Monthly Archives: October 2017

Student on computer

New KentVision Programme SharePoint Site

The KentVision Programme has launched a new SharePoint site and we would like to invite you to visit the site to find out more about the Programme.

The University is going through a major business change programme in implementing a new student management system for the 2018-19 academic year. The new site is being launched to provide a resource for you as stakeholders.

There is information about the Programme, what we’re doing and the areas we’re working in, including a range of FAQ’s that could have the answers you’re looking for (but if not, we look forward to hearing from you!).

And it’s not just somewhere for a one off visit, we will be providing updates and adding more content all the time – it’ll be worth you coming back! We’ll keep in touch to let you know the best times to visit again.



KentVision Open Forum to be held in December. All Staff welcome – come along to find out more about KentVision, what we’re doing and what it means for you.

  • Canterbury – Wednesday 13th December, 2.30pm
  • Medway – Thursday 14th December, 2.30pm

 Room information and more to follow soon.



Interfaith Event 6 Nov

A mini-symposium on the theme of ‘Life after Death/Destiny’, with input from members of five World Faiths, will take place on Monday 6 November from 18.00-19.00 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 5.

It will be followed by a vegetarian buffet provided by Kent Hospitality and funded by the University Chaplaincy.

Leaders of student faith groups and societies will also showcase some forthcoming events.


Fine Art show in Rochester during December

From 8 -13 December, BA (Hons) Fine Art 3rd year students will again be holding their annual interim show in the historic Chatham House on Rochester high-street.

The building, a Georgian brewery in the process of being restored, offers a series of extraordinary spaces over three floors, some undisturbed for decades. They include an intact 18th century wine cellar, a family chapel and grand formal staircase.

Working with the project manager, students apply their practice to propose, create and install work in response to the unique environment of the building, with work ranging from performance, sound and projection to installation and painting.

Last year’s show attracted over 200 visitors to the private view alone and grants 3rd year students a valuable opportunity to take their work into the ‘real’ world beyond their studios.

Working as a group, students curate, manage the budget and publicise the show gaining experience of a public audience and of working together in preparation for their final exhibition and degree show in May.

This year’s show opens on Friday 8 December running until Wednesday 13 December, 11.00-16.00, and is open to the public.

Venue: Chatham House, High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA


New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff

Colleagues are invited to attend the next session of the ‘New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent’ taking place on Tuesday 7 November, 12.55-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room.

Presented by Chloe Street Tarbatt, School of Architecture and winner of the Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize 2017.

This session will focus on the use of Live Projects in our undergraduate architecture curriculum, and the educational benefits and challenges engendered in this approach.

Connecting the briefs for our design modules to Live Projects (to real clients pursuing an architectural agenda) has enormous benefits for both the communities served, and for the students educational experience.

The process forges and enhances links between academia and society, supporting both the RIBA’s and the more recent TEF’s objectives. However, it is apparent from the feedback received through module evaluations and focus group meetings, that the students often find the complexities of this real-world situation very challenging.

On this basis, new strategies are being developed to enhance our student’s understanding of the educational opportunities afforded by this approach by raising awareness of the important dialogic learning that can take place through immersion in communities of practice, and through embedding reflective practice into our teaching and assessment processes.

To book a place please email

An image of Drill Hall Library with red brick and an arched frontway

Improving connections between Pembroke and Chatham Historic Dockyard

Last year the Medway Strategy Group challenged students from Kent School of Architecture (KSA) to suggest ways of improving connections between Pembroke (the Universities at Medway campus) and Chatham Historic Dockyard and creating a stronger sense of place at Medway.

Under the supervision of KSA colleagues Chloe Street-Tarbatt and Jef Smith, the students worked in groups over three days at the end of May 2017. It was a very interesting design challenge and the results were hugely impressive.

The students’ ideas were captured on 11 vertical freestanding banners which are on display in the Drill Hall Library until the end of term.

We would like as many Medway students and staff as possible to visit the exhibition and reflect on the students’ ideas.

We would also encourage feedback – comments can be left in the book provided.

Dr Simon Elliott

Simon Elliott to talk on everyday life in Roman London

Dr Simon Elliott, who completed his PhD in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Everyday Life in Roman London’ at the Guildhall Library in London on 2 November 2017.

In this talk, Simon will narrate a day in the life of a wide variety of Roman Londoners in the mid 2nd century AD when the city was at its height during the Roman occupation. He will lift the lid on every aspect of day-to-day living in the city during the Roman period, from every perspective in society, showing how some things were very similar to our experiences today, but some things very different.

Simon’s PhD project, considered industry in Roman Kent and the role of Roman Military therein, was entitled ‘Late Roman Kent’ and 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).

The event is part of the Londinium season, a series of events to tell the city’s Roman story. Tickets cost £5 (plus booking fee), which includes wine reception.

To book, please see the webpage.

If you would like to follow Simon’s research, please go to his website at where you can sign up for his newsletter, or follow him on twitter at @SimonElliott20.

Language Fair on 3 Nov

As part of the Employability Festival 2017, the Careers and Employability Service will be hosting the Language Fair in the Keynes Atrium between 12.00-15.00 on Friday 3 November 2017.

The Language Fair is an opportunity for students to meet employers and recruitment agencies interested in recruiting language graduates, and to discover the range of jobs and careers using languages that are available.

The Language Fair is free to attend. Kent students gain 5 Employability Points for attending, upon presentation of their Kent One cards.

The 2017 exhibitors include:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Centre for English and World Languages
  • Chel-C UK Education Ltd
  • Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • Civil Service Fast Stream
  • CRCC Asia

Intelligence Corps Engagement Team (British Army) Teach First Institute of Translation & Interpreting

For further information, please see the SECL webpages.

Short courses at Tonbridge Centre

Sign up for Psychology course at Tonbridge

The world, and specifically the workplace, revolves around people. This short course in Organisational Psychology is for anyone with an interest in how people work, coupled with a desire to improve organisations and the working lives of the employees who inhabit them.

The ‘Applying Psychology in the 21st Century Workplace and Beyond’ course is being offered on either four Friday mornings (3, 10, 17 and 24 November) or over two Saturdays (4 and 18 November).

Course fee: £175 or £87.50 for Kent staff

The four sessions cover:

  • Group decision-making;
  • Selection and Assessment;
  • Employee Health and Well-being; Equality and Diversity.

Each two-hour session, led by tutor Dawn H Nicholson from the School of Psychology, will include a lecture providing the critical organisational and psychological background; a group or individual exercise; and a facilitated Q&A session.

The focus will be on providing practical insights, tools and tips you can apply in the workplace or in everyday life.

Full details can be found at the Tonbridge Centre webpages under the psychology heading.

For more information or to book a place please contact 01227 82(4990) or email



Templeman- West side

New Ideas Café launch

Come and join us to celebrate the launch on our new Ideas Café, Tuesday 31 October, 17.30-19.00 in the Templeman Lecturer Theatre.

Our inaugural presentation ‘Lies, more lies and democracy!! Is democracy working?’ will explore the concept of democracy in the 21st century and ask whether lies, propaganda and fake news are among some of the key challenges of our age.

Stretch your mind on a wide range of topics and join the discussion in an engaging, informal and open community. Practice presentation and discussion skills in a safe environment. Open to everyone at the University of Kent

Future Ideas Café gatherings will take place 17.30-19.00 on the first Tuesday of the month in Templeman Lecture Theatre; and the last Tuesday of the month in D | G | 01 / 02, Templeman Library.

Search for Ideas Café on Facebook or visit our blog.