July Events on the Global Cafe

Our friends from the Global café inform us that students are welcome to come to taste world food and enjoy a multicultural engagement  from 2 to 13 July. Please find the schedule below:

They are offering lifts to students to take the students to the events for next two weeks. The minibus will arrive at the Keynes Bus stop at 7.15 pm and will wait for 10 mins and then leave. The minibus will have a Global cafe summer special leaflet in it’s window. For more information please contact Baiba on 07999556555.

The minibus can take a wheelchair and the event venue is wheelchair friendly. The minibus is for free and give students lift back also after the event. 

Please bring friends.


The last weeks at Uni and feeling Homesick?

Dear student.

We are approaching the end of the academic year and many students may be feeling homesick. Perhaps the Football World Cup may be creating some  of this?  Why not revising some techniques to help you deal with the feelings and emotions that come with it. Please find enclosed a video resource produced by Coral from the International Team.

Keep going!



Wooden pieces of a table game with the word EXAM

The exams’ period is, for many, one of the most stressful time for students. No matter how much we know that an exam is mainly a method to consolidate learning, it feels as it is something more. We hope we could help you a bit.

If you feel  anxious remember to prepare holistically. This is to find out a healthy balance whereby what you eat, drink, exercise, and rest, matters too.

Graphic of light bulb with words inside such as Stress Management, Nutrients, Living, Live, Care, and similar others

While you revise it is important that you also take care for yourself by finding out some healthy space to relax, meditate, exercise, eat and sleep in moderation.

Graphic of a music notation made of bits of instruments like saxophones, keyboards, guitars, tambourines, etc.

The BBC (radio 3) has created a web program TUNE MIXTAPE that may help you with your preparation. It is announced in the following manner:

“Whether you’re preparing for exams or struggling to concentrate at work, Radio 3’s In Tune Mixtape is here to help. Each 30-minute mix contains an uninterrupted stream of amazing classical, jazz, folk and world music to help you focus and get the most out of study sessions”.

Pleas clink on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3bJmm2cGDwXvlV9SP1NgBKr/music-to-help-you-focus

Good luck!

Guess Speaker Professor Mike Oliver

A wheelchair-user facing a post with the slogan "way in" before a flight of stairs

A special Lecture took place on 29 November 2017 on “Disability History, Bleeding Hearts and Parasite People”, by Professor Mike Oliver.

Bringing Prof Oliver to his Alma Mater as a distinguished Guess was an long goal we tried to achieve for the last two and a half years. It took the commitment of the students and staff behind the Disability History Month to make it possible this time.

Prof Oliver is an ex-student of Kent and internationally recognised for the creation of the Social Model of Disabilities. His PhD thesis is in our Templeman’s Library.

For a text copy of the lecture please click on https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/disabilities/documents/mikeoliver.docx

The Disability History Month (UKDHM) organises interesting events during the academic year and have also publishes its programme of events on www.kent.ac.uk/dhm.

For further information about the social Model of disabilities please click on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_model_of_disability.

New January

The photo shows part of the earth and the sun rising in the east in the December Solstice

Happy new year!

At this time of the year, we also welcome students from all around the world who come for the last two terms!

We hope you join us in the events and experiences we have been been working on.

This week we would like to introduce you to our Oasis Project. This initiative has the aim of provide a therapeutical place in an ecologically motivated environment. Many International and UK students and the local community participate. For more information please click on https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentservices/Oasis%20Garden/index.html

International Mental Health Adviser Stone Fitzgerald is organizing a workshop run by Owen Okie (from an enterprise in Scotland (Scoraig) called EarthMind Fellowship CIC. The workshop is this Friday 12 January between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm. In the workshop Owen will explore the relationship to nature and the ecological responsibilities individuals and communities have. If you want to join a students’ group please send us an email at A.Velarde@Kent.ac.uk (There are limited available places)

On a complementary matter, the International Discussion Group run by International Mentor Coral Warner has moved from Wednesdays to Thursdays at 2 pm.
On the 25th of January the group will meet in the usual room in Eliot Becket Court (room 16). The following week the group will meet in Rutherford R.Cl.19(16)
If you want to join the group please let Coral know at C.A.Warner@Kent.ac.uk (There are limited available places)


A typical fallen autumn leaf- slightly dry and of orange and yellow colour


Autumn is always a nice season in Canterbury. We wish you a fantastic start of your academic year and hope that you take the opportunity to explore the surrounding country side and forest.

Our friends in the World Café, inform us that they have changed their name from Café on the Hill to World Café on UKC campus and they will meet on Monday evenings at Gulbenkian cafe from 7.30 pm till 9 pm. For a map on where to find the Gulbenkian please click on the link https://www.kent.ac.uk/maps/canterbury/canterbury-campus/building/the-gulbenkian.They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ukcworldcafe/

If you have some time get involved and make new friends!


Welcome to the University of Kent’s blog for International and European students with disabilities.

Photo of a new plant shoot coming through an old tree’s trunk

We celebrate the differences in abilities and cultures in our international institution and have a firm commitment to provide quality educational adjustments and guidance to ensure you develop your full potential.

We acknowledge that disability support services in the UK could be different to the services offered to in other countries, and you may require creative strategies and planned preparations for the transition. For example, our educational adjustments may not allow to withdraw from group work, examination arrangements may be shorter; fixed hoists in adapted rooms on campus will require advance booking (6 months or a year) and so do bookings for sign language interpretation; medication for some mental health conditions may not be available to you in the UK; care support assistance for daily living will need to be arranged privately; physiotherapies may be different too, etc.

There could be other differences you may not be aware of, so It may best to make enquiries before you arrive.

To help you with the transition we will guide you via this blog throughout the academic year, but remember we are more than happy to answer any question you may want to ask either by phone, Skype, email or in person.
Remember it is best to ask than to assume.

Please arrange an appointment in advance by phoning on ++441227 823158, emailing accessibility@kent.ac.uk or calling into our Student Support & Wellbeing Reception in Keynes College – location link attached https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/canterbury%20location.html
You can also Register via our website, follow the link below where you will find a registration form for Canterbury or Medway Campus

Please contact us

Dr Andres Velarde PhD (Lon), MSc (Bath), LL (UC, Lima)
International and EU Disability Adviser