Monthly Archives: March 2016

Launch of June MA Conference and Festival on Motion


Kent Paris students have launched a festival and MA conference on the topic of Motion. The conference will run at Reid Hall on Monday 6 June and other festival events will take place in the course of the following week. They include an exhibition of student art, conversation with a Paris artist, book launch at Shakespeare & Co., launch of the new issue of the Paris MA magazine, Le Menteur, and a trek across Paris finishing with a celebration in  song and readings. Speakers and readers for the week include Vybarr Cregan-Reid, David Herd, Yelena Moscovich, Dragan Todovoric, Joanna Walsh and Lauren Elkin. The conference is designed to attract MA students working on their dissertations, whether from Paris institutions or from Kent’s other campuses. See the call for papers and for further details go to 


Paris students visit Berlin

A group of MA students based at Kent’s Paris Centre recently visited Berlin with their module tutor, Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid, from Kent’s School of English. Having put the precepts of the module to the test in Paris, by means of regular study trips, the visitors were able to extend their research in Berlin. Their trip was part-funded by Kent’s Schools of Arts and English and by the Faculty of Humanity’s International Mobility Fund.

Activities in Berlin included visits to Berlin’s small galleries such as C/O Galerie for an exhibition by Stephen Shore and the VeneKlasen Werner gallery exhibiting work by the Japanese artist Koji Enokura. As an example of experimental story)telling in film, students viewed ‘The Dreamed Ones’, directed by Ruth Bekerman, which featured in the Berlinale film festival. On the street they put into practice the psychogeography tactics of the Situationist International, taking a photo every 30 seconds or determining the next direction but the flip of a coin.

One of the participants, Rebekah Mays, commented: ‘It was such an enriching experience to travel with a tutor and our classmates to Berlin. We went to contemporary art galleries and experimental films I probably wouldn’t have gone to on my own, and we explored the city not as tourists but as thinkers, helping us delve further into concepts introduced on our modules. Thanks to the International Mobility Fund, our study group was able to expand our academic enquiry beyond the classroom, and even beyond Paris.’


Left to right students Rebekah Mays, Ryan Brown and Sarah Bolwell with (second from left) tutor Vybarr Cregan-Reid.

Kent Paris student chairs Shakespeare discussion for the British Council

Sarah Bolwell, a Kent, Paris MA student in History and Philosophy of Art , has been chosen by the British Council in Paris to moderate a discussion of Shakespeare by academic specialists. The event, ‘Brave New World? Shakespeare 400 Years On’ marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The participants in the conference, on Monday 21 March at the British Council premises in rue Constantine, are Dr Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway), Dr Preti Taneja (Queen Mary) and Professor Wes Williams (University of Oxford).

Sarah Bolwell is editor of The Menteur, a literary magazine edited and produced in Paris by the University of Kent’s Humanities MA students.

The University of Kent, Paris, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers (Columbia University) is marking the Shakespeare quatercentenary with two open lectures at its Paris campus. On Tuesday 3 June at 6.30pm David Ellis (Professor Emeritus, University of Kent), will speak on Shakespeare’s biography. On Wednesday 11 June at 6.30pm Professor Karen Newman (Brown University) will speak on ‘Shakespeare Celebrated: Souvenirs du Théâtre Anglais à Paris’. Both events are at Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 75006.

Please see the conference poster for further information.

£10k MA loans for Paris split-site students

Key facts

  • Eligible students can borrow up to £10,000
  • The loans will be available for both taught and research Master’s programmes, including LLM, MBA, MFA, MRes (but not for PhDs)
  • All disciplines and subject areas are eligible
  • Loans will be available for full-time, part-time and distance-learning Master’s programmes (with certain exceptions)
  • The loans cover split-site Master’s at Kent’s specialist centres in Brussels, Paris and Rome provided you spend at least 50% of your study time at Kent’s UK campuses
  • The loans are not means tested and are paid directly into your UK bank account

Am I eligible?

  • UK nationals who have been most recently resident in England
  • EU students
  • You need to be under 60 at the time you register for your Master’s
  • Your previous highest level qualification must be below Master’s
  • You are keeping to the repayment terms of your undergraduate student loan

What’s not included

  • Part-time programmes taught over more than two years (currently under review by BIS)
  • Programmes where you are resident outside England for more than 50% of your degree
  • Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and other non-Master’s degree options
  • Undergraduate/integrated Master’s eg MEng, MArch
  • Distance-learners not resident in England

How do I repay the loan?

  • Repayments will not start before April 2019
  • Repayments will be income-contingent and made concurrently with undergraduate loans
  • Rates will be set at 6% of annual income over £21,000 at an interest rate of 3% plus RPI

We endeavour to provide accurate information regarding the Postgraduate Loan (PGL) scheme but full details of the scheme, including eligibility of students and programmes, are still being finalised by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Student Loans Company (SLC). For further information consult the SLC website.