The University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture has hosted its annual summer school in July 2018. Taking the theme of “Revolutions”, students examined topics from diverse academic disciplines with Paris as the setting for their scholarly exploration. Led by the University’s expert faculty, students spent two weeks undertaking daily seminars and fascinating study trips. The summer school culminated in the presentations of students’ work and a celebratory farewell meal with staff and students.
A number of summer school students have put together photo and video montages of their memorable time in Paris:
See Giulio’s photographic portfolio
See Gretta’s video presentation
The University of Kent Graduate School has awarded its 2018 prize for exceptional achievement in administration (Faculty of Humanities) to Paris School of Arts and Culture administrator Frank Mikus. Frank was recognised for “his exceptional abilities across a wide range of activities…oustanding support and advice provided to the Academic Director…exceptionally effective deployment of social skills… remarkable abilities in managing complex networks…unusual breadth of academic vision… outstanding achievement in recruitment of MA students.”
Frank and other members of staff and postgraduate students were recognised in an awards ceremony held during the University’s Postgraduate Festival in June 2018. Further information regarding the 2018 Graduate School prize winners can be found here.
The pioneering ranking draws from data that includes teaching reputation, graduation rate and the development of students’ skills for 242 institutions across the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland.
Half of universities’ overall scores are based on the results of the THE European Student Survey – a student engagement survey of more than 30,000 university students, which includes questions on whether teaching supports critical thinking, whether classes challenge students and whether students have the opportunity to interact with staff.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, said: ‘Our teaching is regularly acknowledged as being amongst the best in the UK, so I am delighted to see that Kent features so prominently in this new European table. I would like to thank all those who, through their hard work and dedication, contribute to not only our ongoing success and reputation but also to the teaching and learning experience enjoyed by so many students each year.’
In 2017, Kent was awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF Panel judged that Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Further information on THE European Teaching Rankings can be found here.