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Gulbenkian open day

Free coffee and nibbles – it’s the Gulbenkian Open Day 2020

Back by popular demand all University staff are invited to a very special Gulbenkian open day on Friday 17 January from 11.00 to 14.00.

You can:

-Meet our team

-Find out what’s on in 2020 and learn about your staff discounts

-Hear about our £100,000 redevelopment of the Café/Foyer space

-Taste the best coffee on campus (oh yes it is!) and fresh food from our chefs

-Find out how you can hire our spaces, volunteer, or become more involved with your arts centre here on campus

-And much more!

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Launch of eSAFETY online accident/incident reporting system

The new online accident/incident reporting system eSAFETY has now been launched.

The link to the system and further information and guidance can be accessed via the button called ‘eSAFETY accident/incident reporting system’ on the front page of the Safety Unit website.

Please ensure that any incidents recorded on the Interim Accident/Incident/Fire Related Report form are now entered via the eSAFETY Portal as soon as possible.

In addition, please ensure that any links to iCASS that you have saved are updated.  The new system should work in multi-browsers.

Relevant staff will be notified of new accidents/incidents by email from eSAFETY@warwickicsystems.com with a subject heading including the word ‘eSAFETY’.

Any enquiries to Julie Martin (ext 4589 or email j.e.martin@kent.ac.uk) or Angela Hewlett-Day (ext 4588 or email a.c.hewlett@kent.ac.uk).

Spice jars

DICE talk on wildlife trade – 12 December

‘Wildlife Trade on the New Silk Roads’ is the theme of the December DICE talk.

The talk will be  given by Dr Amy Hinsley, Postdoctorate Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) alumna. Amy will talk about her work looking at threats and opportunities from the global expansion of traditional Chinese medicine.

The talk takes place on Thursday 12 December, from 18.00-19.00, in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, Canterbury campus. It  is free to attend and everyone is welcome.


Medway Elf Day and afternoon tea, 6 Dec

Elf Day will take place on Friday 6 December at the Medway Campus to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Medway College would love to see as many students and staff in elfish wear as possible. It could be an elf t-shirt or even just an elf hat but please all join in with the festive fun (£2 donation for dressing up or down). On the day, please don your favourite festive gear and bring some cash to help spread some cheer for people affected by dementia.

Micky at the Medway Building reception will be selling raffle tickets to win a tasty elf cake (you can see a photo of the cake at reception). There may also be a cupcake or two for sale in the morning. All proceeds raised will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society.

Join us over in No1 Bistro from 15.00 for afternoon tea and the turning on of the festive lights on the tree. Take a break, play some games, chat with fellow students and staff and enjoy some nibbles. Register for your free afternoon tea by Monday 2 December.

Elf t-shirts are available from Primark, Tesco and Asda from £6, elf hats are available from The Works for just £2 (student discount available). There are also some fab outfits available on Amazon and eBay.

Thank you so much for joining us and we look forward to seeing everyone’s outfits!

Christmas tree

Keeping healthy over the Christmas holiday

For most people, preparations for Christmas are in full swing.

For many, there is much to look forward to: the family getting together, the giving and receiving presents, lots to eat and drink, a holiday getaway abroad, building memories and reflecting on Christmas Past.

For others, the upcoming festivities are a nightmare prospect: the family getting together, the giving and receiving presents, lots to eat and drink, a holiday getaway abroad, building memories and reflecting on Christmas Past!

Whatever your practices and beliefs about the upcoming mid-winter festivities, there are things you can do to help you manage through the period. Below are links to advice from a number of different organisations on what to do to keep healthy and well, in mind and body:

Reducing stress

Mental health



General wellbeing advice

Brenda Brunsdon, Occupational Health & Wellbeing Team Manager

Studio 3 Gallery

New Studio 3 exhibition: Derek’s Room

The Studio 3 Gallery at the School of Arts will be running a new exhibition, entitled Derek’s Room, from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 December 2019,  from 10.00 to 17.00.

Derek’s Room is the first juried open submission exhibition in Studio 3 Gallery, and aims to display the rich variety of creative practice blooming in Kent: from painting, sculpture, and photography, to performance, textile, poetry and digital media.The opening night of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 17.00, and will feature live performances.

This first presentation of Derek’s Room is organised by Dr Eleen M Deprez, Curator of Studio 3 Gallery; Callum Foad and Alice Richardson, currently studying MA History and Philosophy of Art; Yannis Grimm, currently studying BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre; Emily Harman, currently studying BA (Hons) Art History; Debbie Patterson, a Kent alumna; and Kostas Xanthopoulos, currently studying BA (Hons) Multimedia Technology and Design.

The artists whose work features in the exhibition include Kent students, staff and alumni as well as the general public. The artists are: Elaine Almond, Claire Anscomb, Georgiana Barcan, Chris Blunkell, Danny Burrows, Joseph Clarke, Peggy Eagle, Izichi Elenwo, Jonathan Fryer, Elena Hansen, Emily Harman, Melanie Jordan, Hannah Joy King, Daniel Loveday, Euphemia MacTavish, Lorrain Mailer, Joy C Martindale, Kate Matthews, Jane McCourt, Ines Mourato, Rémy Noë, Philip Ofe, Ian Palmer, Marina Panayiotou, Sandra Pearson, Nic Ramsden, Clare Ruddock-West, Corinne Smallman, Clare Smith, Sam Vale, Kristy Widdicombe, Emma Williams, Kostas Xanthopoulos, Jinhao Xie.

More information about Studio 3 Gallery can be found on the Gallery’s blog.


Musical notes

Chorus and Orchestra concert to explore musical legacy

The University Chorus and Orchestra join forces this Saturday (7 December) to explore the musical legacy of three great composers, in a programme including Haydn’s rousing ‘Te Deum’ and Beethoven’s effervescent First Symphony.

Two Music Scholarship pianists also join the performers for two of Brahms’ lyrical ‘Liebesliederwaltzer.’

Tickets for the performance are still available from the Gulbenkian Box Office; join them this Saturday night!



Kent Talks – Monday 9 December

After the success of the first event on 11 November, Miray Has and her team have organised the second event in the series, in collaboration with the University of Kent TED Society, which will take place on Monday 9th December, Sibson LT3, 18:00-19:30.

The speakers are:

 Libby Kane – The Case Against Detention Centres

Aya Raphael & Riwa Haider – Lebanese Revolution is Women

Nour Barham – What is home?

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with your friends all around campus, meet like-minded people and deepen your educational and social values.

Learn more about Kent Talks online or email Miray Has for more information or if you would like a presentation slot for one of the future events. 


Students volunteering

New volunteering scheme launched for students

The Kent Volunteering Scheme has now launched through the Careers and Employability Service (CES). It has been designed to recognise and support the hard-work University of Kent students do when volunteering, and to help them to understand and articulate their skills development from their volunteering activity.

The Scheme runs this year from 1 May 2019 to 15 May 2020, so students can log hours previously volunteered. Hours are kept track of so students have the opportunity to progress through the different levels of the Scheme, starting at just 10 hours and increasing to 1,000+ hours.

After 50 hours are logged, students will receive support in benchmarking the skills they have acquired, ensuring their experience is positively reflected to potential future employers. To utilise the Kent Volunteering Scheme, simply go online and fill out the short form. CES will keep track of your progress and contact you at the relevant stages of the scheme. If you have any queries, please email studentvolunteering@kent.ac.uk.

Warp It logo

Look how far Warp It has come!

Since implementing the furniture reuse and management system, Warp It, back in January 2016 we’ve hit a huge milestone!

Warp It is designed to make it very easy for staff at the University of Kent to loan or give surplus items to other staff. Furthermore, items that aren’t needed within the University can be passed onto partner organisations and charities. This has helped us to achieve savings in time and money and being smarter with our resources.

So far, we’ve saved:

  • £744,988
  • 120,157KG waste
  • 366,130KG CO2

And we’ve:

  • donated £49,680 to not for profits organisations
  • gained 711 members

So, if you have an item that is taking up space that you don’t need, put it on Warp It. Or if you’re looking for an item check Warp It before you buy new!

What items can be reused through Warp It?

Reusable furniture, fixtures and fittings and office consumables (such as stationary and folders) and much more *, if you’re not sure if your item can be listed please contact warpit@kent.ac.uk for advice.

How do I register?

Visit our Warp It homepage. Make sure you bookmark it. Hit the big green button which says ‘register’ now. Once you register you’ll get further instructions. You can browse items on Warp It by hitting the search button.

  • Learn how to add an item here.
  • Learn how to claim an item here.

If you want to know more about the system in general, go to www.getwarpit.com where there are examples of how the system is working well in other organisations just like ours. You can also check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with warpit@kent.ac.uk

*items remain the property of the University-not for private use

Any claims made by 9 December will be delivered by 19 December. Any items claims after this date will not be delivered until the New Year.