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Black History Month

Black History Month: Time for Change; Actions, Not Words  

October can only mean one thing… we’re celebrating Black History Month at Kent. This year, the national theme is ‘Time for Change: Action, Not Words’ and this has never felt more pertinent. At Kent, we are committed to ensuring that all our students and staff, including our Black students and staff, have the best experience possible whilst they are with us.   

Celebrating Black History 

Black History Month is an opportunity for us as an organisation to celebrate and recognise the myriad of ways in which Black people have contributed to the arts, science, culture, history and technology of Britain and the wider world. It allows us to shine a spotlight on those achievements, and also provides a platform for staff and students to discuss and reflect on their own experiences. Our activities here are organised by a team of people that include the BAME Staff and Student Networks and representatives.   

Get involved – Black History Month events 

Events to look out for include art exhibitions, a book club, online theatre screenings, an open mic night, a coffee morning, 10,000 Black Interns project, Inspirational Speaker Ezechi Britton MBE, film screenings, staff webinars, a Black Owned Business Market and lots of online resources for you to enjoy and to deepen your own learning.  

Check out Kent Union’s Black History Month website for all events and resources. 

Continuing the celebrations #Black365 

We don’t just limit this celebration to one month a year. That is why we have #Black365; a series of events and activities that take place throughout the year that continue the legacy of Black History Month.  

Challenging racism also takes a university-wide approach and we know there is always more we can put in place to both be better and do better. We recently launched our Antiracism Strategy which outlined our commitment to taking action against all forms of racism at the University, and beyond.  

We also launched our work on the Race Equality Charter, the national framework which universities use to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers that stand in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students to help us grow and improve as an institution.  

We really hope you explore and enjoy all the different events and activities that have been organised by staff and students for staff and students. We are always seeking to improve though, so if you have any ideas for the future, or feedback, please do get in contact with us on StudentEDI@kent.ac.uk 

Happy Black History Month 22!  

#BHMKent22  

Be inspirational, be a Student Ambassador

Become a Student Ambassador

Be inspirational, be a Student Ambassador.

Are you interested in sharing your experience and knowledge of university life with the wider community? Then why not help others and gain valuable experience by becoming a Student Ambassador!

The University of Kent’s Student Ambassador Scheme employs enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students to represent the University at on-campus events, in local schools and colleges, in the community and online.

Students can apply to be an ambassador for:

  • The Central Ambassador Scheme
  • The Academic Divisional Ambassador Scheme
  • BOTH the Central Scheme and their Academic Division.

Medway students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Check out the Student Ambassador vacancy webpage for more information about how to apply.

Some deadlines are coming up very soon so if you’re interested, check it out today.

Apply to be a Global Officer, deadline approaching

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme. The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies. It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. 

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year. Benefits include:

  • Employability Points awarded per activity
  • Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Director and Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning
  • Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report
  • Practical event & project management experience
  • A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

This programme is also offered as a credit-bearing ‘wild’ module, GOLD5000.

Kent Gold programme

For further details please see our website.

Deadline to apply is 9.00 (UK time), 10 October, 2022.

(If considering taking this as a wild module, usual module registration deadline applies).

What past students have said:

I would highly recommend this programme to any student who is globally minded and wants to be more active on campus, as well as wanting to learn new skills that you don’t get when you join a society.

Preena Dodhia, BSc Biomedical Science

I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the GOLD programme, not only do I think that it has allowed me to develop skills that have strengthened my employability, I also found the programme to be an important avenue for expression during an intense final year of study. I would recommend the GOLD programme to any student that is interested in further developing themselves personally and professionally.

Leo Harris, BA History and Spanish

The GOLD programme is a GREAT opportunity for anyone looking to place themselves out of their comfort zone, gain skills and meet like-minded people. It gave me the chance to develop new interests and connect to other programmes and opportunities with international universities, all of which can be utilised in my search for a job after university. I have made amazing friends who I will keep in touch with, and felt like I have extended my year abroad experience in the comfort of Kent, keeping my passion for understanding cultures alive! I would recommend GOLD to all Kent students with an interest in the international and encourage you to put yourself out there. 

Lucy Lavender, BA Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe

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Events roundup: Welcome to the start of term

This week is the start of term and so the start of teaching. From Monday 26 September, you need to self-register your attendance on Moodle for all timetabled learning.

Welcome Week may be over, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and find your community at Kent. Here are some of our top events this week:

All Week: College Welcome BBQs

Throughout the week the College and Community Life Team are running Welcome BBQs. These are a great way to meet other students in your College, as well as the Residential Life Assistants (RLAs).

Monday: Monday Funday and Bee Walk

Teaching starts today. Make sure to regularly check your timetable in case there are any changes.

Don’t miss Monday Funday on Library Lawn. Drop in and give a new activity a go such as rock climbing or trying to avoid a wrecking ball!

Darwin College and Medway College have their Welcome BBQs today. Get some tasty food and meet students from your College.

If you want to spend some time in nature, consider joining this Bee Walk and Talk at the Kent Community Oasis Garden.

Tuesday: Diamond Anniversary planting (Medway) and music societies

The University of Kent celebrates its 60th birthday in 2025 and if you’re about to start a three-year course you’ll be graduating in what will be a very special year – our Diamond Anniversary. Come along to the Diamond Garden planting event on the Rochester Lawn at Medway campus.

Plus drop in to the Tuesday Funday event at Medway. Try out the surfing simulator and classic arcade games.

If you’re part of Rutherford College, come along to the Rutherford Welcome BBQ.

Interested in music? We have a range of music societies at Kent, and you can meet them all in one place on Tuesday evening in Colyer-Fergusson, Canterbury.

Wednesday: Inter College Football League Trials and Kent Community Oasis Garden

Part of Keynes or Eliot College? Both Keynes College and Eliot College have their Welcome BBQs on Wednesday.

Get involved with out Inter College Football League. The league is open to all, with trials happening on Wednesday. Each College will have its own team, so make sure to go along to your trial for your College.

The Kent Community Oasis Garden is based on campus at the end of Park Wood. Drop in on Wednesday 10.00-14.00 to find out more about how you can get involved in the garden, all are welcome whether you’re an expert gardener or a complete beginner. The Garden is open on Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00-14.00.

Thursday: Inspirational speaker and managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness

Turing College  and Woolf College  are holding their Welcome BBQs on Thursday. Go along to meet other students and grab a burger.

**This event has been postponed – more information coming next week**  Hear from inspirational speaker Kami Asamani in Woolf College 15.00-17.00. Kami studied BA Politics and International Relations and LLM International Law with International Relations. She works for the British Council, as Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa. Hear her inspiring story and ask any questions. The event will also be livestreamed.

If you finding things a little overwhelming, consider joining this online Study Plus session about managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness. Study Plus offers a wide range of free short-term courses and workshops to help you get the most out of your time at Kent and to enhance your graduate employability skills.

Friday: Park Wood Welcome BBQ and online bitesize session

The final College BBQ of the week is the Park Wood Welcome BBQ on Friday.

Want a boost to your studies, try joining a Student Learning Advisory Service online bite size session. On Friday you can join the Independent learning, reflective and critical thinking live online presentation and ask any questions you may have.

Coming soon: Nexus – help in one place at Canterbury campus

In early October we are launching Nexus, a help point in Templeman Library where you can go to ask any questions. It will also be a dedicated student space to study, socialise and network.

Check out the Welcome calendar to see all the events.

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Study Plus events: language taster sessions, leadership, growth mindset and more

Firstly, welcome to Study Plus Term 1 2022! We look forward to welcoming you to our Study Plus events.

Wednesday 21 September – Discover World Languages

Taster sessions for beginners who would like to have a go at a language, to gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce yourself in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases.

Following Week

Tuesday 27 September

 Study Plus – Understanding leadership styles by Ali Whelan 10.00 -11.30

The overall objective is to understand what we mean by leadership style, the importance of knowing your preferred style but when and how to use alternative styles. Also covered would be how to work effectively with your managers leadership style and the importance understanding leadership preferences and styles can help aid resilience.

Study Plus – Journaling Tools to help Manage Time, Efficiency and Wellbeing By Esther Van Hout 14.00-15.30

Research shows that journal writing has extensive health and wellbeing benefits, as well as being an effective way to help you plan the life you want. This workshop can help with situations as varied as gaining confidence in writing, exploring personal challenges, or keeping organised.

  • Learn what journal writing is and how it can benefit mental wellbeing.
  • Practise different journaling techniques, to focus your attention and express yourself through writing.
  • Learn how journaling can help you with self-care, creativity, and life-management.

Wednesday 28 September

Study Plus – Growth Mindset By Ali Whelan 11.00 – 12.30

To promote the concept of continuous personal development, positive curiosity, and resilience to succeed.

  • What is a growth mindset
  • Fixed mindset v Growth Mindset – 5 key areas
  • The power of ‘yet’
  • The role of feedback
  • ‘Creation of a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015)

Study Plus – World Class Management Programme Introduction 13.00-13.30

This session will introduce you to the online World Class Manager programme. This programme can be completed at your own speed, introducing you to the actionable and highly practical ways to help managers get their best for themselves and their teams. It is designed around 12 habits of great leaders.

You don’t need to be a manager to attend the introduction and complete the course. This is designed to provide you with the knowledge you can take forward to your future employment.

Thursday September 29 September

Study Plus How to Manage Stress and Anxiety with Mindfulness By Esther Van Hout On Zoom 14.00-15.30.

This practical workshop will give you an introduction to research-based strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. We will focus on how mindfulness practice can give us tools to build our resilience in the face of study, work and life challenges. Research shows that this helps to reduce the levels of stress we experience and makes us more able to focus, improve creativity and make better decisions. We will practice mindfulness exercises and techniques together, which you can continue to use after the workshop.

How to sign up for a Study Plus event

Each of the event titles are hyperlinked to take you straight to Target connect booking page, where you can sign up to our events.

Please make sure you check the event description to make sure you know how it is being presented. If it is a virtual event, it will be delivered by Teams or Zoom and the joining link will be emailed to you prior to the event. If it’s being delivered in person, then you will receive a reminder email with the location.

Remember, when you attend a Study Plus event, we will make a record of your attendance and you will be able to claim 15 Employability points.

If you book and can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing studyplus@kent.ac.uk as we do have limited places.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Events roundup: Welcome Week

This week is Welcome Week! Here’s a roundup of our top events this week, with lots of opportunities to meet people and try new things.

Tuesday: Petting Zoo, Try it Tuesday and Services for Students Online Showcase

You might have some compulsory Division or School events today. Check your emails or the Division and School Welcome events webpage.

There are a huge range of services across the University to help you study, keep you fit, inspire your creativity, develop your skills and support your academic and personal development. The Services for Student Online Showcase offers you information about all of these services, with online live chat 10.00-12.30.

Join us at Woody’s for the Petting Zoo where the Animal Encounters Farmyard will be around for you to meet some lovely animals who are bound to brighten up your day. Say hi to cows, ponies, donkeys and more.

Come along to Try it Tuesday at Medway to give some fun activities try including a climbing wall, mini golf and different sports at The Hub.

Strap yourself in and compete against seven others to be named the hungriest hippo! Including bungee ropes, inflatables and carnage. Drop in on the Library Lawn.

Wednesday: Medway Welcome Fair and Campus Pantry

You might have some compulsory Division or School events today. Check your emails or the Division and School Welcome events webpage.

Come to the Medway Welcome Fair to meet with societies, sports and groups that you might want to join.

Forgotten some key items? The Campus Pantry is open for you to collect items that previous students have donated, such as beddings, books and pans.

Thursday: Canterbury Welcome Fair and Medway Picnic and Pets

The Welcome Fair is the biggest and best opportunity to meet all our amazing student groups and grab some freebies! Have a walk around all our stalls and discover which activities and sports you can take part in throughout the year.

Want to meet some cute and fluffy animals? Maybe a few with scales too!? Join us for the Picnic and Pets at the Student Hub, Medway.

Enjoy running? Join this 5k your way around campus and whilst our colour stations throw the rainbow at you as you pass by at the Colour Run.

Friday: Canterbury Welcome Fair (continued), Sports Day and Diamond Garden Planting

The Canterbury Welcome Fair continues today. Come along to meet student groups and societies and discover new activities.

At Medway you can take part in the Sports Day between Kent, Greenwich and Christ Church. The mini games are open to all and will suit a range of abilities.

The University of Kent celebrates its 60th birthday in 2025 and if you’re about to start a three-year course, you’ll be graduating in what will be a very special year – our Diamond Anniversary. Join us for the ceremonial planting of fruit trees, with live music and a picnic to mark the occasion.

Plus lots more events all week. Check out the Welcome Week calendar to see all the events.

 

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Fraud warning from Student Loans Company (SLC)

With student loans being paid into your accounts over the coming weeks, please be careful of fraud and phishing scams.

Spotting a phishing email or text is not always easy. We have some advice on the Kent website but SLC have also provided some fraud facts to help at this time:

  1. Check the quality of the communication. Misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often tell-tale signs of phishing.
  2. Keep an eye out for any emails, phone calls or text messages you think are suspicious, especially around the time you’re expecting a payment.
  3. Scam emails and text messages are often sent in bulk to many people at the same time. They’re unlikely to contain both your first and last name. These commonly start ‘Dear Student’ so be on guard if you see one like this.
  4. ‘Failure to respond in 24 hours will result in your account being closed’ – these types of messages are designed to create a sense of urgency to prompt a quick response.
  5. Think before you click. If you receive an email or text that contains a link you’re not sure of, hover over it to check it goes where it’s supposed to. If you’re still in any doubt, do not risk it. Always go direct to the source rather than following a potentially dangerous link.
  6. Scammers can use a variety of methods to try get students to pay money or share their personal details. These include fraudulent phone calls, social posts and direct messaging on digital platforms. If you’re suspicious, always use official phone numbers, your online account and other official communication channels to verify the contact you received is genuine.
  7. Be mindful of the information you share about yourself on social media and elsewhere online. This will help to guard against identity theft. Identity theft happens when fraudsters get enough information about a person to impersonate them online and over the phone. This can include their name, date of birth, customer reference number, course information and current or previous addresses.
  8. Check out SLC’s guide to identifying a phishing scam for more information.

Please note, whenever your bank details are changed, you’ll receive a text message from Student Finance England to confirm the change. If you have not changed your details but receive a message, you should sign into your online account to review your information. You should also get in contact using an official telephone number as you could be the victim of identity theft. Future payments may be blocked if you do not contact SLC.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Canterbury campus view of Cathedral

Changes to Welcome Week 2022

Following the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on 19 September, which will also be a bank holiday, we’ve made some changes to Welcome Week.

Arrivals Weekend (17-18 September) will go ahead as planned but we have moved events that were previously scheduled for Monday 19 September. These changes include:

  • Compulsory Divisional and School events will be moved from the Monday. Your Division will email you the confirmed new dates, times and locations later this week.
  • All College BBQs will be moved to the following week (26 September onwards).
  • There will be evening events but they might have a different name or theme.

See Welcome calendar for further changes.

Watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

If you would like to watch the funeral, it will be screened in the following locations at our campuses:

  • Dolce Vita, Hut 8, K Bar and Rutherford
  • Gulbenkian Café and Cinema
  • Templeman Library in the Welcome Hall (C Block, accessed through main entrance)
  • Pilkington Building (PK008) at our Medway campus

There will also be a screening of Paddington with crafts in Woody’s at 13.30, offered by Kent Union.

Our books of condolence in Templeman and Drill Hall libraries will also remain open during the national period of mourning for you to leave tributes, memories and reflections on Queen Elizabeth II.

Outlet and facility opening times over the bank holiday 

Due to the announcement of the bank holiday, some facilities may be operating on a different or reduced service:

Arrivals Hub (Canterbury) – We will be offering a small team to greet students, answer queries and hand out ID cards. Desks which will be staffed are Admissions, Central Student Administration, the lanyard station and, from 13.30, the Student Immigration Compliance Team. At Medway, Gillingham Building reception will also be open (with a reduced service) for students to collect their ID cards.

Co-op, Library Café and other Kent Union outlets and facilities For all bank holiday opening times of Kent Union outlets, please see the Kent Union website.   

Kent Sport gym and facilities – All Kent Sport facilities will be open 15.00-21.00 including the three scheduled fitness classes on the Kent Sport timetable.  

Templeman and Drill Hall Library –  Templeman Library will be open 8.00-18.00. The Drill Hall Library will be open to students and staff only on Monday, 9.00-17.00.  

Kent’s catering outlets – All outlets at Canterbury will be open. See opening times on the catering webpages. 

Accommodation Office – Our Accommodation Office will be open from 9.00 – 17.00 on Monday 19 September.  

College Receptions – We are planning to have College Receptions open as usual on the bank holiday, but should anything change, please check our reception webpages. 

Travel – Our Transport Team have pulled together a list of changes to local public transport on Monday 19 September.

Support available over the bank holiday 

Student Support and Wellbeingwill remain open on the bank holiday with a reduced service.Find out more about seeking emergency support, and 24/7 professional support from partner organisations.  

And of course, Campus Security are on campus 24/7 all year round if you need them.

Industrial action

Industrial action update: check your emails if you think you are due a goodwill payment  

We have just sent details of the Goodwill Payment Scheme to students affected by Industrial Action during 2021-22. The email has been sent your Kent account. If you have any questions or haven’t received the email but think you’re eligible, please email industrialaction@kent.ac.uk 

How the Goodwill Payment Scheme was agreed 

The University decided that the most accurate way to find out which students were impacted by industrial action was to assume that, where a staff member had declared that they were on strike, that the teaching events due to take place on those days would have been impacted in some way. This could have taken the form of a missed class or missed content, for example. Adopting this principle, we determined that there were almost 8,000 students who experienced at least one affected teaching event. Of these, around 2,770 were impacted ten or more times with approximately 2,300 students impacted by just one missed teaching event. I am aware that many of these missed teaching events were also mitigated by, for example, make-up activities or through the availability of alternative resources.  

The savings made by the University across all strike days in 2021/22 through withheld salaries amounted to around £194,000. Whilst the amount of savings might seem significant, when divided between impacted students, it becomes thinly stretched and potentially would not acknowledge the level of disruption suffered by the more seriously affected students. Therefore, in order to provide an appropriate and meaningful goodwill payment to those affected most significantly, we reached the decision that students who were affected only once by an impacted teaching event, would not receive a goodwill payment.  This is regrettable, but please be assured that the decision was made after very careful modelling of a variety of banding options for payments in consultation with Kent Union. This consultation involved presenting different options and models to student representatives to understand what the most satisfactory decision would be to as many students as possible.  

The following goodwill gestures will be offered:  

Band A: Students impacted 11 times or more = £75  

Band B: Students impacted 6 – 10 times = £50  

Band C: Students impacted 2 – 5 times = £25  

Band D: Students who were impacted once and will be returning to study next academic year, will receive a drinks voucher to use on campus when they return.   

If you have any questions, please email industrialaction@kent.ac.uk 

 

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How to view your exam results

When will my results be available?

2022 results release dates can be found on the Student Administration website. You will be contacted via your University of Kent email address when your results are available.

How do I view my results?

Please see our video and text guidance on how to view your results.

What do I do if I think there is an error with my results?

If you believe that there is an error with your results, please contact your Division within 5 working days of receipt of results.

Academic appeals

We strongly encourage you to contact your Division in the first instance to informally resolve any queries before entering the formal appeals process. Please contact your Division within 5 working days of receipt of results or a decision to ensure that the informal process can be completed within the 15 working day deadline to submit a formal appeal.

If your exam results aren’t what you were hoping for, see our blogpost and video for your options and support available.

Full information, including FAQs and contact details, can be found on the academic appeals webpage.