Category Archives: Training

Learn how colleagues have been delivering sessions online

Due to popular demand, our E-Learning team have decided to run an additional webinar as part of the ‘Digitally Enhanced Education webinar series’ on Friday 15 January (the week before Spring term) so that people are able to share experiences of the previous term and also learn some tips and tricks before the start of the Spring term.

As our first webinar ‘Pedagogy and Practice when Teaching Online’ proved so popular, we will repeat this theme on the 15th.

Please find the agenda for the event below:

10.00-10.05 – Phil Anthony: Introduction

10.05-10.20 – Ruth Drysdale (Jisc): Why it’s important to listen to your students and staff voice about their experience of your digital environment?

10.20-10.35 – Emma Roberts (University of Chester): Designing a ‘Connected Experience’ with Blended Learning

10.35-10.50 – Nadia Koloteva-Levine (University of Kent): Providing students with virtual lab experience during Covid-19

10.50-11.05 – Coral Condeco-Dunachie (IntoUniversity): Fostering a Sense of Belonging: Building Communities in Online Classrooms

11.05-11.20 – Jonathan Fanning (University of York): Interactive teamwork, playing games online with your students

11.20-11.35 – Mathew Pullen (University of South Wales): Not just access but developing a deeper technology integration

11.35-11.50 – Agnieszka Kulacka (Birkbeck, University of London): Using Class Notebook and One Note in teaching

11.50-12.05 – Maria Limniou (University of Liverpool): Student digital capabilities and independent learning over the first COVID-19 pandemic period

12.05-12.10 – Phil Anthony: Session Wrap-up

If you would like to join the webinar series, please express your interest by enrolling on the Digitally Enhanced Education Webinars Moodle module, or by requesting access to the Team ‘Digitally Enhanced Education webinars‘ linked to the webinar series.

We hope to see you there.

The E-Learning team

Book your place on a New Year EDI training session

A number of EDI training sessions are available to University staff during January and February .

Sessions available to book include:

Domestic Violence Awareness (28 January 2021, 10.00-12.00 or 13.30-15.30)

People from all walks of life are affected by domestic abuse, so if you have the confidence and knowledge to talk about abuse and where someone can seek help, it will make all the difference! Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service is offering Kent two free training sessions around domestic abuse, in partnership with Clarion Housing.

This two-hour training session covers:
• the definition and dynamics of domestic abuse
• how it impacts survivors’ lives
• the barriers to seeking help
• how to respond if a survivor discloses abuse
• how to seek ongoing support

To register to attend a session, please use the Eventbrite links below
Session A 10.00 – 12.00
Session B 13.30-15.30

Trans Awareness: The Basics (Thursday 11 February 2021, 14.00 – 15.45)

This session will:
• explain what ‘trans’ means and describe the diversity of those who might use the term
• introduce key concepts crucial to understanding trans people
• list the main legislation relating to trans identities
• outline ways an organisation can work towards being trans-inclusive
• provide links to further resources and help

Managing Mental Health (February 4 (pm) and 12 February (am) – times to be confirmed

To support ‘Time to Talk Day’ on 4 February, this online workshop is being offered for all managers, team leaders and supervisors

The aim of the workshop is to enable and encourage managers to develop a management style that strikes the right balance between the needs of the individual/team and the needs of the business.

Content will include:
• signs that might indicate that a staff member is struggling
• impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – issues to be aware of
• two golden rules for managing stress and mental health at work
• practical problems for managers
• a good practice framework for managing mental health at work
• clarifying the role of the organisation, individual staff and the manager
• guidelines for managing sensitive conversations about stress and mental health
• practical support – ‘reasonable adjustments’ during and after the Covid-19 pandemic
• sources of support for staff and managers

How to book

To arrange to attend any of these sessions, please contact Talent and Organisational Development by emailing

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Learn how your colleagues have been delivering sessions online

The E-Learning team is launching a new series of Digitally Enhanced Education Webinars on Friday 13 November from 10.00-12.00.

The first session, on ‘Pedagogy and Practice When Teaching Online’, will feature six speakers from across the University. They will share their teaching experiences and provide some concrete examples that colleagues could adopt or adapt for their own practice.

The E-Learning team is aiming to run two webinars each term with a range of exciting speakers.

If you would like to join the webinar series, please express your interest by enrolling on the Digitally Enhanced Education Webinars Moodle module.  You will find links to all sessions on this module page and you will always be kept up to date with the latest talks as soon as they are announced.


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Managing Mental Health – online workshop for managers

This interactive workshop for managers, team leaders and supervisors will highlight essential good practice in supporting staff wellbeing and mental health. The aim of the workshop is to enable and encourage managers to develop a management style that strikes the right balance between the needs of the individual/team and the needs of the business.

Course content

  • Signs that might indicate that a staff member is struggling
  • Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – issues to be aware of
  • 2 golden rules for managing stress and mental health at work
  • Practical problems for managers
  • Good practice framework for managing mental health at work
  • Clarifying the role of the organisation, individual staff and the manager
  • Guidelines for managing sensitive conversations about stress and mental health
  • Practical support – ‘reasonable adjustments’ during and after the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Sources of support for staff and managers

Your trainer

Anna’s background is in mental health where she has accumulated 30 years of practical and managerial experience in both statutory and voluntary sector settings, including 10 years in mental health crisis services. Anna was senior associate trainer for Mind, the mental health charity for over 10 years and is a UKCP accredited Integrative Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in private practice.

To sign-up

Numbers are restricted so book your place via Staff Connect now.


Free upgraded access to FutureLearn short online courses

With your Kent email address, you can benefit from free upgrades to a wide range of FutureLearn courses.

As a Kent student or staff member, all you need to do is connect your University email address with your FutureLearn account using this FutureLearn Campus link and verify your email address. You don’t need to already have a FutureLearn account.

This is a great resource for staff and students wishing to supplement their studies, professional and personal development too. There are a wide range of courses available under this offer, including courses created by the University of Kent and other institutions. On completion, you will receive a free certificate of achievement and perpetual access.

At present, this offer is available until the end of December 2020.

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Find out Why The Media Matters

Do you communicate with the media in your role?

Colleagues who would like to learn about working with the media are invited to enrol on  Why The Media Matters, a series of short films, audio, text and scenarios covering topics from understanding the media landscape to how best to respond to journalist requests.

Produced by Inside Edge, the University’s media training partner, Why The Media Matters is intended to be an introduction to the benefits and importance of media engagement.

The training is available for all staff but recommended for anyone who has to communicate with the media as part of their role and the resources can be found by clicking this Staff Training Moodle link and reviewing the Personal Effectiveness category.

For further information or to discuss any aspect of media training or engagement, please contact Gary Hughes, the University’s Head of Press relations.


Codebar Skills Development sessions available

What is codebar?

codebar is an opportunity to network, socialise and do some coding. The workshops are volunteer led and consist of 30 minutes of socialising with food and drink, followed by a lightning talk, then coding.

codebar encourage new participants to work on their HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Python or Git tutorials. They also help them understand programming concepts.

About the workshops

codebar participants are paired with a coach and can either go through the online courses available via the site, or get assistance with their own projects.

The workshops are free to attend and led by Yoyo Design, and form part of the County wide Kent codebar chapter.


codebar are always on the lookout for more developers to join their community and help coach at their workshops. If you are interested in being a coach then please visit here.

Participants (Codebar Students)

codebar participants (codebar Students) come from a variety of backgrounds. Some want to become full-time developers, whereas some would like to learn the basics of coding in a supportive environment.

The details:

We have two sessions coming up, one on the 24th February the other on the 30th March.

They run from 6.30-9 in Sibson seminar room 6.

Please register before attending.

The February session is worth 15 Employability Points.

To find out more and to register visit the Hub for innovation website.

CPD in Dentistry

Dentistry in a Contemporary Context.

This short CPD course is suitable for the whole dental team – Dental Care Professionals and Dentists.  During this course, participants are encouraged to address contemporary dental practice within the wider context of social policy and cultural influence.

Dr Sam Shah will address the inequalities effecting health and well-being and the incorporation of health into historical  and contemporary political and sociological agendas. Professor Ken Eaton will discuss oral health systems in Europe and beyond. John Darby will deliver an update on the national Advancing Dental Care Project. Plus, Mike Wheeler will discuss the potential of dental care professionals roles related to the future of dental services and how their training may be funded.

This course  takes place over two weekends at the University of Kent Medway campus.  The dates are 7-9 February and 6 March 2020.

For more information and to book your place, please click on this link. 


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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:


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.