University of Kent
There have been 212 positive tests for Covid-19 among students and staff at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University since classes resumed in September.
At the University of Kent, 182 students and six members of staff have tested positive. There are around 19,500 students and 4,500 members of staff at the university.
Twenty-four people have tested positive at Canterbury Christ Church University, which has around 15,000 students and 2,000 staff.Copyright: BBC
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The University of Kent is planning to shed 148 full-time roles as part of a “significant” shake-up after reporting a deficit of £60m this year.
It includes plans for a one-year pay freeze for all staff, while senior staff, including the vice-chancellor, have agreed to a voluntary cut in their salaries as part of efforts to balance the books.
The scale of the financial challenge emerged after the university reported an underlying £8m deficit from operations, largely due to rising costs and “external pressures”.
In addition, the university said it has faced £7m in one-off costs as part of a restructuring project. And there has been £45m as a result of providing for future pension liabilities.
The university said in a statement: "The University Council has approved plans to reduce our staff costs from 59.5% to 56.9% by 2023/24.
"In this financial year, this relates to the reduction of approximately 148 full-time equivalent roles.
"Our intention is to minimise the risk of compulsory staff losses as much as we can by offering voluntary severance schemes and arrangements, managing recruitment to vacancies and looking at our reward arrangements.
"We cannot though completely rule out compulsory redundancies at this stage, although we will make every effort to avoid this, while also prioritising non-staff savings and income growth wherever possible.
"The university realises this is a difficult time for staff. We remain fully committed to supporting our staff through these changes and will continue to work with staff, students and union representatives.
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The University of Kent is staging its first undergraduate virtual open day next month.
Students will be able to engage in live chats with current students and academic staff.
Using drone footage, they will be able to explore the campuses, and virtually tour the academic buildings and specialist facilities, including labs and sports centres, lecture theatres and accommodation.
The programme will run from 10:00 BST to 14:00 on Saturday 4 July.
The university said due to current travel and social distancing restrictions the programme will allow people to get all the information they would have done with a visit in person.
They will also be able to hear introductions on each course they are interested in, get information on fees, funding and finance, and find out about the support services available to all students.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura, said: "Despite the global situation, open days remain an important part of the student experience."
To register, visit the university's website.
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