Monthly Archives: April 2016

2015 Canterbury Legal Walk participants in Canterbury

Join the 2016 Canterbury Legal Walk and help us raise the final funds needed

Staff, students, alumni, lawyers and members of our local community are invited to sign up for a 10km walk to raise funds for the Kent Law Clinic, which provides free legal advice and representation for local people who can’t afford it.

This year’s Legal Walk will take place in Canterbury on Saturday 11 June 2016. You can register to take part or volunteer with us online.

The walk will begin at the new law building heading down into the city centre, passing iconic sites and finishing back at the University campus.

This is one of a series of legal walks taking place across the country, which are attracting the support and participation of senior judges and lawyers.

Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, one of our lead walkers said ‘These walks now play a critical part in providing funding for legal advice and assistance. They are good fun so please take part.’

For more information visit our website or contact Felicity Clifford, Campaigns Officer.

Kent visits Southeast Asia

A delegation from the University has visited alumni, current and prospective partner universities, exchange students and other friends of the University in Southeast Asia.

The delegation first visited Malaysia, where an event for alumni and friends was held at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton with over 120 people in attendance. This annual event has been a fixture for the past six years and has contributed to raising Kent’s profile in Malaysia – a country in which Kent has an alumni community of over 1,400. In the past five years, the number of students coming to Kent from Malaysia has more than doubled, rising from 115 registered students in 2010/11 to 271 in 2015/16. The event was covered by Malaysia’s English-language newspaper The Star.

During the visit, discussions took place with the University of Malaya with a view to developing a partnership with the School of History. Professor Gaynor Johnson represented the School and a reciprocal visit is being discussed. Meetings took place with MARA (who support students from Malaysia to study overseas), the Ministry of Higher Education and with UK Trade and Investment. These meetings provided the opportunity to explore possibilities for collaboration across a range of areas and to raise the University’s profile as a destination for students from Malaysia who are interested in studying in the UK.

The delegation then travelled to Hong Kong where staff visited partner universities including the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Over 70 students are currently studying on one of two Master’s programmes at HKBU which are run by both the HKBU Department of Mathematics and Kent Business School.

A cocktail reception was held at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel with attendees including alumni, contacts from partner universities and other organisations, and a number of Kent students who are currently on a year abroad (either at a university or working in industry) in Hong Kong. Colleagues also met with the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The visit received press coverage from English-language newspaper the South China Morning Post and Ming Pao, a Chinese-language newspaper based in Hong Kong.

Staff then travelled to Singapore and to mainland China, taking the opportunity to meet informally with alumni and to visit existing partner universities (including Tongji University and China Foreign Affairs University).

Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, said “these visits are important in raising the profile of the University in countries of strategic importance. We place emphasis on supporting student recruitment; strengthening and deepening existing partnerships; seeking opportunities to build new relationships and, of course, to engaging with our alumni in these countries. It isn’t just about what happens during the few days that we are there; we seek to ensure that there are a wide range of people in each country who are informed about Kent’s strengths and successes and can act as ambassadors for the University all year round”.

The Hon Charles Wigoder

Alumnus pledges to match-fund all donations to the Kent Law Campaign

The Hon Charles Wigoder, alumnus and major supporter of our new law building has agreed to a match-funding facility to help us reach the final fundraising target in our Kent Law Campaign.  The match-funding is from now until 30 June 2016 which means that by generously matching both the donation and the gift aid, Charles will double all our gifts. To all new supporters and to those who may wish to give just that little bit more this is a great opportunity to give now and to help us complete our fundraising target.  Thank you for your consideration.  For more information please contact Hilary Edridge on H.A.Edridge@kent.ac.uk.