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A Chodzko portrait by Clay

Adam Chodzko’s About Knots film to be shown at Whitechapel Gallery

SMFA Fine Art Senior Lecturer Adam Chodzko has a video work, About Knots, screened on 8 February at the Whitechapel Gallery. The screening is part of Refuge – an evening of films, sound-works and readings that mark Britain’s historic status as a place of sanctuary for threatened European artists.

About Knots focuses on the relationship between artist Kurt Schwitters in the final years of his life in the late 1940’s, living in poverty, (and exile) in the Lake District, and J. Edgar Kaufmann,  wealthy owner of the Kaufman Department Store in Pittsburgh, USA. The work combines text and moving image and creates a narrative about longing, creation and fragmentation, endings and beginnings.

Further information is available on the Whitechapel Gallery webpages.

Ghost, installed in Plymouth Harbour, as part of the Tamar Project (2012)

The Ash Archive features work by SMFA’s Adam Chodzko

SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist, Adam Chodzko, is featured in new exhibition, The Ash Archive. The Archive, a collaboration between Kent and The Ash Project  examines the human relationship with the ash tree and woodlands.

Reflecting on the uncertain future of the ash tree, the exhibition brings together works by artists, designers and local makers which explore our dynamic and complex relationship with the life and death of the natural world.

Artists featured include Ackroyd & Harvey, Colin Booth, ,Sebastian Cox, French & Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, David Nash (in collaboration with Common Ground), Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Sheaf + Barley,  and there is a collection of objects made from ash wood from Rob Penn’s book The man who made things out of trees.

The Private View is on Thursday 18 January, 18.00-21.00, at Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, School of Arts, Canterbury.  The exhibition runs until 14 April.

The exhibition is curated by Madeleine Hodge and Rose Thompson for The Ash Project in partnership with the University of Kent, and will tour galleries across Kent in 2018, including Limbo Gallery in Margate, Nucleus Arts in Chatham, UCA Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Salt Festival and at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.

The Ash Archive will grow over the course of the exhibition and the public are invited to make contributions of ash objects to the archive. The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to the devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree.   For more information go to:


Entries for Guardian University Awards 2018

The Guardian University Awards 2018 were launched last week and entries are welcome until the final deadline of Friday 23 February.

The Guardian are inviting entries from UK HE across 15 categories which will be shortlisted and judged by an expert panel. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in April. Corporate Communications will again be co-ordinating Kent’s award submissions this year.

This year’s Guardian University Award categories are listed below and, with only a couple of exceptions, any projects nominated must have started within the last 18 months.

1.Teaching excellence

2. Advancing staff equality

3. Student experience

4. Widening access and outreach

5. Retention, support and student outcomes

6. Course and curriculum design

7. Employability and entrepreneurship

8. Business collaboration

9. Social and community impact

10. Research impact (projects must have finished in the past 24 months)

11. Internationalisation

12. Digital innovation

13. Buildings that inspire (capital projects must have been completed within the last 24          months)

14. Sustainability project

  1. Marketing and comms campaigns

You can find out more about the awards on the Guardian webpages.

Please do get in touch with Corporate Communications asap if you know of a project that we should be considering for this year’s awards – email us on

staff speed-dating event

Sign-up for Strictly Professional Speed-Dating event on 14 February

Would you like to meet colleagues across the University in an informal setting to understand their roles better, enhance collaborative working and build professional networks?

This Valentine’s Day, the Academic Division invites you to attend Kent’s first Strictly Professional Speed-Dating event. This will be a fun event on 14 February 2018 mirroring the well-known speed-dating format!

The event is open to all those working at Kent, whether based in schools or in central departments, either in an academic or a professional services capacity, and will take place in the Darwin Conference Suite (Canterbury) and Rochester Building (R2-09, Medway) between 11.00 – 12.00. followed by some additional networking time over a cup of tea/coffee and cake if you wish to stay back and meet yet more colleagues.

This event is part of the Kent Colleagues Connect scheme building on a number of very successful pilot projects run by the Academic Division over the last couple of years which brought together nearly 300 participants across 450 separate interactions. Kent Colleagues Connect will provide various opportunities throughout 2018 for informal meetings between colleagues across the University. The full calendar of events is available here.

Kent Colleagues Connect is the latest scheme from the Excellence Initiative, a professional development programme run by the Academic Division since 2012

Please register here for the Speed-dating event before 1 February 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact us on

Only The Last time

Help to give up smoking

Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard, so it stops us even trying. Giving up smoking is one of those things. It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.

NHS Stop Smoking will be on campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for seven weeks from 8 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College.  You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two. NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.

Come on…. make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!

For details on how to book an appointment follow this No more lectures poster.

Medway College Life for Staff

Medway College Life for staff

Medway College Life is providing staff with social, physical, recreational and cultural events during the Spring Term 2018.

It’s time to reclaim your lunch break and create a sense of community!

Get together with your fellow colleagues for a range of FREE activities in the Rochester Senior Common Room (R2-04).

What’s coming up in January:

  • Book Club – Come along and share your opinion and thoughts on the book over tea and cake. Books can be nominated and chosen by the book club, we will aim to explore one book every two weeks. Every Tuesday 13.00-14.00 from 16 January.
  • Tea/Coffee morning – enjoy a late breakfast with a pastry and coffee on Wednesday 17  January at 10.00.
  • Soup and walk – Enjoy a hearty soup after a walk around Medway Campus on Thursday 25 January, 12.00-13.00! Book in advance by emailing
  • Stress Management drop in – Join our campus Chaplain to find out more about stress management. Learn how to manage your stress at work. Tuesday 30 January, 12.00-13.00

A full calendar of events is available here.

Don’t fancy joining in any of these activities? The Rochester Senior Common Room is open to all Medway staff every day.


Diego Peña

New international exchange agreement with Colombian university for PhD legal scholars

Colombian PhD legal scholar Diego Peña is the first to benefit from a new international exchange agreement between Kent Law School and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá DC.

The reciprocal agreement enables up to three doctoral research students from each institution to study at the partner institution for a period of six to 12 months. It was instigated by Kent Law School Senior Lecturer Dr Luis Eslava with support from the Law School’s Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Professor Donatella Alessandrini, Director of International Programmes Lisa Dickson and Law Lecturer Dr Rose Sydney Parfitt.

Both Kent and Los Andes also share a commitment to promote academic staff mobility opportunities and the development and consolidation of research networks with a view to developing collaborative teaching, joint research projects and joint conferences and seminars.

Diego was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Kent Law School’s distinctive critical approach to socio-legal research and arrived in September to work under the supervision of Dr Eslava. His thesis is a study of the relationship between urban policy and public law in three Latin American cities: São Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Bogotá.

Diego said: ‘Kent was very attractive to me because I was trying to introduce a critical approach to my thesis. Additionally, I had read a book by Dr Eslava that was very stimulating and useful. He studies the links between local urban development and international law in developing countries that takes Bogotá as an example.’

This latest international exchange agreement is the second to be made available to PhD scholars at Kent Law School; the first agreement signed in May between Kent Law School and the University of Melbourne was also the first PhD student exchange agreement to be made available at Kent.

Internationalisation Forum 2018

Sign-up for Internationalisation Forum – January 2018

The Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning is pleased to invite you to the University’s annual Internationalisation Forum, which will take place at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses next term.

The Canterbury Forum will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018 in the Darwin Conference Suites 1 and 2, from 09.30-13.00. The event will start with refreshments at 09.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.

Our Medway Forum will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 in the Gillingham Building, Room G3-04, from 10.00 – 11.00. The link to sign up for this event is here.

The aim of this year’s events is to provide an overview on the progress of the University’s internationalisation activity and to launch the process of updating and consulting with colleagues for the next phase of the Internationalisation Strategy. This is in line with the University’s forthcoming review of its overall strategic plan.

Professor Karen Cox, Vice Chancellor, has kindly agreed to give the Canterbury Forum’s opening speech. The full programme will be published shortly.

All staff are invited to attend and there will be representation from the student body.

We very much look forward to seeing you at one of the events.

Arriva January-December 2018 discounted bus ticket

Missed out on the Arriva discounted bus ticket at the start of the year? You have another opportunity to purchase the discounted bus ticket which is valid until 31 December 2018.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus all over Medway, Kent and East Sussex. This includes the 191 service which operates to and from Liberty Quays- Campus- Chatham- Isle of Grain, and stops on Pembroke campus and at Western Avenue and Dock Road for access to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The student annual ticket is £140 which works out at around 39p per day. The staff annual ticket is £280 which works out at around 78p per day. To get access to these huge discounts you will need to enter the relevant promotional code found at . Once you have entered the code, the price will drop down from £940 to £140 or £280 accordingly.

Arriva are attending the Refresher’s Fair at the Student Hub Tuesday 17 January 2018 if you want to find out more information about tickets and timetables.

Pint of Science Festival

Share your research at a Pint of Science event

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.

A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.

Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to  double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.

We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.

If you are interested, please email with the following details by 23.59 on Wednesday 31 January 2018:

  1. Your name and school
  2. A summary of your research (max 100 words)
  3. Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
  4. A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).

Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: and

The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.

Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at