Monthly Archives: January 2016

International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) Symposium: Changing populations, changing needs: Directions & models for community orientated primary care

Thursday 15 & Friday 16 September 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

The Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) are delighted to be hosting the ICCHNR Symposium at the University of Kent in September. The overall aim of the two day event is to explore new models and ways of working for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners within a community orientated primary care context. We have an exciting programme of international speakers who lead on research and development of innovative models of care which will appeal to a multidisciplinary audience.

Abstract submissions are now open at:

Registration opening soon.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jos de Blok (Buurtzorg organisation, Netherlands)
  • Ruta Valaitis (McMasters University, Canada)
  • Maxine Jones (NUKA model, NHS Tayside, Scotland)
  • Juan Carlos Contel (Regional Health Council of Cataluña, Spain)
  • Vari Drennan (Kingston and St Georges University London, England)
  • Alison Leary (London South Bank University, England)
  • Catherine Evans (Kings College London, England)
  • Susan Hamer (National Institute of Health Research, England)
  • Jenny Billings (University of Kent, England)
  • David Gilbert (Patient Director, England)

Symposium themes:

  • Community orientated primary care
  • Community participation
  • Models of integrated care
  • Team working
  • Practice development
  • Service development
  • Education and training
  • Multidisciplinary initiatives
  • Impact of technology on models of care
  • Workforce modelling
  • Workforce development

Find out more about this event on the ICCHNR website:

Patricia Baker publishes on doctors and their implements

Dr Patricia Baker from the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies has published a chapter entitled ‘Images of Doctors and their Implements: A Visual Dialogue between the Patient and the Doctor’ in a new book entitled Homo Patiens-Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World (Leiden: Brill, 2016), edited by Georgia Petridou and Chiara Thumiger.

Homo Patiens-Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World considers the patients of the Graeco-Roman world, their role in the ancient medical encounters and their relationship to the health providers and medical practitioners of their time. The volume makes a strong claim for the relevance of a patient-centred approach to the history of ancient medicine. Attention to the experience of patients deepens our understanding of ancient societies and their medical markets, and enriches our knowledge of the history of ancient cultures. It is a first step towards shaping a history of the ancient patient’s view, which will be of use not only to ancient historians, students of medical humanities, and historians of medicine, but also to any reader interested in medical ethics.

Patty’s chapter (pp.365-389) examines representations of cupping vessels to explore the meanings conveyed through them to perspective patients about the doctors, medical care and the quality of treatment in Greco-Roman societies. The context of the images is explored to determine how and where they were intended to be viewed and if there were regional and temporal differences in representation. It was found that the image was specific to Greek doctors trained in the Hippocratic tradition; whilst ancient doctors trained in other methods were depicted differently.

Further details of the book are available on the publisher’s webpage at:

SSPSSR Employability month

SSPSSR Employability month is around the corner offering a variety of events including guest speakers from the Metropolitan Police, European Parliament, Kent County Council and the Prison Service to share their career insights with students. There will also be an International Internships Fair (with part-funding available) a free field trip to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, as well as a networking event to end the month to which all are invited.

You can see the programme of events via this link:

A short summary of the events can be found in the events calendar:

INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE: Purposeful Agency and Governance: A Bridgeable Gap

Commission on Urban Anthropology (CUA), International Urban Symposium (IUS) and Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC)

Purposeful Agency and Governance: A Bridgeable Gap

Venue & Date: University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K. 15 to 17 June 2016

Convenors: Giuliana B. Prato, Italo Pardo and Michael Fischer

With reference to urban settings and the interactions between cities and regions, this Conference aims to contribute to increasing our capacity to understand important processes of agency in a worldwide context marked by a growing gap between citizenship and governance.

This Conference will address the interplay between personal morality and civic responsibility, and between value and action. Ethnographers have demonstrated the moral and cultural complexity of individual action and the ways in which misplaced or instrumentally selective moralities in policy and in the production and enforcement of the law encourage exclusion and widen the gap between governance and the governed across the world. They have demonstrated the impact of rules and regulations that are ambiguous, elusive, biased towards those in power, badly defined or impossible to apply, thus compounding the perceived weak legitimacy of governance and the law in the broader society.

The Conference welcomes ethnographically-based contributions that identify the gaps and obstacles related to the development of purposeful agency and the normative changes needed to encourage, rather than frustrate, agency and good governance, intended as governance that promotes and makes the best of the local resources and styles of citizenship.

Abstracts of proposed Papers should be submitted by 1 March 2016. Panel Proposals should be submitted by 26 February 2016. Submit abstracts of Papers or Panels to the Convenors:;

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a Special Volume of the Series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology and in the peer-reviewed journal Urbanities.

For more information visit the Conference website.

Professor Stefano Rodotà to speak at Kent

Distinguished Italian legal scholar and politician Professor Stefano Rodotà  will deliver a guest lecture on ‘Reinventing the Body’ at the invitation of the Centre for Critical Thought at Kent Law School.

The lecture will explore the concept of the body and who owns it. More specifically, Professor Rodotà will ask if the body is still the product of biology or whether it is more the result of multiple interventions made possible by techno-science.

Professor Rodotà , currently Professor of Civil Law at the Sapienza University of Rome, is a former Italian presidential candidate in the 2013 elections and was a Shadow Minister of Justice in Italy in 1989. He has given lectures and seminars in universities around the world and is also Professor at the Institute for Human Sciences at Firenze. In addition, he is Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and Visiting Scholar at Stanford School of Law.

Numerous political positions Professor Rodotà  has held in Italy and Europe include: Member and former Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; European Union Chair of the Italian Internet Governance Forum; President of the Italian Commission on Environment (2007); President of the Italian Data Protection Commission (1997-2005); President of the European Group on Data Protection (2000-2004); Member of the European Group on Ethics of Science and Technologies (1993-2005); Member of the Convention for the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000).

The lecture will be held in Darwin Lecture Theatre 2 at 17.00 on Tuesday 2 February. A full abstract is available online at:

Photoshoot volunteers required

The Centre for Professional Practice is looking for volunteers to take part in our marketing photoshoot on Medway campus. The photos will be used in marketing materials promoting CPP programmes.

Date: Friday 29 January

Time: 11.00-11.30 and 13.00-14.00

Locations: Drill Hall Library and Medway building

If you are interested and available, please contact Loreta Jarvis by emailing  by Thursday 28 Jan.

Thank you for your help.

University Teaching Prizes

Each year, the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. The call for applications for the 2016 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 13 May 2016.

Further details and information on how to apply are available at .

The prizes will be awarded by the Vice Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 5 October 2016, to which all staff are invited. Please email if you would like to attend.

Hut 8 catering: survey results

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey about Hut 8 back in December. The winners of the prize draw have been notified. If anyone would like to see the results of the survey, please email and we would be happy to share them with you.

The majority of respondents desired Hut 8 to be open during lunchtimes, so we are pleased to inform you that in response to the survey, the opening times are now 12:00 – 00:00 Monday to Friday (17:00 – 00:00 Saturday and Sunday). As well as to accommodation buildings, Hut 8 will deliver to outside the following locations:

Beverley Farmhouse

Cornwallis South East

Darwin College

Eliot College

Estates Department



Innovation Centre

Kent Business School

Keynes College

Marlowe Building

Park Wood Reception

Rutherford College

Sports Centre


The Registry

Turing College

Woolf College

You can order online at or call 01227 816888 to speak to one of the team. The menu is on our catering web page

Introduction to Japanese Research Funding: 24 February

After the success of the first Global Research Opportunities Workshop (GROW) in November, Research Services and International Development will be running a second event focusing on opportunities for research collaboration with Japan.

A number of organisations exist to encourage research with or about Japan. Funding is varied, and can be for visits or exchanges, or for a fully fledged project. However, the landscape can be somewhat confusing and this is a chance to better understand the differences between the funders and decide which is right for you.

We are very pleased to be hosting speakers from four of the main Japanese funders as follows:

  • ​Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    • ​Polly Watson, International Programme Coordinator
  • Japan Foundation
    • Julieanne Robb, Programmes Officer​
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
    • Rory Steele, Programmes Executive
  • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
    • Susan Meehan, Grants and Scholarships Officer​

Each will give a brief overview of the aims of their organisation and what they offer, and it is hoped that we will be able to hear from successful award holders from Kent as well. After the talks, there will be an opportunity to talk informally to the speakers and award holders.

The event takes place on 24 February 2016 from 13.00 to 16.00, at a venue to be confirmed. It is free and open to all, and refreshments will be provided. Full details are to be confirmed, but if you would like to come along, let Phil Ward know.

Cuba Scholarship

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to offer three to four postgraduate students the chance to accompany a University donor to Cuba, experiencing the life and culture of this vibrant Caribbean island between Friday 15 April and Thursday 5 May 2016.

The visit will encompass a series of cultural activities in Cuba including visits to Havana and the nearby village of Viñales.

Accommodation for the group will partly be located at the donor’s residence and other accommodation equivalent to Bed and Breakfast facilities.

The award will include flights to Cuba and a small maintenance grant towards accommodation and subsistence whilst in Cuba. The amount of the grant will be dependent upon the number of awardees and successful candidates should be prepared to fund other associated expenses.


  • Candidates must be a registered postgraduate student either on a research or taught programme of study.
  • Applicants must be of good academic standing.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.
  • Candidates from both full-time and part-time courses are eligible to apply.
  • Students will be required to make appropriate visa arrangements and cover related payments.
  • The ability to speak Spanish will be advantageous.

How to apply

  • Candidates must submit a CV and a covering letter addressing why a trip to Cuba would enhance their academic career and professional aspiration to by midnight on 3 February 2016.
  • Applicants must be able to attend an interview panel on the afternoon of Monday 12 February 2016.

Details of the scholarship can be found here:

Further details of the trip can be obtained by emailing

Image credits

Title: Playa Ancon, Trinidad de Cuba
Author: neiljs
Source: Flickr