Monthly Archives: February 2020


Visas for Chinese nationals in the UK and residents of China

The government has advised that Chinese nationals in the UK, compliant with their visa conditions prior to the coronavirus outbreak, will have their leave automatically extended to 31 March 2020 if their visa has an expiry date between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020.

You don’t need to do anything to get this extension and will be subject to the same immigration conditions as your last visa.

Your new expiry date (31 March 2020) will be added to UK Visa Immigration’s systems.

Further information is available here.

Information is also available on the following categories:

Switching to a Tier 2 category in the UK

British nationals whose passport is at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in China

Chinese or third country nationals whose passport is at a Visa Application Centre (VAC)

Licensed Tier 2, Tier 4 or Tier 5 sponsors: absences due to coronavirus

The Home Office will keep this under review, especially if the length of absences mean a potential repeat of period of studies become necessary.

For more information, please see the government’s Coronavirus immigration guidance.

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SDG Fortnight – Tackling Climate Change in Canterbury event

An open event is being hosted by the Canterbury Society on Wednesday 19 February at 19.30 in St Thomas’ Church hall to explore the roles of government, community and individuals in tackling the climate and ecological emergency.

As part of delivering the University’s civic mission, we work closely with communities and organisations across Kent to ensure collaboration in tackling the issues of climate, ecological breakdown and social inequality within our region.

Representatives from the University participate in the local Sustainable Development Goals Forum, a collective of civil society groups aiming to raise awareness and plan activity around the SDGs and to inform local decision making on these issues. More recently, in response to Canterbury City Council’s declaration of Climate Emergency, the Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP) was formed to address the climate emergency.

CCAP are organising the event with the Canterbury Society for Wednesday 19 February to explore the possible responses to the climate and ecological emergency.  University students and staff will participate in two panels: The first, Strategic choices to reach zero carbon, will explore the relationship between local government and the community in making decisions about the future of the city and district.  The second panel, Taking direct responsibility for zero carbon, will explore how each of us can participate in movement of change within our communities, businesses and institutions.

The event will introduced by Professor Richard Scase, Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and one of the world’s leading business forecasters and chaired be Dr Carl Wright, Trustee of the United Nations Association UK and of Canterbury Climate Action Partnership.

For more information about the event please visit the Canterbury Society website.

The SDG fortnight is being organised by the Sustainability Team. For more information or to view the full programme please visit our webpages or email 

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Signature Research Themes – Selection Day

Since the summer of 2019,  those who made Expressions of Interest for Signature Research Themes have been developing their ideas and expanding their scope by talking to researchers across the University and beyond. We now need your help on Wednesday 25 March to help select our first Themes.

The eight shortlisted themes will be presenting their vision to all interested colleagues from across the university at  morning event in the Darwin Conference Suite. Following the presentations and questions from the floor, a decision-making panel of internal and external, national and international, experts chaired by Professor Karen Cox will convene and make a decision on the Themes the University will take forward.

The morning starts at 9.00 with coffee, with presentations starting at 9.40 and finishing at 13.00. Each presentation is 10 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. The shortlisted themes presenting on the day are:

  • On Time: Heritage, technologies and futures
  • Food Systems, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Migration and Movement
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Public Interest
  • Conflict, Security, Rights and Violence
  • DIVERSITY and (Dis)advantages
  • Digital Culture
  • Future Human

Having been through an energetic and exciting process internally over the past year, we are delighted that we have excellent proposals at this stage, and hope you are able to attend on the 25 March and contribute your thoughts on the proposed themes and be involved in their future research.

Tim Hopthrow, Catherine Richardson, Dan Mulvihill and Sarah Slowe

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Enjoy tasty treats at the Commercial Services Showcase

If you haven’t already booked your place now is the perfect time to register to attend the Commercial Services Showcase on Friday 6 March 2020. 

As well as having our teams from Conferences and Events, Accommodation, Catering, Gulbenkian, Kent Sport and KentOne Card for you to talk to, our generous catering teams will be providing some of their popular dishes from across campus for you to try, as well as some new additions to our delivered catering menu.

You can also find out more about our tailored event management service and group facilities, look around campus using our virtual reality headsets, or enter our prize draw to win one of these fantastic prizes:

• Gulbenkian cinema tickets

• One month Premium Plus Kent Sport membership

• 30 minute massage at the Kent Sport Physiotherapy clinic

• One night B&B stay at the University of Kent

• Afternoon tea for six delivered to you on campus

• KentOne Card credit

• Kent Hospitality Catering vouchers

So drop in between 12.00 and 18.00 to enjoy all this, find out how you can take advantage of our services and facilities and how our teams can help you.

It’s free to attend, all we ask is that you register before Tuesday 3 March 2020 to give us an idea of how much food to cook up and goody bags to pack! Book now on the Kent Hospitality website.

Further information on the Commercial Services Showcase is available on the conference webpage or contact the Conference Office at or ext. 8000 for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Come celebrate Pancake Day at the Spring Global Hangout

This year, the University’s Global Hangouts have been taken over by Kent’s Global Officers re- designed and incorporating some new fun activities along the way. They have proved to be a huge success.

Our Spring Global Hangout will be no exception, with a pancake-themed event. Of course, there will be pancakes with a selection of toppings, along with a themed quiz plus a pancake flipping competition.

When: Tuesday 25 February 16.00 – 18.00

Where: Gulbenkian Café Bar

Spaces are limited. Get your free ticket to attend at Eventbrite.

Global Hangouts are a series of events co-created with students that take place throughout the year. They are themed appropriately with various activities designed to encourage interaction between attendees and the student hosts. Previous themes have been Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Our first Global Hangout of the year was a huge success! I’m glad that I got to be a part of organising such a fun and relaxing event. It was so wonderful to see students from all over our University (and the world) come together to enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the many things we have to be thankful for.” – Chiara Batasar, Global Officer 2019/20.

For further details about future events, visit the Global Hangouts website 

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SDG Fortnight – Get outdoors

As part of our fortnight of activity based around the Sustainable Development Goals, William Rowlandson, lecturer in SECL is hosting 2 outdoor events to help staff and students reconnect with nature on campus:

18 February, 12.00 – Nuts about trees (William Rowlandson)

Join us in planting a Kentish cobnut in the nut orchard at the Kent Community Oasis Garden. A cobnut is a cultivated variety of hazelnut, developed in the early 19th Century. Hardy and bountiful, cobnuts are ideal trees to supplement our precarious food security. The nuts contain a range of vitamins and are an excellent source of fibre and protein. Meet outside the School of Arts at 12 to walk to the Garden (10 mins)

21 February, 12.00 – Wild Walk with William (William Rowlandson)

The Kent Tree Ogham is a landscape art project, launched in 2017, mapping 13 autochthonous trees across the University campus in a walking route. Each tree is marked by its associated symbol in the ancient Celtic Ogham script, an alphabet somewhat similar to Nordic runes.

From meeting outside the School of Arts at 12.00 we will walk the Southern half of the route, spending time Rowan, Birch, Willow, Oak, Ash and Holly.

At the heart of the Kent Tree Ogham is the will to honour and protect the trees, mindful that the trees honour and protect us.

Bring a sandwich and thermos and stout boots.

The SDG fortnight is being organised by the Sustainability Team. For more information or to view the full programme please visit our webpages  or email










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Postgraduate Open Day, 22 Feb

Did you know that Kent undergrads moving on to postgrad study are eligible for special scholarships and discounts?

Book now for the Postgraduate Open Event to find out more about Kent’s career-focused Master’s and PhD programmes, £12m scholarship fund and to meet the Dean of the Graduate School for tea and cake.

The Postgraduate Open Day is Saturday 22 February, 10.00-14.00 in Darwin College.

Book your place now

Stay Safe on and off campus

How To Stay Safe On And Off Campus

Your safety on and off campus means a lot to us and we have a few tools that can help to keep you secure and safe.

Personal alarm

A personal alarm is a small hand-held electronic device that can release siren-like alarming sound when activated. It is used to attract attention in order to scare off an assailant. 


This is a plastic “use once only” stopper that fits in the top of a bottle and prevent anything being added to your drink without your knowledge. It is manufactured from 100% recyclable HDPE.

Purse Bell

Officially known as Purse Dipping Bells, this item keeps your valuables secure, whilst also raising awareness on pickpocketing and bag dipping. The pair of bells hang from a G-clip that can be attached to purses, wallets, bags or other valuable items. If a thief attempts to remove the item, or if the item is dropped, the bells will jingle and alert the owner.

Canterbury students can collect these items from the Campus Security Office at any time of day or night. The Campus Security Office is part of the banking hall between Marlowe and Grimond.

Medway students can collect all items from the reception of the Medway Building any time from 9.00-17.00, Monday to Friday.

They are available from reception, subject to stock levels.

SafeZone App

Make sure you have downloaded the free SafeZone app gives you quick access to emergency services, first aid and the University.

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Research grant to test surrogacy myth

Surrogacy law reform champion Dr Kirsty Horsey has secured a Kent Faculty Research Fund grant of £3,375 to critically test a ‘myth’ that traditional surrogacy (where the surrogate uses her own egg) is materially different to host surrogacy (where the surrogate is implanted with genetic material unrelated to her).

Dr Horsey will undertake empirical research to determine what difference may or may not exist between the way traditional and host surrogates view both their surrogacy journey and their genetic connection to the child.

The research project, ‘Surrogates Views on traditional surrogacy: is it different?’, is timely given that both the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are conducting a UK-wide review of laws on surrogacy. The Law Commissions are aware that some jurisdictions regulate traditional and host surrogacy differently and recognise that there is a gap in research in this area. Dr Horsey’s findings will help fill this gap, informing legal reform as well as public and political debate on surrogacy.

Many of these myths were dispelled in a report published by Dr Horsey back in November 2015. Her report, ‘Surrogacy in the UK: Myth busting and reform’, provided an unprecedented insight into how surrogacy is practised in the UK. It was produced as part of Surrogacy UK’s Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform. Dr Horsey subsequently organised a London conference looking at surrogacy law reform in May 2016, the proceedings of which were subsequently published in a special edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics and Law.

Dr Horsey is a Reader in Law at Kent Law School. She is also part of the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surrogacy.

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Women’s Network: International Women’s Day

The Athena SWAN team will be hosting a special meeting of the Women’s Network on Thursday 5 March in honour of International Women’s Day, on the theme of inspirational women. We will be holding an informal discussion about the amazing women who have inspired us in work and life.

The event will take place from 12.00 – 14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the conversation, or just listen and get inspired. Lunch will be provided.

Please book your place via Eventbrite: