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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/

Kent staff and students’ biggest donation

The summer term always creates a challenge for the Recycling and Waste Team as we deal with the annual student departure. Adhering to the principles of the Waste Hierarchy, in which reuse is rated more highly than recycling, the team partners with the British Heart Foundation and FareShare to encourage students to pass on their unwanted clothing, bric-a-brac and food rather than throw it away. 

While the promotions are directed towards students, the Recycling and Waste Team is delighted to see staff join in so enthusiastically too. The results for the summer term 2017 are now in, and there was a huge increase of 78% in clothing donations and 83% in book donations, compared to the same period last year. That’s a staggering 5.5 tonnes more being reused for good causes.

Offsetting this improvement, the food bank donations sadly weren’t quite as positive, with a 25% drop from last year. Despite this reduction, we still achieved in excess of a quarter of a tonne of food, and our first donations came from staff members.

Finally, the Warp It furniture reuse programme are redistributing unwanted office furniture across and between Canterbury and Medway campuses and continues to go from strength to strength. It has seen a phenomenal 170% increase year-on-year. First introduced in January 2016, the scheme has now saved the University some £211,000. Not only that, but the Recycling and Waste Team is now linking up with local charities to pass on items which cannot be reused by the University. 

Thank you to all for your continued support in making our world just that little bit greener! 

  

Footsteps Project path

A lasting legacy

The Footsteps Project was launched in 2014 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Almost 800 alumni, students, staff and members of the wider community have already made a gift to the project and had a personal message engraved on a brick and set in the Crab & Winkle Path alongside the Templeman Library.

Their donations have helped build the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports scholarships, hardship bursaries and student projects. To date, the Footsteps Project has raised over £50,000, allowing the Kent Opportunity to increase the number of bursaries available for students experiencing financial hardship, and to allow two full postgraduate scholarships – the Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship – to be awarded each year to talented Kent graduates pursuing research degrees.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far – not only are you leaving a lasting legacy on campus, but you are supporting the next generation of students to walk in your footsteps. If you would like to be part of the next ‘wave’ of bricks (due to be installed in September) the deadline to make your gift is Monday 31 July.

To find out more about the Footsteps Project, please visit www.kent.ac.uk/footsteps or email giving@kent.ac.uk.

Shadow Matching scheme

Shadow matching opportunity

Last year, as part of the Faculty and School Administration Excellence Initiative, we ran a pilot Shadow Matching scheme. The scheme offers staff an opportunity for reciprocal shadowing opportunities between Schools and Central Services, to better understand the impact of their work and the work of others. The pilot was a great success with over 80 staff across the University taking part, developing new working relationships and broadening their understanding of roles.

We are delighted to be running this initiative again and invite you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Timeline:

  • Thursday 6 to Thursday 27 April – Staff in Central Services can register to take part
  • Monday 8 to Thursday 25 May – Staff in Schools can register to take part
  • Early June – Pairs are matched and applicants informed
  • Thursday 22 June, 10.00 to 12.00, Darwin – Meet Your Match event
  • June-November – Two half-days of work shadowing to be arranged by participants

If you are interested in taking part please discuss this with your line manager, who has already received information about the scheme, before completing a short online application.

Registration is now open for Central Services staff.

Registration will open for school-based staff on 8 May. A link to the application form will be circulated nearer the time.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions please email r.a.millns@kent.ac.uk

Students on campus

Violence Against Women and Men Staff Forum

The University will be hosting a Violence Against Women and Men Staff Forum on Thursday 20 April 2017, in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 from 9.45 until 13.00 (a buffet lunch is included) where staff can learn more about the initiatives implemented to date to address issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.

The Forum will also introduce staff to the Intervention Initiative. Developed by the University of the West of England, this active bystander programme is “an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens”. The programme was run in March and October 2016 through Study Plus and, following a recent £50,000 grant, from HEFCE (Higher Education Council for England) will be further developed and expanded in 2017.

Attendees will hear from Prof April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Dr Wayne Campbell, Director Student Services and Dr Sinead Ring, Lecturer in Law.

This Forum is part of our commitment to ensure that Kent remains a safe place to live and study.

Please email directorstudentservices@kent.ac.uk by Thursday 13 April 2017 to register your attendance at the Forum, specifying any dietary requirements.

Staff Enterprise and Impact Training

The seventh annual Enterprise and Impact Training event will take place on Wednesday 26 April, 09:30 to 16:30, in the Darwin Boardroom, Canterbury Campus.

The training, run by Kent Innovation & Enterprise, is recommended for academics and researchers, at any stage of their career, who would like to develop skills for enterprise activity and optimise their interactions with external organisations. It is also suitable for members of support staff that work at the interface between academia and external partners.

This programme will give you the knowledge, confidence and practical tools necessary to engage successfully in enterprise activities such as consultancy and collaborative funding streams.

You will increase your potential to apply your expertise within industry, public sector and third sector organisations, and will learn about how enterprise and knowledge exchange activities can benefit your career.

There are only 20 places available, so please be sure to reserve your place using the Learning and Development booking form:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-learninganddevelopment/bookings/courses/index.html

A light lunch is included.

If you have any questions about the training please contact Janine Coomber or Kimm Sutter by emailing enterprise@kent.ac.uk