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Architecture Conference – Papers invited and discounted rates

Kent staff and students are being offered discounted rates for the Centre for European Architecture’s Biennial Conference.

The conference, entitled From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, takes place in The Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, on 28 and 29 June 2018.

Papers are also being invited – abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018.

Guest speakers at the conference include:

  • Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US) on ‘Maps of Monuments and Scales of Design: Strategic Bombing and the Post-war International Order’.
  • Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm) – ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.
  • Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel – ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.
  • Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata – ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.

The conference fee is £140 per person, which includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days. Kent staff and students are eligible for a reduced registration rate of £25 for both conference days, including tea/coffee breaks (but lunches are excluded). Kent University ID will be required for verification at the registration desk.

Paper proposals – 150-200 words in length – may cover any time period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed. Paper abstract submission deadline is 15 January, 2018. Selected papers will be announced on 31 March, 2018.

Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images) to:

You can find out more about the conference on its webpages.


A Chodzko portrait by Clay

SMFA’s Adam Chodzko joins faculty of British School at Rome’s Council

Adam Chodzko, SMFA’s Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, has been asked by the British School at Rome’s Council to become a member of the Faculty of the Fine Arts from 1 January 2018, until December 2022.

He joins a faculty that includes the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the Director of the Government Art Collection, and Senior Curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate.  You can find out about the British School at Rome on its webpages.

Exhibiting internationally since 1991, Adam Chodzko works across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – English Open Champion

Aron Soto from the University’s Campus Security team recently participated in the English Open BJJ Championships held at the University of East London. Aron came away with a Gold medal, competing in the Purple Belt Masters Division under 70kg. Aron won his first fight in under 30 seconds via a loop choke! The final match was won on points 8-4 against an opponent who had a similar style, which made for great entertainment for the spectators.

Aron competes in a sport called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which derives from Judo. The aim of the sport is simple, you either win by gaining more points than your opponent within a set time limit or you submit your opponent through various locks and chokes. Aron currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is mid-way through the ranking structure, having started in the sport in 2010. Unlike many other traditional martial arts it takes a long time to gain the coveted black belt. Negotiations are currently taking place for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to feature in the Olympic Games at some point in the future, this will be a great achievement for the sport.

Aron trains and teaches out of a gym called Silverbacks MMA, based in Canterbury. The club are always happy for new members to join (including younger members for their children’s classes). Further information can be found on their website. Aron hopes to win the British, European and World championships in the future and is currently investigating sponsorship opportunities with local companies.

Student Success Seminar Series 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Student Success Staff Seminars will be taking place on a monthly basis, both Medway and Canterbury Campuses throughout the Spring and Summer terms. The purpose of these events is to update staff on the work of the project and allow colleagues from across the University to have input and exchange ideas. All staff are invited to attend so please do circulate this invitation to colleagues.

For full details of the seminars please visit the Student Success website

The first seminar “Virtual Student Advisor (Codename: MyDot)” will be delivered by James Grant, Systems Development Manager and Paul Sinnock IT & Technical Services Manager for EDA.

Thursday 18 January 2018, Canterbury Campus, Keynes College, Keynes Seminar room 16, 13.00-14.00

Friday 19 January 2018, Medway Campus, Pilkington Building, PK104, 13.00-14.00

University services are often presented according to the university organisational structure, rather than according to student need. The Virtual Student Advisor (codename: MyDot) aims to change this. The Student Success Project is proud to be working in partnership with the school of Engineering and Digital Arts, with the aim of consolidating the presentation of university services to students.

This seminar will explore how local need within a school is being used as a starting point to explore the narrative of innovation within the university. We will explore our processes, the system, and uncover some interesting and difficult questions.

To register attendance at this, or any of the other seminars published online please email through to

Medway image - Jane Seamen

Fight, Flight or Freeze by EED graduate Elise Berdah featured on KMTV

Fight, Flight or Freeze, a highly topical touring immersive and interactive installation from 2017 Event and Experience Design graduate Elise Berdah which raises awareness of sexual consent, has been featured on KMTV – see the interview here.

Originally presented in the Drill Hall Library during the Student Wellbeing Festival in May, it was recently commissioned by Clara Lee, Vice President (Welfare) of Kent Union to be presented again in the Student Hub at Medway and Canterbury during November and December.  It may tour to other Universities and Colleges.

See the images and videos here.

The University retains its Fairtrade Certification

Thanks to the work of staff and students across the University and Kent Union, the University has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Status for a further 2 years.

Kent became a Fairtrade University in 2006 and has successfully maintained this status ever since; demonstrating our commitment to sustainable procurement and recognising our responsibility as a buyer with influence.

Being a Fairtrade University means we’re committed to making more Fairtrade products available on campus and raising awareness of Fairtrade.

Products which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark guarantee a fair deal to producers in developing countries to help them work their way out of poverty.  Fairtrade producers also receive a ‘community premium’ to invest in local health or education provision or improved production methods, and are committed to farming in ways which respect the environment.

The University has a Sustainable Food Steering Group that is made up of representatives from Commercial Services, Kent Union and the wider University as well as student members and as a group they are responsible for ensuring the continuation of the University’s Fairtrade Status.

For more information about Fairtrade or to get involved please visit the website or email 

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Commercial Services Showcase – staff invitation

There will be the opportunity to meet teams across Commercial Services (Kent Hospitality, Kent Sport and Gulbenkian), taste lots of delicious food samples from our catering outlets as well as chat about your forthcoming events and find out about the wide range of services and facilities we can offer including:

•       Event Management and delegate registration services

•       Conferences and Events – Canterbury and Medway campuses

•       Leisure and Special Interest groups

•       Bed & Breakfast

•       Beverley Farmhouse accommodation

•       Delivered catering

•       Beagle fine dining

•       Our catering venues

•       KentOne Card

•       Student accommodation

•       Housekeeping and reception services

•       Kent Sport

•       Gulbenkian

This event is not to be missed, so please register online today, make sure it’s in your diary and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday 11 January.

(Please note, registration closes on Monday 8 January).

For any queries relating to the Showcase, please contact the Conference Office on 01227 828000 or

Kentmas quiz winner

Congratulations to Pebbles Buckley, a third year Criminology and Social Policy student, on winning the top prize of an iPad Mini in the ’12 days of Kentmas’ student competition.

The ’12 days of Kentmas’ is festive quiz which involves students answering daily questions about the University’s student experience.

Congratulations also goes to our eleven #Kentmas quiz runners up, who each won a £10 Amazon voucher.

Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope you will play along next year!

2018 Learning and Teaching Conference

Following the successful 2017 Learning and Teaching Conference, we are pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 20 June 2018. It will be held in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 and Atrium Foyer from 9.00-16.15, followed by a drinks reception.

This year’s theme is Promoting Powerful Student Learning Experiences In and Out of Class. The theme interprets learning holistically, encompassing both curricular and co-curricular activities that support students’ growth while at university. The conference will examine how professional services staff, academics, and Kent Union work together to create opportunities for powerful student learning. It will also feature examples of innovative teaching that blur the boundaries of the classroom. The event is an opportunity for the University of Kent community to come together around the shared goal of supporting student learning.

The event is free and colleagues can register here.

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.