Monthly Archives: October 2022

What is Sanctuary? seminars

This year the University Kent is applying for University of Sanctuary status. As part of the City of Sanctuary movement, the Universities of Sanctuary network aims to ‘make Higher Education institutions places of safety, solidarity and empowerment for people seeking sanctuary’.

To help ensure that the University’s application process is properly reflective and self-critical, the Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme is holding a series of seminars throughout the year that address the question ‘What is Sanctuary?’

Speakers from a range of disciplines, career stages and backgrounds will discuss what sanctuary means and entails. Contributions will be a mix of academic talks and reflections on lived experience.

All sessions are online. Everybody is invited to join the conversation.

 Seminars timetable 

What Is Sanctuary 1 – on 9 November – 16.00-17.00

Sheona York, Reader in Law and Clinic Solicitor (Kent Law School)

This paper will present a history of recent sanctuary movements in the US and the UK. It will show that where true sanctuary is offered it is frequently as protection against the State itself and the State’s unjust laws. The paper will conclude by considering what it can mean for a university to offer sanctuary and how the University of Kent can support people whose status in the UK is rendered precarious by current immigration laws.

Dr Julia Hope, Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice (Centre for the Study of Higher Education)

Building on research funded by the Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme, this paper focuses on Syrian academics exiled in Turkey. It considers the form of professional development support that can be offered to communities of displaced academics and the connections and intercultural exchange that arise from such opportunities. The paper thus considers what sanctuary means when working remotely with people who have experienced displacement.

Thomas Tegento, Student on the MA in Physical Theatre (Department of Drama and Theatre)

Thomas has been a student at the University of Kent for 4 years and has recently completed an MA in Physical Theatre. He is a refugee and came to Kent from a care service background. He published his first book, The Seventh Neck, in 2020 and is now doing dance and movement related creative practices with community theatre companies. He is interested in what total arts, physical and movement practices can offer in building the wellbeing of communities. He will speak about the meaning of sanctuary from the perspective of his lived experience.

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What is Sanctuary 2 on 7 December – 16.00-17.00

Dr Lucy Williams, Senior Visiting Research Fellow (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

This paper will consider sanctuary in a time of ‘crisis’. East Kent, and especially Dover and Manston, are yet again in the eye of the migration storm. In this fevered atmosphere what is the role of ‘sanctuary’? Policy makers rely on closely prescribed (yet flexible) categories to sift the worthy from the unworthy but in forcing people to prove their lives fit into these categories, experience is simplified, and the person is lost. Can encouraging sanctuary in our communities and workplaces be a way to bring attention back to the individual to challenge both policy and public portrayals of migration?

Dr Rachel Gregory Fox, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (School of English)

This paper will consider the subject of the camp as presented in Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s Writing the Camp. While refugee camps, in some respects, represent places of apparent safety, community, and shelter, they are also contingent and precarious. The paper will consider how these two aspects of the camp call into question the possibility of its status as a place of sanctuary. Qasmiyeh’s poetry sets institutional oversight and international charitable aid within the camp alongside what Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh identifies as ‘refugee-refugee relations’. The paper considers how Qasmiyeh thus disrupts more centralised views of host-relations, hospitality and sanctuary.

Basma El-Dhouki, GCDC Doctoral Candidate (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

Basma is a Palestinian refugee living and working in Lebanon. For twelve years she has been active in humanitarian and development work with refugees and asylum seekers within UNHCR, UNRWA and international NGOs in Lebanon and Syria. Her work has focused on sexual and gender based violence, child protection and general protection, prevention and response programs. Basma’s PhD focuses on “The role of Refugee-Led Organisations in providing protection and assistance for displaced communities in the Lebanon, Syria and Jordan”. The project explores the nature of refugee-led organisations, the factors conditioning their impact and interventions, and the inclusion of refugees in their own development. Basma’s talk will address the question of sanctuary from the perspective of her professional background.

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For more information on the Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme contact
srt-mm-lead@kent.ac.uk

Fireworks

Events roundup: 31 October – 6 November

Here’s a roundup of our top events this week:

Monday: Happy Halloween!

There’s some fun Halloween events on Monday including Halloween themed Zumba, Spookyoke at K-Bar, and a Halloween Escape Room at The Hub!

Tuesday: Addiction open lecture and help with CVs and cover letters

Join the open lecture about Addiction from Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, California. The lecture is on the topic of ‘Addiction: What it is, how it happens, and how people recover’ and will be in the Moot Chamber of the Wigoder building. Free and open to all, book your place.

Need some help with your CV or cover letter? The Careers and Employability Service are running an interactive session covering the essentials of writing an effective CV and cover letter. The event is taking place in Darwin and will also be livestreamed.

Wednesday: Leading Routes workshop and Sustainability interactive session

Leading Routes aims to empower the next generation of Black academics. Join this session on accessing postgraduate research, open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Find out what Kent is doing about the Climate Crisis and your role in sustainability advocacy. You will begin to explore and develop the skills for sustainability – Global Citizenship, Cultural Awareness and Leadership.

Thursday: Waterfront Leisure tours and International Wellbeing Group

Based in Medway? Waterfront Leisure on Pier Road has recently re-opened its doors after an extended period of closure. They are keen to partner with the Universities at Medway, with an Open Day on Thursday 3 November where they will give tours for Waterfront Leisure and discuss discounted membership options.

On Thursday afternoon we have our International Wellbeing Group, an online weekly peer support group for international students at Kent with games, chats and support.

Saturday: Wild Wellbeing crafting and Bonfire Night celebrations

Enjoy some time in nature on Saturday and join East Kent Mind and the Kent Community Oasis Garden team for a craft session making leaf lanterns.

Remember remember the 5th of November… There are multiple fireworks displays taking place on Saturday evening across Canterbury and Medway, including at Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham (free), and Tyler Hill in Canterbury.

Or if you’re not a fan of fireworks, head to KLT4 in Keynes for a Bonfire Film Night instead.

See more student events.

Opportunities

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Attend our Research Sandpit

Growing Kent and Medway (a collaborative research and innovation cluster) has developed special focus topics aiming to pull together the region’s academics and experts to promote innovation and find solutions for the current technical challenges.

Sustainable Packaging is one of the special focus topics, and the first industry forum was held in September. Find out more about how the event went.

On Tuesday 8 November, we are bringing together researchers who have some research interests that could contribute (directly or indirectly) towards developing sustainable packaging solutions.

This research sandpit will focus on Sustainable Packaging, Biorefining, and Biomass, and aims to explore how our organisations can work together and help develop future ideas.

If you would like to attend, please email Dr Lori Fisher l.fisher@kent.ac.uk, who can register your details.

Students chatting

Postgraduate Community Experience Awards – event and project funding

What is the award for?

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) invites applications for funding from postgraduate students (of all levels across all of our locations) to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus which will enhance the community experience of postgraduate students at Kent.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £1500 to fund their project.

What is the criteria for entry?

Successful applicants will put forward:

  • A clear commitment to build community across a number of academic divisions/disciplines.
  • A broad interdisciplinary and/or external focus.
  • detailed breakdown of the planning, implementation and budgeting of the event/project.
  • new, innovative idea not currently in existence.

Proposals must also:

  • Be planned to take place within the academic year in which the applicant has applied for it.
  • Be based on the applicant’s main campus/centre, though external locations (up to 20 miles away) may be considered if vital to the project/event.
  • Be consistent with Kent’s regulations on data protection.

We particularly welcome applications engaging with the themes of wellbeing, internationalisation, career or research career development, and equality, diversity and inclusivity.

How can I spend the money?

  • Successful applicants will work on the project/event on a voluntary basis, with funding put towards materials/external assistance.
  • The GRC will assist with room bookings and small purchases of materials, but all other activities must be managed by the awardee themselves.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use Kent services such as Kent Hospitality and Design & Print Services in order to keep costs down.

Funding cannot be used for:

  • Serving alcohol unless part of a fully justified reception or dinner.
  • Supporting pre-existing projects.
  • Donations to charities, groups, or individuals.
  • Paying current students to participate or support a project/event. Small incentives may be possible, but the panel will favour voluntary support.

How to apply!

Once you have come up with a great idea to enhance the postgraduate community experience at Kent, you will need to think about how you want to make it happen. Discuss your idea with friends and colleagues, and make sure your supervisor is aware that you want to submit an application. You will need to provide a letter of support from your supervisor or School’s Director of Graduate Studies, so talk to them as well.

When you are ready, you will need to fill out an Application Form and email it to kentgrc@kent.ac.uk by the allocated deadline.

Application deadlines:

Round 1 – Opens Monday 3 October, closes Friday 11 November

Round 2 – Opens Monday 6 March, closes Friday 14 April

Read about previous winners

Sunset with lamppost

Clocks going back: plan your journey home (Medway)

Clocks go back on Sunday night. As it will get darker earlier, here’s some top tips to help you #StaySafe. Whether you’re going on a night out or you’re working late in town, make sure to plan your journey home.

Check bus services

Depending on how late you stay out, you might be able to catch a bus home. Arriva is the main bus operator in Medway. Find out more about bus services in Medway.

Booking a registered taxi

If you’re booking a taxi, make sure it is registered. You can tell if a taxi is licensed by checking if there is a licence plate on the front and back of the vehicle. They are usually positioned under or next to the vehicle registration plate. Drivers of licensed taxis will also be wearing an ID badge and you can ask to see this if it is not immediately visible.

Recommended walking routes on campus

If you’re walking across campus at night, we recommend you use the following walking routes that are fully lit:

Campus Security Walking Taxi service

If you don’t want to walk home alone on campus, you can call Campus Security on 01227 82 3300 and they can arrange for a member of Security to walk with you.

Look out for your friends and don’t leave anyone behind #StaySafe

The Old Weavers in Canterbury at night

Clocks going back: plan your journey home (Canterbury)

Clocks go back on Sunday night. As it will get darker earlier, here’s some top tips to help you #StaySafe. Whether you’re going on a night out or you’re working late in town, make sure to plan your journey home.

Catch the night bus

You can catch the Stagecoach Uni2 bus after a night out in Canterbury. It’s a 24 hour service (excluding Sundays, bank holidays, Christmas and Summer vacation). Learn more about Stagecoach bus routes and discounts.

Student safe taxi scheme

In Canterbury, we operate the student safe taxi scheme with Longleys Private Hire, a local taxi firm. The scheme gives students who find themselves in a vulnerable situation safe travel to their accommodation or another destination, such as a police station or local hospital. Students can request a taxi through the scheme even if they do not have the funds to pay the fare at the time of booking, as fares can be paid later on the Online Store.

We recommend you sign up to the scheme in advance in case you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use it. Registration is quick and simple and all students who register will be entitled to discounted taxi fares on all journeys with Longleys.

Booking a registered taxi

If you’re booking a taxi, make sure it is registered. You can tell if a taxi is licensed by checking if there is a licence plate on the front and back of the vehicle. They are usually positioned under or next to the vehicle registration plate. Drivers of licensed taxis will also be wearing an ID badge and you can ask to see this if it is not immediately visible.

Campus Security Walking Taxi service

If you don’t want to walk home alone on campus, you can call Campus Security on 01227 82 3300 and they can arrange for a member of Security to walk with you.

Canterbury Connected Routes

Connected Routes is a joint initiative been University of Kent, Kent Union and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). By joining up, we can offer support to you in Canterbury city as well as on campus. Any activation of SafeZone on the Connected Routes will give the Kent or CCCU security control room your location, so they can offer you support. Plus there are refuge points where you can go if you ever feel unsafe or need support. Find out more about the Connected Routes.

Look out for your friends and don’t leave anyone behind #StaySafe

Lynne Regan graduation

Volunteer at the November Graduation Ceremonies

We return to the Cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester next month for our winter graduation ceremonies and we invite you all to get involved to help make these special occasions for our graduands.

There is one ceremony in Rochester on Wednesday 23 November and three in Canterbury on Friday 25 November.

You can sign up here.

There are a range of roles to take on and they all give you the opportunity to share in the celebrations and pass on your congratulations. They include:

  • Ticket Collection: You will be responsible for helping graduands and guests exchange their ‘E-Receipts’ for graduation tickets.
  • Graduand Registration: This role assists with checking in each graduand as they arrive and giving them a number to line them up in processional order around the precinct. You will have an alphabetised list of names to check.
  • Ushering: As an usher, you will be responsible for making sure the guests are seated promptly and safely in the Cathedral prior to, during and post ceremony
  • Certificate Table: Based inside the Cathedral, this role is responsible for ensuring that all graduates receive their certificate.

Why should you get involved?

  • Share in the celebrations of our graduands as they become our graduates and experience the joy of graduation ceremonies.
  • Spend time working in the wonderful locations of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedral.
  • Get free refreshments (including one or more meals) if you work for two or more consecutive ceremonies.

We will be delighted to have you for any times you are available. We will send you the briefing closer to the ceremonies that confirms your start times and who to report to on the day.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch or if you are all set to help you can sign up here.

The Banshees of Inisherin. In cinemas October 21

BFI London Film Festival comes to the Gulbenkian

This November the BFI London Film Festival comes to campus at the Gulbenkian, with a season of screenings of films making waves at the film festival. These include Oscar tipped The Banchees of InisherinMy Policeman starring Harry Styles, and Bros, the LGBTQ+ rom-com getting rave reviews.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Fri 11, Sat 12 and Thu 17 Nov, 19.00

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, ‘The Banshees Of Inisherin’ follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.

Book for The Banshees of Inisherin

Decision to Leave

Sat 19, Wed 23 and Thu 24 Nov, 19.00

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge of the investigation, Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei). When she becomes a suspect, Hae-joon finds himself slowly developing an interest in her.

Book for Decision to Leave

My Policeman

Sun 20 & Mon 21 Nov, 19.00

A beautifully crafted story of forbidden love and changing social conventions, My Policeman follows three young people – policeman Tom (Harry Styles), teacher Marion, and museum curator Patrick as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain.

Book for My Policeman

Triangle of Sadness

Sat 26, Sun 27 Nov & Thu 1 Dec, 19.00

Two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Ostlund cements his position as contemporary cinema’s leading satirist with this savagely funny tale of class clashes and role reversals.

Book for Triangle of Sadness

Bros

Fri 25 & Tue 29 Nov, 19.00

Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.

Book for Bros

Call Jane

Mon 28 & Wed 30 Nov, 19.00

A housewife is overjoyed with the news of her pregnancy – until she learns it poses a threat to her own life. She has nowhere to turn until she meets an underground group of women who risk everything to provide people like her with a choice.

Book for Call Jane

Staff discounts at the Gulbenkian

New for this year, Gulbenkian have introduced a Kent Staff Membership. For only £10 you get:

  • 4 free cinema tickets
  • 20% off all films for 12 months
  • plus 40% of selected theatre for 12 months
  • and 10% off in the Gulbenkian Café………for 12 months
  • AND your discount can be applied for up to 6 tickets per event!

Visit the Gulbenkian site to buy you £10 membership.

 

 

Medway aerial view

Waterfront Leisure – tours and discounted membership (Medway)

Waterfront Leisure on Pier Road has recently re-opened its doors after an extended period of closure. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, squash courts, a spinning room and members bar. 

Waterfront are keen to partner with the Universities at Medway and offer a discounted membership to staff and students. There is an Open Day on Thursday 3 November with slots available for tours starting at 10.00, 14.00 and 16.00. They will also discuss membership options and discounts with those who attend. 

If you are interested in taking a look, please sign up for one of the slots by following the Eventbrite link Waterfront Leisure Open Day Tickets, Gillingham | Eventbrite

The Banshees of Inisherin. In cinemas October 21

BFI London Film Festival comes to the Gulbenkian

This November the BFI London Film Festival comes to campus at the Gulbenkian, with a season of screenings of films making waves at the film festival. These include Oscar tipped The Banchees of InisherinMy Policeman starring Harry Styles, and Bros, the LGBTQ+ rom-com getting rave reviews.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Fri 11, Sat 12 and Thu 17 Nov, 19.00

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, ‘The Banshees Of Inisherin’ follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.

Book for The Banshees of Inisherin

Decision to Leave

Sat 19, Wed 23 and Thu 24 Nov, 19.00

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge of the investigation, Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei). When she becomes a suspect, Hae-joon finds himself slowly developing an interest in her.

Book for Decision to Leave

My Policeman

Sun 20 & Mon 21 Nov, 19.00

A beautifully crafted story of forbidden love and changing social conventions, My Policeman follows three young people – policeman Tom (Harry Styles), teacher Marion, and museum curator Patrick as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain.

Book for My Policeman

Triangle of Sadness

Sat 26, Sun 27 Nov & Thu 1 Dec, 19.00

Two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Ostlund cements his position as contemporary cinema’s leading satirist with this savagely funny tale of class clashes and role reversals.

Book for Triangle of Sadness

Bros

Fri 25 & Tue 29 Nov, 19.00

Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.

Book for Bros

Call Jane

Mon 28 & Wed 30 Nov, 19.00

A housewife is overjoyed with the news of her pregnancy – until she learns it poses a threat to her own life. She has nowhere to turn until she meets an underground group of women who risk everything to provide people like her with a choice.

Book for Call Jane

Student discounts at the Gulbenkian

Students get 2for1 cinema tickets for films every Tuesday – so £3 per student currently! You can buy online in advance or on the door – you just need to bring ID with you.  See what’s on and look for the 2FT symbol on films.

For only £5 per year, students can get 20% off film, 40% off selected theatre, and 10% off everything in the Gulbenkian Cafe/Bar. Find out more about student membership.