Stirling Lecture – Professor Tanya Luhrmann

This year’s Stirling Lecture will be delivered by renowned American psychologist and anthropologist, Professor Tanya Marie Luhrmann from Stanford University.  Her talk: ‘The Way We Think About Thinking Matters’.

Tanya Luhrmann’s work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the supernatural and the world of psychosis. Drawing on ethnographic research with evangelical Christians, Zoroastrians, and people who practice magic she considers how persons experience psychosis in the US, Accra and Chennai.  In this lecture she argues that how we think about our minds matters, and that different cultures and theologies experience mind and mental process in distinctive ways.

This event is free and open to all.  Please register your interest here.

Event details:

Tuesday 4th December 2018, 18:00 – 20:00, Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent, Canterbury

Further information can be found on the School of Anthropology and Conservation news and events page.

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EU Settlement Scheme Pilot opens to Kent Staff

A new pilot phase of the government’s Settled Status scheme is now open to EU citizens at Kent.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

What is the pilot?

The Home Office is testing the Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. This second phase of the pilot runs until 21 December 2018 and covers employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors.

Participation in this pilot allows EU citizens to apply early and gives the Home Office an opportunity to test the application process. Successful applicants will not need to apply again for the same status once the scheme opens fully next year.

Making an application during this pilot phase is entirely voluntary and there will be no change to the current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020. For those who choose not to apply during this phase, the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019 and at any time up until 30 June 2021.

Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. They will not be required to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but may do so if they wish.

Further information on the Scheme can be found on the HR EU Referendum webpages or enquires can be sent to

Practice your language skills at our Language Exchange evening

You are warmly invited to attend the Centre for English and World Languages’ Language Exchange evening on Monday 19th November from 18:00-19:00 in the Chipperfield Atrium.

The event is open to native speakers and learners of Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic and Japanese and will be an opportunity for students and staff to practice their language skills in a friendly environment.

Please click here to book your place. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to turn up on the night.

If you would like more information about the evening, please feel free to contact us.

Library seminar: The Place of Art in the Practice and Study of Humanistic Buddhism

3 example pages from the Encyclopedia of Buddhist ArtA copy of the ‘Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art’ by Fo Guang Shan’s Monastery has been donated to the Templeman Library. To celebrate, the nuns will be running an open workshop to help you use the resource! You can book a place for free.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday 21st of November at 16:00 in D|G|01 (D Block, Ground Floor). It will be run by members of the Fo Guang Shan London study group and will cover:

  • the role of art and culture in the propagation of Buddhism
  • the ways in which Buddhist practices can be integrated into everyday life
  • how art and culture can aid communication between people of all walks of life, different nationalities and backgrounds

Fo Guang Shan is an international Buddhist organisation based in Taiwan but with branch temples around the world, including London and Manchester. It has strong links to the University of Kent and has collaborated on research and education activities with the School of Anthropology and Conservation and the Religious Studies Department. As part of its commitment to the promotion and preservation of culture, including the visual arts, the organisation has spent years compiling a twenty-volume encyclopaedia of Buddhist art, and has donated a copy to the University of Kent.

The last ‘Alumni Pub Night’ of the year!

Don’t miss out on the last Alumni Pub Night of the year in Canterbury!

A great chance to meet people studying at the University as well as those who have left and moved on to a range of different careers. November’s pub night will be a chance to meet our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars who are supported by the University’s charity, the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Speak to the scholars about their research, what it’s like to study a PhD or ask them anything you would like to know! There will be one free drink per attendee and a light buffet will be served. To receive your free drink please register here.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms pub in Canterbury from 18.00 – 20.00 on Tuesday 27 November. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions or would like to register via person please call 01227 816055 or email

Raffle prizes galore!

There’s a chill in the air which can only mean one thing – we’re getting closer to Christmas!

Kent Sport will be hosting a Christmas party at the Pavilion Café Bar on Friday 7 December and to spice the season up, we’ll be holding a raffle prize draw which is open to everyone whether you’re attending or not!

Our fantastic raffle prize draw* is now available for purchase with five chances to win for only £2/strip. The best part: they’re available for purchase online – easy!

Prizes include:

– Go Pro Hero 5

– Amazon Fire Sticks and tablets

– Hybrid Scott bicycle

– Gulbenkian pantomime Pinocchio tickets

– Tickets to Gillingham Executive Box

– Kent Cricket tickets

– Meal vouchers

– Kent Sport packages

Tickets are just £2 a strip and are open to everyone to purchase. Get your tickets at the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions or buy online. So club together to get those Christmas gifts sorted… or maybe just keep it for yourself!

*Proceeds from the evening go the Mike Wilkins Sports Scholarship Fund.

Raffle privacy policy and raffle terms and conditions can be found online.

Buy your raffle tickets here!

Medway Gives Back with Paper Hearts Project!

Calling all alumni, staff, students and friends in the Medway area!

The Paper Hearts Project attempts to break a Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami hearts and we are giving you the chance to be part of this achievement.

We will be joining other community groups in the area who have volunteered to build the display of the hearts in the Deep End at Medway this SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER from 10.00.

This event is part of our Kent Gives Back series which allows alumni and friends all over the world to work together for a local community cause and help people and projects that matter to them. This not only helps the community but also allows our alumni to network and get to know their fellow alumni.

Children, family and friends welcome. Register here or drop in on the day anytime until 14.00.

If you have any questions you can contact Naomi Fleet on 01227 816055 or at

CSHE Seminar Series

CSHE Research Seminar – Using multidimensional methods in higher education research:The case for critical discourse analysis

Colleagues are invited to the CSHE Seminar taking place on Thursday 22 November, from 13.00-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

The seminar, on using multidimensional methods in higher education research: The case for critical discourse analysis, will be presented by Dr Karen Smith, School of Education, University of Hertfordshire.

In this seminar, Dr Karen Smith will share her experiences of using critical discourse analysis (CDA) in higher education research. She will discuss her initial work, which focused on the textual analysis of policy documents. She will then go on to talk through how she developed her work following a literature review exploring how CDA was being used more broadly in higher education research. Karen will use research, published in HERD, which combined textual analysis of a policy text with in-depth interviews with policy-makers and policy users as an example to talk through the methodological choices she made. Karen will finish by sharing her ongoing collaborative research that combines methods from corpus linguistics with focus groups and interviews, reflecting on the challenges Karen and her co-author have faced in the writing up of this kind of research.

Please see abstract.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.


Postgraduate Open Event- 24 November

We are holding a Postgraduate Open Event on Saturday 24 November at Darwin College from 10am – 1pm.

The event will cover all Kent’s programmes offered at our locations in Canterbury, Medway, Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome and you will be able to:

  • find out about Kent’s £11m postgraduate scholarship fund and Research Council funding
  • discuss, on a one-to-one basis, your specific study needs and raise any questions you may have with academic staff
  • hear from the Dean of the Graduate School

To book your place go visit our postgraduate events page.

As well as this, we will be holding a workshop on designing a good research proposal or Master’s application. This will take place after the Postgraduate Open Event in Darwin Lecture Theatre 1 at 1.15pm where you will be able to consider what makes a successful proposal.

Find out how to maximise the impact of your work

The next meetings of The Kent Enterprise and Impact Network (KEIN) will take place on:

Wednesday, 21st November, 12:00 – 14:00, Keynes, KS14 – Canterbury Campus


Wednesday 28th November, 12:30pm – 14:00pm, G2-03 – Medway Campus

To book please email please email and specify any dietary or access requirements

KEIN, a network jointly created by Kent Innovation & Enterprise and Learning and Organisational Development, brings together staff interested in collaboration. Academics, researchers, technicians and other members of staff can explore innovation and enterprise activities, maximising the impact of their work, and alternative sources of funding, in an informal setting.

In these sessions we will we will hear from Dr Fernando Otero, School of Computing, sharing how a passion for data mining and knowledge discovery has led to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with a social networking start-up company. In Canterbury, we will hear from a KBS colleague, Dr Antonis Alexandridis, and his experience of delivering consultancy to banks across southern Europe. The talks will be followed with a Q+A on enterprise. The event will start with a networking lunch and all University staff are welcome to attend.

To reserve your place at the session, including a free light lunch, please email and specify any dietary or access requirements. You are welcome to turn up on the day without booking and feel free to bring your lunch with you.