Category Archives: Training

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Student Innovation Events

The Hub for Innovation and Enterprise are offering two exciting events in second term, 2020. Both will enable students to gain vital innovation and creativity skills, as well as real world business experience and solutions. You will be working with successful businesses to solve real world problems.

i-Teams is an event run weekly for six weeks starting the 29th of January, at the University of Kent. Your bright minds and the university’s ground-breaking research will be combined to develop commercially viable strategies and build university-industry links. Teams, who are selected from across all academic disciplines, work with the support of their team mentor, the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce receiving mentorship and training.  Teams then present their final conclusions to their business sponsor, along with an audience of business and academic experts. Supported by EIRA.

If you’d rather take a weekend off from everything and take part in exciting problem solving activities and outdoor adventures then sign up to the innovation weekender. Combining innovation and an adventurous weekend away, the innovation weekender challenges you to think innovatively in teams to work towards the challenges faced by industry right now. The Hub is offering accommodation and transport to and from Bowles Rocks, and food from the 6th until the 8th March; three days of teamwork, creative thinking and innovation, working on business challenges set by our industry partners. This event is free to attend, but a £15 deposit is required which will be refunded at the event. Supported by EIRA and in collaboration with UEA, Essex, Suffolk, NUA, Writtle College and Harlow College.

If you’d like more information please contact:

E: unikenthub@kent.ac.uk

T: 01227827376

CSHE Seminar 1710.19

Do you work with students from different cultural/linguistic backgrounds?

The Learning and Teaching Network are running a workshop on ‘Working with International Students’ on Thursday 5 December, 14.15-15.30 in the UELT Seminar Room.

Presented by Charlene Earl, International Pathways Manager, CEWL and Barbara Sheehy, Student Learning Adviser, SLAS

This interactive workshop is for academic and professional staff who would like to explore ways in which to further enhance their intercultural competence and communication skills. A key element that will be introduced will be the considerations applied when making cultural assumptions.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.

CHSE Seminar

CSHE Seminar – Concerns about racism in our teaching and seminar discussions

Colleagues are invited to the CSHE Seminar titled ‘Concerns about racism in our teaching and seminar discussions’ presented by Professor Miri Song, SSPSSR. The seminar takes places on Thursday 21 November 2019, 1pm-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury Campus

Given the plethora of claims made about racism across a wide variety of social spheres in contemporary Britian, how do we as teachers and researchers deal with what can sometimes feel like a minefield? How do we balance concerns about addressing forms of racism with the need to preserve healthy debate and the exchange of views in the university context?

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form. 

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Sexual Assault Responders required for Medway campus

Student Support and Wellbeing are looking to recruit staff to the Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) team at Medway.

The role of the Sexual Assault Responder is to provide immediate support to victims of serious sexual assault or rape at the Canterbury and Medway campuses out of hours (between 17.00 and 09.00) and at weekends. Currently we are only recruiting SARs for the Medway campus.

Full training is provided, and SARs operate on a rota system. The role is to provide advice and guidance to victims of serious sexual assault or rape with regards to aftercare support procedures. The role is NOT a counselling role.

SARs receive a £100 remuneration for joining the team and completing the training, and receive £70 for the first hour of a call out, with time and a half for subsequent hours. Any transport costs are also reimbursed.

A Sexual Assault Responder must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a University of Kent member of staff
  • Be able to access the University of Kent Medway campuses within 45 minutes of receiving a phone call from Campus Security out of hours (considering the accessibility of a staff member’s usual mode of transportation when accessing the University)
  • Attend a training session
  • Have the permission of their line manager to register for the role of SAR.

For more information, to request a role description, or to express an interest in becoming a SAR, please email Becky Wyatt in Student Support and Wellbeing.

Online interactive training module on how to identify and avoid plagiarism

Colleagues are invited to the Learning & Teaching Network session titled ‘Online interactive training module for students introducing academic integrity and how to identify and avoid plagiarism’ taking place on:

Date:  Wednesday 13 November

Time: 13.15-14.30

Location: Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Presented by Chloe Courtenay, Senior Tutor, Centre for English and World Languages and Susan Driver, Faculty Learning Technologist

The aim of this project is to develop an online interactive Academic Integrity module to be hosted on the AI website on one platform for students and on another exclusively for staff.

The student module would include guidance about good academic practice and show examples of different types of plagiarism (e.g. copy paste, patchwork, collusion, unintentional, poor use of sources, poor paraphrasing etc.).

The staff module would include examples of different types of plagiarism but would also include interactive questions to identify what kind of poor academic practice is shown in the example. In this way it could function as a training module.

An interactive online module will also be more inclusive for both students and staff as it will comprise, audio-visual as well as written input. The aim is for the online module to be a modern, user-friendly, and visually appealing educational tool.

“In this session we will introduce the student version, show the different activities and explain how the module could be used.”

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.

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Brush up your language skills or learn British Sign Language

Kent staff are eligible for reduced fees on the eight ‘Language Express’ world language courses run by the Centre for English and World Languages.  You can choose from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish at Canterbury, or French and Japanese at Medway.

The fees for staff are £269 for 40 hours of classes during the autumn and spring terms. Courses start in October and most classes take place in the evening.

As a member of staff, you can apply for 50% funding towards the course fees, whether or not the language studied is relevant to your role at the University. You may be awarded 100% funding if the language studied is directly linked to your current role.  Please apply for funding via Learning and Organisational Development

CEWL also offers Level One  and Level Two British Sign Language courses. The fees are £458 and £680.  Please note that the funding does not apply to these two courses.

Find out more and book your place on the CEWL website

Study Plus - Journalism

Study Plus – new course ideas wanted

Study Plus and the Centre for Journalism ran a free journalism course for Kent students from 10-14 June. It was the perfect opportunity for students thinking of journalism as a career, adding a Year in Journalism to their degree, or considering doing Kent’s Master’s in Multimedia Journalism, to have a go at being a journalist for a week.

The course offered an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of journalism in the multimedia age. Philosophy and Literature student, Iona, says: “Not only did I develop skills directly in line with my passions, but I expanded my skill set by taking on new skills I wouldn’t have considered if it weren’t for this course.” You can read her blog post on the CEWL (Centre for English and World Languages) webpages.

Study Plus is a range of short, non credit bearing courses which can improve students’ employability skills, develop their personal creativity or expand their cultural and academic knowledge. They are free to all students registered on an existing Kent programme. They range in duration from single one-hour workshops to a 30 hour, five-day course.

We are always looking to add new courses to the Study Plus portfolio and welcome suggestions from any member of staff. If you have an idea for a new course or one-off workshop for 2019/20, please read the information for staff on the Study Plus website

If you have any questions about Study Plus, email studyplus@kent.ac.uk or contact Ruth Newman on 01227 823790 for an informal chat before submitting a course proposal.

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Extra Mid-Career Workshop dates

Due to popular demand, Learning and Organisational Development have added two further dates for the Mid-Career workshop, facilitated by Planned Future.

The sessions in June and July are now fully booked, but we have two extra dates in August and September. Book your place through Staff Connect.

This short workshop covers a wide range of issues relevant to planning your financial affairs both now and for your future. Looking at your finances now at the mid-career stage can give you enough time to make a significant difference to your future financial goals.

You will:

•Learn how to manage your finances

•Understand how to protect your family financially

•Consider the options for saving and investment

•Learn how to top-up your pension

•Identify the personal and financial actions which will make the most of your finances

•Start the process of planning towards a successful retirement

This seminar is open to any member of staff who has an interest in planning their finances to achieve their personal and financial goals.

Finance

Financial Year Workshops

As you are probably aware, the Financial Year end is fast approaching on 31 July 2019.

The Financial Reporting Office is holding four workshops in Canterbury and Medway from 21 June to 11 July. Following a similar format to last year, the workshops  are intended to be an open discussion offering advice and support on what will be required of you during the year-end process.

Please book a space on a workshop through Staff Connect.

The Financial Reporting Office will  be making the 2019 year end guidance available shortly, along with timetables to help you to plan ahead.

The Office is looking to improve the process overall – if you have any suggestions or comments, please email team members on Finrep@kent.ac.uk

Please also feel free to contact the Financial Reporting Office if you have any questions in the meantime.

Online Expenses via Staff Connect is now LIVE!

As of midday on 12 June 2019 all professional services, academic and research staff are able to use Staff Connect to submit expense claims replacing the existing paper based solution.

If you need assistance with transitioning to the new system please contact the Payments Office at expenses@kent.ac.uk

The Staff Connect Expenses module allows for the submission of expense claims online and to attach scanned copies of receipts to the claim. The claim will then be forwarded, via the system, to an agreed Authoriser within your area, for approval. 

Once the claim has been approved it will be forwarded automatically for payment. Payments will be made on a fortnightly basis into the same bank account used for your salary payments.

Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions will be held in the period following the launch of the expenses module to allow anyone who wishes to attend for informal training, support and to answer any questions. Please find dates, times and room locations within Cornwallis South East Octagon below:

Wednesday 12 June all day – SE14

 Thursday 13 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20

 Tuesday 18 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20

 Wednesday 19 June 14.00-16.00 – SE14

 Monday 24 June 14.00-16.00 – SE14

 Friday 28 June 10.00-12.00 – SE20

 Medway Thursday 20 June 09.00-12:30 – G4-04

 Further help:

 If you have any questions about Staff Connect and the launch of this new module, there is guidance, including a frequently asked questions section, on the Staff Connect website. To find out more about using Staff Connect to make expense claims, please come to one of the demo and drop-in sessions available for all staff and line managers. There is a high level guide available in relation to the process for submission and approval. Please go to support to find out more. Online user guides are available.