Monthly Archives: October 2016

SMFA lecturer and singer on BBC R3

School of Music and Fine Art Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance and freelance classical singer, Sarah Dacey, is performing live with Juice Vocal Ensemble on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Open Ear’ concert.

The concert takes place at St John-at-Hackney, London E5, on Friday 4 November from 19.30. The programme includes a new song of Sarah’s called ‘Poetree’. 

Tickets are free but you have to apply in advance via the BBC webpages.

Antonio da Silva on ‘Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures’

Dr Antonio da Silva, Language Coordinator in Portuguese in the Department of Modern Languages, is to take part in a post-screening talk as part of the ‘Journey’s in Brazilian Cinema’ season at the Embassy of Brazil, London, on Wednesday 2 November at 18.30.
The talk, with Dr Natalia Pinazza (Birkbeck, University of London), follows the screening of Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (dir. Marcelo Gomes, 2005). The film is set in 1942 in the middle of north-eastern Brazil, in which two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought.

Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches him to run the film projector, and drive a truck. In this deliberately paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan’s radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.

Further information on all the screenings is available at:

Please RSVP to, mentioning the session(s) you would like to attend.

Kent video competition

Create a video/vlog about your life at Kent in Medway and we will give you a £20 Amazon voucher for every one we use*.

We would love to see your room, friends, social life, sports, food, facilities, campus and local area etc.

Just email us the file or link to your video (as many as you like and ideally in landscape) to

Closing date: midnight 30 November 2016

For full terms and conditions visit

*Up to a maximum of £100 per person

Postgraduate study – Open Event

Are you considering postgraduate study either for career progression or personal interest?

If so, come to Kent’s postgraduate Open Event on Saturday 26 November, 10.00-13.00 in Darwin to find out more.  We will have the latest information about the new £10,000 loans for Master’s and you may also be eligible for a staff discount on your fees.

Most of Kent’s programmes are available part-time and there are also some taught online and at weekends too and all Kent’s UK and EU locations will be represented.

Find out more about the Open Event on the University website.


Cecilian Choir to mark Somme anniversary

The University Cecilian Choir, conducted by Deputy Director of Music, Daniel Harding, will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with a special performance of a new choral piece written by American composer David Lang in Studio 3 Gallery on Thursday 10 November at 13.10.

Memorial Ground is an evocative, haunting meditation on the Battle of the Somme, but also reaches beyond it to commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflict ever since. The piece was commissioned as part of the nationwide 14-18NOW project.

As part of a national series of performances, Memorial Ground is the Pulitzer-prize-winning composer’s response to the anniversary, written in such a way as to allow choirs around the country to realise the piece in whatever way is appropriate to their occasion. For this performance by the Cecilian Choir, the piece will be combined with words by the First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, as well as with a new poem written by Nancy Gaffield, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English. The performance will be illuminated by a series of projections from the Special Collections department in the Templeman Library, curated by Joanna Baines. The event, prefaced by a performance of the ‘Last Post,’ takes place in the resonant acoustic of Studio 3 Gallery beginning at 1.10pm, and will last approximately twenty minutes; admission is free.

This performance is a joint collaboration between the Music Department, Studio 3 Gallery, Special Collections at the Templeman Library, and the School of English.

Memorial Ground is co-commissioned by East Neuk Festival and 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with the support of Creative Scotland.

Find out more about the performance on the Music department website:  and more about Memorial Ground .

Ticket offer for Cricket Club fireworks

Kent County Cricket Club is offering University staff and students discounted tickets for its Firework Night on Saturday 5 November.

The Firework Night takes place at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – doors open at 17.00, entertainment (hosted by KMFM’s Laura Nevitt) starts at 17.15 and the fireworks display will be at 19.15.

Discounted ticket prices available in advance are: Adults – £5, juniors (aged 2-14), £2.50 and family (two adults, two juniors), £12.50. Visit Kent Cricket Shop to book your tickets now, using the promo code UKC2016 (e-ticket only, discounted tickets must be purchased by 17.00 on Friday 4 November).

Almost Human: 2016 Stirling Lecture

The Stirling Lecture for 2016 will be given by Professor Lee Berger (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) on Tuesday 8 November.

He will present two of his most recent discoveries, which are changing our understanding of the human evolutionary story and for which he was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

As a professor of human evolution and National Geographic Explorer, Professor Berger has been searching South Africa and the Cradle of Humankind for over two decades for the fossil evidence of human evolution.

In the last ten years, he has discovered two of the most important new fossil human species: Australopithecus sediba (important for its combination of primitive and derived skeletal morphology) and Homo naledi (important for its combination of early human skeletal morphology yet with evidence for deliberate disposal of its dead).

Professor Berger will speak about the discovery and challenging excavation of these important fossils and also how they are changing our understanding of the human evolutionary story.

The lecture will take place at 18.30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus. It will be preceded by a reception for School of Anthropology and Conservaton staff and students in Swingland at 16.30 and a public reception with fossil cast exhibiton in Keynes foyer at 17.30.

If you would like to submit a question for Professor Berger, please email, or tweet your question using #UniKentEvents

Grimond Building – Disruption to electrical supply

On Thursday 27 October, the power to Grimond Building will be turned off at 23:30 for 3 hours to allow SSE to connect the electrical supply to the temporary Campus Security Portakabin.

During the shutdown a temporary power supply will keep the data cabinets running to maintain the voip network across campus.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund

The Social Sciences Faculty Research and Innovation 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 will be by 17.00 on Monday 5 December 2016. Completed application forms should be emailed to Maryse Duarte (

Details on how the fund operates and an application form are available on the University’s webpages.

The Battle of the Somme film screening – 2 November

The Battle of the Somme (1916) will be screened at Westgate Hall, Canterbury on Wednesday 2 November.

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world.

Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature-length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one or friend captured on film.  One hundred years later this unique film from IWM’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.*

This free screening at Westgate Hall, Canterbury, is organised by Gateways to the First World War and Westgate Community Trust and will feature live piano accompaniment with original melodies from pianist Stephen Horne and percussionist Martin Pyne. Come along and find out more about how the British public encountered the war on the big screen, with a welcome from the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, introduction to the film from Professor Mark Connelly (Professor of British Military History at Kent) and a talk from Stephen Horne on the musical accompaniment to the film.

The film will be shown at Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury CT1 2BT (entrance via Pound Lane car park). Doors open at 18.30 and there will be a cash bar.

*For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership’s plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit