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Blue: new exhibition in Colyer-Fergusson Gallery now open

Colyer-Fergusson Gallery is delighted to be hosting ‘Blue,’ a new exhibition by Canterbury artist Adam De Ville. A striking series of images exploring ideas of identity, belonging, loss and technology, the exhibition’s title-painting relates to the Chamber Choir’s rehearsal and performance of Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater,’ a Baroque masterpiece setting the hymn to the suffering of the Virgin Mary during Christ’s crucifixion.

The exhibition is open during normal opening hours for Colyer-Fergusson; admission is free, and there is disabled access.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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Kent Hospitality Pride Award nomination deadline

The Pride (‘Personal responsibility in delivering excellence’) Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. Each winner receives £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a badge.

Nominations can be made by any member of University staff, students or visitors. Make your nomination online or alternatively you can pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in all Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets in Canterbury and Medway, as well College reception areas.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee is being put forward for a Pride Award. The panel are looking for staff who achieve more than just what is expected in their role (ie hardworking, professional, positive and friendly attitude).

Congratulations to December’s Pride Award winners – Fay Allen, Student Accommodation Co-ordinator and Christine Nottage, Keynes Day Cleaner.

Nominate today!

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Year in Data Analytics Launch Event

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS) is kicking off the launch of their new one-year ‘Year in Data Analytics’ programme on Wednesday 21 February, 14.00-15.00 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 2.

The Launch Event with free food is open to all current undergraduate Kent students who would like more information on the programme and want to discover how adding a Year in Data Analytics to their degree can enhance their employability.

Data plays a significant role in today’s world, from predicting our shopping habits and personalising our social media feeds, to determining our eligibility to buy a home and influencing our accessibility to healthcare, social care and much more. Data is used in all sectors in various ways, and knowing how to understand different datasets can prove invaluable when entering the job market of our ever evolving and data-driven world.

For more information about the Year in Data Analytics visit or email us.

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Tell us how you really feel

Many students have a love/hate relationship with the library but it’s O.K, we understand! We need a little reassurance sometimes when we get something right and also like to know where we’re going wrong so we can work through the rough patches.

That’s why this Valentines Week we want you to write us a line, whether it’s a love or break-up letter.

You can write to the library as a whole, or pour out your inner-most feelings for a particular space, service or even a piece of furniture. Whatever you need to get off your chest, we’re listening!

Pick up a writing pack from opposite Welcome Desk then pop your letter in the postbox when you’re done. We’ve got sweets at the Welcome Desk for anyone who writes a letter.

Lots of love, Your Templeman Library

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SMFA music lecturer Sean Williams on Radio 3

SMFA Audio Electronics Lecturer Sean Williams was on a programme called Radio Controlled on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 11 February at 18.45 with other academics, talking about early experimental electronic music on West German radio in the 1950s.

To listen to the programme go to Sean Williams is a researcher with a strong background in music practice. He has released a number of records on various labels in the UK, Europe and the USA, and performs solo and with groups including Grey Area, and the Monosynth Orchestra.

For more info go to our webpages.

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Researching the Rainbow Conference 2018 – new speakers announced!

Registration is still open for the Researching the Rainbow Conference from 15.00 – 20.00 on Thursday 15 February 2018 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 on the University of Kent Canterbury campus.

We strongly suggest you register online to confirm your place. Please find the agenda attached. We are delighted to announce renowned non-binary trans activists Fox and Owl will be speaking!

The conference, which forms part of the University’s LGBT History Month celebrations, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The conference will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the University’s Executive Group LGBT+/Gender Champion.

Topics include transsexuality in mental health care and the legal system, queer representation in the media, and the decolonization of sexuality, from students and academics from a range of schools and disciplines, as well as external partners.

If you would like to display a research poster, please email: by Tuesday 13 February.

The conference is free and all are welcome. Please forward this invitation to any colleagues/friends who may be interested.

Refreshments will be provided and gender neutral toilets are available.

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Kent alumna returns to Kent to interview students for Radio 4

University of Kent alumna and honorary graduate Fi Glover returned to Kent last week to interview current students about their opinions on how far relations between men and women are being redefined in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo. The interviews took place in the Student Media centre and will be aired on Wednesday 14 February at 1.45 on Radio 4.

Fi Glover and Peter Curran are traveling around the country to find out if, and how relations between the sexes are being redefined in the UK’s workplaces, from call centres, to comedy clubs to student unions.

Says Fi Glover: “Social change is usually only identified in the rear view mirror of history but we are going to try and run alongside this one and find out if we are living through one of the most significant cultural shifts of recent times.”

all for abstracts: 21st Iron Age Research Symposium

The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies is hosting the 21st Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) from Wednesday 30 May to Saturday 2 June 2018, with papers, posters and presentations taking place at the University of Kent, followed by guided tour of the ancient city of Canterbury.

IARSS is a research student focused conference, providing an opportunity for students to share their work, network and collaborate with others. More details about the conference will be released shortly, including schedules for submitting sessions and papers. This event is open for contributions from postgraduate research students and new researchers, however, MA students are also welcome to submit and participate in the conference. Although IARSS is promoted as an Iron Age conference, contributions from colleagues studying or working within related periods, such as the Late Bronze Age and Roman Iron Age are also welcome. Although it has a focus on British history, we welcome contributions from those colleagues examining the Iron Age elsewhere in the world, including, but not limited to, Ireland, the European continent and the Near East.

For those colleagues who wish to present a paper at IARSS 2018, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the background and themes of your research. Please also include five key words, separately, that relate to your research, and email your abstract to

The registration form will be available soon.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is by 4 May 2018.

For more, please see the IARSS Facebook page.

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SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale releases new single

SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale has released a new single Evolution which is available on all the usual music platforms (Spotify, iTunes etc). The video was filmed at the Dockyard and the Church, and featured University of Kent (Medway) students

Evolution  is taken from Anna’s forthcoming album Wide Sky, due for release on the 23rd March, featuring performances from Syrian musicians and the members of the English National Opera (ENO) chorus. Fusing together Middle Eastern music with Western pop, and continuing the world music theme featured in her pervious album ‘River Man’.

Anna Neale is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, composer, session vocalist, and voice over artist, and has performed at most of the major music conferences, released two albums and two EP’s to critical acclaim, written songs for other artists, radio and TV advertising, and provided vocals for many TV animations, songs and adverts. As well as her composing and performing credits, Anna has lectured at the University of Cambridge, The British Museum, BIMM (Brighton & London), Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the Oxford Brookes’s music industry board.  Her research interests include songwriting and the music of Ancient Greece.

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Studying with a sensory impairment

All staff, and especially those with a student facing or support role, are invited to an interactive workshop and information session on Wednesday 21st February in the Templeman Library with Tony Giles, blind global traveler and author, sharing his experiences of studying, living and travelling with sensory impairments.

Tony is totally blind and severely deaf in both ears, and gained a BA in American Studies from the University of Northampton in 2001 and a MA in Transatlantic Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2003.

He has written about some of his travel adventures in two published Ebooks: Seeing The World My Way, 2010 (republished 2017) and Seeing The Americas My Way, 2016.

You can follow Tony’s adventures at

Book your free place here.