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Join the Remote Study College Committee

Here’s a message from the Remote Study Residential Life Assistant (RLA), Abigail about the Remote Study College Committee and why you should join:

‘Hi, my name is Abigail. I am a postgraduate student studying an MA in Curating. I am also a Residential Life Assistant (RLA). As you probably already know, there are 8 colleges at the University of Kent and each college has an RLA. I am the current RLA for Eliot College.

‘Interesting additional fact about me, I am also currently the only RLA that is remote. The University has gone a long way to bring as many students back on campus as possible for in person learning. However, there remains a large community of students like us who for one reason or the other are still remote. This fact sparked conversation between the College and Community Life Team and the RLAs and we have decided to create the Remote Study College Committee to cater specifically to the needs of the remote student community.

‘The traditional college committee is made up of student volunteers who plan encouraging and fun events for their college to promote student socialisation and keep up the community spirit at Kent.

‘The remote student experience, as we know, is vastly different from that of the typical student’s and so to ensure that we can make the very best of our student experience, I would like to invite YOU! Yes, you reading this, to join the Remote Study College Committee.

‘Help us to help you to make new friends, create a more accessible and inclusive environment, as well as plan, promote and manage the kind of events YOU want to see.

‘To find out more information about this committee and how you can join, contact cclteam@kent.ac.uk’

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Remote study support and services

So, what exactly is remote study? Remote study is when ALL teaching and learning is delivered online, and you won’t be going on campus.

If you have chosen to study remotely, here are some key services and support on offer to you:

Studying remotely:

Learning and teaching material is mostly delivered through Moodle and KentPlayer.

Read our online teaching and learning guide for information on:

  • the tech you need and support available if you need a laptop or other tech
  • getting started on Moodle and Kent Player
  • assessment advice
  • our online library resources
  • accessibility and productivity tools

And make sure you check out the Online Learning at Kent Moodle Module so that you’re fully prepared for online learning at Kent.

Your academic school will give you programme and module-specific information.

Getting support:

All our amazing support services are offering virtual appointments and have a wealth of online resources. See our support services for contact details and online support:

Socialising online:

Stay connected:

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day – resources and support

For this year’s World Mental Health Day, we’re spotlighting our ever-growing bank of resources to help all our university community improve their mental health, and know how to get support when and how they need it. Follow @UniKentSSW on socials for advice on wellbeing and information on 1:1 support as well as workshops and events to help you stay well and connected.

Mental health support at Kent

Did you know we have a large and diverse team of mental health experts ready to help students in Canterbury and Medway, and online?

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Our team of mental health experts includes mental health advisers, counsellors and mentors, who can help you with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, adjusting to university life and relationship difficulties. As well as providing short term focused interventions and supporting you to develop coping strategies, our specialist practitioners can liaise with your academic School to develop an Inclusive Learning Plan which may include exam adjustments, use of enabling equipment or provision of class resources.

We have a free and confidential counselling service where you can talk about whatever is troubling you or causing you emotional distress, even if it’s nothing to do with university.

Check out the Mental Health Guide

Commitment to mental health and wellbeing

We have joined the University Mental Health Charter which was created by Student Minds to support universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority.

University Mental Health Charter

We want you to be part of creating this cultural change, where we #StopTheStigma around mental health difficulties, and co-create our services and responses to mental health needs with student participation.

If you’re interested in collaborating on shaping university strategies around mental health, please email WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk and we will contact you about being part of a student group.

Support around the clock:
Mental health partner organisations

Spectrum Life

Spectrum Life is available on weekdays from 8.00-20.00, weekends and bank holidays. They can work with you in getting initial support and help during your crisis and the University Student Support and Wellbeing teams will contact you on the next working day.

Togetherall

Kent students can access free, 24/7 online support for issues around mental health and wellbeing via Togetherall. They also have some great online workshops on topics such as assertiveness training, managing post traumatic stress disorder and managing OCD.

Black mental health

October is also Black History Month and at Kent, while celebrating Black Excellence for #BHM2021, we’re also working to support the mental health of Black and racially minoritised students. We have a therapeutic group for black female students beginning later this month, led by one of our qualified and experienced counsellors. Check out this blogpost with advice on racism and protecting your mental health #BHMKent2021

Have you tried Mindfulness?

There is a very active Mindfulness community at Kent, offering several free drop-in meditation classes each Wednesday, both online and in person, so you can join in wherever you are. They are led by a qualified mindfulness instructor and student volunteers. It’s a great place to nourish a sense of meaningful connection both to yourself and with other students.

Wellbeing events

As well support for individuals with mental health conditions, we offer frequent online and in person workshops and events for all students to enhance and maintain their wellbeing, such as Managing Stress, Finding Friends and Coping with Loneliness at University and Understanding Your Bereavement. Have a look at our Events Calendar for information on what’s coming up.

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Student Support and Wellbeing produce monthly newsletters with what’s on, as well as useful resources, sent directly into your inbox – sign up to receive these by emailing WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk.

Where else might I find support?

Want more information for specific issues such as anxiety, addiction, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder and others? Check out the extensive Self-help resource list, compiled by our mental health experts.

Follow Student Support and Wellbeing on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Office for National Statistics

Important student wellbeing study

From Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

As we enter the second week of the new academic year, I would like to invite you to take part in the Student Experiences Insights Study run by the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The study aims to understand the experiences and wellbeing of first year university students and whether these have been shaped by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The results will be used by Public Health England, the Department for Health and Social Care, the Department for Education and non-government scientific bodies to inform and develop policy.

To take part in the survey

  1. Go to https://studies.ons.gov.uk/s/ONSNUS11/on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  1. Complete the survey
  1. Click ‘Finish survey’.

The study will take approximately 10 minutes. The deadline for taking part is 11 October 2021.

Even though the study is entirely voluntary, I would urge you to take part in order to help us learn more about your needs both as a University and nationally.

Findings of the Student Experiences Insights Study are likely to be released later this year. The University will not have access to the information you provide in this survey. The ONS will keep your information confidential and will process the data in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics and all relevant data protection legislation.

To read more about the study and how and why you were invited to participate, please visit Student Experiences Insights Study. For more information about ONS’ Privacy Policy, please go to their data protection page. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email ONS at student.insights.feedback@ons.gov.uk.

Best wishes

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

 

Report and support. New reporting tool

New Report and Support tool for students

We are pleased to announce a new online reporting tool for reporting student incidents of sexual misconduct and assault, harassment (non-sexual), assault, bullying, discrimination and hate incidents. This replaces the previous inform Kent (inK) system ​and helps Kent students to get the support they need promptly.

The Report and Support online tool allows both anonymous and named reports. If you choose to provide identifiable information, we will be able to contact you to offer support or discuss ways that you can (if you wish to) report the incident formally. By deciding to report anonymously, you will be providing information that will help us to make our university the safest ​environment it can be. Anonymous information will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the year, to ensure that we are ​monitoring incidents reported and putting ​new strategies in place where needed.

Take a look at Report and Support online for about how to report, and well as several support articles relating to these incidents. It may be worth familiarising yourself with the tool in case you or a friend needs to use it to make a report in future, and you can also find information on positive safety campaigns and ways in which you can get involved in promoting a culture of respect at Kent.

Have your voice heard. Visit Report and Support now.

 

Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic

#GrabAJab on campus this week from the vaccination bus

A walk-in vaccination bus is coming to our Canterbury and Medway campuses! Find the vaccination bus at the Gulbenkian or The Deep End during the first week of term.

You don’t need an appointment, just pop along and #GrabAJab. The vaccine offered is Pfizer and this can be your first or second jab. Your second jab needs to be 8 weeks after your first.

Canterbury campus #GrabAJab

  • *Due to unforeseen circumstances the vaccination bus is unable to come to Canterbury campus on Monday as planned. We will update when the bus is able to come to Canterbury hopefully later this week*
  • Tuesday 28 September 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian
  • Thursday 30 September 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian
  • Friday 1 October 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian

Medway campus #GrabAJab

  • Monday 27 September  10.00-19.00 –  bus outside The Deep End
  • Wednesday 29 September 10.00-15.00 – inside the Deep End

Should you get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, family and community from Covid-19. Current programmes have already shown that it prevents hospitalisation and saves lives. We recommend you get vaccinated against Covid-19.

More information about the UK Covid-19 vaccination programme is available online. You can also check out the NHS student vaccination FAQs.

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Covid-19 regular testing: where to get tested on campus

Students and staff who are not showing Covid-19 symptoms (ie are asymptomatic) should get tested twice a week. It’s easy to get tested on campus; our sites offer walk-in testing so you don’t need to book an appointment. Or you can pick up a self-test kit from the test centres to complete at home.

Canterbury test centre

The Canterbury Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) has moved from Sibson and is now located in The Old Bank, a building next to Security, formerly home to a branch of Santander Bank. The opening hours are 09.00 to 14.30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Medway test centre

The Medway Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) is located in the Old Sports Hall (next to the Student Hub) on the Medway Campus.

Opening times are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 08.30 to 16.00.
  • Sunday: 12.00 to 19.00.

Find the Old Sports Hall on Google maps

If you have Covid-19 symptoms

Don’t forget, if you do have symptoms of Covid-19 however mild, self isolate immediately, book a PCR test and let the right people know. Follow either our student procedure or our guide for members of staff.

 

Using Library and IT services – your first few weeks

New to Kent or want a refresher?

Follow these three top tips for study success in using library and IT services:

  1. We have loads of really useful online guides covering all you need to know in your first few weeks at Kent including: connecting to Wi-Fi, downloading free software, borrowing books from the Templeman Library to accessing your Digital Library. Check out the student area on www.kent.ac.uk/library-it/students.
  2. Take the Library and IT e-induction on Moodle. You will be taken through all you need to know* to help you get off to a flying start!
  3. Follow the ‘Templeman Trail’ – explore and discover where to find your books; your favourite study space and Library services to help you succeed. Download Actionbound from your App store and search for ‘Templeman Trail’. Then head to the Library to take the trail!

For further help:

Check our guides at www.kent.ac.uk/library-it/students

Contact our IT & Library Support Desk:

* If you are studying remotely – then take the Your Digital Library and IT e-induction (remote study only) version. 

Virtual Student Services Welcome Fair

The Virtual Student Services Welcome Fair takes place on Tuesday 21 September between 10.00 to 12.30.

This is a great opportunity for you to find out all about the fantastic services available to you at the Canterbury and Medway campuses and how you can make the most of them. Save the date and join the event on Tuesday 21 September.

Find out who’ll be at the Virtual Student Services Welcome Fair.

 

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Reminder: have you had your vaccines?

Make sure you’re up-to-date with your measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), MenACWY and Covid-19 vaccines. And if you’re not, book in with your GP Surgery to get the vaccine.

After arriving at university it is important you register with the local GP surgery , who will also be able to advise regarding your vaccinations and provide any vaccines to ensure you’re up-to-date.

Look out for symptoms of measles, meningitis and covid-19.

Facts about measles

  • Measles is circulating in England and in Europe, particularly among 15 -25 year olds.
  • Measles is very infectious, it can cause serious complications and, in rare cases, can be fatal.
  • Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, often leading to hospital admissions.
  • Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash. If you experience these symptoms, call NHS 111.
  • The best way to protect yourself against measles is have two doses of the MMR vaccine. It is never too late to get the vaccine. There are no risks to your health if you get an extra dose.
  • Young people are strongly advised to check if they had the MMR vaccine. Check if you have had two doses of the vaccine with your GP and arrange a catch up NOW if necessary.
  • If you suspect you have measles stay away from others for at least four days after the rash has appeared.
  • Call NHS 111 if you think you might have measles or have been in contact with someone who has had it.

Facts about meningococcal disease

  • Meningitis and septicaemia can develop suddenly and can kill or leave people with life changing disabilities and health problems.
  • There has been a rapid increase in MenW, a type of meningococcal disease in recent years in the UK.
  • This recent MenW strain has been particularly serious and can be difficult to diagnose because it has been associated with symptoms less frequently seen with meningococcal disease, such as severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia include: a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it, fever, aching muscles and joints and a stiff neck.
  • The MenACWY vaccine is available free to students who are going to university for the first time up until their 25th birthday.
  • Any student born after 1 September 1996 who missed the MenACWY vaccine at secondary school can have the vaccine before their 25th birthday
  • Higher Education students are known to be at increased risk of meningitis and septicaemia. Being in confined environments with close contact, such as university halls, hostels when travelling, or attending festivals, increase the chances of infection if unprotected.
  • Students should be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia and tell someone if they or their friends feel unwell.
  • It is vital for students to register with a GP and take up the vaccination as soon as possible. You can book an appointment to get the MenACWY vaccine via your GP.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine

Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, family and community from Covid-19. Current programmes have already shown that it prevents hospitalisation and saves lives.

A pop-up Covid-19 vaccination centre will be available on both campuses week beginning 27 September.
For more information about Coronavirus visit our webpage for latest information.

 

Read 5 avoidable health threats every student should know about for more information.