Monthly Archives: October 2019

Kent Talks- empowering and uplifting students

Miray Has, a third year Biomedical Science student, and her team were successful with being awarded a Community Scholarship for a new project aimed to empower and uplift students of the University of Kent – Kent Talks.

At Kent Talks, the objective is to help enrich students by gaining knowledge on diverse subject matters that can be easily overlooked. Whether you are an undergraduate or a postgraduate, a bold public speaker or a nervous speaker, Kent Talks will provide you with the necessary guidance and support to become an orator on stage.

There will be four events throughout the academic year with three speeches taking place at each event. The Kent Talks platform ensures every individual within the university has access to a framework where they can talk about an interest or expertise, identify problems or simply share personal experiences that they believe others will benefit from.

The first event will be held on Monday 11 November at the Gulbenkian Theatre from 17.00-18.00. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with your friends all around campus, meet like-minded people and deepen your educational and social values.

If you have ever felt strongly about an issue or topic and wanted to raise awareness, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. All you need is a thirst to overcome barriers and a passion to continuously self-evolve. The project members will be here to prepare and mentor you for your upcoming talk.

Learn more about Kent Talks online or email Miray Has for more information.

Re-thinking Europe

To mark the launch of the new ‘Postcolonial Europe Group’, there will be an all-day symposium on the 2nd of November 2019 at the University of Kent, with contributions from scholars, activists and artists from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, and Malta.

At a time when Europe is being questioned culturally and politically, there is a need to re-think its significance. Adopting a postcolonial lens, this event will bring into the spotlight a different map of Europe that is not solely shaped by its colonial legacy but also by different dynamics of subalternity, conditions of un/belonging, cultural, economic and geographical displacement.

The event will bring disciplines and fields together to re-think critically and creatively the significance of Europe. It will focus particularly on a number of contested conjunctural spaces: from Europe’s Southern frontiers to its inner cities. The interventions will be followed by a round table discussion centred on the objectives of the network, and a talk by artist Agnese Purgatorio.

Speakers include:

Professor Lars Jensen (Roskilde University): ‘Writing Postcolonial Europe’

Professor Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University): ‘Phantoms of Europe: Intellectual Legacies and Cultural Transitions in Postcolonial Europe’

Dr Norbert Bugeja (University of Malta): ‘The Edge(s) of Memoir in an Ageing Europe: Postcolonial Notes’

Professor Miguel Mellino (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale): ‘Policing The Refugee Crisis: Neoliberalism between Biopolitics and Necropolitics’

Dr Paula McCloskey (University of Derby) and Dr Sam Vardy (Sheffield Hallam University): ‘The Eile Project; a place, of their own’

Dr Maria Ridda (University of Kent): ‘Remaking Europe from its Lawless Frontiers’

Agnese Purgatorio (artist, Podbiesky Contemporary, Milan): ‘The Immobile Nomad’

Register here. The event is free but places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Online interactive training module on how to identify and avoid plagiarism

Colleagues are invited to the Learning & Teaching Network session titled ‘Online interactive training module for students introducing academic integrity and how to identify and avoid plagiarism’ taking place on:

Date:  Wednesday 13 November

Time: 13.15-14.30

Location: Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Presented by Chloe Courtenay, Senior Tutor, Centre for English and World Languages and Susan Driver, Faculty Learning Technologist

The aim of this project is to develop an online interactive Academic Integrity module to be hosted on the AI website on one platform for students and on another exclusively for staff.

The student module would include guidance about good academic practice and show examples of different types of plagiarism (e.g. copy paste, patchwork, collusion, unintentional, poor use of sources, poor paraphrasing etc.).

The staff module would include examples of different types of plagiarism but would also include interactive questions to identify what kind of poor academic practice is shown in the example. In this way it could function as a training module.

An interactive online module will also be more inclusive for both students and staff as it will comprise, audio-visual as well as written input. The aim is for the online module to be a modern, user-friendly, and visually appealing educational tool.

“In this session we will introduce the student version, show the different activities and explain how the module could be used.”

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.

English Language and Academic Skills workshops

Is English not your first language?

We offer a FREE English language course for all Kent students.

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) helps you improve your English and gives you the chance to discuss your specific academic difficulties. Workshops include:

ED001 Essay Writing

ED002 Grammar

ED003 Presentation Skills

ED004 Listening and Note-Taking

ED008 Pronunciation

ED009 Good Academic Practice and Referencing

Individual Speaking Tutorials

Individual Writing Tutorials

You can sign up for spring term modules from Week 8.

The workshops are based at the Canterbury campus but Medway students are invited to join.

You can catch the free Campus Shuttle to Canterbury. Book a seat on the Campus Shuttle.

Find out more information about the free English language workshops.

Organising for Success – project update

At Kent, we transform lives through opportunity, discovery and community. Organising for Success brings together work that will empower staff to do this, helping us meet out Kent 2025 strategy and ensure a future we can be proud of. This includes introducing seven new academic divisions with greater freedom to meet the needs of our students, simplifying or removing processes so that we have more time to do our jobs, and embracing new ways of working that mean we will be free to focus on the best of what we do.

The Project Operational Group for Organising for Success is now meeting regularly, with five core strands of activity identified to deliver the project. Read more on the implementation of Organising for Success.

Directors of Division and divisional Directors of Operations

Interviews for the directors of our new academic divisions are currently in progress, with a second internal round to be held before Christmas for the three divisions where no candidates were shortlisted.

The first round of interviews for divisional Directors of Operations has also been concluded, with a second round to follow in December for any remaining vacancies.

All appointed candidates for both roles will join a workshop with Organising for Success Strand Leads to manage their transition into the role and agree short-term objectives.

Central professional service structures

Following recent changes to the makeup of our Executive Group, design work has continued on the revised management structure for our central professional services. Formal consultation with affected leadership and management staff (Tiers 3+4) will begin in the coming weeks and will finish in the New Year, with exact timings to be confirmed.

Read the latest updates on Organising for Success

Professor Sophia Labadi

Sophia Labadi discusses Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development

Professor Sophia Labadi, Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, led discussions on a Policy Guidance on Cultural Heritage for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a project by ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites), the largest NGO on heritage.

The role of culture and heritage’s contributions to all the SDGs need improvements in communication, alignment, coordination and advocacy with the broader sustainable development field, and the Policy Guidance aims to fill this gap by detailing how heritage can fulfil the SDGs. This meeting took place during ICOMOS Advisory Committee and General Assembly, held in Marrakesh, Morocco on 19 October and was attended by experts from all over the world. At this meeting, Professor Labadi presented an example of what the policy could look like and collected comments to develop further the document.

Professor Labadi stresses that “this endeavour is necessary to ensure that heritage can occupy a more prominent space in the international debate on sustainable development”.

play well

PhD student Adam James at the Wellcome Collection

Work by PhD student Adam James will be featuring at the Wellcome Collection in London from Thursday 24 October 2019, as part of an exhibition entitled ‘Play Well’.

Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well?

Play Well will explore how play transforms both childhood and society. Using toys, games, artworks and design, this exhibition will investigate how we played as children and how we play now we’re grown up: developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. By featuring video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of people at play everywhere from playgrounds to refugee camps.

Adam has been commissioned to devise a play space for visitors to consider the impact of play in their lives. The space was put together with advice and help from the School of Arts’ workshop.

Adam’s PhD project is titled ‘Emancipatory Play: Larp Based Performance and the Redistribution of Power’, supervised by Dr Michael Newall and Dr Shona Illingworth.

The exhibition is free and runs until 8 March 2020. For more details, please see the page here.


James Newton interviews filmmaker Andrew Jones

Dr James Newton, Lecturer in the Department of Media Studies, has just released a new entry in his podcast series, Newton Talks.

In the series, James discusses topics (mostly) related to cinema, television, and culture. His guests will be from the world of academia, as well as filmmakers and other artists, and each podcast will take the form of an unscripted discussion.

The latest episode features prolific Welsh horror and exploitation filmmaker Andrew Jones. Andrew, through his company North Bank Entertainment, has directed nearly thirty profitable movies, including The Curse of Robert the Doll (2016), Werewolves of the Third Reich (2017), Bundy and the Green River Killer (2019), The Manson Family Massacre (2019), The Curse of Halloween Jack (2019), and many more. In this podcast, James talks to Andrew about his career in micro-budget filmmaking.

To listen to this instalment, please see the page here.

Tiernan Douieb

Alumnus Tiernan Douieb on Money Box

Comedian and alumnus Tiernan Douieb, who completed his BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre in 1999, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box earlier this week, in an edition entitled ‘How to Maximize Money from Mirth’, broadcast 23 October 2019.

You might think of comedians as up on a stage in a pub, but that’s just one part of what the job entails today. Social media, streaming services and stadium tours have changed the comedy game. Instead of doing gigs to get on TV, you do TV to get people to your gig.

In the programme, Tiernan explains how he got into stand-up comedy: ‘I’ve always wanted to do performing, and the first time I did a comedy gig instead of acting it was like a compulsion – you suddenly realise that’s what you need to do.’

Tiernan’s has contributed to the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive in the Templeman Library, including material relating to the many projects he has organised as well as solo performances.

The episode can be heard here (with Tiernan first featuring at about 3’30” into the programme).

Professor Sophia Labadi

Sophia Labadi publishes The Cultural Turn in International Aid

Professor Sophia Labadi, Professor of Heritage in the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, has published a book entitled The Cultural Turn in International Aid. This volume analyses a wide and comprehensive range of issues related to culture and international aid in a critical and constructive manner.

Assessing why international aid is provided for cultural projects, rather than for other causes, the book also considers whether and how donor-funded cultural projects can address global challenges, including post-conflict recovery, building peace and security, strengthening resilience, or promoting human rights.

With contributions from experts around the globe, the volume critically assesses the impact of international aid, including the diverse power relations and inequalities it creates, and the interests it serves at international, national and local levels. The book also considers projects that have failed and analyses the reasons for their failure, drawing out lessons learnt and considering what could be done better in the future.

Professor Labadi says that ‘this an important book not only for the academic debate on international aid, but also for any funder interested in funding cultural project’.