Category Archives: Training

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.

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Two-day Introduction to Project Management Course

L&OD are running two 2-day Introduction to Project Management courses as follows:

Tuesday 18 and Thursday 19 June 2019 from 09.30-16.30 on both days or Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July 2019 from 09.30-16.30 on both days

This is an in-depth and practical course running over two full days and participants need to be working on a current University project to get the maximum benefit from the course.

Participants will;

  • Develop an understanding for the need for a consistent approach to project management within the University
  • Use the underlying principles contained within the University of Kent project management framework on all future projects
  • Develop a personal action plan and work with a colleague post-course
  • Be able to communicate the new project management approach to colleagues and partners within the University

Criteria for nomination:

  • Nominees should be currently working on or about to start working on a key University project

Managers are asked to discuss attendance on the course with their staff, and then email nominations through to Ldev@kent.ac.uk

New Online Expenses Module via Staff Connect

From 12 June 2019 all professional services, academic and research staff will be 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 will allow 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:

Monday 10 June all day – SE14
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 TBC

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.

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First Reponders’ Training

First Responders’ Training sessions, delivered by EKRCC (East Kent Rape Crisis Centre), are taking place on the following dates:

Designed for Campus Security Staff, College Masters and Sexual Responders

  • Tuesday 12 June and Wednesday 13 June 9:30-12:30

Designed for Harassment Contacts, general frontline staff who come into contact with students

  • Wednesday 10 July and Thursday 11 July 9:30-12:30

Please book your place by logging onto Staff Connect.

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Pre-Retirement workshop – new date added

We have added another Pre-Retirement workshop on 25 June, from 09.00 to 16.30. The course is open to members of staff planning ahead for retirement; aimed at age 50+. The workshop aims to give participants knowledgeable advice in regards to all aspects of planning for retirement, looking at areas such as finance, health and lifestyle, through a full day’s agenda.

Booking is now open via Staff Connect.

Mechanical Engineering course launched by EDA

EDA launches Mechanical Engineering courses as part of STEM expansion

The University of Kent is proud to promote its undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering  (available to apply for via the UCAS website), which marks a major development for the University as it broadens its offerings to students.

Two streams of Mechanical Engineering are offered: a three-year stream and a four-year stream that includes a year in industry. The course has been designed in response to the growing demand in the UK workforce for graduates with STEM skills such as robotics, driverless vehicles and renewable energy systems.

The course provides a solid grounding in statics and dynamics, properties of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechatronics, control, instrumentation, mathematics, electronics, and programming. Students also work on a variety of hands-on projects combining mechanical design and control systems, supervised by specialist academics.

There is a focus on employability and career development activities offered across all the engineering degree programmes at Kent, including industrial interaction and placement opportunities.

The course is part of a wider focus within the University to expand its STEM offerings, including the Kent and Medway Medical School and the Institute for Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, as in line with the growing demand for STEM skills. It is open to applicants now, with the first cohort beginning their studies in September 2020.