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Rutherford Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T)

Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May, 2017

The portable appliance testing for Rutherford College is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May 2017.

Please ensure all equipment is available for testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. If there are any queries please call the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Sarah Turner’s Public House to be screened at Gulbenkian

Directed by award-winning artist Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research, the Grierson Award nominated film Public House (96 mins, 2016) which premiered in October 2015 at the BFI London Film Festival, and has also been screened at Tate Britain and the ICA, is being toured nationally through PictureHouse and other cinemas, including the Gulbenkian Cinema on 21 June at 18.45.

Organized and sponsored by Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (UKC) and the Gulbenkian Cinema, the film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Turner, chaired by Thanos Zartaloudis (Kent Law School; AA School of Architecture and Co-director of KISS).

Ingram / Stacey – Fire Alarm Testing

On Monday 10 April – Thursday 13 April 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in the Ingram / Stacey building.

Each test will last no longer than 2 minutes and will be silent testing under controlled conditions. All rooms will need to be accessed, as this testing is a legal requirement.

The testing will be carried out in-house by the Estates department fire alarm engineer.

Due to the importance of this work your co-operation will be appreciated and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Legacy gift will support students

The University has received a legacy from the estate of the late Antony Copley, a member of the School of History.

Anthony passed away in July 2016 and his legacy will support the Copley Prize, which was founded during his lifetime and provided an annual prize to reward the best final year history dissertation.

Antony saw active service during the Suez Crisis, then studied at Oxford and taught at Bangor before joining the University of Kent in 1967. He specialised in 19th century French and Indian history and retired in 2002 as a Reader. In 2008, Anthony joined the newly-formed Former Staff Association and served as a member of its Liaison Group for a number of years.

Following his retirement, Antony continued to be an active supporter of the School of History, attending events and continuing to research and to write books, including Music and the Spiritual: Composers and Politics in the 20th Century (2012). He also enjoyed judging the entries to the Copley Prize and presenting the prize itself. In 2014, in recognition of his publications, his steadfast support for the School and his contribution to its intellectual life, Antony was granted an honorary professorship.

Antony’s legacy will ensure that the Copley Prize continues and that future generations of students are rewarded for their achievements.

Alison Coles, Director of Development said: ‘We are hugely thankful for Antony’s decision to remember the University in his will. The Copley Prize will commemorate his life and continue his commitment to students in the School of History.’

To learn more about leaving a legacy to the University, see

Go Abroad Awards 2017

International Partnerships was delighted to host the University’s inaugural Go Abroad Awards on 30 March 2017, celebrating the efforts and achievements of students who have undertaken a study or work placement abroad.

All nominees received official recognition for exceptional achievements attained through their engagement with Go Abroad. Each had demonstrated exceptional engagement with their Go Abroad experience and contributed to enhancing Go Abroad opportunities and benefits for fellow students, staff and their wider communities. Visit to view the list of 2017 winners and runner-ups.

Winners were awarded a cash prize alongside their certificate of achievement. Alexander Stylianoudis, winner of the Go Abroad Best School Ambassador award, noted, “I would like to thank the University for allowing hundreds of students like myself to discover the world. I would also like to thank Miss Summer Bishop for making me discover the most beautiful places on earth…I would have never met her had it not been for the University of Kent study abroad programme”

Since 2001, International Partnerships has supported over 4500 students in engaging with a Go Abroad experience as part of their studies. We believe that these experiences provide invaluable opportunity for students to grow in self-confidence, make friends, and develop a more profound perception of the world having gained first-hand experience of other countries.

Following the ceremony, James North remarked, ‘The Go Abroad Awards was such a fantastic occasion to celebrate the diverse nature of the University of Kent’s Go Abroad Scheme…Though winners were selected, in a sense all in the gala were winners as Go Abroad continues to become more and more successful. The event was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. I cannot wait to hear about the continued success of the scheme.’

Congratulations again to all winners and runner-ups!

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March’s Let’s Play Participant of the Month is Glory!

Glory joined Let’s Play recently but since then has been attending numerous sessions.

She has tried and grown to love ball sports such as Volleyball and Basketball, comes to weekly fitness classes such as Kettlebells and Dancefit and even gave Climbing a go!

Glory has attended over 40 sessions, therefore winning herself a Let’s Play hoody!

Glory has shared her views on Let’s Play with us:

‘Coming into university, I knew that I wanted to get back into sports after years of not being as active as I used to be. Somewhere along the line with fresher’s events and all, I got into the Lets Play programme. Let’s Play has helped to make my university experience a greater one as a whole and provides a platform on which I could make that change of getting active, fit, healthy and sporty again.’

If like Glory you want to be active and try a variety of different sport sessions head to our booking website.

Staff wellbeing books in the Templeman Library

The Templeman Library has a staff wellbeing books collection, covering the latest ideas on topics including:

-managing change
-dealing with stress
-managing happy staff
-inspirational classics

You might be interested in reading these for professional development, or to help make your working life easier.

The collection includes over 40 books and e-books. If you’re a member of University staff, you can borrow up to 32 items from the Library at once.

Where do I find them?

Browse the whole collection on the reading list. Click on a title and you’ll be able to see if it’s a physical book or an e-book, whether it’s available to borrow, and where it is in the Library.

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Looking for more wellbeing books?

We also have a Wellbeing and Self Help reading list aimed mainly at students. It contains a wealth of reading on a wide range of subjects useful to everyone.

What should we add next?

Do you know a great book that promotes wellbeing? Recommend it to us we’d love to know about it so we can develop the collection.

Borrow more DVDs, for longer

You can now borrow most DVDs in the Templeman Library for 3 days, and borrow more at once.

The DVD collection is on Floor 2, Templeman West.

Longer borrowing time

We’ve extended the borrowing time from 24 hours to 3 days, thanks to feedback from students, staff and Kent Union. This makes it easier to borrow DVDs if you live off campus, and there’s less danger of getting a fine.

We’re working to update the stickers on our DVD cases, but most are already 3-day loans.

There are a few DVDs that you can’t borrow, but can only watch in the Library. These are films needed for School of Arts screenings.

Borrow more DVDs

We’ve also removed the limit on the number of DVDs you can borrow. You can borrow as many as you like, within your total allowance
Watch DVDs in the Library

You can watch DVDs in the Templeman Library at PCs, individual viewing stations and the group viewing room.

Watch films online, free

If you want to watch something that has been on TV in the last few years, you might find it on BoB.

BoB is an on-demand TV and radio service for education. You can watch recordings of most programmes that have been shown on major channels, request programmes to be recorded, and make playlists. It’s all free – just sign in with your KentOne account.

More free film, TV and audio resources

Busy spring season for Conferences and Events

During the spring vacation period our team is expecting to welcome over 2,500 delegates/guests to the campus for various internal and external conferences and events taking place between Saturday 8 April and Friday 5 May.

2017 is the busiest spring vacation for a number of years and a lot of the events are for returning clients which is a real testament to the quality of service we provide.

Our team is also gearing up for a great summer and would love to hear from you if you are thinking about holding a conference or event at the Canterbury or Medway campus.
Get in touch today by calling 01227 828000 or email or visit our website