Category Archives: Medway Student

Avoid Library fines and get help with referencing

Library awareness weeks coming up:

27 February – 3 March 2017: #FinesAwarenessWeek – We don’t want you to waste your money on library fines! Come along to seek help and advice on how to check your library account and renew books online to avoid those dreaded fines.

13 – 17 March 2017: Cite it Right – Get help with #referencing and dissertation writing.

See our Drill Hall Library events calendar for other events and workshops being held in the library!

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Drill Hall Library: your views are important to us

The Library User Group met on Wednesday 22 February in the Drill Hall Library. It was a drop-in style pop up session in the Group area of the library.

All students were invited to come and meet library staff in an informal setting, have a chat about the library services and maybe even win a prize with games set up by the User Services Team.

Do you want to get involved?
To find out the dates of Library User Group meetings, get involved in shaping your library or just taking part in our fun games and competitions, follow the Drill Hall Library on social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) or email us.

Leave feedback, any time

Since October the Drill Hall library also has another way of collecting everyday feedback on our services. ServMetric is on every PC in the library, the Drill Hall website and on a face-to-face terminal in the library. We welcome comments from all users of the library – students, staff and visitors.

Your feedback is helping us plan the future of our services – the facilities, resources, website, or the general environment. Please let us know what you think!

Bursaries available to walk the Via Francigena

The Centre for Heritage is pleased to offer two bursaries for University of Kent postgraduate students to participate in a historic long distance walk of 87 miles on the Via Francigena from Rome to the ancient Roman port town of Terracina on 14-21 May 2017.

The bursaries are offered as part of the Canterbury and the Via Francigena: Promoting Heritage through Cultural Routes project with funding from the Kent Opportunity fund.

The Via Francigena is a historic route linking Canterbury to Rome, continuing onto the southern port of Brindisi in Italy. Julia Peters, a PhD student in Classical & Archaeological Studies, walked the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome in 2015 and will now lead students on the section from Rome to Terracina.

Walking an ancient route is an immersive experience in history. The route covers sections on ancient basalt paving stones, winds through ancient and medieval towns, offers views of mountains, crater lakes and the sea. This rich archaeological and natural heritage has a collective value that is revealed by retracing the historic route that once connected them. Taking 6 days to walk 87 miles (140 km) offers a glimpse into the experience of travel in the past, from Roman soldiers to medieval pilgrims, as well as the present day. Participants should be prepared for difficulties, but the potential rewards far exceed the challenges to be faced.

The bursary includes a return flight from the UK to Rome, accommodation for 8 nights (in hostels, monasteries and hotels) and subsistence of £20/day for 8 days.

The closing date for applications is 23.00 on Monday 6 March 2017.

Further details of the route and how to apply are available here.

Shona Illingworth’s Time Present in contemporary art exhibition

Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art work, artist Shona Illingworth’s work, Time Present (2016) opens in a new exhibition called Turning Point at the Sayle Gallery, Douglas, Isle of Man from 25 Feb to 26 March. Featuring boundary pushing contemporary artwork by international artists Keith McIntyre, Kevin Atherton, Mark Wallinger and Susan Collins, the exhibition is curated by Helen Fox, Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media at University College Isle of Man.

Time Present explores memory, and individual and cultural amnesia.

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Jarman Award, the widely exhibited Illingworth works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice.

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SMFA composer and lecturer in Amazon top 100

A film for which composer Richard Lightman School of Music & Fine Art’s Lecturer in Music, Director of Employability Placement Coordinator Admissions Officer wrote the music score features in the top 100 choice for Amazon Prime. Directed by Alex Lightman, Tear Me Apart , a dystopian cannibal love story, received its European premiere at the International Ravenna Nightmare Horror Film Festival, Italy and had its world premiere at the annual Austin Film Festival in Texas on 31 October 2015. It was also selected for the Bronx International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival, USA in 2016. You can find more about the film here and

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Richard is a composer, producer, sound design practitioner, lecturer and researcher who has composed for a many artists, films and television series including Eldorado, America’s Most Wanted and The Big Miracle, news and current affairs programmes, TV and radio commercials, and contributed to the sound design of a number of Hollywood films including An American Werewolf in London, Herbie Goes Bananas, Superman II, III & IV, Flash Gordon and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Music Producers Guild, he has produced over 35 albums, covering a wide spectrum of music including Heavy Metal, Reggae, Blues, Bollywood, Bhangra, Rock and Roll, New Age, Jazz, Pop and Garage, and played on over 170 recordings and performed in 28 countries on 5 continents.
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Simon May, composer of East Enders theme, gives talk in School of Music and Fine Art

Simon May, one of the most successful and celebrated composers for television the UK has ever produced, will be giving a talk on Monday, 27 February from 10.30 – 12.30 in the Clock Tower Lecture Theatre at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, together with music lecturer Richard Lightman, the School of Music & Fine Art’s Director of Employability Placement Coordinator and Admissions Officer.

Best known for writing the EastEnders theme, Simon’s long and impressive list of TV themes includes the 1980s smash-hit drama series Howards’ Way, as well as such perennial favourites as Holiday and Animal Park. In his book, Doof Doof: My Life in Music, Simon describes the creation of these works, and the success they brought, with self-deprecating humour and the sharp eye of the true professional.

Simon was a Choral Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he gained an MA (Hons) in French & German. He taught modern languages at Kingston Grammar School before signing to ATV Music as a professional songwriter. He is currently visiting Professor at the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society, Southampton Solent University who in 2015 conferred on him the degree of Honorary Doctor of Music. He is also Patron of the Devizes Junior Eisteddfod, Vice President of the British Federation of Festivals and Patron of the Swindon 105.5 Community Radio Station. He currently teaches music therapy part time at his local school for Asperger students, Unsted Park near Godalming, Surrey.

Simon has received numerous awards and nominations for his music, including winning an Ivor Novello for Every Loser Wins and three TRIC Awards for Best TV Theme for EastEnders, Howard’s Way and Trainer. More info

Please book for the talk via SMFA Reception 01634 888980

New work from SMFA MA Music Technology student premiered in May

On 13 May at 19.30, the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (CRSO) premieres a new work by SMFA MA Music Technology student Jeriah Nadesan. The programme, conducted by director Peter Bassano, also includes music by Brahms, Rodrigo, and Saint-Saens and takes place at The Central Theatre Chatham.

Says Jeriah, “My piece is called Glorious Streams. I have aimed to convey this in the flowing rhythms and rich harmonies the orchestra plays. When writing this piece I attempted to be less strict in keeping my composition traditionally classical, but allowed for the nuances of my musical influences such as Jazz, Gospel and Pop. I have also added some live electronics, using different types of synths, to accentuate the music the orchestra plays.”

Jeriah was born in South Africa, his family moving to England when he was 6 years old. Comments the composer, who also achieved his BSc in Music Technology in the School of Music and Fine Art, “I grew up in a home that was always filled with all types of music as both my parents are singers and accomplished musicians. I developed an interest in classical music as a result of studying classical piano. After completing my studies, I hope to pursue a career in Music Arrangement, Film Composition and Music Production.”

The partnership with the CRSO has already resulted in 5 world premieres of music by student composers from SMFA. Formed in 1969, the CRSO has approximately 60 playing members, both amateur and professional musicians, who perform concerts at The Central Theatre, Chatham, and other venues in Kent. Rehearsals take place at the Pilkington Building, University of Kent at Medway, on Mondays, 19.45 – 21.45. Tickets from More info from

Medway short courses

Inspiring short courses at Medway campus

A series of inspiring lectures in association with Medway U3A will take place at the University’s Medway campus from March to May 2017.

You can explore a subject purely for interest in a friendly group, led by an expert tutor.

Lectures include:

  • The Black Death: plague, pestilence, and social disorder, Friday 17 March, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Julia Cruse PhD
  • A history of beer in Kent, Saturday 1 April, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Jeremy Kimmel BA PGDip
  • An Introduction to Modern Art, Saturday 1 April, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Katia Mai PhD
  • Manipulating monarchs: Tudor and Elizabethan Propaganda, Friday 12 May, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Julia Cruse PhD
  • The history of science (up to 20th century), Saturday 13 May, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Jeremy Kimmel BA PGDip
  • Art in Context, Saturday 13 May, 10.00-13.00, £15
    Katia Mai PhD

To find out more and to book your place see our Tonbridge webpages or telephone 01732 352316.

Easter concert: Nelson Mass

Haydn’s popular Nelson Mass will be performed in the Royal Dockyard Church, Chatham on Wednesday 29 March by the University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway).

The Mass will be conducted by Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis and the soprano will be School of Music and Fine Art alumna Philippa Hardiman. It will be preceded by a talk from Richard Holdsworth MBE about Nelson and the Historic Dockyard Chatham

In 1771, a 12 year-old Horatio Nelson arrived in Chatham to begin one of the most celebrated careers of all time. In a unique collaboration to celebrate these historic connections between Britain’s most celebrated naval figure and the award-winning Historic Dockyard Chatham, the School of Music and Fine Art (located on the Dockyard) and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will present a performance of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei of Haydn’s popular Nelson Mass.

The Nelson Mass is Haydn’s largest and his only minor-key mass, set in D minor at the opening, but leading to a victorious D major finale. It is also one of his most well-known and beloved choral works, and notable for the demands on the soprano soloist. Haydn later catalogued the Nelson Mass as Missa in Angustiis (mass for troubled times).

Tickets, priced £10, are available for purchase from the Gulbenkian webpages and the Historic Dockyard.

#KentGrads Pre-graduation Photobooth

Graduating this summer? Would you like a special way to thank those who supported you during your degree?

In preparation for the July graduation ceremonies, Pre-graduation Photobooths are back!

Come see us at our Canterbury and Medway locations, write a message of thanks and be photographed by University photographers. These photos will be displayed to your nearest and dearest on television screens in the Cathedral on your day of graduation!

We will also share these photos across the University’s Facebook accounts so you can tag yourself and your friends during graduation week. Photobooths will run from 10.30-14.00 on the following days:

Tuesday 28 March – Medway
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Wednesday 29 March – Canterbury
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Thursday 30 March – Canterbury
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Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for more information and location details nearer the time.

Congratulations on reaching your finals #KentGrads, we look forward to seeing you in March!

Please note that these are optional events and will not impact your graduation if you do not attend.