Monthly Archives: June 2014

Former staff share their memories

The Former Staff Association held their annual summer event and AGM on Thursday 19 June. The event gave members the opportunity to share their memories of Kent with students from the University as part of the History Projects, who collected some fantastic memories and memorabilia.

We were joined by Ann MacDonald, the University’s new Archivist, and by students and staff from the school of History who are co-ordinating a series of projects to document the history of the University and its campuses.

Alison Coles, the Director of Development, also gave a presentation about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, which will launch on 1 October in Canterbury this year.

Kent thanks record number of law donors

The University, academic staff and students personally thanked 84 supporters of the Kent Law School at the inaugural Law Benefactors’ Reception, the largest ever gathering of law donors, held on 12 June, 2014 in The Drawing Room at Fortnum and Mason.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, who hosted the event said “It was an enormous pleasure to welcome our benefactors for a very special celebration.  A celebration of how our wider community continues to help build success at the University of Kent.  Many of our guests had given gifts of time or financial support to the Kent Law School and those who have benefited from their generosity are most grateful”.

The Kent Law School has recently been ranked as the 10th best law school in the UK in The Times 2014 Good University Guide and has also achieved outstanding results in the most recent National Student Survey.

Many students have been awarded scholarships, prizes and hardship funds donated by our supporters and others have given to the Kent Law Campaign which has raised £3.4 million of its £5 million target to date to build new facilities for the Kent Law Clinic and Mooting Programme.  In addition, over 100 of our benefactors support the School by advising the Kent Law Clinic, judging internal our mooting competition or offering work experience to our students.

Hilary Edridge, Head of Campaigns, said “I was delighted to see so many people during the evening; alumni who are generous in their support of their alma mater and friends of the University who continue to play a direct role in the School and the Kent Law Campaign for which we are so grateful”.

If you would like to support the Kent Law School financially or by offering your time, please contact us to discuss how you can get involved.

Kent celebrates Campus2Campus challenge success

A huge congratulations to our Campus2Campus Challenge runners, who arrived in Paris on Friday 20 June!

The 13 members of the University’s Athletics & Cross Country team began their epic 200-mile journey on 13 June, running from the Canterbury campus to Kent’s Paris centre. That’s the equivalent of 8 marathons in 8 days!

The team has so far raised over £5,500 for the Pilgrims Hospice charity, with donations still coming in, so hope to reach their target of £10,000.We have been supporting the team on this inspirational challenge as past of our 50th anniversary year; if you would like to show them your support, please donate via their JustGiving page.

Kent Law School alumnus publishes in the Student Journal of Law

Kent Law School alumnus David Anson, who graduated with a degree in Law in 2012, has had his first article published in the Student Journal of Law.

The article, entitled The Localism Act 2011: a progressive moment or a new challenge for planning cohesion?, was an essay that David wrote as part of his Environmental Law module. He said: “This is the first article that I have published. The idea came to mind just prior my graduation to see if my Environmental Law essay could be publishable.”

Since graduating in 2012, David has been working as an HR Assistant at Kent County Council. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with plans to qualify as a Legal Executive practicing in Employment Law and Relations.

Kent award for Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom has been named Kent’s Cultural Icon by overwhelming public vote in the Canterbury Cultural Awards 2014, sponsored by the University.

In a category to mark the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the actor was nominated alongside Brenda Blethyn, Tracey Emin and Ellie Goulding.

His mother, Sonia Copeland-Bloom, collected the award on his behalf during a ceremony at the University’s Canterbury campus on Thursday 12 June.

Mr Bloom, who is currently filming in the USA, sent a personal video message to the audience, thanking everyone who had voted for him, and explaining just how important it is for Kent’s cultural scene to stay vibrant and exciting.

Mrs Copeland-Bloom added her own thanks to Orlando’s and confided that he was particularly honoured to have been chosen by the public in his home county for this award.

Orlando Bloom was awarded an honorary degree from the University in 2010.

Established in 2011, the annual Canterbury Cultural Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work of creative practitioners in East Kent: fine artists, performers, venues and commercial designers working in all mediums. They also celebrate and showcase the benefits that the creative industries bring to the East Kent region, helping it to become a prime tourist destination, a centre of excellence for arts education and a focal point for creative individuals and commercial organisations.

Contact: g.m.hughes@kent.ac.uk

Volunteers needed for the Rochester Literature Festival!

Roy Smith, who graduated from Kent in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in English, is assisting with the organisation of the second Rochester Literature Festival, which will run from 27 September to 5 October, and he needs your help!

The Festival aims to bring together all individuals with a passion for creative writing, and engage with the community through literature.Roy is looking for volunteers who could be involved in all or parts of the festival, ranging from acting/performing and backstage work to promoting the event on Twitter and Facebook.

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available, please express your interest via email to rochesterlitfest@gmail.com. Roy would be more than happy to meet with anyone interesting in taking part, and discuss the opportunities that are available.

Students leave their mark on the future of University of Kent Merchandise

As part of the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year, the Kent Business School was awarded funding to launch a project aimed at engaging University of Kent students with the 50th anniversary celebrations – we have called it “The University of Kent 50th Anniversary Pitch It Challenge”.

This competition is a dragon’s den style challenge inviting all University of Kent students to submit their ideas on how they think University of Kent merchandise can be made more appealing to students, alumni and other stakeholder groups who may have an affiliation with the University ahead of this landmark year.

“It was an extraordinary experience […] and an honour to leave our footprint in the future of University of Kent Merchandise”

Javier Eguidazu,
International Business undergraduate student,
Team Posterus, Competition Winner.

The teams with the best entries were invited to pitch back their practical and innovative ideas on 9th April 2014 to a panel of University marketing experts and representatives. The presentations were judged on the accurate interpretation of the challenge brief, the quality, depth and breadth of the research and analysis, the practicality and innovativeness of the recommendations, and the creative use of visual artwork.

“All shortlisted teams should be proud of what was presented and accomplished today. We had very good teams who delivered some very interesting presentations based on rigorous marketing research. The new insights have the potential to support the development of the existing merchandise range.”

Veronica Wong, Professor of Marketing, Kent Business School, University of Kent

The concepts presented proved instructive and formed the basis for some very sellable ideas. Beyond the diversification considerations to the existing product range of mugs, hoodies, phone cases, mascots etc., the teams also reflected on the psyche of the consumer to evaluate the emotional association with the brand and how this translates into purchasing behaviours.

As our panel expert Professor Veronica Wong observed, “Marketing is not simply about the marketing channels but is very much about getting to the heart, soul and minds of consumers. It is important to understand how to engage and associate the consumer with the message.”

P1040923By entering the competition, the winning and runner-up teams were in with a chance to win prizes to the value of £1,000.00, 50 employability points towards the University of Kent’s Employability Points Scheme, and an invitation to attend a commissioned workshop with the University of Kent’s merchandise supplier to learn from industry experts and discuss their ideas.

“The challenge was an extraordinary experience. To have the opportunity to shape the future of the University’s merchandise was both fun and exciting. I really felt like I was putting into practice what I have been learning as a business student.”

Manuel Crepin, International Business Year 1 Undergraduate,
Team Posterus, Competition Winner.

The winning and runner-up teams have gone on to be offered summer internships with the University’s merchandise supplier and will gain valuable work experience in the process.

Later in the year, these creative ideas will be developed and brought to life in a follow-on student competition to design a 50th Anniversary limited edition collectable.

For more details about the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary Pitch It! challenge, please contact a member of the Business Team at Kent Business School on KBSbusiness@kent.ac.uk or 01227824068

Kent Law Campaign celebrates the success of its student volunteers

Student Volunteers of the Kent Law Campaign are celebrating after being honoured at a dedicated awards ceremony to congratulate them on their many successes over the past academic year.

On Wednesday 4th June 2014, 36 students, staff and other guests attended the Kent Law Campaign’s annual celebration event and informal awards ceremony in Eliot Senior Common Room on the University’s Canterbury campus.  The event was designed to thank all the students who have supported the Kent Law Campaign over the past academic year and to welcome those who have pledged their support during 2014/15.

Eddie Lee, Technical Officer of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group 2013/14, said: “I was thrilled to be invited to this event and felt honoured to receive a certificate detailing the difference I had made to the Kent Law Campaign this academic year. I was made to feel so appreciated and will miss working with the team once we graduate next month.  I will be sure to join the Young Alumni Group though to continue my association with this most worthy campaign.”

Campaigns Manager, Anna Pollard, said: ‘We are extremely proud of everything our volunteers have achieved this year whether they were part of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG), took part in  a sponsored event, organised a fundraising event or helped in any other way such as taking photographs at our events or for the KLCSG’s annual calendar.  We owe so much to our student volunteers as they played a large part in the success of the Campaign both by raising money and by inspiring our alumni and friends.”

Santander have pledged to support the KLCSG 2014/15 and representatives from the campus branch were welcomed to the event by the new committee who are so grateful to them for their generosity.

If you would like to get involved with the Kent Law Campaign by volunteering your time please contact us to find out more.

Campus2Campus challenge just around the corner!

At the end of next week, a team of students from the University’s Athletics and Cross Country Club will run 200 miles from the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus to the University’s Paris centre in Montparnasse. The Campus2Campus run will see fourteen runners set off on 13 June 2014 and run over 26 miles a day for eight consecutive days – the equivalent of over eight marathons!

In addition to raising awareness of the University’s 50th anniversary and showcasing the wealth of sporting talent in our University sports teams, the group also want to raise £10,000 for the Kent-based charity, Pilgrims Hospice. We are delighted to be supporting them, and will be hosting a send-off event in Canterbury on Friday 13 June.

The team will arrive in Paris on Friday 20 June and have their photos taken at the Eiffel Tower, and staff from the Paris centre, as well as the University’s Development Office, will be there to welcome them as they arrive at Reid Hall, Kent’s Paris postgraduate study centre. To support the team and celebrate their achievement, we will be hosting an informal alumni event in Paris on Friday 20 June, and we’re looking forward to meeting with our alumni and friends in Paris!

Leon McCarron (Rutherford, 2005) due to release new book

Many of us dream of escaping life behind a desk, and setting out into the unknown, and adventurer & expedition cameraman Leon McCarron turned this dream into reality. Over the past four years, Leon, who graduated from Kent in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Film, has trekked across deserts, walked the length of China and cycled 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong. He has now written a book from the journals he kept during his 6,000 mile bicycle trek across North America in 2010.  Entitled The Road Headed West, the book was inspired by the journals he kept during his epic adventure, from the perils of the journey to the kindness of strangers he met along the way, and offers a first hand account of what it feels like to take a chance in life and not settle for the ordinary.

Due to be released on 7 July, the book is now available to pre-order.