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Annual DICE Lecture 2022/2023 – 9 March 2023

We are delighted to announce that this year’s DICE Lecture will be given by Professor Dave Goulson, on ‘Silent Earth: averting the insect apocalypse.’

Professor Dave Goulson is a world expert on insect ecology and conservation, with a particular focus on bumblebees and other insects. His work also looks at understanding pollination in general and sustainable management of pollinators in agricultural ecosystems.

He is currently working as a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex and has published more than 300 scientific articles and several popular science books. Among his most celebrated books are the Sunday Times bestseller “A Sting in the Tale” in 2010 and “Silent Earth” in 2021.

This year’s lecture is open to everyone and will take place on Thursday March 9 from 18:00 to 19:30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 on the Canterbury campus. The lecture will be followed by a book signing featuring Dave’s latest book the “Silent Earth” and some of his previous work.

For more information on accessing the lecture online, please visit our Facebook site.

bOing! Family Festival: Your chance to reach thousands of families in our local community

bOing! Family Festival is the University’s biggest community engagement event with over 10,000 people visiting the campus over the August bank holiday weekend each year. The festival is produced by the University’s Institute of Cultural & Creative Industries and welcomes both national and international artists making excellent work for children and families. Dates for this year are 26 & 27 August 2023. See more about bOing on the website.

Showcase your work

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the University’s research, innovation and engagement to a public audience. Previously the festival programme has featured forensic crime scene workshops and liquid nitrogen demonstrations by the Division of Natural Sciences, an interactive and participatory art & design exhibition by the Future Human signature research theme, virtual reality showcases by Engineering & Digital Arts and various physical workshops run by Kent Sport.

We would love to expand this offer and would welcome thoughts, ideas and pitches from academics, divisions, schools, departments, signature research themes and professional services about what you might want to bring to bOing 2023.

bOing is a family festival and attended by all ages, but we particularly look for activities which appeal to or can be suitable for children under 12.

If you have an idea you would like to pitch to be part of bOing! 2023, please email by 31 March, detailing:

  • A description of your event/activity
  • Who would run the activity
  • Age suitability and capacity
  • What kind of space and any resources/equipment you would require

‘When out one day;’ an exploration of portraiture in new exhibition in Colyer-Fergusson

The latest art exhibition in the gallery space in the Colyer-Fergusson Building features an exploration of the art of the portrait by Canterbury-based artist, Adam De Ville.

A series of ten striking paintings reflects Adam’s interest in exploring the human condition, brought vividly to the canvas in an array of arresting paintings that pushes through the space between viewer and subject, looking to capture the essence of the moment.

The display is free to view during the building’s opening hours; there is wheelchair access, and the exhibition is on until May. Read more about the exhibition on the Music blog.

Interested in inspiring others to enjoy Tennis?

We are excited to be hosting an LTA Level 1 Tennis Assistant coaching qualification course at the Kent Indoor Tennis and Events Arena on Sunday 26 March and Sunday 4 June.

The LTA Level 1 course is ideal for tennis parents, keen players, and anyone considering a career change into sports coaching or looking to get started in tennis coaching.

There are five levels of tennis coaching in this country with the LTA and Level 1 is just the beginning, focusing mainly on assisting a qualified coach to work with children. Level 2 allows you to lead group lessons unsupervised, perhaps going into local schools. Levels 3 to 5 allow you to deliver all types of group and individual lessons with more attention to detail the higher up you go.

This is an ideal opportunity to work alongside our Tennis Development Manager and LTA Level 5 coach, Nick Skelton, as we grow our tennis programme at the University of Kent. It’s an exciting time to get involved!

The two-day course, based on the Canterbury campus, runs from 9am to 5pm both days and costs just £275. You can find more details and book onto the course on the Virtus Leisure Management website. Or to discuss the course further contact Nick at

Egyptians: Come see a play last performed in 463 BC

Well sort of. The original play by Aeschylus has been lost bar one remining word. But it has been brought back to life by Foreign Office, the acclaimed team behind The Suppliant Women (Gulbenkian 2021), with help from experts and academics from across the globe, including some at Kent.

Egyptians will be performed between Wednesday 22 and Saturday 25 Feb at 19.30, with matinees at 14.00 on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are £15 with a £5 student rate. Tickets can be bought from the Gulbenkian website.

As in ancient Greece, the performance uses professional actors and a community chorus – in this case of young men, including local residents and students from Kent.

It is a powerful story, with themes of migration, belonging and consent that remain vital today. The Greeks combined words, music and movement to dramatic effect, reflecting the conflict and tension of the story itself.

Set in a city destroyed by war, the victorious Egyptians demand to marry the fifty daughters of Danaos. But, strange omens, a grieving widow and a mysterious priestess — these are bleak portents for a mass wedding. As the men and women square up to their wedding night, who will finally prevail?

A panel discussion will follow the performance on Saturday 25 Feb, 14.00, chaired by Prof. David Wiles (Emeritus Professor of Drama at Exeter University) and including Egyptians director Ramin Gray alongside experts in Greek drama from the University of Kent (Dr. Rosie Wyles and Dr. Angeliki Varakis) and from the University of Oxford (Prof. Oliver Taplin, also production dramaturg).

And you can eat like a Greek! To celebrate Egyptians Gulbenkian Cafe is offering delicious Greek specials alongside our Showtime Menu every evening from 22 – 25 Feb.

University Teaching Prizes 2023

Each year, the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. For 2023, colleagues are encouraged to submitted applications which address three criteria:

  • Excellence in Teaching or Supporting Learning
  • Dissemination and Influence
  • Above and Beyond Expectations of Normal Operation.

Prizes will be at the University level, and will include both Academic and Learning Support categories. Individuals or teams can apply from all divisions and professional services teams.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Richard Reece (DVC Education & Student Experience) and will meet in April 2023. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2023.

The call for applications for the 2023 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Thursday 6 April 2023. Please fill out the application form.

Hormone Health, The Workplace and Long-Term Health Planning – 8 February 2023

Lexie, a Nurse Prescriber with a special interest in hormone health, is a member of the British Menopause Society and is also a Newson Health Menopause Society Associate. She runs a private hormone health clinic and has had a 20+ year career in A&E, midwifery and primary care.  She regularly presents on hormone health to staff at large organisations and provides advice to corporate teams on menopause policy.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2023

Time: 14:00-15:00

Location: Canterbury Campus, TBC

The discussion will cover:

  • How hormones affect the body and what can be mitigated
  • The impact of peri menopause, menopause and post menopause
  • Hormone replacement therapy and the microbiome
  • Hormones and the workplace
  • Making informed choices with regards to short, medium and long term hormone health

The session will be introduced by Juliette Pattinson, Director of Division who occurs to support and raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving hormone health and overall wellbeing.

There will be an opportunity for live Q&A during the event.

If you would like to submit an anonymous question in advance, you can email and this will be passed on to Lexie, who will respond with a general response (i.e. not individualised) during the discussion.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing so we can accommodate numbers and confirm the venue in due course.

Teams wanted – 5-a-side football league

Passionate about football? Why not get a team together to join the SoccerZone 5-a-side league? Games are played every Thursday, with space available for new teams to join the league at 17.10 and 18.10.

The League is open to all staff, students and alumni.

Open Session: Thursday 2 February 2023, 17.00 – 19.00

Come along as an individual or as a team to play some friendly fixtures before the leagues start.

League competition

Games: Every Thursday

Location: Park Wood 3G

Entry fee: £40 per team per term – Kent Sport facility fees apply

Leagues start: Thursday 9 February

Visit the SoccerZone webpage for more information and to sign up your team!

#StayOn #StandOut

Undergraduates progressing to postgraduate study – #Stayon #Standout campaign

We’ve launched our undergrad to postgrad campaign; #Stayon #Standout this week. This is to help inform our students who are considering to stay on at Kent for a Master’s. If you could kindly spread the word about our offering, this includes:

  • Exclusive funding for Kent graduates – students can apply for scholarships of up to £5,000
  • Introducing them to a fantastic range of postgraduate courses, some of which offer work placement options.
  • Discovering conversion Master’s, for students who want to study a completely different subject to their undergrad degree.
  • Drop-in sessions at the Templeman library and Oasis lounge, we also have postgraduate Open Events on February and April. Please do encourage students to join these events and meet our staff and current postgrad students.

For presentation slides and creatives, please request these from your Marketing departments.

Find out more about the campaign at:

Origins Bar: Free interactive darts and shuffleboards from January 2023

Head down to Origins bar, for some fun and competition this term. With free-to-use interactive darts and shuffleboards, you won’t be stuck for entertainment! Origins also boast a selection of tasty bites, from loaded nachos, mac ‘n’ cheese, wings and delicious desserts!

Origins is open daily from 16.00 – 23.00, so it’s the perfect place to hang out with your friends after a long day for an old-school games night.

For more information on interactive darts or shuffleboard, check out our useful blog, which details the rules and how to play.

Games are free – we look forward to seeing you there!