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wellbeing 2018

Tips to look after your mental health

Take care of yourself and get the most from life Mental health is about the way you think, feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs.

Here are 10 tips to help you take good care of your mental health…

1. Talk about your feelings: Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
2. Keep active: Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better.
3. Eat well: Food can have a long-lasting effect on your mental health. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well.
4. Drink sensibly: We often drink alcohol to change our mood but the effect is only temporary. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.
5. Keep in touch: Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life. They can make you feel included and cared for.
6. Ask for help: We all get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.
7. Take a break: A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. Just a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.
8. Do something you’re good at: Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Think about what you love doing, what activities you can lose yourself in, or what you loved doing in the past.
9. Accept who you are: Accept that you’re unique rather than wish you were more like someone else. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
10. Care for others: Caring for and helping others can make you feel needed, valued and boost your self-esteem. It also helps to put your own problems in perspective

For extra support and to take advantage of the services we have on offer at the University please see the following links:

Student Support and Wellbeing:
Student Support and Wellbeing Facebook Page:
Kent Union Advice Centre:​ 

Kent Union Activities and Societies: 

GK Unions Advice Centre:
GK Unions Activities and Societies:

Kent Sport: 
Campus Walks:

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Our Planet Week 2018

Our Planet Fortnight 2018

Our Planet Fortnight begins this week and runs until Thursday, 29 March. Organised by Kent Union’s Environment Officer, Miguel Santos, with the University’s Sustainability Team and Kent Union, this is a fortnight to raise awareness of environmental, ethical, and sustainable issues as well as to celebrate the work done on sustainability across the University.

With a variety of events taking place both at Canterbury and Medway, the fortnight showcases the University’s commitment to promoting sustainable behaviours to staff, students and the local community. Events range from a wildlife campus photography session to biodiversity nature walks, to name a few. There are lots of events for both staff and students to get involved in.

See our Facebook page (@UKCEnvironmentMiguel) for details of each event.

Our Planet Fortnight showcases the University’s dedication to sustainable policies and behaviours. Moreover, it illustrates that the University must be at the forefront of sustainable practices to be a role model for the local community and for other institutions across the UK. Join us in celebrating the University’s environmental commitment, and let us make a more sustainable Kent for the future.

Gala Ball 2018

University of Kent Gala Ball 2018

Staff, alumni, students, the local community and businesses are invited to join us for the University of Kent’s very first fundraising Gala Ball on the Canterbury campus this July, hosted by our Chancellor, Gavin Esler.

Watch the sun set over Canterbury from our beautiful marquee in the heart of the campus for an evening full of entertainment, all in support of the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Tickets are £65 per head, and guests will be seated on tables of 10, so we recommend that groups book together to ensure that they are seated together.

For more information, please visit:


Kerri Layton

SMFA graduate starts creative event consultancy

2011 BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design graduate, Kerri Layton, has started her own creative event consultancy, Kerri Kreates. Clients and previous partners include Alexandra Palace, A Different World Productions LTD, the BBC, Fuse Festival Medway, Lancaster BID, Kent County Council, The Arts Council, Body and Mind Festivals, Glade Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Eventspiration and The Hospital Club.

Whilst at Kent studying in the School of Music and Fine Art, Kerri won two awards from the Kent Enterprise Hub & Round One, forming a performance group and social enterprise arts company ‘FAF Arts’ touring the UK in the summer terms with her company and theatre productions. Always very active performing and organising events, she then went on to host session’s at Employability Week for the University of Kent, on ‘Making it Happen’ whilst working for her clients around the UK.

Kerri comments: ‘It was a practical degree that taught me the logistics of event management but fundamentally placed the importance on the creation and theatre of the event, of it’s core narrative. I made explorations into audience’s journeys using experience as a means of ritual and celebration. Communicating core themes and ideas via the medium of 3D, sensory and participatory experiences, later specialising in outdoor theatre. I enjoyed every second of this degree and it continues to inspire and inform me to this day.’

After graduating, the dynamic Kerri performed with the Banner Theatre Company as a guitarist and singer, went on to launch her solo music show, Lady Layton, which toured internationally, including Glastonbury, and was a headline act at many UK events and festivals, and now performs with her live band as a solo artist Miss Kerri Layton. Her new EP releases in March.

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Fine Art student shortlisted for a BAFTSS Award

Stephen Connolly, an artist filmmaker, Lecturer in Film Production, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Fine Art PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music and Fine Art (also a Kent 50 Scholar), has been shortlisted for a 2018 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Award, in the Moving Image category under Best Practice Research Portfolio for Machine Space. The results will be announced in April.

BAFTSS encourage best teaching and research practice, promoting the training of postgraduate students in research and giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

Connolly’s Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.  The film uses formal representational devices to explore this content, and addresses issues of complicity of audiences in the state of affairs in the city. It is a visualization of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, philosopher of space and urban life.

The film was shown at London Film Festival and Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.

You can read the LFF Review (in which it is described as “brilliant”) on MUBI.

Connolly’s work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history. His award winning single screen work which explores the interface between spectatorship, material culture and subjectivity, has been widely shown internationally since 2002. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London, and was a juror at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA) in 2011.

Image credit: Stephen Connolly

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Update for students on industrial action

Dear Student,

As you may know, together with the Vice-Chancellor, I attended a meeting with student reps and others on Tuesday 14 March. The aim of the meeting, organised by Kent Union, was to hear student concerns relating to the industrial action being taken by some members of our academic staff. Both the Vice-Chancellor and I greatly appreciated having the opportunity to attend and hear from students about their concerns.

We realise that those of you who are in schools affected by this action are inevitably worried about the impact it might have on your assessments and academic progress. While we have a website for students which includes a broad range of FAQs, it was clear from yesterday’s meeting, and from other conversations and communications we had from students, many of the questions you are raising are specific to both your subject and school.

I want to reassure you that the Executive Group of the University and faculty Deans are working with schools affected by the industrial action to put systems in place to mitigate against its impact on you and will communicate what these are over the coming weeks. At the beginning of next week, your school will email you with detailed updates which respond to the concerns raised at the student reps meeting and through other channels. It is important that you are aware that the guidance will come from your Head of School (or in his or her name) and that it is guidance from that source that you should regard as authoritative.

I also want to reassure those students who are emailing me and other colleagues with a range of issues and queries that these are being collated centrally to ensure we have a sense of the nature and scale of the concerns. These will be reflected in the information you will begin to receive from your school next week. I should add that we are endeavouring to reply to those emails as quickly as possible, and where school-specific issues are raised we are forwarding to the school so that they can respond to you directly.

There is no doubt that staff have a great commitment to you as students. The University, Kent Union and the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) at Kent have jointly called on all those involved at a national level to work together to reach a solution, and the University will continue to seek an outcome that protects the interests of our staff and students.

Yours sincerely,

David Nightingale | Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Dr Bike

Dr Bike at Medway

Dr Bike returns to Medway campus Tuesday 20 March 2018. Find Dr Bike outside the Student Hub 11.30-14.30 for your free bike check up.

Dr Bike’s services are available to University of Kent and University of Greenwich students and staff. The Dr Bike service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport Team, Estates department.

Additional work will be quoted individually but will always be at a special University of Kent reduced rate.

For more information visit our web page.

Kent Alumni Pub Night

Kent Alumni Pub Night: Careers Advice and Mentoring

The Alumni Pub Nights series is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students. The next Pub Night will be on Tuesday 27 March with the theme of career advice and mentoring. We’d love you to see you there to catch up on news from Kent and socialise with current students and fellow alumni.

The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service will be joining us to talk about what help they can give students, staff and alumni and how the mentoring platform, KEW-NET, could be of use to you.

Alumni should come along to find out how you can help a Kent student progress in their career by mentoring, talking on campus, taking part in Kent’s Employability Festival or taking on a student for work experience. This is also a great opportunity for 1st or 2nd year students to come along to find out upcoming graduate careers fairs and work experience opportunities.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 27 March from 18.00 – 20.00. Please still come along even if you don’t need careers advice to meet with current students and fellow alumni! First drink and nibbles provided. Please let us know you are coming along by registering here.

And join the event on Facebook.