Universities at Medway
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Study at the Universities of Medway

The Universities of Medway is a unique collaboration which brings together the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent, and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide a huge new campus at Chatham Maritime.

The campus has it's own PCSO - Joyce McEvoy who is very much involved in community engagement assisting students, particularly those from abroad.  Joyce can be contacted via email on jm3595s@gre.ac.uk.      

The £120 million scheme is the first of its kind in the country and aims to open up higher education to as many people as possible. Each of the partners welcomes applications from people without traditional qualifications, as well as from those entering higher education through a more formal route. Each partner is also committed to the highest standards of teaching and support services expected by students in the 21st century.

The shared campus is an economic, social and cultural focus for the Medway region, and is at the heart of the strategy to bring renewed economic prosperity to Medway.

The campus is also home to Medway School of Pharmacy, which opened in 2004. Jointly established by the universities of Kent and Greenwich, the School has been a great success and has won a prestigious seal of approval from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Student Hub In 2015 Greenwich and Kent Universities announced plans for a further investment in student facilities at the Medway Campus with the creation of a new student union building; work began in August 2015.  The building, formerly used as a swimming pool, is being brought back to life and will be a vibrant hub for students to enjoy.  It will have a flexible entertainment and social space and an Advice Centre together with offices for GK Unions and bookable activity space for students.  It is being designed based on lots of student feedback and is expected to open in Autumn 2016.  In November and December 2015 students voted on the names for the new building and the bar/café area.  After receiving 118 suggestions, the student building steering group short-listed the names.  Over 1,200 votes were received in total and it was great that students had shown such a keen interest.  The student building is to be called the Student Hub and the bar/café will be named the Deep End.     

Up until the end of July 2016 Cardy Construction was working on building the new student hub.   Cardy went into administration which inevitably impacted on completion of the project but the brand new facility is now open.   

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The new student hub had a soft opening on Monday 16th January 2017; it is set across two levels.  The former Navy sports hall features a café and bar, open-plan spaces for meetings and social activities as well as spaces for reading or working.  There is a cinema-style big screen for movie nights and students can also watch Sky Sports on flatscreen TVs.  An official opening will be held in March.       

Check out GK Unions.      

Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUniversity of KentUniversity of Greenwich

The Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich at Medway holds a series of lectures in the Ward Room, Pembroke Building, on the Medway Campus.  The lectures commence at 6.30 pm and are followed by light refreshments.  As the lectures are free of charge they do prove popular so admission is by registration only via email:  FES-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk or by calling 0208 331 9800.  Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.   Click here for information. 

The next lecture is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Human & Ecosystem Health: the case of Malaysia's Mysterious Malaria presented by Dr Frances Hawkes, a Research Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute.  

Dr Frances HawkesIn this lecture Dr Hawkes tracks the emergence of new species of malaria parasite that has jumped from monkeys to humans, via tiny forest-dwelling mosquitoes.  Through examples of her work and research, Dr Hawkes will explain how the scale and speed with which we make changes to our environment can have completed unexpected impacts on the health of local human populations.  The recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus and the  Zika crisis in Brazil are two examples of new human diseases originating from animals or spread by animals such as mosquitoes and ticks.      

Dr Hawkes' area of research is medical entomology, i.e. inspects that spread human and animal diseases with a focus on understanding mosquito behavior and ecology to better "know your enemy".  In 2012 she was invited to present research to MPs at the House of Commons as part of 'Science Engineering and Technology for Britain', a showcase of early-career research excellence and future scientific and technical leaders, supported by the Society of Biology.  As a result of her research findings, Dr Hawkes is developing new tools to monitor and control mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.  She has been a guest contributor on Sky News Live and has featured in a BBC documentary about her research into a new trap for malaria mosquitoes in Africa.   As well as her research and teaching, Dr Hawkes is a member of both the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Entomological Society.    


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