Monthly Archives: July 2014

SAC project partner wins prestigous prize

Pukka Herbs, a partner on the Darwin Initiative project held by DICE in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, has won a prestigious 2degrees Champions Awards 2014.

The award is for its work on developing FairWild certified supply chains. You can find out more on the 2degrees website, which includes a video of courting Great Pied Hornbills at one of the project sites.

For further information, contact Dr Ian Bride in SAC.


News from Jobshop

To support more employment opportunities on campus, adverts placed via Jobshop from 1 August will be free of charge for all University Departments wishing to hire paid staff.

No matter how big or small the job that needs doing, we can promote the opportunity for you to registered students via our online Jobs Board, email and social media feeds.

Jobshop Graduates has been registering this year’s leavers in order to help those who want to stay in the area find work. If you have a role that needs doing that cannot be fulfilled by a student, please contact us as we may have a graduate registered who would be able to help.

From 8 September, Jobshop is moving! We are going to be located on the central Plaza between Essentials and Blackwell’s. Staff are welcome to pop in and see us at any time with their staffing requirements, or drop us an email. Alternatively, jobs can be emailed in directly via our website.

For further information, contact Tina Callingham-Carter.

SMSAS students win talk prizes

Two PhD students from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences (SMSAS) have won prizes for best talks at the International Biometric Conference in Florence.

The conference was attended by several staff and postgraduates from SMSAS. There were four prizes for student talks – students were judged on their slides and the talks themselves. Two of the winners were Chen Yu and Emily Dennis – both Statistics PhD students in the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE) within SMSAS. Chen’s talk was titled ‘Parameter Redundancy of Mixture Models in Capture Recapture’ and Emily’s was on ‘Spatio-temporal Models for British Butterfly Data’.

Professor of Applied Statistics Byron Morgan said:’This is a remarkable success for NCSE and the School. It’s also timely for the two involved, as it’s their last chance as students! I was at both talks, and they were outstanding.’

Sleep Out in Canterbury

Staff and students are invited to join in a Canterbury Sleep Out in aid of charity on Saturday 9 August from 5pm.

The Sleep Out, in the Rugby Club grounds, off Nackington Road, will include games for children, a bar till midnight for adults and meals at £4 each.

Cost is £25 per family unit. No minimum sponsorship is required, but it hoped that participants will try to raise as much as £100. All monies raised will go towards Catching Lives and Porchlight, two local charities supporting the homeless.

For further information, see the Rotary Sleep Out webpages.

Recognition for student ambassadors

Staff from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences would like to thank all the student ambassadors who have supported their outreach activities.

The ambassadors, who have been funded by the Student Projects Fund, have played key roles in several events which have helped engage schoolchildren with the world of sports science.

Led by Dr John Dickinson, Lecturer in Physiology and Head of the University’s Respiratory Clinic, the outreach work has included a series of Inside Sports Science events, which featured activities with the British Heart Foundation and the British Cardiovascular Society during their annual children’s event in Manchester.

Student ambassadors also played a large part in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences’ event during the University-organised World Congress of Cycling Science. Held in the Rose Bowl in Leeds and coinciding with the Tour De France, the event invited pupils from four Leeds primary schools to use specialist equipment in order to inspire them to learn more about science and become more physically active.

Dr Dickinson said: ‘These events are a great way to encourage young people to explore different ways science is used in sport. Funding for the student volunteers to work on the projects in Manchester and Leeds was provided by the University of Kent Opportunity Fund. The volunteers helped co-ordinate both of the events; without the University of Kent Opportunity Fund paying for travel and accommodation neither of these events would have been possible.’

For further information, contact Bradley Cronk.

New Asian Studies UG programmes

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is pleased to announce its new suite of Asian Studies BA (Hons) programmes, all offered in combination with another subject area from SECL.

Asia is a fast-growing, large and diverse continent, encompassing many countries, cultures and languages. Combining Asian Studies with another subject enables you to engage with the cultural diversity of Asia alongside Europe, offering a truly global perspective. Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies from the Department of Religious Studies, commented: ‘This is an exciting new development for the University, allowing students the opportunity to explore the rich intellectual traditions, cultural history and dynamism of the Asian region as well as analyse its more recent cultural interaction with the West.’ The joint honours programmes include:

  • Asian Studies and Classical and Archaeological Studies
  • Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Asian Studies and English Language & Linguistics
  • Asian Studies and French
  • Asian Studies and German
  • Asian Studies and Hispanic Studies
  • Asian Studies and Italian
  • Asian Studies and Philosophy
  • Asian Studies and Religious Studies.

To find out more about these programmes, please see the SECL webpages or email SECL.

Santander Internship Scheme

Do you want to kick-start your career? Santander is urging final-year students and recent graduates from the University of Kent to apply for a unique opportunity to jump on the career ladder with a new internship scheme.

The Santander Internship Programme will provide talented students with paid-for work experience within a local business. The paid internship will last a minimum of three months.

If you are interested in taking part in this scheme, please register at or contact Kent Innovation and Enterprise via or on 01227 824326.

Opportunities to apply for the internships will be advertised at

For further information, contact:

Helping tennis stars analyse their game

Information Technology student Charlotte Hutchinson has been rubbing shoulders with tennis stars during her time working with IBM.

She said; ‘I had the best two weeks at Wimbledon. I’ve had so much fun and met some amazing people!’

Charlotte was tasked with working on the Media Production Team providing the players on all the show courts with their match statistics and data on a memory stick within 30 minutes of the match ending.

She said; ‘It was surreal to think that some of the worlds biggest and best tennis players would be analysing their game on the USB sticks I created and built for them.’

Charlotte posed for selfies with Judy Murray and Ross Hutchins, Andy Murray’s best friend, and doubles player.

Charlotte who is a student of Information Technology with a Year in Industry at the Medway campus, is currently undertaking her placement year at IBM, the main sponsor of the event.

Hundreds of staff at IBM applied to represent the organisation at the championships and Charlotte was one of only 24 who was successful in gaining a place for the fortnight.

The rigorous selection process involved an application form, selection by an IBM manager, shortlisting by the Wimbledon team, and finally an assessment centre with group exercises and a one-on-one interview.

IBM has been a supporter of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships for 25 years. The School of Computing has a long standing relationship with IBM and many students have been placed at IBM for their paid Year in Industry and been employed by them after graduation.