Category Archives: Campus online

Half-price Gold membership this Spring vacation

From 8 April to 7 May 2017 inclusive, you and your friends and family can enjoy a wide range of activities for half the usual price of Gold public membership at Kent Sport. A one-month Gold adult membership is just £34.50, and a one-month Gold junior (16 to 18 years)* is now £27. Under 16’s pay £3.90 per activity.

The Spring membership offer provides unlimited access to modern sports facilities including the fitness suite, squash courts, all outdoor facilities and entry to all fitness and dance classes. If you’re looking to explore the campus, and maybe further, then Gold members can also hire a range of high-quality bikes for free through the newly built Kent Sport Cycle Hub

To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions from 3 April (for use from 1pm on 8 April). Membership is available to purchase and use until the 7 May only. For further details and terms and conditions, please visit our website

*Please note that anyone in full-time education is entitled to the junior rate. To apply for the junior rate please bring with you proof of full-time education (student card etc.)

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Wellbeing Festival 2017

The Wellbeing Team in Student Support and Wellbeing is running a Wellbeing Festival, in conjunction with Kent Union, on Thursday 23 March in Eliot Hall, from 10.00-16.00.

The aim is to encourage and support students and staff to take care of their own wellbeing in a variety of fun and practical ways, as well as providing information on how to reach out for help when necessary.

There is an exciting line-up of internal and external organisations taking part in the day, including Espression Arts café, yoga sessions, a bushcraft workshop, poetry therapy, mindful colouring, various mental health and charity stands, representatives from the LGBT network, the Chaplaincy, Sports Centre and Kent Union, refreshments and live music.

It will be very interactive and, hopefully, a memorable experience to remind people to connect positively with their own mind and body, and with each other.

For more information, see the Wellbeing Festival webpages.

Shona Illingworth’s work featured in The Lancet Neurology

No past, no future: studies in the art and science of memory is a fascinating article by Jules Morgan in The Lancet Neurology which explores artist and SMFA Fine Art Reader Shona Illingworth’s interdisciplinary research. It is out shortly in print but available to view online.

Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art, Shona Illingworth was shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Jarman Award, and her widely exhibited work across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice.

Templeman Library – Fire alarm testing

On Wednesday 15 March – Wednesday March 2017, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in the Templeman Library.

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.

Sports Club Night – which sports club is the best?

Are you a member of a Kent Union club or Kent Sport team? Do you want to win £200 for that club?!

Well, enter Kent Sport’s first Sports Club night on Saturday 25 March, 16.30-19.00 at the Pavilion. Compete against other sports clubs and teams over four sports: dodgeball, netball, hockey and tag rugby to walk away with the title of the best sports club on campus!

Not only, will you walk away with the title, your club will also walk away with £200 for kit and equipment!

The competition is open to all Kent Union sports clubs and all inter college and intramural teams. So whether you play for Kent FC or a KAFL team enter a team for your chance to win.

Teams must consist of a minimum of five players and the team entry fee of £5 must be paid on arrival on the night. There is no limit on the maximum number of players per team and clubs can enter as many teams as they wish.

To enter email with your team name and team member’s names. The entry deadline is Thursday 23 March, 17.00 but spaces are limited and selling fast.

Join us for what is going to be a fun but competitive event where one club will walk away with a considerably healthier bank balance.

For further details and updates join the Facebook event page.

Professor Robin Sibson

The University regrets to announce the death of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Sibson who died on Sunday 19 March 2017.

Robin was Vice-Chancellor from September 1994 to August 2001 and, through a range of initiatives, established the framework for today’s University. He created the current structure of schools and departments; began an expansion of student numbers and widening participation with links to associate colleges; and developed higher education provision in Medway leading to creation of a new campus.

In addition, he began to steer the University in its performance of the Research Assessment Exercise and was key to the development of Kent as a European university.

A statistician, who was best known for his research on natural neighbour interpolation, Robin was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 2002.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said: ‘Robin played an invaluable role in the shaping of the University as we know it today, and we are indebted to him for his vision and foresight. Everyone who knew Robin will be deeply saddened by his death. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Heather and all his family.’

The new Sibson Building was named in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the University.

We are European photography competition

As part of the celebrations for the EU’s official Europe Day in May, the Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning, the Dean for Europe, Professor Roger Vickerman, and the Master of Keynes College, Chloé Gallien, are pleased to launch the ‘We are European’ photography competition.

As the UK’s European university, we are proud of the wide range of activities that the University community is engaged with and the strength of European feeling among colleagues and students from across the globe. The competition is open to University students and staff and participants are encouraged to submit photos that capture the essence of this.

A panel of judges will choose the best entries and these will be exhibited in Keynes College during May and June. There will also be a cash prize for the top three entries (1st – £100; 2nd – £50; 3rd – £25).

Full competition rules can be found here.

Photos should be submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday 18 April to the competition Flickr page. Click for instructions.

Ellen Swift on Roman artefacts and society

Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology, in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies has published a new book entitled Roman Artefacts and Society: Design, Behaviour and Experience (Oxford University Press, 2017), with research for the book supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Dr Swift uses design theory, previously neglected in Roman archaeology, to investigate Roman artefacts in a new way, making a significant contribution to both Roman social history, and our understanding of the relationships that exist between artefacts and people. Based on extensive data collection and the close study of artefacts from museum collections and archives both in the UK and elsewhere, the book examines the relationship between artefacts and everyday behaviour and experience. The concept of ‘affordances’ -features of an artefact that make possible, and incline users towards, particular uses for functional artefacts – is an important one for the approach taken. This concept is carefully evaluated by considering affordances in relation to other sources of evidence such as use-wear, archaeological context, the end-products resulting from artefact use, and experimental reconstruction. Artefact types explored in the case studies include locks and keys, pens, shears, glass vessels, dice, boxes, and finger-rings, using material mainly drawn from the north-western Roman provinces, with some material also from Roman Egypt.

The book then considers how we can use artefacts to understand particular aspects of Roman behaviour and experience, including discrepant experiences according to factors such as age, social position, and left- or right-handedness, which are fostered through artefact design. The relationship between production and users of artefacts is also explored, investigating what particular production methods make possible in terms of user experience, and also examining production constraints that have unintended consequences for users.

For full details, please see the publisher’s webpage.


Public Engagement with Research at Medway: How can public engagement work for your research?

Public engagement can do wonderful things for research, but what is its scope and how do you get started? Join our informal meeting on Wednesday 22 March in room R2-09 (Rochester Building) from 13.00 to 14.30 to be inspired by colleagues across Schools based at Medway. Our speakers will talk about:

  • Examples of engagement activity undertaken in Music & Fine Art, Sport & Exercise Sciences, Social Work and Social Policy, and Pharmacy
  • The potential benefits of engagement as a researcher/for research
  • Some of the challenges in engagement and how they might be managed
  • Lessons learned that may help you in planning your own engagement activities

These brief summaries will be followed by an open discussion on engagement and the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about colleagues’ work or public engagement in general. A sandwich lunch and refreshments will also be provided.

If you’d like to join us, please let us know by emailing

Extra buses- Exams and Easter

As exam time is approaching the Transport Team, Estates department, are working with Stagecoach to provide extra Uni2 buses on Sundays between 2 April and 4 June 2017.

This means there will be a 24/7 bus service for this period to help you travel to and from the library. See timetable online or on posters at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.

During term-time we provide a 24 hour bus service 6 days a week, serviced by the Uni1, Uni2, 4 and Triangle buses.

The Uni1 and Uni2 buses will also continue to the usual timetable over Easter (8 April to 7 May) despite being outside of term-time. See usual timetable.