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BAG week – save the date

Belong and Grow – it’s your BAG week, or #BAG week took place in May 2019. The aim of the week was to celebrate diversity, promote wellbeing and encourage learning for all staff and students. The week encompassed Learning at Work Week, EDI, Mental Health awareness, Deaf awareness week, IDAHOT and the staff networks. Every event was under the umbrella of one of the aims of the week. Our ethos was that there should be something for everyone – find your ‘BAG’. What’s one person’s bag, may not be another’s.  

The week involved over 40 bookable events at Canterbury and Medway – a complete variety of events facilitated by Kent staff: 

  • Wellbeing events, such as Mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, a guided walk around the Labyrinth and Reflexology.  
  • Digital training, such as Mind Mapping, MOOCS, and the digital future. 
  • EDI/Protected Characteristics sessions, such as LGBT allies, Non-Binary, You don’t look your age, Unconscious Bias, Deaf awareness.  
  • New skills and hobbies, such as writing, crochet, knitting, Park Run.  
  • Drop in sessions about Apprenticeships, Careers, a #MeToo Harassment session and our Uni Kent Boob team ran CoppaFeel information sessions.  

Kent Sport also put on special events, such as Japanese Swordsmanship, lifting and many more; making the overall total more than 50 events, all open to staff and students.

Over 400 people enjoyed events during BAG week 2019. Every event was about learning; whether a new skill, developing existing knowledge, participating in discussion, or just relaxing as part of learning how to look after your wellbeing at work.  

AND we are doing it all again in May 2020, so save the date – w/c 18th May 2020.

If you have an interest or speciality and would like to facilitate a BAG week session for us in 2020, please email

Tiernan Douieb

Alumnus Tiernan Douieb on Money Box

Comedian and alumnus Tiernan Douieb, who completed his BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre in 1999, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box earlier this week, in an edition entitled ‘How to Maximize Money from Mirth’, broadcast 23 October 2019.

You might think of comedians as up on a stage in a pub, but that’s just one part of what the job entails today. Social media, streaming services and stadium tours have changed the comedy game. Instead of doing gigs to get on TV, you do TV to get people to your gig.

In the programme, Tiernan explains how he got into stand-up comedy: ‘I’ve always wanted to do performing, and the first time I did a comedy gig instead of acting it was like a compulsion – you suddenly realise that’s what you need to do.’

Tiernan’s has contributed to the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive in the Templeman Library, including material relating to the many projects he has organised as well as solo performances.

The episode can be heard here (with Tiernan first featuring at about 3’30” into the programme).

Sport, community and Christianity through a feminist lens

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series Chris Deacy, Head of the Department of Religious Studies, interviews Dr Dawn Llewellyn, Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Chester.

Chris and Dawn also discuss the importance of sport in her family and Dawn talks about the importance in her life of open water swimming which has led her to swimming the English Channel. They talk about the importance of having a counterpoint to our ‘day jobs’, and the different forms that they can take, and the importance of community. For example, Dawn talks about how her PhD looked at the way women use literature to reinforce their sense of self, and of forming communities and how a book can be a friend.

Kent Union To Open Second Campus Co-op

The second Kent Union campus Co-op will open next Thursday 29 August, and you’re invited to join us for the ribbon cutting at 10am!

All staff and students are welcome to pop along and try some samples and check out the new store which promises to make shopping on campus an easier and quicker experience. To celebrate the store opening there are 20 Golden Tickets to be found on campus, to swap at the store for a £5 gift card! Plus there will be some lucky winners in store on the day, you’ll have to pop along to find out what!

The store will stock a wide range of Co-op products, making it cheaper for those with both NUS Totum cards (10% off) plus Co-op members can earn an extra 5%*. Stocking all your usual favourites, the expansion of the store into what was Jobshop, means the larger store has increased range of goods available. There will be an in-store bakery, newspapers – including Inquire, your monthly student newspaper, fresh fruit & veg, alongside a wider range of meal deals and evening offers. And with 16 new self-service till points, long queues should become a thing of the past!

For details on Coop Membership click here.

Kent-Ghent: Joint call for projects

For the sixth successive year the University of Kent, with one of its longstanding international partners, Ghent University, Belgium, is offering funding to support a number of collaborative projects across a range of disciplines. The funding of up to £1,000 per project is offered by Kent’s Dean for Europe, Professor Jeremy Carrette, and aims to support mobility between colleagues at the two institutions.

 For full details apply here.

Double Binds of ’68 Conference- 50th anniversary of the global uprisings and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

On the 50th anniversary of the global 1968 uprisings, and on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, this two-day multidisciplinary conference seeks to cast a retrospective light on the legacy of the former in order to illuminate the spectre of the latter. By thematising the figure of the double bind, this conference intends to explore the extent to which, and by means of which mechanisms, it can be argued that the radical social, political, psychic, and conceptual potential of the events of 1968 has ultimately been co-opted by the unfolding of neoliberalism over the past fifty years (the latter to be understood here as a political and economic system for organising society, subjectivity, culture, and thought).

 Keynote speakers: Prof Benjamin Noys (Chichester) and Dr Iain MacKenzie (Kent)

Please e-mail in advance to confirm attendance

 Double Binds of ’68 Conference

29-30 September 2018

Keynes College, University of Kent

 All are welcome (staff, students and the general public) but please e-mail in advance to confirm attendance.

 The conference programme and further information available here.

bOing! preview for staff

Gulbenkian is inviting University of Kent staff to join them on Friday 24 August for a special preview event before bOing! International Family Festival on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

From 17.00-18.00 on Friday 24 August, Gulbenkian will be running FREE entry for University of Kent staff to Katena Luminarium, located on the field between Eliot and Rutherford, on a first-come Katena first-served basis, subject to availability.

From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures – Luminariums – of Architects of Air and designer Alan Parkinson have astounded audiences across the globe. Enter a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour and where visitors of all ages can happily lose themselves.

For more information about bOing! International Family Festival please visit


Expect Respect E-Module

The compulsory Expect Respect e-module is now available on moodle in correspondence with the new Respect at Kent policy that will come into effect in the new academic year.  The aim of this e-learning module is to introduce new students to the University’s Student Charter and Dignity at Study Policy. This module is available to both staff and students at Kent as we are all responsible for ensuring that the University is a safe place to live and study.

The e-module is hosted on both internal and external Moodle and can be found using the following links:

Internal –

External –

This module provides brief training to raise awareness of issues around sexual respect, rape and consent.

For further information and guidance on these issues student’s key contacts are:

  • your Master’s Office
  • your School’s Student Support Officer
  • Campus Security 01227 823300 or 01227823333 (for emergencies). You can also contact Campus Security via the SafeZone app. This can be downloaded at

Could you make use of the new video conferencing studio?

From our state-of-the-art studio on the Canterbury campus, staff can:

  • hold meetings or run seminars remotely, saving time and money
  • hold interviews with people from all over the World
  • hold VIVA oral examinations
  • have meetings with suppliers and external organisations
  • contact colleagues in Brussels and Medway with the click of a button

About the studio

It’s a light and airy video conferencing facility in the centre of campus, offering:

  • space for up to 16 people: the room works well for both small or larger groups
  • dual HD screens for presenting work and seeing participants face to face at the same time
  • PC and HDMI laptop connection
  • hearing loop
  • disability access via a lift, the room is on the first floor of the Cornwallis Octagon (Cornwallis South).

The service is free to staff.

Book a video conference

Kent Vision

KentVision Open Forums – Sign Up Now!

The KentVision Programme invites you to one or more of our Open Forums – sign-up is open now so save a place while they’re still available!

As we prepare and transition to KentVision there is lots to share. With at least one event each month, we’ll cover enough ground that there is something of interest for everyone.

Always on a Wednesday afternoon from 14.00 to 17.00, dates, agendas and everything else you need to know is available here.

Broadly the same each month, at the Innovation Centre in Canterbury we’ll start with a welcome including refreshments and an opportunity to open discussions before attendees split roughly equally across two rooms. Two sessions run in parallel to offer a choice and if you just can’t choose, go to both! Each session is repeated for you to swap rooms and see everything there is on offer in a group size inviting of interaction.

At Medway, a more traditional event with presentations and demonstrations held in one room, still with a generous portion of time for networking, discussion and of course refreshments.

We hope you’re able to join us, but places are limited, so we ask you let us know you’re coming by signing up.

We look forward to seeing you at a Forum soon!

Don’t know much about the KentVision Programme yet? There’s lots of resources online to get a feel for the coming changes, understand what the Programme is doing and what that means for you. And you can always get in touch.

Want a better grasp of the wider changes related to the move to KentVision? Check out our Student Lifecycle Library, it starts with a number of overarching concepts to get to grips with, and will quickly grow to include much more information on Student Lifecycle Administration.