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Writing with Impact – a writing workshop for administrative staff

The Learning and Teaching network have arranged a workshop for administrators who would like to improve the effectiveness and quality of their non-academic writing.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 4 April 2018, 13.00-16.00, in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

The ability to write well is an indispensable skill that most people wish they could improve. This inspiring workshop will explore techniques you can use to become a more efficient and persuasive writer. Run by Susan Barker, a novelist with extensive experience as a writing facilitator, this half-day course will include many practical tips and fun activities to strengthen and energise your writing. Participants will complete a pre-workshop questionnaire so specific writing issues can be addressed.

As places are strictly limited, priority will be given to those who can attend for the whole course.

The session is free of charge to participants, but schools/departments are asked to provide a cost code. If a participant fails to attend or cancels without at least 2 working days’ notice, the code will be debited £60 for a half day programme. A charge will not be made in cases of illness or for other valid reasons.

To book a place please email us.


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Alumni research in Contemporary Buddhism

The Department of Religious Studies is delighted to announce that alumni Robert Maguire, who graduated with a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, has published material related to his research in the journal ‘Contemporary Buddhism’.

Contemporary Buddhism is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles on the current state and influence of Buddhism.

Robert’s doctoral project was entitled ‘The Madhyamaka Speaks to the West: A Philosophical Analysis of the Nature of Sunyata as a Universal Truth’. The article is entitled ‘An All-new Timeless Truth: A Madhyamaka Analysis of Conflict and Compromise in Buddhist Modernism’.

The article explores the argument put forward by Donald Lopez, who argues that we should reject the narrative of compatibility between Buddhism and science (as any apparent compatibility is achieved through a process of propositional compromise that sacrifices Buddhism’s distinctive content). This conclusion puts tension on the project within Buddhist modernism to formulate a form of Buddhism that functions within or alongside modern scientific paradigms. While agreeing with Lopez, Robert argues that this conclusion only holds under a particular epistemological assumption that is at odds with the Madhyamaka-Prāsaṅgika philosophy of śūnyatā, and suggests that a Madhyamaka analysis of the tensions in Buddhist modernism opens up the possibility of a friction-less pluralism between Buddhism and science.

You can access the article here.

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The Painleve Project

Professor Peter Clarkson (SMSAS) led a successful proposal for a SQuaRE (Structured Quartet Research Ensembles) research program at the American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose, CA together with Percy Deift (New York University, USA), Alexander Its (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA), Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney, Australia), Victor Moll (Tulane University, New Orleans, USA) and Tom Trogdon (University of California, Irvine, USA).

The program will take place at the American Institute of Mathematics, in February 2019. The topic of the program is “The Painleve Project” and the objective is to develop the research done by Peter Clarkson on Painleve equations which formed the basis for the SMSAS Impact Case “Public access to mathematical functions” in REF 2014.

The six Painleve equations were first discovered by the French Mathematician Paul Painleve, who later became Prime Minister of France, and colleagues in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In recent years the Painleve equations have emerged as the core of modern special function theory.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, classical special functions such as the Bessel, Airy, Legendre, and hypergeometric functions were studied in response to the problems of the day in electromagnetism, acoustics, hydrodynamics, elasticity and many other areas. Around the middle of the 20th century, as science and engineering continued to expand in new directions the Palnleve functions, appeared in applications. The list of problems now known to be described by the Palnleve equations is large, varied and expanding rapidly.

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Construction of New Economics Building

We are pleased to announce that Wilmott Dixon have this week commenced construction of the new Economics Building on the site of the now demolished Kent Research and Development Centre.

The project will complete in the spring of 2019. Access to the construction site is via the Sibson car park and we would ask that extra care and vigilance is taken when passing through this area.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this project please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Mark Ashmore
Project Manager

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CEWL Individual Writing Tutorials

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is offering Individual Writing Tutorials to give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from CEWL. Advice will be given on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each and are free of charge.

Tutorials are available all year. To make an appointment, please email us.


Please note that this is not a proof-reading service.

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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.