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Staff Conference September 2021 – tell us what you’d like included!

As we start to look forward to 2021/22 – and following a challenging 18 months for us all – we’re planning a week-long series of events for colleagues to join together to mark the start of the new academic year.

Our proposed Staff Conference will take place virtually and on our campuses from Monday 13 – 17 September between 11.00 and 13.00 each day (till 15.00 on Friday). The idea is that you can dip into the sessions that most interest you over lunch or in work time, or catch up with recordings later on.

Over the week, we’re planning a number of activities, both informative and informal, that you can choose to join in or to run yourself. These may include:

  • Talks and discussions about projects, initiatives, and activities of the University
  • Sessions focusing on wellbeing support available to staff
  • Informal events to take part in individually or as a team
  • Staff awards to celebrate the achievements of all our staff over the last 18 months.

The Staff Conference is all about you so we’re keen to hear from staff across Kent, whether in Divisions or Professional Services, what you would like to do during this week – what would be helpful in your role at Kent or something you’d like to share with colleagues!

If you would like to present a session – either a short, interactive session or a longer discussion – forward your suggestions to our Staff Conference organising team via communications@kent.ac.uk by Friday 13 August at 17.00. Please outline your proposed session using no more than 300 words, indicating in particular how you propose to engage and interact with your audience.

We hope that this will become an annual event to mark the start of the academic year. But for now, we look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions soon!

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Research and Innovation Prizes 2021 – winners

We are delighted to announce this year’s winners of the University Research and Innovation Prize competition.

The annual prizes were designed to celebrate the achievements of academic and professional services staff across a range of areas – especially activities that have had a transformative effect, created new knowledge, benefited a particular community and/or supported others in the research and innovation ecosystem.

Working alongside KMTV, there will be a prize-giving event taking place online from 13.00 – 14.00 Thursday 15 July where 7 awards will be handed out to staff in recognition of their accomplishments at the University. This will be streamed from the Uni YouTube and Facebook accounts.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Starting Research Prize

For research staff who are less than 7 years from PhD completion and with a research track record that shows great promise. Permanent academic staff, fellows and researchers may apply.

Joint Winners: Jim Everett (HSS) and Rasa Mikelyte (LSSJ)
Honourable mentions: Ed Kirton-Darling (LSSJ), Flora Renz (LSSJ), and Emma Veale (NatSci)

Consolidator Research Prize

For research staff who are 7–12 years from PhD completion and with a track record showing outstanding research talent.

Winner: Jennifer Hiscock (NatSci)
Honourable mentions: Marina Ezcurra (NatSci) and Joy Zhang (LSSJ)

Advanced Research Prize

For research staff with more than 12 years from PhD completion and leaders in their field, demonstrating significant achievement in the last 10 years.

Winner: Sophia Labadi (Arts & Hums)
Honourable mention: Anastasios Tsaousis (NatSci)

Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Prize

 For research staff who have made a significant contribution to the innovation and enterprise activities at the University, through collaboration with industry and knowledge exchange.

Winner: Alessia Buscanio and Colin Robinson (NatSci)
Honourable mention: Robert Fish and Joseph Tzanopoulos (HSS)

Technician of the Year Prize

 For technical staff who have made a significant contribution to research and innovation activities at the University.

Winner: Philip Robinson (LSSJ)

Professional Services Support of the Year Prize

For professional services staff who have made a significant contribution to support research and innovation activities at the University.

Joint Winners: Jess Day (RIS) and Alexandra Leduc-Pagel (HSS)
Honourable mention: Jessica Cockell (KBS)

The 2021 Kent Research and Innovation Community Prize

 In addition to the above prizes, and in recognition of the exceptionally challenging year that staff have faced as a result of the pandemic, this special award was purposefully designed for any Kent staff member who has provided invaluable support to assist colleagues, students or the wider community in research and innovation activities over the past academic year.

Winner: Catherine Robinson (KBS)
Honourable mentions: Kathleen Quinlan (Education) and the Research Design Services team (LSSJ)

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Plastic Free July inspired family films at Gulbenkian

Kick start environmental conversations with your family this Plastic Free July with Gulbenkian’s family film screenings of Moana and Ponyo.

In Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian Chief undertakes an oceanic odyssey to save her endangered isle from environmental devastation enlisting the aid of the legendary demigod Maui along the way. Moana and Maui’s quest to restore ecological balance and preserve traditional culture highlights how indigenous peoples are among those most impacted by global warming. Moana will be screened at Gulbenkian on Sunday 18 July at 15.00

Fantastic for younger children, Ponyo is a colourful story of a little boy who befriends a magical fish, who evolves into a young girl.  An environmentalist twist on the little mermaid tale from Studio Ghibli, touching on themes of pollution, global warming, personal responsibility and rising sea levels. Ponyo will be screened at Gulbenkian on Sunday 25 July at 15.00.

Tickets for family film screenings are £3.50 / Baby on laps(0-18months) +£1. For more information and tickets please visit www.thegulbenkian.co.uk or call 01227 769075.

Find out more about how you can join the global movement to reduce plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and communities on the Plastic Free July website.

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Staff Family Day at bOing! Kent’s Family Arts Festival

bOing! Kent’s Family Arts Festival is bouncing back this summer and there is an extra special day before the festival weekend kicks off just for Kent Staff and their families on Friday 27 August.

Organised as a big thank you from our Executive Group in recognition of colleagues’ tremendous effort throughout the year, the Staff Family Day at bOing! is FREE for Kent Staff and their families to attend.

Whether you’ve been working on site or remotely, this is an opportunity to reunite with family and colleagues in person for an amazing summer day on campus filled with FREE live performance, music and fun for all!

Everybody’s invited, so say a proper farewell and invite colleagues who have left while we have all been working remotely.

Free refreshments will also be on offer with a £5 credit loaded to Kent Staff KentOne cards that can be redeemed at any University of Kent catering outlet on campus.

All events are free to attend, but please register your attendance via this booking link. MOONmoon has a limited capacity so you will need to book tickets individually for this performance by following this booking link.

Schedule for bOing! on Friday 27 August

12.30 – 12.50pm – The Puppet Van: The Lost Colour
Outdoor chaos 2m in the air featuring clowning and puppetry from Kent Alumni company Half A String.

1 – 1.30pm – Gandini Juggling’s Smashed2
Funny and inventive juggling performance featuring a lot of fruit.

2 – 2.20pm – UPSWING’s Catch Me
A playful mix of dance, circus and chairs.

3 – 3.40pm – Dybwikdans’ MOONmoon – BOOK TICKETS
Marvellous moon inspired musical performance for 0-18months and their adults. Limited capacity so tickets must be booked in advance.

3.30 – 4pm – Gandini Juggling’s Smashed2
Funny and inventive juggling performance featuring a lot of fruit.

4 – 4.20pm – The Puppet Van: The Lost Colour
Outdoor chaos 2m in the air featuring clowning and puppetry from Kent Alumni company Half A String.

4.30 – 4.50pm – UPSWING’s Catch Me
A playful mix of dance, circus and chairs.

5 – 7pm – Global Sounds Music Stage
Programmed by Music for Change, enjoy some summer sounds under the sun.

Find out more about bOing! Kent’s Family Arts Festival

bOing! Kent’s Family Arts Festival is open to the general public on Saturday 28 and 29 August 2021 with a range of free and ticketed events. Funded by Arts Council England and the University of Kent, bOing! welcomes the most innovative and exciting performers from across Europe to the Gulbenkian Arts Centre and our beautiful Canterbury campus. All events at bOing!2021 will be performed in line with Government guidance on Covid-19. 

Watch the bOing! Festival trailer

Become a bOing! Volunteer

Follow in the paw prints of our amazing volunteers of previous years, don a pair of ears and become a bOing! Volunteer. Find out more about volunteering at bOing!

 

E-Learning webinar: What will HE look like once the pandemic is over?

The E-Learning Team are pleased to announce that the next event in our series of ‘Digitally Enhanced Education webinars’ will take place on Thursday 8 July, from 11.00-13.30 (BST), with the theme ‘What will HE look like once the pandemic is over?’

Please find the agenda for the event below:

11:00 – 11:05 – Dr Phil Anthony: Introduction.

11:05 – 11:20 – Dr Louise Naylor (University of Kent) : Challenges and opportunities: digital learning and student experience in the Covid era

11:20 – 11:35 – Dr Helen Beetham (University of Wolverhampton): Digital and post-digital thinking: what knowledge matters?

11:35 – 11:50 – Nick Hillman (HEPI): What will HE look like once the pandemic is over

11:50 – 12:05 – Associate professor of practice Maha Bali (The American University in Cairo): Beyond Toxic Positivity – Care and Equity Beyond the Pandemic

12:05 – 12:15 – BREAK

12:15 – 12:30 – Sean Pryor (FutureLearn): FutureLearn’s thoughts on where we see the HE sector once the pandemic is over

12:30 – 12:45 – Jisc’s Jonathan Baldwin imagines a technology-enhanced, post-pandemic HE sector

12:45 – 13:00 – Professor Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT, US): What Will Remain Post-Pandemic?

13:00 – 13:15 – Dr Tony Bates (Research Associate with Contact North): ‘Some post-Covid trends in higher education

13:15 – 13:30 – Sunday Blake (President at University of Exeter Students’ Guild)

If you would like to join the webinar series, please express your interest here if you haven’t done so already. We will add you the Microsoft Team linked to the series. Colleagues from outside the University of Kent are very welcome to join –  so please feel free to circulate.

If you would like to present at a future event, please complete this form and Phil Anthony will be in touch.

We hope to see you on 8 July!

The E-Learning Team

Pride Picnic heading on tartan blanket

Join our Pride Picnic on Monday 28 June

28 June marks the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and so LGBT+ colleagues and allies are warmly invited to join us on the Canterbury Campus from 17.00 on that Monday for a low-key post-work picnic.

Bring yourself, some drinks and some nibbles and meet us on the lawns between Rutherford and Eliot Colleges. All LGBT+ staff and allies are welcome. University of Kent rainbow lanyards will be available for anyone who wants one while stocks last!

For more information contact lgbtstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk.

Staff Webchat on Kent Summer this Thursday (10 June)

Our next staff webchat, on the theme of ‘Kent Summer’, takes place on Teams this Thursday (10 June), from 12.00-13.00.

The webchat focuses on plans to mark the end of summer term with a fortnight of fun and community on our Canterbury and Medway campuses from 21 June to 21 July.

Primarily for students, the wide-ranging programme includes a host of activities, including music, food, sport, outdoor cinema and workshops. Plans may need to be flexed depending on the outcome of the Government’s review of lockdown restrictions next week, but it’s an exciting programme with something for everyone.

The webchat will be chaired as usual by Professor Richard Reece, DVC Education & Student Experience. He will be joined by members of the Kent Summer team, including Victoria Edwards, Sarah Slowe, Richard Bradford, Annikki Laitinen and Jacqui Double.

Ahead of the session, it would be helpful to have as many questions as possible so we can do our best to cover everything in the time. To do this, please sign-up via this form where you can include your question when prompted.

Recordings and slides from all previous sessions are available on our staff webpages.

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Staff Webchat on Health and Safety on Campus – Thursday 20 May

Our next staff webchat will take place on Teams on Thursday 20 May, from 12.00-13.00. The theme will be Health and Safety on Campus.

The webchat, will be chaired by Professor Richard Reece, DVC Education & Student Experience, and takes place as the latest lockdown continues to ease. Richard will be joined by our Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Dr Jim Bloor, who will outline what the University has been doing to ensure everyone stays safe and how staff can help as more of us start returning to campus.

Ahead of the session, it would be helpful to have as many questions as possible so we can do our best to cover everything in the time. To do this, please sign-up via the form where you can include your question when prompted.

Webchat in June

You can also sign-up to our webchat taking place in June:

Thursday 10 June, 12.00-13.00: Kent Summer – Our plans to mark the end of term with a fortnight of fun and community on our Canterbury and Medway campuses from 21 June to 2 July. Sign-up via this form.

Find out more

Recordings and slides from all previous webchats are available on our staff webpages.

Webinar on Pedagogy and Practice when Teaching Online

The E-Learning Team are pleased to announce that the next event in our series of ‘Digitally Enhanced Education webinars’ will take place on Thursday 10 June, from 11:00-13:30, with the theme ‘Pedagogy and Practice when Teaching Online’.

Please find the agenda for the event below:

11:00 – 11:05 – Dr Phil Anthony (University of Kent): Introduction

11:05 – 11:20 – Dr Sam Lau (Hong Kong Baptist University): Engaging Quiet Students in Online Teaching

11:20 – 11:35 – Assistant Professor Phinu Jose (Christ University, Bangalore – India): Teaching Digital Natives-Privilege or Pain

11:35 – 11:50 – Dr Maren Deepwell (Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology): Key Insights from ALT’s Annual Survey for Teaching Online

11:50 – 12:05 – Kate Lister (Open University): Embedding mental wellbeing in technology enhanced learning

12:05 – 12:15 – Break

12:15 – 12:30 – Assistant Professor Alexandra Mihai (Maastricht University): Active learning online? Yes you can!

12:30 – 12:45 – Lara Bird (Office for Students): Gravity assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future – Where are we now?

12:45 – 13:00 – Dr David Martin (University of Dundee): Taking engagement in lectures to the next level – an experimental improved audience response system.

13:00 – 13:15 – Dr Lisa Quinn (University of Leicester): Integrating Multi-Source Inputs into Pre-recorded & Remote Live Lectures

13:15 – 13:30 – Professor Barbara Oakley (Oakland University, US): The magic of the brain’s hidden learning system

If you would like to join the webinar series, please express your interest here if you haven’t done so already. We will add you the Microsoft Team linked to the series. Colleagues from outside the University of Kent are very welcome to join –  so please feel free to circulate.

If you would like to present at a future event, please complete this form and I will be in touch.

We hope to see you on 10 June.

Phil Anthony and the E-Learning Team

Virtual roundtable on Medical Racism – 29 April

All staff are invited to join a virtual roundtable on Medical Racism: Protecting Ourselves, Our Families and Our Communities on Thursday 29 April, from 17.30-19.00.

Structural racism has increased mistrust and hesitancy to engage with the medical system among Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Historical examples of unethical experimentation and medical mistreatment of Black people has heightened suspicion of endeavours to promote public health.

This virtual roundtable, organised by the universities of Kent and Oxford BAME/BME Staff Networks, will feature a panel of expert medical practitioners and scholars, including:

  • Dr Winston Morgan, Reader in toxicology and clinical biochemistry, Medicines Research Group, University of East London.
  • Dr Mohammed Sakel, Director NeuroRehabilitation, Consultant Physician, Director Research & Development, East Kent Hospital University
  • Dr Roberta Babb, Chartered Psychologist, Registered Clinical Psychologist, Registered Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Media Psychologist, Life Coach and Organisational Consultant, The Hanover Center
  • Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, Patron of Sickle Cell UK
  • Dr Aadil El-Turabi, Vaccinologist specialising in Virus-Like Particles, Jenner Institute

To sign-up for the roundtable, click on this Eventbrite link. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bridget, Dave, Barbara and Vanisha, Co-Chairs of the BAME Staff Network