Category Archives: Student Guide

Kent alumnus’s vision of Europe on display in Keynes College Atrium

The University is always very proud to celebrate our alumni’s achievements and it is, therefore, with great pleasure that we are currently exhibiting Kent Alumnus Eric Kaiser’s work in Keynes Atrium. Eric studied for an MA in Management Science at the University from 1981 to 1983 and has since gone on to become a professional artist. The exhibition features paintings on the theme of Europe by Eric and by two of his fellow artists, Lysa Bertholom and Sophie Guinzbourg, and will be on display until Wednesday 5th July.

All works exhibited are for sale – please contact the Keynes Master’s Office if you would like to know more about the artists or wish to purchase a painting.

Social communication across the lifespan, participants needed!

Researchers in the School of Psychology are,studying how social communication skills change across the lifespan, and how we might be able to enhance them. This is part of a large ERC-finded research project looking at people aged between 10 and 80+ years old. They’ve already had a great response from people aged over 60 so they’re now particularly looking for adults aged between 22 and 55 years old to take part in their study.

Please help them by signing up! They can be flexible fit the testing sessions around you, in lunch breaks, evenings or weekends, and can even come to your house/place of work in our mobile research laboratory!

The research involves a variety of questionnaires and computer tasks, and as a thank-you, you’ll receive £30 cash, a small gift, lunch (if completing the task in a single session), and reasonable travel expenses.

For further information or to sign up please send us an email at or see the website.

William Rowlandson talk at Swedenborg Conference

Dr William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages, was invited to speak at the Swedenborg and the Arts International Conference to be held at Bryn Athyn College, Philadelphia from 6-9 June 2017.

William’s talk entitled ‘The Heavens and Hells of Jorge Luis Borges’ discussed the influence of Swedenborg on the Argentine poet and short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges, the subject of two of William’s books: Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Peter Lang AG, 2013) and Imaginal Landscapes (The Swedenborg Society, 2015).

For further information on the conference and the full programme of events visit the Swedenborg Arts conference webpage.

Why older carers need recognition and support

This week is Carers Week 2017 with a focus on building Carer Friendly Communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Dr Alisoun Milne, Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, researches family carers, social work with older people and their carers, mental health in later life and long term care. She is currently working on an NHS England funded project exploring effective support for older carers and is working with a local third sector carers agency helping to evaluate their role in support for carers.

Alisoun champions the rights of older carers to be recognised and supported. She points out that this is an issue of social justice in her Think Kent video. The Think Kent series are short videos which give an overview of Kent academics and their research and teaching expertise.

In her video, Alisoun highlights the fact that over a third of the UK’s 6.5 million carers are aged 65 years and over and that older carers disproportionately provide intensive levels of care and tend to care for longer hours over many years. Unwillingness to identify as a carer and ask for help from services also means older carers often care unaided. Despite increased policy emphasis on supporting family carers, few older carers come to the attention of local authorities. Even fewer see a social worker whose skill and knowledge set is often invaluable to older carers.


Sunset ‘n Swing: 1930s jazz on the Registry Lawn Weds 14 June

The 1930s jazz orchestra, General Harding’s Tomfoolery, will give a farewell performance in the marquee on the Registry Lawn on Weds 14 June from 17.00 to 18.00. Directed by the Deputy Director of Music, the 12-piece band plays from original era band-parts, including classics such as ‘In The Mood’ and ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz,’ and will give an hour-long performance to bid farewell to the year.

The Gulbenkian will be serving Pimms, special fizz and ice-creams – come and enjoy some summer sunshine and vintage jazz at the end of the day.

More details:

Ellen Swift wins AHRC grant

Dr Ellen Swift FSA, Reader in Archaeology in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has won an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) standard project grant of c.£380,000 for a project entitled ‘Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Understanding Society and Culture’.

Ellen will be the Principal Investigator on the project with co-investigator Dr April Pudsey from Manchester Metropolitan University. Other key project team members are Kent alumnus Dr Jo Stoner, who is the Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the project, and Archaeology Technician and Classical & Archaeological Studies PhD student Lloyd Bosworth.

The project involves the study of items in the collection of UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and is the first in-depth study of Roman and Late Antique Egypt that uses everyday artefacts as its principal source of evidence. The research project aims to transform our understanding of social experience, social relations, and cultural interactions, among the populations of Egypt in this period.

The research will bring together specialists in the interpretation of ancient Egyptian texts on papyrus, and archaeological artefacts, drawing on new methodologies and interpretative approaches including the experimental recreation of objects. Presentation of research results will include: a co-authored book on the social history of Roman and Late Antique Egypt from artefact evidence; a journal article on the 3D scanning and recreation of objects; online teaching and research resources for schools and universities; and a workshop for museums and academics.

Towards the end of the project a public exhibition at the Petrie Museum will present their research on musical instruments in particular, displaying the originals from the Petrie collection, as well as prototypes and replicas made via 3D scanning/printing technology.

Further details of AHRC grants are available at:


Speaking or singing?

Earn a £10 giftcard in return for taking part in a 1-hour experiment to help colleagues uncover the links between language and music.


Age 20-40

Monolingual English speaker

South Eastern accent

If you are interested, email Georgia at

Here’s some info about the experiment:

Speaking or singing? Unveiling individual variation in the perceptual transformation of speech to song.

Are speaking and singing always easy to tell apart? Some people say yes, others doubt that the decision is as clear-cut as it seems at first. In this experiment, you will be listening to a series of different sentences in English, each looped with 8 repetitions. When listening to a loop, you might have an experience of the sentence melody changing from spoken to sung. We would like you to tell us when it happens (or that it doesn’t). We will also ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire, to collect some data on your musical background, language skills and general audio-visual processing preferences. This research will help us understand the links between language and music, and how these links vary between different people with their different experiences of the world.

Photo credit: Flavio Ensiki via under creative commons license


Kent Business School MSc Student Awarded ESRC Scholarship for PhD

Eirini Bersimi, MSc Finance (Kent Business School) graduate was awarded the scholarship by South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS).

After completing her MSc Finance (Financial Markets) in 2016 and working in industry for a year, Eirini will return to Kent Business School in September to begin her fully-funded PhD in Finance. Eirini has been awarded a maintenance grant of £14,296 as well as full tuition fees at the home/EU rate to support her research on volatility forecasting and asset allocation in portfolio management as supervised by Dr Ekaterini Panopoulou (Reader in Finance).

SeNSS scholarship students are considered to be part of an elite group of researchers and are given the best possible opportunities at the beginning of what is hoped to be a hugely successful research career. As Eirini explains:

“The ESRC SeNSS Studentship holds a prestige among the academic community. I believe its interdisciplinary research networks and advanced training opportunities will support my research and equip me with the relevant skills to successfully complete my doctorate. By participating in conferences I will learn from others and improve my own skills and knowledge of my field. It is also a great opportunity for networking with researchers with similar interests, that could possibly lead to research collaborations.”

The University of Kent is proud to be part of SeNSS which has been accredited as a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in July 2016. Partners include the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex and Royal Holloway, University of London. SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017.

Find out more and apply for this scholarship.

Music in the Archives – Summer Music Week event, 7 June

What do early modern playwrights, the Victorians, First World War soldiers and pantomime audiences all have in common? Music and archives!

To complement the University of Kent’s Summer Music Week, Special Collections & Archives invites you to an open afternoon on <b>Wednesday 7 June between 14.00-16.00 to learn more about how music is represented, recorded and explored through our collections.

You’ll be able to view a wide range of material including:

Items from the John Crow Ballad and Song Collection Rare books from our Pre-1700 Collection Artwork held in the British Cartoon Archive. Alternative cabaret performances found in the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and much much more.

You don’t need to book, just drop in on the day. Whether you’re a performer, a researcher, a fan of all things musical or just curious about the material held right here on campus – all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Kent wins award for tenth consecutive year

The University is absolutely delighted to have won Group Travel Organiser’s Best University Accommodation for Groups award for an unprecedented tenth consecutive year.

Dan Lobb, TV presenter and former international tennis player, presented the award, for group accommodation on the University’s Canterbury campus, to members of its Conference, Reception and Housekeeping teams during a ceremony held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on Friday 2 June.

Each year readers of Group Travel Organisers Magazine are asked to vote for who they think are the best suppliers in more than 20 categories. From pre-visit information and transport to accommodation and attractions, all aspects of group travel are covered. The University has won the Best University Accommodation for Groups award every year since 2008.

Kevin Stuckey, Kent’s Head of Residences and Conference Services comments: ‘It’s absolutely terrific to win this award for the tenth consecutive year. It’s all the more special because it’s our clients who vote for us and we are so grateful to them for their continued support. On-going investment in our accommodation and facilities together with a fair pricing policy offering groups great value for money, are key reasons for our year-on-year success in attracting groups to the University. However, this outstanding achievement is first and foremost a great credit to our highly dedicated staff, who work so hard across campus to provide all our visitors with consistently high standards of service year after year’.

During its spring and summer vacation periods, the University regularly hosts over 1,000 residential events and accommodates more than 135,000 delegates at its Canterbury campus.

For further information, contact Natasha Milsted or visit the Group Travel Awards website.