Monthly Archives: September 2017

Centre for the Study of Higher Education Seminar Series - Autumn Term

Centre for the Study of Higher Education Seminar Series – Autumn Term

Details of the Autumn Term seminars are now available to view here.

The first seminar titled ‘How to help university students to overcome their scientific preconceptions’ will be presented by Raoul Sommeillier, PhD Candidate in Engineering Education, Université libre de Bruxelles. It will take place on Thursday 28 September from 1-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room.

All staff are welcome to attend. To book a place please email us.

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Keynes E Block – Emergency repairs to heating system

Wednesday 27th September – Wednesday 4th October, 2017

From 27th September – 4th October 2017, work will commence on an area of the walk way in front of E block which needs to be dug up to allow for the repair of the underground heating pipe work.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Playbills in the Spotlight workshop

Special Collections & Archives have paired up with the British Library to help launch an exciting new project and we need your help!

In The Spotlight explores the world of historical theatre and entertainment through one of the earliest forms of advertising – the playbill. Playbills described the shows hosted by kinds of venues, including theatres and fairs, in great detail. You can find out who acted in shows, what the plot was, any special effects and, of course, how long plays ran for and much more.

The British Library are developing a crowdsourcing website for everyone to get involved in helping make their playbill collection more accessible. You’ll help the British Library by inputting names, titles and locations of plays to help future researchers discover this history with greater ease. Here at Kent, we’re very lucky to be some of the first people to try out this new project and we want your feedback on the resource.

If you’re free any time after 14:00 on Thursday 28 September, please come along to a workshop to learn more about the project and how crowdsourcing is helping to make more historical documents available to the world. You’ll be able to try out the In The Spotlight website, give feedback on how it works and explore Kent’s very own theatre collections from the 19th century!

To find out more and to book a space, please email

We look forward to seeing you!

Bhangra and bollywood event

Bhangra and Bollywood Live!

On Tuesday 3 October, the School of Music and Fine Art (SMFA) presents a major Bhangra and Bollywood Event at The Deep End which features top UK Bhangra star, the multi award-winning Kuljit Bhamra, described by London Asian Guardian as ‘One of the most prolific and dedicated Asian music producers to come out of Britain’.

Kuljit Bhamra is one of the most inspiring and influential musicians, composers and record producers on the British Asian music scene.

The event also features Kaykay Chauhan (keyboard) and vocalists Shahid Khan, Rekha Sawhney and Bindi Sagoo (dholak/perc) from the stage musical Bend it Like Beckham. SMFA’s Lecturer in Popular Music, Richard Lightman will be joining them on guitar.

There will be a 16.30 drumming workshop, 17.15 – 18.00 Bhangra dance workshop.
Doors open 19.00, performance 20.30 Bollywood Band, 21.30 – Vasda Punjab Bhangra Dancers

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VC Cup 2017

Vice-Chancellor’s Cup 2017

Another year of epic sporting events and incredible wins during the 2017’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. With 20 departments taking part, this year has seen staff members taking part, having fun and getting active. Kent Sport is proud of each department putting their all into each activity!

In the last event of the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup 2017, staff went head to head in the pub quiz. It was devised of seven rounds plus two bonus rounds with questions ranging from Geography to Science and Nature. With each team capable of using a joker to double their points, it came down to the very last set of questions!

A huge thanks to all the departments and teams for playing along. A special thanks to the Sports Pavilion Cafe staff for looking after everyone so well.

The night also saw the presentations of the sports held throughout the year. Congratulations to A Brief History of Sport and Let’s Get Physical who both picked up two awards!

Unfortunately Marlowe’s Marauders astonishing performance in the pub quiz could not change their fate overall in the VC’s Cup rankings, however they did walk away with the VC Cup Fair Play award for their positive attitude throughout the year. Record Profit finished third, just behind Eat My Shorts who finished second.

Drumroll please…

The winners of the 2017 VC’s Cup, for a second year running, are Nobody Does It bEDA! Congratulations to the whole team!

See the final results table and individual sports results

For any departments wishing to enter the staff tournament please get in touch with the sports development team

We hope you all had fun at this year’s VC’s Cup competition and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year for the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup 2018

University Teaching Prize Awards 2017

All colleagues are invited to attend the University Teaching Prize Awards 2017 which takes place on Wednesday 4 October 2017, from 12.30-14.00 in Darwin Conference Suite.

The prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor.

This year’s winners are:

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support

Johanne Thompson (Kent Law School); Irena Jennings (Kent Business School); The Go Abroad Team: Emma Marku, Jan Lowe, Janet Wilson-Sharp, Francoise McKee, Brechje Klok-White, Hazel Lander, Sophie Baker, Sammy-Jo Foster.

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Chloe Street Tarbatt (School of Architecture) Professor Murray Smith (School of Arts)

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Professor Sally Fincher, Dr Colin Johnson, and Ian Utting (School of Computing) Dr Dan Lloyd, Dr Tobias von der Haar, and Professor Martin Michaelis (School of Biosciences)

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Stefan Rossbach (School of Politics and International Relations) Dr Anna Brown (School of Psychology)

Find out more about the awards

Please email if you wish to attend and specify any dietary requests.

New Approaches to Teaching

An interactive forum offering opportunities to hear about initiatives which have had an impact on student learning; to share experiences with colleagues from across the university; to explore tensions and opportunities of different approaches and how these could apply to your own teaching. The events are intended for academic and teaching staff with at least three years’ Higher Education teaching experience.

The theme for 2017/18 is: Creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

While the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and student surveys such as the National; Student Survey (NSS), the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) have increasingly foregrounded teaching as a metric. The emphasis in these sessions is on approaching teaching as an exciting, challenging, surprising activity in which we can take pride.

The first session, ‘Using creative and imaginative forms of assessment’ will be presented by Professor Charlotte Sleigh, School of History on Tuesday 10 October, 12.55-14.00

Find out more

All sessions are free and take place in the UELT Seminar Room near Santander Bank (unless otherwise stated). Please email to book a place.

If you are interested in contributing to a session in Spring 2018 please contact

Sport massage

Relax and refresh with Kent Sport special offers

With so much going on at the start of the new academic year you may be wondering how you are going to relax and recuperate from all the exciting activities. Kent Sport has the answer! From arrivals weekend until the end of November we have two special offers for students and staff and you don’t event have to be a member.

Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic (, located in the Sports Centre fitness suite, is offering a 30 minute sports massage for just £15. Amazing value! Whether you want to relieve muscle tension or prepare for your sport and fitness activities you are sure to feel pampered and refreshed afterwards. Just email, call 01227 824375 or drop by the Sports Centre reception to find out more and make a booking.

The Pavilion Cafe Bar has a delicious menu (, Sky tv and the best views of sport on campus. If you are looking for a place to relax, socialise with friends and enjoy great food, head on over to the Pavilion. Plus, from Arrivals until the end of November you will be treated to a free drink with any meal purchased at the Pavilion Cafe Bar. Drinks include soft drinks, tea and coffee, Oranjiboom, Spitfire and Thatchers.

That’s not all! Take part in either of these offers and you will automatically be in with a chance to win a free fitness package ( The package includes an initial fitness consultation, a fitness programme and a personal training session. Just be sure to provide your contact information at the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic or Pavilion Cafe Bar.

To stay up to date with Kent Sport news, activities and offers follow @UniKentSports on social media.