Category Archives: Medway

winning photo of pink pool table with friends and colourful wall in background

‘Life in Keynes’ 50th anniversary photography competition winner

A big congratulations for the First prize winner goes to Harry Ghosh, a final year student in Politics and International Relations for his atmospheric photo taken in the ever-popular K Bar, having fun with his friends. Harry won £80 worth of Amazon vouchers…well done!

The competition was open to all University students and staff past and present as part of Keynes College 50th Anniversary celebrations and participants were encouraged to submit photos that capture the essence of life in Keynes.

We thoroughly enjoyed viewing the wide array of entries including some golden oldies from a past Keynestock festival in the 70s to the tranquil pond area that all students and staff love to relax by. We thank everyone for participating!

Second prize went to Alumni Claire Dowling and third prize went to staff member Natalia Crisanti. Well done!

Why not take a look at the winning three and all of the shortlisted photos next to our ‘We are Keynes’ exhibition in Keynes Atrium, both on until the end of July.

The winning photo by Harry Ghosh (click to enlarge).

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Updates to Staff Connect menu

With the launch of the expenses module some changes have been made to the menu in Staff Connect.

These changes include:

  • Access to your personal absence record and related documents is now under My Absence Details. If you have delegated responsibility for the absence module you can access these details via this screen
  • The Form History button has been removed from the main menu and placed under each menu section.

Absence details button

  • A button called My Pending Authorisations has been added. This page will display any items requiring your authorisation and works with your Authorisation widget

pending authorisation screen of Staff Connect

  • In Progress widget can be added to your Dashboard page.  This will enable you quick access to any forms you have saved and are pending your submission.

in progress button

If you have any queries about locating any items in Staff Connect please contact the HR Systems team via

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Staying on or near campus over summer?

If you’re staying on or near campus over the summer vacation, here are a few key bits of information:

  • The  Stagecoach summer Unibus timetable (PDF) is in action, and the summer Unirider bus ticket is available to purchase from the Stagecoach website
  • The Arriva annual bus ticket continues to be valid. Some bus times may vary outside of term-time. Check Arriva website for bus timetables
  • Templeman Library is open 08.00-23.00 every day (except bank holiday Monday 26 August when it will be closed)
  • Drill Hall Library opening hours- Mon-Fri 8.30-21.00, and weekends 10.00-17.00
  • Canterbury catering outlet opening hours (PDF)
  • Cargo (Medway) opening hours- Mon-Sun 12.00-23.00, food served Mon-Sat 12.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-18.00
  • No1 Bistro (Medway) opening hours- Mon-Fri 8.30-15.30, food served 8.30-11.30 (breakfast) and 12.00-14.45 (lunch)
  • Campus Security are available 24/7 as usual. Download SafeZone app
Pride award poster with logos representing Hospitality

Last chance to submit your Pride Award nominations (19 June)

The PRIDE (‘Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence’) Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given out four times a year with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and badge.

Nominations can be made by any member of University staff, students or visitors. Make your nomination online or alternatively you can pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in all Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets in Canterbury and Medway, as well College reception areas.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee is being put forward for a Pride 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).

Congratulations again to our most recent Pride Award winners – Linda Jarvis, (Rutherford College Receptionist) and Sam Riddington (Medway Food and Beverage Manager)

For further information or for guidance on submitting nominations please contact:


Exam results

When results are available you will need to log onto the results site using your SDS login details.  The results website will be unavailable until results are released. If you would like to discuss your results, please contact your School.

Undergraduate results

The exam result release dates are as follows:

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Final Year and Diploma- Tuesday 18 June 2019.
  • Stage 2 and CEWL GDIP- Thursday 27 June 2019.
  • Stage 1 and Foundation- Monday 8 July 2019.
  • Resits- the Stage 1, 2 & 3 referral exam results – Monday 2 September 2019.
  • Architecture- please refer to your School.


  • Final Year and Diploma- Tuesday 18 June 2019.
  • Stage 2 – Schools of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science and Engineering & Digital Arts- Thursday 27 June 2019.
  • Stage 2 – Schools Computing, Biosciences and Physical Sciences- Monday 8 July 2019.
  • Stage 1 and Foundation- Monday 8 July 2019.
  • School of Sport and Exercise Sciences- Results for Stage 3 and Stage 4 will be released by 17.00 on Tuesday 18 June 2019.
  • Results for Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be released by 17.00 on Friday 5 of July 2019.
  • Resits- the Stage 1, 2 & 3 referral exam results- Monday 2 September 2019.

Postgraduate results

Please refer to your School.

Medway Students

If you would like to discuss your results, please contact your School.


For full information visit the Central Student Administration web page

The cultural history of fat and fat phobia

Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner, Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities in the Department of Comparative Literature, has written a lead review article, ‘‘Weighty matters’ on the cultural history of fat and fat phobia’, which has been published in The Times Literary Supplement.

In recent decades, the British population has grown in girth. The NHS England obesity report for 2017 found that 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of the men were overweight or obese, as well as one in five children aged three to four, and more than one in three children aged ten to eleven. Yet in spite of their steadily growing numbers, the overweight are still subject to contempt and discrimination. This article goes on to explore key assumptions in the popular imagination that seemingly legitimise fat-shaming, as well as the long history of our slippery relationship with fat.

‘Fat is ultimately a political topic,’ Anna says, ‘Whether we view the obese primarily as victims of poverty, childhood troubles, genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalances, or a ruthless food industry, or else as weak-willed wasters of precious resources depends on our wider ideological assumptions about human nature and agency.’

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Extra Mid-Career Workshop dates

Due to popular demand, Learning and Organisational Development have added two further dates for the Mid-Career workshop, facilitated by Planned Future.

The sessions in June and July are now fully booked, but we have two extra dates in August and September. Book your place through Staff Connect.

This short workshop covers a wide range of issues relevant to planning your financial affairs both now and for your future. Looking at your finances now at the mid-career stage can give you enough time to make a significant difference to your future financial goals.

You will:

•Learn how to manage your finances

•Understand how to protect your family financially

•Consider the options for saving and investment

•Learn how to top-up your pension

•Identify the personal and financial actions which will make the most of your finances

•Start the process of planning towards a successful retirement

This seminar is open to any member of staff who has an interest in planning their finances to achieve their personal and financial goals.

Three members of Kent Union smiling

Kent Union fundraising

Kent Union have staged three fundraising challenges for staff and students to take part in to help raise extra funds for student services, services that make a real difference to students’ experience at Kent. The fundraising builds upon the past success of our 2016 Cycle to Paris and 2017 Campus Cycle Challenge, and so far this year has already raised £6000!

Paris Marathon

Jim Gardner (Kent Union’s Chief Executive) kicked off this year’s fundraising challenges by taking part in the Paris Marathon on 14 April. Over 50,000 runners were involved in the annual event, and Jim completed the 42km course in just 3 hours 49 minutes!

24-Hour Cycle Challenge

The impressive fundraising continued last week with Jim Gardner, Dan Weale (Woody’s Manager) and Tania Durt (Brussels School of International Studies) completing a 24-hour cycle challenge – definitely a test of endurance! The three of them made it back to the UK having cycled 310kms from Paris with 15 minutes to spare, an incredible achievement.

The Next Challenge

The next fundraising challenge is the Welsh Three Peaks, which will be tackled by seven Kent Union staff members later this month. Alison Gore, Conor Dobbs, James Vesty, Jemma Whyman, Ria Stream, Shelley Wilkinson and Veena King will be travelling up to Snowdonia on Friday 21 June, before climbing to the summit of the highest peak in Wales the next morning. They will then travel south and climb Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan respectively, before a well-earned celebratory evening in the Brecon Beacons.

Funds raised will go towards the Access to Activities Fund, student Liberation Groups, and Canterbury Nightline. If you would like to donate, or to find out more about the challenges, visit this link for the group’s JustGiving page. Please help us reach our target of £10,000!


Cuba ‘exceeded all expectations’ for Hispanic Studies students

Four final-year Hispanic Studies students spent three weeks in Havana during the Easter vacation on a work placement thanks to funding from the Faculty of Humanities Mobility Fund and the generosity of John Washington, a donor to the University.

Two students worked at the University of Havana teaching English, and two worked as translators for the cultural journal La Jiribilla. Dr William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, said: ‘The placements offered cross-cultural engagement and skills exchange, and the students benefited from immersed language practice in context, increased spoken fluency, broadening of cultural horizons, and the development of specific skills including teaching, presenting and translation.’

Carla Biondi commented: “Within the first day, [Cuba] had exceeded all my expectations. I suddenly understood what I’d always been told: ‘Cuba has to be seen, it can’t be described’”.

João Martins Pereira said: “As an aspiring teacher, the experience proved to me that it is still possible to learn and teach incredible lessons even if the only resources to hand are passion, dedication, a chalkboard and a slightly outdated textbook. During the placement, we gave presentations on the UK education system, British stereotypes, and even an amusing quiz on the English language and British culture. At the end of the placement, we gave the students some England football team branded wristbands and some keyrings kindly donated by Kent Union. Overall, it was an amazing experience which I would not hesitate to do again if I had the chance.”

Stephen Hockley described the experience as: “…fantastic and so rich. To have been the recipient of an internship that took me across the world and into the suburbs of Havana is always going to be a cool thing. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Rudimental, Rochester Castle

Special discount for Rudimental (Sound System) concert

Rudimental (Sound System) with special guests Example and Mahalia will be performing on Wednesday, 10 July at the Rochester #CastleConcerts.

Rudimental will be performing a DJ set with live vocals and brass with:

  • Mark Crown playing the trumpet
  • Taurean Antonie Chagar playing the saxophone
  • Morgan Connie Smith and Bridget Amofah on vocals

Tickets are just £35 (down from £48.50).  Whether you’re a full or part-time student, or member of staff, simply select the student option at the checkout!  And please tell your friends.

Get your tickets now via Medway Tickets Live.

For more information, see the Castle Concerts webpages.