Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kent Law Campaign Student Group raises £5,000 through their second 5km Fun Run

On Saturday 25th October 2014, the Kent Law Campaign Student Group held their second annual 5km Fun Run on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus to raise money for the Kent Law Campaign.

The race, which was officially started by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, took place on a perfect autumnal morning and saw 110 runners taking part.  Each finisher was presented with a medal, goody bag and had the opportunity to high five the Kent Bunny, the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary mascot, as they crossed the finish line.

The fastest male was Peter Gleissner with a time of 21:29, the fastest female award was won by Stephanie Bourgeois with a time of 27:10 and the best fancy dress winner was Ciaron Watts, Founder of the Kent Pirate Society.

Various elements of the event were sponsored by local or national companies including Lexis Nexis, Dumbrells, the Running Outlet, Clarins, Red Oak Roller, Booker, Nando’s and Woody’s and the Kent Law Campaign Student Group was most grateful for their support.

The campus branch of Santander agreed to match everything the students raised through the registration fees and Sam Winstanley from the branch said, “Using the Santander Matched Donation scheme we were able to match the sale of every ticket sold for the 5k Fun Run, which was a great success.

“Santander Universities is committed to supporting higher education globally and the University of Kent branch’s involvement with the Kent Law Campaign is a great example of how we can support both staff and students.  Over the past year we have taken part in a number of events organised by the Kent Law Campaign Student Group including their Freshers’ Quiz which saw our Branch Manager, Adam Baker, acting as quiz master and on Saturday 29th November I will be jumping out of a plane in a tandem skydive to support their work further!”

The Kent Law Campaign Student Group is still waiting for further sponsorship money to be received from the participants however to date they have raised an incredible £5,035.

Alumna publishes book set on the Canterbury campus

Alumna Jacqueline Kowalczyk (Keynes 1990), who graduated from Kent in 1993, has written two thrillers which are partly set on and around the Canterbury campus.

Published under her maiden name of Chandler, Jacqueline began researching her first novel But You Can’t Hide as a teenager, and the story stayed with her until she began to write 25 years later. Published in 2012, But You Can’t Hide is the tale of a detective on the hunt for a missing girl, and it soon becomes clear he is not the only one searching for her. With brutal killers on his trail, his investigation leads him to Katherine. Convinced she is not the one he is looking for, he desperately tries to protect her from those who seek to harm her. But the killers hold something over him. Something he’ll risk dying for to protect. And if Katherine can’t get away, she may be forced to make the same sacrifice.

Jacqueline began studying Politics and International Relations at Kent in 1990. ‘At this point in my life, I knew writing a book was a dream. It wasn’t what I was actually ever going to be able to do – there are only so many J.K. Rowlings in the world’.

After graduating from Kent, she got onto the graduate fast-track program at a bank, but soon realised it was the wrong job for her and quit. Jacqueline moved to Germany with her boyfriend (now husband)  Arkadiusz (Rutherford 1989), whom she met at Kent, and got a few office jobs but found that nothing motivated her like writing. ‘It wouldn’t be possible for me to not write’ says Jacqueline. ‘I get too much enjoyment out of it. I get to live in a fantasy world of my own creating and can do whatever I want there. Who wouldn’t want that?’.

She began to write But You Can’t Hide earnestly in 2010, and sent it to various publishers two years later, but found many were unwilling to take a risk on an unknown author, and so made the decision to self-publish. Reviews from the book and requests for a sequel prompted her to continue writing, and her second novel, Deadlock, is due out in November.

Jacqueline’s advice to anyone who is thinking of writing a book is to stop hesitating, and start writing: ‘Just do it!’ she says. ‘What are you waiting for? You won’t get an invite – not until people know what you can do. My friends knew I was writing and I would often get asked the polite question “How’s the book coming?” They meant well but I’m not sure they ever really thought I’d finish it.’

She finds that structuring a plan helps her when writing: ‘Some people are “write by the seat of your pants” writers. I’m not. I’m a planner. I like to start off with my characters, I write a few scenes, and then I work on a chapter plan. Gradually the plan gets bigger and bigger, until it becomes the book. You need to know which style suits you best. Neither is more correct than the other. All that’s important is that you put pen to paper’.

Her main piece of advice is not to lose heart: ‘Your first book might not be great. It might not even be good. But your next one will be better. Read as much as you can. Write as much as you can. And enjoy it.’

But You Can’t Hide is available now. For more information, visit Jacqueline’s website, which was designed by Kent alumnus Jason Parvin (Darwin, 1990).

Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture on Augustus

 

The first in a series of 50th anniversary Vice-Chancellor’s lectures will focus on the final years of Augustus, first Roman Emperor.

The lecture, titled ‘The Old Roman Emperor – Augustus’ Empire without End (AD 4-14)’, will be given by Professor of Roman History  and Archaeology Ray Laurence, on Wednesday 29 October at 6pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 , Canterbury campus.

2,000 years on from Augustus’ death, the lecture will reflect on our understanding of how old age affected Augustus’ ability to rule his ‘empire without end’. In statues and on coins, Augustus remains forever the young man who avenged Julius Caesar’s death at the age of 19. However, he continued to run the empire into his old age.

Professor Laurence will explore Augustus’ final years, when with only a few rotting teeth, he made speeches, enacted new legislation and perhaps dreamt of retirement – something that would remain only a dream into his 76th year. He will argue that Augustus’ last ten years are crucial to understanding the development of an Empire that endured for centuries. At the same time, the lecture will touch on the ancients’ conceptions of the ageing process that continue to shape our conception of later life.

For more information, contact Tim Farrow.

Looking to develop your competitive business edge?

Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) and Kent Business School (KBS) are hosting an event to equip business owners and managers with the essential skills needed to develop a competitive business advantage. The event will take place on Wednesday 12 November, 3-5pm at KBS, Canterbury Campus.

A series of short presentations from one of the UK’s premier Business Schools will highlight world-class expertise in a range of areas including operations management, data analysis, supply chain management, distribution management and marketing.

Experts from KIE’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) team will present information on significant funding available at the University. Guests will also benefit from networking opportunities with academics, and refreshments provided.

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend this event, please register before Wednesday 5 November to secure your place (including free parking).

If you have any further queries about the event, please feel free to email enterprise@kent.ac.uk or phone 01227 827376.

2015 Paris to Canterbury cycle ride

 

A campus-to-campus cycle ride from Paris to Canterbury is being organised as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The 230 mile ride will take place over four days at the start of September 2015. The ride will be timed to coincide with the start of our 50th anniversary celebration finale on the Canterbury campus from 4-6 September 2015.

The Paris-Canterbury ride is open to all staff and alumni of the University, and if you are interested in joining in, you can register here.

Four staff  prepared for next year’s campus-to-campus ride by taking part in the 2014 London Surrey 100 ride. The ride, on 10 August, coincided with the remnants of Hurricane Bertha hitting the UK. T he cyclists had to battle with lashing rain, flooded roads and gusting winds of up to 60 mph, but they still finished with smiles on their faces. Hopefully, the weather will be kinder next year!

Downlands Cycles are supporting the campus-to-campus ride by offering 50th anniversary celebration cycles built to order for all our readers. The bike will have a super specification with lightweight aluminium frame, carbon forks, 20 speed Shimano gears, and will cost around £1,000 depending upon your choice of gears. Full details of the different bike builds can be found here.

And don’t forget, members of staff can buy this bike under the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme, which you can also find out more about on  the University’s webpages.

Kent up to 24th in ‘Table of Tables’

Kent’s position as one of the UK’s leading universities has again been confirmed with a rise in the ‘Table of Tables’.

Kent is now ranked 24th in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) ‘Table of Tables’, a rise of three places.

Compiled each year since 2008, the THE’s ‘Table of Tables’ combines the results of the year’s three main university league tables: the Good University Guide (published by The Times and The Sunday Times), the Guardian and The Complete University Guide.

Kent was ranked 30th out of 123 institutions in the latest The Sunday Times/The Times league table (Good University Guide). A position that was, the publication noted, ‘fuelled by increasing levels of student satisfaction and good graduate job prospects’. Eighty-four percent of Kent’s subjects were listed in the Good University Guide’s subject tables within the top 30, with 8 subjects achieving a top 10 position.

In June 2014, Kent was ranked in the top 20 in the Guardian university league table for the second year running. Two thirds of the subjects offered by Kent were also ranked Guardian top 20.

Kent’s ascent in the league tables was further marked by a six place rise to 22nd in the Complete University Guide 2015. This league table compared Kent to other institutions in terms of its strength of research, entry standards, staff/student ratio, spending on academic services, campus facilities, completion rates, good honours, graduate prospects and student satisfaction.

Recently, Kent placed in the top 10 for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said: ‘Kent’s rise in this and other league tables reflects our strong reputation for research and academic excellence. It also reflects the high levels of satisfaction amongst our students and the feedback they provide.’

Take part in Kent’s code-cracking challenge!

Alumni, students and school children are being challenged to see if they can unlock the secrets of Second World War coding systems.

Launched by Kent’s School of Computing, the Kent Crypto challenge is a series of texts encrypted with one of the famous Enigma machines used by Britain’s code breakers during World War Two.

The competition coincides with the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and the 2015 opening of the University’s new college, Turing. The building is named after celebrated Computer Scientist Alan Turing, who is renowned for cracking intercepted coded messages between Germany and the Allied forces which significantly shortened the Second World War.

The Kent Crypto Challenge, which is open to Kent students, alumni and local school children, will award cash prizes to winners in each category, including a bronze, silver and gold level of difficulty. Entries are accepted until 25 May 2015.

The Challenge is supported by the Enigma Outreach programme, part of the Bletchley Park Trust, who enabled the School of Computing to create the code for the competition using one of their Enigma machines.

If you would like further information about the Kent Crypto Challenge, please contact kentcryptochallenge@kent.ac.uk

Will you be the one to unlock the secrets of Second World War coding systems?

University Teaching Prize winners

 

Teaching excellence across the University was celebrated at the Kent Teaching Prize Awards held at the Canterbury campus.

The annual awards highlight the commitment of Kent academics and professional staff to teaching and ensuring students get the best possible learning experience.

Sixteen Kent staff were recognised this year and received their awards from the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow. Dr Peter Klappa, a previous prizewinner and now a National Teaching Fellow, received a special 50th Anniversary prize for his sustained contribution to teaching, presented by the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor Teaching & Learning Professor Chris Davies.

Other winners of this year’s awards were:

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize – Dr Oliver Double and Dr Sophie Quirk (Drama and Theatre) for their MDrama work on Stand-Up Comedy. Dr Virginia Pitts (Film Studies) for her innovative teaching in Film Practice.

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize – Dr Tarlochan Gill (Pharmacy) for his work with the ‘Sim Man’ artificial patient in Clinical Pharmokinetics. Dr Jeremy Rossman (Biosciences) for his innovative teaching in Virology.

Social Science Faculty Teaching Prize – Dr Jane Reeves, Professor David Shemmings, Isobel Drew, Vanisha Jassal, Dr Emily Blake and Dr Mark O’Connor, for their internationally-recognised work on the distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection. Dr Stefan Rossbach, Dr Iain MacKenzie and Dr Adrian Pabst for their work on the innovative postgraduate module ‘Resistance in Practice’.

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support – Samantha Harris, Specialist Associate Lecturer in KLS and Associate Lecturer in Drama, for her work on the interdisciplinary ‘Justice and Persuasion’ workshop series.

For more information, contact Dr Janice Malcolm.

Italian Job Mini on show to local schoolchildren

 

A classic 1971 Mini, driven by Publishing Officer Pat King and her husband Stephen, made a pit-stop at St Nicholas School, Canterbury.

The Mini is taking part in the 2014 Italian Job rally to raise money for Variety, the UK children’s charity which provides Sunshine coaches and electric wheelchairs, and equips children’s hospitals and youth clubs. The Mini will drive through France, Belgium and Germany to Trento, Italy, where the rally begins on October 23. Kent is sponsoring the Kings as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

St Nicholas School in Nunnery Fields, Canterbury, has three Sunshine Coaches and the Kings called in to show what they are raising money for – a coach costs between £19,750-£27,000. The community day school has 190 pupils  who have profound, severe and complex learning difficulties. Many also have physical disabilities, epilepsy, autism and sensory impairment. Head teacher Daniel Lewis said: ‘The Variety Club Sunshine Coaches enable our students to experience a range of exciting and challenging activities in the local community and wider. Whether it is to other schools, the swimming pool, farms, museums, parks, castles or the beach it’s always expanding and enriching the lives of the pupils here.’

The Italian Job has raised over £2m for Variety since it began in 1989. Entrants are asked to pledge to raise at least £1,500 for the charity – so far the Kings look set to raise over £3,000 in sponsorship, donations and through various fundraising activities. You can support them via JustGiving and keep up with their exploits on the rally via Facebook at … and read Pat’s blog as she navigates their way around the Italian mountains.

Opening ceremonies

 

The 50th anniversary celebrations began with an opening ceremony on 1 October in Canterbury and 2 October in Medway. Members of the local Kent community joined our students, staff and alumni for an evening of live music, entertainment and spectacular fireworks.

At both events, bands played songs from the last 5 decades, covering many famous acts who have played at Kent!

Guests at Canterbury had the chance to ride the Kent Wheel for stunning views of the University and the city of Canterbury as the sun set.

Both campuses did themselves proud in the big #WeAreKent selfie, and many guests raised a glass of Old Templeman ale to toast the start of the anniversary year! Students from the School of History took guests for a walk down memory lane and heard many happy memories of Kent – here’s to making many more throughout the year ahead!

Following these events we will celebrate with our staff, students, alumni and supporters in our local, European and global communities as part of our regular international activities. Find out more about the events taking place.