Monthly Archives: May 2016

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea in Chilean violence discussion

Dr Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Reader in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages, will be participating in a round table discussion on ‘The Aesthetics of Witnessing: A Conversation about Violence and the Challenges of its Representation’ at Birkbeck, University of London, at 18.00 on 9 June 2016.

The discussion is tied with the launch of an exhibition, ‘Tejas Verdes: I Was Not There’, that focuses on ex-detention and extermination sites in Chile and explores the possibilities of representing violence without reproducing it.

The round table is a conversation between Professor Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths College), Dr Jelke Boesten (King’s College London), Dr Margarita Palacios (Birkbeck College) and the visual artist Dr Livia Marin.

For more details about the event, please see the webpage.

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Jeremy Scott on worlds from words

Dr Jeremy Scott, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature from the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will be presenting a paper at the forthcoming conference ‘Thinking Through Fiction’, hosted at the University of Kent on 21-22 June 2016.

The conference offers a rich programme exploring the relations between fiction, language, writing and thought, including panel discussions, round tables and an evening of readings in Canterbury.

Jeremy’s paper, entitled ‘Worlds from Words: Cognitive Poetics and Creative Practice’ will be presented on the second day of the conference. The paper sits on the critical-creative boundary, and draws upon aspects of the field of cognitive poetics to explore what happens when readers read, and asks how an understanding of these processes can benefit the creative writer.

Using terminology drawn from narratology, cognitive linguistics, Text-World Theory and Possible Worlds Theory, Jeremy will explore how writers build and manipulate worlds and, second, how an understanding of this theoretical infrastructure can invigorate creative practice.

For further details of the conference, including a full programme, please see the conference webpage.

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Job opportunities: web developers and web designers

Considering a career in web development or web design? Want a job to help you gain experience while you study?

The University of Kent Requirements and Solutions team is looking to employ enthusiastic part-time web developers and web designers who enjoy using the latest technologies in IT, the web, and media. This is a great opportunity as it offers the chance to develop and support a range of central services, departmental websites and web applications.

More details and how to apply

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Research Forum on 7 June at Whitstable Biennale

The School of Music and Fine Art will be holding its annual Practice Research Forum ‘Sticky Thick: Thinking through Practice’ on Tuesday 7 June 2016. 12:00 – 19:00, United Reformed Church, Whitstable as part of the Whitstable Biennale.

Hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Research Centre (SISRC), this one day symposium will bring together artists, writers, filmmakers, composers, actors, geographers, historians, anthropologists, architects, performers and researchers across disciplines to explore key directions in current research practice, and contemporary discourse around the importance of practice research in art, culture and society.

FREE to attend, the event will include presentations by Shona Illingworth, Adam Chodzko, Sarah Turner, Duncan MacLeod, Amber Priestley, Gretchen Egolf and Sinéad Rushe, Tim Meacham, Jan Hendricks, Steve Klee and others.

The day starts at 11:00, meeting for coffee in the Horsebridge Arts Centre to listen to readings from Rebecca Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby. Symposium presentations begin in the United Reform Church Hall from 12:00, with breaks at intervals to view Biennale exhibits. The symposium closes with drinks on the beach at 19:00 before the world premiere of Nichola Bruce’s new film Gifts.

More information and directions at

Image credit Adam Chodzko, Deep Above, 2015.

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Changes to Stagecoach bus routes

From 29 May 2016:

  • The current ‘Triangle’ timetable (4/4A/4X and 6/6A/6X) will become two separate timetables. One timetable for the 4 and 6 services, and one timetable for the new Triangle service.
  • The new Triangle service will operate with brand new double decker buses with free Wi-Fi and USB charging points as well as special local designs for Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury displayed on the new buses.
  • Route 36 buses serving University of Kent will be replaced with the new route 4 buses. See timetable below.
  • Triangle (NEW) – the new Triangle will run a direct route between Canterbury > Whitstable > Herne Bay > Canterbury every 15 minutes in each direction, during the daytime Mondays to Saturdays. During the evening and on Sundays, the Triangle will run as the existing 4/6 timetables, with journeys via University of Kent, Greenhill and Broomfield.
  • Route 6 (NEW) – the new route 6 will run from Canterbury to Tankerton via Broomfield, Herne Bay and Greenhill every 30 minutes during the daytime Mondays to Saturdays. Buses will continue beyond Tankerton towards Whitstable and Estuary View Medical Centre but will be numbered route 4, passengers can stay on the bus.
  • Route 4 (NEW) – the new route 4 will run from Canterbury to Tankerton Priest & Sow via University of Kent, Estuary View, Whitstable High Street and Whitstable Station every 30 minutes during the daytime Mondays to Saturdays.
    Buses will continue beyond Tankerton towards Green Hill and Herne Bay but will be numbered route 6, passengers can stay on the bus. Buses towards Canterbury will call into Whitstable Station Forecourt.

For full details of the changes see here .

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Moodle rollover 2016

Moodle 2016 is now available at Students will not have access to Moodle 2016 until September, until then it is for staff preparation only.

As last year, all Moodle modules for the next academic year and manually created modules with a DPxxxx code are rolled over to Moodle 2016 with content, not including Turnitin assignments or KentPlayer recordings. Moodle 2015 and Moodle 2016 will run concurrently over the summer, on different URLs. The main Moodle URL, will take visitors to Moodle 2015 until 30 August. After that date, it will connect to Moodle 2016.

Please contact your FLT at if you have any questions about the rollover process.

Library information

New for this year, CLA scanned documents that have been used previously will be carried over automatically, so you will only need to request new ones. Ensure that requests for new extracts are submitted using Moodle 2016 (not previous years). Allow six weeks for the scans to be processed and uploaded.

You will be able to edit your reading list for 2016/17 in draft form from 26 May. To edit and publish your reading lists, link to Canterbury and Tonbridge lists via Readinglists@kent or Medway via Readinglists@kent – Medway.

Full rollover information, a link to Moodle 2016 and contact information is available to staff only on the elearning website.

Only one week until summer membership offer begins

During the University’s quieter summer months, you and your friends and family have the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities at Kent Sport.

From 1 June until 1 September, you can get 50% off the price of Gold membership* with our summer membership offer, allowing you access to some of the best facilities in the county.

You can see all the benefits of membership at Kent Sport, along with the facilities and equipment available to members on our website

A one-month membership is half price, with Gold adult £33.50, and Gold junior (16 to 18 years)** £26. Under 16’s pay £3.90 per activity. To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion reception. Purchase valid for one month from purchase date. Please visit our website for full terms and conditions.

*Half price based on public membership. **Please note that anyone in full-time education is entitled to the junior rate. To apply for the junior rate please bring with you proof of full-time education (student card etc).

To stay up to date with Kent Sport news, events and special offers, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @UniKentSports.

Last chance to do a FREE Kent Extra course this year

There are still a few spaces on:

  • KE102 Developing and delivering arts events  (7 and 8 June) – you will gain skills needed to set up and run events related to performance, live art, comedy etc.
  • KE044 Journalism (Medway campus) 13-17 June – an intensive course in multimedia journalism, which gives you a chance to write news stories to deadlines under professional leadership
  • KE100 Music for Creatives 3 (4 and 11 June) – learn about the connections between words and music and compare songs conveying different types of message
  • KE095 How to communicate with confidence (31 May and 2 June) – learn how to communicate clearly and confidently through interactive workshops and find out about your own communication style
  • KE096 Sharpen your writing skills for work (31 May and 2 June) –  around 20% of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace: this workshop will teach you about tone, content and structure and help you write more clearly
  • KE097 Meditation for study, work and life (4 June) – an introduction to meditative practices drawing from mindfulness, Yogic and Taoist approaches, with a practical and pragmatic focus

Kent Extra courses are free to all Kent students and give you a chance to study for pleasure and improve your employability by learning new skills.

You can sign up for Kent Extra courses via Workshops in the Student Data System.

If you would like to hear about all new courses before they start, please subscribe to the mailing list by emailing

Staff consultation on Canterbury campus development – TODAY at 14.00

Last year the University took the opportunity of its 50th anniversary to produce a concept master plan for the development of the Canterbury campus over the next 50 years with leading architects, Farrells.

Building on principles outlined in the University’s original development plan from 1963, the concept master plan contains ideas on how best to develop our campus to meet the needs of the University as well as deliver long-term benefits to our local communities, and improve our intellectual, physical, economic and cultural connections with the city of Canterbury.

As the first of a number of opportunities for staff to come to and find out more there will be a presentation and exhibition next week . We need your comments and feedback on these ideas and these will be used to help us develop this concept into the finished master plan. We will also be consulting with local residents, alumni, the business community and councillors in order to get a view from the local community.

The exhibition will be in the Colyer-Fergusson Foyer from 14.00 on Thursday 26 May until 16.00 on Friday 27 May. There is no need to book, all are welcome.

There will also be a presentation from the architect, John Letherland, from 14.00-15.00 on Thursday 26 May in the Gulbenkian Cinema for which you will need to book online.

The concept plan in full, along with ways to send in your comments online, is also now available on the University webpages.

Please do take the opportunity to attend one of either these events or those arranged later in the year, and we look forward to receiving your comments.