Monthly Archives: January 2015

Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund

The Social Sciences Research Committee invites applications from academic and research staff for the allocation of financial support to promote and enhance activities that lead to high-quality research.

The deadline for applications this term is by Friday 27 March 2015. Completed applications should be emailed to Maryse Duarte (

Details on how the fund operates and an application form are available at

Author to Master’s student

Alex Maskill decided to undertake a conversion Master’s in Computer Science at Kent after he discovered an interest in programming whilst writing an award-winning science fiction novel.

Alex was an undergraduate student in Political Science at the University of Leicester when he heard of the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award, a competition soliciting fiction manuscripts from unpublished authors. Alex heard about the competition in August 2012, and with only five months before the closing date, Alex wrote around 1000 words a day to hit the deadline.

‘Writing the book while studying probably stopped me getting a first, but I still got a 2:1 in my degree, and I’d rather have that and a book out to be honest,’ says Alex, ‘I had the vague idea of a futuristic city in the middle of a desert, and I wanted something political that would keep my interest for the months that I was writing it. I brain-stormed the book starting from the themes and building the plot, setting and characters to accommodate them; the big idea ended up being using biotechnology and cybernetics as an extended metaphor to explore larger ideas about sociopolitical concepts of systemic alienation and dehumanization. For the full story  go to:

Lore Lixemberg

School of Music and Fine Art: Master-classes for spring term

This term we’re delighted to be continuing our Master Class Series with renowned guest performers Lore Lixenberg on 9 February and Mary Dullea on 16 February. A number of Music Degree students will participate and all three artists will be performing as part of their visits.

Monday 9 February at 4-5pm Platform performance
Master Class 1.30-4pm in The Galv (open to guests)
Mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and has worked with many leading composers. She is renowned for the warmth, range and agility of her voice as well as her total absorption in any role. Lore has performed throughout Europe at numerous festivals such as Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Huddersfield, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh.

Monday 16 February at 4-5pm Platform performance
Master Class 1.30-4pm in The Galv (open to guests)
As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music performing internationally. She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and RTE Lyric FM. Since 2008, Mary has curated Soundings in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London and is the pianist in The Fidelio Trio. She is Director of Performance at the University of Sheffield and is on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


School of Music and Fine Art: Departmental Ensemble Concerts

Departmental Ensemble Concerts this term from Guitar Ensemble led by James Woodrow, Jazz Vox Choir led by Brigitte Beraha and Little Big Band led by Lisa Davies.

Concerts take place in The Galvanising Shop, at the Chatham Historic Dockyard. Dates so far are:

26 February at 5pm – Little Big Band (as part of Skills Enhancement Week)

6 March 6.30pm  – Jazz Vox Choir

Find out more on the School of Music and Fine Art webpages:

Annual DICE Lecture – 26 February

On behalf of Professor Richard Griffiths, the Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, we would like to invite you to attend the Annual DICE Lecture to be held on Thursday 26 February.

This year, the event has particular significance as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of DICE and the 50th anniversary of the University of Kent. The lecture will be delivered by Stanley Johnson, titled ‘Forty years of international environmental policy: has it made a difference? A personal perspective’.

There will be a reception in Marlowe Building Foyer at 5.30pm and the Lecture is at 6.30pm in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by 11 February via doodle poll:

You can find more information about the speaker on his website:

MOOCs and beyond: exploring opportunities for Kent

An event to explore opportunities for MOOCs at Kent will take place on Tuesday 10 February in UELT Seminar Room on Canterbury campus.

The ‘K-MOOCs’ Beacon Project aims to explore the feasibility of offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to showcase and promote expertise, scholarship and research at Kent for a global audience.

MOOCs are online courses with open access; prestigious institutions worldwide have developed MOOCs with providers such as Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. At this event, we will draw on the experience and expertise of leading MOOC providers to explore the potential value of MOOCs for the University and the possible wider impact on our teaching and learning, outreach, and professional development.

Speakers will include W Michael McCracken from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Helena Gillespie from the University of East Anglian, and Amy Woodgate from the University of Edinburgh.

The event takes place from 12.30, starting with a buffet lunch and ending with a drinks reception. For the full programme and further details, and to book your place, please see the UELT News webpages.

Beacon Projects are part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The initiative consists of 12 innovative projects which will explore areas where the University might be able to go forward in new and enterprising ways; and help to shape its trajectory over the next 50 years. You can find out more at:

Postgraduate Research Festival

The fifth Annual Postgraduate Research Festival is taking place in Grimond Building on Monday 22 June 2015 and is open to all postgraduate students.

The festival is a great opportunity for postgraduates, both taught and research, to showcase their research to fellow students and staff through academic posters and three-minute research presentations.

Registration opens on Sunday 1 March.

Read more.

Do you have a great idea for a postgraduate event?

Apply for funding through the Postgraduate Experience Awards and it could turn it into reality!

Funding of up to £1,500 can be awarded for applications to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus and will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent.

All events or projects must take place at Kent and be held by the end of the academic year.

Deadline for applications Friday 27 March.

Read more and apply.