Essentials for staff

What you need to know in your first few days, including pay, benefits and other essential information.

Pay and timesheets

All about pay, from salary scales to fixed-term contracts, timesheets and payslips.

Visit the 'Pay' section

Term dates

The academic year is split into terms during which the student is expected to engage with study. The length and pattern of the terms depend on the type of programme the student is following and the period between each term is considered a vacation period.

More on Kent's term dates

Undergraduate term dates 2019 - 2020

Term Duration
Welcome week 16 September 2019 – 20 September 2019
Autumn term 23 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Spring term 13 January 2020 – 3 April 2020
Summer term 4 May 2020 - 12 June 2020

Postgraduate taught term dates 2019 - 2020

Term Duration
Welcome week 16 September 2019 – 20 September 2019
Autumn term 23 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Spring term 13 January 2020 - 3 April 2020
Summer term 4 May 2020 – 20 September 2020

Postgraduate research term dates 2019 - 2020

Our expectations for postgraduate research students are that they study throughout the whole year, for at least 35 hours per week and take holidays (normally 30 days over the year) as agreed with their supervisor. 

There is only one term; the dates of the term coincide with the academic year, 16 September 2019 – 20 September 2020.   

Winter closure dates

Kent is usually closed each year over the winter break.

Academic year 2019 - 2020

Kent will be closed: from 23 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 inclusive.

More on Kent's closure dates

Staff benefits

Find out about some of the benefits you can access as a Kent employee.

Visit the 'Staff benefits' section

Teaching and research support

Resources and advice to help you develop as a teacher and researcher.

Visit 'Teaching, research and innovation'

Accessing Kent services

Activate your IT account

You will get an email to your personal email account seven days before your start date asking you to activate your IT account. 

Visit the 'Before your first day' section

Professional and personal development

Our continuing success is underpinned by the personal and professional growth of our staff. We can help you achieve more, in and away from work, through promotions, awards, appraisals and training.

Visit 'Professional and personal development'

Our digital services

Getting connected to our digital services, information about your IT account and IT support.

Get started with our digital services

Safety and wellbeing

Kent is considered a very safe place to work. Find out what you need to know to ensure that Kent stays a safe and friendly environment.

Visit the 'Safety and wellbeing' section

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct summarises some of the key policies and practices we expect our staff to adhere to in the course of their work at Kent and gives a framework of standards and behaviour guidelines.

Find out more about our Code of Conduct

Conditions of Service

New starters should familiarise themselves with these when they start.

Find out more about our Conditions of Service

Policies and regulations

Ensure you are using the most up-to-date versions of Kent policies and regulations.

Visit the 'A to Z of Policies' section

Brand resources and templates

Handy tips and guidelines to help you communicate your ideas clearly in writing and online.

Visit the 'Communicating at Kent' section

Key Kent facts

Key information about the University that is useful for all our staff to know.

Schools and departments

Academic faculties and schools

Our academic staff research and teach across 18 academic schools in three faculties - Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Find a Faculty or School

Professional service departments

Supporting our schools and departments and providing services to the University community, the region, and our alumni, partners and friends

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