Monthly Archives: April 2018

Beth Breeze wins prestigious prize for research of fundraisers

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded the 2018 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy to Beth Breeze for her book The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Charitable Giving in Contemporary Society?, published by Policy Press, in 2017.

The New Fundraisers provides a global overview on the purpose and history of fundraising, with in-depth data from an extensive study of UK fundraisers. The book is an empirically-based and theoretically-informed account of the makeup and role of fundraisers, how fundraising works in practice and what kinds of skills and training make for an effective fundraising professional.

“Writing this book was a labour of love because I feel strongly that fundraising is a crucial yet overlooked, and often misunderstood, profession,” said Breeze. “I hope that the book helps to challenge the illogical position whereby charities are widely admired, but the people who bring in the funding that enables charitable activity to take place, are not.”

Commenting on Dr Breeze’s award-winning book, the prize jury commented that “this excellent volume was selected because of its value as a research study that centers itself outside of the United States. Dr Breeze’s book argues that fundraising is about much more than simply ‘raising funds’ by asking donors, as the process must also include the complex work of cultivation by the practitioner. Prior to now, most researchers have focused on individual donors, their characteristics and their motivations.  Dr Breeze flips the script and, through empirical research, helps us understand the fundraiser. We commend Dr Breeze for strong research and an accessible book that can forward our field.”

Beth Breeze is a senior lecturer on social policy and director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent in the UK. She worked as a fundraiser and charity manager before co-founding the Centre.

Registration now open for South East Hub 2018

Join us at the University of Kent for the 2018 South East Hub, a postgraduate and early career researcher conference with the theme: ‘Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders and Collaborators as historical concepts: Redundant labels, useful categorisations or somewhere in between?’

The South East Hub 2018 will be held in the Grimond building (University of Kent, Canterbury campus) on 19 June and is co-funded by CHASE and the University of Kent School of History. The conference is an opportunity for research postgraduates and early career researchers to discuss their topics in a friendly and supportive environment. This year, papers will address the conceptual utility of the terms victims, perpetrators, bystanders and collaborators in a variety of historical contexts.

The panels are: ‘Accusation, Collaboration and Resistance’, ‘The Victim Voice’, ‘Simultaneous Categories’, and ‘Regimes and the Right’. The keynote talk will be delivered by Professor Tim Cole and is entitled, ‘Perpetrators, victims and bystanders: Writing integrated histories and geographies’.

The conference is free to attend. Lunch, tea and coffee will also be provided, and a wine reception will follow the event. Please note that there are limited spaces, so places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes on 18 May, so register as soon as possible to secure your attendance at the conference.

Register here.

If you have any questions about the event or require any further information, please get in touch with Kate Docking and Ellis Spicer at

The conference webpage can be viewed here.

Julia Peters

Workshop: ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’

The Centre for Heritage have organised a ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ workshop, which will be taking place at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, on 7-8 June 2018.

Beginning with the development of art therapy in the 1940s, social prescribing of arts and culture for the enhancement of health and wellbeing has now extended to such contexts as museums and heritage sites. Where health services are pushed to their limits and much of their vital resources being used to address symptoms linked to loneliness, depression, stress and anxiety, the potential benefits to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities from engagement with museums and heritage sites presents a new role for museums and heritage organisations to explore.

This two-day workshop, organised by the Centre for Heritage at Kent and funded by the Eastern ARC of Kent, the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia, has been designed for academics, students and heritage practitioners interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the potential for heritage sites within social prescribing. Bursaries will be available to postgraduate students.

For more information, please see the page here:

Kent sport

Couch to 5K ‘Fit for Summer’ challenge

Think you can’t run? Surprise yourself! Just because you don’t run doesn’t mean you can’t. If you can walk for half an hour, chances are that you can pick up the pace and give running or jogging a try. This summer, Kent Sport is bringing you the Couch to 5K ‘Fit for Summer’ challenge; over 12 weeks you will work on your running, with the goal that by the final week you will be running for half an hour, or approximately 5K. The sessions have been specially designed for people who have done little or no running and you will supported by our enthusiastic staff, who will be with you every step of the way. This challenge builds in time and effort, so you’ll constantly be impressed with what you can do if you push yourself a little.

New for the summer term; an additional weekly session to support you in completing the challenge. The program runs for 12 weeks and you are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions each week.

Session 1: every Wednesday starting 18 April 2018, 12.10-13.00 – meet at the Sports Centre reception

Session 2: every Monday starting 23 April 2018, 17.10-18.00 – meet at the Sports Centre reception

Please note the 50 minute sessions include warm up, cool down, stretches and you therefore won’t be active for the full session. Comfy clothing, footwear and a water bottle are advisable. The sessions are £1 per person (free for Kent Sport Gold and Silver members) and there is no need to register. Just turn up at the Sports Centre reception where you can pay for the session if required.

If you have any questions about the ‘Fit for Summer’ challenge, please contact Follow our Facebook page for event reminders.

Heritage Walks

Heritage Walks starting in May

Registration is now open for the Postgraduate Heritage Walks Series from the Centre of Heritage.

Thanks to generous funding from the Postgraduate Experience Award Fund, six heritage walks, focusing on the connection between engagement with heritage and wellbeing, will take place during the summer term of 2018. This exciting programme of walks will include visits to some of Kent’s remarkable historic villages and monuments, archaeological sites and places of natural beauty.

The walks are open to all, although transportation or admissions to sites are not covered.

For the full programme of heritage walks, please see here:

To register, click here:

Big Ideas Competition Winner to compete in global competition

Masters student Sybil Mayard, from the School of Computing, has won this year’s University of Kent Big Ideas Competition with her business idea “Codable”. Each year the University selects a student, or team of students, to compete in the Global Entrepreneur Challenge, which takes place at Virginia Tech University in the US.

The University of Kent represents the UK in this prestigious competition which sees students from 15 universities from around the world pitch their business ideas for the chance to win $25,000 and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

Sybil’s winning entry, Codable, is a platform for students and employers in the IT industry to share examples of code in an online portfolio. In addition to her all expenses paid trip, Sybil has been awarded full access to the Hub’s Start Up Support Programme & Space (worth £2k) kindly sponsored by Santander Universities.

Thank you to all of the students who entered the Big Ideas Competition this year. The calibre of entries was very high and every one of the participants should be proud of their achievements.

If you have an innovative business idea that you would like to take forward, then now is your chance to act on it. Bring your ideas to the team at the University’s Hub for Innovation and Enterprise on 01227 824 641 or at

Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Californian music comes to Canterbury!

The California State University Long Beach Wind Orchestra is coming to the Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall on Monday 30 April at 19.30.

Recognised internationally as a premier university wind ensemble, the California State University, Long Beach Wind Symphony continues to expand the school’s rich tradition of performance excellence.

Composed of the finest wind and percussion performers within the Department of Music, its mission is to stimulate musical growth and provide advanced performance opportunities for the department’s instrumental music students. Performance goals encompass the identification, performance, and appreciation of the best of wind and percussion literature.

The programme includes:

  • Lincolnshire Posy By Percy Grainger
  • Clarinet Concerto No 2 by Oscar Navarro
  • Slava by Leonard Bernstein
  • Music by John Philip Sousa

Tickets, priced £5 each, and further information is available on Gulbenkian webpages.

Student accommodation

Summer housekeeping staff vacancies

We are recruiting team members for Kent Hospitality summer housekeeping for Canterbury campus accommodation, who are available to work between 4 June and 16 September 2018. We will offer a minimum of 80 hours per month during this period. Successful candidates will need to be flexible regarding working days and hours, additional hours may be available.

Rates are:

  • £8.46 p/hr 16 – 24 years old
  • £8.97 p/hr 25 years and over (Living Wage)

Some weekend working is required; you must be available to work on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018.

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Complete an online contract and return this by 17 May 2018.
  • Attend a three hour Health and Safety induction in the week commencing 21 May 2018.

For the health, safety and welfare of staff and conference guests, all successful applicants will be required to attend a health and safety induction. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the required level of understanding in all areas covered in the training. Any staff not achieving the required standard will not be permitted to work.

  • Start working in the week commencing 4 June 2018 (minimum of two shifts for training).

If you think this summer vacancy is for you, please complete our online questionnaire:

Closing date for applications: 10 May 2018 (or earlier if we receive a large number of applications).

The Kent Hospitality HR department will then email you by Tuesday 15 May to let you know whether or not your application has been successful. Please do not contact the Kent Hospitality HR department to check the status of your application, as they will be unable to answer individual enquiries.

Athena SWAN and Professional Services – Progressing Together-Event on 14 May

Athena SWAN now has a wider reach and includes Professional Services staff in creating a better work environment for everyone.

The Athena SWAN Project Team wants to invite you to a ‘Progressing Together’ event on the 14 May from 12.00-16.00 at Grimond Lecture Theatre, where we can start the conversation; we need your input to make sure we focus on the right things that will make a difference

This event is open for anyone to attend, however, the themes and topics are aimed at University of Kent’s Professional Services and for this reason, we particularly welcome PS members of staff.

Follow the link to register and to learn more: Register here

Simon Elliott interviewed by Dan Snow

Dr Simon Elliott, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, featured on the podcast Dan Snow’s History Hit earlier in the week, following the publication of his third book Septimius Severus in Scotland (Greenhill Books, 2018).

‘The reason why he was there was for the last major attempt to conquer Scotland,’ explains Simon in the podcast, ‘to try to achieve what no emperor had done before’.

Approximately 57,000 soldiers were involved in two campaigns in 209AD and 201AD. ‘Even though he took this enormous army – if not the largest army compiled on British soil – he still failed.’ As a response to these failures, Severus allegedly ordered the genocide of the Scots, which had lasting effects on the country. ‘This is one of the great, great untold stories of British history.’

To listen to the episode, please go to the webpage here.

Additionally, we are running a book competition to win Simon’s first book Sea Eagles of Empire (History Press, 2016), which may be found here.