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National Police Chiefs' Council

‘Stay safe’ guidance

Recent world events have led to requests for advice on how to respond in the unlikely event of an incident on- or off-campus.

The ‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run, Hide, Tell) set out by the UK Government provide some actions to consider in a terrorist or firearms incident, and the type of information that police officers may need in the event of an attack.

While there are no specific threats to the University of Kent, this ‘Stay safe’ guidance is available on the Campus Security webpages. Please find time to read through this information.

You’ll also find useful information on our security provision, SafeZone app and other aspects of personal safety.

The University’s Campus Security team are based at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. If you have any concerns, they can be contacted on internal ext 3333 or 01227 823333 (emergencies only) or for enquiries on 3300 or 01227 823300.

Vegan cookery masterclass for University chefs

During the Easter vacation, a small group of chefs from the University of Kent were given the opportunity to take part in a two day cookery workshop led by local food based company, Dr Legumes. This workshop was designed to teach skills in vegan food preparation as well as raise awareness of how we, as a population, can support our health and wellbeing through a more plant-based diet.

What is Dr Legumes?
Dr. Legumes is the brainchild of Folkestone based duo, Jim and Lee, who aim to impact the health and wellbeing of the local community in a positive manner. Their mission is to show how we can support our health and happiness with plant-based nutrition and sustainability in mind. They deliver Secret Dinner Clubs, pop-ups, community events, cooking workshops and more, working not only with the public, but also schools, colleges and community groups.

During their time at the University, the duo had a great time sharing and cooking nine new recipes, including Mushroom Carpaccio, Cashew Stuffed Peppers, Wild Mushroom Pie, and Chocolate Beetroot Brownies. These dishes were then shared with eager staff and students from Sibson building who were delighted to sample new and exciting vegan dishes while learning about the health benefits.

The number of people in the UK who consider themselves vegan has risen by 350% in the past decade. Today, 542,000 people identify themselves as vegan, with another estimated 500,000 vegetarians considering the move. This plant-based movement has predominantly been driven by the young, with close to half of all vegans aged 15-34 (42%).

Watch Dr Legumes masterclass video here.

Kent Union’s Campus to Campus Cycle Challenge

Kent Union’s sports clubs and societies are a vital part of Kent students’ university experience, helping them maintain their mental and physical health, allowing them to make friends for life and providing them with invaluable life and career skills.

Our Access to Activities Fund provides support to students who wish to participate, but are unable to financially. It helps to pay membership fees, purchase essential equipment and contribute toward competitions, amongst other things:

“Horse riding has been an immense passion for me since I was young, but with the cost of going to university I was resigned to giving it up for a very long time. With the Access to Activities Fund I’ve been able to pay the Equestrian Society fee as well as some lessons. I’m overjoyed!”
Foundation Year Physics student

Unfortunately, the demand from students is higher than we are able to cater for at the moment; this year the fund was oversubscribed by over £15,000.

In light of this, we have set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £10,000 for the Fund for next academic year, by cycling between 4 University of Kent campuses in 4 days; From Thursday 8 June until Sunday 11 June, we will cycle from Medway to Canterbury, then Brussels, and finally on to Paris, covering nearly 100 miles per day –  that’s 380 miles in total!

To support the challenge, on 8 June the Rowing club will row 28.3 miles along the Medway river and the Cycling Club will cycle along from Medway to Dover; and from 7 June until 11 June the Athletics Club will run 350 miles from Canterbury to Paris!

Please support our challenge to help ensure no student misses out on an amazing experience at Kent.

Visit our campaign page to donate directly.

Visiting professorship for Vito Zagarrio

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian from the Department of Modern Languages, has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship to permit Professor Vito Zagarrio (University of Rome 3) to spend the Spring Term of the next academic year at the University of Kent.

Professor Zagarrio is one of Italy’s leading film scholars who has published over a dozen mongraphs, three dozen edited collections and several hundred essays. His areas of expertise concern contemporary Italian cinema, classical and contemporary American cinema, the relationship between film and history, and the practice of film direction. He is also one of the few Italian academics to sustain a parallel career as an accomplished filmmaker. He has directed three theatrically distributed feature films, nine medium length and television features and over thirty documentaries and compilation films, many related to the cinema.

His visit will be hosted across the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and the School of Arts by the Centre for Film and Media Research, and he will be presenting several lectures and screenings of his films as well as contributing guest lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate courses and visiting other UK universities.

For more details of Leverhulme Visiting Professorships, please see the webpage here:

Exploring gender, sexuality and the sensory

On Friday 18 May there was lively debate when 70 participants attended the Gender, Sexuality and the Sensory symposium hosted by the Gender, Sexuality and Culture and the Visual and Sensory research clusters with Feminist Theory journal.

With the turn to affect, the rise of various new materialisms and increasing interest in the non- or more-than representational approaches, scholars across the humanities and social sciences have increasingly explored the significance of affect, atmosphere, mood, and the sensory to the contemporary workings of social life and relations.

Speakers from the Universities of Kent, Leicester, Cambridge, Middlesex, Goldsmiths and UCL addressed what significance explorations of the sensory have for contemporary analysis of gender, sex and sexuality and, in turn, how contemporary gender, feminist and queer theories can, and are, contributing to intellectual, practice-based, and activist engagements with the sensory. During the breaks, attendees explored the ideas at a feminist craftivism workshop.

One of the organisers, Dr Carolyn Pedwell, said ‘We were delighted to bring together at Kent such a dynamic group of speakers and delegates from across the UK to explore the critical links between gender, sexuality and the sensory. The diverse talks were extremely stimulating, as were the many questions and comments from participants, which made for a wonderfully engaging and generative atmosphere’

Day Trip to Cambridge on Sat 3 June

There are some seats (£15) available for a day trip by coach to the beautiful historic University city of Cambridge. This takes place on Sat 3 June, leaving Canterbury campus (main bus stop near Keynes College) at 09.00 and returning back onto campus at around 18.45.

Students and staff welcome. You are free to do as you like in Cambridge, but will be given advice about walks, museums etc.

Please buy tickets in advance of the trip, which is organised annually by the University Chaplaincy, at:

Tickets are also available in person from

Half-price summer membership is back!

Take advantage of Kent Sport’s half-price one-month Gold membership this summer and experience our wide range of superb facilities. All University of Kent students (or anyone in full-time education, 16+) is entitled to the junior rate of £27* per month. One-month membership for adults is £34.50.

Soak up some rays playing on the outdoor tennis courts or build up a sweat in the air-conditioned fitness suite. Feel the wind on your face by hiring a bike from the Cycle Hub, included with your membership. Summer membership also offers unlimited access to our sports facilities including the fitness suite, squash courts, all outdoor facilities and entry to all fitness and dance classes.

To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions from Thursday 1 June. Membership is available to use for one month from purchase date. See terms and conditions for more information.

*To apply for the junior rate please bring with you proof of full-time education (student card etc.).

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Calliope album from Sara Dacey on Radio 3

Further to Calliope, the debut solo album from Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Belinda Jones (piano), featuring new works by British composers, released on the 26th March by the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studios, two tracks were subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 on prime time Saturday morning. You can listen to what they say here, at about 2 hours 20mins in.

The album is available on Spotify and Amazon.

Singer, arranger and composer Sarah Dacey, is best known for being a member of one of the UK’s most groundbreaking groups, Juice Vocal Ensemble. She is Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance and freelance classical singer at SMFA. Since her studies at York University and the RAM (where she met Belinda), Sarah has worked at the forefront of the contemporary music scene, premiering works at the ROH and Tête à Tête Opera Festival and singing with contemporary music groups such as The Riot Ensemble. This CD is her debut solo album and features songs by some of the UK’s finest composers – Kerry Andrew, Roger Marsh, Bushra El-Turk, Cecilia McDowall, Rob Fokkens, SMFA’s Duncan MacLeod and Geoffrey Hannan.

The subject matter of the songs is eclectic, including a song from a chipmunk who’s upset about having their stash of nuts stolen, poems about fruit, an absurd nursery tale of naughty children being turned into donkeys, a japanese ghost story and the diary entries of a schizophrenia sufferer. This showcase of Sarah and Belinda’s performance partnership is a wonderful example of the breadth of 21st century vocal repertoire available that’s seldom published or recorded. For more information and contact details, please visit

Kent alumni and students volunteer to support homeless

A team of 10 Kent alumni and students volunteered at the Catching Lives Day Centre in Canterbury on Saturday 20 May as part of a new initiative in partnership with Kent Union. Kent Gives Back enables graduates and students to work together for a local community cause and help people and projects that matter to them. It’s also a fun and rewarding way for alumni and students to share stories about their experiences at and after Kent!

Volunteers ran social activities with clients and helped centre staff to clean and organise the facilities.

Alumna Jessica Farnham (Rutherford 2002) said of the experience: ‘It was great to work with students and fellow alumni and be able to make a very small difference to a fantastic cause by interacting with the service users. I can’t wait to get involved again for future projects’.

The Development Office coordinated the event, in collaboration with Kent Union, and there are plans for future projects in the Canterbury and Medway areas.
Got a project you think Kent Gives Back could help with? Contact Volunteer Management Officer Kasia Senyszyn at

Vikki Janke at the Sign Language Colloquium

Dr Vikki Janke, Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will be delivering a guest lecture at the Sign Language Colloquium at the Max Planck Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen on 9 June 2017, on the role of gesture and the acquisition of sign language as a second language.

Vikki will be presenting work undertaken with Dr Chloe Marshall (Institute of Education, UCL), which examines what learners of sign language start out with in terms of their manual gesture, by gathering data from 30 sign-naïve gesturers on an elicitation task requiring them to locate objects in space using their hands and no voice. Their results suggest that a key challenge when learning to express locative relations in sign is to reduce from a potentially very large set of handshapes rather than to supplement a restricted one.

Having detailed knowledge of what learners start out with in terms of their gestural inventories allows identification of contenders for both negative and positive transfer. Thus, by providing an intricate illustration of gesturers’ potential toolkit, this study establishes further connections between what a learner produces when acquiring sign and the source from which the production first stemmed. A positive outcome is that teachers might better anticipate and potentially circumvent confounds that hinder learning whilst exploiting those aspects of gesture that can bootstrap learning.

Further details of the Sign Language Colloquium and the full programme are available at: