Category Archives: Student Guide

Xercise Factor

Kent Sport’s fitness competition is back by popular demand, offering members the chance to be selected for one-to-one fitness mentoring and battle it out in a bid to be crowned Xercise Factor Champion 2018.

Applications are now open and we are looking for students, staff and members of the public who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to getting fit and changing their lifestyle for the better. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge.

If you are successful in your application you will join other contestants for the Xercise Factor boot camp in February where a member of the fitness team will mentor you for two weeks. Only the committed will make it to the second phase and compete for the honour of becoming the Xercise Factor Champion.

Reigning Xercise Factor Champion 2017, student Hana Sofia Baakza, said

‘My six weeks flew by and I am really sad it has come to an end, and in all honesty I have never noticed such a change in my body in this six weeks than I have in my six months at the gym.  I know I will continue lifting and going to the gym even after this challenge is over. I have learnt so many new skills and feel truly proud of myself’.

Pick up your application form from the fitness suite reception at the Sports Centre or download it here. Post your form in the fitness suite ‘X’ box or email it to by Friday 26 January and get ready for the challenge!

Visit the Xercise Factor webpage to keep up to date with the latest news and don’t miss anything!

Not yet a member of Kent Sport? See our membership details.

Diego Peña

New international exchange agreement with Colombian university for PhD legal scholars

Colombian PhD legal scholar Diego Peña is the first to benefit from a new international exchange agreement between Kent Law School and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá DC.

The reciprocal agreement enables up to three doctoral research students from each institution to study at the partner institution for a period of six to 12 months. It was instigated by Kent Law School Senior Lecturer Dr Luis Eslava with support from the Law School’s Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Professor Donatella Alessandrini, Director of International Programmes Lisa Dickson and Law Lecturer Dr Rose Sydney Parfitt.

Both Kent and Los Andes also share a commitment to promote academic staff mobility opportunities and the development and consolidation of research networks with a view to developing collaborative teaching, joint research projects and joint conferences and seminars.

Diego was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Kent Law School’s distinctive critical approach to socio-legal research and arrived in September to work under the supervision of Dr Eslava. His thesis is a study of the relationship between urban policy and public law in three Latin American cities: São Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Bogotá.

Diego said: ‘Kent was very attractive to me because I was trying to introduce a critical approach to my thesis. Additionally, I had read a book by Dr Eslava that was very stimulating and useful. He studies the links between local urban development and international law in developing countries that takes Bogotá as an example.’

This latest international exchange agreement is the second to be made available to PhD scholars at Kent Law School; the first agreement signed in May between Kent Law School and the University of Melbourne was also the first PhD student exchange agreement to be made available at Kent.


£5 deals across Kent Hospitality Catering Outlets for January

For the next two weeks Kent Hospitality are offering 15 £5 deals across their catering outlets to welcome in 2018.

This means that from now until Sunday 28 January you can drop into Rutherford Dining Hall for their daily carvery, grab a fajita from Origins for lunch, or pick up a 12” pizza in Hut 8 each for just £5.

This offer is open to both staff and students with Mungos, K Bar and Dolche Vita also having £5 offers in place. Plus if you are using your KentOne card to pay you can save an additional 5%.

The full list of available deals can be found at the UniKentFood blog.

All offers are valid from 15/01/18 – 28/01/18 inclusive whilst stocks last.

For any enquiries contact

Arriva January-December 2018 discounted bus ticket

Missed out on the Arriva discounted bus ticket at the start of the year? You have another opportunity to purchase the discounted bus ticket which is valid until 31 December 2018.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus all over Medway, Kent and East Sussex. This includes the 191 service which operates to and from Liberty Quays- Campus- Chatham- Isle of Grain, and stops on Pembroke campus and at Western Avenue and Dock Road for access to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The student annual ticket is £140 which works out at around 39p per day. The staff annual ticket is £280 which works out at around 78p per day. To get access to these huge discounts you will need to enter the relevant promotional code found at . Once you have entered the code, the price will drop down from £940 to £140 or £280 accordingly.

Arriva are attending the Refresher’s Fair at the Student Hub Tuesday 17 January 2018 if you want to find out more information about tickets and timetables.

Pint of Science Festival

Share your research at a Pint of Science event

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.

A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.

Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to  double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.

We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.

If you are interested, please email with the following details by 23.59 on Wednesday 31 January 2018:

  1. Your name and school
  2. A summary of your research (max 100 words)
  3. Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
  4. A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).

Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: and

The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.

Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at

International English Language Testing System

Free taster sessions for IELTS and Cambridge Exam preparation courses

The Centre for English and World Languages will be launching Cambridge English and IELTS exam preparation courses in January 2018.

The FREE taster sessions will take place on 16 January for the Cambridge course and 17 January for the IELTS course.

For more information on our IELTS course please see our web pages, and for more information on our Cambridge English course please click here.

Language Express

Still time to join our 10 week beginners’ courses in French, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish

The Centre for English and World Languages are still taking bookings for the 10 week Language Express courses starting on 22 January 2018.

Classes take place on Monday evenings during weeks 14-23 at the Canterbury campus.

People who take the language courses say it not only increased their knowledge of the language of a country, but also its culture, and encouraged them to continue learning the language.

For more information on classes, fees and how to book your place, visit the Language Express webpages.


Get on your bike this term

Bicycle hire is available for students and staff from this weekend, 13 and 14 January.

To do your bit for the environment and get a little fitter too, visit the Cycle Hub near the Pavilion at Canterbury campus to hire a bike from 10am to 4pm. The bikes come complete with lights, a lock and a bell and hire is from only £30 per term.

The service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport team within the Estates Department. Bikes are provided by CyclingAge. For more information get in touch with Chris at

You can hire a bicycle from Liberty Quays at Medway campus. Simply ask at reception for more information.

Free bicycle checks

Dr Bike will be back at the Canterbury campus during term time to check and adjust your bike. Visit the Cycle Hub on Wednesdays to get your free bicycle health check. The service also returns to Medway from Thursday 18 January and is located outside the Rochester Building.

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