Monthly Archives: November 2017

A half moon rising behind Canterbury Cathedral at night. Kent.

Tickets for University Carol Service

This popular annual event, featuring choirs including the University Chamber Choir, takes place at Canterbury Cathedral at 20.00 on Monday 11 December.

Entry by previously issued ticket only.

Free student tickets will be distributed from the Grimond Foyer on Monday 4 December at 12.45 and Tues 5 Dec at 17.45. One ticket per student ID presented. Demand is high, with queues forming well before the advertised times.

Staff requests for tickets are being received at until Friday 1 December.

For further details (including student volunteering opportunities at the Carol Service with special entry arrangements) see the Chaplaincy webpages.

This year’s appeal is for East Kent Homelessness charity Porchlight,

Lecture theatre

Centre for Critical Thought Lecture, Dr Steve Klee, 1 December

The Centre for Critical Thought is delighted to invite you to a lecture, entitled ‘Realist Aesthetics Contra Rancière’, to be delivered by Dr Steve Klee (Lincoln).

The lecture takes place on Friday 1 December 2017 at 17.00 in Darwin Lecture Theatre 2. It will have broad appeal for those interested in the current turn towards realism in philosophy, in the work of Jacques Ranciere and in debates within contemporary aesthetics.

All are welcome (University staff, students and the general public) and no booking is necessary.

University supporting World AIDS Day – 1 Dec

The University’s LGBT+ Staff Network is working with the Gulbenkian to support World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December.

Two films are being screened to promote the day, which is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

Red ribbons will be available from the Gulbenkian Box Office for a donation to support the National AIDS Trust, and two LGBT+ films are being screened to commemorate this important day:

  • Call me by your name
  • Thelma

Find out more at


Pride Award nomination deadline: 6 December

The deadline for the next Pride Award is 12.00 on Wednesday 6 December.

The Pride (‘Personal responsibility in delivering excellence’) Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Any Kent Hospitality staff (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given in October, December and April, and with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a badge.

Nominations can be made by any member of University staff, students or visitors. Make your nomination online or alternatively you can pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in all Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets in Canterbury and Medway, as well College reception areas.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee is being put forward for a Pride Award. The panel are looking for staff who achieve more than just what is expected in their role (ie hardworking, professional, positive and friendly attitude).

Congratulations to September’s Pride Award winner – Steven Lambert, Cargo Bar and Bistro Supervisor on the Medway campus. Pictured below receiving his certificate from Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services (interim).

For further information please contact:

Auditions for the University of Kent Players: The Ghost Train

The University of Kent Players will be back at the Gulbenkian on the 12-14 April 2018 with Arnold Ridley’s ‘The Ghost Train’.

We will be holding a script read through at 17.30 on Thursday 7 December 2017 in Grimond Seminar Room 1. This will be an opportunity for people to sit together reading through the script aloud.

Auditions will be held at 17.30 on Tuesday 12 December (in Grimond Seminar Room 1) and 12.00 on Thursday 14 December (in Grimond Seminar Room 2). No experience is necessary; we are a group made up of all ages and abilities and are very welcoming.

More information on the play, auditions, and characters.

We are always looking for new members both on stage and off stage and so if you are interested in being involved in this production in any way then please contact us on

The University of Kent Players are the amateur dramatics group for staff at Kent. We put on two shows per year at the Gulbenkian. Our latest productions include Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Wyrd Sisters, and Pride and Prejudice.

More information on the group or like us on Facebook (uokplayers).


Lecture theatre

Centre for American Studies open lectures

The Centre for American Studies are hosting the following lectures:

  • Suffering, Struggle, Survival: The Activism, Artistry, and Authorship of Frederick Douglass and Family (1818-2018) Celeste-Marie Bernier
    By Professor of Black Studies, University Edinburgh
    Thursday 30 November 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, Prof. Bernier traces his activism, artistry and authorship alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons. As activists, educators, campaigners, civil rights protesters, newspaper editors, orators, essayists, and historians in their own right, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass each played a vital role in the freedom struggles of their father. They were no less afraid to sacrifice everything they had as they each fought for Black civic, cultural, political, and social liberties by every means necessary. The fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives as their rallying cry lives on to inspire today’s activism: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

  • Spit Truth to Power? Occupy Wall Street and New York Hip Hop Culture
    By Dr Eithne Quinn, University of Manchester
    Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    Examining responses from hip-hop culture to the Occupy Wall Street mobilization of 2011, Dr Quinn’s talk focuses in particular on three rap entrepreneurial creatives, Russell Simmons, Shawn Carter (Jay Z), and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent). Occupy protested against extreme levels of inequality, declaring that it represented the 99 percent in opposition to the 1 percent financial elite. While these hip-hop moguls were all within the 1 percent ranks—they had nonetheless built star brands that represented people, in race and class terms, at the other end of the economic spectrum. This tension was negotiated in markedly different ways by the three moguls.

  • Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the Four Freedoms: How a slip of the tongue inspired artists and changed the world
    By Dr James J.Kimble, Associate Professor of Communication and the Arts Seton Hall University, New Jersey
    Thursday 14 December 2017 at 18.00
    In Grimond Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

    Rockwell painted four homely images depicting the Four Freedoms, inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech delivered to Congress on the eve of World War II. The U.S. government subsequently issued posters of Rockwell’s paintings in a highly successful war bond campaign that raised more than $132 million for the war effort. Rockwell’s homely depictions of Roosevelt’s abstract concepts were widely popular across America. Dr Kimble explores how the paintings dramatised and personalised the president’s Four Freedoms and the implications of this transformation for conceptualising the rhetorical presidency.

Online Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

From November 2017, all Kent students wherever they are located can access free, 24/7 online support for issues around mental health and wellbeing.

The Big White Wall (BWW) is a Care Quality Commission registered service recognised nationally through awards by the NHS and is a safe environment overseen by qualified therapists called Wall Guides. It offers:

  • peer talk therapies where members initiate or join forums on topics ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship issues, work stress, abuse, self-harm and eating disorders
  • peer support and networks where students make friends to create a support network as a reference group, source of motivation and a means to improve self-awareness
  • creative therapies employing art and writing therapies where members express themselves on ‘bricks’ that are posted to the Big White Wall where they can choose to share and discuss the underlying ‘story’
  • brief counselling providing immediate 24/7 support from Big White Wall Guides who are trained counsellors
  • 24/7 guided groups that are based in therapeutic approaches such as interpersonal therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy You can find a link to the Big White Wall here.

How to register

In order to gain access to this service click on the BWW link using your Kent email address to gain access only.

As part of the registration process, do not use your KENT IT account password for this service.

Note, you may, upon completion of the registration process change your contact email address to a non-Kent email account.

Big White Wall takes privacy very seriously and you can find their privacy policy here.

Global Hangouts Christmas Special

International Partnerships is delighted to invite all Canterbury students to join us at the Global Hangouts Christmas Special, taking place in the Gulbenkian cafe between 17:00 and 19:00 on Wednesday 6 December.

Full of mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas cheer, this hangout will be a celebration of both Christmas and culture!

Global Hangouts is a series of free global networking events arranged throughout the academic year. With a fun and relaxed atmosphere, the hangouts include interactive activities, refreshments and live music and performances.

Students are invited to book their tickets now.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Kent’s Special Collections and Archives receive Archive Service Accreditation from the National Archives

Our Special Collections & Archives are proud to have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation from the National Archive.

This accreditation, from the UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. The standard looks at an organisation’s ability to develop, care for, and provide access to its collections, bringing the total number archive services achieving this to 104 nationwide.

Emma Mires-Richards, Head of Academic Liaison states:

‘We are delighted to have received accredited status from The National Archives, this is a fantastic achievement and recognition nationally for our service and teams delivering it. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that the University of Kent’s Special Collections and Archives met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, in the care of our unique collections and what the service offers to our entire range of users.’

University of Kent’s Special Collections & Archives manage the University of Kent’s unique and distinctive collections so that they are preserved and accessible for the benefit of teaching, scholarship and society. Located in the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus they collect, curate, and manage material which supports the University’s research and teaching.

The collections, numbering over 150, are open to everyone, whether for personal interest or academic research including these specialisms:

  • the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and popular and comic performance from the Victorian era to the present, including pantomime, melodrama and variety works
  • the British Cartoon Archive and other cartoon artwork and publications, particularly satirical works
  • the history of the University of Kent and the local area
  • photographs, scrapbooks, engineer records, and published books relating to wind and watermills
  • collections of 20th century prose and poetry first editions.

Christmas at The Deep End

Our Christmas Menu at The Deep End is now live, so get a group together and book your festive meal with us!

You can have our a la carte menu by popping in any time between the 4 and 19 December, or make a booking to take advantage of our traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!

We look forward to seeing you!