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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:


Stagecoach -Unibus convoy (no cars)

Extra buses- exams and Easter vacation

As exam time is approaching the Transport Team, Estates department, are working with Stagecoach to provide extra Uni2 buses on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 25 March and 27 May 2018.

During term-time we provide a 24 hour bus service 6 days a week, serviced by the Uni1, Uni2, 4 and Triangle buses. The additional Uni2 services mean that there will be a 24/7 bus service for this period to help you travel to and from the library to prepare for exams. See additional Uni2 services below or on posters at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.


Buses to town centre

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435

The Beverlie   2134    2234    2334    0039    0139    0239    0339    0439

University Darwin        2138    2238    2338    0043    0143    0243    0343    0443

University Park Wood             2142    2242    2342    0047    0147    0247    0347    0447

University Keynes Stop A       2146    2246    2346    0051    0151    0251    0351    0451

St Dunstans Westgate            2153    2253    2353    0058    0158    0258    0358    0458

Canterbury bus station            2201    2301    0001    0106    0206    0306    0406    0506


Buses to Hales Place

Canterbury bus station A5/B1 2105    2205    2305    0010    0110    0210    0310    0410

St Dunstans Westgate            2111    2211    2311    0016    0116    0216    0316    0416

University Keynes Stop B       2117    2217    2317    0022    0122    0222    0322    0422

University Park Wood             2121    2221    2321    0026    0126    0226    0326    0426

University Darwin        2125    2225    2325    0030    0130    0230    0330    0430

Hales Place Tenterden Drive 2130    2230    2330    0035    0135    0235    0335    0435


The Uni1 and Uni2 buses will also continue to the usual timetable over the Easter vacation (6 April to 8 May 2018) despite being outside of term-time.

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Return of the Chill Out Zone

The Templeman Library Chill Out Zone is back from Monday 19 March

Relax in a calm and quiet pop-up space in the Library – open just for exam season. Take some time out from your revision, flop on a beanbag or comfy chair, enjoy the views, do some colouring, leisure reading or just chill. There will also be wellbeing workshops running in this space in the exam term on de-stressing. No studying allowed! Tell us what you want to see in here by writing ideas on the whiteboard.

You can find the Chill Out Zone in D Block, Floor 3. The space is open from 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 19 March and you’ll need your KentOne card to enter.

Need to relax with some reading?

Have a look at our Wellbeing and Self Help reading list. All the books on it are available as e-books.

Topics include:

  • Study and exam skills
  • Motivation
  • Mindfulness
  • University life
  • Coping with stress and anxiety

If you need more support, Student Wellbeing can help you.

Study smarter with productivity tools

Try some of these free apps and tools, picked out by Student Support. They can save you time, make it easier to access study material and increase your productivity.

Stay safe on your way to the Library

The Templeman Library is open 24/7 until June. Make sure you’re safe, whatever time you arrive and leave:

  • Use the SafeZone app for quick access to campus security and emergency services
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.

Find out more at: and

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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

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.

Music and science come together in Colyer-Fergusson on 23 March

Live music and science come together on Friday 23 March, as the continuing Cellular Dynamics project explores links between choral music and cutting-edge research from the School of Biosciences.

Find out more and book.

The centrepiece of the concert is Ola Gjeilo’s colourful and popular ‘Sunrise Mass,’ performed by the University Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia, which will be accompanied by live image- and video-projections curated by Dr Dan Lloyd. The hour-long performance is prefaced by short choral works by Whitacre, Stanford and Sir John Tavener, creating a meditative atmosphere in which to experience a range of film and photography drawn from the School of Bioscience’s latest research.

The performance starts at 19.30 in Colyer-Fergusson Hall; find out more about the Cellular Dynamics project online.

Image credit: School of Biosciences

Eastern ARC training

Funding opportunity for Essex Summer School course

The Eastern ARC and the Graduate School will fund an opportunity for one Social Science PhD student working on a project with applied quantitative methods to attend an Essex summer school training session.

This includes the fees for one course, accommodation during the training period as well as travel. To apply, please email with the title of the course you wish to attend, and up to 500 words addressing the following points:

  • Background summary of your PhD project
  • How the method proposed will advance your PhD project
  • How attending the course will advance your skill set as a PhD candidate
  • Why you wish/need to attend the course this year

You will also need to include a half page supporting statement from your supervisor, and a short CV outlining training courses you have already attended and indicating your current level of statistics training.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th April 2018, and the award will be announced by the end of April.  If you have any queries please email Hannah Swift and/or

Please note that applications from first and second year full-time PhD students (up to the fourth year for part-time PhD students) will be prioritised.

Canterbury Nightline: We’re here, We hear

The University of Kent has just opened Canterbury Nightline, a student-led listening service aimed at providing out of hours support for students across Canterbury.

It is open from 8pm to 8am and can be contacted via phone, email and instant messaging.

Callers are free to contact the service for any problems they may be experiencing, from discussing mental health and problems at home to university stress.

Nightline can also signpost callers to relevant services that are available while at university.