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Why not add a Year in Arts to your degree?

The Year in Arts 2017 start application is open to all stage 2 students. You will take this year after your second year and before your third year.

Modules that may be on offer to you during your Year in Arts include:

  • Screenwriting
  • Images of War and Violence
  • Media and Performance
  • Beauty in Theory, Culture & Contemporary Art
  • Art and Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Digital Domains
  • Animated Worlds
  • Television Series

By studying a Year in Arts you will:

  • Learn skills suitable for a career in arts, media and the creative industries.
  • Apply an arts subject to your primary area of study.
  • Gain arts knowledge and skills that will be of lasting value in a field that is constantly changing.
  • Develop an understanding of the history, theory and practice of film, drama, arts and/or media that can be applied in your future employment or further study.
  • Develop general critical, analytical, creative and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different work and life environments.

If you are interested, then make sure you apply by Saturday 1 April 2017.

If you would like more information then please do feel free to email us.

Please note that the Year in Arts will only be available to students who achieve 60% (merit) or above in their years prior to entering the Year in Arts.

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

Join the eggs-travaganza and be in with a chance of winning one of over 100 prizes!

From 27-31 March there will be 100 eggs to be found, and over 100 prizes to be won!

To join the eggs-travaganza, and be in with a chance to win cracking prizes, you need to find the eggs that Kent Bunny has hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. He has also hidden 15 ‘onscreen’ – take a selfie in front of them and submit to Twitter, Instagram or post to this Facebook event using #KentBunny.

Prizes up for grabs include: Amazon vouchers, sports massages at Kent Sport, Gulbenkian tickets, meals out on campus, In Conversation tickets, a branded varsity jacket, University of Kent Monopoly sets and much more….and lots of chocolate eggs of course!

At the end of the week, everyone who has found an egg will then be entered into the grand prize draw for the chance to win a camera or an iPad mini.

The competition is open to all University of Kent staff, students and alumni.

Follow the clues each day which will be posted here and on Twitter @unikentevents.


What are you doing for Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24 March 2017! What are you doing to fund raise this year?

If you’re organising an event, bake sale or even a fancy dress competition, then we want to know about it so we can help promote it on the University of Kent social media channels.

Let us know how you’ll be fundraising by sending us the information to Stories at Kent.

Thinking of fundraising for Red Nose Day? Check out the Red Nose Day fundraising page for ideas and view how donations will be making a difference this year.

Wellbeing Festival 2017

The Wellbeing Team in Student Support and Wellbeing is running a Wellbeing Festival, in conjunction with Kent Union, on Thursday 23 March in Eliot Hall, from 10.00-16.00.

The aim is to encourage and support students and staff to take care of their own wellbeing in a variety of fun and practical ways, as well as providing information on how to reach out for help when necessary.

There is an exciting line-up of internal and external organisations taking part in the day, including Espression Arts café, yoga sessions, a bushcraft workshop, poetry therapy, mindful colouring, various mental health and charity stands, representatives from the LGBT network, the Chaplaincy, Sports Centre and Kent Union, refreshments and live music.

It will be very interactive and, hopefully, a memorable experience to remind people to connect positively with their own mind and body, and with each other.

For more information, see the Wellbeing Festival webpages.

Worldfest 2017

Banish those winter blues by joining the Worldfest fun from 13-18 March.

The festival, organised by staff and students, celebrates diversity and  multiculturalism at the University. Highlights include:

  • International food fayre outside Essentials in Canterbury from 13-17 March
  • Outdoor film screening of Bollywood blockbuster ‘ Rab De Bana Jodi’ on Tuesday 14 March
  • Paint-throwing fun for Holi on Wednesday 15 March
  • Student societies perform at the International Student Showcase on Thursday 16 March

View the full programme for Canterbury and Medway.

SoundImageSound International Festival of New Music at SMFA

On Tuesday 7 March at 17.00 in the Clock Tower Lecture Theatre, School of Music and Fine Art, there will be a screening of pieces from the SoundImageSound International Festival of New Music. Robert Coburn, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, will present the works and give a short pre-concert talk. This event is FREE to attend

From 2003 to 2014, the SoundImageSound International Festival of New Music and Visual Image presented annual performances of new works by composers and visual artists who merged sound and image in a form of inter/multi-media. Curated from an open call for works, SIS featured a widely diverse collection of styles and media from artists across all continents.

Robert Coburn
Influenced by minimal visual art and traditional Japanese music and theatre, composer, performer, and sound artist Robert Coburn merges minimal sound and silence in a perceptual experience of time and personal memory. His compositions often integrate field recordings with live performance and video. He was a founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and has created gallery installations and permanent soundworks as public art throughout the US.

Sent in by Jane Seaman

Tickets on sale for Kent Critical Law Society’s annual conference

Tickets are now on sale for Kent Critical Law Society’s flagship conference themed this year on ‘Law in Times of Crisis.’

More than 40 panelists will be contributing their expertise over two days, on 18-19 March, including keynote speakers Dr Vicki Squire (Reader in International Security at Warwick) and Dr David Blake (Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School, City University London and Director of the Pensions Institute).

The student-led event is organised each year by committee members from Kent Critical Law Society (KCLS) and will be hosted in 2017 in Woolf College on Kent’s Canterbury campus. As well as providing undergraduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to network with academics and practitioners from across the UK, this year’s conference will explore the broader context within which legal responses to an increasing array of social, economic, political and environmental challenges emerge. Presenters and attendees will also critically explore the wider impact of contemporary problems on states, communities and citizens.

Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets for the conference are available to purchase online. Early bird tickets, priced at £5, cover attendance at both days (including lunch, snacks and drinks).

As a society, KCLS aims to interrogate the social, economic and political dimensions that shape legal doctrine and contemporary society. One of six student societies at Kent Law School, it provides a forum in which students, academics, practitioners and non-governmental organisations can come together to discuss and debate critical legal issues and research.

More information about KCLS is available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

University of Kent Summer Schools in Canterbury

The University of Kent’s highly successful Summer Schools provide high-quality, postgraduate-level courses in areas ranging from architecture to politics and molecular biology to global business.

Open to current University of Kent students you can enhance your knowledge of your own subject area or choose to study something completely different to complement and gain skills to enhance your current degree. Students will also earn extra – curricular credit and employability points.

You study with academic staff whose passion for their subject is inspiring, with fellow students who share your interests, and have access to state-of-the-art equipment and first-class resources. Alongside subject expertise, you develop transferable skills and intercultural awareness, all of which are attractive to potential employers.

Taking a course, or courses, at Kent’s Summer School is a rewarding experience, and, for those considering postgraduate study at Kent, is a great opportunity to discover more about the University and a subject you are interested in.

There are tiered discounts available if you are taking more than one course and
you receive a discount of £150 if you book and pay in full by 5 May 2017.

We also have out European Summer Schools taking place at our specialist postgraduate centers in Paris and Brussels this year as well as our PHD school ‘Critical Theory’ in Paris.

For further information please visit our website or email us.

Reshmi Dutta-Flanders on The Talented Mr Ripley

Dr Reshmi Dutta-Flanders, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will be presenting at the American Crime Fiction symposium in Chicago, organised by the American Literature Association, on 3-4 March 2017.

Reshmi’s talk is titled ‘Narrative technique in Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley’, and will be delivered on Saturday 4 March.

In crime fiction, although the crime precedes the investigation, in the course of narration, such events are not presented in a chronological order due to personal experiences that are embedded in the narrative. Hence, there is a situated focus created as the perpetrator is residing within an ‘inter diegesis’ space constructed for the purpose of illusion, delay or even distortion in the manner the story of crime is influenced by the story of personal circumstance.

Reshmi will use Partricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel The Talented Mr Ripley subsequently adapted twice for cinema as the French Plein Soleil (1960) as well as the 1999 American adaption under the original name to analyse the linguistic dysfunctions used to evoke an intermediary space between narrative of the crime and narrative of the story.

For more details about the conference, please see the American Literature Association page here.

Simon Kirchin on reading Parfit

Dr Simon Kirchin, Reader in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, has edited a new book entitled Reading Parfit: On What Matters (Routledge, 2017).

Derek Parfit was one of the world’s leading philosophers. His On What Matters was the most eagerly awaited book in philosophy for many years. Reading Parfit: On What Matters is an essential overview and assessment of volumes 1 and 2 of Parfit’s monumental work by a team of international contributors, and includes responses by Parfit himself. It discusses central features of Parfit’s book, including the structure and nature of reasons; the ideas underlying moral principles; Parfit’s discussions of consequentialism, contractualism and Kantian deontology; and his metaethical ideas and arguments.

Reading Parfit will be central reading for students of ethics and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most important works of philosophy published in the last 50 years.

For full details of the book, please see the publisher’s page here.