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Aurora Programme 2014/15

The University is pleased to announce it is continuing participation in the Aurora programme.

The Aurora programme is a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) development programme for women in higher education.

The programme is sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow and Dr Ruth Blakeley (Reader in International Relations) is the Kent Aurora Champion.

Following last year’s involvement and experience of Aurora, the University will again be supporting a Kent cohort for 2014/15.

Female academic staff up to Senior Lecturer level will be invited to apply through their Faculty and, in addition this year we will be piloting the Aurora programme in two selected professional service areas where women are currently under-represented.

For more information: email

Kent Music What’s On guide

The new music programme for September to December has now been published online.

This season is set to embrace everything from ancient instruments to contemporary chamber opera, the Hall will be abuzz this autumn, featuring some of the very best music across the next four months.

The Lunchtime Concert series begins on Wednesday 8 October with Rags to Riches as pianist Helen Crawford brings her period-costume-bedecked performance of ragtime music.

This season will launch the new ensemble-in-residence, ‘CantiaQuorum’, who open their residency with Bach and Copland on Wednesday 5 November, as a curtain-raiser to their first formal concert later in the month with Stravinsky and Walton.

December’s lunchtime concert will involve ‘The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments’ who will be exploring the common ground between Renaissance, Baroque and traditional Norwegian music.

The Hall will welcome visiting performers including the ‘Nova Music Ensemble’ who will come in October as part of the Canterbury Festival, bringing contemporary chamber operas by Cecilia McDowall and Stephen McNeff.

Throughout 2014-15 the Colyer-Fergusson will be participating in the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, featuring alumni and Honorary Doctorate recipients. We are delighted to welcome acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor, Trevor Pinnock, in a recital of music by Bach.

The Chorus and Orchestra will perform music by Mozart and Beethoven, and the term concludes with the usual Big Band seasonal cracker in December.

You can check out all that’s coming up on the What’s On pages.

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Colyer-Fergusson Temporary Closure

The Music Department would like to apologise in advance for the closure of the Colyer-Fergusson Building on Wednesday, 20, Thursday, 21, and Friday, 22 August. The closure is due to recording in the main Hall. For more information contact:

50th Anniversary European Scholarship

Students have spent two weeks living and studying within the University’s European Centre’s in both Brussels and Paris as part of 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

Students had the opportunity to participate in academic sessions as well as cultural activities within two iconic European cities. In Paris, students resided in the Montparnasse district, where celebrated artists such as Picasso had his studio. For two weeks they immersed themselves in French culture by exploring the city’s art, architecture, film, drama, writing and philosophy.

Addressing the theme ‘Revolution’, students benefited from a daily format of interconnected lectures and excursions guided by academic specialists. They also visited a wide range of cultural and historically significant sites which included the Grand Palais, Musee Rodin, and the Gardens of Versailles.

The theme in Brussels, ‘Europe and the World’, was tailored to complement the Brussels setting. Students benefited from dynamic academic sessions on international migration, European Neighbourhood Policy, globalisation, and climate change, as well as taking part interactive simulation exercises on the European Union, and lobbying.

With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, students also visited the Ypres, Flanders, where some of the most intense fighting took place. Here, students learned human cost and political impact of the First World War and discovered how it helped to shape Europe today.

Throughout the Summer Schools students were able to study and interact with other Kent students who are outside of their usual programme of study. In doing so, they were exposed to different approaches to the same subject as they debated and discussed with each other.

For many students, the Summer Schools were a unique experience, which allowed them to gain analytic and intercultural skills, with one student describing their programme as a ‘beautiful, original experience, one for the memory books.’ 

The Summer Schools were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of internal departments and the Student Projects Fund.