Category Archives: Student Guide

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Effects of the pandemic on physical activity – European research project

As part of a large European research collaboration, we are seeking to understand how your usual physical activity behaviour may have been affected by the pandemic.

Only first year undergraduate students are eligible to take part in this research.

To do this, the research leads (based at the University of Lille, France) have developed a questionnaire which is being circulated amongst students in a number of European universities. Using the responses to this questionnaire, we aim to identify the most promising factors/behaviours in different cultures so that strategies can be developed to better promote these to others.

To take part in this research project, we invite you to complete the 20 minute questionnaire.

Learn more about the project, including details of the ethical approval.

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Definition of Antisemitism – student consultation

We strive to be an organisation where everyone feels welcome, supported and can take pride in who we are.

We are committed to taking action against all forms of racism at the University and beyond.

As you are aware, we are currently considering whether we should join a number of other universities in signing up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The IHRA definition was created in response to evidence of rising antisemitism and seeks to build an international consensus around a non-legally binding definition of what antisemitism means to help tackle the rise in hate and discrimination. In the UK, the Home Affairs Select Committee added some modifications to address some of the concerns raised.

Feedback from a previous consultation raised some concerns over some aspects of the IHRA definition being open to misinterpretation, but a strong feeling that Kent should have a commitment in this area. Recently, the Jerusalem Declaration of Antisemitism (JDA) has been suggested as an alternative. The authors of the JDA definition have stated that their aim in writing this was to offer a clearer core definition to assist with tackling discrimination against Jews, while protecting space for open debate on the future of Israel/Palestine.

Signing up to a definition of antisemitism would be an important statement of our solidarity with the Jewish community in recognition of the hurt many are feeling due to rising discrimination. With that in mind, we would welcome the views of all students on the approach we should take to help inform our response to Council. Please see the following briefing paper that sets out more of the background to the issues explored in the survey.

Share your feedback now

Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance

Aisha Dosanjh
Kent Union President

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Internship Experience UK 2021 is open for applications!

Back by popular demand, Internship Experience UK is an immersive virtual experience designed to support school leavers, current university students and recent graduates to get ahead with their career.

As the UK’s biggest internship experience, it has supported thousands of students and graduates with their career. This year, Internship Experience UK is back with brand new three-day virtual programmes across eight sectors, and it’s completely virtual meaning your internship can be completed from anywhere.

Internship Experience UK 2021 is a great opportunity to:

  • Enhance your CV just as employers are looking to hire
  • Explore exciting new career paths and build your sector knowledge
  • Meet new, leading UK employers and gain an industry-recognised certificate

To find out more about the three-day virtual internship, watch the Internship Experience UK 2021 video, and visit their website for information about how to apply.

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Canterbury Nightline available seven nights a week

Any problem, no matter how serious or small, Nightline is there for you.

Canterbury Nightline is a student-run non-judgmental listening and information service supporting students throughout the night. Run by trained student volunteers, all communication is confidential and anonymous, so there is no need to provide your name or any contact details. The content of your conversation never leaves Nightline and is not shared with anyone.

Due to Covid-19, Canterbury Nightline are unable to take any phone calls; however, they are providing a remote service with instant messaging and email.

Canterbury Nightline is available seven nights a week, 20.00 – midnight.

Email: listening@canterbury.nightline.ac.uk or instant message canterburynightline.org/

 

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Need somewhere to stay for #KentSummerFest?

What is Kent Summer Fest?

Kent Summer Fest is a fun-packed fortnight of events taking place 21 June- 2 July, arranged jointly with the University, Kent Union and GKSU.

Come together for Kent Summer Fest to socialise, relax and experience what Kent and experience our campuses have to offer after such a difficult year for everyone.

You can look forward to outdoor screenings, live music, street food from around the world and more! This includes lots of evening events so you may wish to stay on campus to make the most of what’s on.

Can I stay on campus during Kent Summer Fest?

Don’t miss out on all the fantastic activities taking place during Kent Summer Fest. On-campus accommodation is now available to book for commuting students or those who have their off-campus accommodation contracts ending soon.

Canterbury students

Self-catering rooms in Darwin Houses are available to book from Saturday 19 June to Friday 2 July to allow you to make the most of everything going on. You can pick the dates which best suit you and the rooms include bed linen and towels with cutlery and crockery in the kitchen for your use.

Rooms cost just £30 a night which you can book online using the promotion code ‘KentSummer’ subject to availability. You must book between a minimum 3-night stay and a maximum 14-night stay, with payment due at the time of booking. If you need to arrive before the 19 July you can also take advantage of our exam accommodation offer.

Medway students

We have rooms available in Pier Quays too, so if you’re not currently living in Pier Quays and would like accommodation during Kent Summer Fest please email stay@kent.ac.uk with their required dates of stay, and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Living in one of our Canterbury campus rooms already?

There’s still time to register for your free accommodation extension meaning you don’t need to move out until Saturday 3 July. Just follow the registration link emailed to you by the Accommodation Office (will be sent on Tuesday 18 May) if you haven’t already. Deadline to register is Friday 21 May.

So stick around, enjoy yourself and take part in all the activities taking place on your doorstep as part of #KentSummerFest

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Covid-19 update: plans for Autumn 2021

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

As we move into the final term of this academic year, and on behalf of all our University staff, I would like to take a moment to thank you for the resilience you have shown throughout the pandemic. I know this has been a difficult time for many of you and I, along with the rest of the University, have been humbled by your tenacity and dedication to your studies.

After many months of uncertainty, I am pleased we can now look ahead to the next academic year at Kent and plan the experiences you will be able to look forward to.

The government’s roadmap out of lockdown gives us every reason to be optimistic though, whilst we anticipate that we will return fully to campus as usual from September and will be preparing for this, we are also planning for other possibilities should there be any delays to that roadmap.

Campus

We are getting ready to open our campuses from September 2021 and look forward to welcoming you back to Kent.

There will be plenty of opportunities to make the most of our beautiful spaces and meet with other students, with a range of creative events, activities and ways to get together. Our venues, bars and cafes will be open, following any safety guidance that is relevant at the time.

We will be providing a broad range of events at both Canterbury and Medway, allowing you to reconnect with other students and to make the most of your University experience. Our events will include both face-to-face and online opportunities, ensuring all Kent students can get involved no matter where they are in the world.

Teaching

We are determined to give you the highest quality education and having listened to both you and our staff, are planning our teaching around ways that will best enable your success.

Most lectures will continue to be delivered online in the Autumn term, so that we can timetable as many small-group teaching sessions (eg, seminars, lab classes and studio sessions) for face-to-face delivery as possible. These are the sessions in which you can most effectively share and discuss ideas directly with our staff and your fellow students.

For the whole of 2021/22, summative assessments and exams will remain online, with only a small number of exceptions.

Planning in this way means we will be able to adapt our plans quickly as and when government guidelines give us more flexibility.

Whilst we look forward to welcoming you all back in person, we know that might not be possible for some of you. For those of you unable to return, remote study will remain an option for most courses.

Later this term, as plans progress, your school/department will email you with more details on how your subject will be taught from September and will provide advice for those requiring remote study.

Support

In the past year, we recognise that your studies have been disrupted and you have had to adapt to different ways of learning during the pandemic. We will continue to offer a wide range of support for your academic studies and good mental health, through our academic advisory sessions and services including those from Student Support and Wellbeing and Student Learning and Advisory Service. We are keen to ensure you get the most out of your time at Kent, so we are here to support you throughout your journey.

Along with colleagues from across the University, I will be providing a general update for the Summer Term as part of our series of Kent Student WebChats on Friday 21 May, 13.00-14.00. Please do sign-up online and add and any questions you would like to have answered.

Further information about our plans for the 2021/22 academic year, as it becomes available, will be added to your Coronavirus Student Information pages.

If you have any questions, please email CovidSupport@kent.ac.uk.

With my best wishes,

Richard

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

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COVID Hero Award for Darren Weir

Kent Law School Director of Lawyering Skills, Darren Weir, has been honoured with a ‘COVID Hero Award’ by Kent Law Society. The award was presented in recognition of Darren’s work on the Law School’s Lawyering Skills Programme.

The honour was one of a number awards made by Kent Law Society in recognition of legal professionals across the county “who have gone above and beyond over the last 12 months”. Award winners were announced by Stephanie Boyce, President of The Law Society, at an online ceremony held on Friday 7 May.

Darren was recognised for his work in directing the innovative Lawyering Skills Programme at Kent. He said: ‘This programme, which had to largely move virtually, would not have been possible without the help and assistance of the very many legal practitioners and judges (too many to mention). Thank you to them and thank you to the hundreds of students who have been coping with all their studies this year and taking part in the programme. What a great evening arranged by Alexandra Gordon TEP CTA and her team and sponsors. So many worthy winners.’

Darren was called to the Bar in 1998. For 12 years he specialised in criminal and regulatory law and practised from Stour Chambers in Canterbury following his London pupillage. Darren prosecuted and defended an array of offences from motoring to murder and appeared in all level of court including the Court of Appeal. He was the ‘go to’ local counsel for the Crown Prosecution Service at the time in cases of fraud and sexual offences. He was formally a member of the Criminal Bar Association and is a member of Middle Temple. Having previously been a pupil supervisor, he is undertaking further training to train pupil barristers in advocacy.

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What’s on: 10-14 May

It’s the first week of the Summer Term, so this week’s update includes exams advice and support. Read up on revision tips from current students, double-check the online exams guidance and see our Exam Calm webpages.

Wishing you the best of luck with your exams!

Keeping you and your friends safe during Covid-19

Whether you’re on campus or at home, it’s important to follow Government guidelines to stay safe during Covid-19. Simple steps such as sticking to the rule of six/two households outdoors, no mixing with other households indoors and wearing a face covering make a difference. Visit our Covid-19 website to find out more.

Also, from today, symptom-free Covid-19 testing on the Canterbury campus is in the Sibson building and there is no need to book in advance.

Events for you to try this week:

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Let us know what you think of these updates by emailing communications@kent.ac.uk

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‘Medway Your Way’ online survey

Medway Council are reaching out to young people, up to the age of 25, to find out more about what it feels like to be a young person in Medway by completing an anonymous online survey.

They hope to get young people more involved in shaping the future of Medway, and having a meaningful say in decisions and services.

Take the online survey here.

The survey closes on Sunday 23 May. For more information about Medway Your Way, please visit Medway Council’s website.

The Summer Festival of Food

The beginning of the Summer term marks the start of a brand-new food festival on the University of Kent campus.

The 6-week-long Summer Festival of Food will take place on the Registry lawn around an impressive stretch tent structure and will feature a dazzling array of street food dishes from around the world.

The festival will run from Monday 10 May to Friday 18 June, and will be open Monday to Friday, 11.30 – 14.30, and Friday evenings 18.00 – 21.00.

The Street Kitchen, Smokeworks, Canvas, and Taste of Thailand will join forces to create the ultimate multicultural foodie experience. Each week, the street food stalls will serve food from a different part of the world, meaning visitors will be able to enjoy vibrant dishes from Europe, Africa, Asia, and The Americas. There will also be a special week dedicated to Kentish cuisine, featuring Kentish Old Spot Sausages, Brogdale beef burgers, beer-battered haddock with chips, and gypsy tart.

Themed weeks:

  • 10 May – 14 May – Flavours of Europe
  • 17 May – 21 May – Flavours of Africa
  • 24 May – 4 June – Flavours of Asia
  • 7 June – 11 June – Flavours of The Americas
  • 14 June – 18 June – Flavours of Kent

On Friday evenings, visitors will be able to enjoy live music, a pop-up bar, and an outdoor cinema (on selected nights).

Screenings for the outdoor cinema will be held on the Gulbenkian lawn. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance via the Gulbenkian box office. Each ticket is for a zoned area which can accommodate up to 6 students. Food and drink can be purchased through the OnTapp app.

Friday 28 May – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Friday 4 June – Dazed and Confused (1993)

The Summer Festival of Food will be laid out in a socially spacious way, allowing a safe experience for everyone following all government guidelines. Visitors can keep themselves and others safe by respecting all people on site and following all guidelines/procedures that have been put in place, maintain good hand hygiene, and keep a safe distance between other households/groups throughout their visit.

Find out more by visiting the Summer Festival of Food webpage.