Performance Poetry Winner from School of Arts

Henry Maddicoot performing He flicked his cigarette at Wise Words Festival 2017

Henry Maddicott (Final year Drama student) has been celebrating his success at the 2017 Wise Words Festival Emerging Talent Final which was presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

Earlier in the year poets from around the country had the opportunity to apply for the opportunity to compete against each other at Canterbury’s Wise Words Festival. Out of the many that applied only six were shortlisted.  These included Henry as well as fellow Kent Drama student Jemma-Louise Burgess. The prize includes support from Wise Words and Apples and Snakes to produce an hour long show for next year’s festival. He will also receive three mentoring sessions with a high profile poet of his choice along with promotional material and the first pick of any upcoming writing workshops that they may be hosting.

You can find out more about Henry Maddicot’s poetry by clicking here.

Arts Success in Employability Points Scheme

Students from the School of Arts were winners at the University’s annual Employability Points Rewards night on Tuesday 6th June.  The scheme, pioneered at the University of Kent, allows students to claim points and rewards for their extra-curricular activities and is registering a higher number of students actively logging points and applying for rewards than ever before. These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and much more, offered by businesses and organisations, including many exciting opportunities in the arts.

One of the winning students was first-year Drama student Aleksander Angelov, who won the prize for the Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree. Aleksander has earned a remarkable 1,695 points in his first year.

He has immersed himself in University life, attending an impressive amount of Employability Festival Events with the Careers and Employability Service, as well as in-sessional English seminars with Kent’s Centre for English and World Languages, for which he became Course Rep. He has continued to improve his employability and skills through completing the Careers and Employability Award on Moodle and the Hub’s Enterprise Skills Award Module. He is the co-founder and President of the Bulgarian Society, as well as a member of the Homeless Outreach Society and T24 Drama Society. His award was presented by Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts.

Second-year student Jose Miguel Santos (Drama & English and American Literature) was the Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities and received his award from Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council. Miguel has managed to obtain an outstanding 2,310 points whilst at the University of Kent. He has worked as a School of Arts mentor, regularly attended Careers and Employability service skills workshops, completed a range of Study Plus courses, acted as a Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering Champion, a Kent Buddy and a Student Trainer, delivering training sessions to student volunteers. His commitment to volunteering has led to being nominated the Kent Union Volunteer of the Month multiple times, as a result of undertaking various projects, including the Community Clean Up, a Canterbury Food Bank collection, a Shoebox Appeal, Age UK Christmas Tree project, to name a few. Notably, he was also involved with successfully writing a funding bid for the construction of an all-weather sports pitch for adults with learning difficulties. Miguel has successfully claimed four three-week professional placements across the summer as a result of his participation in the scheme.

To find out more about the University of Kent’s Employability Points scheme click here.

Spotlight on: Anthony Lowery (BA Film 2012)

Anthony Lowery is a professional writer across several artistic mediums. His works have attracted the attention of various media outlets such as the BBC, as well as prestigious literary festivals, while earning him the admiration of established industry peers. With five years’ experience of entertainment journalism craft – two at senior editorial level – Anthony has grown into a reputable film critic, contributing at Empire Magazine while holding resident positions at several regional print publications. He talks below about his time at Kent.

 

What do you value most about your time doing Film at Kent?

There’s so much to be grateful for. Kent is my home from home, and I value the relationships I forged with fellow students and faculty members. Making friends (and even colleagues) was never a reason for me to go to university, but in making the most of the inter-personal aspect of being in that environment, I’ve been able to meet people whom I wouldn’t want to live without.

Surprisingly, my time studying Film at Kent bolstered my passion for the subject even more, and from that I knew I was pursuing the right path. I also value the knowledge and life skills I learned throughout the three very short years.

Why did you choose Kent?

It might sound ridiculous, but it’s almost as if Kent chose me. I think, when they visit universities during open days, a lot of students just know what is right for them. I fell in love with everything UKC had to offer, as well as the city that houses it. I could already see myself there, as a student, before I had even acquired the entry grades.

For me, there was so much to like about the place: its friendly and wooded environment, the fact it’s so large yet so self-contained that I never needed to leave campus, the on-campus cinema and theatre was appealing – especially given the nature of my course, its reputation for being one of the country’s longest running Film Studies universities… I could go on.

Sure, that’s all great stuff, but what made me consider Kent in the first place? On the wall of my A-Level classroom, my film tutor posted a list of the top fifty courses across all subjects and universities rated by its students. At number 8 was Film Studies at the University of Kent.

In what ways did your degree prepare you for what you’re doing now?

During my time at Kent, I acquired detailed insight into the workings of an industry that turned out to be tougher than I had imagined. Nonetheless, my degree (or more accurately expert lecturers) equipped me with the knowledge and technical skills to see that I at least had a fighting chance of making a success of it.

What advice would you give to first-year students starting a BA in Film at Kent?

Do what you can to have zero regrets and also try to have some idea of what it is you really want to do – then shape your choices accordingly. It’s easy, and maybe even ideal, to believe that it’s OK not know what it is you want from life post-university, but the sooner you figure that out, the more you stand to gain from your experience at Kent.

The only other piece of advice I would give is to do the work! It might sound obvious, but actually it isn’t. I’ve known students to get so distracted by the lifestyle that they neglect the very reason they’re there, and before they know it, they’re in their third year scrambling to make a 2:2.

Spend your time wisely. Don’t wish it away. And enjoy every minute.

 

TEDxUniversityofKent Event 13th May 2017

Saturday 13th May, 10am, The Gulbenkian Theatre

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas and celebrating a multi-disciplinary environment; this usually takes the form of short powerful talks by a variety of people with innovative and enlightening perspectives. TEDx events, like ours, are independently run events licenced by TED and put together by a group of dedicated volunteers who in this case are students, alumni and community members.

The TEDxUniversityofKent team have been working hard since September to raise funds to organise an event which dives into the theme of The Unexplored. Many acclaimed academics, students and members of the local community will be coming forward to share their exciting and innovative ideas.

They include:

  • Richard Misek – a leading film-maker and academic that teaches at the University of Kent
  • Nicole Brown – a doctoral researcher at the University of Kent and lecturer in Education, and Programme Leader for Secondary Teacher Education Programme at University College London’s Insitute of Education
  • Rob Bryne– a Social Sciences Student exploring the impact of ‘safe spaces’ on freedom of speech on campus
  • Tim Marris – a registered Osteopath with 39 years clinical experience who is exploring how many people get out of step with time in their thinking, becoming ‘past or future thinkers’.
  • Jayne Lawson – the Central Manager of the HEAT project, which is dedicated to using data to target, monitor and evaluate outreach programmes in Higher Education.

There are more on the list waiting to share their ideas with you and we have many activities planned throughout the day for our visitors to get involved in and discover what the theme of the unexplored means to them.

Tickets can be purchased here and all funds contribute to the running of the event: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Gulbenkian/Sections/Choose?prod_id=CDN&perf_id=2  

 

**ALSO TEDX IS STILL LOOKING FOR DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH TECHNICAL – if this interests anyone please contact Maisie Ann Golding on goldingma@gmail.com.

 

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