Category Archives: Medway

Medway Elf Day and afternoon tea, 6 Dec

Elf Day will take place on Friday 6 December at the Medway Campus to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Medway College would love to see as many students and staff in elfish wear as possible. It could be an elf t-shirt or even just an elf hat but please all join in with the festive fun (£2 donation for dressing up or down). On the day, please don your favourite festive gear and bring some cash to help spread some cheer for people affected by dementia.

Micky at the Medway Building reception will be selling raffle tickets to win a tasty elf cake (you can see a photo of the cake at reception). There may also be a cupcake or two for sale in the morning. All proceeds raised will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society.

Join us over in No1 Bistro from 15.00 for afternoon tea and the turning on of the festive lights on the tree. Take a break, play some games, chat with fellow students and staff and enjoy some nibbles. Register for your free afternoon tea by Monday 2 December.

Elf t-shirts are available from Primark, Tesco and Asda from £6, elf hats are available from The Works for just £2 (student discount available). There are also some fab outfits available on Amazon and eBay.

Thank you so much for joining us and we look forward to seeing everyone’s outfits!

Pride Awards

Customer Service Pride Award – nomination deadline 4 December

The PRIDE Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Do you know of a Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) who has shown excellent customer service during the Autumn Term? If so, please take a few minutes to make your nomination online or pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets and College reception areas – if you prefer you can also email

The nomination deadline is 12.00 on Wednesday 4 December.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee should be considered for the award. The panel are looking for staff who achieve more than just what is expected in their role (i.e. hardworking, professional, positive and friendly attitude). Kent staff, students or members of the public can submit nominations.

The award is given out four times a year with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and PRIDE badge.


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Winter at Kent

If you are staying over in Kent during the winter break you will be delighted to know that there are many activities for you take part in.

From our campuses at Canterbury and Medway to the town centres, there is everything from visiting Christmas markets, sightseeing, attending the theatre, going Christmas sale shopping or even sledging.

While our campuses have a limited opening hours you will still be able to access the library, IT services, restaurants, bars and sports centre.

With regards to Medway and Canterbury the festive period will be a great chance for you to explore the local area and take part in the many activities.

You can find out about the campus Christmas hours here.

Travel regarding Brexit

If you are a UK National travelling abroad during the Christmas period you will need to head to the UK Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) for information where they have a dedicated website with up-to-date travel advice after Brexit.

You can get latest updates from the FCO Travel Advice Twitter feed (@FCOTravel) and via the hashtag #PrepareforEUExit.

The University’s Estates team has information on travel disruption around campus. Many travel providers also have specific Brexit advice relevant to their services on their website, including Eurotunnel and National Express.

If you are not a UK National there will be no change to the rights and status of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK until 31 December 2020. This means that if you travel outside of the UK during your studies, you should be able to return as normal.

Students who are non-EU/EEA nationals but are a dependant of an EU/EEA national should ensure that they hold a valid family permit.

For those coming to the UK from outside the EU, you will still be able to travel provided your Tier 4 visa is valid.

There is more information on the potential impact of Brexit on students on the Brexit pages of our website.

If you are staying over in Kent during the winter break you will be delighted to know that there are many activities for you take part in.

GCDC Doctoral Scholarships 2020

The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) has launched a call for PhD applications for ten doctoral scholarships starting in September 2020. GCDC scholarships are open to new, full-time PhD applicants in any discipline (based in either Canterbury or Medway) whose research meets Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funding criteria.

GCDC scholars will receive the following:

• Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (TBC but this was £15,009 for 2019/20);

• Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,327 for 2019/20);

• A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study; and

• Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.

Applications for GCDC scholarships can be both student-led and project-led.

More information about GCDC project-led scholarships is available via the links below:

• School of Biosciences/School of Economics: ‘Investigating the diarrhoeal pathogens in vulnerable populations in developing countries’ 

• School of Anthropology and Conservation: ‘Human-elephant co-existence in a post-ivory ban landscape’ 

• School of Politics and International Relations: ‘Engaging citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ 

• School of Biosciences: ‘Defining the molecular basis and health benefits of traditional Asian medicines’ 

• Kent School of Architecture and Planning: ‘The Urban Agriculture Nexus: an investigation on urban food growing in the barrios of Bogatà’

More information 
Visit the GCDC Scholarships page for more information on how to apply.

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International Men’s Day event – 19 November

It is a common feature of gender equality events that most of the attendees are women so we often miss out on the male voice when discussing issues that affect us all such as work-life balance, wellbeing and workplace culture.

Last year the Athena SWAN team addressed this by surveying* our male colleagues on their experience of gender equality in the workplace.

This year we are using the occasion of International Men’s Day to hold a panel and audience discussion, on the key themes arising from the survey:

  • Does it feel that gender equality initiatives are targeted only at women?
  • Is there a macho culture that prevents an inclusive one?
  • What is it like being a Dad at the University?

The event is being held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, Tuesday 19 November. Teas, coffees and afternoon treats from 14.30 and discussion 15.00-16.00.

Everyone is welcome! Book your place and pass on the details to any colleagues you think may be interested.

*You can read more about the responses to our gender equality surveys on our Equality Matters blog.

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Introduction to Mental Health

The University of Kent UCU Branch is delighted to announce that on Friday 6 December from 13.00 – 14.00 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 1 at Canterbury. The Inclusion Initiative will be delivering a session for staff at Kent on ‘Introduction to Mental Health’.

The session will cover:

•             Considering the definition of mental health

•             Stigma and discrimination

•             Parity of esteem

•             How to support someone- introduction of the aid memoire HELD

•             Self-care and wellbeing

 Please book via Eventbrite:

 All welcome and please do feel free to bring along non-UCU staff members. As you will be aware, the number of university workers accessing counselling and occupational health services has shot up, according to research which describes “an epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff. Mental health problems within the student community are also on the rise, with student suicides reaching a record level in recent years. Please do pass on to colleagues/contacts who may be interested in attending this useful workshop.

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Learn more about the Mindfulness@Kent initiative

Colleagues are invited to the Learning and Teaching Network session titled ‘The Mindfulness@Kent initiative: what is it, why is it needed and does it really work?’

The session takes place on Wednesday 20 November, 13.00-14.00, Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6.

Dr Elisabeth Curling, Senior Lecture at the school of Bioscience, will lead the session.

Dr Curling will explain how and why the practice of mindfulness across the University is actively helping a diverse range of students (and staff) who are studying and working within the higher education sector at Kent.

The session will focus on our widespread development of staff and student Mindfulness courses and drop-in sessions (from very humble beginnings in 2015) within the University of Kent and elsewhere and how this can really improve both staff and student well-being and academic success.

This session will provide an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of what is Mindfulness, how it positively affects brain function if practised regularly, and how you can get involved in Mindfulness provision for your students.

During the presentation, examples of Mindfulness courses and drop in sessions taking place at Canterbury and Medway will be shared and discussed, as well as giving you a flavour of our future initiatives. Plenty of time will be allocated for questions and discussion after the presentation.

The University Support Prize was awarded to us in July 2019 for this work on Mindfulness provision across the University.

This session will be of particular interest to academic and professional support staff who are involved in supporting students in any way, but all staff are welcome to attend who are interested in finding out more about Mindfulness.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking.

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Sexual Assault Responders required for Medway campus

Student Support and Wellbeing are looking to recruit staff to the Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) team at Medway.

The role of the Sexual Assault Responder is to provide immediate support to victims of serious sexual assault or rape at the Canterbury and Medway campuses out of hours (between 17.00 and 09.00) and at weekends. Currently we are only recruiting SARs for the Medway campus.

Full training is provided, and SARs operate on a rota system. The role is to provide advice and guidance to victims of serious sexual assault or rape with regards to aftercare support procedures. The role is NOT a counselling role.

SARs receive a £100 remuneration for joining the team and completing the training, and receive £70 for the first hour of a call out, with time and a half for subsequent hours. Any transport costs are also reimbursed.

A Sexual Assault Responder must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a University of Kent member of staff
  • Be able to access the University of Kent Medway campuses within 45 minutes of receiving a phone call from Campus Security out of hours (considering the accessibility of a staff member’s usual mode of transportation when accessing the University)
  • Attend a training session
  • Have the permission of their line manager to register for the role of SAR.

For more information, to request a role description, or to express an interest in becoming a SAR, please email Becky Wyatt in Student Support and Wellbeing.

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GCRF and GCDC Funding Opportunities: Staff briefing session

Have you heard about internal Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities or the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) but are not sure what either is all about?

Dr Beth Breeze, GCDC director, and Dr Andrew Massoura, Deputy Director of Research Services, will lead a GCRF/GCDC staff briefing session on Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 13.00-14.00 in CESR1 (Cornwallis East, ground floor).

The session is open to academic and administrative staff in all schools and centres and will cover the following:

•       The GCDC postdoctoral researcher appointment competition

•       The GCDC student-led scholarship competition

•       The GCRF Partnership Development Fund competition

The session will provide an overview of the competition processes and guidance on ODA compliance and GCRF funding criteria, and there will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Please book a place by emailing Grace Grussenmeyer at

Discount on sports massage appointments- Medway Park

Students and staff at Kent can now receive 25% discount on Sports Massage only appointments. Discounted prices are £15 for 1 hour, or £10 for 30 minutes.

Second and third year Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation students, under the supervision of vastly experienced therapists, provide the services at the University of Kent’s Sports Ready Clinic.

Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques, you can reduce your pain and aid your recovery time within the following services:

– Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation (diagnose, provide treatment and an exercise plan for a specific injury or pain, not just sporting injuries!).

– Injury Prevention (reduce your risk of injury)

– Sports Massage only

– Alter-G (Anti-Gravity Treadmill) session only

Non-Discounted Prices are £20 for one hour or £15 for 30 minutes.

Discounts are available for Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention and Alter-G sessions:

-FREE for University of Kent Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) staff & students.

-50% discount for University of Kent staff & students (non SSES).

-25% discount for family of University of Kent staff & students.

-25% discount for University of Kent Alumni.

To book please contact the Sports Ready Clinic, Medway Park below.

Phone: 01634 888137          Email:

Book Online or visit the Sports Ready clinic webpage.