Monthly Archives: December 2018

Start the new year with Windows 10

If you don’t have Windows 10 on your staff PC yet, please help us by installing it this December or early January. It would be great if we can get most staff PCs using Windows 10 by the start of Spring term.

How to install Windows 10

  • Read this essential checklist to make sure you don’t lose work or access to software.
  • Start the installation just before you leave for the day. It runs itself and can take a few hours. If you run it overnight it should be done by the following morning.

Allow at least an hour to get up and running the next morning.

What’s different with Windows 10

It comes with Office 2016 which will replace Office 2013. The differences are minor. Windows 10 is a little faster than Windows 7 and works a bit differently.

Thank you. All staff PCs need to stop using Windows 7 by the end of 2019 as Microsoft will stop supporting it shortly after.

We are here to help so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Information Services Staff Excellence Awards 2018

A busy year in Information Services has meant many well deserved Staff Excellence Awards for 2018!

Each year we reward individuals and teams alike for going above and beyond, be it by working on a project or simply excelling in their day-to-day roles.

Denise Everitt, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer and John Sotillo, Director Information Services awarded the prizes at a ceremony which was followed by a celebratory lunch.

Congratulations are given to all staff members who won an award, and thanks for all the hard work for Information Services.


Campus Shuttle

Campus Shuttle changes for the New Year

Having listened to your suggestions from the recent Campus Shuttle survey, which over 450 staff and students completed, there will be some exciting changes to the service from January.

In response to your feedback:

  • passengers will now be able to board the Campus Shuttle at Liberty Quays for travel to Pembroke campus and the Dockyard (Western Avenue)
  • to allow for passenger boarding time without losing the hourly service, the shuttle will now only stop once on the Canterbury campus, at Keynes bus stop
  • the service will no longer stop at Darwin bus stop
  • the on-the-hour timetable will continue
  • we are introducing two new, larger Campus Shuttle vehicles (49 and 34 seaters).

Medway student feedback was clear in wanting the new service from Liberty Quays to the Pembroke campus and the Historic Dockyard. To ensure we can keep an hourly service, the decision had to be made to remove one of the stops at Canterbury. The majority of you in the survey said you’d prefer to keep the Keynes bus stop, or had no clear preference.

Features of the new vehicles include Wi-Fi, USB charging points, more comfortable seats, a toilet and fold out tables on the larger vehicle. Both of the vehicles will be wrapped in a University of Kent design.

We’ll be publishing more information for the new improved service in the New Year on our Campus Shuttle webpages.

Ben Thomas at the Italian Cultural Institute

 Ben Thomas, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, will take part in a discussion about Raphael at the Italian Cultural Institute at 7pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

‘On Raphael – Indagine su Raffaello #5’ will be chaired by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute.

Ben will participate alongside Deanna Petherbridge, artist, writer and curator, and Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A. They will explore the practice of drawing through the work of Raphael, and its lasting impact on Western art over centuries up to contemporary practice.

Please contact the Italian Cultural Institute for more information about the event.

Kent professor appointed to work for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Professor Gordon Lynch has been appointed to serve as an expert witness to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry for its investigation into child migration from Scotland which will run in 2019.

Professor Lynch is a leading researcher in the history of child migration programmes, funded by the UK and overseas governments, which sent around 100,000 children without their parents to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the former Southern Rhodesia. He has previously served as an expert witness in this field to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse where evidence presented by him and his fellow co-witness, Professor Stephen Constantine, helped to underpin the Inquiry’s recommendation that the UK Government should urgently establish a redress scheme to make payments to all surviving British child migrants.

Commenting on this appointment, Professor Lynch said: ‘I am pleased to serve the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in this capacity. The work undertaken by this, and by previous inquiries, is helping us to build a clearer picture of how child migration programmes operated across the whole of the UK as well as their effects on the lives of those who were sent overseas as children. I hope this work can help the continued process of reflecting what lessons we can learn from their experiences as well as how we can best respond to the many former child migrants still alive today.’

Professor Lynch has also been involved in a range of other work intended to raise public awareness of the history of these migration schemes. In November, the Ballads of Child Migration project, which he helped to set up, held a series of performances across the country of songs reflecting the experiences of British child migrants with Professor Lynch speaking Q&A sessions with audiences at each venue. Recordings of songs from these live performances will be played on a show dedicated to the Ballads project on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show in January 2019.


MA Comparative Literature students visit Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The postgraduate students studying “Writing Unreason: Literature and Madness in the Modern Period” on the MA in Comparative Literature, and their seminar leader Dr Angelos Evangelou, Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, were welcomed on Monday 10th December 2018 by the Director of the Bethlem Museum of the Mind with a brief introduction about its history and contents.

The museum, which is located within the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, was opened in 2015 by artist Grayson Perry. Its permanent and periodic exhibitions host internationally renowned collections of archives, art and historical objects related to the history of mental illness, and mental healthcare and treatment.

The students had the opportunity to reflect on the representation of mental illness in art, to see artwork made by author Anna Kavan which is studied in the module, view artwork made by patients either on or off the hospital grounds, and to engage in a debate about mental health and hospitalisation. The field trip was funded by the Department of Comparative Literature. “I really enjoyed the trip to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind,” said Rochelle Zibetti, a SECL student who attended the trip, “In addition to the exhibits, I liked hearing and sharing observations with my classmates who pointed out artworks and impressions that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.”

Angelos Evangelou commented, “It’s always great to see the seminar discussions continue outside the seminar room and the students to learn and be inspired by so many stimuli. With its aesthetically arresting, sensitive and historically instructive exhibits, The Bethlem Museum of the Mind offered us the opportunity to further reflect not only on the controversial topics of mental illness and mental healthcare but also on more theoretical topics such as the relationship between mental illness and creativity. A memorable day!”


Last call for auditions

Last chance to audition for The University of Kent Players April production of Wildest Dreams by Alan Ayckbourn!

The performance nights will be the 11th, 12th & 13th April and we will be holding a final audition on Thursday 20th December at 12.00-12.45, Canterbury Campus. Please email the director, Lauren at to let her know if you can attend the audition and for room location. We will do our best to meet with anyone who is unable to attend the audition but would like to audition for a role.

Please see the blurb for the play:

“Stanley, Hazel, Warren and Rick make the weekly escape from their real life nightmares into a role-playing board game peopled by dragons and monsters. A safe world where the dangers are of their own imagining; where they are free to become heroes of their own devising.

But how clear is the dividing line between what they choose to be and what they really are? What would it take for them to lose sight of it altogether? All it requires is Marcie. Loveable, understanding, sympathetic Marcie – destined to become the new demon to haunt their wildest dreams.”

We will be auditioning for the following cast member roles:

  • Stanley Inchbridge – Large role
  • Hazel Inchbridge – Large role
  • Warren Wrigley – Medium role
  • Rick (Alice) Toller – Medium role
  • Marcie Banks – Large role
  • Austen Skate – Medium role
  • Thelma Wrigley – Small role
  • Larry Banks – Small role

We really look forward to hearing from you!


Call for papers on black reconstruction in aesthetics

The journal Debates in Aesthetics, which is now edited by members of the Department of the History of Art, is seeking short papers in response to the article ‘Black Reconstruction in Aesthetics’ by Professor Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt University).

Submissions should be up to 3,500 words and need to engage directly with Taylor’s article, a digital proof of which can be downloaded here.

For this issue, the editors and members of the editorial board will award the Debates in Aesthetics Essay Prize to the best paper by a postgraduate student or early-career researcher (within three years of completed PhD). The amount of the prize is £250.

The deadline for submission is 14 January 2019.

Submissions guidelines are available here.

Wellbeing Zone December focus: Relationships and good mental health

The December theme for our new Staff Wellbeing Zone is ‘Good Relationships are the Foundation of Good Mental Health’.

Below are links to a selection of articles and publications expanding on the theme of relationships, good mental health and wellbeing.

Some of them also explore the difficulties that people who suffer from mental health problems face when engaging in relationships – romantic, family and friendships.

If you are affected by relationship issues,  our Occupational Health team or the University Counselling Service may be able to provide support. Get in touch by emailing