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Maricela Santiago Torres

A successful year for philanthropy

In 2016-17, the generosity of our alumni, staff, former staff and friends saw over £800,000 raised to support University of Kent students.

Gifts received in 2016-17 support a wide range of projects and initiatives across the University, including:
• The award of two Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarships to enable two talented Kent graduates to undertake PhD study;
• 50 bursaries for students experiencing financial hardship;
• Opportunities for students to organise or participate in projects which enhance their employability;
• The continuation of the prestigious University Music Scholarship scheme;
• The launch of the new First 500 Scholarship, being awarded for the first time in 2017
• Support for students and academics seeking refuge from uncertainty, conflict or persecution;
• An array of prizes to celebrate academic achievement and participation in school life;
• Kent Union’s Access to Activities Fund;
• The launch of a new crowdfunding platform which will provide increased fundraising opportunities for student-led initiatives.

Donations to Kent in 2016-17 came from almost 1,300 donors, over 1,000 of whom are Kent alumni. Last year, a number of alumni and friends chose to remember the University with a gift in their will. As well as individuals, Kent receives philanthropic support from approximately 50 corporate organisations and charitable trusts.

Our fantastic community of alumni, staff and friends lend their generous support to today’s students. By sponsoring a brick in the Footsteps path, making a gift during our telephone campaigns or joining us for one of our In Conversation events, each donation makes a difference to our students.

Find out more about how your support makes a difference at


Photo caption: Maricela Santiago Torres, MA Modern French Studies, was awarded a scholarship supported by Santander Universities.

LX-Campus Online

Learn a new language with Language Express at Medway

Language Express French and Japanese 20-week courses start in Medway on 11 October 2017.

They are open to Kent students and staff as well as members of the public.

Fees are only £110 if you are a Kent student (limited to the first 35 applicants). Kent staff can apply for funding from Learning and Development.

Visit the CEWL website to find out more and to book.

LX-Campus Online

Language Express Meet the Tutor Event- 25th September

Find out more about Language Express courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, on offer from October 2017.

You can talk to a language tutor, find out more about the courses and which level would be best for you on Monday 25 September from 12.00-14.00 in Keynes College Atrium

For information on classes, times and fees and to sign up for a course, please see the Language Express webpages.

Deborah Molloy

Member of the Graduate School Team Wins Prize for Beginning Scholar

Congratulations go to Deborah Molloy, a member of the Graduate School team, who has been awarded the Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar from the Edith Wharton Society. She won the prize for her paper entitled ‘In the Cave of the Oracle: Feminine Tragedy in The House of Mirth and Mrs Manstey’s View’. In addition to winning the $250 prize her essay will be considered for publication in the Edith Wharton Review.

The Elsa Nettles award recognises the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and academics who have not held a full-time appointment for more than four years.

This is a great start for Deborah, who begins a part-time PhD in 20th Century American Women’s Literature next month. She joins the many members of staff undertaking study alongside their professional commitments.

Cornwallis Mathematical Institute and George Allen Wing Refurbishment

Works are due to commence on Monday 11th September 2017, to refurbish the vacant School of Mathematics and George Allen Buildings within the Cornwallis complex of buildings.

Works include the full internal refurbishment, replacement windows and new roof coverings. The work is planned to complete in March 2018. The contractor Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd will form a compound in the courtyard at the rear of Cornwallis East. Access to the Cornwallis courtyard, disabled parking bays and George Allen lift will be maintained throughout.

We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. If you have any issues or queries, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Estates service disruptions

Darwin College- Fire Alarm Testing

On Wednesday 6th September – Friday 15th September 2017 between 9am and 4pm, essential fire alarm testing will be carried out in the Darwin College.

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


Scaffold Tower  in Eliot College Dining Hall

On Friday the 8th of September 2017 until approximately Friday the 15th of September 2017, a scaffold tower will be constructed in Eliot College Dining Hall provisionally for 1 week to facilitate essential maintenance work to the glazed screen to the Lyons Room.

There will be some noise disruption whilst the scaffolding is being put up.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on 3209.


Office for Scholarly Communication launch event, Tuesday 12 September

If you’re involved in research, we are very pleased to invite you to the launch of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) on Tuesday 12 September, Gulbenkian Cinema, starting at 15:30.

This is an opportunity to find out what we will be doing, to give (honest and plentiful) feedback on researcher support at Kent, and have a glass of wine on us! To make sure we have a glass for everyone, please let us know if you are attending here:


15:30 – So, what is the Office for Scholarly Communication? A brief introduction to the history, and what we will be doing.

16:00 – Wine (and nibbles) reception and feedback. A chance for you to highlight the strengths, challenges and opportunities of the current research support experience at Kent and to meet some of the members of professional services who are supporting researchers.

Interested? We hope so!

More about the Office for Scholarly Communication

If you can’t attend but would like to learn more about the OSC, please email Sarah Slowe, Head of Scholarly Communication:

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Student Registration

Registration – New Students and Returners

New September Starters 2017

All new students must complete online enrolment prior to attending registration.
If you experience any queries regarding enrolment please direct students to or contact
Students, including those living off campus are expected to register during Arrivals Weekend and Welcome Week.
They are required to attend in person and provide their passport as identification to complete the registration process.

Canterbury Campus
All students can register in the Sports Centre between the following times:
16 September 09:00 – 18:00
17 September 09:00 – 17:00
18 September 09:00 – 16:30
19 September 09:00 – 16:30
20 September 09:00 – 16:30
21 September 09:00 – 16:30
22 September 09:00 – 14:00

After these dates registration is completed in the Student Reception, The Registry Building.

Medway Campus
All students can register in the Pilkington Building between the following times:
16 September 09:30 – 15:30
17 September 09:30 – 15:00

Monday 18 September – Friday 22 September students can register in the Gillingham Building
10:00 – 16:00.

For full information see the Getting Started 2017 booklet:
Returning Students

All continuing students must complete returning registration via the Student Data System. This will open on Tuesday 19th September prior to the start of the academic year.

This confirms their intention to return to study, provides an opportunity to check personal details are correct and triggers funding payments by Student Loans Company.

To ensure swift payment of your student loan, please ensure you re-register online by 4pm on Wednesday 20th September. It takes three to five working days from the point of registration for funds to be released to your account by the SLC.

Returning Registration Deadline: 6th October 2017

Note: Returning students DO NOT need to attend Arrivals Weekend.

Contribute to the Recognising Excellence in Education Project

The University is undertaking a project to review our approach to achieving excellence in education and the student experience through its key people practices, known as the Recognising Excellence in Education Project (REEP). The project draws on commitments in the University of Kent’s Education and Student Experience Strategy, the People Strategy and national sector initiatives, particularly the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University is keen to build on its recent success in being awarded a Gold rating in the TEF.

REEP’s Executive sponsor is Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, who also chairs the project Steering Group. The Steering Group comprises a cross-section of academics, the Director of UELT, the President of the Student Union and three members of HR.

In order to evaluate our current approaches and to ensure the views of all key stakeholders are included in any recommendations for the future, we are very keen to hear from any academic whose practice is focused on teaching (to include teaching scholarship and teaching leadership) and who would like to discuss their career progression in the University. We are able to offer a confidential individual meeting with Professor April McMahon (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education), Tina Edwards (Assistant Director of Learning & Organisational Development), or Naa Pinkcombe (HR Project Manager). The scope of the discussion can be led by each individual, subject only to keeping within the remit of the project. We would particularly like to hear views on the support for and recognition of teaching achievement through our people processes such as promotion, appraisal, and salary review.

If you would like to assist with this project please send an email in confidence to Naa Pinkcombe by Friday 22 September 2017.


Congratulations to Anne Grydehoj

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The Department of Modern Languages is delighted to announce that Anne Grydehoj has completed her PhD in French Studies, titled ‘Citizenship, Gender and Ethnicity in French and Scandinavian Engaged Crime Fiction 1965-2015’, under the supervision of Dr Lucy O’Meara and Dr Thomas Baldwin.

Anne’s thesis explores the nature of crime fiction produced by France and Scandinavia between 1965 and 2015. Crime fiction, as a genre, responds to shifting social realities. She focuses on the French model of Republican Universalism and the Scandinavian welfare state, examining the role they play in the depiction of relationships between state and citizen, and other identity issues (class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity in particular).

Anne’s comparative study of these themes examines the rigid social model of French universalism and the more socially orientated attitudes of Scandinavia, underlining how the genre functions as a vehicle for social critique.

Our congratulations to Dr Grydehoj.

For more details of the PhD in Modern Languages, please see the page: