Monthly Archives: October 2016

Brotherhood Wood – Coppicing

Monday 24th October – Wednesday 21st December, 2016

Due to the Estates Department’s ongoing commitment to the ISO 14001 accreditation, Coppicing will be taking place between the above dates.

There will be period closures of footpaths throughout the wood, and disruption due to noise.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Further information on the Biodiversity management plan can be found on the Estate Departments’ Web pages, or by contacting Paul Griffiths on 07872 990036.

If there are any  other queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

November’s pubTALK with special guest speakers

The Q-Step team are very excited to have special guest speakers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM) for November’s pubTALK.

On Thursday 3rd November, Richard Clarke and Rose Wilson will be discussing ‘the importance of the social sciences in vaccine uptake’.

Up until fairly recently women were broadly advised not to take medication during their pregnancy. This changed in 2009 when the influenza vaccination, and three years later the whooping cough vaccination, became widely recommended as effective means of protecting mothers during pregnancy, and infants shortly after birth, from potentially life threatening diseases. The change has presented a unique landscape for studying the concept of vaccine hesitancy and the reasoning behind why an individual may refuse a vaccine when offered.

Rosie and Richard are current PhD students associated with The Vaccine Confidence Project at LSH&TM. In this talk they will discuss some of the social science literature on vaccine hesitancy and talk about their current research into vaccine hesitancy during pregnancy. Rosie from an anthropology, qualitative perspective and Richard from a psychology, quantitative perspective.

Please arrive at The Jolly Sailor from 19.00 for a 19.30 start. As always, the evenings are free to attend (although you do need to pay for your own drinks!) and all are welcome to stay behind to continue the discussions afterwards. The Jolly Sailor also offer a great new menu for those who would also like some food. Anyone is welcome to attend so please feel free to pass on the information to other people who may be interested in coming along or you can get up to date information via our website or mailing list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Condolences for Alfred Smyth

It was with deep regret that the University learned of the death of Emeritus Professor Alfred Smyth on 16 October.

Alf was a former Master of Keynes College and an Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, specialising in the British Isles. His monumental study of King Alfred the Great, published in 1995, made a major impact in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies, following two important earlier monographs.

In 1997, he was awarded funding from the EU Raphael scheme to hold a conference on Medieval European national identity issues at the University of Kent and at Windsor Castle. He edited the findings in a book titled Medieval Europeans: Studies in Ethnic Identity and National Perspectives in Medieval Europe to which he contributed a chapter. From 1999, Alf was Director of Research and later Dean of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Alf’s funeral will take place at 10.00 on Wednesday 26 October at St Teresa’s RC Church in Ashford, followed by a gathering at Godmersham Village Hall. His family have requested no flowers, but donations may be made to the Pilgrim’s Hospice if you wish.

Professor Nick Grief to deliver Keith Tucker Memorial Lecture

Dean for Medway and Kent Law School professor Nick Grief will reflect on his experiences of representing the Marshall Islands before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) when he delivers the Keith Tucker Memorial Lecture at Kent.

The lecture on Thursday 10 November will be hosted jointly by Kent Law Society and Kent Law School and is open to all.

Professor Grief,_Nick.html, who teaches Public International Law and EU Law at Kent Law School, practises at the Bar from Doughty Street Chambers where he is an associate tenant. He is a member of the international legal team representing the Marshall Islands in cases alleging that each of the respondent States is failing to comply with its obligation under international law to pursue in good faith and conclude negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. He helped draft the RMI’s applications to the ICJ and appeared before the Court in the oral hearings in March 2016.

Earlier this year, The Marshall Islands’ legal team, led by the Republic’s former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau Colin Archer.

The evening of the Keith Tucker lecture will begin with welcome refreshments in the Grimond Building from 18.00 and Professor Grief’s talk, entitled ‘Nuclear Disarmament and the Law’, will begin at 18.30 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (GLT1). After a brief opportunity for questions and answers there will be a networking buffet from 19.30 with the evening closing by 21.00.

If you would like to attend, please reserve your place by emailing (no payment is required but numbers are needed to assist with catering).

Shona Illingworth interviewed on Radio 4’s All in the Mind

The School of Music and Fine Art’s Director of Graduate Studies and Reader in Fine Art Shona Illingworth, has been interviewed by presenter Claudia Hammond, for BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind, which will feature Shona’s exhibition Lesions in the Landscape, A powerful multi-screen installation, exploring the impact of amnesia and the erasure of individual and cultural memory. The programme will be broadcast at 9pm on Tues 25th October then repeated at 3.30pm on Weds 26th October. You can also listen back online or on iPlayer.

Shona is shortlisted for the 2016 Film London Jarman award.

For more on this amazing work, which features in a 2 symposium this weekend and is currently on show at The Gallery in London, see

Sharing best practice with the University of Wollongong, Australia

The University were delighted to welcome the University of Wollongong to our Canterbury campus on Friday 14 October, with a view to sharing best practice in ‘campus master planning’. Senior staff and students from the Australian University visited Kent as part of a wider global tour, identifying key universities that have demonstrated innovation in campus master planning and a deliberate approach to using place to improve the student experience.

The group toured the campus, noting the developments of the new Sibson Building and the Law Clinic as well as viewing student accommodation. The visitors were particularly excited by the ongoing redevelopment of the Templeman Library.

Senior staff from Wollongong met with the Director of Estates Peter Czarnomski, Director of UELT Louise Naylor and Director of Corporate Communications Posie Bogan. The group discussed the University of Kent’s 50 year master plan and the University of Wollongong’s 20 year master plan, noting key areas of strengths, potential dilemmas, and how these can be mitigated.

Seven students from Wollongong were part of the delegation and the highlight of their day was meeting some of Kent’s current students over lunch, and sharing their university experiences.

Like the University of Kent, in just over 50 years the University of Wollongong has built an international reputation for world-class research, and the University currently ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world.

SSPSSR announces generous PGR scholarships

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) is delighted to announce the 30 January 2017 application deadline for three of the School’s PhD scholarship opportunities.

Available in a variety of social science disciplines offered by the School, the scholarships comprise of a generous support package for postgraduate research students. Full details of the financial support offered along with application details can be found on the School’s scholarship and bursary pages under the following headings:

Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships
ESRC (3 year and 1+3 year) Scholarships
Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship

Find out more now:

SSPSSR is a multi-disciplinary School committed to providing world-class and innovative degree programmes and research.

Our academic staff work within a variety of intellectual and research traditions and are actively engaged in current research projects. An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF 2014, with 99% of the research submitted judged to be of international quality.

Helpers required for November Congregations 2016

The Development Office are looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of duties at this November’s graduation ceremonies. A full list of ceremony dates and times can be found here:

This is a special day for all of our students and staff so any help you can offer at any of the ceremonies would be appreciated, as we aim to make the day a memorable experience for our students and their families. We would not be able to achieve the success of Congregations without your help.

We have a variety of roles and if you’d like to help or need further information please email with the dates and times that you are able to assist.


Student receives Young People United Award

Rosette Nsubuga has been selected to receive an award under the category of Inspirational Young Person, as well as a Sankofa Young Black Achievers award under the category of Citizenship at the Awards Ceremony, which will be taking place on Saturday 29 October, at Mid Kent College.

Rosette Amanda Nsubuga is a second year student at the School of Music and Fine Art, where she studies BA Hons in Fine Art.

Nsubuga submission in the University’s Black History Month Exhibition 2016 – “Dove Child and Melanin Intuition” – considers historical events and contextualizes them in relation to their influence in motivating contemporary events.

Nsubuga’s paintings consider the status of the black community form and adored perspective. Nsubuga’s work discloses love and ascension as well as the stigma that came with having darker skin. It considers how the influence of the struggles of black leaders brings us to see what victory and freedom feels like.

Equally, Nsbuga’s ethnographic research garners the perceptions of black students on the things they like and dislike about being black and articulates these narratives through an amalgamation of soundbites.