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CSHE Research Seminar on 16 February 2017

Bringing the BTEC into the inclusivity agenda is the theme of the next CSHE (Centre for the Study of Higher Education) Research Seminar.

The seminar, to be presented by Dr Lavinia Mitton and Dr Alexander Hensby from University of Kent, will take place on Thursday 16 February, from 16.30-17.30, in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury Campus.

In this talk we will show why narrowing the white-BME attainment gap at degree level necessitates understanding vocational qualifications, in particular the BTEC. Secondly we will explain that not enough is known of how individual entrants with vocational qualifications may have a cluster of characteristics associated with low academic attainment, which may add to their disadvantage.

We will focus on the disparities in students’ confidence in their academic capabilities by qualification and ethnicity. Our evidence base is original unpublished data from the University . It was collected from Kent’s administrative records and a large scale online survey of its home domiciled undergraduates carried out in November 2014 (n=3858; response rate=34%). Our results indicate that in the pursuit of an inclusivity agenda we should monitor the academic attainment of students with vocational qualifications.

The talk will begin with an introduction to the research we are doing as part of the University’s wider Student Success (EDI) Project.

All colleagues are welcome to attend.

Please book a place by emailing as limited seating is available.

Kent Hospitality in China

Conferences and Events go to China

Kelly Leonard, from Kent Hospitality’s Conference and Events team recently travelled to Shanghai to attend Destination Britain China. We attended with Visit Kent and Leeds Castle.

Below Kelly summarises her experience of attending this event:

‘On the first day of the event I had the chance to attend the Marketing Briefing for UK suppliers which gave me great insight into the Chinese market, before which I had very little idea about. Two things stood out to me while listening to the presentations: during China’s version of Black Friday £14.1 billion was made in one day, with Generation Y spending 74% of the total amount; by 2025 over half of the Chinese population will be middle class. Both of these ideas point to the fact that the Generation Y in China is leading the way to China becoming the biggest global economy and keeping the title of ‘1st for outbound travel spend.

‘The next two days were focused on meeting the buyers from companies around China and each day consisted of 20 meetings (each 14 minutes long) with each buyer who had chosen to speak with us. Sharing a table with Visit Kent really worked in the University’s favour as Alanna (from Visit Kent) and myself would spend time introducing the county and the benefits of visiting Kent, and then tying this in with staying in the many bedrooms that we have here at the University.

‘The feedback from most buyers was very encouraging and positive, with many saying they want to move away from spending time in London (due to high costs of accommodation/attractions and being too busy) and that they would look to branching out and visiting Kent.’

We are following up enquiries with buyers Kelly spoke to in Shanghai. To find out more about our conference and event services please visit our website.

A half moon rising behind Canterbury Cathedral at night. Kent.

Student Tickets to University Carol Service

The University Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral is on Tuesday 13 December at 20.00.

Free tickets for students will be given out in the foyer of the Grimond Building on Monday 5 December at 12.45 and at Woolf Lecture Theatre, on Tuesday 6 December at 19.00.

In order to stand the best chance of getting a ticket on either occasion you will need to arrive earlier than the distribution time and join a queue. Strictly one ticket issued per student presenting themselves in person, with ID, at the ticket distributions.


The University Employability Festival is taking place from 10 October until 4 November 2016.
An exciting range of Employability events are on offer at the Medway and Canterbury campuses for all students:

  • Medway Campus 10 – 21 October 2016
  • Canterbury Campus 24 October – 4 November 2016

Staff and students are being encouraged to get involved with Kent’s award-winning Employability Festival. Building on the success of previous years, Academic Schools, Kent and GK Unions and Professional Services are joining together with the Careers and Employability Service to offer students and graduates a fantastic assortment of career and skills development activities. Students can take part in competitions, get advice on CVs, skills development, interviews, assessment centres and much more.
The highlight of the Festival is the annual University of Kent Careers Fair at the Canterbury Campus on Tuesday 1 November. This Fair hosts over 100 organisations from different industry sectors eager to meet with students. It is a great chance to get information about graduate employers and discover what they do. The Employability Fair at Medway will be hosting over 50 exhibitors on Wednesday 12 October. Students and graduates will have the chance to meet with organisations providing career opportunities, volunteering positions and postgraduate study options.

Events are planned all over the campuses and students are welcome to attend as many as they can. The great news is that most events are open to students from all stages and Schools. Further details can be found on the EmpFest webpage or you can collect a programme from The Careers and Employability Service.

Follow us at @unikentemploy #EmpFest16


Timetable showing incorrect times

We know that some of you have experienced problems with your timetable showing incorrect times. We are working on this and should have a solution in place by Tuesday 13 September.  Please check your timetable again tomorrow.

Please note regular teaching hours are Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 18.00, except Wednesdays which are 09.00 – 13.00. Read more information about your timetable.

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Gas Leak at Canterbury Campus now fixed

The gas leak at the Canterbury campus that caused the evacuation of the Eliot, Rutherford, Library and Senate buildings this lunchtime has now been fixed.

Building alarms are being re-set and people will be allowed to return as soon as that is completed. It is anticipated this will take half an hour.

The leak was caused by a contractor cutting through a pipe.


Celebrate Europe Day on 9 May

Monday 9 May, Gulbenkian, Canterbury Campus

Europe Day (9 May) is the annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical Schuman declaration, which is now celebrated as a key moment in the creation of the EU.

As the UK’s European university, Kent is committed to the opportunities provided by European engagement. The University supports the ‘Universities for Europe’campaign and is speaking out for continued engagement with Europe in the run up to the Referendum on 23 June 2016. More information can be found on our ‘Kent in Europe’ site.

To mark Europe Day and to celebrate the University’s role within Europe,International Partnerships will be organising various exciting activities on 9 May.

Everyone is welcome so please do come along and celebrate!

View the programme of events.

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea comments on Peruvian election

Dr Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Reader in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages, was interviewed on Monday by France 24 on the Peruvian election.

France 24 is an international news and current affairs television channel based in Paris and Natalia’s comments appear in an article entitled ‘Fujimori legacy weighs on daughter’s presidential bid’ reporting on the daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori who has won the first round of presidential elections in Peru.

Keiko Fujimori’s father is currently serving a 25-year term behind bars for corruption and death squad killings in 1991 and 1992 after Peruvian judges found that he authorised the creation of the infamous Grupo Colina commando squad as his government battled leftwing guerrillas. The group carried out extrajudicial killings of Shining Path militants, but also trade unionists and political activists with no direct links to the armed insurgency.

Natalia commented ‘Keiko has campaigned tirelessly since 2011 and the results are very clear’ adding ‘she has successfully replicated her father’s populist strategy and exploited the political structures he built’.

The full article can be seen on the France 24 website.