Category Archives: Student Guide

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Kent Community Oasis Garden: Restoration volunteers needed!

The Kent Community Oasis Garden is a growing space project jointly run by the University of Kent and East Kent Mind. The garden aims to promote good mental and physical health for everyone who visits and volunteers at the space.

The project is based at the Canterbury campus on the Crab and Winkle pathway north of Parkwood. Over the past 18 months the garden has been mostly closed due to the pandemic however, we are hoping to relaunch the space in September and open it fully to students, staff and community members.

However, we need your help! We are looking for some keen new volunteers this summer to help us restore the site to a useable and maintainable growing site before the new term and there is lots to do!

If you are a looking for something to get stuck into being newly back on campus, or will be staying on site over August, we need some extra people to help us install a new rabbit proof fence, build a new composting area, and battle with the weeds!

We are open every Wednesday from 10:30am – 1:30pm where a small group of existing volunteers will be able to welcome you to the project and get you started. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, exercise, and meet some new people at a valuable project.

If you would like more information about the project you can visit https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kentcog/ or email kentcog@kent.ac.uk. Please also feel free to just turn up on a Wednesday!

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Critical Law TV: A unique partnership between Kent Law School students and KMTV 

Critical Law TV is a new and ground-breaking partnership between Kent Law School and KMTV, with law students producing and presenting a series of four documentaries investigating contemporary legal issues.

This exciting project offers law students the opportunity to combine their knowledge of the law with a passion for journalism.

Over a series of four episodes, students investigate the impact of contemporary legal issues within the local Kent community. Supported by Kent Law School academics, they’ve been investigating topics such as:

  • Surrogacy Law reform
  • the impact of Brexit on local businesses
  • the impact of immigration law and policy on Kent refugees
  • and the property law reforms proposed post Grenfell.

Students have been assisted by KMTV production professionals, journalists and creatives, to produce and present four documentaries for broadcast on regional and digital TV.

Critical Law TV programmes will be broadcast to around 250,000 homes in Kent and Medway on Freeview, Virgin, BT and online as well as feeding into a wider UK local television network of 13 million households.

Critical Law TV: broadcast schedule 

Watch Critical Law TV at 19.00 (BST) on:

  • Friday 6 August: Brexit and Law
  • Friday 13 August: Property Law
  • Friday 20 August: Family Law
  • Friday 27 August: Race and Law

About KMTV

KMTV is a unique partnership between KM Media Group and the University of Kent..

How to watch

  • KMTV is available on Freeview on Channel 7, with coverage across 236,800 households in Maidstone, Medway, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sheerness, Sittingbourne and surrounding areas. KMTV broadcasts to the rest of Kent via Virgin Media Channel 159, kmtv.co.uk for On Demand and live streaming, and the KMTV app (available on both Android and iOS)
  • Download the KMTV app on the AppStore 
  • Download the KMTV Video app on Google Play

International Nonbinary People’s Day – 14 July

14 July is International Nonbinary People’s Day, where we celebrate the contributions and resilience of nonbinary people worldwide. We also join with people around the world raise awareness of the issues faced by nonbinary people. Nonbinary people do not identify with the binary distinctions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’. In the UK, nonbinary people face poor mental health, physical harassment and ongoing discrimination.

To address this at Kent, we encourage you to engage with learning about the experiences of nonbinary people. The Stonewall “10 ways to step up as an Ally” highlights some steps that you can take as an individual to build an increasingly inclusive community at Kent. At Kent, our pronoun guide can help with creating an inclusive culture for everyone in our community. Our LGBT+ Staff network and student network are welcoming to all – the  Kent LGBT+ Staff Network blog has many resources, for both members of the community and allies, including a post wishing you a Happy International Nonbinary People’s Day!

We recognise there is more work to do in creating an inclusive community for nonbinary members of our community at Kent, and we encourage you to report incidents of harassment so that we can address systemic discriminations.

Throughout the day, stories written by nonbinary people will be shared on social media through the hashtags #internationalnonbinaryday and  #ThisIsWhatNonBinaryLooksLike – this is an opportunity to learn of the experience of nonbinary people and to amplify their voices.

BAME Staff Network statement in response to racism following England’s defeat in Euro 2020 final

From the Co-chairs of the BAME Staff Network:

Dear BAME Staff Network members and all University staff and students,

The BAME Staff Network wishes to express solidarity with all members of the Black staff and student university community, our local Black community in Canterbury and Medway, and our Black brothers and sisters across the nation in what has been a very upsetting and disturbing run of events following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The racism to which the three marvellous England football team players, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, have been subjected to, is despicable – yet many people in the Black community have said, not surprising.  Indeed, many of them sadly predicted what unfolded, evidencing that we are still very much living in a society where racism is prevalent and where many Black members of our community continue to feel unfairly treated.

Yet again, we are reminded of how quickly the tide can turn when it comes to matters of race and how progress can be so seriously threatened – from Black Lives Matters, to unhindered and overt racism. There is so much more we as co-chairs can say, but for now we wish to acknowledge the deep hurt such abusive comments have caused to the players, their families and friends, and to all of our fellow Black citizens.

We wish to remind everyone of the policies against racism and harassment and the support services based at the university, should you feel the need to access these:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-staffinformation/policies/dignity.html

https://www.kent.ac.uk/challenging-racism

https://www.kent.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusivity/harassment

https://www.kent.ac.uk/student-support

https://livekentac.sharepoint.com/sites/MentalHealthSupport

https://www.kent.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusivity/reporting-incidents

The events reaffirm the absolute need for us all to continue our discussions on race but more importantly, to take action at an individual and organisational level and have the courage to challenge any form of discrimination, overt or covert. Only through this collective action can we dismantle the structures which allow such behaviour to continue.

As the BAME Staff Network, we will certainly continue to engage in relevant discourses and action in coming months, and keep working towards dismantling systemic racism through our committed efforts as educators. If anyone wishes to contact the network co-chairs, even if it is simply to talk through how they feel about these events, please email bamestaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk and we will arrange a suitable time to talk with you.

Take care all,

Vanisha, Bridget, Barbara and Dave
Co-chairs of the BAME Staff Network

Drill Hall Library

Drill Hall Library summer improvement works

This summer the library’s Quiet and Silent Zones will get a fresh new look! The zones will be revamped with a new layout and furniture for a better study experience.
Some of these works may cause some noise disruption in parts of the library so we apologise in advance.

Study spaces
The access to these zones will be sectioned off during July to allow work to take place.
All students can still find plenty of usable study space in the Group Zone.

The Drill Hall library summer opening hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 – 19:00
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 17:00

How can I borrow or access books this summer at the Drill Hall Library?
Whilst we are refurbishing the Quiet and Silent Zones, you won’t be able to access books by yourself after 2nd July, but we can help you!
1. Select items from the library catalogue and complete a book retrieval request form available at the reception.
2. Hand the form to staff at the reception and a staff member will come to assist you.
3. Once you receive the items requested you can add them to your Library account using our self-service machines.

Book moves
Books belonging to the Computing, Sports and Exercise Sciences will move to the University of Kent Templeman Library in Canterbury this summer. There will be periods when access to these books will be limited, but arrangements will be put in place should you require effected items. Please contact your liaison librarian if you have any questions or concerns. Email dhl-librarians@gre.ac.uk

 

See the Drill Hall Library website for Latest News updates or follow the library on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram).

Louis Bachaud wins prestigious Best Presentation Award

PhD candidate, Louis Bachaud, has won the best presentation prize in his session at the 3rd Annual Haifa International Social Sciences Workshop for Graduate Students. This year the theme was BEYOND THE IVORY TOWER: BRIDGING BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY.

Louis presented on The Use of Life Sciences in Contemporary American Manosphere Discourse. He is examining the use and mis-use of evolutionary theory in men’s rights and incel spaces online. Louis is a co-tutelle student jointly supervised by Dr Sarah Johns here at SAC and Prof Hélène Quanquin of the University of Lille. He will be based in Canterbury from Septemeber 2022.

The organisers wrote to Louis to  say “We wish to congratulate you on your outstanding presentation at the 3rd HSSC conference for graduate students, while the workshop moderator Prof. Chaim Noy wrote for choosing your presentation as the winning presentation:

“Louis’s research on the manosphere and how science is being appropriated in a deterministic, and potentially chauvinistic use was most appropriate to be the winner today in this year’s workshop.”

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Exams result update – 5 July 2021

15.30 update

The vast majority of exam results for final year undergraduates and diploma students have now been released with the remaining results due to be released today.

If you have not received an email to your University account notifying you that your results are available by the end of today, please contact your school or department.

Once again, thank you for your patience.

Richard

12.40

We are pleased to announce that the release of exam results for final year undergraduate and diploma students is in progress. Please bear with us as each Board’s results are released in turn. You will be emailed when your Board’s results have been released and your results are ready to be viewed.

We will update you again with a progress report at 15.30.

Thank you again for your continued patience and we wish you all the very best of luck with your results.

Richard

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

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Exam results release update – 2 July 2021

From Richard Reece, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

I apologise to all of you for the confusion caused yesterday by some of our communications around the timetable for releasing your exam results. We were hoping to have these available from 1 July but were aware that the time it takes to process the results meant this could take a day or two longer – we should have made that clearer to you ahead of yesterday, and I fully accept that the subsequent delay in updating you further on the day itself caused unwelcome additional concern.

I want to reassure you that staff are working tirelessly to get your results to you as soon as possible, including ensuring the no-detriment measures introduced this year are applied fairly and evenly across everyone. We are currently cross-checking results in KentVision to make sure we are in a position to share them early next week, with the vast majority expected on Monday.

I know how keen you all are to find out the outcome of your exams and that a further wait may cause additional anxiety, but hope you appreciate the importance of us taking this additional time to ensure you get the correct results.

Thank you for your continued patience with this and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries.

Richard

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

 

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Postgraduate Week – 12-16 July 2021

The Careers and Employability Service are hosting a week of virtual employability events specifically for current Master’s and PhD students!

Running from 12-16 July, these events will focus on thinking about your next steps after your Master’s, alternative careers to academia, as well as, preparing an academic and non-academic CV, using LinkedIn to build your professional connections and more!

Events include:

  • Academic CVs
  • Interview Skills
  • Introduction to management
  • Now I have my Master’s, what next?
  • Careers in psychology for postgraduates
  • Introduction to the Civil Service Fast Stream
  • Alternative careers to academia for MRes and PhD students (LSSJ and HSS)

Visit the PG Week webpage to view the full programme and book into an event.

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Release of exam results

The following message is being sent out to students expecting their exam results to be published from 1 July. We apologise for the delay in letting you know and for any additional worry this may have caused.

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

We are pleased to inform you that we have completed all undergraduate finalist and diploma Boards of Examiners’ considerations and are now processing and updating your marks in KentVision ready to release your results.

Your results should be with you early next week and you will receive an email (to your Kent email address) once they are ready.

We recognise that you will have been hoping to receive your results from today onwards, and that a further wait may cause you some anxiety. However, we hope that you will understand the importance of ensuring that you receive the correct results taking into account this year’s no detriment measures.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Richard

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