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Templeman Library

Templeman Library reopening week beginning 13 July (date TBC)

Templeman Library is reopening with a limited service week beginning Monday 13 July (date to be confirmed). There will be a limit on the number of people allowed in the building and you will need to follow a one-way route to ensure social distancing.

The Library will be open Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00, via Main Entrance and Library Road Entrance only. Don’t forget your KentOne card to gain access.

Because of the restricted numbers allowed in the Templeman Library at this time, please consider whether your visit to the Library is essential. If you need a resource, please consider looking for an e-resource in the first instance using LibrarySearch Digital. We wish to give those people most in need access to the Library including postgraduates and those studying for August exams/assessments.

A limited ‘Click and Collect’ book borrowing service will be available for items not available in a digital format.

To use a study space (with or without a student PC), collect a ‘clean me’ sign from the Welcome Hall to place on the desk you’re using. This lets us know that the space needs cleaning and tells others not to use it before it’s been cleaned. You’ll be able to use a recently cleaned study space and PC.

Printers are available in all open study spaces. You will be asked to use a wipe to clean the touchpad before use.

See more information about reopening of Templeman Library for details on safety measures in place and which services are available. These services will be regularly reviewed and are subject to change.

 

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Kent Union sets a precedent for accessibility

Making Kent a more accessible place to work and study has been an important process in the lead-up to the legal deadline of September 2020.

With The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations (2018) requiring the University’s digital content to be accessible to everyone, Kent Union has proven to be a leading example of how this should be done.

What Kent Union has done

Kent Union has set a precedent by becoming the first Student Union to publish an accessibility statement, highlighting the accessibility of their website in accordance to defined standards, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA and complying with the public sector regulations.

Created by Lloyd Wilson (Head of Technology) and Christopher Appleton (Front End Website Developer), the statement was published on SearchBOX, – the accessible publishing directory.

As a result of Kent Union’s innovative approach, a new category has being created within SearchBOX entitled, ‘Student Unions’, and has been shared with the National Union of Students (NUS) in the hope other student unions will follow Chris and Lloyd’s proactive style.

Using the third party company ReciteMe, to provide accessibility tools for the Union’s main web pages, the aim is to promote digital access across the Union, including societies and student reps’ interactions.

Fantastic feedback

Ben Watson, Accessible Information Adviser at the University, praises the Kent Union team for their achievement and describes Lloyd and Christopher’s work as a great example of building a service in the right way. He says: ‘A union is meant to make you feel like you belong, and the team’s hard work on accessibility perfectly demonstrates that their services are designed for everyone.’

Sasha Langeveldt, Students’ Union President 2019-2020, says: ‘I am very proud of the work done on the accessibility policy – as someone who is dyslexic I know the importance of making documents accessible to all. As a Students’ Union, it’s important to make sure all students are given equal and equitable amount of support to help them find and read through important documents. People have the right to feel independent and I hope this policy allows students with accessibility needs to feel like they too matter, because they do.’

The University and accessibility

The University is working to meet the regulations as part of the ongoing work to embed accessibility across the University. Led by OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievement) and the KDAWG (Kent Digital Accessibility Working Group).

A great example of digital accessibility being used at Kent is the Digitally Enhanced Education – A Guide to Teaching Online course, launched by the E-learning team. With accessibility woven throughout, this course provides an excellent means of conveying the core information to staff.

For more information on accessibility at Kent go to:

Placement students

EP case study- working with the Dean of Internationalisation

As internationalisation assistants, Christine, Lauren and Alexandra worked closely with the Vice Chancellor’s office and various other parties such as the International Recruitment Team to coordinate and organise the 2020 Think Kent Global Showcases for various regions and countries.

The Global Showcase events exhibit global engagements typically carried out abroad by the University of Kent for its students, staff, alumni and international partners. It includes highlights from Kent’s academic schools, as well as information and discussion panels for applicants, alumni, and more. A novel aspect to the event this year was that it was organised and carried out virtually, enabling more accessibility amongst participants

Placement Role

We had an initial briefing on how our role would support the Kent Global Showcase (KGS) and Open Day events. We attended various Microsoft Teams meetings with the Dean of Internationalisation’s office, International Recruitment, Development Office and Corporate Communications departments. The staff gave us insights into how their roles contribute to Kent’s Internationalisation efforts and how they liaise to plan various aspects of KGS, for example entertainment and virtual tours.

During briefings by the KGS leads for Africa, Hong Kong and Pan-Asia, we were guided on how we would be involved during July Open Day, held on 4 July. We designed the participants feedback form and attended as student panellists via Zoom, where prospective students asked us questions relating to various aspects of the Kent student experience. Due to the unprecedented times we are in, the work placement was carried out virtually and we are grateful to the Employability Poibnts Scheme for the opportunity to be involved with the inaugural online events for the KGS and Open Day.

Employability Points Scheme

This valuable opportunity was solely available through the Employability Points Scheme. As is alluded to, this scheme grants students points based on the co-curricular activities they get involved in which heighten their desirability to potential employers. Examples of such activities range from seminars based around writing CVs to any part time job held alongside their studies. Upon collecting a set number of these points we were eligible to apply for this placement. All skills and knowledge regarding the world of work that we gained through collecting these points were able to be put to practice during this placement. Despite the added challenges of the virtual nature of the programme, we were still able to network with members from different university departments, allowing an exclusive insight into the collaborative nature of the running of University events. This also heightened our confidence and communication skills, especially when participating in live events such as University Open Days and on a larger scale, the Hong Kong and Africa Global Showcases.

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From left to right- Christine Bishop, Lauren Lopez, Alexandra Tan

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Student Loans Company: upload evidence digitally

The Student Loans Company (SLC) have launched a new Digital Evidence Submission system to make it easier for you to provide supporting evidence for student loan applications.

If you are an undergraduate (full-time or part-time) student, you can use this to submit all your evidence via your online account. Parents and partners can also submit evidence online.

Students applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances, Grants for Dependents and full income assessed support can also now upload evidence rather than having to post it. There are a small number of exceptions to this.

If you have not yet applied to SLC but require a student loan, you should apply as soon as possible as the deadline to receive funding on time has passed. You can still apply for funding but SLC cannot guarantee you will receive it on 28 September 2020 if you have missed the deadline dates.

Kent WebChats – 17th July – Resits

The next Kent Student WebChat takes place on Friday17 July between 11:00 to-12:00 for current students. This webchat will focus on resits taking place in August 2020 and will give an overview of important information for students who are resitting exams.

There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience, and we will have a panel of senior members of staff from across the University in attendance to help answer questions.

Whether you are still on campus, now at home or overseas, you can use these sessions.

Students will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or during the WebChat which the panel will answer.

You can join us to ask a question or just to listen to what others are saying or asking. Any student is welcome to join any WebChat session:

You can sign up for the session here. We’ll then send you the Zoom link for the WebChat session.

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University welcomes BME society statement and demands

Eight of our BME student societies have made a joint submission to the University of their Statement of Solidarity & Call to Action to the University of Kent on institutional racism and the University’s need to take action.

Following on from our joint statement on racism with Kent Union, the University welcomes this submission and is committed to working through the issues raised. We have had conversations with groups of students over the last few weeks and will be continuing these. We are also inviting representatives of the societies named in the statement to meet with senior colleagues and the submission will be part of a discussion on our response to institutional racism at the next meeting of our senior management team, the Executive Group.

Many of our staff and students are actively working to address institutional racism and, following recent online forums, we have already begun additional work on a number of issues raised by members of the University. However, we recognise we have much to do to address these issues through our actions, training, education and through appropriate policies and procedures and we are committed to progressing these in partnership with our students and staff.

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Free initial online consultations at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic online consultations continue to be highly successful and have curved their way through the obstacles created by the pandemic to remain open – virtually.

They’ve been able to adjust the way they approach assessments of functional movements, joint range of movement(s) such as squatting technique corrections and have found the production of online videos to show specific movements has been highly effective. Many have been increasing their running or getting involved in virtual fitness classes, but found themselves getting niggles. The consultations have been great to speak to people and look at their techniques and movements then discuss exercises to help combat the symptoms.

They’re extremely proud of what they’ve achieved and, to date, have been able to reach out and provide more than 150 free initial consultations with clients kindly donating to the NHS Charities.

They will continue to provide free initial consultations and hope to be able to provide face-to-face consultations, with a triage system, in the near future to add the manual therapy treatments which they know many will benefit from and make those next steps towards their goals. This may be the lingering neck pain, back pain or perhaps shoulder pain where exercises have been completed daily as recommended with significant improvements already gained.

“I have recently taken advantage of the free online consultations that are available through Kent Sport Physiotherapy clinic. Although I was unsure whether Vicky would be able to help me online, she diagnosed my problem almost straight away during our first Zoom meeting. She then sent me some exercises which I have been doing daily and which have been helping to reduce the pain I was in. Vicky has also given me a follow up consultation just to check that the exercises are working. It has been really good to know exactly what was causing my pain and to be able to talk to someone so knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you Vicky for all your help!” – Susan Grimer, Library Assistant

So far, they’ve been able to reach out to 32 members of University of Kent staff, who have not been to the clinic before and provide professional physiotherapy advice to them. This number does not include the many staff members who have visited the clinic before lockdown and continue to have contact.

The testimonials from staff members has been incredible and they thank you for your feedback.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the clinic via email: physio@kent.ac.uk.

Find out more about Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic by visiting their website and like them on Facebook. Please consider showing your support by donating to the NHS charities.

Kent Student WebChat – What to Expect in September

The Kent Student WebChat took place last Friday where current students were joined by DVC Education and Student Experience – Richard Reece and other senior staff from across the University.

The subject was ‘What to Expect in September’ where Richard and colleagues shared plans for the new academic year.

There were 150 attendees who had the chance to submit questions in advance and during the WebChat.

You can listen to the recording here.

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Kent Student Awards virtual event, 20 July

On Monday 20 July, Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox and Kent Union 2019/20 President Sasha Langeveldt will be announcing the winners of the 2020 Kent Student Awards.

Join us online at 15.00 to find out who has won each of the 9 categories as well as the prestigious Student of the Year and Group of the Year awards! You can view the nominations on the Kent Student Awards site.

The event will be released at 15.00 on Monday 20 July on YouTube and the video will also be shared to the Kent Union Facebook page. Join in the conversation by using the hashtag #KentStudentAwards.

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Exam results 2020

It’s nearly time to receive your exam results! See below for the results release dates and how to access your results.

Final Year and Diploma

Results will be released on Thursday 25 June 2020 by 18.00.

Stage 2

Results will be released on Monday 6 July 2020.

Stage 1 and Foundation

Results will be released on Monday 13 July 2020 by 17.00.

Resits

The Stage 1, 2 and 3 referral exam results will be released on Monday 7 September 2020 by 17.00.

Results 2020 – Postgraduate

Please refer to your School.

Please note exam result dates have recently changed due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.

How to access your results

You must log on to the Results Site to view your results using your SDS login details. The results website will be unavailable until results are released. If you have failed to satisfy the examiners, a letter detailing your options will be available from the ‘My Progress’ page on the Student Data System.

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

Canterbury – School List

Medway – School List

See the exams web page for more information including FAQs.