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Fine Art student shortlisted for a BAFTSS Award

Stephen Connolly, an artist filmmaker, Lecturer in Film Production, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Fine Art PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music and Fine Art (also a Kent 50 Scholar), has been shortlisted for a 2018 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Award, in the Moving Image category under Best Practice Research Portfolio for Machine Space. The results will be announced in April.

BAFTSS encourage best teaching and research practice, promoting the training of postgraduate students in research and giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

Connolly’s Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.  The film uses formal representational devices to explore this content, and addresses issues of complicity of audiences in the state of affairs in the city. It is a visualization of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, philosopher of space and urban life.

The film was shown at London Film Festival and Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.

You can read the LFF Review (in which it is described as “brilliant”) on MUBI.

Connolly’s work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history. His award winning single screen work which explores the interface between spectatorship, material culture and subjectivity, has been widely shown internationally since 2002. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London, and was a juror at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA) in 2011.

Image credit: Stephen Connolly

Lecturer performing at London’s Wigmore Hall

SMFA Lecturer in Music, Jackie Walduck, will be performing with her improvising ensemble Ignite at London’s Wigmore Hall, in an early evening performance at 17.45 on Wednesday 21 March. Tickets cost £5. Find out more and book.

A composer and vibraphone player, whose work explores the meeting points between composition and improvisation, and their impact on ensemble performance, Jackie Walduck has performed across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East, with musicians as diverse as the Philharmonia, Sinfonia Viva, Kala Ramnath, and the Royal Army Band of Oman.

The programme will include her new piece Skeeter, which plays with the sounds of mosquitos.  Other pieces include works written for Ignite by Luke Bedford, Stephen Warbeck and a new commission form Layale Chaker.

Image credit: Hannah Strijbos

Music and science come together in Colyer-Fergusson on 23 March

Live music and science come together on Friday 23 March, as the continuing Cellular Dynamics project explores links between choral music and cutting-edge research from the School of Biosciences.

Find out more and book.

The centrepiece of the concert is Ola Gjeilo’s colourful and popular ‘Sunrise Mass,’ performed by the University Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia, which will be accompanied by live image- and video-projections curated by Dr Dan Lloyd. The hour-long performance is prefaced by short choral works by Whitacre, Stanford and Sir John Tavener, creating a meditative atmosphere in which to experience a range of film and photography drawn from the School of Bioscience’s latest research.

The performance starts at 19.30 in Colyer-Fergusson Hall; find out more about the Cellular Dynamics project online.

Image credit: School of Biosciences

Canterbury Nightline: We’re here, We hear

The University of Kent has just opened Canterbury Nightline, a student-led listening service aimed at providing out of hours support for students across Canterbury.

It is open from 8pm to 8am and can be contacted via phone, email and instant messaging.

Callers are free to contact the service for any problems they may be experiencing, from discussing mental health and problems at home to university stress.

Nightline can also signpost callers to relevant services that are available while at university.

EDA Academic is Leader Guest Editor of the Special Issue on ‘Small Satellites’

Small Satellites are the most disruptive technology in space industries. Recent development in electronics enabled satellites to become smaller and more intelligent.

A Special Issue on ‘Small Satellites’ has been published in Proceedings of the IEEE (March 2018 issue).

Prof. Steven Gao, from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, is the Leader Guest Editor of this Special Issue.

Guest co-editors of this Issue include Professor Sir Martin Sweeting (OBE), Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, UK, Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka, University of Tokyo, Japan, and Prof. Peter Worden, former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, USA.

The Special Issue consists of 11 papers on different technologies of small satellites, authored by leading experts such as Prof. Paulo Lozano, MIT, et al. Prof. Gao is the leading author of an invited paper titled as ‘Advanced antennas for small satellites’. Proceedings of the IEEE is the flagship Journal of IEEE and has an impact factor of 9.237, much higher than other IEEE Journals.

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Running an effective Board of Examiners

Colleagues are invited to attend the Learning and Teaching Network session titled ‘Running an effective Board of Examiners’ on Wednesday 21 March 13.15-14.30 in Sibson Seminar Room 2, Canterbury.

Presented by Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance.

This session will give an overview of the processes relating to running effective Board of Examiner meetings. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions / procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

This session is for University staff who are involved with organising, attending or recording Board of Examiner meetings. Staff new to Boards of Examiners are strongly encouraged to attend.

As places are limited attendance will be restricted to one person per School.

To book a place, please email

Need financial support? Help is here!

Are you an undergraduate UK student who has been income assessed by Student Finance and are in receipt of an income assessed student loan?

Or a postgraduate UK student who has made adequate provision to cover their tuition fees and living costs before the start of their course (without having to rely on applying to this hardship fund)?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for additional financial support via the Access to Learning Fund (ALF).

You can find more information regarding the ALF, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, on the University website.

If you would like to make an application you will need to make an appointment with your Union Advice Centre.

Canterbury students should contact the Mandela Reception in person or on 01227 827724.

Medway students should contact the GK Unions Advice Centre in person, by email on or on 01634 888989.

Please note that if you are eligible to apply to ALF you will need to complete the application form and take it along to your appointment with all relevant supporting documentation.

ALF awards are discretionary so there is no guarantee of an award.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Financial Aid Office, Room G43 Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ

01227 824876 / 823851 / 823488


Normal opening hours: Monday to Friday : 10.00 – 16.00 (closed from 12.30 – 13.30pm for lunch)

LGBT+ flags on campus

[Featured image – Rainbow by Benson Kua CC BY-SA 2.0]

As LGBT History Month draws to a close you may have been wondering what the flags flying all over campus represent. Here is a quick guide…

GAY PRIDE FLAG: Medway and Registry (Canterbury)

The pride flag originally held eight colours with pink placed on top of the red, symbolising sexuality and indigo placed below purple, symbolising spirit. When the flag became popular and widespread it demanded production; pink had to be dropped because it was not commercially available, later seven became six so as to keep the colours even.

“The rainbow is a symbol and celebration of the diversity of genders and sexual orientations. It’s beautiful, all of the colours, even the colours you can’t see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colours. Our sexuality is all of the colours. We are all the genders, races and ages.” ~ Gilbert Baker



Designed by Michael Page in 1998, the bisexual flag gave the underrepresented bisexual community its own symbol comparable to the gay pride. It had the aim to increase the visibility of bisexuals both among society and within the LGBT community. The colours signify the romantic and/or sexual attraction to multiply genders, your own gender and others.



The four colours all have meanings:

  • Black:  Asexuality
  • Grey: Asexuality and Demisexuality
  • White: Non-asexual partners and allies
  • Purple: Community

The flag was created in 2010 and was driven primarily by the desire to have a symbol that belongs to the asexual community. It was agreed upon through a multi-stage vote.



The lesbian flag features a “labrys,” a double-headed axe associated with early matriarchal Minoan societies and favoured by tribes of Amazon warriors who roamed the area that is now Kazakhstan. The labrys became popular with lesbian culture in the 1970s, but has fallen out of common use since.

The black triangle is a throwback to nazi Germany, similar to the pink triangle used by the general gay movement. The black triangle denoted “anti-social” behaviour, which included lesbianism.

Although the flag was created fairly recently (1999 by Sean Campbell) it’s not as popular now as it once was, possibly because of the relative unknown of the symbols.



The transgender pride flag was created by Monica Helms, a transgender woman, in 1999. The two coloured stripes represent the traditional colours for baby boys and girls and white is for those of intersex, neutral, or other genders.

The flag is intentionally symmetric so that however you hang it, it is in the ‘correct’ orientation. Helms says this was to represent transgender people finding “correctness” in their lives.



Pansexuality is a recently new categorisation of sexual attraction. The difference between bisexual and pansexual is that pansexuality is an attraction regardless of gender. The colours symbolising blue for male, pink for women and yellow for all.



The Genderqueer Pride flag was created by Marilyn Roxie in 2010 with help from the Genderqueer internet community. The lavender is a mix of the traditional blue and pink gender colours for people who are a little of both, the green is meant to be the “inverse” of lavender for those outside the binary and the white represents gender neutrality.

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Industrial action tomorrow – student update

As you know, industrial action called by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) is set to begin tomorrow, Thursday 22 February. As this is a national dispute concerning a large pension scheme involving hundreds of higher education employers, we are not free to resolve this dispute on our own, or with our own staff. We remain deeply frustrated by the apparent deadlock in discussions at national level, but we are continuing to lobby those involved to restart negotiations, call-off the action and consider alternative options.

Though we can’t be sure how many members of staff will be participating, we expect many classes to go ahead as usual. The UCU has asked those members taking part to inform you of their decision already so we hope that you will not encounter classes that have been cancelled without advance notice.

We are doing everything we can to make sure that this action has as little impact on your studies as possible. Throughout the action, the University’s campuses and centres will all be open as usual with libraries, study spaces and PC rooms, student services, catering, accommodation and sports facilities operating as normal. You should also have full access to all the buildings and facilities you would expect.

We have published revised information on the action, how it might affect you, what we are doing to reduce its impact and what you can do to work through it and seek appropriate advice and support.

We recognise that this is a difficult, uncertain and worrying time for you. It is, however, vital that you continue to study as usual. Unless you are informed otherwise, you should continue to attend all timetabled classes, continue working on projects and assessments and continue to submit assessments on time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated wherever possible.