Category Archives: Returners

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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:

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. 

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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.

 

A2 Road Closure – Canterbury

Section of A2 near Canterbury will be closed the weekend of the 17-19th September and following weekends.  If you are travelling to our Canterbury Campus for Arrivals this weekend please make sure you plan your route before leaving taking into account this closure.

From 3rd September, Highways England are closing the road known as the A2 between Canterbury and Brenley Corner, Faversham roundabout from 7pm Friday to 5am Monday for 8 weekends in a row.

Ensure you plan your journey before leaving to travel to the University of Kent, Canterbury campus. During this time for those driving around the city, there is likely to be a slight increase in local traffic as vehicles join the diversions from either the Wincheap or Bridge Interchange junctions.

Friday 3rd September to 13th September, including KMMS students arrivals

A2 road will be closed from Brenley Corner roundabout, Faversham to Canterbury.

We recommend drivers visiting or arriving at the Canterbury campus consider exiting the A299 at Whitstable B2205/ Canterbury A290 junction and follow signs towards Canterbury until they have reached University Road.

The Kent County Council official signed diversion is via A299 to St Nicholas roundabout then use A28 into Canterbury, via Sturry. We advise lorries to use this route.

From 17 September for 5 weekends, including Arrivals weekend

A2 road will be closed from Canterbury to Brenley Corner, Faversham roundabout.

We recommend drivers leaving Canterbury campus consider:

  • To turn right out of campus following the signs to Whitstable using the A290 then join the Thanet Way A299 or
  • travel into Canterbury City to Wincheap roundabout and turn right onto the A28 towards Challock and use the A251 back to the M2 or
  • travel into Canterbury City to Wincheap roundabout and turn right onto the A28 towards into Ashford and join the M20.

Student Arrivals – If travelling by car, please inform your driver to plan for this road closure. The A2 will be open on your way to campus but local roads may be busy. When leaving the campus the A2 exiting Canterbury towards the M2 will be closed.

Useful links
Kent County Council road closure

Highways England Travel Updates

University Planning your Journey Advice

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Returning to Kent: Welcome back!

From Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

I hope you have enjoyed your summer vacation and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. There is a packed programme of events planned for Welcome Week and colleagues from both the University and Kent Union cannot wait to see you again.

Test to travel

If you are returning to campus from the UK, please make sure you get lateral-flow tested and receive a negative result just before leaving home. You will need to get lateral-flow tested again on arrival at Kent – once soon after you arrive and the second time within 3-5 days after.

You can order test kits online or pick them up from local pharmacies, and there will be test kits in the bedrooms for those of you staying in accommodation on the Canterbury campus. Otherwise you can pick them up from our on-campus test centres.

If you are returning from outside the UK, please see our international test to travel information and make sure that you comply with all relevant government test to travel requirements

Vaccination

You can help keep yourself, your friends and family safe by making sure you are vaccinated against Covid-19. If you can, please ensure that you are fully vaccinated before you arrive – we know many of you have already done so.

  • You can book vaccinations at local centres across the UK using the NHS vaccination booking siteor by looking out for their ‘Grab a Jab’ campaign.
  • We will have a mobile vaccination facility on campus during the week beginning 27 September 2021 – more details to follow.
  • Remember you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine.

If you haven’t already, remember to register with a GP medical practice local to your term-time accommodation in order to access vaccinations and other free healthcare services.

Safety on campus

Whilst the majority of measures taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19 are now being relaxed in line with the latest Government guidance, the virus is still with us and we all have a continued part to play in keeping our community safe, both on- and off-campus. Most importantly:

Timetables

Our key priority in putting together this year’s timetable has been delivering as much face-to-face teaching as possible while ensuring we keep everybody safe. We want to make sure that everyone benefits from on-campus teaching every week where possible. We have been working with your subject leaders to ensure that on-campus teaching is allocated appropriately across different discipline areas.

You will begin to see your timetables appear on Kent Vision from next week, but these will be subject to change during the first few weeks, so please check regularly as your classes are confirmed. You will be able to find out more during Welcome Week about our teaching plans and activities for the Autumn term. Your full Spring timetable will follow later in the term, which will see the return of the majority of lectures on campus.

Our campuses are looking fantastic, and are more than ready to welcome you back. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks as the next academic year begins.

Best wishes

Richard

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

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Registering with a doctor

It is important to register with a GP close to your term-time address so you can access health services quickly and easily while you’re at University.

Visit the NHS website for more information about getting medical care as a student.

Canterbury

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus called the University Medical Centre.

Canterbury students can register for the University Medical Practice online.

Medway

You should register with a local doctor near to your accommodation in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS): Find your nearest NHS Surgery.

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Plus, you’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

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Making the most of opportunities – Employability

When you start university there is a lot to get to grips with starting a new course, but you may wish to consider making the most of other opportunities while at University.

We offer a range of activity, services and opportunities for students to develop professional skillsets for future employment and broaden experience while studying at Kent.

Remember to check your emails and the Student News regularly for opportunities and events.  We’ve also put together a list of opportunities worth considering below.

Careers Service
The Careers and Employability Service is open and free for students to access for advice and support, including career planning, and support creating CVs.

During your time at Kent there are many ways to get involved and earn rewards and recognition for your efforts. It also looks great on your CV and helps improve your employability.

  • Employability Points
    The Employability Points Scheme rewards students for their active engagement with co-curricular activities with experiences of work. For each co-curricular activity completed, students can claim ‘Employability Points’, which can be cashed-in for the chance to apply for exclusive internships, work placements, training and more!
  • Study Plus
    Provides a range of free short-term courses and workshops which can enhance your graduate employability skills alongside your main subject specialism.

Interested in a year in industry, an internship or studying aboard?
Placements, internships or studying abroad, can be an excellent way to build knowledge, develop skills and gain experience of another culture.

Student jobs
Looking for a part-time job to support your studies?
Find advice and vacancies on the Careers and Employability website.
Sign up to Kent Union’s Jobshop for local and part-time work opportunities.

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Cooking uni survivals tips

Student Aleeya shares her experience about learning to cook at university:

Coming to university, many people think that cooking is something that can be easily picked up while you are adjusting in your first year. As a third year student, I can say from experience that cooking can be pretty exhausting, especially after a full day of lectures, seminars and assignments. In this post, I will be providing tips that I have learned over the years so that you can start your cooking journey as easily as possible.

The most important thing to think about when creating food that you find enjoyable to eat and to make is seasoning. Some people can forget that the bread and butter of cooking is seasoning. You need to have your basics, salt and pepper. These two items always need to be stocked in your cupboard. If you are a beginner cook, this can change the taste of your meals. For ingredients themselves make sure that you have both garlic and onion. Frying these before you cook can add that extra flavour that is needed to make sure that your meal tastes great.

         Example recipe: Easy stir fry

For a simple stir fry you will need a couple ingredients:

  • Half an onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped/ crushes
  • Stir fry vegetables (can get as a pack from the supermarket)
  • Soy sauce/stir fry sauce
  • Cooked noodles
  • (Optional) any meat of your choice

Method:

  1. Put oil into your pan and wait until it is hot. (You can tell if it is hot enough if it has a very water-like consistency compared to when it first entered the pan).
  2. Once the pan is hot enough, throw in the chopped onion and garlic. (If you want to have meat with your meal put the meat into the pan with the garlic and the onion)
  3. Once the onion and garlic is cooked ( as well as the meat if you have also added that), add in the stir fry vegetables with the sauce of your choice and mix.
  4. With all the vegetables cooked, add the cooked noodles into the pan and add more sauce if you want
  5. Wait until all the ingredients have reached the same temperature and then plate your food.
  6. Enjoy!

Tip for meat eaters

If you tend to have a packed schedule, to make sure that you get all the nutrients that you need, MAKE USE OF THE OVEN!  Compared to most recipes that involve the stove and a lot of supervision, when using the oven all you need to do is wait for the timer to end and for you food to be cooked.

For non-vegans/vegetarians, when my schedule was packed, I would prepare my meat before my day would start. I would do this by taking my meat out of the fridge (if you put your  meat in the freezer make sure to leave it overnight in the fridge to thaw out) and season it with the seasoning of my choice and leave that to soak during the day in the fridge. This will make sure that all the flavour is tasted throughout the meat and melts in your mouth.

You can prepare either a salad or rice whenever is convenient, either in the morning or when you have the time later in the day. When dinner time has come around, you can quickly chop up some onions and garlic onto a pan with oil and place the meat on top as well as putting some oil over the meat and placing it in the oven. You can look online for the time it takes to cook most ingredients in the oven, but for a quick tip, for chicken you can put  it in the oven at 200 degrees (gas mark 6) for 30 minutes. While you are waiting for the meat to be done you can relax in the kitchen.

Tip for vegan/vegetarians

For the people that are vegan/vegetarian, you can do something similar but without the meat. Good vegetables that can be cooked in the oven are cauliflower, potatoes and broccoli. You can season these before you put them in the oven during the day and then when you are prepared to eat, follow similarly to the instructions above.

There are many resources online that are available, including recipes and videos that can easily guide you through this culinary journey. Don’t get demotivated, cooking can be a relaxing experience if you want it to be. Best of luck!

Handy cooking resources:

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Reading and note-taking – top tips

Having located, bookmarked and borrowed (from the library) a range of useful and relevant sources, you are now ready to extract the information you need through effective reading and note-taking.

Effective reading

 You can’t read everything on your subject. The following process will help you to locate and select specific information you need for your assignment, quickly and efficiently

  • Be clear what you need to find out about

Identify key words or terms connected to the information you need from your assignment question or task.

  • Skim read to identify useful sections of text

Read fast, looking for key words in contents pages, abstracts, introductions, conclusions, headings and index pages to identify chapters or sections of text that are most likely to contain the information you need.

  • Scan selected sections to locate the specific text you need

Let your eyes wander around the page searching for the key words or terms, concepts, data, figures, dates and events that you need to learn about. Mark selected passages of text (e.g. using mini post-it notes) for detailed reading later.

  • Read in detail using ‘active reading’

Read your chosen texts carefully, line for line, aware of what you need to understand and analyse e.g. background information, facts, theories and ideas.

Note-taking

 Notes are a written summary of the academic information that you read or listen to on your course. You will need to refer to your notes as you undertake assignments, revise for exams, prepare for presentations or seminars. To ensure that your notes work well:

  • Find a note-taking style that works for you, then stick with it

– There are many different note-taking techniques – from writing bullet point lists to drawing spidergrams. For advice and examples go to the SLAS website.

  • Ensure your notes contain key ingredients

Reference details of the source you are using (author, date, title etc)

– Summary of key facts, terms, theories, points made by the author

– Key evidence/examples used by the author to support their ideas

– Your observations about the strengths/weaknesses (critical analysis) of the arguments or ideas contained in the text

  • Write notes mostly in your own words (paraphrased*), but also…

– Jot down short quotations from the author to use later as evidence, or to emphasise key points (noting the page number on which they appear)

– To avoid confusion later, use quotation marks or a highlighter pen to clearly distinguish an author’s exact words from your own in your notes

  • Make sure your notes are legible, for future use

– Use readable fonts/clear handwriting

– Tidy up your notes or redraft, as necessary, to make them easy to follow

  • Ensure your notes are clearly titled (module/topic/title of publication), dated (when you made the notes), and filed with other related materials e.g. assignment brief, for easy retrieval

Resources
For guidance on all the topics mentioned above – including Understanding the question, Effective reading, Note-taking, Referencing and Critical analysis – the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) provides 1-1 appointments, workshops and study guides.