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Last chance to get Student Art Pass for £5

It’s your last chance to get Student Art Pass for £5

Don’t miss out on a year of art and opportunities, get yours today

A Student Art Pass lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

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

Available for a limited time until 12 December 2021.

Don’t miss out – get your £5 pass today.

Careers in the Public Sector Week 29 Nov – 3 Dec

Join us for the Careers and Employability Service’s Careers in the Public Sector Week, 29 November – 3 December.

Starting on 29 November, the Careers and Employability Service will be hosting a week of online activities looking at Careers in the Public Sector. This programme is open to all students interested in finding out more about working in this sector.

Throughout the week, we will be joined by a range of Kent alumni and employers, including local councils, the Civil Service, the Office for National Statistics, and Teach First. Events will include: insight talks from employers; presentations on how to succeed in landing graduate roles; advice on asking for reasonable adjustments when making applications; and a panel discussion on careers in teaching.

All events will be virtual and hosted on either Teams or Zoom. You can also earn 10 Employability Points by attending each event, which can be redeemed later in the year for exclusive rewards.

To see the full schedule of events, please visit our website. You can book your place for each event now on TARGETConnect. We hope to see you there!

Kent Sport Christmas on campus

Christmas themed classes – Monday 6 December 

Join Jeni and the team for an afternoon of festive-themed Christmas classes, including Santa’s Spin Surprise and 12 Days of Boxfit. Costumes optional! Keep an eye on social media channels UniKentSport where details of all the classes will be shared soon. Classes are free for Premium Plus and Premium members. Make sure you book a space on the class through your online account.

Santa Run – Tuesday 7 December

What better way to get in the festive spirit than a gentle 5k run around the Canterbury campus, following Santa on his sleigh? Join our popular Santa Run, starting at the Plaza at 1pm. Festive outfits encouraged, and the first 100 finishers will earn themselves a shiny (chocolate) medal. When you cross the finish line, head up to The Pavilion Café Bar for a nice (free) warming cup of hot choc, a mince pie and Christmas music! We’ll then announce the winners of the best dressed competition.

You can sign up to the event here on the Gulbenkian website

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 10 December

Throw on your best (or worst!) Christmas jumper and join Kent Sport staff as we raise funds for Save the Children. A donation box will be set up at main reception at the Sports Centre.  

Closing dates

We’ll be signing off for the year on Wednesday 22 December, meaning all Kent Sport facilities will be closed from this date. We’ll be reopening on Tuesday 4 January.  

Stay Well at Home

Wherever you’ll be this Christmas, at home or on campus, you can still stay active with Kent Sport through our Stay Well at Home content. Check out our range of virtual classes and wellbeing articles.

As always, follow us on social media UniKentSports for the latest updates. And visit our website.

The Gulbenkian Café proudly supports Kentish suppliers

As a member of Produced in Kent, the Gulbenkian Café is passionate about supporting the diverse range of food and drink businesses in Kent.

The menu showcases what can be done with the fantastic local produce found right here in the Garden of England. Options include cooked breakfasts, burgers and hand rolled pizzas, made with fresh produce from nearby farms, butchers and cheesemongers.

Our suppliers include Foodari, Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Preston Family Butchers, Coastal Farm Eggs, Simply Ice Cream and many more.

Our coffee supplier, Garage Coffee, is an award-winning speciality coffee roaster based in the beautiful village of Hoath, just outside of Canterbury. They roast in small 12kg batches for optimum quality, and only roast speciality grade coffees which are always fully traceable and fairly traded.

Garage Coffee is the winner of the Kent Non-Alcoholic Drink of the Year at the Produced in Kent ‘Taste of Kent’ Awards 2021 for their Maypole coffee blend, which is served right here in the Gulbenkian Café.  

For more information about the Gulbenkian Café, and to view our opening times, please visit our website.

Transport Social Media Competition

The Transport Team are encouraging students and staff to interact with @unikent_travel on social media by opening a Transport competition with prizes.

The prizes include vouchers for various food outlets on Canterbury campus and the winner will be announced on Friday 17 December 2021.

To enter the competition:

  • Get a picture – this can be a photo you have taken or one that you have created.
  • Think of a good caption – either promoting road safety or sustainable travel home for Christmas.
  • Post the image and caption – you can post this on Twitter and/or Instagram.
  • Tag @unikent_travel in your post to enter the competition.
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Our role as men in ending sexual violence

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

Usually when we put together updates for students and staff, we are thinking of the broad community at Kent that we are all part of. However, with today being the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I want to prompt discussion between one group in particular – the men who study, live and work across our campuses.

There is no doubting the extra poignance of today after a year which has seen such hurt, anger and public outcry following high profile and appalling events such as the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. More recently, the reported rise in drink spiking has brought into sharp focus a deep-seated culture of violence, and potential violence, towards women that plays out both nationally and on our university campuses.

If we are completely honest, the way these acts of violence are discussed all too often places the onus on women to protect themselves – don’t dress in a particular way; don’t drink too much; don’t leave your drink unattended; don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know. It is especially painful to hear testimony from women about how systemic violence can force them to think along these lines when simply trying to enjoy a night out. Far from getting to the heart of the problem, these approaches detract from it and place the blame at the wrong door – putting expectations on the victims of crime rather than the perpetrators.

While some may find this challenging, the real message here is much more straightforward. Men need to stop being violent towards women. Harassment is a crime. This is our problem and we need to own it. It is a simple fact that the overwhelming majority of violent acts against women are perpetrated by men. Trying to brush past this as the behaviour of a minority of us misses the point – just because you are not personally violent does not give you the right to ignore, or worse tacitly condone, the experiences of so many women in our community.

As men, we all need to ask ourselves the hard questions. Am I prepared to challenge others when they are acting inappropriately? Do I call out supposed jokes or comments that over-step the mark? Am I clear that I do not have a right to women’s attention or their bodies? At times this may not be easy, or it may not make you popular – however, it is incumbent on us to both change and encourage change wherever we can.

Both the University and Kent Union will continue to do all we can to keep the women of our community safe, including launching our new Consent. Get it. Full Stop campaign this week. We will continue to promote specialist support for those who are victims/survivors of violence, and we’ve more work to do with our partners to ensure all of our venues both are and feel as secure as possible. But that alone is not enough. Men must own violence against women as our issue to address, not theirs. It is only when we do this that things will genuinely improve to the benefit of all.

If you have been affected by sexual misconduct, assault or harassment, through our Report + Support tool we hope to empower you to record details of any incidents and to ensure you can gain access to support from a specialist adviser when you need it. You can also discuss your options for reporting an incident formally or you can choose to remain anonymous – you are in control and we are here to support you.

Staff can report sexual misconduct, assault or harassment using the staff online reporting tool and attend Active Bystanders training. Staff can also choose to remain anonymous when making a report.

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The Deep End

Kent Union at Medway

Kent Union is your students’ union at The Hub. Being partnered with The Hub means you get the best of both worlds. The Hub is a quality £5 million venue jammed packed with activity, resources, support and fun for you to have the very best time at Uni.

Sports Clubs and Societies

They have a variety of student groups that you can join to help you have fun and meet people. It’s not too late to join a sport or society.

Give it a Go and Medway Move

Their events programmes includes our regular fitness sessions and a varied and diverse range of interactive activities, trips and events. You can sign up to everything from Pilates to crafts, trips to laser quest and social football! Keep an eye on their socials or on the The Hub What’s On webpage for the latest.

They have a dedicated team of staff at The Hub to help you access activities or run your own. Get in contact Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00 at the Hub Reception or email thehubmedway@gre.ac.uk.

Advice Service

With so much to think about with your studies you may find you need assistance with housing questions, your finances, or academic concerns. This might feel a little overwhelming so it is important to remember that you can access The Hub’s free Advice Service for confidential and impartial advice helping you make an informed decision to keep you on track.

The Deep End

This quirky bar and restaurant is actually built on top of the old naval swimming pool! Housed in The Hub building, the Deep End hosts events and socials as well as serving up some tasty food and drinks. Follow @thedeependmedway on Facebook and Insta to keep up to date.

Have Your Voice Heard

Kent Union aim to provide you with the tools to shape your student experience, feel empowered to make positive change through championing the views of your fellow students, collaborating on campaigns, and leading on meaningful action.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a way to gain skills, support your academic interests, boost your employability, meet friends, and help to improve the world. The Hub offers lots of volunteering opportunities for you to make the most of your free time.

Follow @thehubmedway on all social media channels to stay up to date and involved.

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Support and services at Medway

Are you making the most of all the support and services on offer at our Medway campus? Here’s a quick guide of the support on offer and where to go to access it.

Medway Student Administration Team

The Medway Student Admin Team is responsible for student registration, online registration, record updating and much more. You can find them on the ground floor of Rochester Building.

Learn about all the ways the Student Admin Team can support you from council tax exemption to replacing your Kent ID card.

College and Community Life

As a Medway student you’re part of Medway College. Register your interest in joining the Medway College Committee to help plan and run events for students at Medway.

Learn more about College and Community Life and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Careers and Employability Service (CES)

There’s a wealth of information around careers on the CES webpages. You can also join career events and book an appointment with a Careers Advisor.

Find the Medway Careers Team on the ground floor of the Gillingham Building.

Student Support and Wellbeing

Student Support and Wellbeing supports students who have a disability, mental health condition, long term medical condition, autistic spectrum condition and/or specific learning difficulty, whether already diagnosed or suspected.

Our Advisers can help with Inclusive Learning Plans, study support, Disabled Students’ Allowance and counselling. They can also provide specialist support to students who have experienced sexual assault/harassment.

Medway Student Support and Wellbeing are based on the ground floor of Gillingham Building, room G0-05. You can pop in any time Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00, telephone 01634 888474, email MedwaySSW@kent.ac.uk, or complete our registration form.   

Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)

SLAS are here to advise you academically whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student. They hold bitesize (15 minute) online events on topics to help you with your studies. You can also book a 1:1 advice appointment.

Medway Chaplain

Lynne Martin, our Medway Campus Chaplain, is here to support you through your academic journey, providing a listening ear for all students of any faith or no faith.

Find Lynne in the Chaplain’s Office in Pilkington (003/004) or you can email medwaycampuschaplain@gre.ac.uk. You can also follow the Medway Campus Chaplaincy Facebook page to find out about upcoming events.

Kent Union at The Hub

Learn all about how Kent Union can provide support and opportunities for you at the Hub. 

Drill Hall Library

Drill Hall Library offers a variety of study spaces from individual silent study booths to relaxing sofas in the group zone. You can contact the Library Team by emailing dhlhelp@medway.ac.uk or calling 01634 883878. Get the latest news from your library on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Campus Security

Campus Security are on campus 24/7, 365 days a year. You can find Campus Security on the ground floor of the Medway Building next to reception. Come say hi and pick up a free personal safety alarm.

Finance

The Student Finance Team are committed to helping you understand the cost of study, how to manage your money and how to take full advantage of any financial support you are eligible for.

The team are based on the ground floor of the Medway Building and are available via email and telephone Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00. 

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Industrial action from 1 December 2021

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

As I updated you last week, members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be taking three days of national strike action next week from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 December. We regret this, and are continuing discussions with our local union so that we do as much as possible to prevent disruption to your studies.

Why industrial action is taking place

We are one of a number of universities around the country affected by the industrial action, which is centred on national-level disagreements over Pensions and Pay and Conditions. While the overall decisions affecting the dispute are taken nationally, we appreciate the strength of feeling among some of our staff and take the issues on the ballot seriously at Kent. There is more information on what we are doing on each issue on our Industrial Action Student Webpages.

What this means for you

From Wednesday to Friday next week, it is probable that:

  • lectures or other timetabled classes may be disrupted or cancelled at short notice;
  • research activities could be cancelled at short notice;
  • other University services you use might be affected.

The Union is not obliged to tell us which of its members will not be working on the strike days so we will not know in advance what the level of disruption will be. However, we will share with you on Moodle any specific information we receive, and we recommend that you check your online course groups and your emails frequently to keep up to date about any changes that might affect you.

Wherever possible, we will work with staff to prioritise essential Student Support services so that these remain in place throughout the industrial action.

How to find out more

Alongside the information on our Industrial Action Student Webpages, Kent Union will be hosting student forums today and tomorrow where we can listen to any issues you would like to raise and answer any questions you may have. These will take place in The Venue at the following times, while you can also join online:

Your Divisional team will also be there to support you and will be in touch direct with details of who to contact with any queries.

Thank you for your continued patience as we manage this period, and I will continue to keep you informed of any updates as soon as I receive them.

With all good wishes,

Richard

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

Students and staff outside new Rich Aroma 21 food truck

Where to eat at Medway campus

NEW: Rich Aroma 21 food truck

Have you tried out the new Rich Aroma 21 food truck yet? They offer hot drinks, fresh cakes, sausage rolls and more. Find them outside the Medway Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays 08.30-14.00. Check out Rich Aroma 21 on Facebook and Instagram.

Other places to eat on Medway campus

  • The Deep End, The Hub
  • Pilkington Café, Pilkington Building
  • Archibald Hay Mess café, Drill Hall Library
  • Pembroke Café (Starbucks), Pembroke Building
  • Touchdown Café, CCCU Building

Did you know, as a Kent student you can get a 10% student discount at The Mess Deck and The Wagon Stop restaurants at the Dockyard?

We hope you find a tasty treat next time you’re on campus!