Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Student Support & Wellbeing will be screening THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA

Directed by James Redford, THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA is a personal, touching and sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia.

Open to all students and staff.   Booking not required.

Screening dates:

Monday 26th October 2015 @ 12.30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2 (duration 1½ hours)

Friday 30th October 2015 @ 12.30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 3 (duration 1½ hours)

New Kent Extra courses

More Kent Extra courses are starting this term:

  • KE004: Dirty History – Exploring Film and TV Medievalisms
  • KE045: Stone Carving
  • KE065: A Tweet is Forever – Where our data goes and what we can do with it
  • KE066: A History of Anthropological Theory:1890-1980
  • KE068: Excelling in the Graduate Recruitment Cycle
  • KE064: Mentoring at University: Reflective Practice (Medway and Canterbury campus)

Courses are free to all Kent students. You can sign up for a Kent Extra course via Workshops in the Student Data System.

Cambridge exam preparation courses

Is English your second language? Cambridge English exams are lifelong qualifications with a worldwide reputation.

The Centre for English and World Languages offers CAE and CPE exam preparation courses. A carefully designed study programme will help you to develop all the language and examination skills required.

The course starts on 26 January 2016 and ends on 5 April 2016.

On Tuesday 19 January 2016 from 18:00-19:30 there is a free taster session. This gives you a chance to meet the teacher and ask questions about the course.

Find out more at:


Equality Week, 16-20 Nov

Equality Week (16-20 November) is an exciting programme of free events, activities and talks at Canterbury and Medway that celebrate equality, diversity and inclusivity at Kent.

The week is also a reminder of the University’s commitment to providing a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Events range from Chinese Arts and Crafts Workshops and Circus Skills to talks about being Trans*, presentations from on the ground workers in The Jungle in Calais and opportunities to learn the basics of British Sign Language. 

There is a packed programme of events and activities, so come and along and see what Equality Week has to offer.  


Templeman Library central core closing

In November the central section of the Library will close as the next stage of development begins.

All the books and facilities will be available as usual, but there will be no internal access between West and East. Make sure you plan your visit so you know which entrance to use – West or East – to get to the part of the Library you need.

When the Library study spaces get busy, there are other places you can work: try the study hubs and PC rooms around campus.

We’re sorry about the disruption, but the development work will improve the Library. When it is finished, the building will be lighter and more accessible, with a new entrance hall, more study spaces and seminar rooms.

More about the Templeman development

BASCA presentation for musicians and songwriters

The School of Music and Fine Art has joined the Academic Supporters Programme of the British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

On Monday 2 November at 11.00, there will be a presentation by Cindy Truong, BASCA Member Events & Relations Coordinator, under the educational partner programme, followed by a Q&A session, networking – and pizza!

Prior to BASCA, Cindy spent five years working at Making Music, a charity which supports amateur music groups across the UK, where she organised their annual conferences. She is a classically trained pianist with an undergraduate degree in Music & History from Oxford Brookes University.

‘This relationship with BASCA is a fantastic opportunity for all our students as it gives us direct access to industry events and some very important links with BASCA activities and their members. We look forward to our relationship with BASCA over the next year and the opportunities on offer,’ says Richard Lightman, Lecturer in Music at SMFA.

The event venue is the atmospheric Chatham Historic Dockyard, Room CT102. FREE to attend, this is a fantastic opportunity for musicians and songwriters. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Please confirm your attendance with by 28 October.

BASCA is the voice for music writers; the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting, through to media, contemporary classical and jazz and can trace its history back over 70 years. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world in order to protect the professional interests its members.

For more information, see:

Condolences for Rev Derek Crabtree

The University is saddened to learn of the death of Derek Crabtree.

Reverend Crabtree was the University’s longest-serving Master – having been Master of Keynes College for 20 years (from 1973-1993). Derek was also a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and an active member of the Chaplaincy team.

More details will follow.

University accredited to award Higher Education Academy Fellowship

The University of Kent’s Academic Practice Team have successfully been accredited to award staff who teach and/or support learning Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The Accreditation Panel identified many areas of particularly good practice in relation to the team’s accreditation submission. There was evidence of a clear institutional commitment to supporting staff to engage with professional development. The panel also highlighted that engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework is both encouraged and expected by the institution across all relevant staff that teach and/or support learning.

The accreditation is particularly important for Kent with the impending introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which is likely to consider, among other factors the percentage of teaching staff who have a teaching qualification such as a PGCHE. Teaching Staff at Kent can achieve Fellowship of the HEA by completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Graduate Teaching Assistants and staff who support learning who complete the newly designed associate fellowship/learning support route can now gain associate fellowship of the HEA.

If any member of staff requires further information about either of these routes please contact the PGCHE Director Dr Edd Pitt (, ext 4307).

Photographic exhibition: Matt Wilson – Colyer-Fergusson Gallery

Don’t forget to take a look at the photographic exhibition, running until 1 November in the Colyer-Fergusson Gallery.

The exhibition features photographs of members of the University by Matt Wilson Digital Imaging Team Leader in Information Services. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal working hours.

Find out more at:

Gordon Lynch on Jeremy Vine show today (Weds 21 Oct)

Professor Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology in the Department of Religious Studies, will be interviewed on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 today, 22 October 2015.

Gordon will be discussing the exhibition ‘On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants’ which will be opening at the V&A Museum of Childhood this Saturday, 24 October, running until 12 June 2016.

Jeremy Vine is well-known for presenting such BBC programmes as Panorama, Points of View, and is even currently appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. His radio show consists of news-based topical discussions.

The Jeremy Vine show will be broadcast from 12.00 on Radio 2, with Gordon’s interview provisionally scheduled for around 13.00.

To listen to the programme online, please see the page here: