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School of Music and Fine Art exhibiting at UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition

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The School of Music and Fine Art staff will be exhibiting at the UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition at the Central Convention Complex, Manchester on Monday 7th October 2013.
All are welcome to attend, from 10.00-15.00.

Come and meet us on Stand 8 and learn more about University of Kent and our courses in Music, Popular Music, Creative Events and Music Technology. 

With over 65 exhibitors, the 9th annual event of Compose your Future exhibition focuses on performing arts and related subjects and features live performances from current students, master classes and workshops for students interested in studying music, dance, drama and other performing arts related courses at university or college.  Watch live performances, take part in workshops and demonstrations

The event is set be attended by hundreds of sixth former pupils considering Higher Education.

Entry is free, but booking is required.

Attendees can also sign up to attend a Taster Day Session at our Chatham Historic Dockyard studios on 26th October 2013.

Further information on the exhibition:

Kents first Symposium of Acoustic Ecology November 8- 9, 2013

A new symposium to celebrate the sounds and experiences of Acoustic Ecology is set to take place in Medway, during 8-9th November.
Registration is now open for booking.

The Symposium of Acoustic Ecology investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The event is proud to be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

The event, taking place over Friday and Saturday daytime and evenings on 8-9th November, will be held at various locations around the University’s Medway campus and the Historic Dockyard, and consist of talks by keynote speakers, including a special guest speaker – all experts in their field, 2 concerts, an array of installations and Listening Rooms, culminating in a finale concert held at the stunning Slip 3, Mezzanine building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Acoustic Ecology is a discipline studying the relationship mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment and the Symposium is first of its kind in Medway hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Booking and Registration:
Online Registration is open now and available through the University of Kent web-store.
Register Now to secure your place.

Students of University of Kent – £10
Goldsmiths College -£10
Students – £20
Non-students – £40

For more information visit:

Contact:  Tel: 01634 888 980

Double shortlisting for Kent in Times Higher Education Awards

The University of Kent has been shortlisted in the two categories for which it made submissions to the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2013: Excellence & Innovation in the Arts and ICT Initiative of the Year.

Kent’s shortlisting for Excellence & Innovation in the Arts is based on its recent programme of development, innovation and investment in this sector. This has resulted in the University not only consolidating its existing reputation as a first-choice arts destination for students but in it also becoming an arts champion and cultural hub forCanterburyMedway and the region. Kent’s successes in this area include:

Kent’s shortlisting for ICT Initiative of the Year reflects its commitment to develop and promote a high quality learning experience through innovative teaching methods. The focus of the submission is the development and use of ‘serious games’, or immersive technologies, to enable students and child protection professionals undertaking continuing professional development to practice and discuss difficult child protection cases in safe environments.

Developed by Professor David Shemmings and Dr Jane Reeves from Kent’s Centre for Child Protection, these games combine expertise from a number of the University’s units, disciplines and academic schools, as well as external experts from organisations such as Special Branch, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Kent Probation and Child Health Services (Essex). The resulting programme is considered to be a ‘trail blazer’ for Kent and is expected to set the standard for its future distance learning courses. Feedback from students, practitioners, local authorities, children’s homes, voluntary organisations, training providers and charities has also demonstrated the need for this new style of learning tool – one that is also a far reaching and impactful ICT solution to a range of virulent social problems.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘This is further good news for Kent in a year during which the University has been ranked among thetop 20 in the UK. It is also further recognition of Kent’s academic strengths and successes, as well as the impact it makes upon society at all levels. I congratulate all those involved in the shortlisted projects and offer them my best wishes for the awards ceremony.’

The winners of the THE Awards 2013 will be announced during a ceremony on 28 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Barbara Morris Prize benefits students in Skills Enhancement Week

Teaching Prize Success – winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013

The School would like to congratulate Dr Paul Fretwell, Director of Learning and Teaching and Employability and Events Coordinator, Ann Howe who are joint winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013, along with the Student Support Team at the School of Arts at Canterbury, for their dedication and input into the ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ in February, 2013.

The Skills Enhancement Week took place between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd February, which replaced ‘Reading Week’, provided an invigorated forum and a focussed few days of informative and inspirational events for students to be able to enhance their skills leading to improved employability.

Students were able to earn University ‘Employability Points’ by attending these events and prizes were on offer to the student who attended the most sessions and the event went on to lead to a number of student placements and internships with organisations such as Microsoft Computer Games, Zealous, Earcom Ltd and other work experience opportunities.

The team were dedicated to securing an array of industry-recognised guest speakers who provided lively talks, along with a week’s schedule of mixed study skills and employability-related workshops.  Activities such as workshops on self-employment, entrepreneurship, developing partnerships and networking spanned the five days and there were personal and professional development workshops too, where students could learn about how to build and develop their online presence and how to ‘market’ themselves, hone their CV writing skills and learn about the Year Abroad possibilities.

The judging panel were impressed with the team’s employment-focussed student support, as the Skills Enhancement Week clearly enriched the student’s experiences and provided a model which could be emulated across other the other Schools. It was also deemed an excellent example of external engagement, benefiting both students and the University through collaboration.

‘The week proved to be a great success and was even opened up to other University students to attend’ said prize winner Ann Howe. ‘It provided a great opportunity for career networking for students with external industry employers and gave students a chance to think holistically about their education, develop an awareness of skills needed for future employment and to actively build their own employability’

The Barbara Morris Prize of £5,000 is awarded annually for outstanding work in the area of learning support. The University encourages applications from all staff in the University, including those who work with or for students in a teaching, non-teaching or support role.

Prizes will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor at a dedicated lunchtime ceremony on Thursday 3rd October in Darwin Conference Suite at the Canterbury campus.

Read more about the Teaching Prizes

Music students end the year in style

School of Music and Fine Art students gave their end-of-year performances in great style.

We would like to congratulate students for their End-of-Year Performance held in the University of Kent’s Colyer Fergusson Hall in Canterbury campus in May.  More than 20 students studying for BMus degrees in Music and Popular Music at the School of Music and Fine Art’s Medway campus, gave performances ranging from Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke to Hungarian Folksongs, no 127 (Bartok), The Pink Panther (Mancini) and students’ own compositions.

The performances were introduced to an audience of staff and students by Duncan MacLeod, Lecturer in Music and Audio Arts, who said: ‘It’s a great opportunity for our students to perform for the first time in these professional surroundings.’

Student performers included: Emma Burton, Lindsay Edmondson, Andrew Flintoff, Tom Graves, Liam Greene, Philippa Hardiman, Jake Heath, Ray Lawrence, Sharon Siew Yee Li, Gareth Mangion, Sam Miri, Amy Morgan, Fay Nastou, Ricco Osobu, Rhian Powell, Dave Rondeau, Dom Scialo, Tsang Yau Violet Yung, Alfie Walke-Pawsey, Luka Wrobel.

Performance module convenor and ensemble coaches were Lisa Davies, Kate Halsall and Duncan MacLeod.

Colyer-Fergusson Music Recitals May 2013
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