Monthly Archives: January 2015

Eliot Chapel refurbishment

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, Housekeeping, Estates, The Chaplaincy and Eliot Master’s Office have run a joint project to refurbish Eliot Chapel, the first such refurbishment for over 25 years.

The Chapel has been transformed into a bright, airy and welcoming place of worship, and a place of tranquillity where students, staff and visitors can simply sit, reflect and contemplate.

We are holding an opening event in the Chapel on Friday 30 January at 5:30pm. There will be some messages of dedication and thanks, music, drinks, and canapés. The event will finish around 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Stephen Burke, Master of Eliot


Photo of student callers waving

Telephone campaign – sign up now!

This is an exciting and rewarding post; you will be an ambassador for the University, engaging alumni in conversation to update them on University news and activities, establish a good rapport and ask for donations.

Sign up now!

You will effectively communicate Kent’s vision, development and accomplishments, represent the University in a professional manner and handle each phone call with courtesy, tact and sensitivity.

You will update alumni details with accuracy and confidentiality, and work effectively with other members of the Calling Team.

Please refer to the job advert for more information.

Application deadline: Tuesday 10 February.

Every year the Development Office runs a telephone campaign and recruits about 34 students.

Parenting Culture Studies Spring Forum

SSPSSR’s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) holds twice termly forums designed as an opportunity for colleagues in and around Kent to come together to discuss parenting culture.

Introduced by Dr Jennie Bristow, the forum will discuss Deborah Lupton’s ‘The Social Worlds of the Unborn’, focusing on the ‘Introduction’ and Chapter 5 ‘The Endangered Unborn’. We hope that the forum will foster some interesting cross-disciplinary conversation, and lead to collaborative events in the future.

The forum will be on Wednesday 11 February, 15.00-17.00, in Cornwallis North West, Seminar Room 10. All are welcome.

Find out more and book.

More information about CPCS and upcoming events can be found on the Centre’s blog.

For more information email

Major news coverage for School of Anthropology and Conservation

Less than a month into 2015 and the University has received widespread international coverage with research from the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) being at the forefront.

SAC has received almost 200 pieces of print and online coverage in territories such as the USA, China, Japan, Indonesia, Canada, Australia, India and many European countries.

SAC press releases can be viewed here:

Colleagues wishing to engage with the media, or discuss media opportunities and media training, should contact the University’s Press Office.

David Nicholls at Creative Writing Reading Series

David Nicholls, critically acclaimed author of One Day, will be opening the spring season of the Creative Writing Reading Series on Wednesday 28 January.

David’s recent novels include Starter for Ten (2003), The Understudy (2005), One Day (2009) and Us (2014). David is also a successful screenwriter and has written screen adaptations of several of his novels, most recently One Day, which was made into a film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. He has also written adaptations of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd for the BBC.

David will be reading from recent work, taking questions and signing books in Keynes Senior Common Room at 6pm on Wednesday 28 January (entry £2). All welcome.

Complete the National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) is your chance to tell us (and everyone else!) what it is like being a student at Kent.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and for every eligible completion, we will give you a £10 Amazon voucher if you complete the survey by 13 February.

If you are eligible to take the survey, you will have received an email invitation from Ipsos MORI this week.

Take the survey

In past years, Kent has scored highly in the NSS for student satisfaction, and the survey results help to improve our university for future students.

So tell us what we are doing right and what we can improve, to help shape the future of Kent. If you don’t take the survey, your views won’t be heard!

Study tips for week 14

Here are some top study tips from the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) for week 14 (26 Jan – 1 Feb).

Tip 1: Can you find it?

Always file away notes and study materials promptly. Make this a daily habit. Any time spent looking for things is wasted time! You need to be able to access all your study materials quickly and accurately. Find out about time management and planning.

Tip 2: Dip in – don’t read everything on the bibliography

Focus your reading on what you need. Look for ammunition for your assignment and don’t panic about all the books you haven’t read. Be selective – choose books wisely: what do you really need for this particular piece of work? Look for hints and tips in the assignment topic, and look out for books recommended by tutors, course handouts, other books, and so on. Pick up additional tips at the SLAS workshop.

Managing Stress and Anxiety workshop

A workshop on Managing Stress and Anxiety will be taking place on Friday 30 January, 1-3pm, Bridge Wardens’ College, Clocktower Building, room BW203.

The aim of the workshop is to help us understand stress and anxiety and how we can become more self-aware in the way we manage and work with symptoms effectively.

There are limited places available. To book please email

Gerald Adler inaugural professorial lecture

Professor Gerald Adler will be giving his inaugural lecture on Friday 30th January at 6pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, there will be a drinks reception prior to this at 5.30pm in Grimond. Everyone is welcome to attend.

‘Flat White’ takes me back to my PhD on the German architect Heinrich Tessenow, but this represents current work for me, too, as my chapter ‘The German reform theatre: Heinrich Tessenow and eurhythmic performance space at Dresden-Hellerau’ in Alistair Fair (ed.) Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Theatre Architecture (Ashgate, 2015) makes clear.

For more information regarding the lecture, please click here(

Nominations welcome for Chancellor’s Employability Points Award

The Chancellor’s Employability Points Award, part of the Kent Student Awards, recognises a student who has made an outstanding contribution to a University initiative, while participating in the Employability Points Scheme.

We are now welcoming nominations from current University of Kent staff or Kent Union/GKUnions staff.

If you know of an excellent student, who has made an outstanding contribution to University life, please nominate here.

The winning student will be awarded £400, provided by the Kent Student Awards at gala awards dinner on 8 May 2015.

Staff can nominate until 8 March 2015. View further information, including the nomination criteria.

For more information email