Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Music Hall with empty seating

University of Kent Virtual Music Project

Calling all student, staff and alumni musicians at the University of Kent!

In the current situation, we are all having to find new ways to keep collaborative arts projects, such as rehearsing and performing music, alive – hence the Virtual Music Project!

Our first project is to put together a virtual performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria – and we want YOU to be involved! From wherever you are, we want you to record your instrumental or vocal part and send it, and we will build a virtual recording of everyone taking part.

You can find the choral scores to the piece via this document 

And the instrumental parts – violins, viola, cello, double bass, oboe, trumpet – via this document.

The Deputy Director of (virtual) Music, Dan Harding, will be making a recording of the harpsichord part and sending it out for people to listen to and play or sing along as they make their own audio recording. You will then be asked to upload your recording to a private folder, from which the final version will then be layered together.

So, what are you waiting for ?! Download your part now, start learning and practicing, and when the keyboard recording is available, rehearse with it, make and upload your recording, and we’ll put the finished version together. And if you can send a selfie of your making the recording too, from your living-room, kitchen, student flat, study, garden, wherever you are in the world, even better.

And don’t worry if your instrument isn’t involved in this first project: there’ll be more to come, including jazz and chamber repertoire, to get everyone making music.

Hope you are all looking after yourselves and each other at the moment, and taking the opportunity to keep practicing – the University of Kent Virtual Music Project is an opportunity to keep making music with each other, and will be with you wherever you may be!

How To Self Isolate

Self isolating/social distancing means non-essential contact with other people. To achieve this, you need to study at home, avoid all unnecessary travel and avoid public gatherings.

Self-isolating and social distancing can feel lonely and lead to anxiety, depression and make you feel demotivated. So we have put together some tips for you on how to make the most of the situation.

Write a to-do list

You will find a to-do list keeps you on-track and motivated. Also it’s an amazing feeling when you tick off things on the list. The best thing to do is to write the list the day before or first thing in the morning.

Take regular breaks

Regardless of your workload, please remember to take regular breaks especially to have lunch or dinner. This is vital to keep you refreshed and your energy levels up.

Stay in touch

You might not be able to physically meet people but you can stay in touch thanks to the wonders of technology. Skype, Zoom and Facetime friends and family and chat via Whatsapp with fellow students. Remember that Student Services and your tutors are available for you to contact and Kent Union are very active on Social Media with lots of advice.

Eat healthily

This might be a bit of an ask considering what is going on in the shops but you can still eat healthily by using staple ingredients such a fruit, veg, milk, rice and potatoes. You can look up recipes online.


While you are at home it is essential to keep fit and you can do this by following exercises on YouTube or use fitness DVD.

Binge on Netflix and box sets

What better way to end the day than by binging on a box set or watching a TV series or film on Netflix. The platform has launched a new facility called Netflix Party where you can chat with your mates while watching the same film or TV show at the same time. Genius!

Overall, stay safe and make the most of the time. Also remember that you are not alone.

Students sat chatting with laptops

Online Module Registration (OMR) 9-20 March

It’s time to choose your modules for next year.

From 9- 20 March 2020, you must choose the modules you want to study in 2020/21.

You will need to log into your SDS during this time to submit your choices.

Further information and instructions will be sent to you via email – please read this and be prepared!

Guidance on how to complete OMR

OMR is not first come first served, but you must ensure that you have submitted your selections by Friday 20 March in order to give you the best opportunity to register for your preferred choice of module.

Please note if you are going abroad or to a year in industry next year you do not need to select modules.

If you have any questions please contact us:

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Study a language next year

Did you know that you can study a world language either as part of your degree or as an extra module?

When choosing your modules for next year, have a look at the World Language modules, you can study with the Centre for English and World Languages.

You can choose from Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin or Russian. There are at least two modules at different levels for each language, and all languages offer a complete beginners’ module.

If your degree programme does not allow for wild modules, you can pay the extra fee and take the language as an extra module. You may also choose to do the language as an extra module if you do not want it to count towards credits for your degree.

Contact if you would like to know more.

book launch

Kent Law School to host book launch and reception

Kent Law School is hosting a book launch and reception on Monday 23 March for two books: The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law and The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion.

The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law, by Kent international law specialist Dr Emily Haslam offers a close and critical examination of litigation that arose from British efforts to capture slave ships in the nineteenth century. Drawing upon archival-based research, it explores the legal construction of so-called ‘recaptives’ (slaves found on board captured slave ships). The book argues that, notwithstanding its promise of freedom, the law actually constructed recaptives restrictively. Speakers for this book will be: Professor Michael Lobban (LSE) and Dr Christine Schwobel-Patel (University of Warwick).

The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion, by Dr Serena Natile (Brunel University London), examines and critiques the narratives and institutions of digital financial inclusion as a development strategy for gender equality, arguing for a politics of redistribution to guide future digital financial inclusion projects. Speakers for this book will be: Dr Luis Eslava (Kent Law School) and Professor Kate Maclean (Birkbeck).

The book launch will be held from 4pm – 6.30pm in Eliot Senior Common Room. It is jointly hosted with the Law School by the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice (SeRGJ), the Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) and the research group Social Critiques of Law (SoCRIL).

Nostalgia podcast

Nostalgia podcast with Heidi Colthup

Heidi Colthup, Deputy Head of English Language and Linguistics in the School of European Culture and Languages, was the first female opinion columnist for ‘Farmers Weekly’ magazine.

In this gripping interview, the latest in the Nostalgia podcast series, Heidi talks to Dr Chris Deacy about working as a freelance journalist; training as a primary school teacher; combining driving tractors with fine art; why through reading one gets to lead a thousand lives; trashy novels and Fifty Shades of Grey; her Scottish ancestry; the time when the only copy of her grandfather’s memoirs were cremated with him; why we write diaries and who we write them for; video games; being a huge Stephen King fan; teaching in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Kent; aspiring to be Prime Minister; wanting to make a difference; and why Heidi doesn’t believe in either looking back or looking forward.

GOLD Conference

Global Leadership Development

Students participating in the Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme attended their annual conference on Wednesday 4th March. The conference focused on the theme of ‘Leadership in a Global Context’, hosted by Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation and included external speakers, Dr Carl Wright, exploring ‘Why leadership is essential for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)’ and Yinbo Yu, the former NUS International Students’ Officer, now working at UKCISA, on ‘Leading the student voice in International HE’.

During the day, the students were able to consider the impact of the SDGs on both the local and global scale. They reflected on their own actions and what contributions they could make. One of our Global Officers, Tinu Okotore, who is also a SDG Ambassador for the University of Kent, presented on the work she does in this role and what work we could do at the university level on meeting some of these Goals.

Finally, students were tasked with an exercise of considering what they would do if they were Vice Chancellor for the day on improving the international student experience.

The GOLD programme, launched in 2017, is a co-curricular venture that provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, Global Citizenship and cultural awareness.

From September 2020, students have the opportunity to join the programme either as extra-curricular or as a wild module, GOLD500. Search and sign up via OMR.

For more information about the programme, please visit Kent Global’s website or contact International Partnerships.


Kent Student Awards

Do you know an inspirational student?

Nominations are open for the Kent Student Awards which recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

Do you know an inspirational Kent student or group of students? Well why don’t you show your appreciation by nominating them for a Kent Student Award? The nomination deadline is 22 March.

There are 9 categories such as Outstanding Contribution to Student Voice, Outstanding Contribution to Media and the Arts and Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

The Kent Student Awards 2020 garden party awards ceremony takes place on Friday 29 May 2020.

Winners will receive a trophy, a brick in the ‘Footsteps Path’ and recognition of the achievement on their Higher Education Achievement Report.

The awards launched in 2014 and since 2018 has been co-led by Kent Union and the University of Kent.



Former Students Who Epitomise International Woman’s Day

International Women’s Day took place on Sunday and there were hundreds of events around the country to celebrate the occasion. Aleeya Gibson a second year Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics student has shared her thoughts about the day and featured former University of Kent female students who have gone on to achieve great things.

International Women’s Day is a ceremonious day for the power and influence in everyday life that women have. Women in early moments in history have been the back burner from their accomplishments due to people not believing them.

Luckily in the past 100 years or so women have been encouraged and are no longer put on the backburner. Examples of this include Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and writer who was one of the pioneers for the concept of the computer. Also Marie Curie, a woman who conducted research on radioactivity which has many uses today.

What some people do not know is that there are many influential women who have attended the University of Kent, such as Valerie Bloom who is a Jamaican poet who earned a Bachelor and Master degrees as well as being appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

Then there is Jane Harper, a novelist of thriller novels which she decided to venture into 13 years after being an accomplished journalist, showing that there is never bad time for you to find what you are passionate in.

Even the well-known E.L.James, who penned the bestselling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey which have been turned into three successful movies. A woman who was able to turn her own alternative stories of Twilight into a novel that will be known for many years to come.

Probably the most known of all the women is Ellie Goulding, who is a charting singer and songwriter who was recently able to get her Doctorate at the University as well as her many accomplishment which include her song Burn, being a chart topper.

With all these accomplishments within our University and outside in wider society it is important to highlight things that you and the people around you have done and make sure that they are getting the recognition that they deserve, because you never know if their idea may become something phenomenal in the future.

Happy International Women’s Day everyone.

Lisa Bayly

Alumna Lisa Bayly, helps dental charity in India

Lisa Bayly, our MSc Applied Dental Professional Practice graduate signed up to the Smile Star Charity trip to India in February. The Smile Star charity helps those that have no or very limited access to dental and medical care.

Lisa told us: “Badiani hospital in Khambalia was our first venue. The Smile Star team was made up of volunteers: dentists, a doctor and the support team. We took our own equipment with us, so we had everything we needed to set up our clinical area in the main hall using waiting room chairs and a long table to lay out our dental equipment. That day, we saw over 180 patients.

Our second venue was in the Bhatia village hall. We were inundated with patients, some who had been in pain for days or weeks due to a lack of access to local or free dental care.

Day three, however, was our most humbling experience. We set up in Karamyog school in Jam Kalyanpur and were the first Western organisation to visit this place. The welcome we received was remarkable. Hundreds of people lined up with the Dholi drummers and dancers to welcome us. Truly humbled by the hospitality, we got to work for our busiest day yet. During three days we saw just under 1000 patients for dental or medical care, each one grateful for the care we gave and each filling our hearts for the Indian people a little more.

I would recommend others thinking about something like this to sign up for the Smile Star charity as it’s such a rewarding and humbling thing to be able to do.”

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