Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kent alumna’s one-woman play to premier in London

Rachael's CafeUniversity of Kent alumna Lucy Danser (Keynes 2006, Drama) has created a one woman play inspired by her study abroad experience at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Whilst on exchange in the US, Lucy took a class in ‘Ensemble Created Scripts’, which challenged students to base their monologues on the theme of hunting: hunting for identity, stalking, hunting game or hunting for someone lost.

After meeting Rachael Jones, owner of Bloomington coffee house and music venue Rachael’s Café, Lucy decided to base her monologue on the ‘hunt for gender’. This monologue has now blossomed into a one woman play, which is set to premier at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre on 25 February 2014. Tickets can be purchased at the Rachael’s Cafe Play Website.

Dr Grant Pooke, Acting Faculty Director of Internationalisation, Humanities, said: “A London premiere is an outstanding achievement. It is this kind of outcome which underlines the transformative and affirming value of studying abroad which is such a central part of academic life at the University of Kent. All credit to Lucy for the drive, ability and ambition in bringing this creative project to completion.”

Current students run the Brighton Half Marathon in aid of the Kent Law Campaign

On Sunday 16th February 2014, Emily Smith and Callum Borg, both Kent Law School students, ran the Brighton Half Marathon in just 2 hours 6 minutes to raise money for the Kent Law Campaign.

Now in its 24th year, the Brighton Half Marathon is a gruelling 13.1 mile course around the streets of Brighton and is deemed to be one of the most popular races in the national running calendar.  Emily, Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, and Callum decided to embrace this challenge to raise money for the Campaign and have so far raised in excess of £850 including Gift Aid and the University’s matched funding scheme.

Of the challenge, Emily said: “I’ve always been a fan of running to keep fit so decided to run a race for charity. As a law student at the University of Kent, the Law Campaign is very close to my heart and any money that we raise from this fundraising will go towards building a new home for our beloved Law Clinic. When I crossed the finish line and received my medal with wobbly legs, I remembered how much I had raised and immediately forget about the pain and started celebrating!”

In conjunction with the Young Alumni Group, the Kent Law Campaign Student Group has raised over £40,000 to date through events such as law balls, quizzes, a 5km fun run, the Three Peaks Challenge and skydives.

If you would like to sponsor Emily and Callum, please visit their fundraising page.

Law Ball raises over £6,000 for the Law Campaign

It may only be February but the Kent Law Campaign Student Group’s Law Ball, which took place on Friday 24th January, is already being described as the “Event of the Year”!  If you were not there, then you most certainly missed out!

Taking place at the Kent County Cricket Ground, over 270 students, staff, alumni and local legal professionals attended the event and were treated to live performances from several artists from the region.  These included Sabiyha from Croydon who has been ‘BBC Introduced’ on the BBC Asian Network, Luke Burr from Essex who recently came third in The Live and Unsigned Competition and won Essex’s Got Talent in 2010, Stroke of Luck, a five-piece indie rock band from Oxford who have previously supported Bastille and Electric Six and Alice Heggie, a singer-songwriter from the Corporate Events team at the University of Kent.

During the evening the Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) presented a video about their experiences on the committee which was followed by a speech from the Chair of the Campaign Board, Professor Richard de Friend.

Once the ball was in full swing the Student Group introduced a surprise Twister tournament to raise further funds for the Kent Law Campaign!

Of the event the Chair of the KLCSG, Emily Smith, said: “The Law Ball has been a huge personal achievement for me. I began work on this event back in June 2013 and to see it come alive, seven months later, in the way that it did was fantastic. Our main aim for this year was to make sure there was a lot going on; and I think we achieved that. The most fabulous thing for me was seeing everyone dancing because that was the moment not only when I realised everyone was enjoying themselves, but also when I realised I could start to enjoy myself too!”

The evening was a huge success and enabled the KLCSG to raise a magnificent £6,100 for the Law Campaign.

More photos from the event are available on our Facebook Page. The video made by the students is also available online.