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Xercise Factor

Kent Sport’s fitness competition is back by popular demand, offering members the chance to be selected for one-to-one fitness mentoring and battle it out in a bid to be crowned Xercise Factor Champion 2018.

Applications are now open and we are looking for students, staff and members of the public who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to getting fit and changing their lifestyle for the better. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge.

If you are successful in your application you will join other contestants for the Xercise Factor boot camp in February where a member of the fitness team will mentor you for two weeks. Only the committed will make it to the second phase and compete for the honour of becoming the Xercise Factor Champion.

Reigning Xercise Factor Champion 2017, student Hana Sofia Baakza, said

‘My six weeks flew by and I am really sad it has come to an end, and in all honesty I have never noticed such a change in my body in this six weeks than I have in my six months at the gym.  I know I will continue lifting and going to the gym even after this challenge is over. I have learnt so many new skills and feel truly proud of myself’.

Pick up your application form from the fitness suite reception at the Sports Centre or download it here. Post your form in the fitness suite ‘X’ box or email it to by Friday 26 January and get ready for the challenge!

Visit the Xercise Factor webpage to keep up to date with the latest news and don’t miss anything!

Not yet a member of Kent Sport? See our membership details.

New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff – 31 Jan

Colleagues are invited to attend Dr Mike Poltorak’s session on ‘Collaborative Learning through Documentary Reception and Production: Reflexivity and Embodiment in Visual Anthropology’.  Dr Poltorak is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology.

The session takes places on Wednesday 31 January, 12.55-14.00 in Darwin Seminar Room 8, Canterbury.

The integration of the content, and critical reflection of the production, of documentaries into teaching visual anthropology can enhance and transform students’ learning and their own video productions. Using three positions in relation to video production in the community of Angsbacka in Sweden Dr Poltorak will reflect on the relationship between sharing and embodiment and its’ value in teaching and suggest it offers an opportunity for transformative ‘peer teaching’ where students have the opportunity to engage with reflexivity, share insights, work collaboratively and then act with confidence and insight through making a video.

To book a place please email

Learning and Teaching Network session – Curriculum Internationalisation

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning & Teaching Network session taking place on Friday 26 January , 13.15-14.30 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

Presented by Dr Anthony Manning the session will focus on Curriculum Internationalisation and how this can be embedded in your academic practice at module level. It will provide an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of what is meant by internationalising the curriculum and to reflect on aspects of internationalisation which are already present in your provision in relation to taught content, teaching approaches and assessment.

Throughout the session, examples of good practice will be shared and discussed. Time will be allocated for questions and to provide support to staff working on module specifications.

To book a place please email

Christmas treats and games for Save the Children

The Medway College Master’s Office is supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day by hosting an afternoon of Christmas treats and fun games. If you would like to take the opportunity to wear a festive jumper then please wear your jumper and donate £1.

Please come and join us for celebrations in the Senior Common Room (R2-02 located in the Rochester Building above No1 Bistro) on Friday 15 December 2017, 15:00-17:00

We hope to see as many of you as possible. If you don’t have a Christmas jumper then you can wear anything related to Christmas, no restrictions!

KGSA Charity Food Drive

There’s a box in Woolf Reception for you to donate food items.

Please make that food is in date, unopened and non-perishable – either stuff from your cupboards that you won’t use over Christmas or bits that you can pick up as part of your weekly shop – we recommend tins, pasta, biscuits and sweets!

This has been organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association. 

Image credit: by KGSA

Gift Giving Tree in Woolf Reception

There are two Christmas trees in Woolf Reception, with Christmas cards on the branches.

These cards have kids’ names and ages on them who won’t necessarily get gifts this Christmas.

If you would like to take a card or two and buy an appropriate gift for that child, that would be great!

When you have bought a gift, please write a message in the card inside the envelope and stick it to the gift. Don’t wrap it – the KGSA elves will do that, and return it to the box by the trees by  Friday 15 December at the latest!

This charity activity is organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association.

Image credit: by KGSA

KGSA Christmas Kitchen Decoration Contest

Woolf College Reception is now very Christmassy with two trees and lots of tinsel!

You too can get involved by decorating the windows in your kitchen for the holiday period.

The Kent Graduate Student Association KGSA will choose the winners on December 13 -14 from across Tyler, Keynes Woolf and Darwin.

Make sure whatever you put in the windows (lights, tinsel, fake snow etc.), is safe and can be easily cleaned off after Christmas ends!

To register your kitchen contact Tom or Rowena through the University Postgraduate 2017 Facebook group.

Each kitchen will cost £1 to enter, with the winning kitchen getting £100 hamper full of Christmas treats!

Image credit: by KGSA

Kent students launch £10k fundraising campaign for international exchange visit

A £10k fundraising campaign has been launched by Kent Law Clinic students to help meet costs for an international exchange visit by a law clinic in Sierra Leone.

The visit is the first in a new exchange programme with the Law Clinic at the University of Makeni (UniMak). Six students and two staff from UniMak will stay at Kent’s Canterbury campus for 10 days in January/February 2018 and it is hoped that a smaller number of students from Kent will then visit Sierra Leone in April 2018.

The visit to Kent will include trips to courts in Canterbury and London, a trip to the Houses of Parliament and meetings with local lawyers. There will also be a moot in the Wigoder Law Building’s purpose-built Moot Room on the University’s Canterbury campus.

The Makeni-Kent Project Exchange’s fundraising campaign will help meet the costs of air, train and bus travel, accommodation and an amount in respect of subsistence. The cost per student is around £1,500. Fundraising activities planned for 2018 include a pub quiz, a fun run and a gaming night at Mungo’s Bar and Bistro on campus. Contributions from sponsors/donors are warmly welcomed on the GoFundMe page.

A partnership with UniMak began with the law clinic in Makeni in 2014. Sierra Leone has a Common Law jurisdiction, based on that of the UK, with the two countries sharing similar legal procedure and also some case-law and statute. Kent students work under the supervision of Law Clinic solicitors to help with legal research for criminal cases being defended by students and volunteer lawyers in Sierra Leone.

The Makeni-Kent Project aims to enrich the legal education of law students in both countries with a shared determination to also deepen knowledge and understanding of each other’s cultures and legal systems.


Interested in information privacy?

SSPSSR PhD candidate, Hayley is conducting research about information privacy and invites anyone between the ages of 20-40, who uses social media and owns a smartphone to complete a short survey.

The survey will gather data on our attitudes and thoughts about sharing information  online through social media and transactions with organisations. All details will of course be anonymised and confidential.

For more information and to complete the survey.

All participants will be entered into a draw to win a £25 i-Tunes voucher – and will be helping Hayley towards her final thesis.

Where do you like to live and why? Take the Housing Survey

Students play a key role in the life of the district and we hope you will spend five minutes giving the council your views.

We are looking at our housing strategy and are keen to know what type of housing and where in the city you prefer to live and why. For example; living in a shared house away from the campus, in university accommodation, in privately run accommodation especially built for students or at home with your family.

We also want to know what factors help you decide where to live like cost or the quality of the facilities offered. The information you give us will be used by our planners to advise developers on how they can best meet your needs.

Take the survey now.

Once you’ve completed the survey, you will be added into a prize draw to win one of three £20 high-street vouchers. 

Image credits: University of Kent