Category Archives: Student Guide

Intercollege Football League

After 18 weeks of exciting competition, the Intercollege Football League (ICFL) season has come to an end. This year’s competition was dominated by two teams: Rutherford Raiders and Medway Mavericks, who kept each other at one game’s distance for most of the season. The results were so close that the winners could only be decided during the final round on 22 to 23 March 2017. Raiders having just one point advantage had to win in order to be certain of becoming the champions.

On Wednesday 22 March, Raiders lined up against Darwin Evolution. An overwhelming win 8-1 crowned them the victors of the League and diminished the relevance of an impressive 8-2 win by Medway Mavericks against Turing FC the following day. Raiders take the title with 46 points and 15 wins, 1 point ahead of the Mavericks.

Raiders, Mavericks and the rest of ICFL teams will now progress into the group stages of the cup competition, which starts on Wednesday 10 May. If you wish to join an Inter College Football team for the cup competition email sportsdevelopment@kent.ac.uk who will put you in contact with the relevant captain. The transfer window is open from now until Friday 5 May.

Autism Arts Festival, 29 and 30 April 2017

The Autism Arts Festival will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April at the University’s Canterbury campus, and it is an attempt to develop the idea of a relaxed performance further to create an entire festival that is as autism friendly as possible. Moreover, this is intended to be a celebration of autistic creativity, with a range of works by artists on the spectrum.

The festival will feature a range of performances, film screenings, workshops and talks including:

  • Misfit Analysis by Cian Binchy and a preview of his new show Catch the Baby
  • An Evening of Stand Up with Ria Lina, Don Biswas, Jay Islaam and Jethro Bradley
  • Workshops with The Three Half Pints and Knuckle and Joint Theatre
  • Beyond the Flash by Little Angel’s Spectrum Youth Theatre
  • A Heart at Sea by Peter Morton and Avi Simmons
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre
  • Guerrilla Aspies by Paul Wady
  • Adventures of Super Aspie Grrl by Annette Foster

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of visual art which will run from 18-30 April 2017. For the full programme visit www.autismartsfestival.org.

The Autism Arts Festival is funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from the Gulbenkian and School of Arts at the University of Kent.

Student Rep Elections: Nominations Now Open!

The Spring Elections for the 2017/2018 Student Reps have begun, and nominations are now open! Have you got ideas for changes you want to make on your course? Do you think you’ve got great leadership skills? Do you think you could represent the voices of students on your course to improve the academic experience?

Each year, our members elect the students that they want to see represent them on their course and in their school. Our student reps act as the link between students, the Union and the University, to ensure that the academic changes that happen are in your best interests and come directly from students. The hours you log as a Student Rep count towards your KSCV award, and give you great employability skills for after you graduate. You might have seen them doing some of this work during your time here at Kent; now is the chance to become one of them! If elected, you will receive a full programme of training to prepare you for your role (as well as a free Student Rep hoodie!) You can find out more information about the role by reading the nominations pack, role descriptions and school specific information on our student rep resources page. Got any questions? Just e-mail us at representation@kent.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

Being a Student Rep is open to all years of study- both undergraduate and postgraduate!

If you think you’re the person to make the academic changes students want to see next year, nominate yourself now!

Volunteers needed for bOing! 2017

bOing! is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading family arts festivals, with up to 11,000 people visiting in 2016. The festival organisers are urgently looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly and have some brilliant opportunities.

One of the stars of bOing!2017 is the PENTALUM LUMINARIUM, a huge, inflatable structure of extraordinary beauty which audiences can walk through, explore and enjoy. The Luminarium is manned by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, who greet the audience and help guide them round this incredible experience.

Gulbenkian Director, Liz Moran explains;
‘Since Architects of Air formed over 20 years ago, their Luminaria have travelled to 37 countries and wowed audiences across the globe. They came to bOing! last year with Mirazozo Luminarium and due to such incredible demand we are very excited to be bringing them back with a new Luminarium – called Pentalum – as part of bOing! and that they want members of our community to be involved with running it.

We want everyone to have the chance to be part of bOing! and volunteering is a brilliant way to get involved. Joining the Luminarium team is just one way volunteers can help, so if you want to do something brilliant and totally different this August please get in contact with us.’

bOing! International Family Festival takes place on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, on the beautiful University of Kent campus in Canterbury and is an amazing weekend of the very best in theatre, dance, music, films and fun for all the family.

For more information and to apply for bOing! volunteer opportunities please contact Rebecca Brown on r.m.brown@kent.ac.uk.

Routledge interviews Simon Kirchin

Academic publisher Routledge has published an online interview with Dr Simon Kirchin, Reader in Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, about his latest book, Reading Parfit: On What Matters (Routledge, 2017).

Derek Parfit (1942-2017) was a British philosopher who specialised in identity, rationality and ethics, and who sadly died on 1 January this year. His work On What Matters was published in two volumes in 2011, and Simon’s book is a response to this.

The interview, structured into ten questions, begins by asking Simon about the first line of On What Matters [‘We are the animals that can both understand and respond to reasons.’] and also gets him to explain and enthuse about Parfit’s philosophical work.

Simon sums up the hope Parfit can offer to readers: ‘what one can learn from reading or even dipping into On What Matters is that whilst philosophy, and moral philosophy, can tackle some very deep and fundamental questions, it can also be done simply and straightforwardly.’

The full interview is available online.

On litter and literature: forthcoming lectures by Professor Peter Read in Turin and Narbonne.

Professor Peter Read from SECL will be giving a guest lecture to staff and students at the University of Turin on 5th April 2017. He will be speaking on the manuscripts of Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), exploring how the poet constantly reshuffled and plundered his ever-expanding archive to create new works, using scissors and paste as well as pen and ink. The lecture will show how Apollinaire complemented and amplified his resolutely modernist literary style by writing his poems, stories and other texts on a very diverse range of recycled materials, including headed notepaper from banks, cafes and newspapers, the back of international news-agency bulletins, used wrapping paper, notepads, exercise books and diaries printed in English, French and Russian.

Peter has also been invited to give a public lecture at the 7th Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film next November in Narbonne. Peter’s lecture will be at the Médiathèque du Grand Narbonne on 30 November 2017 and will be focus on his recently published book “Apollinaire: Lettres, calligrammes, manuscrits” (Paris, Textuel / Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2016).

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

Join the eggs-travaganza and be in with a chance of winning one of over 100 prizes!

From 27-31 March there will be 100 eggs to be found, and over 100 prizes to be won!

To join the eggs-travaganza, and be in with a chance to win cracking prizes, you need to find the eggs that Kent Bunny has hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. He has also hidden 15 ‘onscreen’ – take a selfie in front of them and submit to Twitter, Instagram or post to this Facebook event using #KentBunny.

Prizes up for grabs include: Amazon vouchers, sports massages at Kent Sport, Gulbenkian tickets, meals out on campus, In Conversation tickets, a branded varsity jacket, University of Kent Monopoly sets and much more….and lots of chocolate eggs of course!

At the end of the week, everyone who has found an egg will then be entered into the grand prize draw for the chance to win a camera or an iPad mini.

The competition is open to all University of Kent staff, students and alumni.

Follow the clues each day which will be posted here and on Twitter @unikentevents.

#KentBunny

Entrepreneurial Kent Students secure a place at Nationals Competition

On the 15 March the University’s Enactus Team showcased its social entrepreneurial projects at the Enactus regionals in London and secured a place to represent the University at the National Competition at the Excel, London on the 10 and 11 of April.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus provides a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Enactus work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.

Every year Enactus UK hosts a nationwide competition in which over 59 universities showcase the life changing work they do. The winner of the UK competition represents the country in the Enactus Worldwide competition against 36 other countries.

The Enactus Kent team delivered an outstanding presentation in front of a judging panel comprising of business leaders from: Barclays, KPMG, Unilever, and Tesco. The Kent projects were then examined further to assess the sustainable, social, economic, and environmental impact on the beneficiaries and their livelihoods.

The projects the University’s Enactus Team presented, include:

Cantuta is working with our Charity Partners, Clinica De Quinua in the remote South Eastern region of Peru. We are working to empower 26 elderly beneficiaries through beekeeping and honey harvesting skills.

MyStreets – Ex-homeless people in Porchlight housing guide alternative tours of Canterbury that focus on the less well known history and the issue of homelessness in the city.

Badlaav – This project aims to empower deserving women beneficiaries by putting them behind wheels in Kashmir, India.

For more information about the projects and competition please email the Enactus University Advisor, Sophie Taylor-Gammon- s.taylor-gammon@kent.ac.uk

International students

Kent Global Passport

All Kent students have access to the Kent Global Passport. This is a free online app which has been designed to help you to highlight your international skills and experience. You can do this from home or from any device and the app has questions to help you identify skills you never knew you had.

You can also Fast-track your Kent Global Passport with a three-hour StudyPlus session led by Dr Manning. You are expected to bring your own device (Ipad/laptop/Iphone etc) so you can navigate the online Kent Global Passport as the lecturer presents it. See the Kent Global Passport page for more details .

Global Engagement Modules (GEMS)

GEMS are wild modules with an international dimension, they cover a diverse range of subjects from global histories and religions to environments and cultures. You could even learn a new language! Visit GEMS to see the many ‘wild’ modules which have particular international significance, so that you can identify them easily. For more information, visit the links to the module catalogue. Further details on how to add a GEM to your studies is provided below:

1. Check: make sure your programme of study allows wild modules. If you are unsure check with your school first.
2. Select: Choose a GEM you would like to take. You’ll need to meet pre-requisites in order to take it.
3. Apply: When selecting your modules use the wild module selection table to include your GEM as one of your preferred modules

For queries or more information, contact: deaninternational@kent.ac.uk

Wellbeing Festival 2017

The Wellbeing Team in Student Support and Wellbeing is running a Wellbeing Festival, in conjunction with Kent Union, on Thursday 23 March in Eliot Hall, from 10.00-16.00.

The aim is to encourage and support students and staff to take care of their own wellbeing in a variety of fun and practical ways, as well as providing information on how to reach out for help when necessary.

There is an exciting line-up of internal and external organisations taking part in the day, including Espression Arts café, yoga sessions, a bushcraft workshop, poetry therapy, mindful colouring, various mental health and charity stands, representatives from the LGBT network, the Chaplaincy, Sports Centre and Kent Union, refreshments and live music.

It will be very interactive and, hopefully, a memorable experience to remind people to connect positively with their own mind and body, and with each other.

For more information, see the Wellbeing Festival webpages.