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Kent Gives Back in London: volunteers needed

Join the next Kent Gives Back project in London on Saturday 12 May. Kent Gives Back is a community outreach project which unites students and alumni by encouraging them to take part in a local community project such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or a food bank, helping tend to a garden and many more activities.

Walk the Walk is the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing. They organise the famous MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges and are immensely proud to have raised over £122m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

We are looking for dedicated, amazing volunteers to join us at The MoonWalk London on the evening of 12 May at Clapham Common . Join 15,000 women and men walking either a full or half marathon in their fantastically decorated bras, raising millions of pounds and awareness for breast cancer.

We are hoping to join the Saturday Evening Crew, a busy period when the Walkers & Volunteers arrive. Start times vary depending on the role, but are no earlier than 17.00 and finishing at midnight. The 24 available roles include Baggage, Kitchen and Water Crew. Volunteers will be required to make their own travel arrangements for the evening.

If you’d like to take part please register at the event webpage.

Professor Karen Cox

Industrial action update – financial reimbursement

At the end of term, Professor Karen Cox wrote the following letter to Ruth Wilkinson, Kent Union President. The letter was in response to student queries on the subject of financial reimbursement following the recent period of strike action by members of the University and College Union. The letter is reproduced here in full.

Dear Ruth

As we reach the end of term, I wanted to let you know that we are continuing to gather information to assess the impact of the current period of industrial action on individual modules across the University. This information will allow us to develop a policy and effective mechanisms to support the consideration of any claim for compensation in a fair and equitable manner. Before we send any notification to individual students (who will have been differentially affected), we would value a discussion with you as to a suitable simple but fair approach that we might adopt to minimise any administration costs and avoid an unnecessarily legalistic approach.

We are also aware that there are a number of students who incurred expenditure, such as travel costs, to attend a lecture or seminar which was then cancelled as a result of the industrial action. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing a system to allow them to submit a claim to have this money reimbursed, aside from any wider compensation scheme. I will continue to update you on this.

Best wishes


Professor Karen Cox | Vice-Chancellor and President


Exams 2018

You can view your timetable now by logging into your Student Data System.  (SDS)

Where is my exam venue

Not sure where you need to go?  – See our Venues

Where do I sit

You will be allocated a seat for each exam, please find the seating plan at your venue before the start of each session.

What to bring

•       KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us

•       Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)

•       Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring

•       Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school

•       Bags and coats

•       Food (Unless permission given prior)

•       Any drink other than water

Bag Room

If you have a bag to drop off, please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:

Canterbury Campus 

Keynes Seminar Room 7

Medway Campus

Pilkington Building Room 014

Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Dockyard Church – Foyer Entrance

Sail & Colour Loft – SCL216


If you have an Inclusive Learning Plan (ILP) please take a moment to check your exam adjustments are correct. On SDS, you’ll see a button marked ‘My Inclusive Learning Plan’ if you have been in contact with the Student Support and Wellbeing team (SSW).

We appreciate Exams season is a stressful time of year, we are here to support and help you throughout this period.

Get ahead, know what to expect… see our website for more information on what to do before your exams – 

If you have any questions please contact

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Dr Simon Elliott

Competition: Win ‘Sea Eagles of Empire’ book by Dr Simon Elliott

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is offering you the chance to get your hands on a signed copy of Dr Simon Elliott’s book Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (History Press, 2016).

Sea Eagles of Empire was Dr Elliott’s first book and won Military History Monthly‘s Book of the Year Award. It tells the story of the Classis Britannica; the British Roman Navy.

Dr Elliott is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies. He talked about the process of research, writing, submitting and getting published at SECL’s Writing History and Getting Published event, held on 15 March. He was joined at the event by published author and fellow SECL alum, Amanda Thomas. you can see photographs of the event at the  Classical & Archaeological Studies at Kent Facebook page.

To enter the competition and win a signed copy of the book, simply answer the following question:

Which Roman Governor of Britain fought the battle of Mons Graupius in AD 83?

Send your answers to with ‘SECL book competition’ as the subject of your email. The competition is open until midnight on Friday 25 May 2018.

Dr Arvind Madan

Dr Arvind Madan to give Distinguished Visitor Lecture on the future of primary care

Dr Arvind Madan, Director of Primary Care and Deputy National Medical Director for NHS England, will give a Distinguished Visitor Lecture on our Canterbury campus on Wednesday 18 April.

With more than 20 years of experience as a General Practitioner (GP) and having provided clinical leadership for the transformation of healthcare in the county of Kent, Dr Madan will speak on the topic: General Practice Forward View and a Vision for the Future of Primary Care.

Dr Madan will address questions including why healthcare in the UK is a contentious issue, what challenges the NHS faces, and how we can improve primary care in the future. His lecture will conclude with a Q&A session. Get involved in the discussion via Twitter using #CHSSopen18

The event takes place from 18.30 to 19.30 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1. Entry is free and open to students, staff and visitors. For more information or to book visit the event page.

Dr Madan is part of the Hurley Group, a large multi-site general practice and urgent care provider, and also the Kings Fund Advisory Board. He also works on his own Community Interest Company, Healthy Minds, which is a peer-mediation service for children, operating in 30 schools in London.

His lecture is brought to you by the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) at the University of Kent.

Templeman atrium interior

Pop-Up library study spaces for revision and exam period

From 9 April until the end of the Summer Term, we are excited to bring you over 280 pop-up study spaces on the ground floor of the Templeman Library.

We are also making some spaces on Floor 2 Silent during the same period. This will give you over 200 more silent spaces.

For full details of where the study spaces are please see the Library and IT News blog post.

David Cooper TUCO winner

K-Bar Supervisor Wins ‘Best Signature Cocktail’ at TUCO Competitions

It was with great excitement that K-Bar supervisor, David Cooper (pictured third from left), was announced as winner of the ‘Best Signature Cocktail’ award at the TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation) Competitions in Warwick last week.

David, who took part in the Bar Skills Competition, won the judges over with his signature coffee-based cocktail, the Café Noisette. Inspired by the French hazelnut coloured coffee, the drink featured whiskey, coffee liqueur and hazelnut syrup. In addition, David also had to create a sharing drink, a beer or cider based cocktail, and as many gin and tonics as he could in one minute.

However, David was not the only competitor representing Kent at the Competitions this year. Katy Webb from Dolche Vita wowed the judges with her coffee expertise in the Barista Skills Challenge. Sam Ranger from The Street Kitchen showed off his talent for fast food in the Campus Speed Cook Challenge. And Chefs de Cuisine Ben Elsbury and Rob Grimer plated up a delicate three course meal in the Chefs’ Challenge.

The TUCO Competitions is an annual contest which sees over 150 delegates from 50 universities compete against each other in a wide range of culinary and aristological activities.

Postgrad student Raising Awareness for Crohn’s

Bio Chemistry PhD Postgraduate, Rosemarie Gough, has studied at Kent for over five years and is reaching the completion of her PhD.

Alongside this, Rosie is going out of her way to help others by raising money for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK after her boyfriend was taken ill by the disease and required multiple surgeries as a result.

Rosie will be taking part in the Kent half marathon this April as part of a fundraising campaign in aid of the charity via her JustGiving page and is looking for donations from other students to help smash her fundraising goals.

Crohn’s disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (not the same as IBS) and is still fairly unheard of amongst many of the public. Lack of research and publicity means many people stay undiagnosed and suffer in silence and fear due to embarrassment of their symptoms. Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a national charity in the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, who are fighting to achieve a better quality of life for the 300,000 people in the UK suffering physically and emotionally from Crohn’s.

Beyond Brussels podcast interview

New BSIS Annual International Conference podcasts

The annual student-organised BSIS International Conference that took place on 5 April can now be downloaded as a podcast or listened to online via the recently launched Beyond Brussels podcast.

The conference examined how technological changes are affecting our sense of reality, in areas such as politics, humanitarian aid and social hierarchies.

Three of the five discussions from the day can now be downloaded via iTunes or Spotify or accessed directly from the Beyond Brussels website. They are:

  • Cyber Radicalisation: The Effects of Modern Technology on Political Extremism Panel 

Moderator: Dr. Yvan Guichaoua

Panelists: Adeline Hulin – UNESCO, David Ibsen – Counter Extremism Project, and Tommaso Virgili – European Foundation for Democracy

Listen online  iTunes  Spotify

  • Online Platforms: Power Hierarchies in a Digital Society

Interview with panellists Maryant Fernandez Perez – European Digital Rights and Gerald Hensel – Fearless Democracy

Listen online  iTunes  Spotify

  • Instrumentalising Blockchain: Humanitarian Aid and Technology Regulations

Moderator: Juan David Mendieta – Keyrock

Panelists: Niall Dennehy – AID:Tech, Ben Joakim – Disberse

Listen online  iTunes  Spotify

Beyond Brussels is run by a group of BSIS students, led by Executive Editor and Host Allie Elwell and Senior Editor and Host Marissa Diaz. The other students involved in the podcast are: Niki Papadogiannakis, Nadira Nasibli, Katrina Coles, Lois McLatchie, Hattie Schofield, Nadja Sorelvmo and Zoheb Masher.

With special thanks to the BSIS International Conference organising team lead by Francesca Grandolfo and Fernando Lozano Vazquez.

English language classes

Improve Your English – FREE English Classes

Improve your English for FREE this summer with the Centre for English and World Languages.

We offer English language classes every weekday afternoon from Monday 18 June to Thursday 19 July 2018.

The classes are for anyone aged 16 or over whose first language is not English – you don’t have to be a Kent student. They are taught by students on our CELTA teacher training course.

The classes cover the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You will have the chance to meet new people and practice speaking English.

To book your place, please email

For more information, please visit our CEWL website.