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Kaitlyn Regehr discusses the #MeToo movement on TRT World

Dr Kaitlyn Regehr, Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of Arts, was interviewed on 10 October 2018 on Showcase, the arts and culture programme broadcast the on news channel TRT World, regarding the #MeToo movement.

TRT World is a Turkish international news channel, broadcasting in English.

The interview concerned the first year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, which started when the actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag on Twitter in response to the allegations of sexual assault and harassment of film producer Harvey Weinstein.

In the interview, Kaitlyn relates the impact of the term: ‘On 15 October 2017, the term “Me Too” was used 12 million times on just one day, and from there we saw a real revolution of social change come forth.’

Does Kaitlyn consider whether the movement has led to social change? ‘I think it depends on how we define change. Has it changed social policy change? Not so much.’ However, despite this Kaitlyn argues, ‘we’re now having a much more open discussion about sexual violence which is really important.’ She suggests that with the public will, policy change will follow.

The video is available to view on the Showcase YouTube channel.


Beware of scams targeting international students

We have recently heard about a WeChat scam aimed at Chinese students, where the caller claimed to be from the Chinese Embassy and asked for bank details. You should never give a caller your bank details. Please read this warning from UKCISA about this particular scam.

If you receive an unexpected email, phone call or letter from someone claiming to be from the Home Office, be careful, as it may be a scam. The Home Office has issued new guidance on how to protect yourself from tricks and scams.

Some students have been tricked into paying large sums of money to fraudsters. If you think you might have been contacted by a fraudster, please contact Kent Union Advice Centre.

Oliver Double on Front Row

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts and Director of the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row last week, to attempt to answer why is the unfortunate mishap hilarious – so long as someone else is falling off the ladder?

Front Row is a magazine programme discussing the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

‘One of the oldest theories of why we laugh is that we laugh at the expense of somebody else,’ explains Olly, who features 2 minutes into the programme, ‘we can trace this back to Aristotle, who said “comedy is an imitation of men worse than average”. But that’s not really an adequate explanation, in the sense you do laugh at Laurel and Hardy falling over but at the same time they also inspire great affection.”

Olly was interviewed alongside Jonathan Sayer of Mischief Theatre, and stand-up comedienne Natalie Haynes.

The programme may be heard on the BBC’s website.

Dawn Bonfield MBE to deliver ‘Inclusive Engineering and Technology’ lecture

As part of its commitment to Employability and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, the School of Engineering and Digital Arts is delighted to announce that on Wednesday 17 October at 13.00 in Jennison Lecture Theatre, it will be welcoming Dawn Bonfield, MBE to the University of Kent for an inspirational lecture on Inclusive Engineering and Technology.

Inclusion in Engineering and Technology is a competence that allows engineers and technologists to ensure that their work is inclusive of and accessible to everybody.  It is a methodology to ensure that products and services have been designed with 360 degree visibility, and that the needs and requirements of all users – both now and in the future – have been considered. It takes into account traditionally under-represented groups, ensuring that data sets which have been used to inform design are complete and non-biased, and that these groups are represented in the design process, as well as considering the manufacturers, maintainers and users of the finished product or service.

Dawn Bonfield is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering at Aston University, and Founder & Director of Towards Vision, a Company which aims to work towards a vision of diversity and inclusion in engineering. She is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), and in 2018 is an Ambassador for the Year of Engineering.

To book your ticket for this event, please book via Eventrbite or alternatively, just turn up. All welcome.

Centre for the Study of Higher Education’s first PhD student

George Mindano is the first PhD student to complete his degree through the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Kent. His thesis investigated students’ understanding of the concept of ‘student voice’ to investigate whether strong group identity influences students’ responses to mechanisms designed to capture this. His findings indicated that student and academics have both varied and multi-dimensional understanding of the ‘student voice’ phenomenon. His study also revealed that while the majority of senior academic leaders maintain that ‘student voice’ has been amplified through various feedback mechanisms, most students think that surveys such as the NSS are not an accurate representation of their voice, with institutional failure to act effectively on their feedback and change practice.

George found doing his PhD at Kent was probably one of his most fulfilling and best experiences ever. ‘I chose University of Kent because of the support and interest I received from my prospective supervisors. I was also lured by Kent’s reputation, location and institution’s willingness to fully support my studies. I received tremendous support from my supervisors (Drs Joanna Williams pictured with George and Janice Malcolm), the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the Graduate School. I was involved in two research projects and presented at several international conferences, which helped my growth as an early research career’.

In June 2018, George completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with University of Sussex and has returned to Malawi with his family.  He is teaching at University of Malawi’s Polytechnic on part-time basis and also consulting with the Ministry of Education.

Join our new Book Club on Black History

Student Services, Information Services and Kent Union are pleased to launch the first of our Book Clubs, for students and staff who want to feed their literary curiosity and discover new books and resources outside of their academic studies.

This Book Club, launched during Black History Month, features over 30 titles, classic and modern, fiction and non-fiction, from all over the world which explore what it means to be Black both historically and in the world today.

See the books!

Some of these titles are available to borrow from the Templeman or the Drill Hall libraries, or to purchase from Blackwell’s book shop on the Canterbury campus, whilst others you will need to source yourself.

We hope you enjoy them. Challenge yourself – how many can you read in October?

Share your reading comments and pictures on social media with #KentBHM2018 #unikentbookclub

Read more about Kent Union’s activities during Black History Month.

Book clubs

The Book Clubs will feature suggested reading lists, some of which are specifically designed to recognise and acknowledge special awareness months, weeks or days, and will hopefully open new literary worlds for you to discover. Look out for further Book Clubs coming soon!

Get involved!

Is something missing? Students and staff members have the option to submit a reading suggestion via the ‘Recommend a Book’ function via 

Share your views on what you are reading with #unikentbookclub on Twitter and Facebook.

Black History Month Art Exhibition

Black History Month is the celebration of the people of Afro-Caribbean descent, their experiences and goals.

The month’s theme is “Black and Powerful” celebrating the different Black students in Leadership positions across the University.

Over the course of the month there are events run by numerous student groups aiming at teaching, nurturing and supporting students from all backgrounds here at Kent. Visit the Kent Union website to see more this month.

Keynes College, which celebrates 50 years this year, is proud to host two art exhibitions for Black History Month.

The Keynes Atrium features ‘Celebrating Amanda Nsubuga’, a multimedia artist of East African descent, born in London, England. Nsubuga completed a BA Fine Art degree at The University of Kent in 2018. Her work depicts women of colour, and their external beauty, often young girls but sometimes uses herself as a character. She has described her work as non-fictional, with her chosen subjects relating to her own narratives and still representing themselves, exploring personal anecdotes. Her work is executed in sequences, using each medium for separate objectives but the same function. Nsubuga cites Contemporary artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi as influences. Recently, Amanda Nsubuga exhibited at the Old Truman Brewery in London.

The Keynes Teaching Foyer features ‘A History of Immigration to the UK’ by Tania McGee, a highly informative exhibition that tracks the history of immigration from pre-colonisation to the Windrush era, interspersed with photographs, documents and articles to create a high impact visual history.

Location: Keynes College

Dates: 1-31 October 2018

Time: All day

HHJ David Griffith-Jones QC to give annual Tucker Millward Guest Lecture

HHJ David Griffith-Jones QC, a record-breaking skydiver with considerable expertise in Sports Law, will be offering his personal ‘Reflections on the Law’ for the Tucker Millward Guest Lecture at Kent next month.

The annual lecture, co-hosted by Kent Law Society and Kent Law School, is open to all and will be held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 on Kent’s Canterbury campus at 18.30 on Thursday 15 November.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC was appointed a Circuit Judge at Maidstone Crown Court in 2007. Earlier this year he became Resident Judge and Honorary Recorder for Maidstone. He is a keen sportsman with interests in triathlon and golf and, this summer, was one of a group of skydivers who broke the UK, European and Commonwealth record for the number of skydivers over 60 in a completed formation (at 15,000ft over Lincolnshire). His interest in sport is reflected throughout his long legal career which includes: being a Committee Member of Bar Sports law Group from 1999 – 2007; joining the Sports Disputes Resolution Panel in 2000; and, as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, serving on the Panel of Sports Arbitrators since 2002. He has also served as Chairman of the International Criminal Court’s Drugs Appeal Tribunal from 2004 – 2007 and was Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association Appeals Committee from 2004 – 2006. He has been a contributor for Sport: Law and Practice, a major UK textbook on Sports Law, and is the author of Law and the Business of Sport (Butterworts, 1998).

The lecture will be preceded by refreshments, served in Grimond Foyer, from 18.00. All are welcome, and attendance is free, but attendees are asked to register in advance online.

Science and Society: Ethical concerns in the development of new technologies

Are you interested in the ethical concerns surrounding the development of new technologies? We are in a rapidly-changing world, so how do we view the future?  Science and technology have often provided new developments to solve old problems but we can not necessarily rely on answers being available for all situations.  Furthermore, there may be ethical issues to consider about the use of new techniques, so where are the boundaries between science and society?  What kind of world do we want?

This FREE course aims to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the above and discuss with fellow colleagues the issues surrounding the following topics:

  • KE185: Energy
  • KE186: Conflict and Warfare
  • KE187: Health and Medical Developments
  • KE188: Biotechnology
  • KE189: Artificial Intelligence
  • KE190: Machines, Robots and A.I.

Employability Points will be awarded to students that attend the course.

For more information, please visit the Study Plus webpage.

Or book your place via SDS.

Introduction of pink zone car share parking bays (trial)

The Estates Department are running a trial to introduce pink zone car share bays at the Canterbury campus. The aim of the trial is to encourage car sharing and reduce single car occupancy where possible, in accordance with the University Travel Plans.

How will the trial work?

From 11 October, 16 parking bays within the Estates car park will be designated for the car share bay trial. These bays will be operated and enforced as follows:

  • Monday to Friday 8.00-9.30 vehicles displaying two (or more) car share parking permits can park here. No other permit holder (or non-permit holders) can park here during this time.
  • Monday to Friday 9.31- 17.00 vehicles with a pink zone parking permit or displaying car share permits can park here.
  • At all other times permit holders and non-permit holders can park here.

As this is a trial, some changes may be made in order to make the car share bays work more effectively. We will regularly review the use of the car share bays. Please send any feedback to

Why has the Estates car park been chosen for the trial?

The Estates car park has been chosen for the trial due to its central location on campus and because it is easy to monitor during the trial period.

What are the benefits of car sharing?

There are many benefits to sharing your journey. Car sharing helps the environment by reducing pollution and congestion, and is a great way to save money.

How do I find someone to car share with?

We have teamed up with the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University to create UniShare South East ( – a place to find other staff and students to car share with.

This week is also Liftshare week (1-7 October 2018). If you form a Liftshare team between 24 September and 14 October you will be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s cinema pass for you and a friend.

How do I change my permit to a car share permit?

You will need to complete the car share application form with the people you will be car sharing with and return this to the Transport Team. Please ensure you have read the car share guidelines and agree with these before applying. Once your car share permit has been processed please contact the Transport Team to cancel your previous permit.

Will blue zone car share bays be introduced in the future?

If the trial for pink zone car share bays is successful we may look into the possibility of introducing car share bays in the blue zone car parks.