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Care First webinars w/c 10 August 2020

As our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support. Read their latest Tips for a UK Summer Holiday.

Their weekly webinars continue this week (Monday 10 – Friday 14 August) and are as follows:

Monday 10 August 2020 –  ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 11.00-11.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Tuesday 11 August 2020 – ‘Quarantine Guidelines’
Time: 11.00-11.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 12 August 2020 – ‘COVID-19: A Dr’s perspective’
Time: 12.00-13.00 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 13 August 2020 – ‘What does a local lockdown look like?’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 14 August 2020 – ‘COVID-19: Starting a new role remotely’
Time: 14.00-14.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link


Urinetown Open Air Musical Tickets on Sale Now

Bring a picnic and enjoy an outdoor musical!

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this month, why not enjoy an outdoor performance of the musical ‘Urinetown’, taking place at the end of August?


Thursday 27 August at 18.00

Saturday 29 August at 13.00 and 18.00

Sunday 30 August 13.00 and 18.00


Open Air @ The Woodstock, Sittingbourne, Broadoak Road, ME9 8AG

Featuring our colleague Tracey Ashmore (Student Learning Advisory Service. Manager of Enhancement of Learning and Teaching), this outdoor show is a “bring your own picnic” event and is the first pro musical theatre performances in Kent to take place since the pandemic. 

The production team and performers are adhering stringently to safety guidelines and there is a crew managing the distancing measures for audiences as well as managing an outdoor bar.

To find out where to book tickets please visit the Urinetown Open Air Facebook page.

Capacity is strictly limited per performance to allow for social distancing, so book now!

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic - a shadow of a man and woman jumping in the air

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic opening on Monday 17 August

We are pleased to announce that the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be open for face-to-face appointments from Monday 17 August.

Please be aware, there are a few changes that have needed to be implemented for the safety of our staff and clients. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience with the need for these changes.

When you book for treatment at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic, we will send you a detailed email with further instructions prior to your appointment. Below are guidelines to better manage expectations when visiting our facilities.

Is it safe to visit the clinic and Kent Sport?

Staff have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the facilities are compliant with not only Government policy, but also University policy in relation to Covid-19.

A risk assessment has been completed on the facilities, activities, staff and also the physiotherapy clinic and all therapists understand this.

We will use PPE to treat you and we take your safety extremely seriously.

For all patients, including those shielding/vulnerable patients, we will complete an online consultation first to decide whether a face-to-face appointment is appropriate and necessary, which is another layer of precaution to ensure your safety is fully considered.

Entering Kent Sport and onwards to the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

To adhere to distancing measures, entrance to the Sports Centre will be staggered to help Kent Sport support all customers. Appointment times will be slightly different to ensure patients arrive and leave the clinic at different times and allow time between appointments to thoroughly clean. We will still be offering online consultations indefinitely if you would prefer this method.

How do I book and pay for my appointments?

Bookings are now open! To book an appointment, please email and we will get back to you within 24 hours. At this time, we are unable to take telephone calls. You will be able to pay on the day at main reception, but as we are now contactless, we will only be able to take card.

Please bring with you means to record your next appointment as we are reducing contact and not issuing appointment cards.

For more information about pricing, please visit the Kent Sport physio website.

How will my clinic experience differ?

You will be asked to complete forms electronically prior to the appointment. They are editable and do not require access to a printer. Once completed, please return to: If this is not possible, the physiotherapist can complete with you during the session.

Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email explaining what to expect and the main changes include:

  • Please do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment time and please wait outside the Sports Centre. Your therapists will come and greet you.
  • A face mask will be provided and all clients must wear one. Unfortunately, no mask means that we are unable to treat you.
  • You will be asked to attend your appointment alone, unless you are under 16 or have a reason for bringing someone along. This must be discussed in advance of the appointment.
  • Please wear your treatment attire (vest top and shorts) under your clothes as our changing rooms will not be open at this time. You may change into your attire in the treatment room while the physiotherapist waits outside, if you wish.
  • Parking is available in the Pay and Display zone behind the Sports Centre. Cash is not accepted, so you will need to pay by either contactless or pay-by-phone.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands thoroughly before entering the treatment area, and again before leaving the clinic.
  • Please be aware that your physiotherapist will be wearing the appropriate PPE to treat you.
  • All physiotherapy appointments will be 45-minutes regardless if it is initial or a review.
  • Massage appointments will be 30-minutes in length. If you would like 60-minutes, please ask and we can look to accommodate this.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation during these uncertain times and look forward to welcoming you to our facilities. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email

Find out more about Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic please visit our website and to stay up to date Like us on Facebook. Please consider showing your support by donating to the NHS charities.

For more information about the way Kent Sport’s facilities are reopening, please visit Kent Sport’s FAQs.

The P&SM team holding up the social distancing signs

Return to campus series – Spotlight on Estates

Taking part in our ‘Return to Campus’ series is Helen Holland (Head of Planning and Space Management) and Jenny Martine (Interior Services & Signage Manager), who tell us all about the work of the Planning and Space Management (P&SM) team to ensure a safe return to campus for us all.

Members of the P&SM team – Helen Holland, Sophie Pearson, Karen Weatherley, Jenny Martine and Pete Hayes – look after space management, planning and data, property leasing, as well as Interior Services covering removals, furniture and signage.

Helen Holland explains: ‘In preparation for enabling restricted access, our team has been busy working with stakeholders from all divisions, schools and professional services departments to determine maximum capacities and develop one-way systems (where possible) to enable social distancing around buildings on the Canterbury and Medway campuses. This is all part of making the campuses Covid-19 secure.

‘Once the one-way systems have been designed and reviewed by the team to check signage quantities are sufficient, these are then passed to the Design and Print Centre for printing. We have created a schedule of all buildings and a rolling programme of signage installation to ensure all buildings are ready for the start of term.

‘Due to the varying size of the buildings, it can take from one day to a whole week to install all signage as every route has to be rechecked to make sure there are no clashes and it’s easy for people to navigate. We are working closely with HR and the Safety, Health and Environment Unit to enable some staff (whose critical work cannot be done at home) to return to their offices or labs as soon as the buildings are ready.

‘This is a huge undertaking as we have approximately 96 non-residential buildings across the Canterbury and Medway campus. The project is not just limited to our team within Estates, as colleagues from our Estates Administration, Environment and Sustainability, Projects, Customer Services, Logistics and Postal teams are all helping with installing signage.’

Jenny Martine says: ‘The process of installing the signs has been a mammoth job from weeks of pre-sticking the posters in advance (thanks to Waste and Cleaning for their support on this task!) to testing routes in each building and laying out all the posters to ensure the routes flow.

‘Myself and my team  – Pete Hayes, Karen Weatherley, Emma Grove, George Baker, Emily Mashford, and Catherine Morris – have each clocked up an average of 16,000 steps per day and can be seen wheeling our signage-filled suitcase around campus from one building to another.

‘We won’t mention the blisters and the night terrors of falling down posters, but all in all it has been a fantastic team effort and camaraderie. If the social rules change…we have already booked our annual leave!’

Find out more about the services the Estates department provide.

Vicky Annis cross-Channel swim

Head of Physiotherapy to swim the English Channel

Vicky Annis Head of Physiotherapy at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic, will be part of a four-person relay team attempting to swim the English Channel on Friday 7 August 2020.

The team will begin the challenge at 1.30am, leaving from Samphire Hoe beach. You can follow Vicky’s attempt by visiting the Channel Swimming Associations live tracking website, Vicky’s boat is called Masterpiece.

Vicky describes how she has prepared for a trek of a lifetime during lockdown:  ‘Most of my swimming preparation has been completed at Tankerton and Kingsdown with support from friends and family swimming with me and kayaking. It has been a welcome distraction from the difficulties in the world and every time you get to the shore, there are slightly different conditions which has made it so much fun; whether it is a calm day or windy with the waves and tide to contend with.’

She adds: ‘The English Channel is such a remarkable waterway with so many historical events and tales. Living in Kent, and having always been a swimmer, this challenge was one not to miss!’

The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic has been raising funds for the NHS Charities by offering free initial online consultations. Vicky has chosen this charity for her relay channel attempt and you can support her by donating via this JustGiving link.

Elvis Presley

Linda Hamilton, Elvis and Roman Catholicism: Nostalgia interview with Gaye Morris

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Dr Chris Deacy, Head of the Department of Religious Studies, interviews Gaye Morris. Chris and Gaye collaborated about 15 years ago on a book called Theology and Film, and talk about their rationale in writing it and the relationship between the Christian and the secular world.

Gaye also shares some fascinating anecdotes, including a story about meeting The Terminator series’ Linda Hamilton on a plane and getting three autographs from Lauren Bacall at a European film festival.

Gaye also talks about the time she thought Santa was talking to her as a child, watching Elvis movies at the military base in Germany where her father was posted, being a “Beatlemaniac” and meeting ‘The Zombies’ in a hotel swimming pool.

She reveals why she left the Southern Baptists for Roman Catholicism and is now an ordained Unitarian Universalist, and also talks about working in Yorkshire, the relationship between nostalgia and gas-lighting, and why serendipity is her keyword.

Canterbury campus, Senate view

Condolences for Dr Ian Stone

The University was very sorry to hear of the death of Dr Ian Stone on Friday 10 July 2020.

Dr Stone was appointed Administrative Assistant in the Academic Division of the Registry in May 1978. He was then appointed Assistant Registrar in 1982 and by 1985 was Senior Assistant Registrar and Faculty Administrator for the Natural Sciences Faculty. In 1990 Dr Stone moved to the new Research Grants and Contracts Office, as Head, and worked there until he took early retirement in the mid-1990s.

Dr Stone then moved to the Isle of Man and, a scholar of polar studies, became Emeritus Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, being editor of the journal Polar Record for over ten years and publishing more than 60 articles.

Many University colleagues have expressed their sadness at Dr Stone’s death and have looked back with happy memories at a greatly esteemed and entertaining colleague, a very supportive manager and someone who was always ready for a competitive game of squash.

Dr Jeremy Ovenden, former Director of Planning and Student Information, writes: ‘Ian was one of those real characters that you are privileged to come across in your working life. Always entertaining, he delighted his colleagues with his little eccentricities and headed up a happy and motivated office. Yet beneath that exterior was an intelligent, knowledgeable and caring individual and I was grateful for his guidance on many occasions. He will be missed.’

Dr Stone will be remembered with immense fondness. The University expresses its condolences to his family.

River Stour in Canterbury

Top 10 outdoor walks and activities in Kent

One of the perks of living and working in Kent is access to lots of outdoor space. From beaches to scenic parks and historic buildings, this county has it all!

Make the most of the sizzling summer sunshine and enjoy our Top 10 outdoors activities on offer across the county.


  1. Cathedral to Coast Cycle Ride – Canterbury to Dover

Chart your own Pilgrim’s Progress on this 50-mile circular ride linking Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone. The route passes along leafy lanes and bridleways amid rolling hills, wide skies, woodland, country villages and hamlets.

  1. Marlowe’s Canterbury Walk

This walk encourages you to explore the life of English poet and playwright, Christopher Marlowe. The route takes you on a journey around the heart of Canterbury, visiting places he would have known and offering an insight into his short life.

  1. Kent Food Trails

Kent Food Trails are designed to encourage visitors and locals alike to discover new places and taste new dishes. You will meet fantastic food and drinks producers and farmers from all over Kent.

  1. Via Francigena

If you fancy a real adventure then consider walking at least a segment of the Via Francigena. This ancient route starts at Canterbury Cathedral before passing through France, Switzerland, across the Alps and into Italy before finishing in Rome.


  1. Fort Amherst

Fort Amherst is a free-to-visit historical site with 20 acres of green space all linked to the Great Lines Heritage Park. You will be able to explore tunnels, nature trails, ditches, ammunition magazines, cannons, soldiers’ quarters and fortifications.

  1. The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ with a visit to Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which built mighty ships that once mastered the world’s oceans. More recently, this lovely location has been a setting for popular TV shows, including The Crown and Call the Midwife.

  1. Riverside Country Park

Covering 100 hectares alongside the Medway Estuary, Riverside is one of Medway’s beautiful country parks. Holder of a Green Flag Award, this haven for wildlife is the perfect spot for walking, running or cycling.


  1. Crab & Winkle Way

This path takes its name from the railway line which ran between Canterbury and Whitstable from the 19th century. On the way to Whitstable, you’ll pass through the Blean, with its 13th century Church of St Cosmus and St Damian, and Blean Woods, a delightful RSPB nature reserve. The journey also takes you through Clowes Wood – one of the best places to hear the song of the Nightjar bird.

  1. Spy Mission Trail

This self-guided family trail perfectly combines two things a day out with the kids should include – exploration and imagination! See the sights of Whitstable as you pretend to be spies and crack codes along this two-mile trail.

Dover to Deal

  1. 3 Castles Walk

Starting at the White Cliffs Visitor Centre in Dover, amble along this beautiful coastline taking in three magnificent castles and a lighthouse as you head towards to Deal, enjoying its heritage and natural beauty along the way.

Picture from Canterbury City Council

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Care first webinars w/c 3 August 2020

As our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services, including helpline support and face-to-face counselling. During the pandemic, Care first has also provided weekly webinars to offer further support and advice.

Webinars taking place this week (Monday 3 – Friday 7 August) are as follows:

Monday 3 August 2020 –  ‘How Care first can support you and an update on our services’
Time: 14.00-15.00 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Tuesday 4 August 2020 – ‘Activities you can still do this Summer’
Time: 15.00-15.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 5 August 2020 – ‘A users guide to wearing a face mask’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 6 August 2020 – ‘What are the benefits of Cycling?’
Time: 11.00-11.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 7 August 2020 – ‘Ways gratitude can boost happiness’
Time: 11.00-11.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link


Changes to our Canterbury campus cleaning team

Kent Hospitality and Estates Cleaning teams are merging under one management structure within Kent Hospitality from 1 August 2020.

This one larger team will be providing cleaning services across the entirety of the Canterbury campus moving forward.

Gary Sayles, Executive Manager: Housekeeping, Kent Hospitality is pleased to make the announcement, stating: ‘Leveraging Estates Cleaning extensive knowledge and experience with Hospitality’s award-winning Housekeeping team will ensure a consistent delivery of cleaning standards across the Canterbury campus.

‘Having a continuity in frequencies and style of service across all teaching and office spaces will provide a footprint for a consistent customer-centric service. Kent Hospitality’s aim is to provide an exceptional customer service experience to our students, staff and visitors with an underlying philosophy of delivering with Pride, Passion and Professionalism.’

Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services added: ‘By combining the cleaning resources of the two departments we expect to, over time, achieve economies of scale and flexibilities in staff deployment.’

Any queries or requirements relating to cleaning on the Canterbury campus can be directed to Hospitality Enquiries.

The cleaning arrangements at the Medway campus, which are carried out by an outside contractor, will continue to be managed by Estates.