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Half price on one-month Kent Sport memberships this April

Our popular one-month membership offer is back, but with a twist – ALL Gold Kent Sport memberships are half price!

From 1 April to 30 April 2019 inclusive, you and your friends and family can enjoy a wide range of activities for half the usual price of Gold public membership at Kent Sport.

Staff can get membership for just £13 – that’s just 80p per day. Juniors (anyone in full-time education or 16-18 years old) pay just £29. And those outside of the University get an all-access Gold membership for £37.

The spring membership offer provides unlimited access to modern sports facilities including the fitness suite, squash courts, all outdoor facilities and entry to all fitness and dance classes. If you’re looking to explore the campus, and maybe further, then Gold members can also hire a range of high-quality bikes for free through the Kent Sport Cycle Hub.

To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions from Monday 1 April. Membership is available to purchase and use until the 30 April 2019 only. For further details and terms and conditions, please visit kent.ac.uk/sports/membership. You can view the Kent Sport facility opening hours here.

*To apply for the junior rate please bring with you proof of full-time education (student card, etc.)

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MA Theatre Festival 2019

The School of Arts launched its MA Theatre Festival last night, comprising two weeks of performances from students on our MA programmes in the Department of Drama and Theatre.

The festival kicked off with On Our Way by Scorched Ensemble, a group undertaking the MA in Physical Acting programme, which explored the life changing journey of becoming a refugee. A gallery of images from the performance is available here.

The festival continues tonight with an adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper by students on the MA in Theatre Making, held in the Aphra Theatre. To book, please see the Eventbrite page.

On Monday 25 March, there will be a rehearsed reading of an original play, Sexcapades, written by MA Theatre Making student Matthew Hessey. The play story about love and sex, and all the joy, despair, affirmation, rejection and hilarity each provides. To book, please see the Eventbrite page.

On Wednesday 27 March, MA in Theatre Making student group Scapegoat Theatre will be presenting Unload in the Forrest Studio. To book, please see the Eventbrite page.

On Thursday 28 March, there be a solo theatre performance, Reflection, by a MA Theatre Making student to convey the world of self-conflict using the mirror, projection and dance movements. The performance will be held in Jarman Studio 2. To book, please see the Eventbrite page.

And finally, on Friday 29 March, MA in Theatre Making group Scene 99 will present Unrest in Jarman Studio 1. The performance provides an opportunity to be a fly on the wall in a room of pure unrest, the bedroom. To book, please see the Eventbrite page.

All events are free to attend. There is an age restriction of 18 and over for Sexcapades and Unload.

Alumnus Antonio Mascoli debuts film NAMRON at Flicks festival

Alumnus Antonio Mascoli, who graduated with an MA in Film with Practice in 2018, has had his film NAMRON selected to be included in the Flicks International Student Short Film Festival 2019, to be held  from 28 -29 March in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Flicks is a film festival originating from the Cultural Student Centre USVA in Groningen, which gives national and international student filmmakers the opportunity to participate by showcasing short films of up to 20 minutes in length.

NAMRON tells the story of 21-year-old Norman who is travelling to his parents’ house to tell them he’s in a same-sex relationship. But first he needs to accept the man he sees in the mirror. Sharing the journey with his boyfriend, Norman encounters different people and places, which evoke childhood memories and bring a lifelong inner turmoil back to the surface.

Speaking of the film, Antonio said: ‘NAMRON was produced as my final dissertation for the MA Film with Practice. The Master’s gave me the necessary technical and artistic confidence to make a movie about a complicated theme, about which we often think we know everything. Though, if there is still strong discrimination and prejudice nowadays, perhaps we know nothing after all.’

For more information about the Flicks Film Festival, please see the page on the Flicks Film Festival blog.

Gulbenkian’s Eutopia Festival 28 March – 2 April

Gulbenkian is leaving the bickering to the politicians next week, as we choose instead to celebrate the creativity and shared humanity that crosses borders.

  • Thursday 28 March, 19.30 – An Evening of European Poetry. Dynamic, innovative, collaborative poetry from over a dozen of Europe’s most interesting poets marks the night when the UK may or may not leave its own continent. Tickets £5.
  • Friday 29 March, 18.30 – Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Hymnem”. Electronic and concrete music (1966-7), created at the height of the Cold War.  Preceded by free music from Centre for Music and Audio Technology. Tickets: Full £8 / Student £5.
  • Saturday 30 March, 10.00-16.00 -Translating Europe: Hear four European plays translated into English, performed throughout the day. Free admission.
  • Sunday 31 March, 12 noon – Dash Café: Eutopia. Join us for an afternoon of FREE live music, delicious food, storytelling, comedy and short animated films. Free admission.
  • Thursday 2 April, 20.00 – Xylouris White. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, Xylouris White consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Full  admission £20 / Concessions £15

European Films as part of Eutopia

  • Thursday 28 March, 19.00Happy End (15) – A Michael Haneke drama about a family set in Calais with the European Refugee crisis as the backdrop.
  • Friday 29 March, 19.00  – Girl (15) – Lucas Dhont’s transgender coming of age story of a 15 year old girsl, born in the body of a by, who dreams of being a ballerina.
  • Saturday 30 March, 17.15 – Loro (18) – A film by Paolo Sorrentino about the life of Silvio Berlosconi.
  • Saturday 30 March, 20.30The Favourite (15) – Yorgos Lanthimos’ splendid drama around the court of Queen Anne includes Oscar winning performance by Olivia Colman.

Find out more about these and other events on the Gulbenkian webpages.

 

 

 

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Enhancing the Academic Adviser system

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning and Teaching Network session taking place on Wednesday 3 April 2019, 13:15-14:30 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

This session on Enhancing the Academic Adviser system will be presented by Dr Laura Bailey, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics and SECL Student Success Lecturer.

SECL has historically had very low engagement with the Academic Adviser system with difficulties in implementing it consistently across such a diverse school with 1300 students in six departments and nearly 100 degree programmes. In 2018, we introduced user-friendly materials, centralised the initial meetings, and piloted the Target Connect booking system. In this session we present what went well, what didn’t work, and lessons learnt in the process.

If you have not already confirmed your attendance and wish to attend please complete the online booking form.

Students take over the Tate Exchange

Students from the School of Politics and International Relations took over Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, last weekend (March 16/17), with a series of inventive and inspiring projects aimed at engaging the public in the idea of movement and resistance.

Activities included transforming big business advertising into origami birds; film work on borders, mental health and how people have responded to racism in sport; interactive image work on media representations of gender and politics, body positivity, the meaning of change, the relationship between art, politics, education and Brexit, and the nature of disagreement and conflict; performance work on identity politics; and an immersive experience in a pod exploring the connection between choice and resistance. There were also 2,000 dominoes used to create some amazing constructions and, with some effort, the word ‘move’ in the form of a domino run.

This is the third year of the School’s involvement in the Tate Exchange project but the first time the whole floor – Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building – has been activated and animated entirely by the students. With over 1,000 visitors in two days, the students had a wonderful range of conversations with members of the public. As one visitor put it, ‘this is great, such amazing work!’

The students came from undergraduate module, How to a Start a Revolution, and the Postgraduate module, Resistance in Practice.  

Estates Customer Services Pop-up Stand Event – 26 March

An Estates Customer Services Pop-up Stand Event is taking place on 26 March from 10.00-12.00 in Marlowe Foyer, Canterbury campus.

The Estates Customer Services Centre was launched in June 2018 in response to feedback received by the customer survey conducted in March 2018.  Comments indicated that customers felt the Estates Department wasn’t transparent enough in its operations and people didn’t really know who did what in the department.

We held an Estates Showcase event last June, which highlighted all of the areas of the department and gave customers the chance to meet the staff and gain a better insight into what we do.  It was at this event we launched the Estates Customer Services Centre.  The key objective of the Customer Services Centre is for the Customer Services Advisers to take ownership of each enquiry and act as a liaison point with the customer.

Since then, we have also published our ‘Who we are, what we do and where we are going’ booklet.  This is available to view on the Estates webpages, and we will also have copies available at our pop-up event.  This booklet outlines the sections of Estates and also includes our road to cultural change.

It is really important to us that we continue to engage with Schools and Departments, so we have decided to hold Customer Services pop-up events across campus.  This will give everyone the opportunity to come and meet some of the team and ask them anything Estates-related.  It may be that we can’t answer all of your questions at the time but we will take them forward on your behalf and update you afterwards.

Your feedback is extremely important to us and we aim to continuously improve our services.  Please come along and see us as it would be great to hear any suggestions you have.

Staff at Kent

Building a business case: Best practice

Need help building a business case for your project? A new business case template may be the answer.

A well-thought out business case document will help get you approval for your projects to go ahead and ensure you receive resources  to complete them successfully.

In formal projects, a business case is one of the key documents that senior managers review when deciding whether to give a project the funding it needs to go ahead. In the business case, you detail the benefits that the project will deliver, how they’ll be achieved, what it will cost, and how long it will take.

To help you develop your business case in a consistent way, a Business Case Template has been created as an integral part of the Kent Project Management Framework (KPMF).

This document will help you:

  • Provide justification for your investment to enable senior management decision making
  • Adequately capture the background, business need, scope, investment, risk, dependencies, and anticipated benefits so that the project/investment can be approved, funded and prioritised.
  • Introduce a review mechanism at certain points in the process to ensure work is proceeding as planned and decide whether it should continue

The template is simple to use, includes clear “how to” guidance prompts and has been tried-and-test on a number of major Kent projects. Additional online help is also provided in the form of a Business Case LinkedIn Learning pathway.

For further information about Projects, contact the BIPU team: BIPU@kent.ac.uk

Loretta Izod, Apprenticeships

Recognition for Employee Apprenticeships Manager at Kent

The work of our Employee Apprenticeships Manager, Loretta Izod, was recognised at the recent East Kent Apprenticeship Awards.

Loretta was a finalist in the award for the East Kent Apprenticeship Champion of the Year award. The inaugural awards took place during National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2019) and celebrated the success of apprenticeships for both individuals and businesses.

Apprenticeships have been subject to a number of changes in recent years, including the way they are funded. Large employers like Kent now pay a monthly Apprenticeship Levy, meaning we can offer apprenticeships for  career development to existing staff, as well as new employees.

Loretta was nominated for the award by her colleagues in the HR Learning & Organisational Development team. Over the past year, she has been working with schools and departments to promote use of the levy and taking an apprenticeship to colleagues in any occupation, regardless of age, work experience or job level.

Across the University, there are now up to 50 staff who are being supported by the levy to develop their skills and knowledge in roles from Laboratory Scientist to Digital Marketer and Chartered Manager. A further 70 staff have expressed an interest in studying for an apprenticeship.

Loretta said: ‘I am really happy to be a finalist in these awards. My job is to ensure that employees understand the benefits of apprenticeships and that Kent is able to use its levy effectively – this type of recognition of my work makes all the hard work and effort worth it. This award is a really nice recommendation, but there’s still lots of work to do.’

To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at Kent, contact Loretta Izod by phone (ext 16568), email: L.J.Izod@kent.ac.uk, or visit the Kent Apprenticeships webpage.

Don’t forget we also offer Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – you can find out on the  CHDA webpages.

Coffee and Cake De-Stress Breaks – Medway campus

Medway Campus Chaplaincy is holding weekly ‘Coffee & Cake De-Stress Breaks’ for staff  during April – Stress Awareness Month.

The breaks will take place between 10.00 and 12.00 in Drill Hall Library – DA015 on the following days:

  • Friday 5 April
  • Monday 8 April
  • Tuesday 16 April
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Monday 29 April

All are welcome – sign up is not required but helpful for catering purposes.

Please tell your colleagues and plan to come along for ten minutes or two hours, as you are able.

Lynne Martin, Medway Campus Chaplain
medwaycampuschaplain@gre.ac.uk