Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Information for new postgraduate students

The Graduate School aims to ensure that your academic and social interests are appropriately provided for within the University wherever you are based.

Professor Paul Allain (Dean of the Graduate School) and his team, work in partnership with academic schools, faculties, central service departments and the Students’ Union to enhance the quality of the postgraduate student experience across all campuses and European centres to create a vibrant postgraduate community.

The Graduate School also supports a wide range of activities enabling postgraduates to promote their research interests and studies as well as opportunities to meet and socialise.

In addition to the initiatives highlighted below please keep an eye on the Graduate School’s events calendar for further information.

The Graduate School is located on the third floor of the Cornwallis East building on the Canterbury campus, with offices for its staff and a postgraduate training room. There is also an adjacent networking space which postgraduates can used for socialising and study.

Postgraduate inductions

University-level postgraduate inductions are taking place on the following dates:

Wednesday 19 September – Canterbury Taught Master’s students
13.00 – 14.30  Social Sciences (Woolf College Lecture Theatre)
14.45 – 16.15  Humanities and Sciences (Woolf College Lecture Theatre)

Thursday 20 September – Medway postgraduate students
10.30 – 12.00 Taught Master’s students (Rochester Building R2-09)
11.15 – 12.00 Taught Master’s and Postgraduate Researchers
(Rochester Building R2-09)
12.30 – 15.45 Postgraduate Researchers (Rochester Building R2-09)

Friday 21 September – Canterbury Postgraduate Researchers
9.30 – 10.45    Social Sciences (Cornwallis South East, COLT 2)
10.30 – 11.45  Sciences (Cornwallis South East Lecture, COLT 3)
11.30 – 12.45  Humanities (Cornwallis South East Lecture, COLT 2)

The GradPost newsletter

The quarterly postgraduate newsletter (The GradPost) is supported and coordinated by the Graduate School. Postgraduate students can join the GradPost editorial team and/or contribute articles for publication in the newsletter. Further information about the GradPost can be found online. Please email GradPost if you would like to become involved with the newsletter.

Postgraduate Community Experience Awards

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to bid for funding up to £1,500 via the Postgraduate Community Experience Awards to coordinate their own events and projects aimed at enhancing the postgraduate experience at Kent. Proposals for funding are required to have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus.

Projects funded previously have included a cross-disciplinary Latin American Society and Research Network, an interdisciplinary conference on Social Movement, and a short story reading group.

Postgraduate students will be notified when the awards are open for applications during the course of the academic year.

Postgraduate Festival

The annual Postgraduate Festival in the summer term provides our students with the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience, network with their peers from across the University and attend academic talks. If you would like to be involved in the planning of the 2019 Festival please contact Felicity Clifford, Postgraduate Experience Officer

Global Skills Award

The Global Skills Award programme for postgraduate taught Master’s students which comprises of a range of lectures on global issues and a series of workshops, has been specifically designed to improve your employability in a competitive job market. The programme is free and those who successfully complete the programme will receive an award certificate.

Researcher Development Programme

The Researcher Development Programme for postgraduate researchers is coordinated by the Graduate School.

The programme provides a range of workshops and online training opportunities designed to enhance your skills as a researcher and prepare you for a variety of careers.

The coverage of the programme has been developed in line with Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework and it reflects the UK Research Councils’ aims to develop exceptionally skilled researchers for the 21st century.

PhD students will be notified in September about booking a place on one of our ‘Kick-start your PhD’ Workshops.


Postgraduate Handbooks

All new postgraduate students will receive a copy of the 2018-19 Postgraduate Handbook at the induction. You can also download a copy online or pick one up from the Graduate School.

The handbooks contain useful information about postgraduate study and research at Kent, details of academic and regulatory processes as well as local information for students who are new to Kent.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent – come and meet the Graduate School staff in Cornwallis East or contact us via:

Professor Yvonne Sherwood Honorary Doctorate

Congratulations Professor Sherwood

The University would like to congratulate Professor Yvonne Sherwood, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo in a ceremony on 1 September.

In recognition of Professor Sherwood’s research in Religious Studies, she received a Doctor Philosophiae Causa. Professor Sherwood was also invited to give an address on behalf of the new honorary doctors in the degree congregation, held in the Univeristy Aula.

Professor Sherwood has been regularly involved with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo as an external examiner for PhD vivas, a research collaborator and guest lecturer.

This is a wonderful achievement, which acknowledges Professor Sherwood’s significant contribution to the field of Religious Studies and is also a marker of the international reputation of researchers at Kent.


Photo (left to right): Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics, University of Kent; Aud Valborg Tonnessen, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo; Svein Stolen, Rector, University of Oslo.

Credit: UiO/Terje Heiestad

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Kent students

Technology evangelist to launch a new programme to inspire success

Award-winning computer scientist and passionate advocate for women in tech, Dr Sue Black OBE, will be giving a free talk in Woolf Lecture Theatre on the 22nd September to launch a new programme, developed by Kent Innovation and Enterprise, to support women.

Bridging the gap between the university and business communities in the area, The Inspire Challenge Excel programme aims to create opportunities for women in all stages of their lives and careers, from current students to established business owners.

The programme will encourage women to try something new, support them to go beyond their comfort zone, and to work together to effect change, with an exciting programme of events throughout the year.

The launch event is free and open to all, and we encourage you to come along to find out more. Register for the event here.

Booking for Campus Shuttle now available

The Campus Shuttle booking is now open. Book a seat online at .

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Canterbury and Medway campuses, exclusively available to University of Kent students and staff.

The shuttle will start running from Saturday 16 September.

Booking guarantees you a seat on the service. If you do not book, you can still travel with your Kent One or Kent Union card if seats are available.

More information can be found at

World languages

Give yourself an edge: Take a language as a wild module

To enhance your skills and future employability, do you know you can take either Arabic or Mandarin as part of your degree? There are still opportunities for you to sign up for various levels of studying Arabic or Mandarin from complete beginners to more advanced levels.

Benefits of language study

Learning a language is not only enjoyable, it improves your cultural awareness, develops your adaptability and makes you a more confident and effective communicator, and improves your future employability.

To expand your horizons, search our languages on the online module catalogue ( ) using the following codes: LA307, LA308, LA522 and LA523 for Arabic modules; LA302, LA303, LA502, LA503, LA518 and LA519 for Mandarin Chinese modules.

For more information, follow the link below to see what is on offer for you:

30 years on: a lecture by Professor Richard Sakwa

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to invite you to an event to celebrate Professor Richard Sakwa’s 30 years at the University of Kent.

Richard will be reflecting on, and trying to make sense of, the last 30 years of Russian, European and global politics, and his time at Kent in the last three decades, in a lecture titled ‘From Gorby to Corby: The Clash of New World Orders’

The lecture will be on Wednesday 20 September 2017 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, commencing at 17.00. There will be opportunity for some discussion afterwards, followed by a drinks reception held in Sibson Atrium from 18.45 until 20.00.

After periods working at the University of Essex and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard joined the School on 1 September 1987. Since then, in numerous books, journal articles, chapters and edited works, he has written about the fall of the Soviet Union, the challenges facing post-communist Russia, the nature of the 1989 anti-revolutions, the turbulence in Europe, and developments in global politics. His latest book is Russia against the Rest: The Crisis of Post-Cold War Order (Cambridge University Press, due out in autumn 2017)

This is a free event but please confirm or decline your attendance to Jill Hayes via this link by adding your name and ticking the box if you are able to attend

Please email Jill Hayes ( confirmation or decline, should you have any difficulty with responding to the RSVP link above

Richard is very much looking forward to seeing you at his celebratory event!

Templeman Library Block C Floor

Templeman Library’s newly-refurbished centre opens

The Templeman Library is open across all four floors!

Two years ago, the centre of the Library closed for refurbishment as part of the Templeman Library Development project. Now it’s open again, with new study spaces and service locations. We’re still completing some moves and changes in time for the start of term, but we encourage you to come and have a look.

Read about the main changes you’ll see around the building.


Hello Library and IT at Medway!

If you’re starting at our Medway campus in September, you might be wondering where to study, how to get online, and how to find the books you need for your course.

Here’s an overview of the library and IT services you can use.

Drill Hall Library

The Drill Hall Library is your main library at Medway. It has the books and you need, plus study spaces, PCs and laptops, printers, photocopiers and scanners, and support for your subject.

  • Read this useful guide to the Drill Library. It tells you the basics, like when it’s open and how many books you can borrow.
  • Visit the Library for your induction session, which has been pre-arranged by your School or department, to learn your way around.
  • Look out for games, competitions and fun prizes in Welcome Week.

IT services for you

Here are some of the IT services you can use as a Kent student:

Research students

Need a space to work? You can use the Postgraduate Researchers’ Room in the Drill Hall Library. This newly designed and furbished room is available for postgraduates from all three Medway universities, providing an excellent space to study, network, practice presentations and meet those with similar research interests.

Not a Medway student?

If you’re at Canterbury and you need a book that’s only in the Drill Hall Library, you can request it to be delivered to the Templeman Library through LibrarySearch.

You can also visit our Medway campus and use the Drill Hall Library. To borrow books, you’ll just need your KentOne card.

shuttle bus runs in term time between Medway and Canterbury campuses.

Want to know more?

Visit our Hello Library and IT! website for more tips and guides.


Returning to Kent? What’s new in the Templeman Library

We’ve been busy getting the Templeman Library ready for your return to Kent, and there are lots of great changes.

Read these 10 things you should know for a round-up of everything that’s new. Here are the highlights:

We hope you enjoy using the Templeman Library and campus study spaces this term.