The University of Kent’s Templeman Library was ‘Highly Commended’ at last night’s Concrete Society Awards for the use of concrete in its new extension. Collecting the award were John Sotillo, Director of Information Services, John Morley and Mark Ashmore from the University’s Estates Department, Suzi Winstanley and Mara Monteiro (Penoyre & Prasad – project architects) and Helen Page (Structural Engineer, Price and Myers).
Suzi explains: “Our design exploits the aesthetic and formal properties of concrete to knit together the new extension with the existing brutalist building to create a vibrant, contemporary building at the heart of the University of Kent campus.”
Judges take into account such factors as visual impression and integration with the surrounding landscape, functional suitability, concrete properties exploited in the design, innovation in concrete composition, structure or form, execution and finish, sustainability credentials client satisfaction, and value for money.
Picture by Jim Higham. Cropped from original.
Professor Jeremy Carrette, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture and Kent’s Dean for Europe, featured in The Guardian newspaper last Friday (10 November).
The article, entitled ‘How To Do a Postgrad Course for Free in Europe’ examined the opportunities for postgraduate study on the continent in a post-Brexit era.
As Dean for Europe, Jeremy has responsibility for the engagement strategies in Kent’s postgraduate centres in Paris, Rome, Athens and Brussels.
To read the full article, please see The Guardian’s webpage here.
Dr Edward Kanterian, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, featured on BBC Radio 3’s Sunday Feature last week on 12 November in an edition entitled ‘A Column for Infinity’.
The programme explores the work of Romanian sculptor Constanin Brancusi and in particular his powerful memorial to the First World War, the ‘Endless Column’. The sculpture is a unique piece of commemorative art. It carries no specific reference to the dead of 1916 or of their heroic actions and sacrifices. In Romania the first World War symbolises reunification, and some believe the sculpture represents Romania’s expansion and history.
‘Each time somebody from our street would die a very long procession would be formed, and going all the way to the cemetery; and the endless column was there all the time in the background,’ reminisces Edward in the programme. ‘Under such a setting, death, in a way does not feel so bad any more, after all.’
Edward can be heard approximately at both 3 minutes and 13 minutes into the programme.
To listen to the full programme, please see the BBC webpage here.
For the first time there is going to be a Christmas Dinner taking place on Christmas day in Canterbury for any care leaver living or studying in Kent. Many young people who have grown up in local authority care feel excluded from the kind of family Christmas that many of us take for granted. We have a record number of care leaver students at Kent this year, and they have all been invited!
Please come along to our Coffee and Cake event in the Keynes Teaching Foyer from 12.00-14.00 on Tuesday 5 December where we will be offering coffee and cake in exchange for a gift or stocking filler for our Christmas Dinner guests.
To find out more about the project, please search for “Canterbury’s Christmas Dinner” on Facebook or click here to join the mailing list.
You can also choose a gift from the Amazon Wish List here or take a look at our crowdfunding page here if you would prefer to make a cash donation.
The University of Kent Players will be presenting a live recording of the classic romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story in the Gulbenkian Cafe on 24 and 25 November.
This new style of production by the Players provides the audience with an exciting glimpse in to the glamorous world of radio plays in the 1940s and a chance to meet the cast of a bygone era.
To add to the occassion, the Gulbenkian is offering a 2 course dinner menu for £15 at 19.00, prior to the performance. This is available to book online alongside booking your tickets here or call the box office on 01227 769075.
Come and join us to celebrate the launch on our new Ideas Café, Tuesday 31 October, 17.30-19.00 in the Templeman Lecturer Theatre.
Our inaugural presentation ‘Lies, more lies and democracy!! Is democracy working?’ will explore the concept of democracy in the 21st century and ask whether lies, propaganda and fake news are among some of the key challenges of our age.
Stretch your mind on a wide range of topics and join the discussion in an engaging, informal and open community. Practice presentation and discussion skills in a safe environment. Open to everyone at the University of Kent
Future Ideas Café gatherings will take place 17.30-19.00 on the first Tuesday of the month in Templeman Lecture Theatre; and the last Tuesday of the month in D | G | 01 / 02, Templeman Library.
Search for Ideas Café on Facebook or visit our blog.
The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to invite you to the forthcoming workshop entitled “Whither Liberal World Order? Challenges from Russia, Eurasia and Beyond” as part of the UPTAKE project led by the Universities of Kent, Tartu and Uppsala. The workshop will take place on 2 and 3 November 2017 in Darwin Conference Suite 1. The workshop is open to all University of Kent staff, PGR and PGT students and does not require any booking.
More information about the workshop can be found here and information about the UPTAKE project can be found on their web pages.
As part of the above workshop there will also be a guest keynote lecture by Professor Georg Sorensen from Aarhus University which will take place on 2 November 2017 at 6pm in GLT1. This will be followed by a drinks reception. The keynote lecture is open to all University staff and students (UG, PGT and PGR) and does not require any booking.
Full details and the programme for the workshop as well as further details about the keynote lecture can be found on the Global Europe Centre Website here.
Electrical HV Diversion Works
Thursday 26 October – Friday 17 November, 2017
In preparation for the impending demolition of the KRDC building there will be some noise disruption whilst trenching work is carried out between KRDC and the Stacey building in order to divert the HV power supply. During this time there will be some noise disruption. The work is expected to take approximately 3 weeks. Intermittently there may be interruptions to vehicle and pedestrian access whilst this work is carried out.
Eliot College & Becket Court – Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T)
Monday 6 November – Friday 15 December, 2017
On Monday 6 November until Friday 15 December 2017, the portable appliance testing for Eliot College and Becket Court is due to take place.
Please ensure all equipment is available for testing.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.
Colleagues are invited to attend the CSHE Research Seminar taking place on Thursday 2 November 2017, 1-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room. Sarah Parkes from Newman College will be presenting the seminar on Academic and Professional Services in partnership to enhance the student experience.
This seminar will discuss emergent themes arising from a pilot study published in 2014 through exploration of the rationale for collaboration across staff and student groups; recognition of the benefits and challenges of collaborative work alongside providing opportunity for reflection on institutional contexts and directions.
For further details please visit the web page here.
To book a place please email us.
On Thursday 2 November in Keynes Atrium from 12pm – 3pm Kent Union’s Jobshop are proud to present their first Part-Time, Temporary & Seasonal Recruitment Fair of the academic year. If you are looking for paid work opportunities alongside your studies make sure you do not miss out as we have a fantastic array of companies attending our fair to promote suitable vacancies for Kent students. We have employers who are recruiting locally and nationally with rates from minimum wage to £30 per hour.
Some of the attendees you can expect to see are:
- Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
- Scott Anderson Catering
- CATS College
- Mash Staffing
- Kent Autistic Trust
and many more!
Ensure you bring copies of your CV with you and come along to speak directly with a wide range of student employers. If you’re a Medway student please make sure to book your free shuttle bus to the Canterbury Campus as soon as possible.