Kent is first UK university to sponsor a BritWeek award

The University has become an official sponsor of BritWeek’s 2015 Los Angeles event to highlight the creative fusion between the USA and the UK.

In partnership with BritWeek in Los Angeles (21 April – 3 May 2015), Kent will launch an Innovation in Academia Award. This will honour an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact in the field of higher education and whose work and character have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues. Nominations are open to those who are from or who have studied in Europe and are currently working, or have worked, in American higher education.

The deadline for nominations is 9 March. Further information and how to nominate someone for the Award is available here.

The Award winner will be announced at the event by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow. Kent alumnus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey, currently a political commentator with the Los Angeles Times, will host the ceremony.

Kent is the first UK university to sponsor BritWeek , which celebrates creativity and innovation between the UK and the USA. Formed as a non-profit organisation in Los Angeles in 2007, BritWeek now holds events in Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County (California), Orlando and San Francisco. Alongside its weekly events, it also hosts and publicly supports a number of events open to the general public that focus on the British contribution to film, fashion, music, the automotive industry and science.

The BritWeek event will coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary alumni celebrations in Los Angeles 1 – 3 May.

Other BritWeek sponsors include UK Trade & Investment, Virgin Atlantic, Jaguar, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Marks and Spencer, Microsoft, McLaren Beverley Hills, Spotify and Brands of Britain.