Category Archives: Medway Student

Coronavirus

Asymptomatic testing available at Medway

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

I am emailing to let you know the process to follow should you wish to be tested for Covid-19 on our campus prior to travelling during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020).

We have worked with the Public Health Team on a special scheme to provide asymptomatic testing at our Local Testing Site (LTS).

This scheme is specifically for asymptomatic students – those not displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

If you are not currently displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and would like to book a test, please complete our request form by 17:00 Thursday 26 November 2020Please note if you do have Covid-19 symptoms you should refer to our Isolate, Test, Inform procedure and use the NHS Coronavirus website to book a test.

If you decide to be tested, you will be given a PCR test and your test result will normally be available within 3 days. You will receive a text or email from the NHS confirming whether your test is positive or negative.

If your test is positive, please self-isolate and follow our reporting procedure. There is lots of support available to help you during self-isolation.

If your test is negative, you should travel home as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours.

Any requests for testing received after Thursday 26 November will be accepted however your appointment is likely to be during the latter part of w/c 7 December 2020.

The Medway LTS is in front of the Jellicoe Building in the car park accessed by North Road. It is open 08:00 – 20:00, seven days a week.

The Government is asking all students to travel from their termtime to permanent address during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020). Please do try to travel during this period if you are able and bear these dates in mind when booking a test appointment. We know that some of you have made alternative plans or may be intending on staying at University after the Student Travel Window has closed. We are here to support you whatever your plans and personal circumstances.

For those of you intending to travel internationally, please be aware that some countries require a high level of Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry. This is not available through the national testing programme and you will need to be tested privately to meet this requirement. Please refer to the Government’s foreign travel advice and contact the UK-based embassy of the country you’re travelling to for further information.

Additional information about Covid-19 testing can be found on our Coronavirus website.

FREE online improv comedy event for students featuring The Noise Next Door

Gulbenkian are hosting a special FREE online comedy event for University of Kent Students on Friday 27 November.

The Noise Next Door – the quickest wits in comedy are set to charge onto your screens with a spectacular new show interactive for streaming that will trample your expectations.  AND it’s FREE for students to watch!  Join the stampede and grab yourself a ticket to watch online on Friday 27 November.   Tickets are available to book from the Gulbenkian’s website.

The Noise Next Door are twelve time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on BBC One, ITV1, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.  Members of The Noise Next Door are also alumni from the University of Kent School of Arts.

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Student Travel Window Survey for Pier Quays Students

Following the Government’s announcement of a Student Travel Window running from 3-9 December 2020, if you live in Pier Quays accommodation we would like to understand your winter vacation plans so that we can ensure we have support in place for everyone.

Unite Students sent out an email yesterday to all in-house residents on behalf of the Accommodation Team, and if you haven’t already, please spare two minutes to complete the short survey included there.

Thank you to everyone who has already completed our survey! More information about the Student Travel Window is now available.

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Halloween Web Hangout

All students are welcome to join this fun, Halloween-themed, Web Hangout on Wednesday 28 October at 12.00!

Meet new students, take part in a fun Halloween-themed quiz, a bingo themed game, plus a chance to test your drawing skills to win points and so much more.

Join us for for a chance to win a voucher of your choice.

Fancy dress is optional!

We look forward to seeing you there.

To sign up fill out this MS Form

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Want to find out more about Go Abroad opportunities?

International Partnerships will be hosting a Go Abroad Talk this Friday 16 October from 14.00 – 15.00 on Zoom. This session will outline the application process to study abroad, the support available to you and any other important information including finances. There will also be a Q&A section at the end of the meeting.

If you are required to undertake a period of study abroad as part of your degree, or if you are interested in exploring your options, please come along and find out more about the opportunities available to you.

We will also be running two Virtual Drop-in Sessions on Tuesday 27 October and Thursday 5 November from 14.00 – 15.00.

For details of how to join any of the above sessions, please email internationalevents@kent.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Go Abroad Team

Talking Cultures (EW334) workshops: Autumn term

Do you want to increase your knowledge of different cultures, further develop your intercultural communication skills and have the opportunity to meet students online from various cultural backgrounds?

If the answer is yes, the International Programmes Department is delivering a series of individual workshops this term called ‘Talking Cultures’ (EW334). These engaging and interactive workshops are open to all University of Kent students and have been in existence for the past six years due to popular student demand. There will be four two-hour workshops this term which will focus on the following themes:

– Week 3: Cultural Knowledge and Identity

– Week 5: Considerations of Intercultural Communication

– Week 6: Barriers to Intercultural Communication; Useful Tools and Strategies

– Week 9: Enhancing Cultural Awareness

To sign up for the workshops, go to the Student Data System (SDS), click on ‘Workshops’, then click on ‘Study Skills’. All workshops are free, non-credit bearing and will be delivered online. Students can receive 5 Employability Points for each workshop attended.

We look forward to ‘Talking Cultures’ with you.

Fun things to do with your housemates

This year has certainly been challenging and we have all needed to adapt and change the things we do in our daily lives. Staying indoors doesn’t mean your social life will need to suffer, especially during your first year at University. Even if you’re staying in there are still many fun things you can do with your housemates. Check out some of our suggestions below.

Host a games night

This is one that’s great to involve friends from home. Why not have a virtual party and host a games night via Zoom where you can stay connected without leaving the house. A great one that’s quick to get the hang of, without needing to download anything (and free!) is skribbl.co. This is a Pictionary game where you can have multiple players online taking turns drawing and guessing each other’s creations. No artistic skills required! If you like board games, colonist.io is also worth looking into. This is an adaptation of Settlers of Catan, a multi-player resource-based strategy game. There are plenty of other free games available online, so it’s worth looking into.  

Subscribe to a streaming service

Stay in and have a movie night on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and or Disney+. From Marvel to Pixar there’s something for everyone. Netflix Party also means you can watch with your friends online and without being in the same household, again great to connect with friends back home. As a student, you can also sign-up for a free six month trial of Amazon Prime.

Celebrity bake-off

Become a star baker from the comfort of your own home. Challenge yourselves in creating your very own showstopper by either using your own creative flair or by following family favourite recipes online.  If you’re in self-catered accommodation you’ll have access to a modern kitchen. Even if you’re in part-catered accommodation you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Why not try making a microwave cake for a quick chocolate treat?

Do a home workout

If you’re just starting out, looking to improving your fitness as part of a new year resolution and needing that extra bit of motivation to go to the gym… why not bring the gym to you? There’s no better time to give a home workout a go. With exercises easily adaptable to individual needs there’s something for everyone. You won’t need to pay for membership or own specialist gym equipment, making it a very student budget friendly option. You can even use household items as weights, from a bag of pasta to a can of baked beans.

Don’t forget if you’re a first year undergraduate student living on campus, you have access to free Kent Sport gym membership.

Virtual pub quiz

Challenge each other’s general knowledge with a quiz! Take turns in being quiz master, writing the questions while the rest of you participate by answering them. Or you can use one of the many quizzes available online. If there’s enough of you in your shared house or online group why not have teams and a different theme each round? It’s also a great way to learn new facts which may come in handy in future pub quizzes at Woody’s!

Share your photos!

We hope this has given you some ideas of fun things you can do with your housemates. Share your household moments with us by posting to social media with the hashtag #HelloKent or upload your photos to the new app.  

You could also submit your photos to the College Life photo competition for the chance to win a prize!

Just keep in mind social distancing rules and government guidance.

Struggling to get on with your housemates?

Living somewhere new, with new housemates can be overwhelming and it can take time to adjust. If you are finding it difficult living with your new housemates, check out our advice online.

If you are missing home or need some extra support, our Student Support and Wellbeing Team are always on hand to help!

New coronavirus testing site on the Medway campus

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is opening this week in front of the Jellicoe Building car park on Medway campus.

Opening times are:
Thursday 17 September – 14.00-17.00
Friday 18 September- 10.00-17.00
And then 08.00-20.00 seven days a week.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through centre will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.

Everyone who attends the testing centre must follow a strict set of rules including following social distancing, practising good personal hygiene, not travelling by taxi or public transport and wearing a face covering throughout. There will be clear signage that directs those coming to the testing centre to move around the location in a socially distanced manner and they will be directed to leave as soon as they are finished.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

As well as the testing centre on Medway campus, another walk-through testing centre is available on our Canterbury campus (Rutherford car park).

Further information on Covid-19 is available on our coronavirus webpages for staff and students.

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Academic Registrar’s student update – 2 April 2020

Thank you very much for your understanding and patience whilst we have been continuing to review our examinations processes and finalise everything necessary to accommodate the move to online. The examination timetable is now available to view via the Student Data System (SDS). Should there be further changes to the timetable, we will let you know by email.

Please also be assured that we have undertaken a review of our instructions to Boards of Examiners in order to ensure appropriate mitigation due to the COVID-19 crisis. Further information on this as well as guidance about how your examinations will be delivered online and how you will access, complete and submit these, will be sent to you soon. In all we do, we are committed to the principle that your academic progress will not be disadvantaged due to these circumstances.

If you have any questions about your timetable, please contact your Academic School. If you have any concerns or issues regarding your ability to undertake your exams online, then in such cases you should contact exams2020@kent.ac.uk.

We hope that you all continue to be safe and well and adjusting to studying online and please keep referring to our Coronavirus – information for students pages which we are updating whenever we have more information.

With my very best wishes to you and your families.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Hughes

Academic Registrar

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VC’s student update – 27 March 2020

We have reached the end of yet another week during which you have had to further adapt to the challenges of new ways of learning and living. I realise this is a challenging time for all of you as you adapt and adjust to the reality of the impact of COVID-19 on your day-to day-life.

I know many of you have had to return home earlier than you had planned or hoped, leaving behind the many friends you have made here in Canterbury and Medway.

For those of you who remain on our campuses or in your houses and flats locally, you are also adjusting to the new rules of staying home and following the rules of social distancing.

I know that we have asked a lot of all of you in a short space of time during which we have moved to online learning. At the same time, we have had to close buildings because of government requirements and most of our staff are now working from home.

I also know you have a lot of concerns about your final assessments and examinations. Please be assured that we have been working hard to protect your educational outcomes and minimise the impact of the changes we are having to make as we move teaching, learning and examinations, where needed, online.

We have made changes to accommodation charges and for those who need to remain on campus we are providing appropriate support. Health and welfare support services continue to be available to all and can be contacted at wellbeing@kent.ac.uk.

Yet, despite being in such difficult times, I have been witness to acts of kindness, compassion, resilience and ingenuity over the past days as you have supported each other and put in place new ways of keeping your relationships close whilst spending time apart.

Kent Union has been working closely with us to ensure that your needs are fully considered. The sabbatical officer team has been fully involved in our decision-making and the Union has kept services open on campus to support all those students who continue to live on campus. For all this, I offer my thanks and gratitude.

I will continue with regular updates for all students in the days and weeks ahead. For further updates as to how the University community, including Kent Union, is stepping up to help the wider effort to combat Coronavirus, please keep checking our Student News and the Coronavirus – information for students pages. Please keep us updated as to news stories that we can share on all this great community activity.

With my very best wishes to you and your families.

Yours sincerely

Karen

Professor Karen Cox | Vice-Chancellor and President