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Christmas treats and games for Save the Children

The Medway College Master’s Office is supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day by hosting an afternoon of Christmas treats and fun games. If you would like to take the opportunity to wear a festive jumper then please wear your jumper and donate £1.

Please come and join us for celebrations in the Senior Common Room (R2-02 located in the Rochester Building above No1 Bistro) on Friday 15 December 2017, 15:00-17:00

We hope to see as many of you as possible. If you don’t have a Christmas jumper then you can wear anything related to Christmas, no restrictions!

KGSA Charity Food Drive

There’s a box in Woolf Reception for you to donate food items.

Please make that food is in date, unopened and non-perishable – either stuff from your cupboards that you won’t use over Christmas or bits that you can pick up as part of your weekly shop – we recommend tins, pasta, biscuits and sweets!

This has been organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association. 

Image credit: by KGSA

Gift Giving Tree in Woolf Reception

There are two Christmas trees in Woolf Reception, with Christmas cards on the branches.

These cards have kids’ names and ages on them who won’t necessarily get gifts this Christmas.

If you would like to take a card or two and buy an appropriate gift for that child, that would be great!

When you have bought a gift, please write a message in the card inside the envelope and stick it to the gift. Don’t wrap it – the KGSA elves will do that, and return it to the box by the trees by  Friday 15 December at the latest!

This charity activity is organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association.

Image credit: by KGSA

KGSA Christmas Kitchen Decoration Contest

Woolf College Reception is now very Christmassy with two trees and lots of tinsel!

You too can get involved by decorating the windows in your kitchen for the holiday period.

The Kent Graduate Student Association KGSA will choose the winners on December 13 -14 from across Tyler, Keynes Woolf and Darwin.

Make sure whatever you put in the windows (lights, tinsel, fake snow etc.), is safe and can be easily cleaned off after Christmas ends!

To register your kitchen contact Tom or Rowena through the University Postgraduate 2017 Facebook group.

Each kitchen will cost £1 to enter, with the winning kitchen getting £100 hamper full of Christmas treats!

Image credit: by KGSA

Kent students launch £10k fundraising campaign for international exchange visit

A £10k fundraising campaign has been launched by Kent Law Clinic students to help meet costs for an international exchange visit by a law clinic in Sierra Leone.

The visit is the first in a new exchange programme with the Law Clinic at the University of Makeni (UniMak). Six students and two staff from UniMak will stay at Kent’s Canterbury campus for 10 days in January/February 2018 and it is hoped that a smaller number of students from Kent will then visit Sierra Leone in April 2018.

The visit to Kent will include trips to courts in Canterbury and London, a trip to the Houses of Parliament and meetings with local lawyers. There will also be a moot in the Wigoder Law Building’s purpose-built Moot Room on the University’s Canterbury campus.

The Makeni-Kent Project Exchange’s fundraising campaign will help meet the costs of air, train and bus travel, accommodation and an amount in respect of subsistence. The cost per student is around £1,500. Fundraising activities planned for 2018 include a pub quiz, a fun run and a gaming night at Mungo’s Bar and Bistro on campus. Contributions from sponsors/donors are warmly welcomed on the GoFundMe page.

A partnership with UniMak began with the law clinic in Makeni in 2014. Sierra Leone has a Common Law jurisdiction, based on that of the UK, with the two countries sharing similar legal procedure and also some case-law and statute. Kent students work under the supervision of Law Clinic solicitors to help with legal research for criminal cases being defended by students and volunteer lawyers in Sierra Leone.

The Makeni-Kent Project aims to enrich the legal education of law students in both countries with a shared determination to also deepen knowledge and understanding of each other’s cultures and legal systems.


Interested in information privacy?

SSPSSR PhD candidate, Hayley is conducting research about information privacy and invites anyone between the ages of 20-40, who uses social media and owns a smartphone to complete a short survey.

The survey will gather data on our attitudes and thoughts about sharing information  online through social media and transactions with organisations. All details will of course be anonymised and confidential.

For more information and to complete the survey.

All participants will be entered into a draw to win a £25 i-Tunes voucher – and will be helping Hayley towards her final thesis.

Where do you like to live and why? Take the Housing Survey

Students play a key role in the life of the district and we hope you will spend five minutes giving the council your views.

We are looking at our housing strategy and are keen to know what type of housing and where in the city you prefer to live and why. For example; living in a shared house away from the campus, in university accommodation, in privately run accommodation especially built for students or at home with your family.

We also want to know what factors help you decide where to live like cost or the quality of the facilities offered. The information you give us will be used by our planners to advise developers on how they can best meet your needs.

Take the survey now.

Once you’ve completed the survey, you will be added into a prize draw to win one of three £20 high-street vouchers. 

Image credits: University of Kent

University supporting World AIDS Day – 1 Dec

The University’s LGBT+ Staff Network is working with the Gulbenkian to support World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December.

Two films are being screened to promote the day, which is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

Red ribbons will be available from the Gulbenkian Box Office for a donation to support the National AIDS Trust, and two LGBT+ films are being screened to commemorate this important day:

  • Call me by your name
  • Thelma

Find out more at


Auditions for the University of Kent Players: The Ghost Train

The University of Kent Players will be back at the Gulbenkian on the 12-14 April 2018 with Arnold Ridley’s ‘The Ghost Train’.

We will be holding a script read through at 17.30 on Thursday 7 December 2017 in Grimond Seminar Room 1. This will be an opportunity for people to sit together reading through the script aloud.

Auditions will be held at 17.30 on Tuesday 12 December (in Grimond Seminar Room 1) and 12.00 on Thursday 14 December (in Grimond Seminar Room 2). No experience is necessary; we are a group made up of all ages and abilities and are very welcoming.

More information on the play, auditions, and characters.

We are always looking for new members both on stage and off stage and so if you are interested in being involved in this production in any way then please contact us on

The University of Kent Players are the amateur dramatics group for staff at Kent. We put on two shows per year at the Gulbenkian. Our latest productions include Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Wyrd Sisters, and Pride and Prejudice.

More information on the group or like us on Facebook (uokplayers).


Lecture theatre

Centre for American Studies open lectures

The Centre for American Studies are hosting the following lectures:

  • Suffering, Struggle, Survival: The Activism, Artistry, and Authorship of Frederick Douglass and Family (1818-2018) Celeste-Marie Bernier
    By Professor of Black Studies, University Edinburgh
    Thursday 30 November 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, Prof. Bernier traces his activism, artistry and authorship alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons. As activists, educators, campaigners, civil rights protesters, newspaper editors, orators, essayists, and historians in their own right, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass each played a vital role in the freedom struggles of their father. They were no less afraid to sacrifice everything they had as they each fought for Black civic, cultural, political, and social liberties by every means necessary. The fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives as their rallying cry lives on to inspire today’s activism: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

  • Spit Truth to Power? Occupy Wall Street and New York Hip Hop Culture
    By Dr Eithne Quinn, University of Manchester
    Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    Examining responses from hip-hop culture to the Occupy Wall Street mobilization of 2011, Dr Quinn’s talk focuses in particular on three rap entrepreneurial creatives, Russell Simmons, Shawn Carter (Jay Z), and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent). Occupy protested against extreme levels of inequality, declaring that it represented the 99 percent in opposition to the 1 percent financial elite. While these hip-hop moguls were all within the 1 percent ranks—they had nonetheless built star brands that represented people, in race and class terms, at the other end of the economic spectrum. This tension was negotiated in markedly different ways by the three moguls.

  • Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the Four Freedoms: How a slip of the tongue inspired artists and changed the world
    By Dr James J.Kimble, Associate Professor of Communication and the Arts Seton Hall University, New Jersey
    Thursday 14 December 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    Rockwell painted four homely images depicting the Four Freedoms, inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech delivered to Congress on the eve of World War II. The U.S. government subsequently issued posters of Rockwell’s paintings in a highly successful war bond campaign that raised more than $132 million for the war effort. Rockwell’s homely depictions of Roosevelt’s abstract concepts were widely popular across America. Dr Kimble explores how the paintings dramatised and personalised the president’s Four Freedoms and the implications of this transformation for conceptualising the rhetorical presidency.