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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 £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.

Effective 30th September 2019 the campus has a new PCSO Liaison Officer – Alexandra Smith.  Alexandra’s contact details:  .  Alexandra will be dedicated to the Medway Campus and his first week will be busy with handover and introductions.

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.

Herewith the University of Greenwich Medway Guide for 2019. Medway Guide 2019

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.

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.

The Student Hub offers a host of activities on and off campus.  To check out what’s on offer click here.  Activities include film screenings, cocktail workshop, jewellery making and more.  Any questions contact the Give it a Go team on .

For all information check out GK Unions.

 

A friend and support to all students across the three Universities is the Medway Campus Chaplain, Lynne Martin.  Lynne provides support for all students and staff of any faith or none.

Lynne’s door is often open and the kettle is almost always on!  Her office is in Pilkington 004/003 located opposite the Faith Space.  Any student, who feels that they might be struggling or feeling stressed, and needs a confidential listening ear, then Lynne is there for you.  Lynne works closely with the well-being teams on campus and will sign post those who may need more specialist help.

Lynne organizes various events for students and you can follow her via the blog. 

The faith space is located in Pilkington 039.  This is a multi-faith space, open to all to go and pray in a quiet and respectful manner.   The space is open from 8 am to 8 pm  Monday to Friday.  There maybe certain times of the week allocated for faith-specific prayer; these times are advertised at all entrances to the space.

Lynne’s office no. is 01634 883935 and email: 

Official Opening

Unveiling of Plaque at Official Opening

On Thursday 23rd March Dame Julia Goodfellow and Professor David Maguire officially opened the new student hub.  They were given a tour of the new facility, met students and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

Alison Chambers has been appointed as the new Head of GK Unions Partnership.  Alison has event management experience and facilitating student-led activities and will join the Medway Campus team from the 16th September, just in time for the new arrivals on campus.  Alison can be  contacted by email: and by telephone on 01634 888925.

Hannah Plewis has been appointed as the new Deep End General Manager.  Hannah joined the team at the Student Hub at the end of August and has over 20 years experience working within the hospitality industry.  Hannah’s contact details are: and by telephone 01634 888989.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich at Medway

The Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich at Medway has announced its series of lectures for the forthcoming academic session; these are branded as Great Talks at Medway  Details of these talks will be included in the calendar on the What’s On section of our website and also detailed in our weekly e-publication, the Friday Flyer.

These lectures take place in the Wardroom, Pembroke Building on the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) ME4 4TB.  They start at 6 pm and will be followed by light refreshments.  The next in this short series of GREat Talks is titled Ageing Clocks:  why does getting a good night’s sleep get harder as we get older?    This takes place on Wednesday 12th February 2020 and is delivered by Dr Gurprit Lall from the Medway School of Pharmacy.

Details of this talk:

We have entered a time when medical advances have strengthened our healthcare provisions and improve life longevity.  This has resulted in an ever-growing ageing population.  Understanding how the human body ages is a step closer to developing preventative therapies for improving the quality of life across an individual’s lifespan.

In this talk Dr Lall will discuss how ageing effects the brain’s circadian clock and its impact on our day to day routines.  He will look at how the clock synchronises bodily functions, from hormonal fluctuations through to sleeping patterns and why disruption of such rhythms can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.

Dr Lall is a neuroscientist based at the Medway School of Pharmacy specializing in mammalian circadian rhythms.  His research interests focus on how the circadian clock in our brain regulates and synchronises our behavioural and physiological rhythms with our environmental day-night cycle.  He has published research on how daylight is able to manipulate the clock, and, most recently, how ageing impacts this process.

As these talks are FREE they will be hugely popular and admission is therefore by registration only.  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking on campus after 5 pm arrival.

To book a place call 01634 883495 or email ">.

The last talk in this series takes place on the 11th March and is titled Improving Compliance for Low dose Aspirin in Geriatric Patients delivered by Dr Joshua Boateng from the School of Science.  Details of this will be posted shortly.

The Medway Campus is hosting a screening  of the award winning documentary The Living Thames, courtesy of the Thames Estuary partnership.  This is introduced by David Attenborough and presented by environmentalist Chris Baines, the film is an odyssey along the river as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

 

The Thames is Britain’s most famous river and was at one point very polluted but the reality now is very different.  Thanks to the dedicated work of many, the Thames has recovered dramatically to become the cleanest urban estuary in Europe and now teems with life.

The film follows the Thames from the upper tidal reach to the estuary, telling the hidden stories of the wildlife and people connected to it.

The screening takes place in the Wardroom, Pembroke Building on the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) located on Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB on Thursday 27th February 2020.    There will be refreshments at 6 pm, screening starts at 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm and there will be a Q&A session from 7.30 pm to 8 pm with producer/director Dorothy Leiper and aquatic consultant Steve Colclough.

This FREE event is open to all but registration is required.  Click here to book a place.

On Wednesday 29th January GK Unions is hosting a Welcome Back Fair from 11 am to 3 pm at The Deep End.  This is a great opportunity to learn about student groups , services and events available to students studying on the Medway Campus.  You can sign up to mailing lists, find out when taster sessions are and buy memberships.  It is also a fantastic networking opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

As well as student groups, various companies are invited such as Dominoes and Arriva who will be giving away freebies and vouchers for use all year round.

The Fair begins at 11 am but the doors will open at 10.30 am for anyone who has accessibility worries.

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