Monthly Archives: January 2018

International English Language Testing System

Free taster sessions for IELTS and Cambridge Exam preparation courses

The Centre for English and World Languages will be launching Cambridge English and IELTS exam preparation courses in January 2018.

The FREE taster sessions will take place on 16 January for the Cambridge course and 17 January for the IELTS course.

For more information on our IELTS course please see our web pages, and for more information on our Cambridge English course please click here.

Language Express

Still time to join our 10 week beginners’ courses in French, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish

The Centre for English and World Languages are still taking bookings for the 10 week Language Express courses starting on 22 January 2018.

Classes take place on Monday evenings during weeks 14-23 at the Canterbury campus.

People who take the language courses say it not only increased their knowledge of the language of a country, but also its culture, and encouraged them to continue learning the language.

For more information on classes, fees and how to book your place, visit the Language Express webpages.

CSHE Research Seminar – Developing feedback practices based on what students want

Colleagues are invited to attend the CSHE Research Seminar titled ‘Developing feedback practices based on what students want and on sound research and scholarship’ taking place on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 1-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

Presented by David Boud, Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

To improve feedback, we need to move beyond general impressions of students to understand what is working well and what is not. This was the premise of a national teaching development project designed to improve feedback practice across Australian universities, Feedback for Learning: Closing the Assessment Loop. The project aimed to build on the extensive literature on feedback in higher education to examine the extent to which feedback practices proposed by scholars were being adopted in normal courses in two large Australian universities and to develop resources that would help to transform feedback practice.

A novel feature of the project was that the students responding (n=4514) identified situations in which they received particularly effective feedback during their current program of study. The research team collated information about which were the most frequently mentioned and undertook detailed case studies of the course units in which they were used. The cases emphasise practices that can be scaled up and used in large classes and with multiple tutors. Details of the project and its resources can be found here.

Plese email us to confirm your attendance.

bicycles

Get on your bike this term

Bicycle hire is available for students and staff from this weekend, 13 and 14 January.

To do your bit for the environment and get a little fitter too, visit the Cycle Hub near the Pavilion at Canterbury campus to hire a bike from 10am to 4pm. The bikes come complete with lights, a lock and a bell and hire is from only £30 per term.

The service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport team within the Estates Department. Bikes are provided by CyclingAge. For more information get in touch with Chris at chris@easybycycle.co.uk.

You can hire a bicycle from Liberty Quays at Medway campus. Simply ask at reception for more information.

Free bicycle checks

Dr Bike will be back at the Canterbury campus during term time to check and adjust your bike. Visit the Cycle Hub on Wednesdays to get your free bicycle health check. The service also returns to Medway from Thursday 18 January and is located outside the Rochester Building.

Check for updates on Twitter @unikent_travel

 

 

Leverhulme award for Tamara Rathcke

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics,  has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant as Primary Investigator for a study entitled ‘Does Language Have Groove? Sensorimotor Synchronisation for the Study of Linguistic Rhythm’.

The study will ask ‘is language rhythmic?’ For decades, linguists have been controversially debating this seemingly simple but profoundly important question that connects language with other aspects of human cognition.

The present project is an original study of language rhythm from a cross-linguistic, typological perspective. The project’s innovative methodological approach capitalises on the recent advances made by music psychology and movement sciences in the understanding of rhythm through studying perception-action coupling in sensorimotor synchronisation tasks.

The results will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rhythmic experience in language and a more elaborate linguistic concept of rhythm, ultimately helping to resolve the long-standing controversy.

This research is expected to be of great interest to an interdisciplinary community of linguists, musicologists, psychologists, clinicians and computing scientists, and to fuel new energy in  this research field.

Dr Rathcke will be undertaking the project with co-investigators Dr Simone Falk (University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Professor Simone Dalla Bella (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research).

For more details on Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see the Leverhulme webpages.

 

teaching forum

Radical Pedagogies: A Humanities Teaching Forum

This Thursday and Friday (11-12 Jan), Kent will be hosting ‘Radical Pedagogies: A Humanities Teaching Forum’. The full programme information is attached and online.

We have a range of sessions and talks over the 2-days, with highlights including a keynote by Prof. Richard Hall from 16.00-17.00 on Thursday in Rutherford LT1 entitled ‘Dismantling the Curriculum in Higher Education’, followed by a drinks reception at 17.00. We have sessions on Tactile learning, BME Challenges and Widening Participation.

Our keynote on Friday from 13.00-14.00 in RLT2 is from Dr. Shahidha Bari from Queen Mary. Her talk is entitled ‘The Art of an Education’.

Do feel free to drop into any of the sessions that might interest you. You can also follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #radicalkent18.

PROGRAMME

09.30-09.55 Registration and Refreshments
Rutherford Foyer

09.55-10.00 Welcome from Clarie Hurley & Tom Ritchie
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

10.00-11.00 Paula McElearney – ‘What ‘Gives Life’ to Critical and Radical Pedagogies’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Kathleen M Quinlan

11.00-12.15 Panel Option One: BME Challenges
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Dave Thomas – ‘Critical Race Theory (CRT): A framework for libertaing, learning, teaching, assessment and the curriculum in higher education (HE)’

Chaired by Richard Hall

11.00-12.15 Panel Option Two: Pedagogical Consciousness
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Kathleen M Quinlan – ‘How High Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotions in Learning Teaching’

Darren Webb – ‘To explore “the archaeology of consciousness” as an aspect of utopain pedagogy’

Chaired by Sian Harris.

12.15-13.15 Lunch
Rutherford Foyer

13.15-14.30 Panel Option One: The Student Journey 
Ruterhford Seminar Room 4

Geoff Bunn – ‘The Student Journey’, Power Relations and the Development of Agency.

Benjamin Poore – ‘Some Versions of Tranistion’.

Charied by Lee-Ann Sequeira

13.00 – 14.30 Panel Option Two: Experimental Teaching
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Reanne Crane – “Going easy o names and notions’: An Education in Direct Experience and the Antidote to Dogma’.

Maria Kukhareva – Dramatising the learning experience : student engagement through student-led enquiry, emotional connection and subjectivity’.

Chaired by Darren Webb

14.30-14.45 Refreshments
Rutherford Foyer

14.45-16.00 Panel Option One: Widening Participation
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Sheree Palmer – ‘How can I incres my impact as a teacher upon WP and BME students?’

Lucy Watson – ‘Intercultural Perspectives in EAP: Putting international Students on the Map’.

Chaired by Tom Ritchie

14.45-16.00 Panel Option Two – The Student Voice
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Claire Hurley joined by first-year undergraduate students from Queen Mary.

Chaired by Claire Hurley.

16.00-17.00 Richard Hall Keynote Address: ‘Dismantling the Curriculum in High Education.’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre

Chaired by Tom Ritchie

17.00-18.00 Drinks Reception
Rutherford Foyer

 

DAY TWO – Friday 12 January


9:00 – 9:45 – Refreshments

Rutherford Foyer

9:45 – 10:45 Lee-Ann Sequeira – ‘The Problem with Silent Students –It’s You, Not Them’ Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Benjamin Poore

10:45 – 12:00 Panel Option One: Tactile Learning
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Laura Way – ‘A return to ‘cutting and sticking’…Punk Pedagogy and Zine Making in HE’

Louisa Horner and Emma Wilkinson – ‘Flooding: An overwhelming approach to teaching ‘messy Histories’’

Chaired by Shahidha Bari

10:45 – 12:00 Panel Option Two – Collaborative Learning
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Madeline Worsley ‘Learning Partnership: Collaboratively embedding a model that reinforces personal and professional development’

Catherine Bates & Kay Sidebottom – ‘Finding spaces to dance – collaboration and co-production as a form of resistance’

Chaired by  Malcolm Noble

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Rutherford Foyer

13:00 – 14:00 Shahihda Bari Keynote Address: ‘The Art of an Education’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Claire Hurley

14:00 – 15:15 Panel Option One: Co-operation, not competition
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Malcolm Noble and Tracy Walsh – Learning and teaching for the post-capitalist economy

Chaired by Malcolm Noble &
Tracy Walsh

14:00 – 15:15 Panel Option Two: Assessment
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Will Tattersdill – ‘Assessment and Feedback – A Discussion’

Rita Balestrini – ‘A teacher-learner collaborative appraisal of rubrics for performance based assessment in foreign languages’

Chaired by Katja May

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshments

15:30 – 16:30 Sian Harris – ‘Connections and Reflections’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Chaired by Maria Kukhareva

 

graduation launch

Graduation Launch 2018

Final year students at the University of Kent are invited to pop into the 2018 Graduation Launch event which will be held on the Medway campus between 11.00 and 17.00

This event will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2017 and will give you details of:
– what to expect from your graduation
– what you need to before your graduation
– recent Kent alumni and where they are now
– and finally… which date and time you will be graduating!

There will also be representatives from local hotels and restaurants around Rochester who will be available to give information and take bookings for your graduation day. We recommend that students book their accommodation and meals early to avoid disappointment – Rochester sells out quickly graduation week!

More details will be divulged soon. Please note the event is not compulsary however, this will be the official release of your graduation date which will not be available until this time. So we highly recommend that you attend!

graduation launch

Graduation Launch 2018

Final year students are invited to pop into the 2018 Graduation Launch event which will be held on the Canterbury campus between 12.00 and 18.00 on Friday 19 January.

This event will give you details of:

– what to expect from your graduation

– what you need to do before your graduation

– recent Kent alumni and where they are now

– and finally… which date and time you will be graduating!

There will also be representatives from local hotels and restaurants around Canterbury who will be available to give information and take bookings for your graduation day. We recommend that students book their accommodation and meals early to avoid disappointment – Canterbury sells out quickly graduation week!

More details will be divulged soon. Please note the event is not compulsory however, this will be the official release of your graduation date which will not be available until this time. So we highly recommend that you attend! If you’re a Medway student, please attend our session on the Wednesday in the Deep End.

We look forward to seeing you at the Launch!

Book your place here.

Learning and Teaching Network – Spring Term sessions

The Learning and Teaching Network provides sessions based around the categories used in the National Student Survey for staff working towards enhancing learning, teaching and assessment.

Details of sessions arranged for the Spring Term are now available to view at https://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/networks/ltn/index.html

All staff are welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk