Category Archives: Medway Student

Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference 2017

On Saturday 2 September The Tizard Centre will be holding the Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference 2017  in the Sibson Building. This will include a range of talks and sessions for delegates to participate in, a short film “This is Me” from Square Pegs drama group, networking with like-minded people and professorial inaugural talks by Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones and Prof Julie Beadle-Brown.

The Conference runs from 09.30 – 16.15 hrs and aims to bring together all updated research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day is aimed at professionals working in this area, Tizard Practitioner Network members and people with a personal interest in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For full details and programme for the event can be found at the Conference website, where you can also register online.

Freedom of speech within the law

The University has a code of practice that underpins its commitment to freedom of speech within the law.  The code is available on the policies and procedures page of the University’s governance website.  This code replaces a previous version that had been put in place to meet the requirements of the Education Act 1986.

The aims of the code are: to provide guidance on freedom of speech within the law; to ensure that any restrictions are kept to a minimum; and to outline measures that might be put in place to support freedom of speech in circumstances where there may be concerns about the maintenance of order or health and safety.

Annex A of the code sets out procedures for student and Kent Union bookings.

An annual report of the operation of the code is submitted to Council every year. The report for 2015-16 is available here.

Why older carers need recognition and support

This week is Carers Week 2017 with a focus on building Carer Friendly Communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Dr Alisoun Milne, Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, researches family carers, social work with older people and their carers, mental health in later life and long term care. She is currently working on an NHS England funded project exploring effective support for older carers and is working with a local third sector carers agency helping to evaluate their role in support for carers.

Alisoun champions the rights of older carers to be recognised and supported. She points out that this is an issue of social justice in her Think Kent video. The Think Kent series are short videos which give an overview of Kent academics and their research and teaching expertise.

In her video, Alisoun highlights the fact that over a third of the UK’s 6.5 million carers are aged 65 years and over and that older carers disproportionately provide intensive levels of care and tend to care for longer hours over many years. Unwillingness to identify as a carer and ask for help from services also means older carers often care unaided. Despite increased policy emphasis on supporting family carers, few older carers come to the attention of local authorities. Even fewer see a social worker whose skill and knowledge set is often invaluable to older carers.


Kent Business School MSc Student Awarded ESRC Scholarship for PhD

Eirini Bersimi, MSc Finance (Kent Business School) graduate was awarded the scholarship by South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS).

After completing her MSc Finance (Financial Markets) in 2016 and working in industry for a year, Eirini will return to Kent Business School in September to begin her fully-funded PhD in Finance. Eirini has been awarded a maintenance grant of £14,296 as well as full tuition fees at the home/EU rate to support her research on volatility forecasting and asset allocation in portfolio management as supervised by Dr Ekaterini Panopoulou (Reader in Finance).

SeNSS scholarship students are considered to be part of an elite group of researchers and are given the best possible opportunities at the beginning of what is hoped to be a hugely successful research career. As Eirini explains:

“The ESRC SeNSS Studentship holds a prestige among the academic community. I believe its interdisciplinary research networks and advanced training opportunities will support my research and equip me with the relevant skills to successfully complete my doctorate. By participating in conferences I will learn from others and improve my own skills and knowledge of my field. It is also a great opportunity for networking with researchers with similar interests, that could possibly lead to research collaborations.”

The University of Kent is proud to be part of SeNSS which has been accredited as a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in July 2016. Partners include the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex and Royal Holloway, University of London. SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017.

Find out more and apply for this scholarship.

Medway car park disruptions

Thursday 8 June- Mast Pond car park closure for Chatham Historic Dockyard event

We have been informed that the Mast Pond car park at the Dockyard will be closed. Chatham Historic Dockyard Traffic Marshals will be on hand to direct you to alternative parking. To assist them, please ensure you display your University of Kent permit to park on arrival. Parking will continue to be available at the Pembroke site for permit holders.

Saturday 17 – Wednesday 21 June – Drill Hall car park closure

The Drill Hall car park on the Medway Pembroke Campus will be closed to permit holders.

  • Saturday 17 June- from 08.00- 15.00 the car park will be used for the University of Kent Open Day at Medway.
  • Saturday 17 June- from 15.00- 00.00 it has been agreed by licence that Medway Council can use the Drill Hall car park to assist with parking for their Battle of Medway commemoration event. We are in close communication with Medway Council to ensure that this event does not cause disruption to our Open Day. We are not expecting any road closures or disruptions that will have an impact on visitors attending this event. We will provide further updates if required.
  • Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 June- the car park will be closed for the UCAS Exhibition (HE Fair) being held by University of Greenwich. All card access to the car park barrier will be temporarily removed from KentOne cards with the exception of accessible bay permit holders. Please note all University of Kent permit holders can park within the University of Greenwich car parks on these days if they display their permit. University of Kent Gillingham and Mast Pond car parks will be available as usual.
  • Monday 19 June- Tuesday 20 June- University of Kent and University of Greenwich Central Avenue bays will be closed to assist with the UCAS Exhibition. University of Kent accessible bays and visitor bays will remain open as usual. University of Greenwich parking bays located on Upper East Road will be closed on Tuesday but the road will remain open.

Thursday 22 June- all car parks at Medway campus will be operating as usual.

Forthcoming conference on cultural heritage in danger

Canterbury and the Via Francigena: Promoting Heritage through Cultural Routes is a new project organised by the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, with the aim of engaging the public with heritage, including a workshop, conference and volunteering opportunities.

As part of the project, a one-day conference entitled ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Trafficking, Armed Conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy’ will be held in Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on 9 June 2017.

After World War II, the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict recognised the need to protect and preserve heritage for the benefit of mankind. In the last 60 years, this Convention has been ratified by 129 countries, the latest being the UK in February 2017, and has improved the international framework regulating the protection of cultural heritage in time of conflict.

The conference will bring together senior government officials and leading academics from the UK and continental Europe to assess improvements and weaknesses of heritage protection in the current era of terrorist warfare, where ideology, social media and clickbait concur to destroy heritage as recently seen in Palmyra and Mosul. It will also assess developments in the fight against the trafficking of cultural property and discuss new ways of enhancing cooperation between states, as well as Europe and Great Britain in the uncertain time of Brexit. Finally, speakers will discuss how cultural diplomacy can facilitate dialogue between communities that have been torn apart by conflict.

Registration is £50 (£25 student registration). If you have any queries, please contact Maria Dimitriou at:

For full details about the workshop, please see the conference webpage.

Don’t miss this chance to try your hand at journalism for free

Study Plus and the Centre for Journalism at Medway are running a free journalism course from 12-16 June. If you’ve ever thought of a career in journalism, this is your chance to find out if you’ve got what it takes to gather and report the news.

The course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of journalism in the multimedia age. During five days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do and how they do it. You will experience the pressure and pleasure of making real journalism to real deadlines under professional leadership.

The course is taught at the Centre for Journalism on the Medway campus, but is open to all Kent students. You can catch the free shuttle bus from Canterbury campus to Medway (you need to book this online):

For more information on the course, please see the Study Plus website:

To sign up, go to SDS>Workshops> Study Plus and choose KE044: Journalism

Battle of Medway Festival

The Battle of Medway

Between 8 and 17 June Medway Council and partners commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Dutch raid of 1667 with a 10-day spectacular of naval and ship visits, street festivals, exhibitions, arts and cultural activities and family entertainment.

Kent is proud to be a co-sponsor and we encourage staff and students to visit the festival website for the full events listing.

Festival highlights include:
8 June: Launch event – tickets for the parade and joint performance by the Royal Marines and Dutch Marine Band at the Dockyard are available.

8 June – arrival of up to 50 yachts

9 June onwards: Breaking the Chain Exhibition – a rare opportunity to see some of the most important paintings and documents associated with the Battle of Medway, with exhibits from international collections.

10 June: Marine band concert – travel through time from 17th Century with the Great Dutchman, to Robbie Williams and Sting

10-11 June: An exclusive opportunity to see life on board British and Dutch naval vessels

10-11 June: The Dutch are coming – step back in time to 1667 with family friendly re-enactments and a new exhibition at Upnor Castle

14 June: A further 100 offshore sailing yachts will arrive on the river

17 June: Medway In Flames – a fantastic light and sound show involving film, water screens, pyrotechnics and a spectacular firework display on the river.

Find out more at

Public lecture

A leading expert on the Anglo-Dutch maritime wars of the 17th century will give a public lecture on 30 June. This forms part of a three-day conference organised by the University of Kent and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.


Ontohacking Workshop in conducted by Jaime del Val in School of Music and Fine Art

On Thursday 8 June, Jaime del Val, one of the most significant artists/ philosophers in Europe working at the transdisciplinary frontiers of body, subjectivity and the algorecene will present METABODY 2017 Kent – Ontohacking Workshop: Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era. This takes place in the School of Music and Fine Art’s Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The workshop would offer participants a unique opportunity to explore some of the key questions driving current trans-disciplinary and practice based research through active participation with a leader in the field. This would enable artists and researchers alike to develop and test their research methods, and gain valuable insight into trans-disciplinary and practice based research processes and collaborative practice based investigation, thus opening up the potential of futurity, navigation and speculation within practice as research.

In the Big Data Era new threats to plurality emerge as strategies of preemption and modulation of behaviour of the human and nonhuman acquire increasing sophistication in algorithmic and Big Data environments. From Trump and the Brexit, whose victories were seemingly modulated through big data analytics, to cyberwar, and affective mass media politics, from ubiquitous surveillance, modulation of consumer’s behaviours, capitalization of microgestures, to the war fronts, a new turn to power is happening (which Brian Massumi calls Ontopower), focusing on capturing potentiality and emergence while operating in affective, not in ideological registers. Which is the underlying perceptual ecology of Ontopower, and most importantly, how to elaborate new modes of resistance to, and reinvention beyond, such modes of power and violence?

For more info go to