Excellence Initiative

Part of the Excellence Initiative

Kent Colleagues Connect

Kent Colleagues Connect builds on a number of very successful pilot initiatives run by the Academic Division over the last couple of years which brought together nearly 300 participants. The scheme provides various opportunities throughout the year for informal meetings between colleagues. It is open to all those working at Kent, whether based in schools or in central departments, either in an academic or a professional services capacity.

The scheme is run with the support and participation of Commercial Services and Learning & Organisational Development.

You can choose to attend as many of the following events as you wish:

Strictly Professional Speed Dating (February 2018)

What? Attend a fun event on Valentine's Day to meet colleagues in roles you may never knew existed!

Who? Anyone wishing to meet new colleagues and gain insights into the wide range of roles at the University

When? 14 February 2018, 11.00-12.00 (main event), 12.00-12.30 (additional networking opportunity if you stay back)

Where? Canterbury (Darwin Conference Suite) and Medway (Rochester Building, R2-09)

How? Register before 1 February 208

Click here to register for the Canterbury Speed Dating event

Click here to register for the Medway Speed Dating Event

Coffee with Colleagues (April-June 2018)

What? Complimentary (non-alcoholic) drink for two at one of the University’s catering outlets. This encourages anyone across the University to meet a colleague they do not know well to discuss their respective roles over coffee. This also gives the opportunity to spend a bit more time with a colleague met at the Speed Dating event. There is also a ‘mystery colleague' option for more adventurous colleagues willing to be matched with a colleague at random.

Who? Anyone wishing to “put a name to a face” or wanting to get to know a colleague a bit better. The only rules are that you cannot invite someone you already know well or who works in your own department.

When? Drink vouchers will be redeemable for the whole months of April, May and June.

Where? Canterbury and Medway University catering outlets

How? Register before the 13th April. You will be advised when the voucher will then be loaded onto your KentOne card.

Shadow Matching

What? Colleagues in schools and central departments are given the opportunity to be matched and complete job shadowing visits. Participants attend an initial two-hour ‘Big Reveal’ event to meet their match and organise the reciprocal workplace visits. Some matching across central departments can also be facilitated.

Who? Those wishing to get a better understanding of a specific role

When? The event is currently postponed.

Networking Get Together (December 2018)

What? Get into the Christmas spirit over mulled wine and mince pies. Meet your Kent Colleagues Connect buddies at the event and introduce them to yet more colleagues. The winners of the Coffee with Colleagues and Shadow Matching selfie competitions will be announced.

Who? Everyone who participated in one of the Kent Colleagues Connect scheme events

When? To be confirmed

Where? To be confirmed

How? Register in November


To download the calendar of events, please click here


Participants are encouraged to take selfies with their Coffee dates and/or Job shadowing match for a chance to win a meal for two. The winners will be revealed at the December Networking get-together event.


To register for these initiatives, please visit the individual event sections of the website.

Should you wish to find out more about the scheme, please contact us directly by emailing KentColleaguesConnect@kent.ac.uk





Do not forget to send in your 2018 selfies for a chance to win a meal for two



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