Calliope album from Sara Dacey on Radio 3

Further to Calliope, the debut solo album from Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Belinda Jones (piano), featuring new works by British composers, released on the 26th March by the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studios, two tracks were subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 on prime time Saturday morning. You can listen to what they say here, at about 2 hours 20mins in.

The album is available on Spotify and Amazon.

Singer, arranger and composer Sarah Dacey, is best known for being a member of one of the UK’s most groundbreaking groups, Juice Vocal Ensemble. She is Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance and freelance classical singer at SMFA. Since her studies at York University and the RAM (where she met Belinda), Sarah has worked at the forefront of the contemporary music scene, premiering works at the ROH and Tête à Tête Opera Festival and singing with contemporary music groups such as The Riot Ensemble. This CD is her debut solo album and features songs by some of the UK’s finest composers – Kerry Andrew, Roger Marsh, Bushra El-Turk, Cecilia McDowall, Rob Fokkens, SMFA’s Duncan MacLeod and Geoffrey Hannan.

The subject matter of the songs is eclectic, including a song from a chipmunk who’s upset about having their stash of nuts stolen, poems about fruit, an absurd nursery tale of naughty children being turned into donkeys, a japanese ghost story and the diary entries of a schizophrenia sufferer. This showcase of Sarah and Belinda’s performance partnership is a wonderful example of the breadth of 21st century vocal repertoire available that’s seldom published or recorded. For more information and contact details, please visit www.sarahdacey.com

The Student’s Guide to Peer Mentoring

Louise Frith and Gina May have written a new publication entitled ‘The Student’s Guide to Peer Mentoring’. It explains the vital role peer mentors play in higher education and gives lots of practical examples of how student mentors can improve their practice. The book also helps mentors to recognise and reflect on the skills that they are developing in the role.

The book is the culmination of Louise and Gina’s work on a collaborative module delivered through the Kent Study Plus programme.

You can read more about the contents of the book on the publisher’s website.

Kent alumni and students volunteer to support homeless

A team of 10 Kent alumni and students volunteered at the Catching Lives Day Centre in Canterbury on Saturday 20 May as part of a new initiative in partnership with Kent Union. Kent Gives Back enables graduates and students to work together for a local community cause and help people and projects that matter to them. It’s also a fun and rewarding way for alumni and students to share stories about their experiences at and after Kent!

Volunteers ran social activities with clients and helped centre staff to clean and organise the facilities.

Alumna Jessica Farnham (Rutherford 2002) said of the experience: ‘It was great to work with students and fellow alumni and be able to make a very small difference to a fantastic cause by interacting with the service users. I can’t wait to get involved again for future projects’.

The Development Office coordinated the event, in collaboration with Kent Union, and there are plans for future projects in the Canterbury and Medway areas.
Got a project you think Kent Gives Back could help with? Contact Volunteer Management Officer Kasia Senyszyn at alumni@kent.ac.uk.

Vikki Janke at the Sign Language Colloquium

Dr Vikki Janke, Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will be delivering a guest lecture at the Sign Language Colloquium at the Max Planck Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen on 9 June 2017, on the role of gesture and the acquisition of sign language as a second language.

Vikki will be presenting work undertaken with Dr Chloe Marshall (Institute of Education, UCL), which examines what learners of sign language start out with in terms of their manual gesture, by gathering data from 30 sign-naïve gesturers on an elicitation task requiring them to locate objects in space using their hands and no voice. Their results suggest that a key challenge when learning to express locative relations in sign is to reduce from a potentially very large set of handshapes rather than to supplement a restricted one.

Having detailed knowledge of what learners start out with in terms of their gestural inventories allows identification of contenders for both negative and positive transfer. Thus, by providing an intricate illustration of gesturers’ potential toolkit, this study establishes further connections between what a learner produces when acquiring sign and the source from which the production first stemmed. A positive outcome is that teachers might better anticipate and potentially circumvent confounds that hinder learning whilst exploiting those aspects of gesture that can bootstrap learning.

Further details of the Sign Language Colloquium and the full programme are available at: www.ru.nl/mlc/public-outreach/public-outreach-0/@1094031/sign-language-colloquium-june-9th-2017/

Medway Campus Security Team

24/7 security at the Medway campus

The University has launched a new 24/7 security service at the Medway campus. The new security team will be patrolling the Pembroke and dockyard sites to keep our students, staff and visitors safe.

The team will be based in the Medway building and can be contacted at any time on the phone numbers below.

Emergencies:

  • 3333 (if dialling from a University landline)
  • 01227 823333 (if dialling from a mobile or external landline)

General enquiries:

  • 3300 (if dialling from a University landline)
  • 01227 823300 (if dialling from a mobile or external landline)

The team will be working closely with other security teams from Greenwich University, Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic Dockyard, Chatham to provide a quality security service that meets the needs of our communities.

And don’t forget that the SafeZone App is available and can be used to contact the team for both security and first aid emergencies saving the need to remember or dial any phone numbers. Please see the SafeZone webpage for more details.

The Security Supervisor, Mick Miles, is available Monday to Friday during the day at the Medway building (next to reception) to answer any queries you may have about the security service at the Medway campus.

 

Reshmi Dutta-Flanders on the language of suspense in crime fiction

Dr Reshmi Dutta-Flanders, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, has just published a new book The Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction: A Linguistic Stylistic Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Reshmi introduces readers to linguistic stylistic analysis and combines both literary and linguistic analysis to explore suspense in crime fiction. Employing critical linguistics, discourse analysis and functional grammar, it demonstrates that suspense in plot-based stories is created through non-linear, causative presentation of the narrative. She investigates how plot sequence is manipulated to ensure the reader cannot resolve the order of events until the end of the tale. From two-dimensional circumstantial detection in mystery stories to three-dimensional re-evaluation of offender orientation, she uses a linguistic-based stylistic framework to analyse offender motive.

She also employs a discourse-based frame analysis to examine the plot structure of crime stories for micro context and set-up scenarios, demonstrating that it is the unravelling of these devices that creates the suspense in murder mysteries and thrillers alike. Finally, she shows how grammaticisation of the offending-self reveals an embedded diegetic space in the offender engagement discourse, provoking an intellectual and affective response and reshaping our overall outlook of the crime in the story. The book will appeal to researchers and students from literary and non-literary backgrounds looking for theoretical and practical advice on the linguistic stylistic approach to reading texts.

For full details of the book, please see the publishers webpage.

Estates Helpdesk

The Estates Helpdesk will be closed from 12.15 – 13.45 today. If there are any emergencies please contact Campus Security on 01227 823300.

All other enquiries will be processed when the Helpdesk re-opens.

Unleash Your Dark Side with the University of Kent Players’ ‘Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’

The University of Kent Players will be back at the Gulbenkian on the 28-30 September with Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ adapted by David Edgar.

We will be holding auditions on the 23 May in GS3 (Grimond Building) and on Thursday and 25 May in GS1 (Grimond Building) at 17.30. No experience is necessary, we are a group made up of all ages and abilities and are very welcoming.

We are always looking for new members both on stage and off stage and so if you are interested in being involved in this production in any way then please contact us on players@kent.ac.uk The University of Kent Players are the amateur dramatics group for staff at Kent. We put on two shows per year at the Gulbenkian. Our latest productions include Wyrd Sisters, Pride and Prejudice and Comic Potential.

For more information on the group visit www.universityofkentplayers.co.uk or like us on Facebook (uokplayers).

The Art of Quantitative Business Analytics

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Kent Business School has provided us with the data we need in discussions with Government about the practical implications of leaving the customs union. In his presentation at KBS’s Soundbites event on Thursday 11 May, Port of Dover CEO Tim Waggott was unequivocal about the benefits his organisation had gained from cooperation with the School: “KBS has helped us to meet the increasing business challenge of handling record freight volumes, equating to £119bn of the UK’s trade. Their service has been first class”.

The Soundbites presentation was centered on the invaluable work carried out by the KBS’s Management Science group, a team of leading academics looking at improving business efficiency through quantitative analysis of, for example, supply chains and logistics networks. Case study presentations by Mr Waggott and Priority Freight’s Managing Director Neal Williams showed how the application of business analytics had considerably cut operational costs and improved future planning.

Dr Jesse O’Hanley , stressed that quantitative business analytics can be applied to virtually every industry, citing examples of the NHS Blood Service and the tourism sector: “Our work is very tailor-made. Our initial talks and analysis often help a business to understand where the real problem lies. We may start with problem A but end up solving problem B – some companies have completely changed their operational procedures as a result of working with us”.

Businesses attending the event came away inspired. “I found the evening extremely interesting” said a representative of South East Water “and will definitely come again”.

We hope you will, too. For more information on our Soundbites event, please keep an eye on our KBS business page or email us to sign up for our business E newsletter: kbsbusiness@kent.ac.uk.

Beverley Farmhouse East Elevation – Window Refurbishment

From 17 to  31 May 2017, there will be 10 x windows and 1 x door that require refurbishment on the east elevation of Beverley Farmhouse.

The works will be all external and the contractors will not need any access into the premises. Noise and disruption will be minimal. The “salt“ store will also be undertaking a refurbishment including painting and roofing felt repairs.

All areas affected will be properly barricaded off with relevant signage advising of access routes.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. If there are any queries, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext 3209.