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.


Student Success Event #myblackarts


Friday 9th June 2017, 2-5pm

Lumley and Aphra Theatres, Grimond Building, University of Kent

An afternoon of talks, workshops and discussions

Organised by Alisha Artry and TD.Moyo in collaboration with the School of Arts

Further info: #myblackarts seeks to explore racial diversity within academia and creative spaces, offering students the opportunity to have their voices heard.

The event will also engage in practical assistance and conversation regarding how students, especially non-White students, can excel in the School of Arts and beyond.

Full programme tbc.

All staff and students are welcome to attend

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided – please RSVP to help with catering numbers Email:



Lilford Gallery offers 2 work experience placements

Lilford Gallery work experience

The Lilford Gallery are providing two work experience placements (1 day per week, 12 weeks) where the candidate will be involved in art curating, research on artists, sales training, stock and database management and curating for events. There is also the chance that the placements will include trips to artist’s studios.

Please note, this will only be available for students with a strong interest in the arts. Applicants must have reached the prerequisite employability points to apply for these posts. Please go via Employability Points.

The placement will be in either the Canterbury or Folkestone gallery.

£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:

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 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: