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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

CSHE Research Seminar – Developing feedback practices based on what students want

Colleagues are invited to attend the CSHE Research Seminar titled ‘Developing feedback practices based on what students want and on sound research and scholarship’ taking place on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 1-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

Presented by David Boud, Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

To improve feedback, we need to move beyond general impressions of students to understand what is working well and what is not. This was the premise of a national teaching development project designed to improve feedback practice across Australian universities, Feedback for Learning: Closing the Assessment Loop. The project aimed to build on the extensive literature on feedback in higher education to examine the extent to which feedback practices proposed by scholars were being adopted in normal courses in two large Australian universities and to develop resources that would help to transform feedback practice.

A novel feature of the project was that the students responding (n=4514) identified situations in which they received particularly effective feedback during their current program of study. The research team collated information about which were the most frequently mentioned and undertook detailed case studies of the course units in which they were used. The cases emphasise practices that can be scaled up and used in large classes and with multiple tutors. Details of the project and its resources can be found here.

Plese email us to confirm your attendance.


Get on your bike this term

Bicycle hire is available for students and staff from this weekend, 13 and 14 January.

To do your bit for the environment and get a little fitter too, visit the Cycle Hub near the Pavilion at Canterbury campus to hire a bike from 10am to 4pm. The bikes come complete with lights, a lock and a bell and hire is from only £30 per term.

The service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport team within the Estates Department. Bikes are provided by CyclingAge. For more information get in touch with Chris at

You can hire a bicycle from Liberty Quays at Medway campus. Simply ask at reception for more information.

Free bicycle checks

Dr Bike will be back at the Canterbury campus during term time to check and adjust your bike. Visit the Cycle Hub on Wednesdays to get your free bicycle health check. The service also returns to Medway from Thursday 18 January and is located outside the Rochester Building.

Check for updates on Twitter @unikent_travel



Leverhulme award for Tamara Rathcke

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics,  has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant as Primary Investigator for a study entitled ‘Does Language Have Groove? Sensorimotor Synchronisation for the Study of Linguistic Rhythm’.

The study will ask ‘is language rhythmic?’ For decades, linguists have been controversially debating this seemingly simple but profoundly important question that connects language with other aspects of human cognition.

The present project is an original study of language rhythm from a cross-linguistic, typological perspective. The project’s innovative methodological approach capitalises on the recent advances made by music psychology and movement sciences in the understanding of rhythm through studying perception-action coupling in sensorimotor synchronisation tasks.

The results will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rhythmic experience in language and a more elaborate linguistic concept of rhythm, ultimately helping to resolve the long-standing controversy.

This research is expected to be of great interest to an interdisciplinary community of linguists, musicologists, psychologists, clinicians and computing scientists, and to fuel new energy in  this research field.

Dr Rathcke will be undertaking the project with co-investigators Dr Simone Falk (University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Professor Simone Dalla Bella (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research).

For more details on Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see the Leverhulme webpages.


teaching forum

Radical Pedagogies: A Humanities Teaching Forum

This Thursday and Friday (11-12 Jan), Kent will be hosting ‘Radical Pedagogies: A Humanities Teaching Forum’. The full programme information is attached and online.

We have a range of sessions and talks over the 2-days, with highlights including a keynote by Prof. Richard Hall from 16.00-17.00 on Thursday in Rutherford LT1 entitled ‘Dismantling the Curriculum in Higher Education’, followed by a drinks reception at 17.00. We have sessions on Tactile learning, BME Challenges and Widening Participation.

Our keynote on Friday from 13.00-14.00 in RLT2 is from Dr. Shahidha Bari from Queen Mary. Her talk is entitled ‘The Art of an Education’.

Do feel free to drop into any of the sessions that might interest you. You can also follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #radicalkent18.


09.30-09.55 Registration and Refreshments
Rutherford Foyer

09.55-10.00 Welcome from Clarie Hurley & Tom Ritchie
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

10.00-11.00 Paula McElearney – ‘What ‘Gives Life’ to Critical and Radical Pedagogies’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Kathleen M Quinlan

11.00-12.15 Panel Option One: BME Challenges
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Dave Thomas – ‘Critical Race Theory (CRT): A framework for libertaing, learning, teaching, assessment and the curriculum in higher education (HE)’

Chaired by Richard Hall

11.00-12.15 Panel Option Two: Pedagogical Consciousness
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Kathleen M Quinlan – ‘How High Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotions in Learning Teaching’

Darren Webb – ‘To explore “the archaeology of consciousness” as an aspect of utopain pedagogy’

Chaired by Sian Harris.

12.15-13.15 Lunch
Rutherford Foyer

13.15-14.30 Panel Option One: The Student Journey 
Ruterhford Seminar Room 4

Geoff Bunn – ‘The Student Journey’, Power Relations and the Development of Agency.

Benjamin Poore – ‘Some Versions of Tranistion’.

Charied by Lee-Ann Sequeira

13.00 – 14.30 Panel Option Two: Experimental Teaching
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Reanne Crane – “Going easy o names and notions’: An Education in Direct Experience and the Antidote to Dogma’.

Maria Kukhareva – Dramatising the learning experience : student engagement through student-led enquiry, emotional connection and subjectivity’.

Chaired by Darren Webb

14.30-14.45 Refreshments
Rutherford Foyer

14.45-16.00 Panel Option One: Widening Participation
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Sheree Palmer – ‘How can I incres my impact as a teacher upon WP and BME students?’

Lucy Watson – ‘Intercultural Perspectives in EAP: Putting international Students on the Map’.

Chaired by Tom Ritchie

14.45-16.00 Panel Option Two – The Student Voice
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Claire Hurley joined by first-year undergraduate students from Queen Mary.

Chaired by Claire Hurley.

16.00-17.00 Richard Hall Keynote Address: ‘Dismantling the Curriculum in High Education.’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre

Chaired by Tom Ritchie

17.00-18.00 Drinks Reception
Rutherford Foyer


DAY TWO – Friday 12 January

9:00 – 9:45 – Refreshments

Rutherford Foyer

9:45 – 10:45 Lee-Ann Sequeira – ‘The Problem with Silent Students –It’s You, Not Them’ Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Benjamin Poore

10:45 – 12:00 Panel Option One: Tactile Learning
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Laura Way – ‘A return to ‘cutting and sticking’…Punk Pedagogy and Zine Making in HE’

Louisa Horner and Emma Wilkinson – ‘Flooding: An overwhelming approach to teaching ‘messy Histories’’

Chaired by Shahidha Bari

10:45 – 12:00 Panel Option Two – Collaborative Learning
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Madeline Worsley ‘Learning Partnership: Collaboratively embedding a model that reinforces personal and professional development’

Catherine Bates & Kay Sidebottom – ‘Finding spaces to dance – collaboration and co-production as a form of resistance’

Chaired by  Malcolm Noble

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Rutherford Foyer

13:00 – 14:00 Shahihda Bari Keynote Address: ‘The Art of an Education’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

Chaired by Claire Hurley

14:00 – 15:15 Panel Option One: Co-operation, not competition
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Malcolm Noble and Tracy Walsh – Learning and teaching for the post-capitalist economy

Chaired by Malcolm Noble &
Tracy Walsh

14:00 – 15:15 Panel Option Two: Assessment
Rutherford Seminar Room 4

Will Tattersdill – ‘Assessment and Feedback – A Discussion’

Rita Balestrini – ‘A teacher-learner collaborative appraisal of rubrics for performance based assessment in foreign languages’

Chaired by Katja May

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshments

15:30 – 16:30 Sian Harris – ‘Connections and Reflections’
Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Chaired by Maria Kukhareva


Learning and Teaching Network – Spring Term sessions

The Learning and Teaching Network provides sessions based around the categories used in the National Student Survey for staff working towards enhancing learning, teaching and assessment.

Details of sessions arranged for the Spring Term are now available to view at

All staff are welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance please email

Alumni Pub Nights

Alumni Pub Night: Business Start-up

The next Pub Night will be on Tuesday 30 January with the theme of business start-up. This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni and current Kent students and catch up on news from Kent.

The Kent Hub for Innovation and Enterprise will be joining us to talk about how you can start your own business and what help the University can give students, staff and alumni.

Come along to find out about business start-up workshops, online modules, mentors and workspace facilities that may help you get your business going.

You’ll also get the chance to hear from and speak to Kent graduate, David Browne, who started his own business with help from the University so it will be great for those who are not sure where to start or those just starting. David founded Convert Energy, a renewable energy design and project management company based in Canterbury, with his business partner Ben Glancy.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 30 January from 18.00 – 20.00. Please come along even if you aren’t thinking of starting your own business to meet with current students and fellow alumni!

Click here to register and get your first drink free.

Campus Shuttle booking now open

Online booking for the Campus Shuttle is now open. Book a seat at

Booking guarantees you a seat on the shuttle service. If you do not book and there are spaces available, you can board by showing your KentOne card.

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Medway and Canterbury campuses, which runs during term-time only.

The shuttle will start running again from the first day of term (15 January 2018).


CPU security issue: Meltdown and Spectre

You may have seen in the news that a vulnerability has been found which affects central processing units (CPUs) in many of the devices we all use.

What we are doing:

Information Services are working hard to ensure that University Infrastructure is updated appropriately, and that any potential risks are mitigated.

What you should do:

We advise you to apply security updates for your own devices as you would normally. It is always important to keep your device updated with the latest security updates.

We will offer further advice through IS News as manufacturers respond to the issue. Further details and advice can be from the National Cyber Security Centre and on the BBC News website.