Why not add a Year in Arts to your degree?

The Year in Arts 2017 start application is open to all stage 2 students. You will take this year after your second year and before your third year.

Modules that may be on offer to you during your Year in Arts include:

  • Screenwriting
  • Images of War and Violence
  • Media and Performance
  • Beauty in Theory, Culture & Contemporary Art
  • Art and Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Digital Domains
  • Animated Worlds
  • Television Series

By studying a Year in Arts you will:

  • Learn skills suitable for a career in arts, media and the creative industries.
  • Apply an arts subject to your primary area of study.
  • Gain arts knowledge and skills that will be of lasting value in a field that is constantly changing.
  • Develop an understanding of the history, theory and practice of film, drama, arts and/or media that can be applied in your future employment or further study.
  • Develop general critical, analytical, creative and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different work and life environments.

If you are interested, then make sure you apply by Saturday 1 April 2017.

If you would like more information then please do feel free to email us.

Please note that the Year in Arts will only be available to students who achieve 60% (merit) or above in their years prior to entering the Year in Arts.

Intercollege Football League

After 18 weeks of exciting competition, the Intercollege Football League (ICFL) season has come to an end. This year’s competition was dominated by two teams: Rutherford Raiders and Medway Mavericks, who kept each other at one game’s distance for most of the season. The results were so close that the winners could only be decided during the final round on 22 to 23 March 2017. Raiders having just one point advantage had to win in order to be certain of becoming the champions.

On Wednesday 22 March, Raiders lined up against Darwin Evolution. An overwhelming win 8-1 crowned them the victors of the League and diminished the relevance of an impressive 8-2 win by Medway Mavericks against Turing FC the following day. Raiders take the title with 46 points and 15 wins, 1 point ahead of the Mavericks.

Raiders, Mavericks and the rest of ICFL teams will now progress into the group stages of the cup competition, which starts on Wednesday 10 May. If you wish to join an Inter College Football team for the cup competition email sportsdevelopment@kent.ac.uk who will put you in contact with the relevant captain. The transfer window is open from now until Friday 5 May.

Autism Arts Festival, 29 and 30 April 2017

The Autism Arts Festival will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April at the University’s Canterbury campus, and it is an attempt to develop the idea of a relaxed performance further to create an entire festival that is as autism friendly as possible. Moreover, this is intended to be a celebration of autistic creativity, with a range of works by artists on the spectrum.

The festival will feature a range of performances, film screenings, workshops and talks including:

  • Misfit Analysis by Cian Binchy and a preview of his new show Catch the Baby
  • An Evening of Stand Up with Ria Lina, Don Biswas, Jay Islaam and Jethro Bradley
  • Workshops with The Three Half Pints and Knuckle and Joint Theatre
  • Beyond the Flash by Little Angel’s Spectrum Youth Theatre
  • A Heart at Sea by Peter Morton and Avi Simmons
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre
  • Guerrilla Aspies by Paul Wady
  • Adventures of Super Aspie Grrl by Annette Foster

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of visual art which will run from 18-30 April 2017. For the full programme visit www.autismartsfestival.org.

The Autism Arts Festival is funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from the Gulbenkian and School of Arts at the University of Kent.

Student Rep Elections: Nominations Now Open!

The Spring Elections for the 2017/2018 Student Reps have begun, and nominations are now open! Have you got ideas for changes you want to make on your course? Do you think you’ve got great leadership skills? Do you think you could represent the voices of students on your course to improve the academic experience?

Each year, our members elect the students that they want to see represent them on their course and in their school. Our student reps act as the link between students, the Union and the University, to ensure that the academic changes that happen are in your best interests and come directly from students. The hours you log as a Student Rep count towards your KSCV award, and give you great employability skills for after you graduate. You might have seen them doing some of this work during your time here at Kent; now is the chance to become one of them! If elected, you will receive a full programme of training to prepare you for your role (as well as a free Student Rep hoodie!) You can find out more information about the role by reading the nominations pack, role descriptions and school specific information on our student rep resources page. Got any questions? Just e-mail us at representation@kent.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

Being a Student Rep is open to all years of study- both undergraduate and postgraduate!

If you think you’re the person to make the academic changes students want to see next year, nominate yourself now!

Staff communications at Kent: Tell us what you think!

We’re looking for volunteers to tell us what they think about staff communications at Kent!

Focus groups will be taking place next month (April) at our Canterbury and Medway campuses to seek your views on internal communications – what do you currently send out and receive, and what changes would you like to see?

The research is being carried out as part of the Simplifying Kent Internal Communications Project, which is being managed by Wendy Raeside in Corporate Communications.

The Project is one of nine set up by the Simplifying Kent programme board in response to findings by the Kent Service Delivery Diagnostic review completed last year. That review found that while we devote a lot of time to internal communication, many staff are dissatisfied with the volume of information they receive, particularly via email.

The first phase of the Internal Communications Project will review current staff communications at Kent, explore best practice across the HE sector and beyond, and then come up with recommendations on how we could improve what we’re doing here.

We’d love to hear what you think – please join us if you can at one of the following focus groups:

  • Tuesday 11 April, 10.30-12.00 – Senate Committee Room 2, Canterbury campus
  • Tuesday 11 April, 14.00-15.30 – Senate Committee Room 2, Canterbury campus
  • Wednesday 12 April, 10.30-12.00 – Rochester Board Room, Medway campus

The focus sessions should last no more than 1.5 hours and will include refreshments – tea, coffee and cakes!

Email us at Communications@kent.ac.uk asap – by 31 March latest – if you’re able to join us. Please confirm which of the three focus groups you’d prefer to attend.

Further information about the Internal Communications Project and the other Simplifying Kent projects, on SharePoint.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Wendy Raeside and Etienne Donzelot
Corporate Communications

Volunteers needed for bOing! 2017

bOing! is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading family arts festivals, with up to 11,000 people visiting in 2016. The festival organisers are urgently looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly and have some brilliant opportunities.

One of the stars of bOing!2017 is the PENTALUM LUMINARIUM, a huge, inflatable structure of extraordinary beauty which audiences can walk through, explore and enjoy. The Luminarium is manned by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, who greet the audience and help guide them round this incredible experience.

Gulbenkian Director, Liz Moran explains;
‘Since Architects of Air formed over 20 years ago, their Luminaria have travelled to 37 countries and wowed audiences across the globe. They came to bOing! last year with Mirazozo Luminarium and due to such incredible demand we are very excited to be bringing them back with a new Luminarium – called Pentalum – as part of bOing! and that they want members of our community to be involved with running it.

We want everyone to have the chance to be part of bOing! and volunteering is a brilliant way to get involved. Joining the Luminarium team is just one way volunteers can help, so if you want to do something brilliant and totally different this August please get in contact with us.’

bOing! International Family Festival takes place on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, on the beautiful University of Kent campus in Canterbury and is an amazing weekend of the very best in theatre, dance, music, films and fun for all the family.

For more information and to apply for bOing! volunteer opportunities please contact Rebecca Brown on r.m.brown@kent.ac.uk.

Simplifying Kent 1: Programme Approval and Curriculum Design

Staff are invited to join an open forum about proposed changes to programme approval and curriculum design which are taking place as part of the Simplifying Kent Programme.

At the meeting staff will be updated on proposed changes and have an opportunity to ask questions about the project. The event will be led by Dr Simon Kirchin, Dean of Humanities, who is leading this particular project.

SK1: Programme approval and curriculum design is one of nine projects which comprise the Simplifying Kent programme, itself the result of the recent Kent Service Delivery Diagnostic (KSDD Review).

In a nutshell the aims of the project to:
1. Review and improve the Programme and Module approval process.
2. Review the programme and module portfolios for all schools (e.g. numbers of students, structure of module choices, but not educational content) and make recommendations on changes and on future decision-making.

Meetings will be held at both Canterbury and Medway, the details are as follows:
– Wednesday 5 April, Templeman Lecture Theatre, 14.00 – 15.00
– Wednesday 7 June, Medway Building, M3-04, 15.00 – 16.00

To help with planning please respond to this Doodle Poll to help with planning.

AHRC and KTP – funding to support collaboration

Dr Terry Corner, the South East Adviser for Knowledge Transfer, presented at a workshop hosted by Kent Innovation and Enterprise on Wednesday 15th March.

The goal of the event was to raise awareness of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) prospects for academics in areas of specific interest to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and researchers already working in, or partnering with, organisations in heritage, culture and the creative arts.

Information shared in the session included examples of recently funded AHRC KTP projects, criteria for successful projects and details of the support available in the University to help academics to develop and submit a KTP proposal. Case studies demonstrated the breadth of opportunities where broadcast technologies, exhibition capabilities and imaginative design were just some of the important ingredients for projects arising from arts and humanities research. The success rate of KTP applications is 89% with an average award value of £140,000 which can contribute to the Research Excellence Framework.

Colleagues from the Schools of Arts, Engineering and Digital Arts, English, Kent Business, Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, UELT and Research Services attended, with wider interest expressed from Architecture, Psychology, SECL, Anthropology and Computing.

If you would like more information about KTPs or the AHRC, or if you think that you might have a KTP in the making, please contact the Kent Innovation and Enterprise team on 01227 82 (7376).

How long does it take a comedian to screw in a light bulb? Official Sweepstake

The School of Physical Sciences the office are holding the official Sweepstake ” How long does it take a comedian to screw in a light bulb?” This is open to all staff, and you can enter by going to room 205 in Ingram Building from now and until 14.30 on Friday.

This will also be available for our PGR and Postdocs at our PGR networking session on Friday 24th March between 12.30 and 14.00 when we have cakes and drinks available.


Routledge interviews Simon Kirchin

Academic publisher Routledge has published an online interview with Dr Simon Kirchin, Reader in Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, about his latest book, Reading Parfit: On What Matters (Routledge, 2017).

Derek Parfit (1942-2017) was a British philosopher who specialised in identity, rationality and ethics, and who sadly died on 1 January this year. His work On What Matters was published in two volumes in 2011, and Simon’s book is a response to this.

The interview, structured into ten questions, begins by asking Simon about the first line of On What Matters [‘We are the animals that can both understand and respond to reasons.’] and also gets him to explain and enthuse about Parfit’s philosophical work.

Simon sums up the hope Parfit can offer to readers: ‘what one can learn from reading or even dipping into On What Matters is that whilst philosophy, and moral philosophy, can tackle some very deep and fundamental questions, it can also be done simply and straightforwardly.’

The full interview is available online.