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Valentines sports membership

Kent Sport student and staff membership sale

This Valentine’s, we want you to treat yourself. That’s why we’re offering students and staff an exclusive 20% off sale where you could save up to £59. So if you’re not already a member of Kent Sport, this is a great opportunity to join us.

You can even purchase for that special someone; you simply need their student or staff ID number, found on their Kent One card. The 20% membership discount is available from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 February inclusive. You can view the benefits of membership on the Kent Sport webpages.

Students – prices and how to join:

-Premium Plus £141.60 (was £177)
-Premium £112 (was £140)
-Plus £103.20 (was £129)

Memberships are valid until 31 August 2020. Purchase membership online or at the Sports Centre and The Pavilion receptions.

Staff – prices and how to join:

-Premium Plus £236.80 (was £296)
-Premium £204 (was £255)
-Plus £168 (was £210)

Memberships are valid for one year from purchase date. Purchase at the Sports Centre and The Pavilion receptions. Discount not available on monthly payroll memberships.

If you have any questions about membership at Kent Sport, please email

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Catering Survey 2020

The Big Catering Survey 2020

Want to win £200, £100 or £50 of KentOne credit?

Help Kent Hospitality improve catering services by completing their short survey and you could win 1 of 3 amazing prizes to spend in catering outlets, Blackwell’s bookshop, Templeman Library, and more!

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and focuses on eating habits, nutrition and health, sustainability and environment, and technology. By leaving your email address, you will be entered into their prize draw.

First Prize: £200 KentOne credit

Second Prize: £100 KentOne credit

Third Prize: £50 KentOne credit

The survey closes on Saturday 29 February at 23:59 GMT. Good luck!

If you have any queries, please contact

Worried man

New staff help and advice service

Staff have easy access to expert help with both workplace and personal issues – thanks to a new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) being launched this week.

Whether you have questions on issues from debt and landlords to nutrition and stress, the EAP website should have the answers.

If not, you can telephone the providers, Care first/Sodexho, free of charge and get help from an information specialist or an accredited counsellor.

Key facts

-All EAP communications and consultations are completely confidential between you and the EAP.
-The same confidentiality applies to any additional support provided or organised for you by the EAP, eg counselling.
-You contact the EAP directly; you do not have to go through your manager to access any of the support the EAP provides
-For managers, a dedicated area of the EAP website offers generic advice on dealing with both individual and team issues; access the link below and click on the Managers tab.

The EAP providers, Care first/Sodexho, were chosen following a competitive tender and interview process, which included input from trades unions. Advice and support is provided at no cost to staff; the University funds all costs associated with the EAP

The EAP incorporates the existing University Wellbeing resource provided by Revitalised, which offers advice on all aspects of wellbeing, including self-assessment.

How to access

Take a look at all the EAP has to offer on its website:

Log-in details are: USERNAME: uokent PASSWORD: university

For telephone advice, the freephone number is 0808 168 2143.

If you wish to know more about the EAP before accessing its website or services, see the Occupational Health intranet pages. If you still have questions after this, email or discuss with your manager, HR or trades union representative.

Remember that the EAP is a great resource so keep these log-in and contact details handy!

Dr Bike fixing bike outside the Student Hub

Dr Bike at Medway and bicycle marking by Medway police

Dr Bike’s first 2020 visit to Medway is coming up on Thursday 23 January. He will be outside the Student Hub between 12.30 and 15.30.

Dr Bike is a trained bicycle mechanic, who offers free cycle health checks including adjustments and advice on repairs. Major repair work and parts are available and will always be charged at a reduced rate for staff and students. The service is available to all University of Kent and University of Greenwich staff and students.

The University of Greenwich have also organised for Medway police to come and perform bike marking between 12.30 and 13.30. Marking consists of taking the frame number from your bicycle, then marking your bicycle with a unique reference number using a chemical compound and applying a semi-temperproof sticker. All of the reference numbers are then logged on to a secure database, run by BikeRegister.

Registering your bike helps the police identify the legitimate owners of bicycles that have been stolen.

The police will also be able to offer bicycle security and safety advice.

You do not need to register for the event, which is free to all. Just bring your bicycle to the Student Hub on Pembroke campus.

For more information see our cycling webpages.

Office 365 connect, create, communicate

Microsoft Office 365 free for students and staff

All Kent students and staff can now get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

You can use programmes like Word, PowerPoint and Excel on:

-up to five laptops/computers (Windows or Mac)

-up to five tablets and phones (Windows, Android or iOS)

Find out more about how to install Office 365 in our Software for students and staff guide.

Warp It logo

Look how far Warp It has come!

Since implementing the furniture reuse and management system, Warp It, back in January 2016 we’ve hit a huge milestone!

Warp It is designed to make it very easy for staff at the University of Kent to loan or give surplus items to other staff. Furthermore, items that aren’t needed within the University can be passed onto partner organisations and charities. This has helped us to achieve savings in time and money and being smarter with our resources.

So far, we’ve saved:

  • £744,988
  • 120,157KG waste
  • 366,130KG CO2

And we’ve:

  • donated £49,680 to not for profits organisations
  • gained 711 members

So, if you have an item that is taking up space that you don’t need, put it on Warp It. Or if you’re looking for an item check Warp It before you buy new!

What items can be reused through Warp It?

Reusable furniture, fixtures and fittings and office consumables (such as stationary and folders) and much more *, if you’re not sure if your item can be listed please contact for advice.

How do I register?

Visit our Warp It homepage. Make sure you bookmark it. Hit the big green button which says ‘register’ now. Once you register you’ll get further instructions. You can browse items on Warp It by hitting the search button.

  • Learn how to add an item here.
  • Learn how to claim an item here.

If you want to know more about the system in general, go to where there are examples of how the system is working well in other organisations just like ours. You can also check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with

*items remain the property of the University-not for private use

Any claims made by 9 December will be delivered by 19 December. Any items claims after this date will not be delivered until the New Year.

cyclist and runners dressed up as santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! Get in the festive spirit with our Christmas activities

Come one, come all! ‘Tis the season to be…active! Get those seasonal clothes and jolly ol’ cheer ready for our fun Christmas activities on Wednesday 4 December. Jump-start your festive spirit with our Christmas-themed fun-run and fitness classes. Santa outfits encouraged!

Santa Run

A free 3km charity fun run in support of Kent Team Uni Boob with a suggested donation of £2. Meet the Kent Sport team at 12:30pm for registration and the run will start at 1pm at The Plaza, finishing at The Pavilion. Christmas-themed costumes encouraged! We also promise to fill you up with hot chocolate and mince pies afterwards for ALL participants. This event is open to all and you do not need to be a Kent Sport member to participate.

Those who email will receive a Santa hat prior to the run.

Christmas-themed fitness and dance classes

We also have Christmas-themed fitness and dance classes in the Sports Centre to give you that extra special feeling later in the day.

5.30pm Santa’s Freestyle Cycle

Don’t be left home alone! Come and join us for a super festive spin session hosted by Mrs Claus, Sarah and her Santa’s little helper, DJ Gee Cee on the turntables.

6.30pm Jingle Bell Zumba

Deck the halls, it’s time to rock around the Christmas tree with your favourite little elves Jeni and Emma.

7.30pm Silent Night Relaxation

After a long winters day its time to relax and stretch the night away… with your ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ Jeni.

Booking information for fitness classes:

Free for Premium Plus and Premium members. Normal class rates apply for Plus and Pay to Play members (£4.50 for students, £5.50 for staff).Not a member? Visit

Mince pies

Christmas Lunch on Campus

It’s nearly that time of the year. Christmas is coming! Gather your friends and colleagues together for a festive feast with all the trimmings. Here are a few suggestions of where you can enjoy Christmas lunch on campus.

Rutherford Dining Hall:

Christmas Lunch (2 – 13 December) – 2 courses for £8.00 (ex VAT)

Choose from traditional roast turkey or festive nut roast* with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding or chocolate orange torte*.

To book a table, please call the dining hall on 01227 823500 or email Julie Biggs. All pre-booked groups will receive complimentary eco crackers and mince pies.

Dolche Vita:

Christmas Lunch Special (2 – 13 December) – £8.50 (ex VAT).

A Christmas dinner with a twist, choose from roast chicken leg or festive nut roast* with all the trimmings. No booking required. Includes a complimentary Christmas cracker and either a mince pie, gingerbread man or candy cane.

And that’s not all! There are plenty more festive offers and promotions across campus to celebrate the season. Keep an eye out for festive drinks, cakes, and street food. Visit your nearest café, bar or restaurant to discover what’s on offer.

*Suitable for vegans


Woody’s have launched their festive menu

Christmas is in just under 5 weeks – how time flies. Woody’s is now taking bookings for Christmas Parties, so if you have not yet booked your department festival celebration, now is your chance.

You can book 2 courses for just £11 or 3 courses for £14 per person. They have a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes available.

Pre-orders need 24 hours’ notice for up to 10 people and 48 hours’ notice for groups of 10+ people. All bookings require a £5 deposit per person.

To find out more about Woody’s  festive menu or to book a table, please head to our website. 


Join us for some glow-in-the-dark fun!

Ever wondered how you could make your favourite activities that little bit more fun? Well grab your mates, put on some neon clothes, don those glow sticks and join us for this term’s UV nights  at the Sports Centre!

On Monday 2 December we’ll be hosting UV sports including korfball, netball, dodgeball and many more. We’ll also be running two sessions of our very popular roller disco.

On Tuesday 3 December we’re putting on very special UV fitness classes to get your blood pumping. Afro House Hiit, BodyPump, Strong by Zumba and Spinning are all on the timetable for the evening.

Visit our UV sports night webpage for the full timetable, booking and payment details.