Category Archives: Student Guide

More study spaces coming to Templeman East

There are now 75 extra study spaces in the East wing of the Templeman Library, and more group study desks will be available soon.

The windows in Templeman East have recently been replaced, to make this side of the Library brighter. Now that the temporary walls around the windows have been removed, it frees up more room for study desks. There are also great views over Canterbury and the countryside from the upper floors.

You’ll find the extra study spaces on Floors 1 and 2, near the windows. Later this month, there will be further group spaces on Floors 1 and 2.

To find out more about study spaces across campus, visit our webpage.

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.

Kent Sport’s Mike Burrell trains Kentish Alpine Skier Millie Knight

Kent Sport health and fitness instructor Mike Burrell has been training Paralympic Skier Millie Knight for the past eight months. Millie has gone from strength to strength in her personal training sessions as well as her skiing talents snatching up quite a few medals along the way.

Since December 2016, Kentish Alpine Skier Millie Knight has travelled far, competing at the highest levels of Para Snow Sport in the Women’s Visually Impaired category.

Competing in more than 15 races and claiming seven Gold medals, including Team GB’s first ever Para Alpine World championship.

Due to a high-speed crash after winning that Gold that caused her to miss next race, Millie came back with guide Brett Wild to clinch four more Silver Medals against stiff competition from the rest of the field, particularly the impressive Slovakian duo, Henrieta Farkosova and her guide Natalia Subrtova.

Millie returned to continue her training here at Kent Sport for just two short weeks before heading off again. This time all the way to South Korea and Peyongchang where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held, for testing. Hopefully leading to a place in the games themselves!

The results are as follows:

World Cup in Kuhtai, Austria
Slalom – Silver

World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland
Giant slalom – Gold

World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy
Downhill – Gold

For more information on Millie and her team visit

For more information on Para Snow Sport go to or for Para sport in general visit

Interested in personal training and beyond? Pop by the reception desk to discuss the various appointments we have and after further detailing your targets we can recommend you the appropriate appointment. To keep up to date and involved, follow UniKentSports on Twitter or like us on Facebook.


Populism, protest and democracy in the age of Brexit and Trump: Joan Hoey

As part of the School of Politics and International Relations Public Speaker Programme, we are pleased to welcome Joan Hoey. Joan, Regional Manager in the Europe team at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Editor of the EIU’s annual Democracy Index, will discuss the recent upsurge of populist movements in Europe. She argues that the ascendancy of populism in Europe has been driven by the exhaustion of mainstream political parties and their estrangement from their old social constituencies. The talk will consider the broader socio-economic, political and cultural mainsprings of contemporary populist movements and discuss what it means for the future of democracy. Do populist movements pose a threat to democracy or are they potentially a vehicle for reviving its fortunes?

The talk will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 17.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, followed by a drinks reception in Grimond Foyer.

This is a free event and booking is not required. All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there. For further information, please contact

Degree Show students organise series of creative workshops and events

SMFA Fine Art students are organising a series of creative workshops and events to engage with the University’s students and staff, as well as the general public, with the aim of presenting a platform which provides insightful experiences and raises awareness of the upcoming Degree Show. The first event, organised by the Fine Art Degree Show Private View and Engagement Team, will be a life drawing workshop on Wednesday 8 March from 18.00 – 20.00 in the Clock Tower Building (Rooms 301-303) at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. It is open to everyone (age 16+) and only costs £1. Please contact Charlene to reserve your space.

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.

Importance of accessible bay parking

We have been made aware that some people are parking in accessible bays on campus when not entitled to do so. It is essential that accessible bays are only used by those with a valid Government Blue Badge or accessible permit to park. If people with a real need for the bays cannot park, it can seriously disrupt their day and may result in missing lectures or work time.

Please remember that some people who require these bays:

  • Have no other option but to drive and park on campus
  • Require the larger bays to get out of their vehicle, for example fully opening the car door if they are in a wheelchair or on crutches
  • Need to move their vehicle to other accessible bays multiple times within one day
  • Need to park as close to their building as possible

If you park in accessible bays when you are not entitled to do so, you may receive a Parking Charge Notice. There is no warning given for this PCN.

If you cannot find a space, drive to another car park valid for your permit. Park Wood Courts generally have spaces available every day.

For further information please contact our parking team:

Researching the Rainbow Conference

All are welcome to attend Kent’s first Researching the Rainbow Conference on Wednesday 22 February from 15.30 in the Woolf Lecture Theatre, as part of LGBT History Month 2017.

The conference showcases some of the excellent research being conducted across the University related to LGBT+ issues and people, and is a fantastic opportunity to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration and networking. Research posters will also be on display. If you would like to submit a poster, please email ASAP.

Speakers include academics and students from the Schools of English, Law and History, discussing topics such as British colonial laws on sodomy, transgender and parenting identities within the law, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Pete Mercer from Stonewall will also be attending to provide an update on the charity’s work to support LGBT+ people, as well as Terry Gore from Catching Lives and Carin Tunaker from Porchlight, who will be talking about their research on LGBT+ homelessness.

The conference is free and open to all, including guests and alumni. You do not need to book but it would be helpful for catering purposes, if you could please register here. Further information on the agenda and other LGBT History Month activities, are on the LGBT+ Staff Network blog.

#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.