Monthly Archives: August 2015

50th anniversary crowdsourced poem

University of Kent alumnus Dan Simpson is crowdsourcing a poem for our 50th anniversary.

A crowdsourced poem is created entirely from words submitted by the public, which Dan will then cut up and combine to create a poem by and for the people who took part. That means you!

You can contribute to the poem in many ways: by tweeting to @dansimpsonpoet using #WeAreKentPoem, sending your words by email to, in person with Dan at the 50th Festival, or by filling in one of cards available at the festival on Friday 4 or Saturday 5 September.

The poem will be read out at the gala dinners in Eliot and Rutherford on Saturday 5 September and subsequently shared across our social media channels, in the next edition of the Kent alumni magazine and on

Darwin College – Construction of cycle enclosure

A contractor has now been appointed to construct a secure cycle enclosure on the piece of ground adjacent to Darwin college as shown on the attached drawing. Works are due to commence on 17 August 2015 and will be complete by 11 September 2015.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation whilst we undertake these improvements.

Should there be any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on 01227 823209.

Steven Blay
Senior Building Surveyor

St Stephen’s Hill – Construction of cycle storage area

A contractor has now been appointed to construct a cycle storage area at the bottom of the St Stephen’s Hill Steps. Work is due to commence from Monday 24 August and will be complete by Friday 11 September 2015.

Traffic control will be in place on St Stephen’s Hill from 1 September through to the end of the contract while this work is undertaken.

The steps down from the rear of Tyler court C will remain in use throughout this project, but at the junction with St Stephen’s Hill, an alternative pedestrian/cycle route may be signposted on a day-by-day basis around the construction activities to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

If you can avoid using this pedestrian/cycle route during this period, it would reduce the potential for congestion while this work is carried out.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation whilst we undertake these improvements.

Should there be any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on 01227 823209.

Steven Blay
Senior Building Surveyor

University switchboard – 13 and 14 August

As tomorrow is A level results day, the volume of calls from potential students is expected to be exceptionally high.

This may cause intermittent problems when ringing from the University on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August. The switchboard is also likely to be very busy with related enquiries during the following week (17-21 August).

We appreciate your patience and co-operation during this time.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Helpdesk on ext 3209.

Sarah Cooke
Telecoms & Administration Manager

Lubomira Radoilska awarded British Academy research grant

Dr Lubomira Radoilska from the Department of Philosophy has been awarded a British Academy Research Grant of £10,000 for a two-year project on ‘Reassessing Responsibility: Why Knowing What One is Doing Matters’ starting on 1 September 2015.

A central assumption in the literature on responsibility is that an action can only be responsible to the extent that its agent knows what she/he is doing. The underlying knowledge condition of responsibility is closely related to another one, the control condition, stating that a person can be held responsible only for things that are up to her/him. Both conditions seem compelling, if we focus on discrete intentional actions as primary objects of responsibility. Yet, as recent work on the practice of holding one another responsible shows, habitual behaviours and attitudes, some of which are unconsciously held, should be acknowledged as important in assessing responsibility as intentional actions. Such behaviours and attitudes do not typically satisfy the knowledge condition and, as a result, often fail to satisfy the control condition too. The proposed research will aim to address the apparent paradox that arises from widening the scope of legitimate objects of responsibility while maintaining the two standard conditions, with particular emphasis on the knowledge condition.

The British Academy provides a range of grants and fellowships to support research across the humanities and social sciences. In this case the research activities will include the organisation of a workshop and a conference, the preparation of three research papers and an edited volume on Reassessing Responsibility.

Full details of the British Academy/Leverhulme Small research grants.

Campus Shuttle summer vacation timetable

The Campus Shuttle is back with a special Monday-Friday summer vacation service.

From Wednesday 12 August – Friday 18 September, shuttles will depart every 1½ hours between 08.00 and 18.30. Please note that there will be no pick-up or drop-off at Liberty Quays.

View the timetable.

The booking system will be available from 18 August. Until then, the service will be first-come, first-served and you will need your KentOne card.

This vacation service is a trial to see if there is demand for the Campus Shuttle out of term time. We will be collecting feedback on the service and the driver may ask you to complete a short survey. You can also send your feedback to

Athena SWAN Awareness Event

Professor Averil Macdonald OBE will share her ‘10 Top Tips for Success’ at the Athena SWAN Awareness Event on Friday 18 September.

Since our last Canterbury event, six of the Science Schools at Kent have been awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Awards, and the initiative itself has expanded to include all disciplines, professional service staff in Schools, and wider gender issues including trans students and staff. This year’s annual Athena SWAN Awareness Day is a celebration of our achievements to date and an invitation to wider staff to think about becoming involved. The theme is: Sharing and Building Success. The Athena SWAN initiative facilitates organisational and personal success, and participants can gain insight into how these can be achieved.

The Athena SWAN initiative is also about recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. This is something we are committed to, and by pursuing this agenda, we create the best working environment for all staff. This year’s event will cover themes relevant to staff across the Faculties and Professional Service departments.

Professor Averil Macdonald OBE (leading influencer on engaging under-represented groups with science) will speak, Professor Diane Houston (Dean of the Graduate School) will open the event, a panel discussion will spark debate, and the workshops are designed to inform or provide practical help.

A draft programme is already available and we invite you to join us in the Keynes Foyer at 12:00. The event will run until 15:30 and includes lunch.

We welcome all staff – men and women; Academic Schools and Professional Services; Medway and Canterbury based – to attend the event.

To find out more, and register for the event, go to the Awareness Day webpages.

Staff prepare to ride from Paris to Canterbury

Current and retired members of staff are busy preparing for the grueling 230-mile Goldstein cycle ride from our Paris campus to our Canterbury campus.

The riders will starts on 1 September in Paris and finish on 4 September 2015 in Canterbury, in order to coincide with our 50th anniversary celebration finale.

Twice a week, these intrepid riders are doing 20 to 30-mile exercise rides in order to build up their stamina and leg muscles.

The University has purchased a set of cycling vests sporting its 50th anniversary logo, so that publicity for our celebrations will be gathered all the way from Paris to Dieppe and Newhaven to Canterbury.

We wish them well!

If you use Firefox, update it today

If you use Firefox, whether on a Windows device, Mac or Linux, you need to upgrade it to version 39.0.3 because of a security vulnerability in all previous versions.

If you use Firefox with FTP clients, Subversion, or any other software that uses saved passwords, you should change the stored passwords.

If you have SSH keys saved, which allow SSH login to servers without entering passwords, delete them and replace them immediately (both on your local machine and the server they are connecting to).

Full story:

William Rowlandson talk reported in ‘El Comercio’

A recent talk by Dr William Rowlandson from the Department of Modern Languages at the annual summer conference at the La Fundación – Archivo de Indianos in Colombres has been reported by El Comercio, the major newspaper for Asturias.

The article discusses his presentation entitled ‘La Guerra civil española y la revolución cubana según Ernest Hemingway’ [‘The Spanish Civil War and Cuban Revolution by Ernest Hemingway’] which ended the conference season at the Archivo de Indianos.

El Comercio is a Spanish daily newspaper first published in 1878 in the city of Gijon. With a daily circulation of 24,000 it is the second-largest newspaper by circulation in Autrias.

The article is available in Spanish at: