Christmas is in just under 5 weeks – how time flies. Woody’s is now taking bookings for Christmas Parties, so if you have not yet booked your department festival celebration, now is your chance.
You can book 2 courses for just £11 or 3 courses for £14 per person. They have a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes available.
Pre-orders need 24 hours’ notice for up to 10 people and 48 hours’ notice for groups of 10+ people. All bookings require a £5 deposit per person.
To find out more about Woody’s festive menu or to book a table, please head to our website.
The Cultural Food Festival returns for the second year today at the Canterbury campus. It plans to bring together societies from across campus to create a night of food and celebration.
Hosted in Rutherford Hall, student groups will prepare a wide offering of authentic dishes working alongside Kent Hospitality chefs. Bring your friends, find some fabulous food and maybe try something new! 🎉🙌
Tickets will be £4 for a meal or 3 for £10. Just turn up and pay at the one of the till points.
The Cultural Food Festival takes place between 17.00 to 20.00.
The University of Kent UCU Branch is delighted to announce that on Friday 6 December from 13.00 – 14.00 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 1 at Canterbury. The Inclusion Initiative will be delivering a session for staff at Kent on ‘Introduction to Mental Health’.
The session will cover:
• Considering the definition of mental health
• Stigma and discrimination
• Parity of esteem
• How to support someone- introduction of the aid memoire HELD
• Self-care and wellbeing
Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-mental-health-the-inclusion-initiative-tickets-77806658811
All welcome and please do feel free to bring along non-UCU staff members. As you will be aware, the number of university workers accessing counselling and occupational health services has shot up, according to research which describes “an epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff. Mental health problems within the student community are also on the rise, with student suicides reaching a record level in recent years. Please do pass on to colleagues/contacts who may be interested in attending this useful workshop.
Students from the Medway and Canterbury campus will graduate on Wednesday and Friday respectively. The congregation which consists of those studying Masters and Bachelors will be awarded at ceremonies held at Rochester Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral. Both ceremonies will be streamed live on our YouTube channel and on the University of Kent website.
The University of Kent also awards honorary degrees to distinguished individuals life who have made a significant contribution to society. Honorary graduates are selected from nominations by members of the University and very often have links with departments or are University of Kent alumni.
Learning and Development’s full catalogue of courses is now viewable via Staff Connect. We still have places available on our Note Taking session, running on the 21st November, 9.30am-12.30pm. Please use Staff Connect to see further information and to book a place.
We are running a number of drop in sessions to demonstrate the training and appraisal modules, and dates can be found on our website.
Staff and students are invited to donate unwanted items for a freecycle event taking place on the Canterbury campus in early November.
Items including clothes, books, shoes, bags, crockery, pots, pans, homeware (excluding electricals and sharps) can be dropped off at the Student Activities Centre on Thursday 8 November from 15.00 to 17.00. The freecycle event takes place the following day, Friday 9 November, from 1pm on the plaza. Staff and students can take any of the items in return for an optional donation to Kent RAG, who are supporting Movember. The event will end as soon as all of the items are gone, so it works on a first-come-first-served basis. Be there early to avoid missing out!
Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent will host its first Public Engagement Event in Cyber Security at the Canterbury campus on Wednesday 5th December 2018 from 13.00 to 18.00.
The event will be opened by Professor Karen Cox, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, at 14.30 after a buffet lunch reception, together with posters, stands, and demonstrations on various topics in Cyber Security.
The event will also include a talk by Professor Philippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, on the University’s activities, achievements and future plans in research and innovation. There will be an introduction to KirCCS, followed by a number of invited talks given by external speakers from government, industry and academia.
KirccS is representing the University of Kent as a UK government recognised ACE-CSR (Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research).
Please book your place at this event as places are limited.
The Learning and Teaching Network has arranged a Writing Workshop for Professional Services staff on Wednesday 21 November, 13.15-16.15, Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6. The session will be run by Susan Barker, a novelist with extensive experience as a writing facilitator.
The ability to write well is an indispensable skill that most people wish they could improve. This inspiring workshop will explore techniques you can use to become a more efficient and persuasive writer. The workshop will include many practical tips and fun activities to strengthen and energise your writing.
Whether composing an email, a letter or a report, Writing with Impact will help you tap into your creativity to become a more confident and effective writer.
Places are limited on this workshop. To book a place please use the online booking form.
For all engagers!
Interested in using KMTV as a platform for your research and to connect with our region? Want to know more about how to connect with our alumni as a potential audience for your research? Fancy a sandwich and a chat with others at Kent who are interested in public engagement with research?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, come along to Keynes Seminar Room 4 at midday on Wednesday 31st October and talk with:
· KMTV Development Officer Cordelia Mason: discover how to use KMTV as a tool for sharing Kent research and a platform for engagement
· Alumni Relations and Supporter Engagement Manager Julia Baxter: opportunities to connect with our Alumni on Kent research
Please email Maddy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come along. All are welcome but space (and more importantly sandwiches!) will be limited – please pass this to any colleagues you think may like to join us and ask them to get in touch.
This is the first in a new series of lunch sessions for sharing news and best practice, and providing information on how other departments can support offer support or resources for engagement with research practice.
Colleagues are invited to the Centre for the Study of Higher Education seminar taking place on Thursday 25 October, from 13.00 to 14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.
The seminar, on ‘Applications of Concept Mapping to Higher Education Research’, will be presented by Professor Ian Kinchin, Department of Higher Education, University of Surrey.
Concept mapping (as developed by Joe Novak) has been used as a student study aid since the 1970s. Applications of concept maps have been shown to help students to understand complex ideas and integrate their learning to build a coherent knowledge structure. Concept mapping has also been used as a research tool as it provides a method to collect and present rich data.
Its origins in science education have resulted in a bias towards quantitative analysis of maps and has resulted in various ways of scoring maps. This seems to mask much of the benefit of producing a map in the first place. Qualitative analysis of maps can reveal unique perspectives that might be lost by other data collection techniques. Whilst the qualitative analysis of maps can be messy, it can be a more effective way of eliciting personal views of research participants.
he application of concept map-mediated interviews can facilitate the visualisation of these personal views. This seminar will introduce participants to the pros and cons of this approach, and initiate discussion about the appropriateness of the tool for academic professional development.
Please confirm your attendance by completing the online booking form.