Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kent Law Campaign Student Group host Christmas Fair

On Thursday 10th December our Kent Law Campaign Student Group hosted a Christmas Fair in Eliot Hall with carols, stalls, games and hot chocolate.

Along with selling Christmas cards, calendars and Campaign merchandise, the Student Group were joined by George The Card Maker, Bo Peeps Balms and Turtle’s Trinkets who set up stalls to sell their cards, jewellery and beauty products to staff and students.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Musical Theatre Society who sung beautiful carols during the fair and to Kent Law School who provided hot chocolate to shoppers.

We are thrilled that the Student Group raised over £250 for the Kent Law Campaign and delighted that so many people were able to come.

Alumni launch Kickstarter campaign for home automation project

William Simonin (Woolf, 2014), Vincent Leroy (Woolf, 2014) and Pierre-Alain Simon (Woolf, 2014) who all studied in the School of Computing, have long been interested in robotics and devices, and decided to start their own engineering company, Vivoka, in 2015, along with their friend Geoffrey Heckmann. Based in France, the team’s current project, ‘Lola’, aims to offer a home automation system with artificial intelligence features, which uses voice recognition and 3D mapping control.

As a box plugged into a home network, ‘Lola’ will be controlled via a smartphone or tablet, and will enable users to control every connected device in their home. ‘We realised that a lot of automated solutions for the home already existed, but none of them linked everything together’ explains Pierre-Alain. ‘We decided we wanted to create our own product which achieved just that, so we worked hard and are finally starting to see the fruits of our labour’.

Having received support from numerous partners, such as Synergie Lorraine and Fibaro Home Intelligence, Vivoka launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on 1 December 2015 to get project ‘Lola’ off the ground. ‘Having finalised our research and development phase with a considerable degree of secrecy, it’s time to go public’ says William. ‘We have 45 days to prove our product is worth it, 45 days during which we will do all we can to get our project out there and convince Kickstarter backers’.

With a target of 100,000 euros, the team hopes the Kickstarter will not only draw backers to the project, but that it will also create a community of ‘Lola’ fans, and attract the attention of journalists and influent bloggers in the field of home automation, to spread the word about their project and acquire the funding necessary to see it become a reality. ‘Raising such a large amount of money for a French project is a huge challenge; it’s been done less than ten times before, but we believe in our product and are willing to bet on our success’ says Pierre-Alain.

To show your support for the team, please visit their Kickstarter pages. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

New Chair appointed for University of Kent in America’s New York Chapter

Tiffany Shorter (Rutherford, 2005) has been appointed as the new Chair for the New York Chapter of the University of Kent in America, and will be replacing Brenna Bozarth.

Tiffany studied at Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and graduated in 2006 with a Master of Laws in International Law with International Relations.

What have you been up to since graduation?
This year I launched RightLink Group, an international trade and public affairs advisory firm. I look forward to utilising my experience in international business development and political analysis to help small businesses seeking to enter the global market. Prior to RightLink Group, I promoted trade and foreign direct investment at UK Trade and Investment and offered insight on public policy as a guest columnist for ‘The Washington Times’. As a political commentator, I have been featured in CCTV AMERICA, FOX News, The Sean Hannity Show, BBC, CNN, Inside Edition, and ‘The Telegraph’. Along with work and political activities, I earned an Executive Master of Public Administration at the Columbia University.

What motivated you to get involved with the University of Kent in America?
I wanted to reconnect with the University of Kent, meet fellow alumni and grow the community in New York City. The added bonus is the opportunity to connect to the alumni chapters across the country.

What would you like to see the chapter achieve in the next 12 months?
The first priority is to create a sense of community among New York City alumni by hosting networking events and social gatherings throughout the year.

What is your favourite memory of Kent?
The most memorable time at Kent was a student organised trip to Den Haag and visiting the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice. I got to bond with my classmates, walk through one of the most historical cities in the Netherlands and meet legal practitioners shaping international law.

Kent Law Campaign receives Santander donation

Staff members at Santander Universities have played an important role in supporting the Kent Law Campaign Student Group fundraising activities and initiatives as well as taking part in their own personal challenges such as bungee jumping and taking part in the Canterbury Legal Walk.

Throughout the 2014/15 academic year Adam Baker, Sam Winstanley, Sahar Habibmohammadi and Thomas Smith have helped raise a significant amount of money for the Campaign. Their commitment has been recognised by Santander Foundation who, for the second year running, matched their fundraising total pound for pound through their Staff Matched Donation Scheme. Therefore on behalf of the University of Kent we would like to thank Santander UK for donating £3,458.75 towards the Kent Law Campaign and supporting us once more.

Hilary Edridge (Head of Campaigns), Felicity Clifford (Campaigns Officer) and members of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group were delighted to receive a giant cheque from Adam, Sahar and Thomas on Thursday 26th November. Including the University’s match their generosity becomes £6,917.50 towards our vital work.