Monthly Archives: August 2014

Invitation to Statistics workshop

The University of Kent’s Q-Step Centre provides training in how numbers inform social research at all levels of statistical complexity within the Social Sciences, and aims to tackle head-on the perceived difficulty and irrelevance of statistics by hosting various programmes, activities and events.

With a focus on crime statistics, the Q-Step Centre is hosting a two-part workshop for anyone interested in improving their ability to understand the use and abuse of statistics and numbers in our everyday lives.

The first workshop will be held on Tuesday 16 September from 6pm to 8 pm and will include a presentation by Professor Alex Stevens, from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, who will present examples of how research can be used and abused.

The two workshops will improve participants’ understanding of how to analyse and interpret what is often presented as hard statistical facts. They will also provide an opportunity to meet other people and help us in building a community for studying social statistics, open to anybody regardless of experience or contribution.

If you would like to book a place on the workshop, please contact Dr Trude Sundberg or Keli Jenner at

(Picture by Simon Cunningham. Licensed under CC BY)

50th Anniversary Monopoly

Now you can play this classic game with a University of Kent customised version.

The University of Kent, in celebration of its 50th anniversary launches special edition Monopoly.

Be rewarded for achieving high grades, pay Masters’ fines for ignoring the noise ban and lose a turn because you are lost in Eliot. Or were you in Rutherford?

Relive those student days with hours of fun and reminiscences.

You can reserve your copy and pre-order today.

Note: We expect delivery early-mid September.

For more information: email

Take your seat for The Italian Job

Publishing Officer Pat King is setting off on a 3,000-mile charity car rally – with a helping hand from Kent.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the University is supporting a number of staff and student initiatives, including Pat’s involvement in The Italian Job rally in October. Pat, based in Enrolment Management Services, and her husband Stephen will be competing as Kings on the Run in their 1971 classic rally Mini, which Stephen is painstakingly rebuilding from scratch.

Kent prides itself on being the UK’s European university, so it is fitting that the eye-catching, Kent-liveried Mini will drive through France, Belgium and Germany to Italy where the rally begins in Trento on October 24. The rally stages explore the mountain roads of Piedmont and Trentino, together with a few laps of the Monza race circuit and, of course, the city of Turin.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the rally which to date has raised more than £2m for Variety, supporting sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK. Pat and Stephen have raised almost £2,000 for the charity (they are paying all their own expenses so any money raised goes directly to Variety).

To boost their funds, a special screening of The Italian Job, the 1969 classic crime caper starring Michael Caine, will be showing at the Gulbenkian on Thursday 2 October at 7pm. The Gulbenkian is donating a portion of every ticket sold, after costs, to Variety – you can book your seat online now. You can also donate via Pat and Stephen’s Just Giving site.

Kent one of best nationally for student satisfaction

The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) has placed Kent joint third* in the category for ‘overall satisfaction’ alongside universities such as Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford, with a score of 91%; substantially above the national average of 86%.

Many of Kent’s programmes were also rated highly by its students, with programmes in the Schools of Architecture, Arts, Biosciences, Economics, Engineering and Digital Arts, European Culture and Languages and Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research receiving ‘overall satisfaction’ scores of between 90 and 100%.

The NSS is a national initiative, aimed at final-year undergraduates in Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and gives them the chance to have their say. The survey covers different aspects of the student learning experience, including teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, overall satisfaction and students union.

Kent’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor David Nightingale said: ‘Once again, this is a clear and welcome endorsement of our ongoing investment in the student academic experience. It also reflects our swift and positive response to student feedback and the ways in which we involve our students with major decisions and developments.The University’s reputation for academic excellence remains one of the best in the UK’.

The NSS is organised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in partnership with the government and the National Union of Students, and is carried out by independent market research company Ipsos-MORI.

* out of all publicly funded, multi-faculty (i.e. not single-subject/specialist institutions) universities.

Alumni work in School of Arts exhibition

Three exceptional video works from recent graduates at the School of Music and Fine Art were selected as a starting point to the current exhibition at the Studio 3 Gallery on the Canterbury campus.

Video works by Sophie Dixon, Ryan Kwok and Benjamin King, who all graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2014, form part of the gallery’s Identification Please! exhibition, which aims to explore contemporary issues of place, information and identity, whilst showcasing the talent of Kent’s students.

To accompany these video works, students from the School of Arts’ newly created MA in Curating programme were asked to select pieces from the Kent Print Collection that responded to the themes and ideas presented in the videos, and they drew out a compelling and diverse range of prints which complement their colleagues’ pieces.

A private view of the exhibition can be seen following a screening of the Art Party film at the Studio 3 Gallery, Canterbury campus, on 21 August at 6pm. The film, by artist Patrick Brill (known creatively as Bob and Roberta Smith), is part documentary, part road movie, which follows the journey to the 2013 Art Party Conference to champion the importance of art and its place in the education system.

The event is free and open to all!


Following on from the enormous success of their 2013 5km Fun Run, the Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) is holding the 2014 “Race for Justice” on Saturday 25th October and is looking for people to register to take part.

The event, which raised £4,574 last year, is a 5km route around the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus which will pass the Kent Law School, Kent Law Clinic, the site for the new building and will take in the stunning views campus has to offer.

Andrew Wilson, Fundraising Officer for the Group, said: “We are extremely excited about this event and hope that we get a record number of people signing up to take part.  We really want to exceed last year’s total and hope our alumni, students and staff will support us!”

The KLCSG is also looking for companies to sponsor various items for the event such as fruit, energy drinks, medals, t-shirts and trophies.  If you can help, or know somebody who can, please contact us.

For more information about this event or to register to take part, please visit our website.

Kent staff share memories over tea and cake

Staff were invited to our first 50th anniversary pop-up tea room on Wednesday 6 August, and the event was a huge success!

The anniversary year will celebrate the people that make up the University, and showcase their contribution to the first 50 years. Staff dropped by our pop-up tea room to share their stories and experiences of working at Kent, whilst enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake.

We received dozens of Memories Cards, in which staff shared their favourite moments from their time at the University, and many were interested to find out more about our 50th anniversary plans. We hope to run more pop-up tea rooms over the coming months, so keep an eye out!

Kent launches career networking platform

We all remember what it felt like – you approach the end of your university studies, and suddenly the world of work is looming and you have to make all kinds of life-changing decisions: what career path shall I take, what options are available to someone with a degree like mine, where should I live which will maximise opportunities in my chosen field, what can I expect from the path I have chosen and what will employers expect of me?

The greatest source of information for anyone on the career starting line is someone who has been there, done that and ‘got the t-shirt’. This has led the University’s Careers and Employability Service to launch the Kent Experiences of Work Network (KEW-NET), an online mentoring/networking platform which will enable Kent students and graduates to meet and offer career support to one another.

If you’re taking the first step onto the career ladder, KEW-NET can put you in touch with alumni who have been where you are now and support you during this important milestone in your life. Similarly, if you are an alumnus and have career advice which you can offer to new graduates based on your own personal experience, then KEW-NET will enable you to share this knowledge with others and offer them the re-assurance and support that is so invaluable to their future.

So why not sign up to KEW-NET and get connecting; it could be the best career move you ever make, and you really can make a difference.

Become part of the fabric of Kent!

As part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, students, staff, alumni and the wider University community can become part of the very fabric of Kent by having a short message or memory engraved on a brick, and set in our new celebratory pathway by the Templeman Library.

The Crab & Winkle Path will commemorate the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway route (known locally as the Crab and & Winkle Line), which ran directly below this part of the University grounds. Set at the heart of the Canterbury campus, this new path will recognise those who have made the University what it is today.

The Footsteps Project will enable you to leave a lasting legacy of your time here at Kent, and all money raised will go towards the Kent Opportunity Fund, which will support Kent students through scholarships, bursaries and student projects – not only will the path reflect our pride in our past, it will help future generations of Kent students to excel and follow in your footsteps. So don’t miss out, leave your mark!

New graduates embark on an African adventure

Matt Levett and Chris Detsicas, who both graduated from Kent in July 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science with a Year in Industry, will be embarking on a three-week trip to Africa as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award programme.

The trip will include an expedition on foot along the coast from South Africa to Mozambique, visiting a school and orphanage, taking part in a game ranger basic skills course and living on one rand per day (equivalent to 5p).

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a charity which enables young people between the ages of 14-24 to develop skills for life and work and to achieve their full potential, irrespective of their personal or financial circumstances.

The programme is composed of four sections: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. To achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, a young person must spend 12 months volunteering, a minimum of 6 months on the physical and skills sections, and also take part in an expedition of at least four days and three nights.

Chris and Matt raised money for their expedition by working their way through University, and will also be supported by a contribution from the School of Computing.