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2019 Christmas payroll arrangements

Please note that the final date for receipt within the Payroll Office of timesheets, claims/extra payments and batch timesheets for upload is Friday 29 November 2019 in order to guarantee payment prior to Christmas.

Please be aware that claim forms will need to be submitted to schools/departments prior to this date, in order that they can be authorised in time to meet this deadline.

Hourly Paid Lecturers (HPLs) only: Although it remains the case that HPLs must be submitted to Payroll by 29 November 2019 in order to guarantee payment before Christmas, departments may, if they wish, allow HPLs to make an advance claim for the hours they are expected to work up until the normal cut-off date of 10 December.

Claims received after this date cannot be guaranteed payment before Christmas 2019.

New starters

For anyone starting work in December 2019 (this includes all salaried staff (inc direct hires and temp bank), hourly paid lecturers and timesheet paid staff), Human Resources will need to receive all their documentation by Friday 22 November 2019 in order to guarantee payment prior to Christmas.

Contract extensions/variations

Strategic Recruitment Review paperwork (for extensions/variations) needs to be received by Human Resources by Friday 15 November 2019

For all ll other out of scope DB501’s/RO/Flexible working and ERA requests etc, Human Resources OPS Team will need to receive all the documentation by Friday 22 November 2019 in order to guarantee correct payment prior to Christmas.

Any documentation received after these deadlines will be carried forward to the January 2020 payroll.

 

 

 

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Estates Customer Service Excellence award

National recognition for Estates Customer Services Centre

The work of our Estates Customer Services Centre has received national recognition.

The Centre, created in June 2018, has been awarded Customer Service Excellence accreditation on its first application.

The award comes just over a year since the Centre was created – in June 2018 – to raise awareness of the work of our Estates Department and act as a contact point for all enquiries.

The accreditation process included a day of pre-assessment in which Head of Customer Services & Engagement, Sarah Cooke and her four-strong team were measured across 57 different criteria.

The actual accreditation took place on 6 June 2019 and included an interview with Deputy Director of Estates Helen Ellis, customers across schools and departments and both internal and external partners.

Sarah Cooke said: ‘We’re really pleased we got the accreditation – and in some areas we were not just compliant but marked as “above and beyond”. We’re all really proud of the achievement – it’s recognition for how hard my team has worked and how good they are with the customers.’

The accreditation by M Assessment Services will last for three years and is monitored by a rolling programme of continuous improvement.

You can find out more about the work of Estates Customer Services Centre on the Estates webpages.

To contact the team, email estatescustomerservices@kent.ac.uk or telephone ext 16666/01227 816666.

Picture shows (from left): Angela Durling, Becky Medlock, Sarah Cooke, Helen Ellis, Emily Mashford and Beverley Braiden.

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Owl display for Canterbury Nightline, 15 November

Join us for a real life owl display in partnership with Kent Union and Canterbury Nightline.

Owls are symbolic to the Nightline volunteers who stay up throughout the night to listen to any problems you may have.

The owl display will take on Friday 15 November, 13.00-16.00. Find us outside the Senate Building, opposite the main entrance to the Templeman Library.

It’s free to attend so come along to learn more about the owls and Canterbury Nightline.

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BAG week – save the date

Belong and Grow – it’s your BAG week, or #BAG week took place in May 2019. The aim of the week was to celebrate diversity, promote wellbeing and encourage learning for all staff and students. The week encompassed Learning at Work Week, EDI, Mental Health awareness, Deaf awareness week, IDAHOT and the staff networks. Every event was under the umbrella of one of the aims of the week. Our ethos was that there should be something for everyone – find your ‘BAG’. What’s one person’s bag, may not be another’s.  

The week involved over 40 bookable events at Canterbury and Medway – a complete variety of events facilitated by Kent staff: 

  • Wellbeing events, such as Mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, a guided walk around the Labyrinth and Reflexology.  
  • Digital training, such as Mind Mapping, MOOCS, and the digital future. 
  • EDI/Protected Characteristics sessions, such as LGBT allies, Non-Binary, You don’t look your age, Unconscious Bias, Deaf awareness.  
  • New skills and hobbies, such as writing, crochet, knitting, Park Run.  
  • Drop in sessions about Apprenticeships, Careers, a #MeToo Harassment session and our Uni Kent Boob team ran CoppaFeel information sessions.  

Kent Sport also put on special events, such as Japanese Swordsmanship, lifting and many more; making the overall total more than 50 events, all open to staff and students.

Over 400 people enjoyed events during BAG week 2019. Every event was about learning; whether a new skill, developing existing knowledge, participating in discussion, or just relaxing as part of learning how to look after your wellbeing at work.  

AND we are doing it all again in May 2020, so save the date – w/c 18th May 2020.

If you have an interest or speciality and would like to facilitate a BAG week session for us in 2020, please email LDev@kent.ac.uk

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Between landscape and abstraction exhibition in Keynes College

Keynes College is delighted to house ‘Between Landscape and Abstraction’, a new exhibition of paintings by Angela Rumble and David Hayward which can be admired in the Atrium, as well as in the Keynes Gallery on the first floor of the College, until 15 December.

The work of these two artists may appear quite different in both style and technique but all the paintings in this exhibition are profoundly linked to elements of landscape – to organic growth, material substance and transient experience.

There are obvious structural differences between Angela Rumble’s web-like compositions and David Hayward’s layered approach but perhaps the main distinction lies in methodological direction – Rumble works from the real towards abstraction while Hayward begins with the abstract and then informs with the real.

Angela and David are no strangers to the College, as ‘Uncertain Places’,  a very successful joint exhibition of their work, was held there in 2015, and it is a pleasure to have them back!

All paintings in this exhibition are for sale. Prices on request from the Keynes College Master’s Office – keynesmastersoffice@kent.ac.uk or direct from the artist.

Angela Rumble website, angela@hernhill.plus.com

David Hayward website,:  dwhayward@btinternet.com

Reflexology

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic now offers Reflexology!

Great news! We now offer Reflexology at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic on a Monday evening!

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is non-invasive, complementary therapy and is a thousand-year-old practice that focuses on massaging the acupressure points in the feet or hands to relieve stress, illness, pain and stimulate mental, emotional, physical healing and well-being in all the body systems.  It builds stress resistance and rejuvenates by stimulating meridians, circulation and the nerve systems by flushing and detoxing.

How does Reflexology work?

Each area of the foot, hand, eye, face and ear connects via nerves and electromagnetic energy (chi) channels (“meridians”) to a particular body organ and system. By massaging that area, it stimulates and flushes that area.

The benefits of Reflexology?

  • Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Hormone balance 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia 
  • Balance immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Support digestive system
  • Respiratory disorders (asthma)
  • Sinusitis
  • Menopause

For more information or to book in, please call us on 01227 824375 or contact physio@kent.ac.uk.

Industrial action update

On Tuesday 5 November, the Kent branch of the University and College Union (UCU) announced its intention to take part in strike action over an eight-day period, from 25 November until 4 December, and action short of a strike (ASOS) to last beyond that date.

The planned action comes off the back of a national UCU ballot asking members to indicate whether they would be prepared to strike or take action short of strike (ASOS) on issues around pay and working conditions. Kent is one of 55 institutions where UCU secured a mandate for industrial action on the issue of pay and conditions.

The University’s Executive Group (EG) has recognised the strength of feeling expressed and the frustration that many staff feel on key issues around pay and conditions. EG is also aware that the potential for industrial action is unsettling for many of our staff and students.

This outcome is within a context of challenging circumstances at Kent and the sector as a whole. The higher education sector is facing unprecedented financial, regulatory and political challenges and the competitive recruitment environment has had a particular and unhelpful impact on Kent’s finances.

EG will continue to reflect on what all this means for Kent, and the options open to them. EG has also indicated to UCU that they are positive about an ongoing dialogue and hope that, through discussion with them and other stakeholders, a way forward may be found.

In the event that strike action goes ahead, EG will do all it can to minimise disruption and more information will be published to help staff navigate this difficult time and mitigate against the impact on students, whose experience remains the utmost priority.

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Templeman Library: 2020 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist!

The Templeman Library has been selected as a 2020 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist!

The Templeman Library has been coined the heart of the Canterbury Campus. Sitting in the middle of campus, with some of the best views across the city, it’s a hub for finding books and resources and studying alike.

The extension and refurbishment project was a challenge undertaken by Information Services and architects at Penoyre & Prasad which aimed to transform the library into a 21st century flagship learning environment by refurbishing the existing building, as well as extending to allow room for even more resources, study spaces and other learning facilities. To add a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms, exhibition space, archive area, conference facilities, more study space and new café, a huge 5,400m² extension was constructed. The building also got a new welcome hall, plus upgraded windows and façade.

The Civic Trust Awards aims to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.

Our project will now be considered for a National Award or Commendation by the National Judging Panel. Wish us luck!

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Learn more about the Mindfulness@Kent initiative

Colleagues are invited to the Learning and Teaching Network session titled ‘The Mindfulness@Kent initiative: what is it, why is it needed and does it really work?’

The session takes place on Wednesday 20 November, 13.00-14.00, Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6.

Dr Elisabeth Curling, Senior Lecture at the school of Bioscience, will lead the session.

Dr Curling will explain how and why the practice of mindfulness across the University is actively helping a diverse range of students (and staff) who are studying and working within the higher education sector at Kent.

The session will focus on our widespread development of staff and student Mindfulness courses and drop-in sessions (from very humble beginnings in 2015) within the University of Kent and elsewhere and how this can really improve both staff and student well-being and academic success.

This session will provide an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of what is Mindfulness, how it positively affects brain function if practised regularly, and how you can get involved in Mindfulness provision for your students.

During the presentation, examples of Mindfulness courses and drop in sessions taking place at Canterbury and Medway will be shared and discussed, as well as giving you a flavour of our future initiatives. Plenty of time will be allocated for questions and discussion after the presentation.

The University Support Prize was awarded to us in July 2019 for this work on Mindfulness provision across the University.

This session will be of particular interest to academic and professional support staff who are involved in supporting students in any way, but all staff are welcome to attend who are interested in finding out more about Mindfulness.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking.

DICE chameleon

Reptile and amphibian talk celebrates DICE’s 30th birthday

A talk on ‘The Global Trade in Reptiles and Amphibians over Three Decades’ will mark the 30th anniversary of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE).

The talk by Professor Richard Griffiths, Professor in Biological Conservation, will take place on Thursday 21 November from 18.00-19.00, in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, Canterbury campus.

The talk is free and open to all. Please come along to this celebration of DICE and its work!

DICE, based in our School of Anthropology and Conservation, carries out world-class training and research with a focus on biodiversity conservation that benefits people.