Professor Robert Freedman

We are sorry to have to announce the death of Professor Robert Freedman who died on Tuesday 17 October following a period of illness.

Robert first came to Kent in 1971 when he joined what was then the Biological Laboratory.  He went on to become its Director in 1989, remaining in that role until he was appointed pro-Vice- Chancellor in 1996. He subsequently became Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In 2002, he left the University to take up a post at the University of Warwick. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Royal Society of Biology and served as a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in July 2010.

During his time at Kent, Robert was an active supporter of the arts on campus and was regarded with great affection by many. He will be sadly missed by his friends here at Kent. Our thoughts are with his family.

Demistifying the Family Court - Kent Law Clinic event

Event to demystify family court proceedings

An event to help demystify and explain family court proceedings for people unable to afford legal representation will be hosted by Kent Law Clinic on Wednesday 1 November.

‘Demystifying the Family Court’ aims to give anyone expecting to be a litigant in person a better understanding of how the family court works. It will also help to explain what is likely to happen at a family hearing. It will be held in a replica court room (pictured) in the Wigoder Law Building on Kent’s Canterbury campus.

The Clinic’s Family Law Solicitor Philippa Bruce has enlisted the help of a local district judge and barrister to offer general advice on how the court works. The panel will also include a member of the public who has personal experience of both children and family proceedings.

Although it won’t be possible to offer individual legal advice on specific cases, the event aims to address a broad spectrum of questions ranging from when to arrive at court and where to sit, to how to prepare, organise and present a case in the family court.

Philippa said: ‘Representing yourself in family court proceedings can be very stressful and the court itself can feel like an intimidating place if you are unsure what to expect. Our aim is to take away the mystery and enable people who are representing themselves to feel more confident and capable of putting forward their case in court.’

Taking place from 18.00 to 19.30, the event is open to all.

People in the local community seeking advice on specific cases can book an appointment to attend a Monday evening Clinic Advice Session staffed by volunteer legal advisors. Please contact the Law Clinic on 01227 823311 to find out more or to book an appointment.

Condolences for Dr Sarah Hyde

Sarah Hyde
We are saddened to learn that Dr Sarah Hyde, formerly Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Japan in the School of Politics and International Relations, died last week. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

As many of you will be aware, Sarah had bravely battled with her brain tumour for some considerable time before taking ill-health retirement in the last academic year.

We all have our own personal memories of Sarah and collectively we admired her determination to continue teaching and play an active role in the school for as long as her health allowed.

Sarah was a mentor and friend to a great many students at the University. She was an animating force for the study of Japan and also an ambassador for the Kent’s partner institutions in Japan.

The funeral will be held at Upper Gornal Methodist Church (Spills Meadow, Upper Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands DY3 3UN) at 11.00 on Monday 30 October.

VC Photo Competition

The University boasts campuses and centres in some of the most beautiful cities in the UK and Europe. The Vice-Chancellor is launching a competition for black and white photos of these cities, centres and campuses which will be displayed in her office.

Who is the competition open to?
The competition is open to University students, staff and alumni and participants are encouraged to submit black and white photos that capture the essence of these locations.

Judging and prizes
A panel of judges will choose the best entries , which will be displayed in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. There will also be a cash prize for the top entry for each location of £50.

When does the competition close?
The competition will close on Monday 4 December 2017.

Please read the competition rules and submit your photo on Flickr.

Kent Cricket fireworks night offer

Kent County Cricket Club is offering University staff and students discounted tickets for its Fireworks Night on Sunday 5 November.

The event is held at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, CT1 3NZ, with entertainment starting from 15.00 including a funfair, live music from Old Town Souls, competitions and more (hosted by KMFM’s Laura Nevitt).

Gates open at 15.00, fireworks display at 18.00, with live entertainment until 19.00.

Discounted ticket prices available in advance are:

  • Adults £6
  • Junior (2-14) £3
  • Family (2 adults, 2 juniors) £15.

Book online using promo code TEAMKENT (e-ticket only, discounted rates don’t apply to telephone bookings or purchasing at the gate).

Visit the website for further information.

Dr Aki Pasoulas (SMFA)- work performed at International Computer Music Conference on 19 October

Dr Aki Pasoulas, Director of Programmes (Music), Director of Education, and Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) in the School of Music and Fine Art, has had his electroacoustic composition ‘Irides’ selected to be performed on Thursday 19 October in a concert at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2017), which is the most prestigious yearly international conference for computer music researchers and composers. Held in a different country every year, the 2017 event is in Shanghai. More info can be found here.

 

Dr Paul March-Russell- keynote speaker at Comparative Literature Network symposium

Dr Paul March-Russell, Specialist Associate Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, will be giving the keynote speech at the third Northern Comparative Literature Network symposium to be held at the University of Birmingham on 28 October 2017.

The symposium, entitled ‘Of Borders and Ecologies: Comparative Literature and the Environment’ will bring together scholars working on questions of the Environment and its representation in Comparative and World Literature.

Paul’s paper is titled ‘Combined and Uneven Developments: World Literature and Ecocriticism’. He will respond to the Warwick Research Collective’s ‘Towards a New Theory of World-Literature’ published in 2015.  The authors argued that world literature must be undergirded by a Marxist analysis that proffers a world-historical view of the unevenness in economic and cultural production, exemplifying their argument by making comparisons with Franco Moretti’s application of Immanuel Wallerstein’s theory of world systems to literary development. Paul will broadly accept their argument but will also contend that their criticism of Comparative Literature is misplaced.  Instead, he will show, via an analysis of how the discipline emerged, that their real target is the traditional Marxist bete noire of Formalism.  He will argue that Comparative Literature has already evolved beyond its Formalist inheritance and that  part of this evolution has involved an engagement with Marxism.

Attendance at the conference is free, but places are limited. To register, please email Jade Douglas stating your name, affiliation and position (MA, PhD, ECR etc.)

The full programme for the conference is available here.

 

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Do you need help with your academic writing?

Individual Writing Tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL), who will give you advice on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each and are free of charge.

Course dates: Tutorials are available all year

Registration: make an appointment by emailing us.

The sessions aim to guide you through the process of revising and editing your academic writing. You will learn how to identify organisational and syntactical strengths and weaknesses in your writing and edit your own work

Please note: this is not a proofreading service.

Philosophy Sixth-Form Conference

A-Level students from the Kent region will be on campus this week to attend the School of European Culture and Language’s Philosophy Sixth-Form Conference, on Wednesday 18 October 2017.

Staff from the Department of Philosophy will be delivering sessions to give a taster for studying these subjects at university level. A mixture of seminars and plenary sessions are offered throughout the day, including such tempting titles as ‘Becoming a New Person’, ‘Do We Have Any Duty to Obey Our State’s Laws?’, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’, ‘I Want to See Him Suffer: Pain, Punishment and the Law’, and ‘Democracy, the EU and Brexit’.

The day will run from 10.00am, with five half-hour seminars and a campus tour.

Participating members of the Department include Dr Alexandra Couto, Dr Graeme Forbes, Dr Edward Kanterian, Dr Lauren Ware and PhD student Alyx Robinson. The conference will be introduced by the Head of Department, Dr Todd Mei.

If you would like further information on participating, please contact Mary Daly.

For the full programme of events, please see the event page.

 

 

 

How would you enhance teaching at Kent?

Are you interested in encouraging and enabling teaching and learning innovation? Do you have a great idea that would improve the quality of teaching, teaching-related activity, support for teaching, or the student learning experience at Kent?

If so, you need to meet TESSA!

We already have University Teaching Prizes, which reward colleagues on their achievements. But sometimes what’s needed is funding to try something new, to test out an idea or a different way of working. That’s where TESSA comes in; the Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award.

We’re piloting this small grants scheme during 2017/18. You can apply for funding between £500 and £3,000, with up to £5,000 on offer for large, high-impact, collaborative projects across schools in more than one faculty, or across schools and professional service departments.

There will be two rounds of funding available this year, and the closing date for the first is 20 November 2017. All colleagues who contribute to teaching, learning or teaching support are eligible to apply – you don’t have to be an academic, or based in a school. We hope to see a wide range of applications from around the University.

Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education, says ‘I am delighted we are able to launch this new awards scheme. Every application will show how committed we are at Kent to enhancing the quality, innovation and enjoyment of teaching and learning for students and colleagues.’

Find out more and download the short application form