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Find out Why The Media Matters

Do you communicate with the media in your role?

Colleagues who would like to learn about working with the media are invited to enrol on  Why The Media Matters, a series of short films, audio, text and scenarios covering topics from understanding the media landscape to how best to respond to journalist requests.

Produced by Inside Edge, the University’s media training partner, Why The Media Matters is intended to be an introduction to the benefits and importance of media engagement.

The training is available for all staff but recommended for anyone who has to communicate with the media as part of their role and the resources can be found by clicking this Staff Training Moodle link and reviewing the Personal Effectiveness category.

For further information or to discuss any aspect of media training or engagement, please contact Gary Hughes, the University’s Head of Press relations.

Jason Nurse, School of Computing

Diversity in Technology inspirational speakers – 23 September

The first School of Computing ‘Diversity in Technology’ inspirational speaker event takes place on Wednesday 23 September, from 14.00-16.00.

Three speakers from various BAME backgrounds will each be giving a short 20-minute talk. This will be followed by a Q&A session for students.

Speakers are:

Jason Nurse
Jason is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing, specialising in research that focuses on the interaction between users and aspects of cyber security, privacy and trust. He will be sharing his experience of growing up in Barbados, and how his University experience and employment at Ernst and Young has led to a career working in academia.

Temitayo Odukoya
Temitayo is the Tech Venture Lead at Colorintech, where she leads programmes and initiatives for BAME tech entrepreneurs. After studying Economics & Politics at the University of Sussex, she started her career as a Technology Consultant at Deloitte. Temitayo then went on to gain start-up investing experience at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s most successful tech investors.  She will be discussing her experience of working as a black female in the tech sector and her motivations for aiming to improve BAME representation. 

Amanda Arthur
Amanda discovered her passion for data during her Masters in Computer Science at Kent. She is currently a Consultant Data Engineer for Kubrick Group, working at Sainsbury’s Data Tech, where she has gained extensive experience of working with Big Data using Cloud technologies. Working for partners of the Women in Data UK movement has provided her with an insight of diversity and inclusion within the data industry. Amanda will be sharing her experiences of studying at Kent, mental health and representing LGBT+ women in the data industry.

If you’re interested in attending the Diversity in Technology event, click onto the Teams link from 14.00 on Wednesday 23 September.

[Picture shows Jason Nurse, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing at Kent]

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Rock Choir returns!

If you’d like a break from work, tune in to your FREE lunchtime Rock Choir once more this term!

Once you get your head around singing through Zoom, it’s a fantastic way to give your brain a break and to de-stress. Rock Choir will be meeting virtually online and learning some great new arrangements together.

Rehearsals start on Zoom from the 21st of September and for the following Mondays. You can turn up to as few or as many as you’d like. If you’d like to attend (and haven’t joined a session since the start of 2020), please email jonathangrosberg@rockchoir.com to register to take part.

Places are limited, so make sure you sign up if you’re interested!

Neophytus Loizides

Webinar on Covid-19 in the Americas – 21 September

A webinar on ‘Subnational Governments in the COVID-19 Scenario in the Americas’ takes place on Monday 21 September from 14.00 (UK time).

The webinar is organised by School of Politics and International Relations, the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Forum of Federations and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

You can watch it live on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoXLBorRKps or https://www.youtube.com/user/forumoffederations

The webinar will include welcome remarks from:
• Rupak Chattopadhyay, President & CEO, Forum of Federations
• Magdalena Talamas, Director of the Department for the Promotion of Peace, OAS
Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent

Panelists include:
• Matias Bianchi, Executive Director, Asuntos del Sur
• Juan Cruz Olmeda, Associate Professor, Centre for International Studies , El Colegio de Mexico
• Joy St John, Executive Director, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
• Isaac Alfie, Director of the Office of Planning and Budget of Uruguay and Head of the Covid- 19 Presidential Technical Advisory Committee
• Nathalie Behnke, Professor, Institute of Political Science of the Technical University Darmstadt
• Andreas Kiefer, Acting Secretary General, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe

The webinar is open to all and free to attend with no booking necessary. Feel free to pass on the details to anyone that might be interested.

Picture shows: Professor Neophytos Loizides, Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent.

Vicky Annis cross-Channel swim

Head of Physiotherapy swims the English Channel

Vicky Annis, Head of Physiotherapy at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic, was part of a four-person relay team swimming across the English Channel on Friday 7 August .

The team – named ‘A Doctor, Teacher, Princess and Frog Go Swimming’ – began their challenge at 1.30am, leaving from Samphire Hoe beach and 11.32 hours later (to be ratified) arrived close to Le Gris Nez in France .

Vicky Annis, cross Channel swim

Vicky Annis swimming the Channel

 

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!’

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic has been raising funds for the NHS Charities by offering free initial online consultations. Vicky chose charity for her relay channel swim and you can still show your support by donating via this JustGiving link.

 

Staff with laptop

Staff Webchats on campus opening, student experience and recruitment

The University is to launch a series of Staff Webchats to share plans for our return to campus and the new academic year.

Each webchat will feature a panel of senior staff who will share information via a short briefing and then answer questions from colleagues. The webchats include:

  • Opening our Campus – Tuesday 14 July, 11.00-12.30 – chaired by Christina Hughes, Chair of the Covid-19 Programme Board. You can sign-up via Microsoft 355 Forms
  • Student Experience – Wednesday 15 July, 11.00-12.30 – covering Autumn 2020 arrivals, induction and the wider student experience. Sign-up via Microsoft Forms
  • Student Recruitment and Clearing – Wednesday 22 July 10.00-11.30. Sign-up on Microsoft Forms

By using the sign-up form, you can submit questions in advance, which the panel can review and aim to answer in their briefings. Time permitting, there will also be an opportunity for a live Q&A at the end of each webchat.

Space at the webchats is limited so we would recommend nominating one or two colleagues from each team to attend the webchat live. Each webchat will be recorded and the recording made available to all staff.

Find out more

Further information on plans for our return to campus is available on our updated Covid-19 webpages for staff.

 

 

Students on campus

Clearing 2020 update – Simone Davies, Interim Director of Marketing

I wanted to give you an update on how we will be approaching Confirmation and Clearing this year in light of Covid-19. We will need to do things a bit differently to mitigate working in a virtual environment and a Clearing that is going to be extremely competitive. For Kent to succeed in this year’s Clearing, we’re going to need a lot of help and support from everyone particularly around Clearing offer making teams and also staffing the Hotline.

For Confirmation, there is little change. However, we will be removing paper from the process and taking an Admissions-based approach with the aim of processing all students before A level awards day (13 August 2020). We will be working on a points-based tariff, whilst maintaining any grades that are mandatory. As in previous years, we will contact Schools about any student who falls outside the pre-agreed tariff.

Early Clearing will be managed by Central Admissions – based on previous year’s applications, this will be manageable and enables us to focus on the changes to systems and processes that are required for the main Clearing activity.

All hands-on deck

This year, we need to take an ‘all hands on-deck’ approach to Clearing. We are going to be delivering this virtually and that’s going to require us to make some adaptations. It’s also going to be extremely fast-paced and we need to process and offer quickly and efficiently.

We will be forming ten offer making teams which, in the main, will be based on the six new divisions with Schools staff and support from Central Admissions staff.

We need everyone to be able to make offers across a discrete range of courses – offer making training will be provided. In the main, this will see Schools making offers to their ‘own’ students. However, if they are not making offers to their ‘own’ students, they might need to support colleagues and make offers to courses within the wider portfolio. We only have a limited number of people and phones and can’t afford to have anyone waiting for specific applications rather than making offers – we need to respond as quickly as possible avoiding any bottle necks.

This year, UCAS has introduced ClearingPlus. We are still working though the detail of that, but it will require outbound calls to be made if/when we receive matches (applications).

We need your help

And we need more help. This year, we are unable to employ past and current students to be part of the Hotline Teams. We are currently around 30 people short of what we need to make this a success. Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August will be our busiest days and we’ll be taking calls and answering queries from 7.30am till 8.00pm. We’ll also be taking calls on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August and over the following two weeks.

If you’re able to help, particularly on the 13th and 14th, and you’re not already on a Clearing rota please get in touch with Laetitia Gullett: L.D.Gullett@kent.ac.uk. Full training will be given and, for anyone who hasn’t done it before, it is a really rewarding experience. You will have full support and supervisors are on hand to help at all times.

Thank you for all your help and support with Clearing. You might like to see the Clearing pages, which includes a link to this year’s campaign video. From 6 July, there will also be a link to the Clearing application form.

Simone Davies | Interim Director of Marketing

BAME event

Online discussion of institutional racism – Tuesday 7 July

All staff are invited to an online discussion of ‘Understanding and Interrupting Institutional Racism: A Collaborative Dialogue to Communicate Strategies to Advance the Agenda at the University of Kent’, on Tuesday 7 July, from 16.00-17.15.

This collaborative dialogue will give staff an opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives on institutional racism with senior members of the University’s academic leadership team.

We want these discussions to disrupt structural factors that produce white privilege and systemic disadvantage, and to advance an agenda of racial equality. We invite all staff to reflect on their identities and social positions, taking an “intersectional” approach. This approach recognises that several aspects of (in)equality combine to shape experiences and perspectives. It therefore helps to explain why a Black woman, for example, may experience racism very differently than her Black brother, father or male partner.

The meeting is intended:

-To give participants an opportunity to share perspectives and experiences of institutional racism at work, including any recommendations for change, with the University’s senior academic leadership team.

-To give members of the University’s senior academic leadership team:

  • access to and information about staff experiences of institutional [or structural] racism at work
  • opportunities to answer [and to ask] questions about staff experiences of institutional [or structural] racism at work
  • a space in which to affirm commitments to addressing staff concerns about institutional [or structural] racism at the University.

The panel will include: Professor Karen Cox (Vice-Chancellor and President); Professor Christina Hughes (Interim Director of Student Services); Professor Richard Reece (Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education and Student Experience); Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance); Derek Baldwin (Branch Secretary, UNISON); and Sian Lewis-Anthony (President, University of Kent UCU Branch).

Discussion will focus on: the staff profile of the institution; decision-making boards and committees; equal pay; staff recruitment; progression and development; health and wellbeing support; sense of belonging; racial harassment; and racial discrimination.

We hope this event will be the first of many. There’s no need to sign-up – you can join live on Tuesday 7 July from 16.00 by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2ZfYRJb

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) there!

Dave Thomas
Co-Chair University of Kent BAME Staff Network and Equalities Officer (UNISON)

 

Tedx at Medway campus

TEDx success thanks to The Student Projects Grant Scheme

Thanks to funding from The Student Projects Grant Scheme, a large number of Medway students got to experience a TEDx event at the Deep End on the Medway Campus. Organised by Kent student, Phoebe Thompson the event featured a series of inspirational speakers and films which tackle current topics.

You can see a film about the event on YouTube.

The Student Projects Grants Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, established to increase opportunities for students at Kent, today and in the future. The Student Projects Grant Scheme allows donations given by alumni and friends of the University to reach as many students as possible by enabling groups of students to bid for funds to run their own projects.

To find out more, please email giving@kent.ac.uk

Cecil 2020

CeCIL Annual Lecture: ‘Have you seen dignity?’

This year’s Annual Lecture for the Centre of Critical International Law (CeCIL) at Kent will be delivered by Professor Susan Marks from the London School of Economics on Thursday 19 March.

Professor Marks’s talk, entitled ‘Have you seen dignity?’, will begin at 6pm in Sibson Lecture Theatre 2. It will be preceded by a reception in Sibson Atrium from 5pm.

Professor Marks is the author of The Riddle of All Constitutions, International Human Rights Lexicon (co-authored with Andrew Chapman) and A False Tree of Liberty. She is the editor of International Law on the Left. Her research seeks to bring insights from critical social theory to the study of international law and human rights.

Each year, the CeCIL Annual Lecture brings leading figures in the field of international law to Kent to share their cutting edge contributions to international legal thinking.

CeCIL is an innovative research centre at Kent Law School which aims to foster critical approaches to the field of international law, and other areas of law that touch upon global legal problems. In addition to an annual lecture, CeCIL offers a busy programme of activities for law students, including a speaker and films series and workshops for students keen to develop their employability and international law skills.