Monthly Archives: July 2019

Research project on Raphael wins Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research Award

Raphael – The Drawings, a Leverhulme-funded research project, that was co-organised by Dr Ben Thomas in the Department of Art History with colleagues from the University of Oxford, won a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research in the Project category at the University of Oxford. The prize was awarded at a ceremony earlier this week, Wednesday 10 July 2019.

The two-year research project aimed to transform our understanding of how Raphael drew, employing an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to the close study of his drawings.

An exhibition at the Ashmolean, Raphael: The Drawings, embodied the essential findings and conclusions of the project’s work, bringing together 120 drawings in three strands: invention; orchestration and expression in which Raphael’s experimental approach, visual strategies and graphic language were highlighted. The exhibition attracted 67,000 visitors.

Ben was co-organiser of the project team with Professor Catherine Whistler, supported by the project research assistant Angela Maria Aceto.

The project is detailed on page 10 of the research awards brochure here. 

Student walking in Canterbury Cathedral after collecting their degree

Canterbury graduation live streams

You can watch live streams of the Canterbury graduation ceremonies at the links below:

Monday 15 July

Tuesday 16 July

 Wednesday 17 July

Thursday 18 July

Friday 19 July

This information is also available on our website:

The videos will also be available to watch after the ceremonies.

Double win for Kent Hospitality at ASRA Regional Meeting

Kent Hospitality were delighted with the news that Derek Goss, Accommodation Manager, and Gary Sayles, Executive Manager: Housekeeping, both won awards at the latest Association for Student Residential Accommodation (ASRA) South East Regional Meeting.

Taking place on Wednesday 12 June, the South East Regional Meeting saw Derek Goss awarded ‘Residence Initiative of the Year’ for putting in place a new ‘moderated living’ initiative for 2019-20 arriving students.  

On winning the award, Derek commented “I was delighted to receive this award recognising the Accommodation Office’s efforts to improve many students residential experience at The University of Kent.”

The initiative allows students to select a ‘moderated living’ option when applying for University accommodation, whereby like-minded students who want to live in a quieter or alcohol restricted environment can live together in a dedicated location on campus.

Gary Sales, who won the ‘Best Student Community’ award added “We were happily surprised to receive the Best Student Community award as nominated by the ASRA Southeast Regional members and judging panel.

While the teams’ job descriptions concentrate on the cleaning aspects of the job, the Commercial Services and Kent Hospitality primary philosophy is always placing the student first.

We are so pleased that the teams efforts and innovations have been recognised and we look forward to enhancing our offering and continuing to make positive impacts.”

Since September 2018, Gary has been introducing ways to engage students in keeping their accommodation clean. Housekeeper visits are encouraged to be conversational, focusing on social and cleaning skills checks with students to help aid them in the transition to university life and living away from home. Service changes to provide monthly deep cleans to aid student efforts in maintaining their accommodation and implementing an evening cleaning service for set public areas on campus were also well received.

Nominations for awards came from regional ASRA members as well as attendees at the event on the day with the awards recognising initiatives that brought a ‘unique and creative addition to their residence community this year’.

James Merrington Caroline Li and Professor Ian McLoughlin

Prizes awarded to Computing graduates

At the Medway graduation on 9 July, Professor Ian McLoughlin presented the prizes to the 2019 graduates who had excelled in academic achievements or contribution to the life of the School.

Computer Science Project Prize: James Merrington

“James is a self-driven and highly motivated individual. He used industry standard throughout the development of his final year project, InsomiApp, a cross-platform sleep-tracking app and website. He delivered excellent contributions to all areas of the project and acquired knowledge beyond what was taught.”

School of Computing Prize: Anthony Ip

“Anthony has a consistent track record of excellence throughout his degree program. In his final year, Anthony has made solid contributions to his final year project. In doing so, he produced highly commendable work and garnered praise from his teachers and his peers.”

School of Computing FIVIUM Placement Prize: Ekta Ahira

“Ekta produced an outstanding report about her experience at General Electric, where she worked as a Project Manager for their Oil & Gas business based in Aberdeen. The report gave a lively and reflective account of the challenges faced, and the personal learning that she experienced.”

School of Computing KITC Prize: Chris Lam

“Chris is an extremely hard working and committed consultant. He played a pivotal role in all of the projects that he was involved in, and built great rapport with his clients and colleagues alike. This award recognises not only Chris’ talents, but the effort that he put in to develop and hone these skills over his time in the KITC.”

School of Computing Contribution Prize: Anthony Ip

“As a Computing workshop assistant during the last two years Anthony has been enthusiastic and helpful to other students. He is a highly reliable team member and has willingly taken on extra sessions to cover for others when they are not available.”

School of Computing Careers & Employability Prize: Ed East

“Ed did his year in industry at SAP, a multinational software manufacturer and took every opportunity available to network and improve his skills. On his return to university he was keen to spread the word about the advantages of the year in industry to other students, becoming Employability Ambassador for the School of Computing. He helped raise the profile of the School by writing blogs and profiles and taking part in videos about his year in industry and experiences at Kent, as well as promoting the opportunities available to students at open days and applicant days.”

Summer zone poster including image of child playing cricket

SummerZone is back for 2019!

With the school holidays just around the corner, Kent Sport has the perfect solution to keeping your children entertained this summer – SummerZone!

With up to two weeks of professional sports coaching, led by qualified and DBS checked coaches and supported by sports supervisors, SummerZone cures the summer boredom and gets your children active. If your child(ren) are aged five to 14 and would enjoy taking part in a variety of sporting activities on a daily basis, including football, kwik cricket, tag rugby, hockey and tennis, then book them on SummerZone 2019!

SummerZone will run from 9.00 to 15.00 daily from Monday 12 to Friday 16 August (week one), and Monday 19 to Friday 25 August (week two). Late pick-ups are available from 15.00 to 17.00 and will include staff-led fun games and creative activities.

You can book places for SummerZone now through the website. Booking is available for one week, two weeks or individual days. For full details visit Booking closes on Friday 26 July.

Bothered and bewildered poster.

Tickets on sale- Kent Players ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ play

The University of Kent Players are proud to present Gail Young’s ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ this September.

The play will be performed at 7.30 on the 5-7 September at the Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB.

Tickets are now on sale via the Gulbenkian website, in person at the Gulbenkian ticket office, or over the phone 01227 769075.

Bothered & Bewildered is a comic drama that follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as they begin a long journey in which the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body. As her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer’s, Irene’s past passion for romantic fiction blurs with reality. She discusses with her unseen and witty companion Barbara Cartland (Irene’s favourite and now deceased world famous romantic novelist) how best to write her ‘memory book’, disclosing to Barbara long kept family secrets that she would never reveal to anyone else.


Kent staff and students at BSA Annual Conference 2019

Several members of School of Arts academic staff will be presenting at the British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference 2019.

Professor Murray Smith, Professor of Film, Dr Dieter Declercq, Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media, Dr Mark Windsor and Claire Anscomb, Assistant Lecturers in History of Art, and Aurélie Debaene, PhD candidate in History and Philosophy of Art, will present papers at the conference which will take place at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from Friday 6 September 2019 to Sunday 8 September 2019.

The aim of the British Society of Aesthetics is to promote study, research and discussion of the fine arts and related types of experience from a philosophical, psychological, sociological, historical, critical and educational standpoint. As well as holding an annual conference, the BSA’s activities include publication of The British Journal of Aesthetics, Debates in Aesthetics, a newsletter, regional conferences, lecture series, grants to support research in aesthetics, and an essay prize.

Professor Murray Smith will be giving a paper as part of a symposium entitled ‘Filming Time: Film, Philosophy, and the Cinema of Richard Linklater’. Murray’s paper, titled ‘Moving Pictures, Seriality and the Long Durée’, will look at Linklater’s exploration of extended duration – narratives encompassing and films shot over many years – in his Beyond trilogy and in Boyhood. In particular he will be exploring Linklater’s use of natural ageing – shooting performers as they visibly age – as a way registering the passing of time.

Dr Dieter Declercq will give a paper entitled ‘Satire and the Sick World. Coping, not Curing’. Dieter’s talk will reassess the idea of satire as therapy. He challenges the heroic conception of satire as a cure for the ills of the world and instead argues that satire is an aesthetic tool to cope with a sick world beyond full recovery.

Dr Mark Windsor will present a paper entitled ‘Hume’s Standard of Taste: Erasing the Circle’ Mark aims to defend David Hume against two charges that have been brought against his essay, ‘Of the Standard of Taste’. The first is one of circularity – that Hume defines good art in terms of good critics, and he defines good critics in terms of their ability to judge good art. The second is one of infinite regress – that good critics can only be identified as a matter of subjective sentiment.

Claire Anscomb will present a paper titled ‘Photography and the Contact Phenomenon’. Dispute surrounds the realist basis of Kendall Walton’s “transparency” claim, however the claim that viewers may experience a sense of contact with the object of a photograph, remains largely unchallenged. To account then, for this sense of contact, Claire examines the photographic medium and the beliefs of viewers, and proposes a hybrid explanation, based on realist and psychological factors, including the sub-doxastic state of alief.

And finally, Aurélie Debaene will present a paper titled ‘#IWokeUpLikeThis: Demystifying Photogenic Images’. Aurélie will open a discussion of the photogenic by exploring what we mean by ‘photogenic’, how photogenic images are achieved, and some of the implications of their mystification. Identifying a cross-pollination between make-believe and the real as the root of such mystification paves the way for a more informed aesthetic appreciation of these images and the processes behind them.

Registration for the conference is now open, and tickets can be booked here.

Estates opening times on Friday 12 July

The Estates Department will be holding its annual Celebration Day on Friday 12 July for Estates staff.

Campus Security and the University switchboard will be operating as normal; however, there will be some service disruptions as follows:

  • The Estates Customer Services Centre and the main Estates reception will be closed from 11.30 on Friday 12 until 08.00 on Monday 15 July. If you need to report a building or service emergency, please contact Campus Security on extension 3300 and the relevant trade will be called out.
  • Any visitors or contractors should report directly to Campus Security.
  • Design and Print Centre will be closed from 11.30.
  • The Transport Team (based in the Security and Transport building) will be closed from 11.30. Information regarding transport and parking is available on the Transport website or, in an emergency situation, please contact Campus Security on extension 3300.
  • Postal Services will not be delivering or collecting mail after 11.30. Delivery and collection times will be brought forward for departments that normally have their delivery/collection after this time.
  • The Post Room will be closed from 11.30 until 15.00 and the postal counter service for personal mail will not be available until Monday. We will do our best to process all outgoing items collected before 11.30. Urgent items of business mail may be hand-delivered to the Post Room between 15.00 and 16.00, where they will be processed in order of priority

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any concerns, please contact Estates Customer Services on extension 16666 or email Estates Customer Services.

Donna Timmis

Special needs education; Nostalgia podcast with Donna Timiss

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Dr Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, speaks to Donna Timmiss, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.

In this episode, Donna and Chris talk about special needs education; the care system; tap dancing; Dollar and Bucks Fizz; going to the cinema for 50p; being hit at the cinema during ‘Rocky IV’; fan fiction; Dirty Dancing; Babylon 5; the role of spirituality in Terry Pratchett; the Durham Miners’ Gala; Jeremy Corbyn; being bullied at school; lifelong friendships; reunions; and why the North East is quite a matriarchal environment.

Future guests include alumna Sarah Blackman, who participated in our Open Day on 6 July, Professor Gerard Loughlin from the University of Durham and our own Professor Jeremy Carrette.

University of Kent Identity

Congratulations to awarded Senior Fellows of the HEA

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education warmly congratulates the following colleagues who applied for Senior Fellowship of the HEA through the Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff (RRES) and successfully gained national recognition for their leadership, excellence, expertise and commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning.

Sahar Al-Sudani, School of Computing – Senior Fellow

Maria Balta, Kent Business School – Senior Fellow

David Hornsby, School of European Culture and Languages – Senior Fellow

Sue Tarrant, Kent Business School – Senior Fellow

Jackie Walduck, School of Music and Fine Art – Senior Fellow

Sean Williams, School of Music and Fine Art – Senior Fellow

For further information on the Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff please click here or email