Postgraduate Experience Awards – Second round open

Do you have a great idea for a postgraduate event? Apply for funding through the Postgraduate Experience Awards and it could turn it into reality!

Funding of up to £1,500 can be awarded for applications to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus and will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent. All events or projects must take place at Kent and be held by the end of the academic year it was awarded.

How to apply: Applications for funding are invited from postgraduates (both taught and research) and postdoctoral researchers (up to 2 years). Further details on the selection criteria are available on the application form. Applications for the 2016-17 Second Round are now welcome, please use the application form here and note the application criteria. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th March 2017.

For further information please contact the Graduate School at:

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Linguistics student wins European composition prize

PhD student Sumio Kobayashi won the first prize of nearly £20,000 at the International Composers’ Competition of the European Capital of Culture 2016 at Wroclaw in Poland.

The top prize of nearly £20,000 was the third international music prize Sumio won last year. He previously won first prize in composition at the Busan Maru International Music Festival competition in South Korea and third prize at the Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music.

The International Composers Competition in Wroclaw attracted entrants from around the world, and was judged by established classical music composers from France, Italy and Poland. Sumio’s winning composition was entitled ‘Music by Krasnale’.

Music composition is related to Sumio’s PhD research in Linguistics at Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages, which examines the relationship between speech rhythm and music.

For details on the winners, jury and competition, please see the dedicated website

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition at Kent – Registration now open!

Be part of the Graduate School’s  Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition!


Participating in Kent’s University-wide Three Minute Thesis Competition raises your research profile and showcases Kent’s thriving doctoral research.

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports your capacity to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

You will have the chance of representing Kent at the UK’s competition and you could win one of three prizes.

Please note all those who participate in the University Final will be filmed and the winner’s video will be used to represent Kent in the UK semi-final in July, competing against doctoral researchers from other participating universities. If the winner of the University competition is successful in the semi-final stage, they will be in the final on 11th September 2017 at the Vitae Conference.

For more information and to register to participate please visit: 


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Welcome to the new Dean of the Graduate School

Professor Paul Allain took on his new role of Dean of the Graduate School on the 1st December 2016.  Paul is a Professor of Theatre and Performance, with a specialism in Polish theatre and actor training.

Paul says, “I am very excited about taking the Graduate School forward in new directions, working closely with staff and students and building on an already excellent base.  It’s a fantastic team and I feel privileged to be a part of it.  I also look forward to learning more about the great variety of students we welcome to Kent and hearing news of their progress.”

We are delighted to welcome him to the team.

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A fond farewell to Professor Diane Houston, Dean of the Graduate School

Friends and colleagues of Professor Diane Houston will be gathering at the Colyer Fergusson building this afternoon at 4pm.  Professor Houston is leaving after 28 years of service to the University of Kent, to take up her new position as Pro Vice Master at Birkbeck, University of London.  She established the Graduate School here, and has overseen its development to what we are today.  We wish her all the very best for the future.

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Postgraduate Experience Awards – deadline 25th November 2016

Have you got a great idea for a postgraduate event?

Apply for funding through the Postgraduate Experience Awards for a chance to make it happen!

Funding of up to £1500 can be awarded for applications to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus and will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent.  All events or projects must tale place at Kent and be held by the end of the academic year it was awarded.

For  more information and to apply please visit

The deadline is Friday 25th November.


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New Social Sciences Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

The Graduate School is delighted to be working with Dr Fragiskos Filippaios in his new role as Faculty Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.  Dr Filippaios will be in this role for the next three years – welcome to the team!

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Next Postgraduate Open Event

Key Information

  • Location: Canterbury campus:
  • Date: Saturday 26 November 2016, 10am – 1pm.
  • Book online

Come and talk to specialist academics and admissions staff about postgraduate study at our campuses in the UK and specialist centres in Tonbridge and across Europe.

Kent’s open events give you the chance to:

  • Find out more about Kent’s £9m postgraduate scholarship fund
  • Get all the latest information about the new £10,000 loans for Master’s students
  • Get answers to your questions about postgraduate taught and research opportunities at Kent
  • Meet current postgraduate students
  • Speak to staff for expert advice about the application process, funding, accommodation and future career options
  • Talk to the Graduate School about how they support all Kent’s postgraduate students with additional training, study facilities and social events

Alternatively, our Canterbury and Medway campuses are open for informal and guided visits, we hold open events in Paris and Brussels, or you can make an appointment to visit an academic school or our European centres.

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CHASE AHRC PhD funding for 2017

Briefing for all interested students – open entry

The Graduate School will be holding a briefing for any students looking to apply for CHASE AHRC PhD funding for the 2017/18 academic year at 4pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016 in the Marlowe Lecture Theatre 2.

The presentation will include information about the opportunities offered by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (

For more information on the Scholarships criteria and eligibility visit:

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A New Year – Welcome from the Graduate School

The new academic year is upon us, and with it comes a new cohort of students.  Everyone in the Graduate School would like to welcome our new Master’s and Doctoral students, we hope you have a smooth induction to the University.  You should all have received information about the range of events organized across the campuses, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

And of course, an equally warm welcome back to our returning students.  We hope you have had a productive, refreshing summer and are looking forward to the opportunities of the coming year.

Keep an eye out for our weekly email bulletins which include lots of useful information about events happening throughout the year.

You can find the Graduate School on the third floor of Cornwallis East, we run training events and offer a range funding opportunities.  Full details of our services are available on our webpage


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