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Student Success Mini Seminar – 19 April

Book your place now for the second Student Success mini-seminar, to be held on Canterbury campuses next month (April).

We are delighted to confirm the seminar, which will provide an overview of the revised Academic Advisor System in Psychology, will be held by Dr Emma Alleyne on:

– Wednesday 19 April 2017, Canterbury Campus, Keynes College, Lecture Theatre 4, 13.00-14.00.

Past implementation of the Academic Adviser System in the School of Psychology has resulted in limited engagement by staff and students. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce the new format taken within the School and present some of the early lessons learned and plans for future development.

All staff are invited to attend. To register your attendance please email Elizabeth Buswell.

We can also confirm that the fourth seminar will be delivered by Prof Toni Williams, Head of Kent Law School, and will present an excellent opportunity to learn more about Micro-Affirmation theory.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 10th May 2017, Canterbury Campus, Woolf Seminar Room 6, 13.00-14.00 further information will be circulated shortly, but please do make a note in your diaries.

Prof Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor

UK withdrawal from the European Union

Dear Colleagues,

The Prime Minister has now written to the President of the European Council announcing formally the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union. There will be a process lasting two years during which the terms of withdrawal are to be agreed. The timescale can be extended only if there is a unanimous vote at the European Council.

The period while negotiations take place is likely to create uncertainty for many of us. A wide range of issues concerning our present relationship with the European Union are clearly going to be affected. I want to take this opportunity of setting out what the higher education sector – and this University – is doing on the issues that are likely to be of most concern for us.

Most important, from my perspective is for there to be clarity on the status of EU citizens living in the UK. I was pleased that the Prime Minister’s letter states that she hopes to strike an early agreement on the rights of citizens living in the United Kingdom and UK citizens living in the EU. The University employs about 800 staff who are able to live and work in the UK under EU Treaty rights. Many more of us – myself included – have family members who are also affected. A favourable resolution of this issue is the very top priority for Universities UK, the national organisation that I currently head. I, and my fellow Vice Chancellors, are making clear both to the government and to our local Members of Parliament the vital contribution that our international community contributes not only to our teaching, learning, research and campus experience, but also to the economy, culture and social fabric of our region.

The University has offered practical support to our staff which it will be keeping under review. Details can be found at:

The Brexit negotiations will of course need to reach conclusions in a wide range of other areas. There will be a short and long term perspective. There is a UUK briefing that sets out comprehensively our objectives and our actions to promote these objectives:

The University of Kent’s own responses include:

  • Developing and supporting our European and other international partnerships to facilitate ongoing collaboration in research and education. Phillipe De Wilde and Anthony Manning are leading on this.
  • Reaffirming our commitment to international student exchanges – Erasmus will be a major theme of Europe Day (9 May) this year.
  • Active support for a simplified and improved visa regime for international staff and international students;
  • Reviewing opportunities for our European Centres

As the UK’s European university, Kent values intellectual and cultural diversity. We are proud to be an outward-facing and international institution with more than 25% of our students and nearly 40% of academic and research staff coming from outside the UK. I am confident that, whatever happens within the wider political picture, the strength of our own European vocation will endure.

Best wishes

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor

Centre for Critical Thought Lecture with Paul Auerbach on 30 March 2017

Centre for Critical Thought Lecture: Paul Auerbach, Thursday 30 March 2017, 17.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (GLT1).

‘Socialist optimism: an alternative political economy for the twenty-first century’

The Centre for Critical Thought invite you to their forthcoming talk with Paul Auerbach. Paul Auerbach, Reader in Economics at Kingston University, offers an alternative political economy for the twenty-first century in Socialist Optimism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Socialism as human development gives a unity and direction to progressive policies that are otherwise seen to be a form of pragmatic tinkering in the context of a pervasive capitalist reality.

All are welcome to attend, no booking necessary.

Kent academic releases debut solo album

University of Kent School of Music and Fine Art (SMFA) lecturer and soprano Sarah Dacey released her debut solo album Calliope on 26 March.

Sarah – best known for being part of the Juice Vocal Ensemble – has teamed up with pianist Belinda Jones on the new album.

Featuring songs by some of the UK’s finest composers, including Kerry Andrew, Roger Marsh, Bushra El-Turk and Duncan MacLeod, the album is being issued by the SMFA’s Foundry Studio.

Studio Manager Phil Marsh described the songs’ subject matter as ‘eclectic’ and ‘a wonderful example of the breadth of 21st Century vocal repertoire that’s seldom published or recorded’.

For more information on Sarah Dacey see:

Enjoy a Pint of Science at this month’s pubTALK

It’s the last pubTALK of the academic year already – where has the time gone?!

For April’s pubTALK we are excited to be welcoming Dr Michael Mills who will be discussing Doomsday Prepping and Contemporary American Politics. As usual, the talk will be held on the first Monday of the month (3rd April) at The Jolly Sailor, Canterbury.

At this pubTALK, we are also excited to be launching the University’s Pint of Science festival! Pint of Science is an international science festival that aims to deliver exciting and relevant research to the general public in an interesting, engaging and approachable way by bringing scientists to the pub and other accessible places. Universities across the world, simultaneously host their events each year in May and covers all aspects of research which are themed under the titles ‘Beautiful Mind’, ‘Atoms to Galaxies’, ‘Our Body’, ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Tech Me Out’ and ‘Our Society’.

This year will be the first time that the University of Kent is participating, so come along to pubTALK on Monday 3rd April (7pm to 9pm) to find out what Pint of Science events will be running and how you can get tickets.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Filmmakers nominated for international award

The world premiere of ‘Do Donkeys Act?‘ takes place this month at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

The filmmakers, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin have been nominated for a DOX:AWARD, the international competition for the best and brightest in contemporary filmmaking.
‘Do Donkeys Act?’ attempts to overcome man’s egocentric way of seeing the world and our fellow creatures. The actor Willem Defoe’s voice accompanies the long poem, which makes up the film’s philosophical thought experiment. Is it possible to reach beyond the limits of language and arrive at a true recognition of our relationship with other species? And does a donkey ever stop staging its own donkeyness when faced with a camera?

CPH-DOX is the third largest documentary film festival in the world. Each year the festival fills Copenhagen’s cinemas with a selection of more than 200 films from around the world.

Dr David Redmon, a Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, uses media to depict the experiential life of animals, objects, places, and people within haptic, somatic, and physically tactile modes of expression.

Early Career Awards for Understanding Unbelief

Further to the Understanding Unbelief programme joining the University of Kent, calls for proposals for Early Career Awards as part of the programme are now open.

The Understanding Unbelief programme is led by Dr Lois Lee from the Department of Religious Studies, along with Professor Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s University, Twickenham), Dr Miguel Farias (Coventry University) and Dr Jonathan Lanman (Queen’s University Belfast), and is majorly funded through a generous grant from John Templeton Foundation.

The Early Career Awards stream will provide £120,000 to support contributions from early career researchers to the task of advancing our empirical understanding of the array of phenomena commonly labelled ‘unbelief’.

Through the programme, the University of Kent will make around 8 awards of around £15,000 for research activities lasting up to 18 months (proposals for research activities of shorter duration are also welcomed).

Funding may be used to support a number of research activities, including new research, further dissemination of existing research and seed funding for the development of future research projects.

Further details, including eligibility requirements and the application procedure, please refer to the information sheet provided by selecting of the two following formats:

Deadline for full proposals: Thursday 1 June 2017.

For more information on the Understanding Unbelief programme, please visit

SMFA GTA and PhD Moyra Derby published in the Journal of Contemporary Painting

An article by School of Music and Fine Art Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD student, Moyra Derby, has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Painting. ‘Constraints between picture and painting: Some considerations at a distance’ appears in Volume 2, Issue 2.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Founding Trustee of Crate Studio & Project Space in Margate, Moyra studied at University of Ulster at Belfast, Cheltenham School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Currently undertaking a practice based PhD in Fine Art with the support of a Vice Chancellors Scholarship, her research focuses on processes of attention as a productive context for contemporary painting.

Moyra also has work included in upcoming show Fully Awake from 6 to 21 April at blip blip blip, East Street Arts Patrick Studios, St. Mary’s Lane Leeds LS9 7EH. The Private View is 5 April 18.00-20.00, and the show is curated by Ian Hartshorne & Sean Kaye for Teaching Painting. More info and

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

Join the eggs-travaganza and be in with a chance of winning one of over 100 prizes!

From 27-31 March there will be 100 eggs to be found, and over 100 prizes to be won!

To join the eggs-travaganza, and be in with a chance to win cracking prizes, you need to find the eggs that Kent Bunny has hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. He has also hidden 15 ‘onscreen’ – take a selfie in front of them and submit to Twitter, Instagram or post to this Facebook event using #KentBunny.

Prizes up for grabs include: Amazon vouchers, sports massages at Kent Sport, Gulbenkian tickets, meals out on campus, In Conversation tickets, a branded varsity jacket, University of Kent Monopoly sets and much more….and lots of chocolate eggs of course!

At the end of the week, everyone who has found an egg will then be entered into the grand prize draw for the chance to win a camera or an iPad mini.

The competition is open to all University of Kent staff, students and alumni.

Follow the clues each day which will be posted here and on Twitter @unikentevents.


Talking in Pictures

Talking in Pictures is a short film that casts a satirical side-eye at the common stereotypes of autism. Created using photos sent in by local autistic adults including lots of University students in response to the question “what makes you happy?” The images sent in response to this deceptively simple question speak volumes about the depth and richness of autistic people’s lives. Suffused with joy, it challenges people to reassess the beliefs they hold about autism.

Viewer comment: “It made me think about what I thought about autism. When I hear people talk about autism it’s 99.9% to do with children. I think most people know a bit about autism but think of it in negative terms…what your video shows is that it doesn’t have to be always thought of in a negative way”