Monthly Archives: January 2020

New Studio 3 gallery exhibition

New Studio 3 exhibition: ‘AI and I’

The School of Art’s Studio 3 Gallery has launched a new exhibition this month, entitled ‘AI and I’.

The exhibition will run until the Thursday 20 February 2020 and the gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10.00 – 17.00.

The exhibition has been curated by Alice C. Helliwell, who is currently on the PhD in the History and Philosophy of Art, and Studio 3 Gallery curator Dr Eleen M Deprez, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms.

The exhibition is an experiment: using works from the Kent Print Collection, the exhibition explores how AI can facilitate curating and enhance the visitor’s experience of art.

AI broadly refers to technologies that create intelligence in a computational machine. Some AI recreates human behaviour (such as writing a text or identifying objects in a picture). Others aim to go beyond our human capabilities, avoiding human error. AI has an increasingly wide application, from face recognition on social media, to voice assistants Siri and Alexa. In the arts, people are developing AI that can identify, evaluate and create artworks.

The exhibition explores these possibilities by utilising a number of AI technologies. AI was used to help select, design, interpret and describe the works on display. Google Vision API suggested how works could be displayed together and EyeEm helped inform which works were aesthetically pleasing. AI looked carefully at the various portraits in the collection and suggested matching faces in other works of art. GPT-2 wrote short narratives based on the works. The ‘AI and YOU’ section of the display is designed to encourage you to try out some of the technologies yourself.

For more details of the Studio 3 Gallery, please take a look at this blog 

Multicoloured pencils joined to make a circle

Don’t miss out: there’s still time to do a Study Plus course

Study Plus courses run throughout the term, with several taking place or starting during Enhancement Week (Week 19). They enable you to learn about subjects that interest you and  gain new skills.

KE024-Talking Cultures helps increase your awareness of cultural differences.Thinking about learning Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin or Russian? Try a taster session (KE181, KE181, KE183, KE184)

Put your ideas in to action with Screenwriting (KE087). Dirty History (KE004,) looks at the Medieval period as portrayed on film and TV and King Arthur at the Movies (KE195) focusses on Arthuriana in film.

Spend time in the woods, learning about crafts such as Coppicing (KE060) and Making a Brash Fence (KE161). Learn how to fell a tree with KE193 .Not only will you learn useful skills, but you will benefit from being outdoors and connecting with nature.

KE201- Vampires of the Fin-de-Siècle, examines the vampire myth as explored by writers of the nineteenth century. KE149 (Let’s Talk About Art), KE202 (Art and Politics) and KE203 (Art and Society) introduce you to art history, exploring the interaction of art and politics and the artist’s role in society. All start in Week 19.

KE095 Communicate with Confidence starts in Week 19, with a second session in Week 20.

KE122 Digital Photography is back during Weeks 19-23.

Prepare for an IELTS English language test with KE178 during Weeks 19-23.

KE097 Meditation for Study, Work and Life will introduce you to different techniques, such as mindfulness. Learn about Taoism with KE145.

If you are interested in Chinese Medicine, join KE171.

You can sign up for all of these courses in SDS workshop:

To see the full range of courses running this term, see the Study Plus website

Protest with placards

Gulbenkian Family Day on Climate Change

What would our world, our city and our lives look like if we all took action? Join us for a fun family day focusing on themes of sustainability and saving our planet.

When: Saturday 15 Feb from 10.00 – 16.00

Where: Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Tickets for the WHOLE DAY are only £2! and can be booked online now. Please note some of the events below have a limited capacity, and will be first come, first served on the day.

Book now on the Gulbenkian website 

Join artist Amanda Thesiger on a Nature Walk through the university grounds with no particular destination in mind, allowing yourself to be led by your senses.

Artist Peter Morton is back with a hands-on Animation Workshop inspired by all things treeish.

Enjoy a live performance from members of Pequeño Samba Pelo Mar, Whitstable’s community samba band.

Our chefs demonstrate live how to cook a delicious meal, using only locally produced ingredients from within a 30 mile radius!

Spoken word artist Henry Maddicott asks you to put pen to paper and write a Letter to the Earth (you can perform it too later if you like!).

Help artist Hope Fitzgerald to make small folded books which capture important ideas from the day.

Come and have your say on a range of climate change topics in one of our Mini Citizens Assemblies, and put in your vote on how you think things should change.

At the end of the day, join a discussion panel of climate change experts and activists and hear the results from our day of Mini Citizens Assemblies.

What will you do to help save the planet? Grab a pen and add your action or pledge to our Sustainabili-TREE.

Film Screenings: (ticketed separately at £3pp)

Wall-E – 10.00

2040 – 13.00

The Biggest Little Farm – 16.00

Staff 3

Updated Privacy Notice now available

An updated copy of the University’s Privacy Notice is now available.

The Privacy Notice sets out how everyone’s personal data is collected, processed and stored by HR.  The full Notice can be found on the HR webpages.

Key changes in this update are the use of CCTV images, retention periods for data in Staff Connect and the introduction of an archive system to enable us to provide basic employment references for staff for many years after leaving our employment.

Brexit updates and events

The 31 January will see the UK leaving the European Union. This is a historically significant moment and it will change the political relationship between the UK and our European partners. It will shape a future new relationship with Europe.

The University recognises this moment and its impact on colleagues and students. We understand this day will create many different emotions and will mean different things for each individual.

As a university community, we will continue to strive for international co-operation in Europe and around the globe for the enhancement of knowledge and the enrichment of the student experience. We are proud of our European links and our internationally diverse student and staff community from Europe and around the world.

Events on the day

In recognition of this moment, there are two events on Friday 31 January on the Canterbury campus that are open to both students and staff:

  • 10.00-11.00 European solidarity march
    Join Kent Union starting at University Plaza (next to campus shops). The march will finish at Woolf College. More details about the march are on Facebook.
  • 11.00-12.00 University Brexit Information event, Woolf Lecture Theatre 1
    Hosted by the Dean for Europe, this event will include information on our post-Brexit strategy, practical information on Brexit-related issues including settlement status and Erasmus, a Q&A session and an opportunity to come together and share thoughts as a University community. The event will be live-streamed to Medway and our European centres in Brussels, Paris and Rome. If you wish to come to join the Canterbury event or the Medway live-stream, please book ahead via Eventbrite.

Further information and support

For updates, information and advice on what support and assistance is available, see our Brexit information pages for students and staff.

Professor Rosemary Hunter and Dr Rose Parfitt

Two Kent Law School academics shortlisted for SLSA prize

An article by Kent Law School Professor Rosemary Hunter and a book by Senior Lecturer Dr Rose Parfitt have been shortlisted for a Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) prize.

Professor Hunter’s article, ‘Feminist judging in the “real world”‘ (Oñati Socio-Legal Series, vol 8, n9, 2018) is shortlisted for the SLSA Article Prize. The article presents Professor Hunter’s empirical research on real world feminist judging. Drawing on case study and interview data it explores the how, when and where of feminist judging, that is, the feminist resources, tools and techniques judges have drawn upon, the stages in the hearing and decision-making process at which these resources, tools and techniques have been deployed, and the areas of law in which they have been applied. The article goes on to consider observed and potential limits on feminist judicial practice, before drawing conclusions about the comparison between ‘real world’ feminist judging and the practices of feminist judgmentally projects.

Dr Parfitt’s book,The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is shortlisted for the SLSA Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize. The book explores the legal historiography of the state and features new archival research. It draws upon both anti-colonial and Marxist theory for a critical examination of the role of international law in establishing and perpetuating inequalities of wealth, power and pleasure. The book has also been nominated, in the US, for the Law and Society Association’s J Willard Hurst Book Prize for socio-legal history.

Research for Dr Parfitt’s book was funded in part by a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council. The grant, awarded in 2015, was for a three-year project on ‘International Law and the Legacies of Fascist Internationalism’.





Staff in Registry 4

JSNCC staff elections

Nominations are invited for the election of staff representatives to the Joint Staff Negotiating and Consultation Committee (JSNCC).

The JSNCC is the main forum for consultation between the University of Kent and its staff on matters of mutual interest and is one of the most important and influential committees in the University.

Staff membership of the Committee comprises representatives of each of the trade unions and four representatives of non-union staff: two from the professional services and research support staff in grades 1 to 6; and two from the academic, research and professional services staff in grades 7 and above. The current non-union staff members are as follows:

Professional services and research support staff (grades 1 to 6)

  • Stephen Rowlstone – leaving his position with the University
  • Becky Verlin – elected in December 2017

Academic, research and professional services staff (grades 7+)

  • Jon King – elected in April 2019
  • Denise Twomey – elected in December 2017

Stephen Rowlstone has notified us of his intention to leave the University, and we would like to thank him for his input and commitment to the JSNCC. As a result, nominations are now invited and welcomed for one position to represent staff in grades 1 to 6. Staff members working within Grades 1 to 6 are encouraged to apply.

Acting as a staff representative is interesting and rewarding. It provides the opportunity to discuss and comment on University plans and policies, to meet a wide range of new people and to gain valuable personal development. Training and support will be provided to the successful candidate.

The deadline for completed nominations is 17.00 on Monday 10 February 2020.

Further information about the JSNCC and the nomination and election processes can be found on the JSNCC website at or by contacting HR via

A group of people listening to a talk or lecture

Inspirations website aims to showcase staff diversity

The Student Success (EDI) Project is delighted to launch their “Inspirations” website, a new platform to increase the visibility of our staff diversity.

The site brings to life the experiences and contributions of our Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and those considered first in family to attend university. Their stories contain personal, enjoyable and inspiring journeys but they also provide challenging accounts about their views on equality and their aspirations for the future.

We hope these will inspire our BAME and first in family students.

We are looking for new stories, so if you want to share yours with us or know a member of staff who you feel has an interesting story to share,  then please get in contact with the Student Success team



Exam hall

Examination and assessment SDS check now open

The Examination and Assessment Check for 2020 exams is now open.

Please check your details are correct for the 2020 exam period and ensure you are:

  • Registered for the correct modules
  • Assessed as expected (ie coursework and/or exam)

To do this log on to SDS, and select Registration.

SDS My Study screen

Then select Examination and Assessment Check and check through your details.

You will then need to confirm if your modules are correct.

SDS Are my modules correct screen?

If there is a problem you will be taken to a new screen, please let us know what the issues are by submitting your changes. (Note: assessed refers to coursework and examined refers to exams).

SDS list of modules with tick box to say if correct or not

Closing: Wednesday 26 February, 16.00.

If you have any questions please contact us

Lecture Hall at the University of Kent

Human Rights Abuses talk

The School of Politics and International Relations and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) are delighted to invite you to a talk by Maddy Allen, Field Manager for Help Refugees in Northern France entitled: “Human Rights Abuses on the UK/French Border”

When: Thursday 30 January 2020, at 17.00

 Where: Eliot Lecture Theatre 2 (ELT2)


It’s a critical turning point in the political landscape for Britain. As the conversation about our borders are dividing the nation, thousands of refugees are living in dire conditions in Northern France. It’s over three years since the demolition of the infamous ‘Jungle’ Camp in Calais and for displaced people living in makeshift camps, life is impossibly hard. This presentation will explain the current situation in Northern France, including a closer look at increased securitisation measures, human rights abuses and the impact Brexit will have on the hundreds of unaccompanied children who are currently on the move across Europe. Find out about practical ways you can support the crisis and volunteer on upcoming trips to Calais!

Maddy Allen is Field Manager for Help Refugees in Northern France. Help Refugees is a group of everyday people, taking action to improve lives of refugees. It is the biggest facilitator of grassroots aid on the continent, supporting more than 110 projects across Europe and the Middle East.

The talk is open to all and free to attend with no booking necessary.