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Digital accessibility

Ensuring our digital content is accessible to all

The University has joined forces with other public sector bodies to ensure Kent becomes a digitally inclusive county.

The Kent Digital Accessibility Working Group – made up of the University and its ‘Kent Connect’ partners including local authorities, police and fire – aims to meet rules outlined in the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations (2018).

Members of the group from across the University are already working on a training plan for all organisations involved, as well as adding to the team of experienced accessibility auditors across the county to ensure that all Kent websites are accessible to all.

The Kent Digital Accessibility Working Group are also taking steps to ensure the University’s own digital content is fully accessible. The aim is to improve access for all and this work compliments the Kent Inclusive Practices (KIPs) that the University has already endorsed.

In addition, the new web template – Site Editor – is designed to be highly accessible, and digital guidelines are being shared with schools and departments to help prepare content for those webpages. i.e a review current content and removal of obsolete information

The following principles can and should be applied to all digital material at Kent to help ensure a fully inclusive environment. They include:

  • Keep content simple
  • Keep it efficient
  • Make sure the text is accessible to other applications
  • Structure your text with style sheets/semantic tags
  • Ensure text can be personalised and reflows when magnified
  • Use short image descriptions known as alt-tags
  • Test it!

You can see the digital guidelines for more detailed support and information. The working group also have created a Digital Accessibility e-learning package in Moodle to give more detail about the regulations and how they will be rolled out across the University of Kent.

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 doublebinds68@gmail.com 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 doublebinds68@gmail.com 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 www.boingfestival.com

 

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 – https://moodle.kent.ac.uk/2017/course/view.php?id=2923

External – https://moodle.kent.ac.uk/external/course/view.php?id=278

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 https://www.kent.ac.uk/safezone/

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.

Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor welcomes UUK wish for futher talks

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox has welcomed the confirmation from Universities UK (UUK) that it is asking for further talks with UCU and would be open to reintroducing defined benefits if economic and funding conditions improve. An open letter to all vice-chancellors, signed by both the UUK’s President and Chief Executive, said ‘We are open to changing the scheme again to reintroduce defined benefits if economic and funding conditions improve. To that end we have been and continue to ask for further talks with UCU on the future of the scheme’. The letter also invites members of the USS to put forward ‘any proposals you feel may not have been sufficiently considered.’

You can find all the latest information for staff about the proposed pension changes and the industrial action on the HR website including the latest updates from UUK.

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SMFA’s Tim Meacham’s work features in Turner Contemporary Exhibition

SMFA’s Fine Art Lecturer and artist Tim Meacham’s work Eye of the Needle is on show at the Hantverk & Found Gallery, Margate, from 3 February-18 March.

It is part of the offsite programme for Turner Contemporary’s major exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, which explores the significance of T S Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.

Eye of the Needle, made with support from the University of Kent, explores TS Eliot’s relationship with the mechanical sound recording of the gramophone, making particular reference to its role in The Waste Land in providing the machine mediated sound track of modernity. The viewer accompanies the needle on its journey across the landscape of a gramophone record. The role of the needle is considered in first embedding sound, through creating the grooves of the record, and then as a “rider” travelling across the surface of the disc as it plays. 78-rpm records, made of shellac and slate dust, give something of themselves (dust) in order to release their sound, thus changing the landscape with each play.

Tim Meacham is an artist who works across media to explore space within the triangulated world of experience between seeing, hearing and touching. SMFA’s Partner and College Liaison Officer, he is currently undertaking a practice based PhD. For more information, see: www.timmeacham.space

Hantverk & Found is a celebrated seafood café and commissioning art gallery in the heart of Margate Old Town committed to supporting artists to make art, with a small gallery space to exhibit works by local and emerging artists. As well as providing support to artists, they frequently commission new work.

The Preview is Saturday 3 February, 18.00-20.00. Find out more at: http://www.hantverk-found.co.uk/