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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.

Check for updates on Twitter @unikent_travel



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Graduation Launch 2018

Final year students are invited to pop into the 2018 Graduation Launch event which will be held on the Canterbury campus between 12.00 and 18.00 on Friday 19 January.

This event will give you details of:

– what to expect from your graduation

– what you need to do before your graduation

– recent Kent alumni and where they are now

– and finally… which date and time you will be graduating!

There will also be representatives from local hotels and restaurants around Canterbury who will be available to give information and take bookings for your graduation day. We recommend that students book their accommodation and meals early to avoid disappointment – Canterbury sells out quickly graduation week!

More details will be divulged soon. Please note the event is not compulsory however, this will be the official release of your graduation date which will not be available until this time. So we highly recommend that you attend! If you’re a Medway student, please attend our session on the Wednesday in the Deep End.

We look forward to seeing you at the Launch!

Book your place here.

Alumni Pub Nights

Alumni Pub Night: Business Start-up

The next Pub Night will be on Tuesday 30 January with the theme of business start-up. This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni and current Kent students and catch up on news from Kent.

The Kent Hub for Innovation and Enterprise will be joining us to talk about how you can start your own business and what help the University can give students, staff and alumni.

Come along to find out about business start-up workshops, online modules, mentors and workspace facilities that may help you get your business going.

You’ll also get the chance to hear from and speak to Kent graduate, David Browne, who started his own business with help from the University so it will be great for those who are not sure where to start or those just starting. David founded Convert Energy, a renewable energy design and project management company based in Canterbury, with his business partner Ben Glancy.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 30 January from 18.00 – 20.00. Please come along even if you aren’t thinking of starting your own business to meet with current students and fellow alumni!

Click here to register and get your first drink free.

Campus Shuttle booking now open

Online booking for the Campus Shuttle is now open. Book a seat at

Booking guarantees you a seat on the shuttle service. If you do not book and there are spaces available, you can board by showing your KentOne card.

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Medway and Canterbury campuses, which runs during term-time only.

The shuttle will start running again from the first day of term (15 January 2018).

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Researching the Rainbow Conference – Call for Papers

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the LGBT+ Staff Network are pleased to open the call for papers for the Researching the Rainbow Conference on Thursday 15 February 2018, 15.00-19.00 in GLT1 on the Canterbury campus.

The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done at Kent on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The conference will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the Executive Group’s LGBT+ Champion.

Speakers last year included academics and students from the Schools of English, Law and History, discussing topics such as British colonial laws on sodomy, transgender and parenting identities within the law, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Research posters from students and academics from across the University are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (30 minutes) or display a poster, please email by Monday 15 January.

The conference is free and open to all.

Architecture Conference – Papers invited and discounted rates

Kent staff and students are being offered discounted rates for the Centre for European Architecture’s Biennial Conference.

The conference, entitled From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, takes place in The Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, on 28 and 29 June 2018.

Papers are also being invited – abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018.

Guest speakers at the conference include:

  • Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US) on ‘Maps of Monuments and Scales of Design: Strategic Bombing and the Post-war International Order’.
  • Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm) – ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.
  • Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel – ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.
  • Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata – ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.

The conference fee is £140 per person, which includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days. Kent staff and students are eligible for a reduced registration rate of £25 for both conference days, including tea/coffee breaks (but lunches are excluded). Kent University ID will be required for verification at the registration desk.

Paper proposals – 150-200 words in length – may cover any time period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed. Paper abstract submission deadline is 15 January, 2018. Selected papers will be announced on 31 March, 2018.

Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images) to:

You can find out more about the conference on its webpages.


The University retains its Fairtrade Certification

Thanks to the work of staff and students across the University and Kent Union, the University has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Status for a further 2 years.

Kent became a Fairtrade University in 2006 and has successfully maintained this status ever since; demonstrating our commitment to sustainable procurement and recognising our responsibility as a buyer with influence.

Being a Fairtrade University means we’re committed to making more Fairtrade products available on campus and raising awareness of Fairtrade.

Products which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark guarantee a fair deal to producers in developing countries to help them work their way out of poverty.  Fairtrade producers also receive a ‘community premium’ to invest in local health or education provision or improved production methods, and are committed to farming in ways which respect the environment.

The University has a Sustainable Food Steering Group that is made up of representatives from Commercial Services, Kent Union and the wider University as well as student members and as a group they are responsible for ensuring the continuation of the University’s Fairtrade Status.

For more information about Fairtrade or to get involved please visit the website or email 

Kentmas quiz winner

Congratulations to Pebbles Buckley, a third year Criminology and Social Policy student, on winning the top prize of an iPad Mini in the ’12 days of Kentmas’ student competition.

The ’12 days of Kentmas’ is festive quiz which involves students answering daily questions about the University’s student experience.

Congratulations also goes to our eleven #Kentmas quiz runners up, who each won a £10 Amazon voucher.

Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope you will play along next year!