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Templeman East entrance closed from Monday 10 July

From Monday 10 July, the Templeman Library’s East Entrance will close as we join up the Library.

Access to Templeman East books will be via Templeman West – follow the signs on the Ground Floor to the East lift.

For any assistance please ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West.

From 10 July, between 08:00 – 18:00

Enter the Library in Templeman West and follow the signs to access all services and facilities.

We encourage you to use the study space and PCs in Templeman West during this time while building works are completed.

From 10 July, after 18:00

If you need a book from Templeman East, ask at the Welcome Desk in Templeman West and staff will fetch it for you.

Thank you for your patience during this time. By September, the Library will be fully joined-up and accessible.

Dr Asta Zokaityte

Book offers innovative thinking on financial literacy education

A new book by Kent Law School lecturer Dr Asta Zokaityte presents an original contribution to the understanding of an under-researched area of financial education.

Financial Literacy Education: Edu-Regulating our Saving and Spending Habits introduces new conceptual frameworks offering academic audiences an innovative way of thinking about the project on financial literacy education.

What is the book about?
Using the concepts of ‘edu-regulation’ and ‘financial knowledge democratisation’ to analyse the financial education project in the UK, the book exposes serious, and often ignored, limitations to using information and education as tools for consumer protection. It challenges the mainstream representation of financial literacy education as a viable solution to consumer financial exclusion and poverty. Instead, it argues that the project on financial literacy education fails to acknowledge important dependences between consumer financial behaviour and the socio-economic, political, and cultural context within which consumers live.

Dr Asta Zokaityte
Dr Zokaityte teaches commercial law at Kent. Her research interests lie in the areas of financial services regulation, consumer protection, law and development, gender, and socio-legal studies. She has years of professional legal experience having worked as a lawyer in Lithuania, where she advised corporate clients across different fields of practice, including but not limited to: consumer credit, capital markets and securities law, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Dr Zokaityte has published her work in international journals.

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Get active this summer

Kent Sport’s summer membership offer has now entered its second month and so far they have welcomed lots of new members. If you haven’t signed up yet then don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to purchase a half-price, one-month membership as the offer runs until the 1 September. Remember, summer members get all the same great benefits as Gold members; inclusive bike rental, access to all fitness and dance classes and unlimited use of the fitness suite. If your summer membership is about to expire, don’t forget that you can still take out another month for the same great price.

For more details about the summer offer and benefits of membership at Kent Sport, please visit the membership webpage.

To keep up-to-date with news, events and special offers at Kent Sport, be sure to follow UniKentSports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sports massage offer this July

Good news! The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be running a discount on sports massages throughout the month of July to help you get rid of those nagging injuries. Sports massages are being offered at £15 for 30 minutes and £25 for 60 minutes – and that’s the same great price regardless of membership type. The clinic has availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.00 to 20.00 and Wednesdays and Fridays between 10.00 and 16.00.

To book an appointment, please visit the reception desk inside the fitness suite or call the clinic staff on 01227 824375 or email

To keep up to date with the latest special offers at the clinic, follow @KentSportPhysiotherapyClinic on Facebook.

Gulbenkian awarded £1m funding package from Arts Council England

On Tue 27 June it was announced that Gulbenkian, the University’s arts centre, has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England. The award includes a funding package of £1,095,076 over a 4 year period (£273,769 per year).

This funding supports projects run by, with and for children and young people, including the award-winning bOing! International Family Festival and ART31 – Gulbenkian’s Kent-wide project to connecting young people with opportunities in the arts.

Gulbenkian Director, Liz Moran said:

‘This is brilliant news for us we really appreciate the investment from Arts Council and in particular the increase to develop the ART31 cultural leadership project with even more young people in Kent. We are pleased to see so many organisations in Kent receiving NPO funding and look forward to working in partnership with them.’

The funding announcement comes at a time when the University of Kent is launching its new Cultural Strategy, increasing the profile of the arts across its Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as its European postgraduate centres.

The University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Denise Everitt said ‘This is great news for the University and all those who enjoy the Gulbenkian’s cultural activities, facilities and programmes, many of which are on the cutting edge of their genres. It also demonstrates the Arts Council’s confidence in and support of Gulbenkian at a time when arts funding faces many challenges nationally. I am also delighted for Gulbenkian’s operations team and of course Liz Moran, who, through her new role as Director of Arts and Culture, will be overseeing the delivery of our Cultural Strategy and co-ordinating cultural activity across the University.’

What’s new in the Templeman Library?

By September 2017, there will be some changes to the Templeman Library’s layout, borrowing rules and more.

In the building

  • The Library becomes one: the four blocks of the Library will join up, with full internal access.
  • Four entrances give easy access: the Main Entrance and Library Road Entrance will open onto the new Welcome Hall. The Terrace Entrance and Grimond Entrance will stay open, and the old East Entrance will close.

  • Key services move: the Welcome Desk will move to near the Main Entrance. The Loan Desk and IT and Library Support Desk will move together to Floor 1, C Block.
  • Book moves: the Core Text Collection will merge with the Main Collection, and some subject areas will move for ease of access.
  • Study zones: silent study zones will stay as they are. The rest of the Library will be for quiet or group study, with furniture and spaces to suit all styles.
  • Find free study spaces: a new ‘Find a study space’ service will show onscreen where there are spaces around the Library.
  • New teaching spaces: 6 new seminar rooms and 2 new digital classrooms in A Block, plus the Templeman Lecture Theatre.
  • Takeaway cups allowed: you can bring any drink into the Library, as long as it’s in a secure container with a lid – this now includes takeaway cups. The Library Cafe will offer compostable takeaway cups. There will be liquid disposal bins around the Library.


  • Borrowing: you’ll be able to borrow up to 40 items at once. Books will auto-renew, unless someone else reserves them, and you’ll only get a fine if someone reserves a book and you don’t return it on time.
  • LibrarySearch will look slightly different with an improved interface.

View slideshow: 10 things you should know about the new Templeman Library.

Public Lecture – Mathematics in the eye of the beholder

Medical imaging benefits from advances in many branches of mathematics. At the same time, the needs of the medical diagnostic technology pose new mathematical challenges. This talk surveys a few problems that have appeared in Professor Marti­nez Finkelshtein’s collaboration with specialists studying some pathologies of the human eye, in particular, of the cornea.

The lecture, entitled `Mathematics is in the eye of the beholder’, will be delivered by Professor Andrei Marti­nez Finkelshtein, an expert in the applications of mathematics to human vision. Andrei Marti­nez Finkelshtein is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Almeri­a, Spain, and founder and Director of Research and Development at Neurobia Research.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday 4 July from 18.15-19.15 in the Sibson Lecture Theatre 3 on the University’s Canterbury campus. It is free and open to all. Parking is free on the campus after 17.00 and refreshments will be available in the Sibson atrium from 17.45.

To book please visit

Open event of the search for justice in Peru

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased be hosting an event on Forced Sterilisations in Peru and the Search for Justice, sponsored by the Canterbury branch of the University and College Union (UCU) and the Kent Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality, following a successful presentation on the subject at Amnesty International in London. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 June at 17.00, in Grimond seminar room 3.

The event will feature human rights defender Esperanza Huayama, president of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women from the region of Huancabamba in Piura, who will be speaking about her experience in seeking justice and reparation.

Between 1996 and 1998, some 200,000 women and around 30,000 men were forcefully sterilised, many without their consent or understanding what the procedure meant for their fertility. The victims have been campaigning for justice and reparation for two decades. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about what this policy consisted of as well as its longer-term consequences.

During the event, a documentary about Esperanza Huayama’s search for justice by Inés Ruiz will be presented alongside the Quipu Project, an online and telephone platform that has provided a channel for many victims of sterilisation to place their stories. Documentary-maker Inés Ruiz was an Associate Lecturer at Kent, where she completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies.

The event will be followed by an open discussion.

For full details of the event, please see:

Stagecoach Summer Unirider bus ticket and timetable

If you are on campus over summer, you can purchase the Student Summer Unirider ticket for £70 which is valid until the start of term.  The Unirider is valid for all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex as well as in Canterbury, so you can explore what the area has to offer.

From 18 June- 16 September 2017 a summer timetable will operate for the Uni1 and Uni2 buses to and from Canterbury campus. The 4 and Triangle services will continue to operate as normal. If you would like a physical timetable you can collect one from the Security and Transport Centre or from other reception areas on campus.