Your Experience Matters – Come to our Focus Group and tell us about your Experience at Kent!

What do you want from your experience at Kent? What do you think is available to you? What are you taking advantage of? What is most important to you in that experience?

If you are a 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Kent, please come to one of our focus group discussions to tell us.

Refreshments will be served. Sign-up using the links below.

The project is sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and the Kent Union, with support from the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. The goal is to develop a framework for powerful student experiences that will help all students make the most of their time at Kent and staff to support them with this. Your input is vital to this project!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Condolences for Colin Seymour-Ure

The School of Politics and International Relations is very sad to hear of the death of Professor Colin Seymour-Ure.

Colin was one of the founder members of the study of politics at the University of Kent, joining the University on its establishment in 1965.

He served as Dean of Social Sciences and Head of Department. He was one of the world’s leading scholars of political communications and mass media.

His publications cover the role of the press and broadcasting in a wide range of issues and institutions: Downing Street and White House news management; election campaigns; images of Tony Blair and John Major in the Sun and Daily Mirror; press partisanship; the power of media barons; media policy; political rumours. He wrote the biography of the great cartoonist David Low and helped the British Cartoon Archive, founded by Dr Graham Thomas, prosper.

Professor Seymour-Ure was a Council member of the Hansard Society and Chairman of the Study of Parliament Group, made up of parliamentary staff and academics. In the 1970s, he spent two years with a Government Press Commission. Later, he worked at Harvard and in Washington, Australia and Canada. For six years, he chaired the Independent Television Commission’s committee responsible for advising on ITV’s advertising rules. He was an Emeritus Professor from 2002 and until his death in November 2017.

We have lost not only a scholar and colleague but also a friend.

Professor Richard Whitman
Head of the School of Politics and International Relations

Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of the struggle for equality and human rights. This year marks the eighth anniversary of this event, with a focus on the Arts.

Student Support and Wellbeing have organised a programme of events for UK Disability History Month at Kent. Events include art exhibitions, musical performances, talks, workshops, performance art, film screenings, a comedy night, as well as an exploration of gaming accessibility and design.

The full programme of events is available on the website.

Through celebrating Disability History Month at the University of Kent, we aim to:

  • Raise disability awareness on campus
  • Raise the profile of disabled students and staff, as well as the social, cultural and psychological challenges they may face
  • Counter prejudice
  • Offer inspiration for current and future students and staff with disabilities
  • Explore disability history in the context of the Arts

We hope that you will join us in celebrating UK Disability History Month this year.

If you have any queries regarding the programme or a particular event, please email us.

Kent launches new postgraduate placement scheme 

Postgraduate researchers, academics and staff from across the faculties gathered for the launch on 15 November of the new POP placement scheme.

POP (Professional Opportunities for Postgraduates) is a collaborative scheme led by Kent Innovation & Enterprise and the Graduate School. POP will provide opportunities for Kent postgraduates to work with local businesses and organisations on a short-term basis to support the transfer of knowledge and business growth in the area.

Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate School, hosted the event and, after a welcome address from Professor Philippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the launch provided an overview of what postgraduates, staff and local businesses and organisations can expect from the scheme.

The launch also included reflection and advice from individuals who undertook similar placements during their postgraduate studies. Dr Hannah Swift (Eastern ARC Research Fellow) conveyed the benefits of her work placement, particularly the opportunities it provided for the dissemination of her research to a wider audience. Hannah Huxley (PhD candidate, Centre for American Studies) and Emily Bartlett (PhD candidate, School of History) praised the practical skills gained from their work placements with Bloomsbury Publishing, and Brian Gutierrez (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate) provided pragmatic advice for postgraduates pursuing a work placement. Claire Martin (Careers and Employability Service) followed the reflections with an overview of the services CES provides students who are searching for placements, preparing applications or looking for general career advice.

Placements are arranged for a maximum of three months full-time (longer if part-time) and function in a similar way to the delivery of a piece of consultancy. The cost of placements is shared equally between the university (through government funding that supports the Industrial Strategy) and the companies/organisations.

For more information please visit the POP website

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CSHE Research Seminar – Relational expertise in inter-professional collaboration

Colleagues are invited to attend the CSHE Research Seminar taking place on Thursday 30 November 2017, 13.00-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room.

Anne Edwards, Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, University of Oxford will be presenting the seminar titled ‘Relational expertise in inter-professional collaboration: what is it and what does it offer?’

Collaborating within and across practices is expected of professionals who are tackling complex problems. In this seminar Anne will explain the concept of relational expertise, how it arose in her work on inter-professional collaborations. She will also point to examples of how it has been used as an analytic resource in research studies in a range of settings including knowledge exchange in UK higher education.

These and other examples are to be found in her recent book: Working relationally in and across practices – a cultural-historical approach to collaboration with Cambridge University Press.

To book a place please email

University Cathedral Carol Service

The University Christmas Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral is on Monday 11 December at 20.00.

It consists of a traditional programme of readings, carols and choir items, atmospherically lit by candle-light. Entry is by free ticket only.

Staff members must email their ticket requests direct to Chaplaincy, following the guidelines here.

Demand for tickets continues to increase, so please send in your requests as soon as you can. This year’s appeal is for East Kent homelessness charity Porchlight.


Oh Yes It Is! Pantomime Exhibition at the Beaney

Pantomime season is almost here, and this year Canterbury is celebrating the history of this popular British institution in a brand new interactive exhibition at The Beaney.

Panto came to Britain in the 16th century having started out as a form of Italian street theatre, or ‘commedia dell’arte’. Over the centuries it has developed into a much loved tradition, and for many people, this popular genre is the first experience of the world of theatre.

Developed in partnership with the University of Kent Special Collections and Archives department, the new exhibition, titled ‘Oh Yes It Is!’, opens on Saturday 25 November and features items from the David Drummond collection.

Recently acquired by the University of Kent, it is one of the largest collections of pantomime related material in the UK and includes posters, props, programmes and costume designs spanning over two hundred years.

The exhibition has a special section presented by David Drummond celebrating the life and work of Joseph Grimaldi. An influential figure from the world of pantomime, Grimaldi expanded and developed the role of the clown within the harlequinade genre throughout the early 1800s.

The Beaney is also showcasing items from its own collection as part of the exhibition. Interactive spaces allow visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the genre and include Widow Twankey’s launderette, Dick Whittington’s road to London and the Giant’s library.

Children and the young at heart can enjoy pantomime-themed dressing up and colouring as well as a Dick Whittington-themed trail around the Beaney. There is also a graphical timeline tracking the people and wider historical events that have shaped and influenced pantomime since the 1700s.

The timeline concludes with an area featuring current set and costume designs kindly loaned by Evolution Productions. Emily Wood and Paul Hendy started Evolution Productions in 2005 and have since built a reputation for superior, bespoke pantomimes with the emphasis on high quality production values, strong casting and genuinely funny scripts.

Chairman of Canterbury City Council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre is home to one of the best pantomimes in the country, so it makes perfect sense for The Beaney to host this celebration just around the corner. It’s a must-see exhibition for all panto fans and I’m sure it’s going to prove very popular.”

Dr Oliver Double and Dr Helen Brooks from the University of Kent’s School of Arts said: ‘We are very honoured to take possession of David Drummond’s wondrous Pantomime Collection. It’s the most comprehensive collection of pantomime materials outside of the national collection housed by the Victoria and Albert Theatre Archive and the possibilities for research and teaching are vast. The collection will benefit students and researchers alike.’

Canterbury City Council’s Director of Museums and Galleries, Joanna Jones, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with key partners to celebrate Canterbury’s long association with pantomime through this interactive show. The Beaney exhibition and the Marlowe Theatre’s pantomime are complementary activities, providing a great day out for families and other audiences to enjoy during the festive season.’

The exhibition coincides with Canterbury’s 2017 pantomime, Peter Pan, which runs from Friday 24 November at the Marlowe Theatre.

‘Oh Yes It Is!’ is free to visit and runs from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 18 February 2018 in the Special Exhibitions Room at The Beaney. It is organised in partnership with the University of Kent Special Collections and Archives department, with special thanks to Evolution Productions, and co-curated with Jo Dyer from Animate Arts Company.

Full details of the exhibition at or call 01227 862162

The Templeman Library’s Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of some of Kent’s other pantomime collections from December. More information coming soon.

New interdisciplinary Legal Materiality Research Network

Kent Senior Law Lecturers Dr Hyo Yoon Kang and Dr Sara Kendall have been awarded a grant of more than £35,000 to establish a new interdisciplinary and international research network exploring legal materiality.

The Research Network Grant, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will help bring together a community of scholars with a shared focus on studying and thinking about law’s matters and their materialities.

The network is holding a symposium on ‘Articulating Law’s Matters’ to launch the network at The Warburg Institute on Friday 12 January 2018. This event will offer an overview and map some of the positions, approaches and tensions which the notion of ‘legal materiality’ has raised in contemporary legal scholarship.

Attendance is free, but attendees are required to register online.

The Legal Materiality Research Network includes a broad range of members: from emerging junior scholars and research students to world-leading scholars who have studied the specificity of legal techniques and objects and have engaged deeply with questions of materiality and interpretation. Their disciplinary homes are in fields as diverse as anthropology, English literature, legal studies, media studies, politics, political theory, rhetoric, science and technology studies and sociology. The network also includes artists who are concerned with the force of law and its physical and virtual manifestations.

For questions and enquiry, please contact Dr Kang or Dr Kendall. Follow the network on Twitter @LawsMatters.



University of Kent 2018 Summer Schools

Applications are now open for the University of Kent’s Summer School programme for 2018.

The University of Kent’s high-quality summer schools for university students and professionals with academic credit are designed for anyone who would like to study one or more of the inspiring courses taught at the University’s locations in three of Europe’s most important cities.

Building on our reputation for interdisciplinary study, you will spend time with fellow students and academics studying your chosen subject in specially chosen locations with state-of-the-art facilities.

If you are considering postgraduate study at Kent or would just like to learn more about a chosen subject, either in the UK or at one of our specialist postgraduate centres across Europe a summer school is a great opportunity to discover more about your subject and the University.

The Summer Schools are two weeks long and run in June and July 2018 with accommodation and a social programme included. Come and discover what it is like to be a student at our Canterbury, Brussels or Paris locations.


  • Europe and the World


  • Revolutions
  • Urban Ethnography


  • European Security and Foreign Policy
  • Molecular Biology and IVF
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design
  • From Plantagenet to Tudor  –  Kingship, Society and Political Culture in Late Medieval England
  • Global Business in a Dynamic Environment
  • Investigating the Social Mind
  • Hidden Histories of the Second World War

Scholarships and discounts

We have a limited number of full and part scholarships to award.

Discounts of £100 if you book and pay in full by 16 April 2018 – students who then study at our Paris or Brussels centres on full year MAs after undertaking one of our summer schools will be entitled to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

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