Monthly Archives: October 2018

NERC funded PhD Studentships in Environmental Research

Kent is part of the NERC funded ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership, a consortium whose members include the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Plymouth and Royal Holloway University of London. The DTP’s multi-million pound bid to fund new postgraduate research vital to the future of our planet has been successful, and applications are now open to PhD students looking to start in October 2019.

The funding will support at least 80 PhD students to carry out vital environmental research in areas such as atmospheric and ocean science, biodiversity and conservation, geosciences and natural hazards, the application of microbiological and genetic science to environmental problems, and sustainability of water, energy and food supplies.

ARIES will enable its partners to pool experience and resources to create rich training environments for students, to encourage knowledge-sharing to the benefit of all and to give students the opportunity to undertake internships during the course of their PhD.

Partners from industry, policy bodies, research organisations and charities will add to the vitality of ARIES. Professor Richard Griffiths, Professor of Biological Conservation said:  “I am delighted that NERC has funded the expanded postgraduate training partnership ARIES. This funding means that Kent will continue to provide cutting-edge postgraduate training in environmental science through the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and the National Centre for Statistical Ecology.”

Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate School said: “It is really excellent news that Kent and its partners have been successful with ARIES, which means that we will continue to equip students with the necessary skills and tools to meet global challenges in this vital area of research.”

Find out more about ARIES studentships at Kent.

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Students in Danger of Missing Out On Tens of Thousands

With time running out before the December deadline students are in danger of missing out on tens of thousands of pounds of funding.

Every year the University makes nearly £50,000 of philanthropic funding from donations available through various different schemes to pay for projects and events that students want.  But due to ever growing time pressures that students now face every day hardly anyone has had the time to fill in the necessary application forms.

“I am worried that this could mean that much loved student events and projects will not take place this year” said third year drama student Aleksander Angelov.

“Even though the forms are available online two huge tranches of money may go unspent this year”, said Alex Perkins from The University Development Office. There is £40,000 up for grabs for Student Projects and another £10,000 in match funding for Crowdfunding – but with just weeks to go before the Student Projects deadline passes very few groups, schools and societies have submitted funding requests.”

Last year projects that received tens of thousands of pounds in funding from the Student Projects Scheme included The Poetry Slam. Kent Africa Summit and TEDx.

To get your Student Project funded search “Student Projects” on the Kent website or crowdfunding@kent

Cookies and Conversation – we want your Library and IT feedback!

In Information Services we are always looking to improve the service you receive, helping you study and achieve your goals. We cover a huge range of services that you will all have some experience of – email, printing, Wi-Fi, study space, books and e-resources and so much more. It is important to us to get your feedback. What is working? What can we improve? What can we do differently?

Information Services, together with the Kent Union Student reps, will be in the Library Cafe from 12.00-14.00 on Thursday 1 November, getting your views. Have your say and make your voice heard! Come and get your free cookie and a cuppa.

Look out for an email with a link to the annual Information Services Library and IT Resources Survey 2018 in a couple of weeks too.

Find out more about how the University is listening to the Student Voice here.

Thinking about Postgraduate Study?

The Graduate School are hosting a number of workshops during Enhancement Week for Undergraduate and Master’s students who are thinking about their future in academia.

Wednesday 7 November

Talk to our Postgraduates

14.00 – 16.00, Graduate School, CE329 Cornwallis East 3rd Floor

(Final Year UG and Master’s Students)

Current Master’s and PhD students have volunteered their time to talk to you about their time as a postgraduate student. You can ask them about their experiences and what life is like as a postgraduate at Kent. Hear about postgraduate facilities, intensity of workload and how they manage their finances.  Get to know what expectations are realistic and tips on establishing a work/life balance. Ask about support and what relationships/contacts they have developed during study and, find out what challenges there may be to overcome.

Let us know you are coming by registering here.

Thursday 8 November

Designing a Research Proposal or Master’s Application

13.00 – 16.00, Graduate School, CE329 Cornwallis East 3rd

(Final Year UG and Master’s Students)

This workshop is aimed at students who are putting together a Master’s application or research proposals for PhD projects.  We will consider what a good application/proposal needs, examine some examples of successful applications/proposals, and consider some tips and tricks from successful applicants. Participants should bring along their draft applications (if you have already started), as there will be an opportunity to work on these in the session. The workshop will provide a supportive, interactive work space for participants who are designing their own projects.

Facilitated by Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor – Graduate School.

Undergraduate students register here.
Master’s students register through Bloom here.

Friday 9 November

Kent Scholarships – what’s on offer?

10.00 – 11.00, Graduate School Training Room, Cornwallis East 3rd Floor

(Final Year UG and Master’s Students)

This workshop is designed to give you an insight into applying for postgraduate scholarships at Kent. We will be covering what to look for when searching for a scholarship, both at Kent and from scholarship search engines and also what makes a good application. How are Scholarship decisions made? What can I expect out of a scholarship? The workshop will cover both Master’s and PhD scholarships. This will be a fully interactive session with a scholarship themed puzzles to solve.

Hosted by Stephen McLaughlin, Postgraduate Funding Officer and Louise Mann, Scholarships and Research Councils Assistant.

Let us know you are coming by registering here.

Postgraduate Funding: Considering the Alternatives

13.00 – 16.00, Graduate School Training Room, Cornwallis East 3rd Floor

(Final Year UG and Master’s Students)

Need extra funding? For fees, living expenses, research, travel, conferences.
If the answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these, then consider this workshop with Dr Luke Blaxill, Director of GradFunding. It explores the thousands of alternative grant-making bodies in Britain: principally charities, trusts, and foundations.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained the knowledge and skills needed to:

1. identify the appropriate and best alternative funding bodies for them
2. find these bodies via books and the internet
3. apply strongly and in the correct fashion.

Undergraduate students register here.
Master’s students register through Bloom here.

CEWL Individual writing tutorials

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is offering Individual Writing Tutorials to give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from CEWL. Advice will be given on your language as well as the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each and are free of charge.

Tutorials are available all year. To make an appointment, please email us at

Please note that this is not a proof-reading service.

Mental Health event

Medway Talking Therapies

Medway Talking Therapies, who provide talking therapies in the Medway, are running a 6 week cognitive behavioural therapy based for students at the Universities at Medway for students experiencing low mood, depression, stress and anxiety.

The course will start on Tuesday 30th October and will run from 3pm to 4pm in the Drill Hall Library, room DA015. To book a place on the course students need to use the contact details on the poster or contact

If you can’t attend but are interested then you should still get in touch with either Medway Talking Therapies or with the Medway Wellbeing team so you can be offered a place on a future course.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Launch of Kent’s Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (DCGC)

Staff and students are invited to the launch of the new Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) on Monday, 5 November 2018, from 3-4pm in Darwin Lecture Theatre 3 (DLT3).

The University of Kent has established the GCDC to serve as the nucleus for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) PhD training activities at Kent. The GCDC is dedicated to doctoral research addressing the challenges of economic development and well-being faced by developing countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

As part of this new initiative, the University of Kent is offering eight GCDC doctoral scholarships (covering an annual stipend at UKRI rates, tuition fees and a research training support grant), and applications can be both student-led and project-led. The first four GCDC-funded doctoral students commenced their studies in the academic year 2018-2019, and the 2019-2020 call for applications can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about the GCDC and its work, please join us at the launch event on Monday, 5 November. At the event, the four current GCDC students will present their research projects, and the GCDC academic lead, Dr Ingvild Bode, will provide further information and be available for questions regarding the 2019-2020 GCDC scholarships call for applications.

Please confirm your attendance for the GCDC launch event by emailing

Peter and the Wolf- make a picture!

Next term, on Sunday March 10th, the University’s Camerata ensemble and narrator Will Wollen will be performing Prokofiev’s ever-popular ‘Peter and the Wolf.’ An eye-catching image is needed for the poster and publicity so the Music Department is launching a competition to find a budding young artist. The picture can be of anything connected with the story – perhaps Peter himself, his grumpy grandfather, the duck, bird or cat, or even the scary wolf!

The chosen image will feature on the poster, in next term’s Music brochure and will be on display at the concert – the winner will receive 4 complimentary tickets. The competition is open to children (up to the age of 12) of both University staff and students, and the deadline is Monday 3rd December.

Please send entries to Susan Wanless, Director of Music, Colyer-Fergusson Building, either as a paper copy (max size A4, 210mm x 297 mm) or as a high resolution jpeg. Make sure contact details are included.

Applicant day for postgraduate research degrees in law

Anyone interested in studying a postgraduate research degree in Law at Kent Law School, is warmly invited to attend our Applicant Day on Friday 16 November.

The event, which runs from 11.45am to 3pm on Kent’s Canterbury campus, offers an opportunity to learn more about both our PhD in Law and our LLM by Research. As well as being an excellent opportunity to chat informally with academics and current research students about your research ideas, you’ll receive information on topics such as: how to write a good proposal; how to find a supervisor; what it’s like to be a research student; and how to apply for scholarships and funding.

We’ll also briefly explain our own admissions system, introduce you to potential Kent Law School supervisors, and offer you a free lunch.

Kent Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world class research. We take a critical and socio-legal approach that views the law within the broader social, political and economic context in which it operates. Research students at Kent benefit from a vibrant and inclusive research culture and study within a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that includes many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. Our programmes are open to both law and non-law graduates and attract professionals looking to develop their legal knowledge.

Places for the Applicant Day are limited to 25; to apply for one of these places, please send an email to including: a Research Note (briefly explaining what your research interest/project is in no more than 1000 words); and your CV.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm, Monday 5 November 2018. Early submissions are encouraged from those who will need to make travel arrangements.