Farewell to Sian, we wish her luck as great things lie ahead!

Today is a bitter sweet day in the Graduate School as we say goodbye to a dear friend and team member, Sian Epps, Graduate School Assistant and PA to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Graduate School team would like to thank Sian for her work supporting the Graduate School and its endeavors for the last two and a half years.

Sian joined the Graduate School in September 2015 after finishing her BSc in Sociology and Social Science, and she has worked in several different capacities within the team in that time – most recently as PA to the Dean of the Graduate School. Sian has been an important and valuable member of our small team, and she will be dearly missed.

Sian began a part-time MA in Sociology at the University of Kent in 2017, and she has recently been hired by Migrant Help, a charity that works to provide advice and support to vulnerable migrants in Dover. The Graduate School would like to congratulate Sian on her new post and wish her well in all of her future endeavors!

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University of Kent wins 3rd place for Postgraduate WhatUni Award

The results are in for the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) 2018, and we are delighted that the University of Kent has been awarded 3rd place for the Postgraduate Award. The University of Kent climbed nine places in the postgraduate category, going from 12th place in 2017 to 3rd place in 2018. In addition to ranking in the top three for postgraduate, the University of Kent ranked 5th for the International Award (climbing from 8th place in 2017).

The WUSCAs celebrate the best in higher education, and universities are selected based on 36,000+ reviews submitted via Whatuni.com by university students across the UK. The 2018 awards ceremony took place at The Brewery in London on 19 April, and the event was hosted by comedian, Katherine Ryan. The Graduate School team was delighted to be in attendance to represent the University of Kent for the Postgraduate Award nomination, and members of the International and Enrolment teams attended to represent the University for the International Award nomination.

Congratulations to the University of Kent for ranking so high in two categories of the 2018 WhatUni Awards. The Graduate School would like to particularly thank all of the members of academic and administrative staff who work to support our postgraduate and international students at Kent.

See the top three in each of the fifteen WhatUni Awards 2018 categories here and view all of the rankings and categories here.

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Registration now open for South East Hub 2018

Join us at the University of Kent for the 2018 South East Hub, a postgraduate and early career researcher conference with the theme: ‘Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders and Collaborators as historical concepts: Redundant labels, useful categorisations or somewhere in between?’

The South East Hub 2018 will be held in the Grimond building (University of Kent, Canterbury campus) on 19th June and is co-funded by CHASE and the University of Kent School of History. The conference is an opportunity for research postgraduates and early career researchers to discuss their topics in a friendly and supportive environment. This year, papers will address the conceptual utility of the terms victims, perpetrators, bystanders and collaborators in a variety of historical contexts.

The panels are: ‘Accusation, Collaboration and Resistance’, ‘The Victim Voice’, ‘Simultaneous Categories’, and ‘Regimes and the Right’. The keynote talk will be delivered by Professor Tim Cole and is entitled, ‘Perpetrators, victims and bystanders: Writing integrated histories and geographies’.

The conference is free to attend. Lunch, tea and coffee will also be provided, and a wine reception will follow the event. Please note that there are limited spaces, so places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes on May 18th, so register as soon as possible to secure your attendance at the conference.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/FKUZT8PgaxqV4eMu1​ 

If you have any questions about the event or require any further information, please get in touch with Kate Docking and Ellis Spicer at southeasthub2018@outlook.com.

The conference webpage can be viewed here: www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/southeasthub2018.html

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Frames of Representation 2018 – a global documentary cinema festival

CHASE is delighted to be academic partner with The ICA for Frames of Representation 2018, a global documentary cinema festival. As part of their sponsorship, CHASE has organised two seminars featuring CHASE academics in conversation with film-makers whose work is showing during the festival.

The seminars will take place at The ICA in the afternoons of 23 and 25 April, and all Arts and Humanities Postgraduates registered at CHASE institutions are eligible to attend.

Further details and registration can be viewed here: http://www.chase.ac.uk/frames-of-representation

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Postgraduate Heritage Walks Series – registration is now open!

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Postgraduate Heritage Walks Series, a student-run event funded by the Postgraduate Experience Awards:

Wandering and Well-being: revitalise mind and body and increase productivity through heritage walks in the Kentish Countryside

This exciting programme of walks will be led by postgraduate students throughout May and June 2018 and will focus on the connection between engagement with heritage and wellbeing. The walks will include visits to some of Kent’s remarkable historic villages and monuments, archaeological sites and places of natural beauty.

Postgraduate students are invited to sign up for a bursary to cover the cost of transportation and admission fees. For more information and to see the full programme, visit the webpage here: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/heritagewalks/


Do you have a great idea for a postgraduate event? Applications for the second round of Postgraduate Experience awards are being accepted until Friday, 27 April! Apply today: https://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/news/pgexperience.html

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Graduate School Prizes – nominations now open!

The Graduate School is delighted to be introducing a series of prizes to recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by our academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

The Graduate School Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
• Research Degree Supervisor (one per Faculty)
• School Director of Graduate Studies
• Administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research
• Postgraduate Research Prize (one per Faculty)

Each prize will be in the sum of £500 and will take the form of a transfer to the winner’s school, centre or departmental budget for the 2018/19 financial year. The funds can be used for:
• Travel and subsistence in relation to research including conference fees, books, consumables, survey costs or any other cost that can be shown to relate to their research
• Staff development courses and related travel and subsistence costs

The prizes will be announced and presented at the Postgraduate Research Festival Launch Event on 18 June 2018 followed by a celebratory dinner, and the deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

Please visit the webpage for full criteria and application information, and do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School with any queries: graduateschool@kent.ac.uk.

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Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate School, Awarded the Witkacy Prize on World Theatre Day

Congratulations to Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate School, for being chosen as the recipient of the Witkacy Prize for his ongoing work promoting Polish theatre abroad. The Polish Section of the International Theatre Institute announced the award on 27 March, World Theatre Day.

The Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) Prize has been awarded by the Polish Section of the International Theatre Institute since 1983, and the prestigious award is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement promoting Polish theatre on an international scale. An expert on Polish Theatre, Professor Paul Allain has been invited to take part in an upcoming theatre festival in Poland to mark the award.

In addition to his role as the Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Paul Allain is a Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University’s School of Arts, where he continues to supervise PhD students from around the world. Professor Paul Allain is the co-founder of the European Theatre Research Network and is author and editor of many works on Polish theatre, most recently as co-editor of the 2015 book Voices from Within: Grotowski’s Polish Collaborators.

Read the University announcement of Professor Paul Allain’s achievement here.

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GambleAware PhD Call for Applications 2018

GambleAware has announced that it will fund a new PhD project to boost Great Britain’s problem gambling research capacity.

The funder would particularly welcome proposals related to the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Community development studies
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) management studies
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Economics
  • Health studies
  • Law and regulation
  • Neurology
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public or social policy
  • Social geography
  • Social marketing studies
  • Social sciences, including sociology
  • Computing and technology.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Call for applications published March 2018
  • Deadline for written applications 31 May 2018
  • Interviews June 2018
  • Award made by 30 June 2018
  • PhD commences Autumn 2018

Anyone interested in applying should view the application process here: https://about.gambleaware.org/media/1695/phd-call-2018.pdf or send any queries by email to commissioning@gambleaware.org.

Supervisors and applicants are welcome to contact the Graduate School if they require assistance with the application: graduateschool@kent.ac.uk

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PG Experience Award – deadline extended

The Graduate School has decided to extend the deadline for the second round of applications to the Postgraduate Experience Award to Friday 27th April.

We are looking to fund projects with an aim of building the postgraduate community, so if you have a good idea for an event you would like to put on, with an interdisciplinary feel to it, put in an application! Previous funded projects include yoga and writing retreats, an external engagement competition, and an ethnobotanical nature trail round campus to name but a few.

The prize is worth up to £1500 and is a great way to develop project management skills.  For more information and the application form see our website https://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/news/pgexperience.html

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Showcase your Research Poster and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize

Whatever your discipline, poster presentations are a powerful and widely used means of disseminating research in both academic and non-academic contexts. Distilling your research into a poster that is engaging and visually appealing is an excellent way to stretch your creativity and demonstrate the impact of your work.

You are warmly invited to showcase your research in our Poster Presentation Competition at our Postgraduate Festival launch on Monday 18 June 2018 in the Sibson building, Canterbury campus.

If you wish to display your poster please contact Felicity Clifford, Postgraduate Experience Officer at f.clifford-254@kent.ac.uk. In your email please state the following information:

  • Your full name and subject of study
  • School/faculty and supervisor name
  • Title of poster
  • Whether you are attending the PG Festival launch event (attendance is not required, however you will not be eligible for our event poster competition).

Poster Guidelines

  • Only one poster allowed per entrant. Posters must relate to an aspect of the entrant’s research.
  • Posters can be landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Printed posters do not have to be laminated.
  • Entrants attending the PG Festival launch event must set up their poster presentation between 11:00 and 12noon on the day.
  • Entrants attending the PG Festival launch event must present their poster to fellow students and judges throughout the PG Festival networking lunch.

Judging Criteria

  • Posters will be assessed according to two criteria:
  • Poster design – presentation and visual communication
  • Research content – how easily this can be understood by non-subject specialists


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