucky with the weather and our outdoor sessions of Tai Chi, Meditation and the guided Labyrinth walk were just perfect in the sunshine. You can find all of the details and photos on our Twitter page: UoKLDev.

Also, please do send us your feedback on the week, either to, or by using #bagweek

Same time next year? We think so!

A Level student wins translation competition

The French translation competition for A level students, organised by Dr Sara-Louise Cooper, has been won by Shifa Mahomed Teeluck. Shifa won £50 and the two runners up won £10 each. For this competition, entrants were tasked with translating a short passage by contemporary author Patrick Chamoiseau . After the competition, local entrants will be invited to a translation workshop at the University of Kent to discuss the passage and learn more about the author.

The winning translation is featured below:

‘Pain has no borders!
No pain remains an orphan!
No suffering inflicted on the living has a limit to it.
The victim is within us and the persecutor too. Threats make alliances and affect us together. Each one of us is a target without shelter. A front line and a transmitting antenna. Inaction gives the slightest indecency a terrible impetus. A child who dies in the Mediterranean recaps the ignominies tolerated for thousands of years by the human conscience and accuses us too. And those who have let him die, claim our name and put us at their bedside as if we were complicit. The slave trade prospered at a level of consciousness fed by the Enlightenment. Our current level of consciousness, which is that – phenomenal – of a connected consciousness, becomes infected by the slightest cowardice, but it welcomes with as much force and speed a simple refusal, a little bit of indignation, a rage, a smile, a coffee… the slightest radiance where vital integrity is protected, and sustained, like an ultimate torch, human dignity.’

Sara said of the event: “There were over forty entries to the competition and the standard was very high.”

Talis Award

Award-winning work on diversifying reading lists

A collaborative venture across the Library, Student Success Project, SECL and SSPSSR Medway received the Talis Aspire User Group Creativity Award 2019 for using reading lists as a mechanism to develop diverse library collections.

This national award was made by a group of peers drawn from UK universities, who stated: ‘This is a truly innovative use of Talis Aspire reading lists and data, and there’s potential for this project to have national impact.’ (The Talis Aspire User Group, May 2019)

Students Collins Konadu-Mensah and Evangeline Agyeman and Liaison Librarians Emma Mires-Richards and Sarah Field accepted this award on behalf of the project and presented a paper to the conference that outlines the work and its outcomes – Diversity in the curriculum: a collaborative approach.

Over the last year, Diversity Mark pilot projects have taken place in:

    • the School of European Culture and Languages led by Dr Laura Bailey (Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics)
    • SSPSSR Medway coordinated by Dr Barbara Adewumi (Sociology Lecturer) and Dave Thomas (Student Success Project Officer).

Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, said: ‘This is a measure of all the fantastic work that [the group] have been doing in Library Collections and in the Student Success Project in partnership with students and the wider University. We are absolutely delighted that they all have been awarded the 2019 award for their work to diversify library collections and support the development of a more inclusive learning experience. It is great for this innovative, first-class and highly collaborative project to receive national recognition in this way – it is very richly deserved.’

Following the success of the Diversity Mark pilot, there are plans to offer this service to other schools in the next academic year. For more details, contact the Student Success Project or your Liaison Librarian.

Staff Guide May 2019

Our new Staff Guide – what do you think?

Our Staff Guide webpages were launched last December. And to mark their six-month anniversary, we’d like to hear what you like, and don’t like so much, about the new guide.

During June, we will be holding focus groups on the Staff Guide at our Canterbury and Medway campuses. They will be taking place on

  • Monday 10 June, 14.30-15.30 – Darwin Board Room, Canterbury
  • Thursday 13 June,  15.30-16.30 – Darwin Board Room, Canterbury
  • Wednesday 19 June, 14.30-15.30 – Medway Building (M2.04), Medway

The sessions will be led by Etienne Donzelot and Wendy Raeside from Corporate Communications who created the guide, with help from colleagues in other key teams such as WebDev and HR.

The Staff Guide aims to cover everything you need to know about working at Kent – with essential staff information in easy-to-search categories, such as:

  • Getting Started
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Day-to-Day Support
  • Teaching and Research
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • On Campus

Although six months old, the Staff Guide is very much a work in progress and we are keen to hear your feedback so we ensure it works for you.

Sign-up for a focus group now by emailing us at with your preferred day, time and venue.

Science event

Soapbox Science Canterbury returns in June

After last year’s success, the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) are organising another Soapbox Science Canterbury event to promote women’s research to the public.

Come see some fabulous women scientists from SAC alongside the Schools of Biosciences and Physical Sciences at Kent, and hear speakers from Birkbeck and NIAB EMR talk about their exciting research.

The event will take place on Saturday 15 June between 13.00 and 16.00 in Westgate Gardens in the centre of Canterbury.

Hear twelve women speak about their scientific work on a broad range of topics including forensic anthropology, planetary science, molecular biology, illegal wildlife trade, biological anthropology and conservation science. Come and learn about capuchins and elephants, your brain and your teeth, and many more interesting topics in the lush surrounds of Westgate Gardens.

The event is free and open to all ages. whether you choose to drop by for ten minutes or stay the full three hours.

Our Soapbox speakers:

  • Dr Emmy Bocaege (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Toothy tales from an archaeologist
  • Dr Gillian Forrester (Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London) – Your 500 million year-old brain
  • Dr Julieta G. Garcia-Donas (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Dem bones, dem bones!: What forensic anthropology tells us about the dead
  • Dr Ana Loureiro (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Kent – From 1 to infinity
  • Dr Emma McCabe (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Superconductors and levitating magnets!
  • Ms Louisse Paola Mirabueno, (NIAB EMR and University of Reading) – Xylella fastidiosa: a fussy bacterium
  • Dr Marie-Jeanne Royer (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Climate change and cities, how green can help
  • Dr Agata Rożek (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Space potatoes and rubber ducks: shapes of asteroids and comets
  • Dr Helena J. Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Shapeshifting Molecules in the Spotlight
  • Dr Jill Shepherd (School of Biosciences, Kent) – Where are my stem cells?
  • Dr Barbara Tiddi (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Female (monkey) power: how black capuchin females choose their mates
  • Ms Laura Thomas-Walters (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Saving rhinos and elephants from the illegal wildlife trade

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the research they do. The events transform civic areas into an arena for public engagement and scientific debate.