Monthly Archives: May 2013

Kent Law School student swims distance of the English Channel in ten days

A law student at the University of Kent swam the equivalent of the English Channel to raise funds for new law school facilities.  Hannah Bignell, a final year undergraduate at the University’s Kent Law School, raised £1,517 towards the Kent Law Campaign by swimming 142 laps (2.2miles) every day for ten days at Canterbury’s Kingsmead Leisure Centre. Hannah, aged 21, who is the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, began her challenge at 7.00am on 22 May 2013 and said:

“I have been the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group this academic year and have decided to leave the University on a splash by raising money for this fantastic cause. I am delighted to be part of this Campaign as I believe the project presents amazing opportunities that will benefit everyone who gets involved; students, colleagues and the community.  The Clinic is an asset, not only to the University of Kent, but to society and it gives students first-hand experiences of what law is like in reality. The mooting programme allows individuals to develop and enhance their advocacy skills. The result of this project will allow these invaluable experiences to expand and grow. This challenge was pretty crazy and extremely tough but I was determined to keep on swimming!”

Anna Pollard, University Campaigns Manager, said:

“Hannah set herself an extremely difficult personal challenge and we were thrilled to be there when she completed her final lap.  She is a huge inspiration and we are extremely proud of her dedication to the Kent Law Campaign.”

Student to swim length of the Channel in ten days

A law student at the University of Kent is set to swim the equivalent of the length of the English Channel to raise funds for new law school facilities.

Hannah Bignell, a final year undergraduate at the University’s Kent Law School, will aim to raise £500 by swimming 142 laps (2.2miles) every day for ten days at Canterbury’s Kingsmead Leisure Centre.  Money raised will go towards the Kent Law Campaign, a £5million fundraising project to build a new home for the University’s Kent Law Clinic and the law school’s mooting programme.

Hannah, aged 21, who is the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Committee, will begin her swim today (22 May) at 7.00am.

Hannah said: ‘I have been the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Committee this academic year and have decided to leave the University on a splash by raising money for this fantastic cause.  I am delighted to be part of this Campaign as I believe the project presents amazing opportunities that will benefit everyone who gets involved; students, colleagues and the community.

‘The Clinic is an asset, not only to the University of Kent, but to society and it gives students first-hand experiences of what law is like in reality. The mooting programme allows individuals to develop and enhance their advocacy skills. The result of this project will allow these invaluable experiences to expand and grow.  I know this challenge is pretty crazy and definitely going to be tough but I will definitely keep on swimming.’

Anna Pollard, University Campaigns Manager, said: ‘Hannah is setting herself a tremendous target but I’m sure she will achieve it and wish her well for the exciting challenge ahead of her.’

The Kent Law Clinic sees the University’s students and academics working in partnership with solicitors and barristers in practice locally. It has two objectives: to provide a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation but cannot afford to pay for it; and to enhance the education of Kent Law School students through direct experience of legal practice.

To sponsor Hannah please see: www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Bignell

Kent Law Campaign Student Committee wins Kent Union Award

On the evening of Wednesday 15th May, Kent Union held their annual awards ceremony in the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students.

The Kent Law Campaign Student Committee was shortlisted for three awards and were announced the winners of the “Best New Society/Student Led Volunteering Group of the Year” for their tireless work raising money and awareness for the Kent Law Campaign.

The Committee has worked extremely hard this year and we are so proud of everything they have achieved.

More photographs from the evening are available online: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.251330508319608.56812.251330424986283&type=3#!/media/