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CSHE Seminar Series Autumn 2019

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) Seminar Series for Autumn 2019 is now available.

In this series of public seminars, CSHE spotlights issues related to racial inequality in higher education.  Leading scholars will highlight research that helps to explain attainment gaps, points the way toward more equitable and supportive learning environments for students of colour, and showcases anti-racist methods and theoretical perspectives. The series is timed to follow the launch of the Kaleidoscope Network providing one way for those who would like to build their own ally-ship to actively learn about these matters.

The Most Reverend Michael B Curry

Bishop Curry In Conversation at Canterbury Cathedral: 2 Oct

The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, invites you to join him in conversation with The Most Reverend Michael B Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, as they take you on a personal journey of music and faith.

Bishop Curry is well known from his sermon at the Royal Wedding in May 2018. In this special event, which will feature musical interludes, he will answer questions at the end of the evening when there will also be an opportunity to purchase his new book Songs my Grandma Sang

The event takes place in the Cathedral Nave on Wednesday 2 October at 19.00 (doors open from 18.30). Tickets, priced £11 each, are available online at kings-school.co.uk/boxoffice or by phoning 01227 595778 (Monday to Friday).

E-learning Forum

E-Learning Forum: VLE Accessibility Requirements

Colleagues are invited to attend the first E-Learning Forum of 2019-20 on Tuesday 24th September 2019, 12 noon to 1pm in the UELT seminar room, Canterbury Campus.

In this session we will take a closer look at the new Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations and the impact they have upon our use of Moodle. On the 23rd September, all content on our websites and within Moodle will need to be accessible. In this session, we will talk specifically about the challenges this poses and will offer practical tips and suggestions for good accessible content design within Moodle and the documents added to it. 

We will demonstrate work undertaken so far to make Moodle accessible by design, including our use of Blackboard Ally, and will talk in detail how the new regulations impact all content creators in Moodle.

Co-delivered by the E-Learning team and Student Support and Wellbeing, this session may be of interest to academic and professional services staff who create and share any type of content through Moodle and for those interested in digital accessibility and inclusion.

To register for this session please complete the online booking form.

For the full programme of ELFS in 2019-20 please click here.  

Heidi Mirza

Launch of BAME/Staff of Colour and Kaleidoscope Network: 2 Oct

A special event on Wednesday 2 October will mark the launch of a new BAME/Staff of Colour Network and the Kaleidoscope Network set up by the Centre for Sexuality, Race & Gender Justice (SeRGJ).

Among the aims of the BAME/Staff of Colour Network are to:

  • support the University in meeting its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • raise awareness of the broad range of knowledge, skills, expertise and contributions of BAME staff/staff of colour
  • provide a forum for coaching, mentoring and advocacy for BAME staff/staff of colour
  • raise awareness of discrimination, harassment, micro-aggressions, pay and/or promotions gaps and other disadvantage experienced by BAME staff/staff of colour
  • work in collaboration with the University to address inequalities.

The Kaleidoscope Network (KN) is a collective of students and staff of colour and ‘allies’ hosted by the Kent Law School Centre for Sexuality, Race & Gender Justice (SeRGJ). The idea to set up the KN originated from students involved in the Decolonising the Curriculum Project led by Dr Suhraiya Jivraj as part of its manifesto which was launched at a University conference earlier this year. The KN is committed to implementing the manifesto at Kent and staff and students are welcome to join by pledging to its principles

The launch event on Wednesday 2 October takes place from 17.00-20.00 in the Moot Chamber, Widoger Building on Canterbury campus. Refreshments will be available from 17.00.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Emeritus Professor in Equalities Studies, UCL Institute of Education and Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She is known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education and has an international reputation for championing equality and human rights for Black and Muslim women through educational reform.

The event is open to BAME staff and others interested in becoming members of the Kaleidoscope Network which is open to Kent staff and students. You can book your place via Eventbrite.

Black History Month 2019

October 2019 sees an exciting array of events and activities taking place at the University of Kent, celebrating Black History Month under the theme of Black Excellence

Key events to look out for include the Black Excellence Exhibition, the launch of the BAME Staff Network, talks and workshops by Dr Onyeka Nubia, the Black Excellence Fashion Show, various events by the Platforma Festival, film screenings, an evening with Elijah Lawal, author of The Clapback and Lemn Sissey’s life story, as narrated by him in his new book My Name Is Why.

With the majority of events free of charge and open to staff and students, there is sure to be something for everyone.  Please note some events have a limited number of tickets available, so please be sure to book in advance.

Click here for the full programme.

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Kent’s REF2021 Code of Practice is approved

We are pleased to announce that following assessments conducted by both the REF 2021 Equality and Diversity Panel (EDAP) and Research England, it has been confirmed that Kent’s Code of Practice meets the published requirements as set out in the REF 2021 COP Guidance (REF 2019/03).

The Code of Practice (COP) is a vital document for the University’s REF 2021 submission and is a document all institutions are required to submit.  It outlines the process of defining researchers, selecting outputs and demonstrating support for equality and diversity in the REF.

Kent’s COP is aligned with our commitment to the creation and support of a balanced, inclusive and diverse academic community, and reflects the four expected principles: transparency, consistency, accountability and inclusivity.

Now Kent’s COP has been approved, we must adhere to the approaches and processes that have been outlined and use it to inform key decisions for our REF2021 submission.

Please visit the REF2021 Code of Practice webpage for full details.

 

£19 massage for everyone!

The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be running a discount on massages from 23 September to 29 November to help kick-start your academic year!

Massages are being offered at £19 for 30 minutes – and that’s the same great price regardless of whether you’re a Kent Sport member or not. We have two new fully qualified massage therapists who have recently joined us, Millie Knight and Mark Allen! This means we have even more availability!

To book an appointment, please visit the reception desk inside the fitness suite at the sports centre, call the clinic staff on 01227 824375 or email physio@kent.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you!

Medway Sustainable Development Goals collaboration launch

Staff from the University of Kent, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christchurch University have been developing a pilot programme of actions to highlight the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the Medway Campus. The initiative launches on the 23rd September and across the new academic term aiming to help our staff and students learn about the SDG’s and connect them to their studies, teaching and research.

The University of Kent has signed an agreement to incorporate the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals into its operations and the teaching curriculum it delivers. The University is working to deliver on goals including ending poverty, promoting gender equality, creating sustainable cities and communities, minimising its impact on the environment and offering inclusive and equitable education opportunities for all.

To launch this collaborative project, we are asking for Medway staff and students to tell us about something they are doing that supports the SDGs. This could be selecting a goal that means the most to you and telling us why, or showcasing something you do whether personally or professionally i.e. your research area, projects you are working on, volunteering activities etc.

You can find out more on our new webpage and take a look at examples of where students and staff have already taken part from across the three Universities.

Alternatively, please email sustainability@kent.ac.uk for more information.

10 Year Test of Time Award shows strength of research at Kent

Matteo Migliavacca and his co-authors have been awarded the 10 Years Test of Time Award by the 2019 ACM International Conference on Distribute and Event-based Systems for their 2009 paper Distributed complex event processing with query rewriting.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is the leading international professional body for computer science and the Test of Time Award recognizes papers published 10 to 12 years in the past that are deemed to be an outstanding paper whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today.

Matteo said ‘I am very honoured to have received this award. In the work we tackled the problem of optimising complex an event processing system by transforming user-submitted queries in more efficient forms and executing them in distributed fashion. The importance of the work has been recognised by the research community, and is still being cited after ten years from when it was originally published. This shows that optimisation and parallelisation are still key in large-scale data processing frameworks used to process big-data.’

Professor Richard Jones, Head of the School of Computing, commented ‘New research results in computer science are reported at international conferences, which often make awards for the best paper. Conferences reserve their most prestigious awards for research that has stood the test of time and had long-term influence. I am delighted that Matteo Migliavacca and his co-authors, Nicholas Poul Schultz-Møller and Peter R. Pietzuch, have been awarded the 10 Years Test of Time Award. The strength of computer science researchers at Kent is demonstrated by such awards.’

In 2017, Scott Owens and his co-authors also received the Award for the Most Influential Paper from the ACM International Conference on Functional Programming held 10 years before for their paper Ott: Effective Tool Support for the Working Semanticist

Congratulations to them both.

Nostalgia interview with Sarah Blackman

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Chris Deacy, Head of the Department of Religious Studies interviews Sarah Blackman (nee Harden) who graduated in Religious Studies at Kent in 2016.

Sarah tells us about her ambition to become a primary school teacher and what initially stopped her from realizing her dreams. She also recounts childhood memories, listening to Mark Goodier counting down the charts on a Sunday evening, what happened when S Club 7 beat Madonna to be number 1, why her RE supply teacher was such an inspiration, why writing essays at university entailed ‘blood, sweat and tears’, and her obsession with ‘Friends’ and ‘Toy Story’. Sarah then goes on to talk about how children today are more aware than ever of changes in the environment, and the way we tend to filter out more negative experiences.