Monthly Archives: December 2014

Student documentary to air on BBC Three

The University’s School of Arts has been celebrating the success of two of its current students, who have recently made a documentary which has been selected to be aired on BBC Three.

Dan Lewsey and Pedro Younis Goncalves, two final year undergraduates studying Film Studies, made ‘Living the Dream’ as part of their ‘Representing Actuality’ module. The documentary follows buskers in Canterbury and tells the stories of the various experiences they have had whilst performing to the general public.

BBC Fresh, a platform for upcoming factual filmmakers, interviewed Dan and Pedro about the techniques they used to create the documentary, and discussed their future aspirations to have careers in the creative industries.

Kent Law Campaign receives donation from Santander UK

On behalf of the University of Kent we would like to express our most sincere thanks to Santander UK for donating £2,217.90 towards the Kent Law Campaign through their Staff Matched Donation Scheme.

Throughout the Autumn Term, Adam Baker and Sam Winstanley from the campus branch of the bank have become heavily involved with the Kent Law Campaign and have taken part in various events organised by the Kent Law Campaign Student Group. Adam acted as quiz master at the freshers’ quiz, Sam dressed as the Kent Bunny (the University’s 50th anniversary mascot) at the 5km fun run, they both sold tickets for the fun run and season’s greetings cards and in addition Sam even took part in a sponsored skydive!

It was through this involvement that Santander UK agreed to reward their dedication by matching everything they helped the students to raise.

Sam said: “Santander Universities is committed to supporting higher education globally and the University of Kent branch’s involvement with the Kent Law Campaign is a great example of how we can support both staff and students. Over the past year we have taken part in a number of events organised by the Kent Law Campaign Student Group and hope to continue our involvement with them throughout the remainder of the Campaign.”

Hilary Edridge (Head of Campaigns), Anna Pollard (Campaigns Manager) and members of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group were delighted to receive a giant cheque from Adam and Sam on Monday 15th December. Including the University’s match their generosity becomes £4,435.80 towards our vital work.

Kent Law Campaign Student Group’s 2015 calendars on sale now!

The Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) is selling charity calendars in aid of the Kent Law Campaign and invites alumni, staff, students and friends of the University to buy them to help a good cause.

The KLCSG, who is supporting the University to raise funds for the Kent Law Campaign, a £5million fundraising project to build a new home for the Kent Law Clinic and the Law School’s Mooting Programme, sought sponsorship from a local printing company to fund the calendars and used stunning photographs of campus and Canterbury as the feature images for each month.

Billy Ng, Vice-Chair of the KLCSG, (pictured) said: “Our committee is extremely grateful to Headley Brothers Ltd for generously sponsoring our calendars for the third year running.  We are really impressed with the final product and cannot thank them enough.  We hope that this initiative will help us to raise even more money for this important charitable cause.”

The calendars are priced at just £2 each or three for £5.  Please contact Billy ( to buy yours!

Images from the calendar are available to view online.

Ever wanted to study in a major European capital city?

If the answer is ‘yes’, then why not apply for Kent’s European Summer Schools 2015?

The European Summer School 2015 programme gives you the opportunity to spend two weeks living and studying in one of Kent’s postgraduate centres in Brussels or Paris.

Taught in English, the summer schools are open to all, including alumni and members of the wider community who wish to study for interest, credit or professional training, and are a fantastic way of studying new topics which are brought to life by visiting important historical sites and museums related to the programmes.

Applicants may choose between two stimulating programmes which will use a combination of classroom-based teaching and outdoor excursions:

The Brussels Summer School will take place at Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies from Monday 6 July to Friday 17 July, and will centre on the theme of ‘Europe and the World’. Various sub-themes will be covered, including migration, the European Union (EU)’s relationship with emerging powers such as China, and the EU’s response to the global economic crisis.

The Paris Summer School will be based at Kent’s Paris Centre from Monday 13 July to Friday 24 July, and will focus on the theme of ‘Revolutions’. Participants will explore how French culture has long been at the centre of innovation in the fields of architecture, film, literature, art, philosophy and drama.

The deadline for applications is 29 March 2015. If you would like more information about Kent’s European Summer Schools 2015, please visit the website.

Runners raise £6000 for Pilgrims Hospices


Our Athletics and Cross Country team, who ran over 200 miles from our Canterbury campus to Paris, have raised £6000 for Pilgrims Hospices.Runners raise £6000 for Pilgrims Hospices – University of Kent

The runners completed over 26 miles a day for eight consecutive days – the equivalent of over eight marathons in a row.

Watch the video of the Campus2Campus challenge.

Jon Solley, the student who organised the run said, ‘We never imagined we’d raise so much, so today is truly something special. The legacy the project has left its testament to the team’s hard work.’

Pam Meller, Acting Fundraising Manager from Pilgrims Hospice said:

‘We are so grateful to the team for choosing to support Pilgrims Hospices in this impressive Campus2Campus challenge. We realise how much planning and work must have gone into making this possible, both before and during the event, and we think Billy and the team should be really proud of themselves for this fantastic achievement.

‘With the majority of Pilgrims Hospices funding coming from the local community, this huge contribution is wonderful and really will make a difference to what we do here. We look forward to working with the team again in the future’.

Sporting legends at University event


Sporting legends assembled at the University’s sports centre for a special gala evening to celebrate sporting achievement across the county.

The event, which took place on 5 December 2014 at the University’s Canterbury campus sports centre, welcomed Kent sport stars to celebrate their past and present successes, and their future sporting aspirations.

Founded by the University’s Kent Sport Director Graham Holmes, it was organised by Kent Sport in partnership with Kent County Council Sport and Physical Activity Service (KCC). It was hosted by Kent alumnus and county cricketer, David Fulton, and also featured a number of sporting legends from the region including (among many others): England cricketer and Ashes winner, Geraint Jones MBE; Maidstone-born GB decathlete, Martin Brockman; Canterbury’s England women’s rugby player, Amy Garnett; and Sochi winter Olympics GB bobsleigh team member, David Coleman.

The University’s own sport scholars also attended the event. Many of these scholars have gone on to represent GB, such as karate champion Jasmine Pomeroy, and hockey player and Rio Olympics 2016-hopeful Susannah Townsend. Future stars from across the county, including athletes Bobby and Alex Clay, and Paralympian skier Millie Knight, were also present.

The event is part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and also helped launch a special fundraising initiative called Project 100 which will contribute to future sporting projects for Kent students.

The evening’s entertainment featured live music from double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist and Kent alumnus YolanDa Brown and a performance from the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.

This year’s gala evening follows the first Kent’s Sporting Legends event held in 2012, also jointly hosted by the University and KCC. It is hoped the event will run biennially due to its increasing success.

A special publication highlighting the achievements of Kent’s Sporting Legends has been produced. For more information visit:

For more information contact Phil Darrell-Smith.

QI quiz show comes to Kent


Popular TV quiz show ‘QI’ is coming to the University!

A special edition of the show will be performed live at the Canterbury campus on Monday 9 February 2015 to mark the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Regular panellists Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig, Jo Brand and Phill Jupitus will be taking part, as well as ‘QI’ creator and producer John Lloyd. Completing the line-up will be the University’s Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, Olly Double.

Tickets for ‘QI Live at Kent’ will be available from 8 December in person from Gulbenkian Box Office or online. Special live screening shows, hosted by students and alumni from the University, will also be available at venues across the Canterbury campus.

University’s Careers and Employability Service short-listed for awards

The University’s Careers and Employability Service (CES) has been short-listed for two National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards for the support it offers to Kent students.

Kent alumnus James Corbin (Eliot 2000), who works as Placement Development and Employability Manager in CES, has been short-listed for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience’ award, which recognises the contribution made by an individual in supporting students in accessing work placement opportunities.

The Service, which provides careers advice and support to Kent students and also to alumni who have graduated in the last 3 years, has also been short-listed for ‘Most Improved Commitment to Employability’, which celebrates improved efforts and services provided by a university department in supporting students and helping them to maximise their work experience opportunities.

The NUE received more than 400 nominations for the awards, which were short-listed and judged by graduate recruiters, sectors peers and industry experts.

The award winners will be announced at the NUE Awards annual ceremony to be held on Friday 6 February 2015 in London.

All alumni who have graduated from Kent in the last three years are entitled to free advice from CES. The Service also runs KEW-NET, an online networking/mentoring platform available to all students and alumni, enabling them to connect and offer each other careers advice and job opportunities. KEW-NET has been hugely successful since its launch in September 2014, with over 300 members already registered.

Skydivers raise £1,697 towards the Kent Law Campaign

Sam Winstanley and Billy Ng took part in a charity skydive on Saturday 29th November 2014 to raise money for the Kent Law Campaign.

Sam, from the University of Kent’s campus branch of Santander, organised the team and secured matched funding from Santander which brought their fundraising total to an incredible £1,697 once the University of Kent’s pound for pound match was also added.

After a thorough briefing session, Sam and Billy jumped from a height of 12,000 feet and experienced an exhilarating freefall of 40 seconds reaching speeds of 120 mph before their instructor opened the parachute and they were treated to beautiful views of the Kent countryside as they glided to the ground at a speed of 9 mph.

Of the experience Sam said: “It was a great honour to be able to represent both Santander Universities and the Kent Law Campaign in the skydive on Saturday.  The opportunity to raise funds for this worthwhile cause whilst experiencing the thrill of jumping from a plane at 12,000 feet was fantastic. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Kent Law Campaign through helping to raise awareness of the great work of both the students and staff.”

Billy, the Vice-Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, added: “It was wonderful to be able to participate in such a great challenge event to raise money for such a good cause.  I overcame my fear of heights and felt so loved and supported by the Kent Law Campaign.  I am very grateful and would like to thank every single person who kindly sponsored me.  Now I cannot wait to skydive again!”

We would like to thank Sam and Billy for their dedication to the cause and congratulate them on their achievement.  If you would like to sponsor them their fundraising page is still open.