Guess Speaker Professor Mike Oliver

A wheelchair-user facing a post with the slogan "way in" before a flight of stairs

A special Lecture took place on 29 November 2017 on “Disability History, Bleeding Hearts and Parasite People”, by Professor Mike Oliver.

Bringing Prof Oliver to his Alma Mater as a distinguished Guess was an long goal we tried to achieve for the last two and a half years. It took the commitment of the students and staff behind the Disability History Month to make it possible this time.

Prof Oliver is an ex-student of Kent and internationally recognised for the creation of the Social Model of Disabilities. His PhD thesis is in our Templeman’s Library.

For a text copy of the lecture please click on

The Disability History Month (UKDHM) organises interesting events during the academic year and have also publishes its programme of events on

For further information about the social Model of disabilities please click on

New January

The photo shows part of the earth and the sun rising in the east in the December Solstice

Happy new year!

At this time of the year, we also welcome students from all around the world who come for the last two terms!

We hope you join us in the events and experiences we have been been working on.

This week we would like to introduce you to our Oasis Project. This initiative has the aim of provide a therapeutical place in an ecologically motivated environment. Many International and UK students and the local community participate. For more information please click on

International Mental Health Adviser Stone Fitzgerald is organizing a workshop run by Owen Okie (from an enterprise in Scotland (Scoraig) called EarthMind Fellowship CIC. The workshop is this Friday 12 January between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm. In the workshop Owen will explore the relationship to nature and the ecological responsibilities individuals and communities have. If you want to join a students’ group please send us an email at (There are limited available places)

On a complementary matter, the International Discussion Group run by International Mentor Coral Warner has moved from Wednesdays to Thursdays at 2 pm.
On the 25th of January the group will meet in the usual room in Eliot Becket Court (room 16). The following week the group will meet in Rutherford R.Cl.19(16)
If you want to join the group please let Coral know at (There are limited available places)


A typical fallen autumn leaf- slightly dry and of orange and yellow colour


Autumn is always a nice season in Canterbury. We wish you a fantastic start of your academic year and hope that you take the opportunity to explore the surrounding country side and forest.

Our friends in the World Café, inform us that they have changed their name from Café on the Hill to World Café on UKC campus and they will meet on Monday evenings at Gulbenkian cafe from 7.30 pm till 9 pm. For a map on where to find the Gulbenkian please click on the link also have a Facebook page:

If you have some time get involved and make new friends!


Welcome to the University of Kent’s blog for International and European students with disabilities.

Photo of a new plant shoot coming through an old tree’s trunk

We celebrate the differences in abilities and cultures in our international institution and have a firm commitment to provide quality educational adjustments and guidance to ensure you develop your full potential.

We acknowledge that disability support services in the UK could be different to the services offered to in other countries, and you may require creative strategies and planned preparations for the transition. For example, our educational adjustments may not allow to withdraw from group work, examination arrangements may be shorter; fixed hoists in adapted rooms on campus will require advance booking (6 months or a year) and so do bookings for sign language interpretation; medication for some mental health conditions may not be available to you in the UK; care support assistance for daily living will need to be arranged privately; physiotherapies may be different too, etc.

There could be other differences you may not be aware of, so It may best to make enquiries before you arrive.

To help you with the transition we will guide you via this blog throughout the academic year, but remember we are more than happy to answer any question you may want to ask either by phone, Skype, email or in person.
Remember it is best to ask than to assume.

Please arrange an appointment in advance by phoning on ++441227 823158, emailing or calling into our Student Support & Wellbeing Reception in Keynes College – location link attached
You can also Register via our website, follow the link below where you will find a registration form for Canterbury or Medway Campus

Please contact us

Dr Andres Velarde PhD (Lon), MSc (Bath), LL (UC, Lima)
International and EU Disability Adviser