Author Archives: Allie Burnett

Unravelling the mysteries of the Menopause

The Learning and Organisational Development Team will be running a seminar on HRT and The Menopause on Friday 8 March 2019 in the Rochester Board room, Rochester Building, Medway campus starting at 09.30 until 11.15. This important seminar will provide information, advice and guidance on the Menopause, how it affects women and the impact of this from a work perspective.

This seminar will be delivered in two parts:

  • Part 1 a presentation by Anita Ralph MSc (Herbal Medicine), MNIMH MCPP, who will share and open for discussion holistic medical approaches in treating the symptoms of The Menopause.
  • Part 2 of the seminar will be a presentation by Miss Anne Henderson – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who will share information and discuss The Menopause and Prescription HRT, medications etc.

This seminar is open to everyone (this includes men). The menopause is something that affects not only those who are going through it but also colleagues, managers and others who are there to support people who are going through it.

Do you want to help implement the UN Sustainability Development Goals at Kent?

The ‘Teaching Sustainability’ one-day conference will take place on Friday 1 March from 09.00 – 18.00 in Keynes College, Canterbury. Register at Eventbrite for free now.

Staff and students are invited to attend the FREE conference hosted by William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies for the Department of Modern Languages, and Catherine Morris Environmental Adviser in the Estates Department’s Sustainability Team. Students will receive 20 Employability Points for attending.

The conference aims to build networks across the University and beyond to embed the UN Sustainability Development Goals into the University’s curriculum.

On the day, speakers from across the sector will share how these issues have been addressed at their university. You will also get the chance to explore:

  • the possibility of stand-alone sustainability modules,
  • how sustainability topics/skills can be embedded into existing teaching,
  • and help shape how we teach sustainability at Kent.

Register now >
View the conference programme >

The conference is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education through the Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award (TESSA).

Further support has been provided by the Master of Keynes College as part of Keynes College 50 year anniversary celebrations.

Photo by Bas Emmen on Unsplash

Researching the Kent student experience – findings

Not every student’s experience is going to be the same and we do not think it should be. However, what are the key ingredients for a great learning experience at Kent?

Last year we spoke to nearly 2,000 students and 60 staff members to try to answer that question and articulate what every student should experience while at Kent.

Our research found that through your studies and co-curricular activities you want to experience:

  • Learning that is relevant to your goals, interests and ambitions

You thought the University offered opportunities that support your passion for your subject and personal growth. You also said that teaching needs to make explicit connections to the real world and potential careers.

  • Active learning with feedback

Learning happens when you read, talk, write, explain, make connections between ideas, try things out and observe the results, analyse, evaluate, apply, and organise your knowledge in meaningful ways. When you do these things, staff can give you feedback, which also helps your learning.

  • A challenging, supportive and inclusive environment

We hear that you value challenge, but also need guidance about new expectations, how you can rise to them and how you can take best advantage of co-curricular opportunities.

  • A diverse student and staff population from around the world

Many of you want to engage with peers intellectually. You also recognise that peer interaction – in and outside of classes – supports a range of educational goals.

  • Meaningful interactions with staff

You particularly appreciate inspiring or helpful interactions with staff members. Yet the report shows that many of you are disappointed when you do not experience this.

  • Work experience, real world projects, public exhibitions/performances or study abroad

Many of our courses offer a fourth year in industry/abroad or a final year project. You told us that these experiences help to enhance your learning and student experience at Kent.

Work has already started to enhance course and co-curricular opportunities. If you want to get more from your time at Kent visit the Student Guide and Kent Union website for all the opportunities available to you.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this study. If you would like to know more you can read the full report online (pdf).

U.N.I Protect active bystander workshop

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought someone needed help, but you didn’t know what to do?

U.N.I Protect training can help you recognise harmful attitudes and behaviours linked to domestic and/or sexual victimisation. The training equips you with information, skills and confidence about what bystanders are and what role they can play in reducing sexual and domestic abuse. It empowers you to intervene and take action safely, helping you to keep other people safe in the process.

We are running a 1.5 hour U.N.I Protect workshop as part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. The workshop will take place on Monday 4 February at 14.00 in Keynes Seminar Room 12. All students are welcome to attend and everyone who attends will receive 5 Employability Points. You can find out more information and sign up via Study Plus (module KE148).

Further information about the course can also be found on the Student Services website.​


Chineke! Ensemble – Wed 27 Feb

Location: Royal Dockyard Church, Chatham Dockyard

Date and time: Wed 27 Feb, 19.30

The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. The Chineke! Ensemble will be performing in Chatham this February, with tickets free for all students and staff (£10 for public).

Strauss (arranged Franz Hasenoehrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! (8 mins)

Florence Price String Quartet in G (1929) European premiere (13 mins)

Beethoven Septet in E flat Op 20 (42 mins)

Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The Chineke! Ensemble is comprised of exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year.

The event has been organised by University of Kent Arts&Culture, and tickets can be booked online.

Lavinia Brydon wins a place on ‘urban lives’ collaborative workshop

Dr Lavinia Brydon, Lecturer in Film and Media in the School of Arts, has won a place on a British Academy and Academy of Science South Africa collaborative workshop. Taking place in Gauteng on Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 February, the workshop will explore the theme ‘Urban Lives’.

More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and this is projected to increase to almost five billion by 2030, with the majority of the urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia.

The challenges and opportunities of living in an urban environment need responded to in a number of ways, drawing together academic, aesthetic, artistic, literary and policy perspectives and thought.

This workshop aims to bring together early career researchers based in the UK and South Africa who are able to contribute multiple disciplinary and cross-regional insights from the humanities and the social sciences to our understanding of urban life.

Lavinia’s research interests extend from the representation of place on screen to location filming, screen media tourism, DIY arts practices (including pop-up cinemas) and the construction of leisure spaces. She is looking forward to growing these interests within the ‘urban lives’ theme and with researchers who can offer different disciplinary perspectives and take her beyond the British context that she usually works within.

To read the full details about the workshop, please see the British Academy page.

Frances Guerin celebrates grey in podcast

Dr Frances Guerin, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, has just been interviewed for the podcast series This Is Not A Pipe Podcast.

This Is Not A Pipe Podcast explores critical theory, cultural studies and philosophy. It takes its name from the title of the painting by René Magritte.

In the episode, Frances discusses her book The Truth is Always Grey: A History of Modernist Painting (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

In particular, Frances considers the question of what grey is: ‘It’s such an interesting question. The way that it is spelt even – is it grey or gray – how do we even write grey, and what is it? There’s this big question mark that sits over the colour grey’, she explains, ‘I think a lot of that is because we don’t pay much attention to grey.’

‘There’s this assumption that grey is all about reflecting depression; and the metaphor I always give is  the London sky, which is depressing and its gloomy, and we think of grey as describing the approach of death. And when painters and critics talk about grey, they talk about it as not a colour – they’ll say it’s colourless, or a non-colour, or somehow the same as black and white.’ And yet, in the episode, Frances goes on to explain why this is not the case and argues for the richness and vibrancy of the colour.

To find out why, you can listen to the episode on the This Is Not A Pipe Podcast page.

David Walsh on ‘supposed churches’

Dr David Walsh, Lecturer in the Department of Classical & Archaeological studies, has just published a new article in the ‘Journal of Late Antiquity’, in which he argues that the remains of one of the supposedly oldest churches in Britain was actually a temple to Mithras.

In recent decades, archaeologists in regions such as Germany, Italy, and France have developed an increasingly robust approach to the identification of early churches and thus dismissed a number of formerly misidentified examples in the process. In Britain, however, various supposed ‘churches’ discovered in the twentieth century continue to be referred to as such despite a lack of strong evidence to substantiate this. One such example is a structure found at Butt Road, Colchester. In this article, the issues surrounding the interpretation of this building as a church are revisited and enhanced, while it is illustrated why other interpretations, such as a ‘pagan funerary banqueting hall’, are also unlikely.

David has also just released a new episode of his podcast available now to stream via iTunes and Spotify.

David’s guest this week is SECL graduate Becky Newson, who graduated in 2009 with a BA in Classical & Archaeological Studies and Drama. Becky joins David to discuss her six years working as a tour guide in Rome, how she ended up in this role, how she preps for tours, and her advice for anyone visiting Rome. She also chats about getting used to the Roman way of life (and adjusting when she visits home), #Rome on Instagram, and how the extras on the DVD of The Mummy led her to study Ancient History at Kent!


January sale across Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets

Following on from last year’s successful January sale, Kent Hospitality are holding another sale on some of their best-selling dishes across the Medway and Canterbury campuses. Each deal is priced at only £5, and the offer ends on 31/1/2019.

There’s some huge savings on Big Stack burger meals from Hut 8 (Turing College), two healthy smoothies for £5 in K-Bar (Keynes College), loaded fries from Cargo Bar & Grill (Liberty Quays), or a delicious wok bar meal from Rutherford Dining Hall (Rutherford College).

More details on each offer can be found on Kent Hospitality’s Catering blog.

Student Success inspirational speaker: Professor Itesh Sachdev

Event date and time: Wednesday 16 January, 16.00-17.30

Event title: Multi-lingual Communication, Minorities and Identity

Event location: Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

Inspirational speaker Professor Itesh Sachdev examines the complex relationship between language, communication and group identity in multi-lingual communication, using data from indigenous and migrant minorities and majorities around the world.

Further details: email Alison Webb –