Monthly Archives: July 2017

Simon Elliott publishes on Roman military history

Dr Simon Elliott, who completed his PhD in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has just published his second historical book, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017).

The armed forces of Rome, particularly those of the later Republic and Principate, are rightly regarded as some of the finest military formations ever to engage in warfare. Less well known however is their use by the State as tools for such non-military activities in political, economic and social contexts. In this capacity they were central instruments for the Emperor to ensure the smooth running of the Empire.

In this book the use of the military for such non-conflict related duties is considered in detail for the first time. The first, and best known, is running the great construction projects of the Empire in their capacity as engineers. Next, the role of the Roman military in the running of industry across the Roman Empire is examined, particularly the mining and quarrying industries, but also others. They also took part in agriculture, administered and policed the Empire, provided a firefighting resource and organised games in the arena.

The soldiers of Rome really were the foundations on which the Roman Empire was constructed: they literally built an empire. In the book, Simon lifts the lid on this less well-known side to the Roman army, in an accessible narrative designed for a wide readership.

Simon’s PhD project considered industry in Roman Kent and the role of the Roman military therein, and was supervised by Dr Steve Willis. Last year, Simon published his first historical book, Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (The History Press, 2016).

For more details on Empire State, please see the publisher’s webpage.

New LibrarySearch is live!

LibrarySearch has been upgraded to a new system. It looks a bit different, but it works in a similar way.

Some key differences:

  • there are two menus to narrow your search: use the one on the left for physical items and the one on the right for e-resources
  • you can use the Place reservation button to request items that are on loan, in the Reserve Collection, or at another University of Kent library site

To access the new LibrarySearch, go to or follow the links on the Kent website. Please don’t use bookmarked links that might point at the old system.

You can now log into your library account again: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In. You don’t need to return any books before Monday 7 August.

We’ll be making adjustments and improvements over the coming weeks.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please ask for help:

  • email
  • phone 01227 824999
  • visit IT & Library Support in the Templeman Library

Why did we upgrade?

The new LibrarySearch system allows us to:

  • make borrowing easier and fairer]
  • make it easier to request things from the Reserve and Thesis Collections, from Medway and Tonbridge, or that aren’t on the shelf
  • offer a better mobile experience
  • make it easier to request and make appointments to view items from Special Collections and Archives, Canterbury Cathedral, and Rochester Cathedral
  • make it easier to ask us to buy new items or borrow them for you from other libraries deliver many more improvements in future.

Easier, fairer borrowing is here!

It’s now easier for you to borrow from the Templeman Library.

  1. Most items are 7 day loans or 3 day loans. They will never be due at weekends.
  2. Items you’ve borrowed will be automatically renewed, unless someone else reserves them. You no longer have to remember to renew them manually!
  3. If you need a book and all copies are on loan, place a reservation to get it!
  4. You’ll only get a fine if you don’t return an item that has been reserved by another user. Fines on these items are £2 a day.
  5. All current students and staff can now borrow up to 40 items, including journals and multimedia.
  6. You should still check your library account for up-to-date information on your borrowing: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In.
  7. You don’t have to return any books before Monday 7 August.

See everything about the new borrowing rules on our updated borrowing web pages.

New Leverhulme-funded project on mindfulness

The Leverhulme Trust has just awarded a research grant for a project entitled ‘Beyond Personal Wellbeing: Mapping the Social Production of Mindfulness in England and Wales’, for which Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, is co-investigator.

Mindfulness is now being employed not only as a therapy, but also to ensure national well-being, happiness, and flourishing; productivity, performance, and efficiency; sustainability, creativity and activism. But what does the exponential rise of mindfulness tell us about the social world in which we are currently living?

Beginning in October 2017, the project will investigate mindfulness provision in England and Wales, looking at the increasing availability of mindfulness practice, specifically in the fields of health and well-being, education, business, politics, and religion.

Richard has recently given a Think Kent lecture on mindfulness, entitled ‘Mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition’.

The project is led by Dr Steven Stanley (University of Cardiff). Richard is co-investigator alongside Dr Alp Arat (British Sociological Association) and Dr Peter Hemming (University of Cardiff).

For more details of Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see their website.

August Exams 2017 – dates, venues and more

Exam Period:
3rd – 17th August 2017

Timetable release: July 2017
Please log into your Student Data System to view your timetable

Registering for resits:
Exam results state whether exams or coursework need to be resat / re-submitted. All resit candidates are automatically allocated a seat in the exam hall – there is no need to register.
If you have passed a module, you cannot request or opt to resit this. The credit framework clearly specifies that degree classifications are to be based on the original mark achieved (or the capped mark if the module was resat).

Resit fees:
Fees for resit examinations taken on campus, or resubmission of coursework
• One Module £65.00;
• two Modules £130.00;
• three or more Modules £195.00;
• a different fee applies for students taking overseas resits (see
You will have received an email with information on how to make payment. This is done via the online store.
Any outstanding fees will be added to your student account.

Resit Exam Venues:

Canterbury Exam Venues:

Medway Exam Venues:

The sports halls in the Sports Centre Pilkington Building
Gillingham Building

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Keynes Seminar Rooms 11-17 Gillingham Building
KSA 1 – Keynes College

Bag Room:
If you have a bag to drop off please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:
Canterbury Campus – Keynes Seminar Room 7
Medway Campus – Pilkington Building Room 014
Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Absence from a resit exam:
Candidates must be available for August resits if required; concessions cannot be considered for those who cannot sit due to holiday, travel or other personal arrangements.
If you are not intending to attend your resit please inform us in writing in advance at . Failure to do so will mean you will still be charged the resit fee.

What to bring
• KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us.
• Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
• Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring
• Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school.
• Bags and coats
• Food (Unless permission given prior)
• Any drink other than water

If you have any questions please contact us:

Changes to LibrarySearch, borrowing, and finding books this summer

LibrarySearch is being upgraded to a new system at the end of July. We’re also moving books and services in the Templeman Library, as it reopens as a single building.

Find out how this affects finding and borrow books, and your Library account.

We’ll do our best to run a smooth service, but some items and services may be unavailable for a few days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help, please contact us.


Bringing the U3A to Medway

In recognition of the quality and popularity of its short courses and study days, and as part of a wider plan to showcase the Medway campus to the local community, the Tonbridge Centre was asked to deliver Saturday lectures for the University of the Third Age (U3A) Medway group at the University’s Medway Campus.
The three-hour lectures were designed to appeal to U3A members and subjects covered included The Black Death, Tudor and Elizabethan Propaganda and Art History. They were a great success, inspiring the audience with both the subject and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the lecturers. 
Feedback from the enthusiastic audiences has provided suggestions for future lectures and study days in these and other subjects and the Tonbridge Centre staff are now planning the programme for 2017-18. 


Kent welcomes European delegates to an Enterprise Exchange Event

About the event
On Tuesday 4 July, the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise collaborated with Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) to hold an Enterprise Exchange event focusing upon ‘The European Perspective – Innovative approaches to delivering enterprise / entrepreneurship education’. The one-day conference took place on the University campus at Darwin Conference Suite and greeted guests from across Europe.

Guest speakers
Guest speakers included Jolien Coenraets from the University of Ghent, Dragos-Cristian Vasilescu from Vienna University of Technology in Austria, Dr Ben Graziano from Zurich University of Technology and Prof Andy Penaluna from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Enterprise Relationship Manager Marcus Wright from the University of Kent, began the day after a welcome from both Deputy Vice Chancellor Philippe De Wilde and EEUK Co-host Kate Beresford.

Aim of the event
The aim of the event was to obtain a European perspective on enterprise and entrepreneurship education within universities, whilst comparing and contrasting different approaches to support entrepreneurs in universities and the local ecosystems. The latter part of the afternoon saw similarities and key issues across Europe and universities brought to life thanks to a question and answer session as well as round table discussions. Some of the themes highlighted were: the encouragement of societal change; development of creativity; and attitudes towards addressing motivation.

Encouraging societal change
Encouraging societal change domestically and globally through entrepreneurship was spearheaded by the University of Ghent but a theme fellow institutions have also taken away. Meanwhile, the need to develop creativity at a higher academic level, led to the discussion of introducing primary school age children to work alongside postgraduate students as suggested by Director of Innovation and Enterprise at Kent (KIE), Carole Barron.

Entrepreneurial qualities development
Whereas, the motivation behind why students want to develop entrepreneurial qualities and entrepreneurship appeared to be a re-occurring question amongst universities. Instead of assessing motivation, we need to change how we address, develop and encourage motivation amongst students, was the key message portrayed by Professor Andy Penaluna from UWTSD.

The day was a huge success and the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Kent looks forward to the next event held in collaboration with EEUK.



Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators

Congratulations to Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan, a lecturer at the Centre for Professional Practice for being admitted a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators by the Master and Court of Assistants in a Declaration Ceremony held in the City of London.

An alumnus of the University of York, Imperial College and the University of Wales, she is currently Director of Education and Lecturer in Professional Practice at the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent.

Anne-Maria’s field of research is public engagement with science, particularly the interface between science, technology, culture and the arts. Author of five books (one of which formed a plotline in The Archers), she is also an acknowledged expert on the ecology of golf courses and formulated the industry standard guidelines on their sustainable design and management. She is also a specialist in forensic biology, in particular the investigation of wildlife crime.

About the Worshipful Company of Educators
The Worshipful Company of Educators is the 109th Livery Company to be granted this status by the City of London. It provides a forum through meetings and social occasions to bring together members from all parts of the education world to discuss and exchange views on matters of topical interest. In pursuit of these aims, the company is inclusive in its membership and activities, transcending the traditional boundaries between the different sectors, and particularly between academe and business insofar as the latter concerns itself with education, training, and development.

Kent staff and students’ biggest donation

The summer term always creates a challenge for the Recycling and Waste Team as we deal with the annual student departure. Adhering to the principles of the Waste Hierarchy, in which reuse is rated more highly than recycling, the team partners with the British Heart Foundation and FareShare to encourage students to pass on their unwanted clothing, bric-a-brac and food rather than throw it away. 

While the promotions are directed towards students, the Recycling and Waste Team is delighted to see staff join in so enthusiastically too. The results for the summer term 2017 are now in, and there was a huge increase of 78% in clothing donations and 83% in book donations, compared to the same period last year. That’s a staggering 5.5 tonnes more being reused for good causes.

Offsetting this improvement, the food bank donations sadly weren’t quite as positive, with a 25% drop from last year. Despite this reduction, we still achieved in excess of a quarter of a tonne of food, and our first donations came from staff members.

Finally, the Warp It furniture reuse programme are redistributing unwanted office furniture across and between Canterbury and Medway campuses and continues to go from strength to strength. It has seen a phenomenal 170% increase year-on-year. First introduced in January 2016, the scheme has now saved the University some £211,000. Not only that, but the Recycling and Waste Team is now linking up with local charities to pass on items which cannot be reused by the University. 

Thank you to all for your continued support in making our world just that little bit greener!