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Fire alarm testing – Grimond, Aphra and Lumley buildings

On Saturday 25 February 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in the Grimond, Aphra and Lumley buildings.

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 patients will be appreciated and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk.

Get set for EasterZone Sports Camp

Local children can hone their skills at a fun action packed multi sports camp at the University of Kent this Easter.

Kent Sport will be running an EasterZone sports camp for children aged five to 14, which will run from Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April, 9.00 -15.00 and will cost just £90 per child. Late pick-ups until 17.00 are available for an extra £10 per day.

What is EasterZone?
EasterZone focuses on providing children with a range of experiences across the four days. This will include street dance, sportshall athletics, tag rugby, hockey, tennis and multi-skills based activities. An introduction to new sports and activities will be on offer along with the opportunity for children to develop their skills in specific sports and make new friends in fun environment.

The sessions will be led by enthusiastic qualified and DBS checked coaches and supported by sports supervisors, children will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities on a daily basis including from skills based sessions to fitness based and multi-skills, through to sports specific coaching sessions.

How can I book?
You can book your places online or download a booking form, completing and returning it with payment (cheques made payable to Uni Kent) to:

University Kent of Kent Sports Centre, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NL.

To find out more about EasterZone, contact email or call Karen Drake on 01227 816391.

Who’s Who on trial until 31 March

What is it?
Who’s Who is a useful resource if you’re studying modern British society, or just need to check facts about a well-known person.

It gives up-to-date information about over 90,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide, who have left their mark on British public life. Who Was Who is an archive of people included in previous editions of Who’s Who, from 1849 onwards.

You can search for people by their name, birth or death date, occupation, keywords, and other details.

You can access Who’s Who & Who Was Who until Friday 31 March.

Should we keep this resource?
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Kent Sport coaching success!

Sadie Appleby, Kent Sport Membership Services Manager, updates us about developments with the staff netball coaching sessions:

Louisa Arnold, Kent Coaching Network Officer, has devoted her Monday lunch breaks for the past 3½ years to coaching staff netball sessions at Kent Sport. I joined Louisa as a fellow netball enthusiast and have been helping with the sessions for the past year as part of the University Volunteering Scheme.

Staff that attend the sessions have various sporting backgrounds. Some had never played netball before, some played a little at school and others got the bug after attending the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. The ladies that attend have great attitude, are keen to learn and improve, and get fit in a fun environment. The sessions are open to all and run throughout term time if you would like to join us please come along, it’s only £1 a session or free to Gold and Silver members.

As with any back to sports offering, a coach’s dream is to enable those attending to develop and progress and that is exactly what these sessions had done for many of the attendees. All were offered the opportunity to enter as a team in a local netball league the response was amazing. Thirteen members of staff wanted to commit, and thanks to the kind sponsorship from Kent Sport, setting up the team was possible. The group of staff are now known as Kent Unicorns and have been practicing as much as they can in their lunch breaks to be match ready for mid-March.

To follow Kent Unicorns progress please follow UniKentSports on Twitter or like us on Facebook and visit our website.

Vice-Chancellor’s Cup – volleyball and rowing

February has been a busy month for the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup competitors, with the three day volleyball event and a new event for this year’s schedule, rowing. 

Volleyball Results
A fantastic turn-out for the volleyball saw over 85 University staff participants each day during the tournament. Well done to every person for getting involved!

Congratulations must go to DEV-ICE (Development Office & Innovation and Enterprise) and Office Politics (School of Politics and IR) for their joint second place finish. A shout out also to last year’s victors, Nobody does it bEDA (School of Engineering & Digital Arts), for finishing in 1st place and remaining the only team unbeaten.

Rowing Results
Rowing is a new event this year and the teams reveled in the chance to get on a rower and battle to be the fastest of them all.

Congratulations to Ken’t Play Sport (Kent Sport) for entering the fastest female and Eat My Shorts (Enrollment Management Services) for the fastest male time. Points were allocated by adding up the male and female time, and with this in mind, well done to new department Flabacus (School of Maths, Statistics and Actuarial Science) for taking bronze, Eat My Shorts for silver and Kent Play Sport for gold.

Up next is the women’s netball on 6, 7 and 9 March. Join in or come and support your departmental staff teams at the Sports Centre, 13.00-14.00; and if you can’t make it to the Sports Centre Like UniKentSports on Facebook for notification of live video coverage.

Visit the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup webpage to take a look at the leader board for overall positions and check out the photos on Kent Sport’s Facebook page.

Key 16th century text describing Elizabethan times comes to Special Collections and Archives at Kent

The Marlowe Society has recently deposited their 1587 copy of Holinshed’s Chronicles with Special Collections and Archives at the Templeman Library in order that it can be accessible to the academic and wider community of the University as well as other audiences. As a result we have been asked by the Society to host a special event to celebrate the deposit. The deposit is a very exciting addition the Special Collections and Archives, strengthening the already significant Early Modern holdings in the collections and thus enriching the resources we have on offer to our Academic and student communities. Holinshed’s Chronicles of England Scotland and Ireland is an important text for understanding the Elizabethan times and we are sure it will be of great value in further supporting those who use our collections for studying and teaching.

Staff and students are invited to join us for a short reception in Templeman Gallery, Templeman Library West, Floor 1 to celebrate the deposit of The Marlowe Society’s 1587 edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles at Special Collections and Archives.

The event will take place at 12.00  on Monday 27 February, 2017. There will be a short address given by The Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Richard Wilson, the Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare at the University and Rose Theatre, Kingston, followed by light refreshments. The text will be available for viewing from 12.00 until 14.00. During the event the Chronicles and other related materials from the collections will be on display in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room.

Kent Sport’s Mike Burrell trains Kentish Alpine Skier Millie Knight

Kent Sport health and fitness instructor Mike Burrell has been training Paralympic Skier Millie Knight for the past eight months. Millie has gone from strength to strength in her personal training sessions as well as her skiing talents snatching up quite a few medals along the way.

Since December 2016, Kentish Alpine Skier Millie Knight has travelled far, competing at the highest levels of Para Snow Sport in the Women’s Visually Impaired category.

Competing in more than 15 races and claiming seven Gold medals, including Team GB’s first ever Para Alpine World championship.

Due to a high-speed crash after winning that Gold that caused her to miss next race, Millie came back with guide Brett Wild to clinch four more Silver Medals against stiff competition from the rest of the field, particularly the impressive Slovakian duo, Henrieta Farkosova and her guide Natalia Subrtova.

Millie returned to continue her training here at Kent Sport for just two short weeks before heading off again. This time all the way to South Korea and Peyongchang where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held, for testing. Hopefully leading to a place in the games themselves!

The results are as follows:

World Cup in Kuhtai, Austria
Slalom – Silver

World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland
Giant slalom – Gold

World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy
Downhill – Gold

For more information on Millie and her team visit

For more information on Para Snow Sport go to or for Para sport in general visit

Interested in personal training and beyond? Pop by the reception desk to discuss the various appointments we have and after further detailing your targets we can recommend you the appropriate appointment. To keep up to date and involved, follow UniKentSports on Twitter or like us on Facebook.


Shona Illingworth’s Time Present in contemporary art exhibition

Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art work, artist Shona Illingworth’s work, Time Present (2016) opens in a new exhibition called Turning Point at the Sayle Gallery, Douglas, Isle of Man from 25 Feb to 26 March. Featuring boundary pushing contemporary artwork by international artists Keith McIntyre, Kevin Atherton, Mark Wallinger and Susan Collins, the exhibition is curated by Helen Fox, Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media at University College Isle of Man.

Time Present explores memory, and individual and cultural amnesia.

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Jarman Award, the widely exhibited Illingworth works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice.

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Being Human Festival 2017: ‘Lost and Found’ Get involved!

We are calling for expressions of interest ahead of this year’s Being Human festival, running from 17 until 25 November 2017. The theme changes every year and this year is “Lost and Found”.

The festival is a brilliant opportunity to share your research and everything that is wonderful about the humanities with people outside of our institution, and of academia as a whole. Engaging with the public can enable you to see your work from a different perspective, influence the way that people perceive today’s issues, and can lead your research in new directions. Being Human promotes the relevance of humanities research to all of our lives.

Funding from Being Human is available to support activities during the festival. The majority of awards will probably be for under £2,000, however applications for funding of up to £5,000 may also be considered if of exceptional quality or where institutions coordinate between 5-10 events as Being Human “Festival Hubs”.

We will be coordinating our application to the festival, as multiple applications from single institutions are less likely to be awarded. We are inviting expressions of interest to be sent to this email address ( by 09.00 on Monday 20 March 2017. Depending on expressions submitted, we may choose to apply for support for a programme of events as a “Festival Hub”.

For more in depth information about what the festival is looking for and the types of costs/activities that are eligible, please check the Being Human website.

To express your interest in this call:

Please see information on the public engagement pages for details on how to express interest.

Please email Maddy Bell, Impact & Engagement Officer at with any questions.

SMFA composer and lecturer in Amazon top 100

A film for which composer Richard Lightman School of Music & Fine Art’s Lecturer in Music, Director of Employability Placement Coordinator Admissions Officer wrote the music score features in the top 100 choice for Amazon Prime. Directed by Alex Lightman, Tear Me Apart , a dystopian cannibal love story, received its European premiere at the International Ravenna Nightmare Horror Film Festival, Italy and had its world premiere at the annual Austin Film Festival in Texas on 31 October 2015. It was also selected for the Bronx International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival, USA in 2016. You can find more about the film here and

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Richard is a composer, producer, sound design practitioner, lecturer and researcher who has composed for a many artists, films and television series including Eldorado, America’s Most Wanted and The Big Miracle, news and current affairs programmes, TV and radio commercials, and contributed to the sound design of a number of Hollywood films including An American Werewolf in London, Herbie Goes Bananas, Superman II, III & IV, Flash Gordon and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Music Producers Guild, he has produced over 35 albums, covering a wide spectrum of music including Heavy Metal, Reggae, Blues, Bollywood, Bhangra, Rock and Roll, New Age, Jazz, Pop and Garage, and played on over 170 recordings and performed in 28 countries on 5 continents.
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