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Dr. Cecilia Sayad

Dr. Cecilia Sayad’s article in Esquire

Dr Cecilia Sayad, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, was interviewed for an article in Esquire magazine at the end of last month, on the horror film genre.

Esquire is a men’s lifestyle magazine, which is published in over 20 countries.

The article, entitled ‘The 2010s Were The Decade When Horror Got Smart’ by Thom Nicholson, explores the spate of cerebral horror films from the last ten years, including The Babadook (2014, dir. Jennifer Kent), The Witch (2016, dir. Rober Eggers), Get Out (2017, dir. Jordan Peele) and Midsommar (2019, dir. Ari Aster). Such films were presented as the work of ‘auteur’ directors, giving the them a respectability usually reserved for literary works.

‘We like to think about works of art as somebody talking to us or somebody telling us a story,’ explains Cecilia in the article, ‘I think it’s very appealing to think that there is like a human mind behind this, no matter how many other professionals help or contribute to that.’

To read the full article, please click onto the Esquire’s webpage

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Lunchtime Concert: Award-winning folk group

What better way to kick off the new term than with a bit of music at lunchtime?!

The Music Department’s Lunchtime Concert series sees in the new term on Weds 22 January with the award-winning ‘Trials of Cato,’ a blend of guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals that won Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2019.

Admission is free, suggested donation £3.

To find more details please visit the Music at Kent website 

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PhD student Kostas Gravanis wins research fellowship funding

Kostas Gravanis, who is undertaking a PhD in History and Philosophy of Art in the School of Arts, has won a Samuel H. Kress Research Fellowship in Renaissance Art History from the Renaissance Society of America.

Kostas’ PhD project is provisionally entitled ‘Sources, Functions and Meaning of Imagery in the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms’. His PhD supervisors are Professor Tom Henry and Dr Ben Thomas.

The funding will support research for the last chapter of his thesis, based upon the Sala di Costantino – one of the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican Palace.

To read more about the grants and awards from the Renaissance Society of America, please see their website 

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Walking netball is back!

The University of Kent will be hosting a monthly walking netball session at the Canterbury Campus Sports Centre.

When: All sessions will take place on a Wednesday, from 10.00 – 11.00

The dates are:

Wed 22 January 2020

Wed 5 and 19 February 2020

Wed 4 and 18 March 2020

Wed 1 and 15 April 2020

Where: All sessions are indoors at: University of Kent Sports Centre, Canterbury Campus,

Who: The sessions are aimed at 55+. No experience is necessary. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for indoor activity and don’t forget your water bottle!

How: A minimum of Kent Sport Community ‘Pay to Play’ Membership is required, with £4.50 per session (plus annual £5 membership fee. See website for all membership options.

Pay and display parking is available at the back of the Sports Centre (£2 parking fee can be refunded at reception).

No need to book, just come along. The sessions are an ideal opportunity to be active in a fun, enjoyable and social environment.

You can see what is involved by watching this Youtube video 

Please join us for some well-earned refreshments in the Sports Centre Café after the session.

For further information call 01227 816391 or email:

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Book your place at the Menopause Café

You are warmly invited to a Menopause Café next month! Hosted by the Athena SWAN team the event is open to staff of all ages and genders, and is an opportunity to eat cake, drink tea and discuss menopause in an informal environment.

When: Thursday 20 February at 15.00

Where: Suite 3, Darwin Conference Suite.

Please book your place via the Eventbrite website

Menopause Café was founded by Rachel Weiss in Perth, Scotland. For more information, please visit the Menopause Café website

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Global Research Opportunities Workshop 2020

Looking to get a better understanding on the university’s many and varied international funding streams? Then this event is just for you!

Date: 21 January 2020

Time: 09.00 – 12.30

Location: Darwin Conference Suite

The session will include an overview of the opportunities which can support research, education and training. In this session, we will focus on GCRF, Research Councils, Erasmus+ and case studies from across the University.

Guest Speaker: Rachael Sara-Kennedy – Head of Strategic Partnerships, UUKi.

To register your attendance, please click here to fill out the following form:

For further information please contact:

T: 01227 82 3908

or visit the website

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School of Computing hosts Discover STEM@Kent lectures

As part of the Discover STEM@Kent lecture series the School of Computing will be hosting two lectures, open to students, staff and the wider community, looking at technology and the modern world.

In the first lecture Dr Tomas Petricek will discuss ‘Making Data Relevant in an Age of Fake News’

When: Monday 20 January at 15.00-16.00

Where: Cornwallis Central Lecture Theatre 1

Governments and journalists have access to increasing amounts of raw data about the world, making it possible to produce factual reports based on solid evidence. At the same time post-truth politics means that data and facts are becoming less relevant in public debate. Can more transparent, open and engaging ways of working with data reverse this dangerous trend? In this talk, Tomas will discuss how novel research on tools for data exploration and data visualization can help. Along the way, he will show a number of fun examples, looking at data about the UK government spending, Olympic medals and financial markets. Open to all, just come along.

In the second lecture Dr Colin Johnson will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Will a Robot take my Job? Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work’.

When: Wednesday 5 February at 17.00-19.00

Where: Grimond Lecture Theatre 3.

A new industrial revolution is upon us, as intelligent machines take the place of humans across the economy. The impact of this could be vast – from increasingly sophisticated robots carrying out manual work, to artificial intelligence doing work in the law and accounting, through to robots working in the most human of jobs such as health and social care. This talk will examine whether the hype around AI is justified, which areas of work this will revolutionise, and which jobs will be untouched.

Please book for this event via the Eventbrite website

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Public Lecture: Excitable Waves

A Mexican wave in a football stadium, a heartbeat, the motion of slime mould, and oxidation wave in certain chemical reactions are all examples of excitable waves.

We’re very pleased to welcome Professor Paul Sutcliffe from Durham University as our guest speaker at the SMSAS Public Lecture on 15 January 2020. His talk will describe the mathematical modelling of excitable waves and how this can be used to understand some unusual wave patterns created recently in chemical experiments that produce a happy reaction.

When: Wednesday 15 January 2020, 18.00 -19.00

Where: Sibson Lecture Theatre 3

To book your free place please do so via Eventbrite 


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Qualify to teach English abroad with a CELTA course

Thinking about teaching English as a foreign language?  The Cambridge CELTA qualification is the gold standard English teaching qualification and enables you to teach English to adults in the UK or abroad.

You can gain your CELTA qualification here at  the University’s Centre for English and World Languages from 15 June – 16 July 2020. You will be taught in a small group of up to 12 trainees.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 18 whose English is at least C2/C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

To find out more and apply online please visit the CELTA website.

Deadline: Apply online by 15 May.




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Tracking student progress and activity in Moodle

You are warmly invited to attend the next E-Learning Forum titled ‘Tracking student progress and activity in Moodle’.

When: Tuesday 28 January from 12.00 – 13.30

Where: UELT Seminar Room

In this session we will:

  • Provide an overview of the Moodle Completion Tracking facility
  • Demonstrate how student activity and progress can be tracked within a module and how academic staff can use this facility to control the flow and cadence of course materials automatically.
  • Demonstrate the impact that Completion Tracking has had in several modules already trialling the facility.

To book a place, please complete the online booking form