We hope you are enjoying the summer break as we prepare for the new academic year with lots of important updates for you this August.

We are getting our campuses ready to welcome you all and are delighted to confirm that all courses validated for campus delivery will have 100% of their teaching in person – unless there is a strong reason where digital delivery complements and enhances your learning experience.

We are really looking forward to that on-campus buzz with plenty of events and activities planned for the first Semester!

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Results of the National Student Survey

We are pleased to share with you that in the National Student Survey (NSS), the overall satisfaction of our final year undergraduates increased by five percentage points to 70% in 2022, with several course achieving over a 90% satisfaction rate. We scored above average for providing timely and helpful feedback to our students. And we saw significant improvements in the learning resources that we offer and how we listen to our students, as well as some improvements seen in the smooth running of our courses.

The results have also helped us identify areas for further development and we are already working to improve the student experience for next year in response to your feedback – watch this space for an ongoing update! 

Check out your Welcome Hub

We have a Welcome Hub for new students and a Welcome Back Hub for returning students providing you with all the essential information you need to get ready for the new academic year including must do lists, studying tips for your level and how to connect with the CCCU community.

Dates for your diary

Students union open day

Careers Microsoft Office Training, 4 August and 10 August

Come and join our online workshops to learn more, and prepare for Microsoft exams to be able to add 'Microsoft Specialist' to your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Dance@Canterbury Summer School, Mon 8 – Fri 12 Aug, 8.45am – 5pm daily, Anselm Studios

Come and join Vinicius Salles (Artistic Director of Vinicius Salles Dance Company) and teachers from the Dance@Canterbury Team for an exciting week of dance. During the week we will explore Ballet and Contemporary dance techniques alongside Body Conditioning, Creative Classes and Digital Technology for Dance. The week will end with an informal sharing of the work created in our bespoke studio theatre space. This summer school welcomes dancers between the ages of 16 and 19. Some dance experience is necessary. A full week is £100 or individual days for £25

Medway Pride, 20 August

The University is sponsoring Medway Pride 2022 and we’re really excited to be able to celebrate this joyful event. This year’s event is planned to take place on Saturday 20 August 2022, with a parade through Rochester High Street and live entertainment in Rochester Castle Gardens.

Medway Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ+ identity for the whole family set in the heart of Rochester. Featuring a parade through Rochester High Street, followed by live entertainment with food and drink in the Rochester Castle Garden. Find out more about Medway Pride’s schedule and line-up.

We would love for you to get involved and we welcome friends and families to come along too. Please sign up on the website and select ‘join as an organisation’ before registering with your university email address, please select Universities at Medway as the organisation name.  Please note that we only have a limited number of wristbands so if you have not registered, we cannot guarantee you a wristband.   

Students' Union Freshers’ Fayre, 21 September, 11am-4pm

Remember the Freshers’ Fayre is not just for new students! Meet sports clubs, societies, and local businesses, pick up freebies and connect with other students – there is no better way to kick start the new academic year.

Also check out the Welcome Week programme which includes events open to all, such as the Christ Church Sport Colour Run on 23 September.

Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving and Celebratory Reception, 30 September

Students are invited to join us for the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving and Celebratory Reception on campus, on Friday 30 September. This day of thanksgiving will celebrate our 60 years in the pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching and research.

The day will begin with a Service of Thanksgiving in Canterbury Cathedral starting at 10.30am for all colleagues, students, governors, former staff, alumni, honoraries and invited stakeholders. The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, our University Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury, will give the sermon.

The service will be followed by a celebratory reception, from approximately 12pm onwards, in Abbey Square, on our North Holmes Campus, Canterbury. There will be a Jubilee Street Party themed lunch, live music, and a showcase of our University, which will include a Jubilee exhibition, archaeology exhibition of our history, prison tours and a choir concert.

If you would like to join us at this day of thanksgiving, please register for your place here.

Connect events

Our Connect events including Chooseday Chill, Tea at Three and Lego Connect will all be coming back from September – so look out for details.

Key updates for the new academic year

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Your Services is being replaced

During the Summer/Autumn 2022, MyRecord will gradually replace Your Services as the central place to access and update the information that the University hold about you and your studies. This will make it easier to carry out tasks related to your student record, like accessing a Council Tax exemption certificate and submitting a changes to study request

Blackboard Ultra launch

All new modules starting from September 2022 will be created using Blackboard Ultra. This provides a simpler and more accessible learning experience for students and is designed for use on all devices (including mobile). You will notice improvements in September when all new modules will use the new Ultra interface. Your current and past modules won’t change their look and feel, and you will still be able to access them.

Assessment Criteria have been updated

The Office for Students (OfS) has updated the standard assessment criteria for all higher education providers. There is now a greater focus being placed on what has been achieved against your learning outcomes and an emphasis on standards around spelling, punctuation, grammar and numeracy appropriate to your course.

Working with the Students' Union we have used this update as an opportunity to reinforce our compassionate approach to learning, helping to support our students to engage more effectively with feedback and succeed in their studies. Click here for further information.

Support over the summer

We'd like to remind all students that we are here throughout the summer months to support you both in person and remotely - including the i-zone, Student Wellbeing, the Library and Learning Skills Team.

Please note that to enhance the teaching space provision at Lucy Fildes House, building works are scheduled to take place in the Salomons Institute Library starting Monday 1 August for a minimum of six weeks.

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