Following the successful 2017 Learning and Teaching Conference, we are pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 20 June 2018. It will be held in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 and Atrium Foyer from 9.00-16.15, followed by a drinks reception.
This year’s theme is Promoting Powerful Student Learning Experiences In and Out of Class. The theme interprets learning holistically, encompassing both curricular and co-curricular activities that support students’ growth while at university. The conference will examine how professional services staff, academics, and Kent Union work together to create opportunities for powerful student learning. It will also feature examples of innovative teaching that blur the boundaries of the classroom. The event is an opportunity for the University of Kent community to come together around the shared goal of supporting student learning.
The event is free and colleagues can register here.
Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard, so it stops us even trying. Giving up smoking is one of those things. It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.
NHS Stop Smoking will be on campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for seven weeks from 8 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College. You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two. NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.
Come on…. make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!
For details on how to book an appointment follow this No more lectures poster.
The Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning is pleased to invite you to the University’s annual Internationalisation Forum, which will take place at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses next term.
The Canterbury Forum will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018 in the Darwin Conference Suites 1 and 2, from 09.30-13.00. The event will start with refreshments at 09.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.
Our Medway Forum will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 in the Gillingham Building, Room G3-04, from 10.00 – 11.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.
The aim of this year’s events is to provide an overview on the progress of the University’s internationalisation activity and to launch the process of updating and consulting with colleagues for the next phase of the Internationalisation Strategy. This is in line with the University’s forthcoming review of its overall strategic plan.
Professor Karen Cox, Vice Chancellor, has kindly agreed to give the Canterbury Forum’s opening speech. The full Pprogramme will be published shortly.
All staff are invited to attend and there will be representation from the student body.
We very much look forward to seeing you at one of the events.
Thank you all for what you have done for our University this year. It has been incredibly successful with much to be proud of – including our Gold rating in the TEF, the launch of KMTV on terrestrial television, a well-deserved Higher Education Academy award for the Centre for Child Protection and, more recently, a Times Higher Education Award for our Student Success Project. None of these initiatives and achievements would be possible without the help and support of all our staff across the whole of the University.
Congratulations as well to all our successful researchers and research support teams who have secured funding for their work across our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. The diversity of the research undertaken here at Kent, its interdisciplinary nature and the collaborations involved are just fantastic. The work you do really does transform lives.
May I wish you all a peaceful and happy break over the Christmas and New Year period. It has been a very busy few months and I think we are all ready for a bit of ‘down time’. I look forward to continued working with you over the next few months and celebrating many more successes together in 2018.
Professor Karen Cox
Vice-Chancellor and President
A video of Professor Cox ‘In Conversation’ with our Chancellor Gavin Esler on Foundation Day (23 November 2017) is now available on YouTube
The University of Kent Edition of the classic board game Monopoly is now available at a special discounted price of £15.99 for Christmas.
Order here before the 19 December for delivery before Christmas.
Yvonne Sherwood, from the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, under invitation from Professor Robert Yelle.
She will be giving talks based on forthcoming book projects, and working with Professor Yelle on a collaborative research project on ‘Sovereignty’.
The Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is a forum for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange. It promotes co-operation between outstanding researchers from various LMU departments and fosters participation of visiting scholars in research and academic life at LMU.
For more information about CAS, please see the Centre’s webpages.
Dr Anne-Maria Brennan from the Centre for Professional Practice gave a Café Scientifique lecture on Wildlife Forensics for Science & More at the No 84 Tearoom in Gravesend.
Science & More (SAM Club About Things Strange & Interesting) is a monthly pop-up science lecture, mainly for schoolchildren (but parents come along too).
Dr Brennan gave a talk about her research and forensic investigation work and also gave members of the audience a chance to collect and examine pollen evidence under microscope.
She commented: ‘It was a packed house and even though I showed the occasional gruesome picture of crime scenes it didn’t seem to put anyone off their cakes!’
As the festive break approaches, no doubt you are searching for exciting events for the diary to look forward to when you return in January!
We have the solution: Kent’s first Festival of Projects, which will take place on the afternoon of 10 January.
Here at Kent we have a fantastic range of student-facing projects and initiatives – but sometimes we are less good at raising awareness of those projects, communicating progress, and making sure they connect, integrate and work together. So this is your chance to find out more.
During the afternoon, we will be showcasing a range of projects designed to produce direct, positive changes in student experience, attainment and outcomes. We are expecting contributions, for example, from the Student Success Project, Kent Union, the Student Hub, Careers and Internationalisation, to name but a few. There will be short presentations, along with two opportunities for further discussion and networking over coffee and drinks – when you can visit stalls to find out more about the more than 30 projects which will be involved on the day.
All colleagues are most welcome to attend, whether or not you are involved in a student-focused project, to find out more about what we are doing at Kent to support the student journey, and to play your part in discussing how we can link our excellent projects together better in future.
Please come and join us on 10 January! You can see the latest draft programme and sign up here.
Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education and Chloe Gallien, Master of Keynes
The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.
A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.
Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.
We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.
If you are interested, please email email@example.com with the following details by 23.59 on Sunday 14 January 2018:
- Your name and school
- A summary of your research (max 100 words)
- Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
- A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).
Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: https://pintofscience.co.uk and https://www.kent.ac.uk/publicengagement/current-projects/pint-of-science.html
The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.
Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medway College Master’s Office is supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day by hosting an afternoon of Christmas treats and fun games. If you would like to take the opportunity to wear a festive jumper then please wear your jumper and donate £1.
Please come and join us for celebrations in the Senior Common Room (R2-02 located in the Rochester Building above No1 Bistro) on Friday 15 December 2017, 15:00-17:00
We hope to see as many of you as possible. If you don’t have a Christmas jumper then you can wear anything related to Christmas, no restrictions!