Monthly Archives: June 2015

Kent alumna completes 54 holes of golf and wins the King John Shield!

Natalie Salunke, Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Young Alumni Group took part in the Magna Carta Cup: Dawn to Dusk Golf Challenge on Monday 22 June in aid of the Kent Law Campaign and The London Legal Support Trust.  Natalie joined over 14 other organisations at the Verulam Golf Club and managed to complete the 3 rounds of golf (54 holes) in 7.5 hours with an overall gross score of 295 shots.

Natalie scooped up the prize for Best Score and was awarded the King John Shield.  Congratulations Natalie.

So far Natalie has raised £180.00 for the Kent Law Campaign and The London Legal Support Trust. You can still sponsor and congratulate Natalie on her Virgin Money Giving page.

We would like to thank Natalie for her continued support towards the Campaign; her invaluable time raising vital funds has been a true testament to her commitment to the Kent Law Campaign

Canterbury Legal Walk 2015

On 13 June, 2015 almost exactly 800 years after the signing of Magna Carta, law alumni, local judges, leading QCs, barristers, law firms, staff, students and friends of the University took part in the first Canterbury Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around some of the City’s landmarks and the University of Kent’s beautiful Canterbury campus raising funds for the Kent Law Campaign to build a new home for the Kent Law Clinic.

Thank you to everyone who walked, volunteered and supported the Canterbury Legal Walk. We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and we hope to see you again soon. Sponsorship monies are still being received but we estimate that the walk will have raised over £8K.

The Walk is one of a series of fundraising walks held throughout England and Wales and takes place annually after the London Legal Walk which celebrated its 11th Anniversary. The Canterbury Walk was organised by the University and our special thanks go to The London Legal Support Trust, The Law Society and The Access to Justice Foundation for helping us make this event possible.

Alumni profile: Siobhain Gaughan (Medway, 2011)

Siobhain Gaughan, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences at the Medway campus in July 2014, is a sports coordinator at GK Unions on the Medway campus. Her role involves working with students who have volunteered to be on the executive committees for their sports club, and ensuring that the clubs are running smoothly. She also helps coordinate the clubs’ matches against other universities in the UK, and assists in raising the profile of Team Medway via social media.

What have you been up to since graduation?
I started a job as a sports coordinator at GK Unions, the student union on the Medway campus. As I loved my time studying here, I was so happy to be able to stay and work on creating greater experiences for students. It is such a great campus with great potential. We work with lots of students and they are a joy to work with!

Did you know what you wanted to do, career wise, when you left Kent?
I knew I wanted to work in a charity and help people somehow, after taking a keen interest in social policy during my studies. As a student who engaged with the student union, where I helped run the Social Science Society, I appreciated the help and support it can offer to many students, so it seemed like the perfect role for me.

Professionally, what has been the most challenging aspect you have faced since leaving Kent?
Finishing my studies at Kent was a little bit of an adjustment, as I loved the bubble of student life and really enjoyed my lectures. It was sad to leave all that behind, as you make such great friends and get to study the things you really enjoy.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement was probably the night of the Team Medway Sports Awards, where we celebrated the many wins and achievements of our sports clubs throughout the year – it was emotional because I felt so proud of the hard work that all our clubs put in throughout the year, and many of them will graduate and use these experiences to go onto greater things. The commitment, determination and pride of the students for the Medway campus was inspiring. I’m not sporty myself, so it was great rewarding them for such impressive sporting achievements when sport can be so challenging sometimes! I really enjoyed supporting the students throughout the year, so the night felt like an achievement after everyone’s hard work.

What are your favourite memories of Kent?
My favourite memory was graduation day. It was in Rochester Cathedral which is stunning, and it was a proud moment for everyone. It was especially nice to graduate after all the hard work over the three years. We had a buffet and drinks reception in Rochester beforehand which my school (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research) put on, and it was lovely to meet up with all my friends and their parents.

Kent Bunny parties at the Summer Ball 2015


This year’s Kent Union ‘Party in the Car Park’ had its share of VIPs, including our own Kent Bunny.

It’s safe to say Kent Bunny had a great time at the special 50th anniversary edition of the summer ball. Check out the video to see what Kent Bunny got up to on the night!

Students running 300 miles for charity


A team of students and alumni runners is taking part in a 300-mile ultra marathon from Canterbury to Amsterdam to raise money for charity.

The University of Kent Athletics and Cross Country Club runners will complete ten marathons in ten days. They are raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports scholarships, extra-curricular projects and bursaries for our students.

The runners left Canterbury on 15 June to a rousing send-off by Kent students and staff, including Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor; Graham Holmes, Kent Sport Director; Kim Brophy, Fundraising Volunteer Manager at British Heart Foundation; and Nina Mehmi, Kent Union Vice President (Sport). The Kent Bunny also made an appearance.

Runners from the Athletics and Cross Country Club are well-known for taking on big challenges and, in 2014, completed eight marathons in eight days running from Canterbury to Paris. The Cants2dam run is their biggest challenge yet and one of many exciting student projects taking place during Kent’s 50th anniversary year.

You can support the team by making a donation via Just Giving  or by texting TEXT CDAM50 £5 to 70070 to donate.

For further information, contact Tim Farrow.

New female bishop is former Kent student

Canon Dame Sarah Mullally (Keynes, 1998) is only the fourth woman to be appointed as a Bishop in the Church of England.

Sarah trained for ordination at the South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), then an associate college of the University, and was awarded the Kent Diploma in Theology in 2001.
SEITE is part of a network of regional colleges providing part-time ordination training for men and women with other full-time commitments. Sarah undertook her training while working as Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS and raising a young family. She served in various parishes before moving into full-time ministry and was appointed Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral in 2012.

The Revd Dr Alan Le Grys, now working for the Student Learning Advisory Service and an Associate Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies in the School of European Culture and Languages, was Principal of SEITE while Sarah was in training.

He said: ‘Sarah was a remarkable student, holding down an immensely pressured appointment as she undertook an equally demanding course of training. She is an inspiration to all mature and part-time students. This is an excellent appointment, and Sarah will be a first-class bishop.’

Sarah will be consecrated as the new Bishop Of Crediton in the Exeter Diocese on 22 July in Canterbury Cathedral.

Kent alumna to participate in the Dusk till Dawn, Magna Carta Golf Challenge

On Monday 22nd June, Natalie Salunke, Kent alumna and Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Young Alumni Group will be taking part in the Dusk to Dawn, Magna Carta Golf Challenge organised by The London Legal Support Trust. The Challenge takes place at the Verulam Golf Club, home of the Ryder Cup and set in the heart of historic St Albans, where Magna Carta was first drafted.

Natalie will be completing a 54 hole challenge which will result in walking just under 30 miles in a single day. This is a tough challenge for any golfer so we wish Natalie the best of luck and thank her for her continued support towards the Campaign.

Natalie will be raising sponsorship and splitting the funds equally between the Kent Law Campaign and The London Legal Support Trust, please show your support and sponsor Natalie at

University is worth £0.7 billion to the local economy


A new report reaffirms the University’s role as a major economic, cultural and social force in the region and the positive contribution of its students.

In 2014, the University commissioned an economic impact study for the financial year 2012/13.

Among the key findings, the report shows that:

  • The University is worth £0.7 billion to the economy of the south east and directly or indirectly supports just over 7,800 jobs in the region
  • it generates over £520 million per year for the Canterbury area and over ten per cent of all Canterbury jobs
  • it generates over £80 million per year in the Medway area and 830 full-time local jobs
  • its student off-campus spend in the region is estimated to be almost £250 million, generating £283 million for the region and creating 2,532 full-time equivalent jobs
  • the estimated off-campus expenditure of its international students from over 140 countries was £60.3 million
  • the University’s total export earnings are £111.9 million, making an important contribution to the UK balance of trade
  • the University is the largest conference venue in the south east, handling more than 2,000 residential events and 145,000 overnight stays
  • during 2013 alone, 97,786 visitors attended events at the Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson Music Building.

The report, produced by Viewforth Consulting , also shows that the University’s students delivered a total of 104,868 volunteering hours in 2013/14 with an estimated economic value of between £527,000 and £640,000, benefitting more than 50 local organisations. 16,000 of those hours were delivered by Medway students.

In collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University , the University also commissioned a report on the joint impact of the two universities on the region.

A report commissioned by Universities UK  on the economic role of UK universities is also available.

Kent alumna takes part in Eton Open Water Swim for Kent Law Campaign.

Hannah Bignell (Keynes, 2010), former Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, has recently taken part in the 3km Eton Open Water Swim to raise money for the Kent Law Campaign and Prostate Cancer UK.

Hannah, who is a member of the Kent Law Campaign Young Alumni Group, completed her first open water swim in a fantastic time of 1:08:48, coming in 10 minutes under her practice swim, and raised over £300 (including Gift Aid) for the Kent Law Campaign and Prostate Cancer UK.

Held on Monday 25 May 2015, the challenge took place at Dorney Lake, a modern world-class rowing and flat-water canoeing centre near Windsor. The site hosted events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for London 2012, and every year since it is transformed into an open water swimming venue for beginners all the way up to elite open water swimmers.

Freddy Kempf to perform at Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall


The internationally acclaimed pianist will give a recital of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky on Wednesday 24 June.

The performance will start at 7.30 pm. Tickets, priced  £15 (student concessions £7), are available from the Gulbenkian Box Office .

A former pupil at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and an Honorary Doctor of Music at Kent, Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with a broad repertoire, he has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

Since his rise to prominence on the international music scene he has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and conductors. He often appears on many of the world’s most important stages, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Milan’s Conservatorio’s Sala Verdi, the Sociedad Filharmónica Bilbao, London’s Cadogan Hall, Sydney’s City Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the City Concert Hall in Hong Kong and numerous others.

The Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall is one of the region’s premiere and most distinctive concert venues. Located within the Colyer-Fergusson Music Building, its construction and equipment purchase, including its Steinway grand piano, were made possible entirely from philanthropic donations. It opened in 2012.