£2000 Bursaries for Beijing Internship

This year the Careers and Employability Service, in conjunction with the Dean for Internationalisation, has offered 3 bursaries of £2000 to students wishing to undertake a 1 month summer internship experience in Beijing with CRCC Asia, starting 20 July 2017. In addition to the internship, pre-departure language and culture training opportunities have been provided through the Centre for English and World Languages.

For more details click here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewchina.html

Deadline 3rd April.

‘We are European’ Photography Competition

As part of the celebrations for the EU’s official Europe Day in May, the Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning, the Dean for Europe, Professor Roger Vickerman, and the Master of Keynes College, Chloé Gallien, are pleased to launch the ‘We are European’ photography competition.

As the UK’s European university, we are proud of the wide range of activities that the University community is engaged with and the strength of European feeling among colleagues and students from across the globe. The competition is open to University students and staff and participants are encouraged to submit photos that capture the essence of this.

A panel of judges will choose the best entries and these will be exhibited in Keynes College during May and June. There will also be a cash prize for the top three entries (1st – £100; 2nd – £50; 3rd – £25).

Full competition rules can be found here.

Photos should be submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday 18 April to the competition Flickr page. Click for instructions.

Get Out There Film Festival

GOTFF is a film festival created by students in collaboration with the Film Society for all filmmakers studying at the University of Kent. GOTFF wants to give the possibility to as many students as possible to screen their projects (even unfinished) to a critical audience of fellow student filmmakers, critics and cinephiles to discuss how they could improve their work and GET OUT THERE with confidence in the future.

More information.

S4R Creative Student Awards

The Solutions 4 Recruitment Creative Student Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the plethora of creative talent across the UK.

The awards are open to anyone and work as follows:

Each month, the S4R team will shortlist the standard competition entries. The monthly shortlist will be publicised on our website and across our social media channels. Everyone shortlisted will be notified in advance. If shortlisted, you are encouraged to promote your entry online to capture votes. The monthly winner will be decided via a public online vote, the winner being the entry with the most votes at the end of the month.

How do I enter?

It is quick and easy. You can submit as many entries as you like each month, across these 8 categories:

  • Advertising
  • Audio / Video & Animation
  • Blog
  • Branding
  • Copy & PR
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Web & App

Simply email csawards@solutions4recruitment.com with your name and contact details, along with your entry (either attached or linked to) and confirmation of which category you are entering. You can also submit entries via our social media channels, with the hashtag #CSAwards17

Olivedog Productions Looking for Plays to Open New Season

University of Kent Post-graduate Company Olivedog Productions are currently looking for short plays to open their new season.

They are looking for 20 – 30 minute short plays of any genre to be involved in their next project for next term.

All scripts will be read by the team with two being chosen for the project. If picked it will open the new season and be filmed in a NT live style to be distributed digitally, making it perfect for show-reels or any enquiries about your work in your future careers.

The deadline for work is flexible but they would prefer if all submissions were as soon as possible, so they have time to read and sort out dates for later in the process.

Please send your work with the title of the play and your name and preferable contact details to: olivedogproductions@gmail.com

Homespun Yarns Kicks Off 2017 Film Competition

Talent-nurturing competition opens for its fourth and biggest year yet

Film competition, Homespun Yarns, returns for its fourth successive year, the talent-nurturing competition seeks to support up-and-coming filmmakers and young editors by giving them a space to work on creative projects and form important relationships. Open to anyone from school students right through to fully fledged producers and directors, Homespun Yarn’s will fund four short films this summer.

Since entering the competition as budding filmmakers, Homespun Yarns’ previous winners have all gone on to become fully-fledged directors. 2014 winner Zak Razvi was a music video producer when he submitted his film Jordanne to Homespun Yarns.  Blowing the crowd away with his directorial debut, Zak went on to win an impressive number of awards and accolades at film festivals globally, including Best Documentary at Kinsale Sharks and the Shots Best New Director Award. He is now represented by a major London production company. 2015’s winning entry, the heart-warming comedy, ‘Vanya’, was Caroline Hicks’ second short film. She’s now in the midst of directing a feature. 2015 also saw the youngest ever entrant, sixth-former Florence Winter-Hill, shortlisted and funded in 2015.

Commenting on the experience Florence says: “I absolutely loved doing the Homespun Yarns competition – it was so wonderful to work with everyone at Stitch and the experience was incredible. For a 17 year-old it was a huge opportunity! I learnt an invaluable amount and loved every second. Since Homespun Yarns I’ve been signed as a director at Sugarcane Media for music videos, commercials and shorts. I’m currently 18 and only recently left studying A-levels, so this was a huge deal for me. I’ve been working full time as a VFX Production Assistant at Industrial Light & Magic on the VFX of Star Wars VIII for 5 months now too. I’m also shooting a 20 minute short film that I have been working on for over a year now, starring Les Miserable’s ‘Young Cossette’, Isabelle Allen!”

Last year, a record number of filmmakers submitted their ideas for a short film inspired by Lyves’ haunting track, ‘Darkest Hour’, for which the editing collective partnered with Wave Music. The four shortlisted films were screened at the Ministry of Sound to an audience of over 350 people, including industry professionals and press, who voted Thomas Ralph’s topical post-Brexit documentary on Britain’s youth as the winning film.

Homespun Yarns is a competition run by editing collective Homespun. The collective was created to shine a light on the creative projects – music videos and short films – that can sometimes be overlooked in favour of commercial budgets. It crucially enables the younger editors at mother-company, STITCH, to start all-important director-editor relationships, without which, it can be difficult to kick-start a career.

This year’s theme will be announced along with the call for entries on March 22nd

For more information about Homespun and how to enter please contact Alice Clarke, e: alice@stitchediting.tv t: +44 (0)20 3056 5000

Opportunities at the Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival are looking for submissions for works of Dance and Performance for their Made in Kent Competition, offering dance companies and artists the opportunity to perform in the popular Festival venue of St Mary’s Studio Theatre as part of the 2017 Canterbury Festival.

More information on the dance competition can be found here.

More information on the performance competition can be found here.

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2017 has also just launched so now is the time to release that inner poet and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and send in your poems, limericks, ballads, odes, haikus, whatever! More information.

Finally, the Festival are also currently looking for volunteers! 

By volunteering with the Festival, individuals will

  • gain experience of customer care and events management
  • meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • feel a sense of achievement
  • be supporting the arts in Canterbury
  • enjoy high quality performances (although often it is not possible to see the whole show)

As the public face of the Canterbury Festival, volunteers provide a customer friendly service for the audience.  Volunteers have the chance to experience different roles within the festival.  The Festival will seek to give you the support you require, and training where appropriate and in return ask for 100% attendance and involvement.  It is a mutual commitment.

For enquiries please contact Mark Burford, Business Manager at mark@canterburyfestival.co.uk.

Humanities for Hire

The School of Arts is committed to preparing students for the world of work, and our Arts degrees open up a broad and diverse range of career paths. We have teamed up with Schools across the Faculty of Humanities to create ‘Humanities for Hire’: a series of events to offer you advice, support, and to spark ideas about where your future might lead you.

Together with the award-winning Careers and Employability Service and Kent Union, academic Schools from across the Faculty are offering a host of events.  Do you want to develop your key employability skills, like how to present your CV, manage your time, or find work?  Are you thinking about future training and study? Do you want to gain an insight into your potential future career? #HumsforHire aims to help you do all this and more

We have events running across the Canterbury campus between 6-17th March, including the University’s Postgraduate Study Open Evening (Tues 7th March) and the Jobshop annual recruitment fair (Tues 14th March).  Head to https://careers.kent.ac.uk/ to book your place at each event, and join the conversation on Twitter using #humsforhire

‘The Big Questions’ Work Experience Opportunity

The Big Questions

Broadcasting from CANTERBURY

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March 2017


The Big Questions will be in Canterbury on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of March and we would like to invite you to gain valuable work experience with us.

The Big Questions is the BBC’s flagship live religious, ethical and moral debate programme. It is hosted by the experienced television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell, and airs live on Sunday mornings from 10am-11am and from locations all around the country. The show addresses tricky moral questions facing the nation today, consulting front row experts and a select studio audience. Beliefs, informed opinions and personal stories are all aired during three lively debates.

If you’d like to apply for the chance to do work experience on this show, please send your CV to audiencetbq@mentorn.tv

Find the Right Words with Dean Atta

At 6pm on Wednesday 15th March, Dean Atta will perform poems alongside students from the workshop in Jarman 1.

Wine in the foyer from 5.45pm. The performance will be followed by a short Q&A. All welcome – the performance is free

Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK.  His debut collection was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List. He has performed across the UK and internationally at the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Italy), CrossKultur (Germany), Ordspark (Sweden), PuSh Festival (Canada) and Word N Sound (South Africa). He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and Point Blank Poets and Writer in Residence 2017 with Creative Future. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo.

FREE Writing and Performance workshop for Drama Students – Wednesday 15th March 2pm-5pm (followed by performance at 6pm)

In the afternoon performance poet and playwright Dean Atta will lead a workshop where he will conduct students through an afternoon of his favourite writing and performance exercises, building towards you having your own poem ready to perform. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is open to Drama students and staff Participants from the afternoon will be invited to perform in the evening alongside Dean Atta. If you would like to take part in the workshop please book your place here.

This workshop, available to Drama students and staff, has been made possible by the 2016 Barbara Morris Learning Support Prize, won by a team from the School of Arts.