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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.

Dr Anna Jordanous on Sky Arts documentary

Dr Anna Jordanous has been invited to give her expert opinion on the computational creativity involved in a new musical conceived and generated by computer.

Sky Arts documentary ‘Computer Says Show‘ follows the ground-breaking process of scientists training their computers to write a West End musical.

The result of this process is Beyond the Fence; the first musical conceived and generated by computer, which is at the Arts Theatre London until 5 March. It is modelled on a statistical study of the ‘recipe for success’ in hit musicals.

Beyond the Fence is billed as a powerful new musical about hope, defiance, unity and love based on a story of protestors at Greenham Common in 1982. The question is can the computer algorithms behind the score, plot line, story development and lyrics create something that can entertain humans?

Computer Says Show is a two-part documentary, the first of which will be broadcast on Sky Arts HD on Thursday 25 February at 20.00, the second part will be broadcast next Thursday at the same time.

Peruvian rock star Miki Gonzalez at Kent

Thursday 25 February will see Peruvian rock star Miki Gonzalez present his video documentary work on Peru. After showing several clips he will be holding a Q&A session on diversity in music in Latin America.

Miki, born Juan Manuel González Mascías, is a Spanish-born musician who has sent most of his life in Peru. His music fuses rock and electronic rhythms with Afro-Peruvian sounds. His first of twelve albums, You are You, was released in 1984, his most recent, Landau bulerías, was released in 2009.

The event has been organised by Dr Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Reader in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages.

The event will take place from 16.00 in Keynes College, Lecture Theatre 6. Further details available here:

Kent Sport Gladiators ready!

Gladiators ready! Remember the 90’s tv show? No, well you’ll find it on YouTube. Want to have some fun at lunchtime? University staff from across campus are taking time out from their day jobs to face the ultimate challenge of the Kent Sport Gladiators in the Main Hall at the Sports Centre from 12.00-14.00. This is the first event in a series of exciting events with departmental staff teams battling it out through the next few months for the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup Staff and students welcome ‘join us on the balcony and cheer on your colleagues and friends’ or cheer for the Kent Sport Gladiators. To get an idea of what will be involved watch the demo video

Launch of ’50 years of the study of Religion at Kent’

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Kent, the Department of Religious Studies has launched a new booklet entitled From the Local to the Global: 50 Years of the Study of Religion in the Humanities at the University of Kent, 1965-2015.

The booklet was launched on Tuesday 8 September at a reception in Darwin College and was followed by a 50th anniversary lecture entitled ‘Religion and the City: A Comparative Perspective on Asia and the Rest’ given by Professor Peter van der Veer of the Max Planck Institute for the study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany.

The study of religion is built on an early vision of the University of Kent to establish effective interdisciplinary research that explores and challenges the given assumptions in order to establish knowledge that is of value to the world and public engagement. This booklet shows how the study of religion in the Humanities has changed over the last 50 years.

You can view the publication at:

USS members and eligible members

Important information for Final Salary Section USS members regarding transfer-in and added years additional voluntary contributions (AVCs).

Following the USS Employer Consultation Process earlier this year, we are now able to pass on an update on transitional arrangements regarding final salary section AVCs and transfers-in. If you have no interest in either transfers into USS or AVCs, then the link below will not be of interest to you.

Please note that there are imminent deadlines for new final salary AVC contracts so please act now if you are considering purchasing Added Years AVCs.

There are also deadlines looming for USS final salary section members who may wish to request a transfer into USS.

Please see the link below for information regarding the transitional arrangements and key dates

Further information on scheme changes will be available shortly.

If you have any queries regarding these changes, please contact a member of the Pensions Team.

Please note: this does not affect SAUL members or eligible members.