Author Archives: Annabel Chislett

New Medway College logo

Last month, the College Master’s office at Medway asked students and staff to vote for a Medway College logo and colours.

We are pleased to announce that a logo and colour have now been chosen. Based on the Medway Building, the logo incorporates the facade of the building with gold being the colour preference.

Thank you to all of you who voted. We look forward to sharing the logo on merchandise and branding material in the new year.

All students currently registered at the University, many staff and alumni belong to a college; students and staff based at Medway are members of Medway College.

Until now, Medway was the only one of the seven University of Kent colleges not to have its own college logo, colours and flag.


Studying and borrowing books in the winter vacation

Opening times

This winter vacation, the Templeman Library, Canterbury campus will be open for a few extra days during the University’s Christmas closure period.

  • Friday 14 December (end of Autumn Term): library closes at 23:00
  • Saturday 15 – Friday 21 December: 08:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday 22 – Wednesday 26 December: closed
  • Thursday 27 – Monday 31 December: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Tuesday 1 January: closed
  • Wednesday 2 January – Sunday 13 January: 08:00 – 19:00
  • Monday 14 January (start of Spring Term): library opens at 08:00 and stays open 24 hours

Full vacation opening hours

Borrowing arrangements

You don’t need to renew or return any books, including document deliveries, from Saturday 22 December to Wednesday 2 January inclusive.

Books you have on loan can still be reserved, so before you go return any books you don’t need. You could also check LibrarySearch to see if there’s an e-book version of any books you need, so you don’t have to borrow them.

While you’re away:

  • books will automatically renew, unless they’re reserved
  • check your student email and Library account, in case someone reserves a book on loan to you
  • return books when someone reserves them
  • books can be reserved at short notice and the fine for overdue items is £2 per day
  • if you can’t return a book in person, you can send it to us by post

When the library is closed you can return your items at the drop box near the Library Road entrance.

If you can’t get a book back to us in time or are concerned about fines, get in touch as soon as possible. Our staff will do their best to resolve your problem:

Document delivery items

Any document delivery books that automatically renew on 15 December or after will be due on Thursday 3 January 2018.

If your document delivery book reaches its final due date before Christmas, please return it by the end of Wednesday 19 December if you can, so we can return it to the lending institution.

Winter Vacation at Canterbury Campus

Discover festive events in the local area, including pantomimes, carol services and Christmas markets. Find out about Winter at Kent.

Using other libraries

Away from campus for the Christmas vacation? You can use other academic libraries around the UK and Ireland by registering for SCONUL Access.

Apply now for full-time Law PhD scholarships at Kent

The Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research. Our vibrant research community is both supportive and intellectually stimulating. We host a broad range of interdisciplinary research centres and groups offering students many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. Our academic staff engage in a rich variety of research projects and collaborations that aim to make meaningful contributions to all aspects of life – including the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies.

Scholarships available for our PhD in Law and for our PhD in Socio-legal Studies include:

•       Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East (CHASE) – closing date for applications: Friday 11 January 2019

•       Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)- closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

•       Kent Law School Studentships – closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

•       Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships – closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

For those who intend to undertake an LLM by Research, Kent Law School invites applications for the:

Larry Grant Scholarship – closing date for applications: Friday 3 May 2019

More details, including how to apply, is available on the Kent Law School website or via Professor Rosemary Hunter and/or Dr Thanos Zartaloudis:

Citizens’ rights after Brexit: Kent Law Clinic debate

An “informed, civilised and passionate” debate on citizens’ rights after Brexit was hosted by Kent Law Clinic on Friday.

The debate, held before an audience of staff and students in the Wigoder Law Building’s Moot Room, was led by Dr Anthony Valcke, founder and supervisor of the EU Rights Clinic at the University of Kent in Brussels, and Kent Law Clinic Director Graham Tegg, a specialist in EU rights and welfare benefits who is responsible for a number of leading cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Each gave presentations on their understanding of the current legal rights of EU and British citizens and presented their analyses of what Brexit might mean for citizens of the UK and of the 27 EU Member States. They also presented sharply differing critiques of the European Union itself and of the potential benefits and costs of Brexit.

Law Clinic Solicitor Sheona York, who attended the debate, said: ‘Both speakers were informed, civilised and passionate, and received deserved applause. The questions from the floor were well thought out and imaginative, and the answers illuminating. Afterwards one member of the audience said they had so far “despaired” of the Brexit debate occurring in the media and was very pleased to attend a debate where the facts were discussed sensibly and reasonably.’

A full account of each speakers critique and comments is available to read on the Law Clinic’s blog.

Sheona added: ‘At Kent Law Clinic we endeavour to create and sustain a space where people feel able to debate legal, political, social, cultural issues, where all opinions can be analysed and challenged. We will be holding more ‘Brexit debates’ – watch out for them!’

Looking for a festive feast on campus?

Christmas is almost upon us, and if you’re looking to celebrate the occasion with a festive meal on campus, here are a few suggestions:

Rutherford Dining Hall:
Christmas Lunch (3 – 14 December) – 2 courses for £7.50 (ex VAT). Choose from traditional roast turkey or festive nut roast* followed by Christmas pudding or chocolate orange torte*. To book a table, please call the dining hall on 01227 823500.

For more information, please visit Rutherford Dining Hall’s Facebook page:

Dolche Vita:
Christmas Lunch Special (3 – 14 December) – £8.50 (ex VAT). Includes a complimentary Christmas cracker and mince pie. Choose from roast chicken or festive nut roast* with all the trimmings. No booking required.

For more information, please visit Dolche Vita’s Facebook page:

Cargo (Medway):
Christmas Menu (26 November – 16 December) – 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £17.95. Booking required. Choose from a range of starters, mains and desserts. Menu features Christmas favourites such as: homemade leek and potato soup, traditional roast turkey and Christmas pudding. To book a table, please call the bar on 01634 582615, email or message through Facebook.

For more information and to view the full menu, please visit Cargo’s Facebook page:

And that’s not all! There are plenty more festive offers and promotions across campus to celebrate the season. Keep an eye out for festive hot drinks, cakes, street food and specials. Visit your nearest café, bar or restaurant to discover what’s on offer.

*Suitable for vegans

ELLsoc help organise talk on constructed languages

Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Anglia Ruskin University) recently delivered a fascinating talk on the topic of constructed languages (e.g. Klingon and Dothraki). This talk was organised by CLL, ELLsoc and Dr Eleni Kapogianni, Lecturer in the Department of English Language & Linguistics.

‘To the layperson, a constructed language like Klingon might at first seem like a collection of random sounds,’ writes Dr David Hornsby, Head of the Department of English Language & Linguistics, ‘The reality, however, is that creating a convictional fictional language requires a large amount of technical knowledge and skill, as Dr. Beinhoff’s talk demonstrated.’

Not only was this a successful talk, which extended to a wide audience, but the creator of the Dothraki language in Game of Thrones, David Peterson, was taught by our very own Professor Amalia Arvaniti, Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, as postgraduate a student at the University of San Diego.


Learning & Teaching Network session: Enhancing the Academic Adviser system – working with students as partners

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning & Teaching Network session taking place on Wednesday 5 December, from 13.15-14.30 in Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6, Canterbury.

In this session Kent Business School’s Student Success Team and Director of Education will go through their new academic adviser system and the rational for its implementation. The new system includes the use of an appointment management system and offers students the opportunity to meet with their adviser as part of a group meeting or one-to-one. The team will also discuss the different variations introduced at Medway and Canterbury.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.

Tackling the stigma of poverty: ThinkNation comes to Gulbenkian Theatre

University Carol Service 10 Dec: Free Student Tickets

Student Tickets for the University Christmas Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral (which takes place at 20.00 on Mon 10 Dec) will be available at the Grimond Foyer at 12.45 on Monday 3 Dec; and 17.45 on Tues 4 Dec. To be sure of getting your tickets (one per Student ID presented) please arrive early and be prepared to join a queue. The Carol Service will feature performances by the University Chamber Choir and student Gospel Music singers. There will be an appeal for Porchlight, a charity supporting homeless people in East Kent.

Click here for more information and how to gain your ticket.

Wheelchair access and Sign Language (BSL) interpretation will be available at the event, reflecting the values of Disability History Month (but please notify us of any requirements). Students with disabilities should apply direct to the University Chaplaincy for tickets and advice about access and seating.

Tickets on sale for the University of Kent Players Radio Play

The University of Kent Players are proud to present a live recording of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a staged radio play set during the French Revolution.

Following the success of their first staged radio play, the Players will be taking the most elusive of characters, The Scarlet Pimpernel, to France and back (and back again) on Friday 30 November/Saturday 1 December 2018.

During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel, snatches French aristocrats from the jaws of the guillotine. Armed with only his wits and his cunning, he recklessly defies the French revolutionaries while being hunted by ruthless French agent Chauvelin.

Radio dramas were once the most popular form of entertainment and were usually broadcast as live performances. This performance recreates the entire experience – from actors performing to a foley team creating sound effects such as daring horse riding and swashbuckling fights.

“They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere…..”

Buy tickets

Tickets cost £6.50 (£6.00 for concession) and are available online.