Monthly Archives: February 2018

Discount tickets for Festival of Steam and Transport, 1-2 April

Kent students and staff, along with five accompanying guests, can get discounted tickets for the Festival of Steam and Transport at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Festival will take place on 1 and 2 April 2018. And if you book before 31 March 2018 you will get a further 10% off.

Prices (excluding the additional 10% before 31 March):

Adult Ticket                                                                        £12.00

Concession Ticket                                                           £11.00

Child Ticket                                                                        £9.50

Family Ticket (2+2 or 1+3)                                            £35.50

Xtra Child                                                                             £8.00

Two Day Adult 1st & 2nd April                                    £25.00

Two Day Concession 1st & 2nd April                        £21.00

Two Day Child 1st & 2nd April                                    £16.00

Two Day Family 1st & 2nd April (2+2 or 1+3)         £63.00

Two Day Xtra Child 1st & 2nd April                           £13.00

You will need your Kent ID to receive these rates. Plus students come under the concession rate.

Get tickets:

You can buy tickets in advance from the Admissions Desk during normal opening hours or over the phone by calling 01634 823826.

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day.

Please note there is also student discount at the bars at the Food & Drink Festival section onsite at The Dockyard.

Professor April McMahon

April McMahon appointed to TEF panel

Kent is pleased to announce that Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Education, will play a key role in a national pilot scheme for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Professor McMahon has been appointed by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) as a member of the main expert panel and Chair of the Humanities subject panel for a trial of TEF assessments at subject level.

Another former Kent colleague – Rory Murray, Kent Union President from 2016-2017 – is a member of the Medical and Health Sciences subject panel.

Fifty higher education providers are taking part in this trial, designed to test different methods for assessing university provision at subject level as part of the TEF in future years. These new assessments have the potential to offer applicants more detailed subject information before choosing where to study.

Professor McMahon, who joined the University in September 2016, was previously an Assessor for year two of the TEF in 2016/17.

She has had a distinguished academic career and is a Fellow of the British Academy. She has worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield as well as Edinburgh where she held the posts of Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science and Vice-Principal, Planning and Resources.

Prior to joining Kent, Professor McMahon was Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth for five years.

For further information on year three of the TEF and subject level pilots, and full lists of panel members, see the HEFCE website

Employability Festival for Humanities students! 5-16 March

The Schools in the Faculty of Humanities are curating a Employability Festival for Humanities Students for the third year running.

Events will take place in Weeks 20 & 21 (5-16 March) and include workshops, interactive sessions, industry panels and chances to meet and network with industry practitioners.

They reflect the wide range and overlapping career options available to students and graduates of subjects in the Humanities.

There are thirteen events in total, and booking is highly recommended. Click on the individual events below for more details and to book:

Your experience matters – tell us what it’s like to be a Kent student!

What do you want from your experience at Kent? Are you getting what you expected? What could be improved? If you are a first year undergraduate student, please come to a focus group discussion to tell us!

Focus groups:

  • 20 February 2018 at 15.00 in Keynes College – KS13
  • 22 February 2018 at 16.30 in Rutherford College – RLT2
  • 23 February 2018 at 16.30 in Darwin College – DLT3
  • 26 February 2018 at 17.30 in Eliot College – ES1
  • 1 March 2018 at 16.30 in Turing College – KS14

If you wish to join us please let the project research assistant Alina know by emailing Refreshments will be served!

If you have any questions, please contact Alina at or the project consultant, Dr Kathleen M. Quinlan at

Sarah Turner published in The New Soundtrack journal

Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art & Deputy Director of Research is published in The New Soundtrack journal, with The Sound of Memory in Public House appearing in Volume 7 Issue 2.

The New Soundtrack brings together leading edge academic and professional perspectives on the complex relationship between sound and moving images, providing a new platform for discourse on how aural elements combine with moving images, and encourages writing on more current developments, such as sound installations, computer-based delivery, and the psychology of the interaction of image and sound.

Sarah Turner is an artist who writes and makes films. Her work spans single screen gallery pieces (rooted in the formal preoccupations of the avant-garde from which she emerged) to feature length projects that explore the interplay between abstraction and narration.

Researching the Rainbow Conference 2018

The University’s second Researching the Rainbow Conference was held on Thursday 15 February as part of LGBT History Month and was warmly received by attendees and participants. The event, organised by the LGBT+ Staff Network in partnership with Kent Union, was run for the first time last year to celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. There were approximately 50 attendees this year and over 980 views of the live stream via Kent Union’s Facebook page.

The conference was designed to showcase the vast array of research being done at Kent on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The event was opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the Executive Group’s LGBT+ and Gender Champion. Professor Cox said:

“It was a pleasure to have attended the ‘Researching the Rainbow’ conference. A wonderful mix of inspirational speakers, a diverse agenda and an opportunity for students and academics alike to present their work as peers.

As the EG LGBT+ champion, I am wholeheartedly committed to the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. The LGBT+ Network are doing a really great job in turning the University’s commitments into a reality for individuals.”

The agenda was made up of predominantly Kent students and academics from a range of disciplines, discussing topics such as transgender identities in mental health care and the legal system and queer representation in the media. Renowned trans activists Fox and Owl also attended to speak about their project My Genderation, and joined fellow speakers for an open plenary hosted by Kent Union’s LGBT+ Trans Officer, Valiant Dorian.

Organiser Kasia Senyszyn, member of the LGBT+ Staff Network, said:

“It is a grassroots event – we started with just a few people who were interested in talking about their research with fellow aficionados and now we’re getting national activist superstars inspiring our students, staff and guests. I hope it continues to grow and we can get more and more people to participate. I have been so amazed by the calibre of talks over the last two years and can’t wait for next year!”

The conference also raised funds for LGBT charity Schools Out, founder of LGBT History Month. A video of the conference, which is being created by KTV, will shortly be available on the LGBT+ Staff Network blog.

KentVision Newsletter launch – read Issue 1 and subscribe

The KentVision Programme would like to invite you to read the first issue of our newly launched Newsletter.

The Newsletter will be issued fortnightly to our subscribers, sharing updates on our progress, introducing some of the coming changes and letting you know when there’s upcoming events. All the details of how to get involved will be right there!

If you’re not already subscribed, we hope you will be soon. You can do so on Sympa, or by emailing SUBSCRIBE to .

The KentVision Programme

The KentVision Programme is working to refine our student administration processes alongside implementation of a new student management system.

From September 2018 KentVision will be used for an array of administrative activities across the complete student lifecycle, including everything from student, programme or module looks ups to registering students, viewing module diets, entering and viewing marks, approving PGR supervisory meetings, processing scholarships and more.

And KentVision will also be there for students, whether enrolling, choosing modules, accessing timetables or viewing personal information, PGR progress reviews and marks. View the SharePoint site.

Fine Art student features in exhibition at Tintype in March

Currently undertaking a practice based PhD in Fine Art at SMFA on the cognitive conditions of pictorial attention (with the support of a University of Kent Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship), artist Moyra Derby is featured in a new exhibition which opens on Thursday 1 March at 18.30, running until 31 March.

‘Interval [ ] still : now’ is a collaboration between five artists –  Moyra Derby, Nicky Hamlyn, Conor Kelly, Joan Key, and Jost Münster. The exhibition reflects on the momentary encounter, caught within or cut by the limit of rectangular support, viewfinder, picture space, window space or film reel.

Their approach is unified by framing as a shared convention between film and painting. The interruptions that occur through cross cuts, edits, overlays and spacings between works becomes a defining consideration. The architectural and durational containment of work through exhibition is a further form of framing that the Interval project foregrounds.
Tintype opened in 2010 and currently represents twelve artists from the UK, Germany, Romania, Hong Kong and Canada. At Tintype, a large window frames the space from the street and provides a dual aspect for work – pictorialized from outside, offering an overview and invitation – fragmented and spatially shifting inside. The cut in time and structured spacing implied by the term interval highlights this change of view and perspective between the street and the gallery. Within Tintype, there is a third aspect – because the window is so large and the street outside so busy ­– it is hard not to be aware of the constantly changing streetscape.
Working collaboratively since 2016, the five artists developed ‘Interval [ ] Stop Gap’ in 2017 at the Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury, and ‘Interval [ ] in 2016’ as part of the Whitstable Biennale.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Founding Trustee of Crate Studio & Project Space in Margate, Moyra studied at University of Ulster at Belfast and Cheltenham School of Art. She received an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art. 1996, where she received the Basil H Alkazzi Travel Scholarship to New York, La Cité Internationale des Arts Paris Studio Award and The British Institution Fund Painting Award.  She is Senior Lecturer in Painting on the BA Fine Art course at UCA Canterbury.

Venue details: Tintype, 107 Essex Road, London, N1 2SL,  Tel 0207 354 4360

Wed – Sat: 12.00 – 18.00

Image: Installation view, Interval [ ], Whitstable Biennale, 2016

Music Dep

Blue: new exhibition in Colyer-Fergusson Gallery now open

Colyer-Fergusson Gallery is delighted to be hosting ‘Blue,’ a new exhibition by Canterbury artist Adam De Ville. A striking series of images exploring ideas of identity, belonging, loss and technology, the exhibition’s title-painting relates to the Chamber Choir’s rehearsal and performance of Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater,’ a Baroque masterpiece setting the hymn to the suffering of the Virgin Mary during Christ’s crucifixion.

The exhibition is open during normal opening hours for Colyer-Fergusson; admission is free, and there is disabled access.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

Kent Hospitality

Kent Hospitality Pride Award nomination deadline

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 member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. Each winner receives £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 December’s Pride Award winners – Fay Allen, Student Accommodation Co-ordinator and Christine Nottage, Keynes Day Cleaner.

Nominate today!