Category Archives: Strategic projects

Organising for Success updates

Our Organising for Success webpages are being updated regularly.

Click on the webpages to find out the latest news and information, including new/amended Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on:

  • Impact on promotion, additional salary awards and job grade reviews
  • Engagement and feedback opportunities for our students.

From this week (7 May), there is also a new section on our Student Guide to ensure our students are kept up to date on the University restructure.

Signature Research Themes

Signature Research Themes – we want to hear from you!

Our vision for Kent 2025 highlights the importance of signature research themes:

“Our discoveries and research will emphasise existing and new signature areas, where we match the best in the world.”

A development group, including associate Deans of Research and Innovation and representatives of faculties, the Graduate School and professional service departments, has been set up to agree new Signature Research Themes with colleagues across the University.

According to the group, the signature themes should be forward-looking, dynamic and have the potential to build on Kent’s record of innovative, socially aware, radical and disruptive research. They will span the faculties, have an international profile, attract external income, engage and create impact.

During March and April, development group members have been visiting academic schools, talking to researchers, academics and professional services staff about the vision and plans for the signature themes.

If you have an idea for a signature theme, you can submit an expression of interest up until Thursday 9 May 2019.

Successful bids will be notified by 24 May 2019 and workshops on the outline themes will take place from 19-21 June 2019. Once possible themes have been identified, those leading them will be invited to submit a full proposal by 30 September 2019.

You can find out more about the Signature Research Themes and how to submit your idea(s) on the Research Services webpages:.


REF2021 – Draft Code of Practice

The Code of Practice is a vital document for the University’s REF 2021 submission.  It is a requirement that all institutions submit a Code of Practice outlining the process of defining Researchers and selecting outputs and showing that the university supports equality and diversity in the REF.

We have now drafted the University’s Code of Practice and are inviting all staff to comment from 1 – 21 May 2019.

Following the consultation, any revisions will then be made and the Code of Practice will be submitted to the REF on 7 June for final approval.

For this REF cycle the University intends to submit 100% of eligible staff defined as those on teaching and research (T&R) contracts and some research only contracts.  The criteria for selection will be outlined in the Code of Practice.

You are invited to review the REF2021 Draft Code of Practice webpage for full details.

A vision for Medway – University presentation

A vision for Medway as ‘The Waterfront City of Kent’ was among the exciting plans unveiled at a recent presentation.

The presentation, at our Medway campus on 12 April, was given by Simon Cook, Principal of MidKent College, on the Medway Place Board (which he chairs) and the Medway Champions Scheme.

The Place Board and Champions Scheme aim to put Medway on the map by:

  • addressing negative perceptions of the area, promoting Medway as a place to be proud of,
  • attracting significant national recognition for Medway through, for example, a bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.

For staff unable to attend, Simon Cook’s Place Board presentation is available here.


Team photo of SARD 2019

SARD chooses the Kent and Medway Medical School as its Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that SARD, a medical technology company based at the Innovation Centre, has chosen to support our fundraising for the Kent and Medway Medical School by choosing us as their Charity of the Year.  They have pledged to raise £5,000 through a programme of charity events such as bake sales, quizzes, challenge events and much more and we are very much looking forward to working with them.

SARD is a family run business which supplies workforce management software to the healthcare sector.  They are passionate about applying the best technologies to improve the way the healthcare workforce is managed and make life easier for those within it.

About their support for KMMS, they said:

“As a company founded alongside and working with doctors every day, we want to do everything we can to help strengthen the UK’s medical workforce. Kent and Medway Medical School will provide a new point of entry for future doctors and its focus on widening participation means that a career in medicine may become a possibility for many who would not have previously considered it. With one of our offices based at the University of Kent’s Innovation Centre, we are thrilled to have this development right on our doorstep and are excited about what this means for our children and children’s children, whether they be the doctors of the future, or those being cared for by them. We urge everybody to support this cause as every single person will need medical care at points in their life. The Kent and Medway Medical School will train future doctors who may end up saving the lives of you or your loved ones.”

They are kickstarting their fundraising efforts with a bake sale on Thursday 18th April from 10am in the Innovation Centre café area.

Engagement events – Organising for Success

Many of you have enquired about various aspects of the Organising for Success project and how you can find out more about what is proposed and be able to raise issues that concern and/or interest you.

Organising for Success is built on four key proposed changes:

  1. Creation of new academic groups.
  2. Creation of new administrative and professional support arrangements for these new academic groups. These new arrangements will include devolved resources from some professional service departments and would involve the removal of the current faculty structure.
  3. New Executive Group (EG) portfolios to build on synergies across professional service functions, reflect strategic themes and strengthen the focus on the student experience. These new portfolios will mean that a range of existing central professional service units will have different reporting arrangements.
  4. New leadership model for our academic groups with leaders who are empowered and equipped to enable their areas to respond positively to our new environment and challenges.

There are clearly some significant changes included in these headline proposals and so we are holding a series of five topic-based engagement sessions during March/April on:

  • Devolution of Professional Services
  • Organisation Structure (excluding schools)
  • School Configurations & Governance
  • The Faculty Layer
  • New Leadership Model

Each of the sessions will be led by a member of the Executive Group (EG) and take place on a range of dates and in various locations. If you’re interested in attending a session, click on Staff Connect, where you can search for the session(s) you’re interested in under ‘Training Request’. Select ‘Briefings and Updates’ in the drop-down menu marked ‘Type’ and hit the blue Search button to see all the sessions.

As we are using Staff Connect to manage event bookings, each one will generate a request to your line manager to authorise your attendance – it is our expectation that managers will support attendance unless there are strong operational reasons justifying a refusal.

All the events are designed to cater to large audiences of approximately 50 staff. Where we are over-subscribed, we will look to arrange additional sessions where possible. There will also be a number of pop-up roadshow events detailing more about the changes and collating feedback.