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International Student Experience Fair 2019

*Free Entry for all International & European Students*

Come along to the International Student Experience Fair on Wednesday 9th October from 12:00-14:00 in Darwin Conference Suite, and learn how you can enhance both your studies and employability. Enjoy an afternoon of cake and refreshments, and find out more about the support services available to international students.

Perhaps you need help with your studies, want to find out about opportunities available to you, or you’d like to attend workshops to improve your learning experience? Find out more at the fair!  They’ll be a prize draw and the chance to win vouchers.

Remember, there is no need to book this event, just turn up on the day. It is definitely an event not to be missed!

For further information, please email

Photo by Jordan Opel on Unsplash

New directors for Global Challenges Doctoral Centre

The University of Kent’s Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new director, Dr Beth Breeze (Centre for Philanthropy), and deputy director, Dr Frank Grundig (School of Politics and International Relations). Beth and Frank will work collaboratively to drive forward the Centre’s activities and initiatives over the next two years.

The GCDC is dedicated to research aligned to the development needs in and for ODA nations and aims to provide a virtual and physical “location” for the discussion of research aimed at identifying solutions to global challenges. The GCDC funds eight doctoral scholarships per year, coordinates an affiliate student scheme and organises specialised training and events throughout the academic year.

Beth says in her introductory blog post: “Whether or not you have been involved with GCDC to date, please feel free to get in touch ( if you have ideas about how best to build on this initiative and advance efforts to conduct research for the greater good.”

Beth’s blog post, entitled, “A New Direction for the GCDC: Memes, Meetings and Moving forward”, is available to read on the GCDC website here. 

Autism talk

Understanding and Supporting Autistic Students in Higher Education

The numbers of autistic people attending higher education institutions in the UK have steadily increased over the last decade and it is vital academic, teaching, and support staff have a good understanding of what is means to be autistic and how best to support their students during their time at University. This session aims to provide staff with a greater understanding of autism and the experiences of autistic students in higher education, with practical recommendations for providing the appropriate support. The session will be run by Dr Magali-Fleur Barnoux and Dr Damian Milton from the Tizard Centre (SSPSSR), with participatory input from existing Tizard Centre students. Additional sessions will also be provided in January 2020 and June 2020.

The session will take place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at the Darwin Board Room from 09:30 to 12:30.

Please book your place ASAP through Staff Connect. 


School of Computing welcomes Daniel Soria as Lecturer

Dr Daniel Soria has joined the University of Kent as a Lecturer in the School of Computing. Daniel will be a member of the Data Science Research Group and will be based at the Medway campus.

Daniel joins Kent from the University of Westminster in London, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, member of the Health and Social Care Modelling Research Group and an associate member of the interdisciplinary Cancer Research Group. Previously, he worked for over ten years at the University of Nottingham, where he was part of the School of Computer Science and the Advanced Data Analysis Centre. He started there studying for his PhD as a Marie-Curie Fellow and progressed in his academic career to become an Assistant Professor.

Dr Soria’s research interests lay in the multi-disciplinary area of applied computer science for real-word applications, especially in biomedical domains. He has expertise in data mining and machine learning applications, from pattern identification to supervised learning. Dr Soria’s contributions to knowledge appeared to be of great interest in October 2013, when part of his work on breast cancer was the subject of extensive national media coverage (see, for example, BBC News, ITV,Sky News), and more recently during the Brexit referendum campaign, when a case study from his research was published as part of the Universities for Europe manifesto.

Daniel has published numerous articles in high quality international peer-reviewed journals such as Knowledge-Based Systems, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, and IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging. The multidisciplinary nature of his research allowed Daniel to also publish in prestigious medical journals like Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, British Journal of Cancer, and others. Daniel’s research has also appeared in international conference proceedings such as the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI), the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), and the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE). He has been a member of the technical program committee for conferences such as the International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (ICBEB) and the IEEE International Conference on Smart Data (SmartData).

Daniel completed a PhD in Computer Science (specialising in supervised and unsupervised learning in biomedical domains) at the University of Nottingham, and holds an MSci in Applied Mathematics from the University of Milan, Italy.

Daniel said “I’m very excited to be joining the School of Computing at Kent, and adding to the very strong team of academics already focusing on data science. My research in this area will sit very well within the group as well as in the newly formed Kent and Medway Medical School. I can’t wait to start to collaborate with the talented people already working there”.


Applications open for 2019/20 GOLD Programme

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme.  The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies.  It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. 

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year. Benefits include:

•            Employability Points awarded per activity

•            Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Dean for Internationalisation

•            Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report

•            Practical event & project management experience

•            A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

For further details please see our website. 

 Deadline to apply is 30th September 2019.

Graeme A Forbes

Staff member’s role in ‘best Edinburgh Fringe show

Lecturer in Philosophy Dr Graeme A. Forbes has supported theatre company Theatre Re by acting as philosophy consultant for their recent production of BIRTH, which has been named Best Theatre Show of the Edinburgh Fringe by Theatre Weekly. The publication described the show as “one of the most beautiful and accomplished pieces of theatre to be staged at the Fringe”.

BIRTH is the story of Sue, Katherine and Emily, three generations of women from the same family whose lives are part of an invisible web they help to weave. It traces their journey of self-discovery, acceptance and hope. In staging the production, the company explored the idea of secrets in families, unearthing the parallels between our own lives and the lives of our parents and grandparents, and engaged with women and families who have experienced pregnancy loss. The collaboration with Graeme allowed the cast to explore questions such as ‘what is being passed down from one generation to the next’ and ‘when does memory begin’?

‘Pregnancy loss is experienced by a great number of women. What the parents go through is rarely discussed and often considered taboo. It is part of the realm of the ‘unspoken’, or the ‘unvoiced’. It is buried.’ describes Theatre Re’s website.

‘It was a privilege to work with this exceptional creative team,’ said Graeme; ‘I’m incredibly glad I had the opportunity to work with them. It was immensely rewarding to see how our conversations — about the passage of time, and how even when we repeat a pattern each moment in our lives is specific to us — got woven into the show. I’m so pleased that all their hard work has been recognised, and I’m sure they will have a very successful tour.’


Japanese students share their culture at Kent

Students from three Japanese universities taught Japanese crafts to students, staff and local residents at the annual Japan Festival in August, hosted by the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL).

Japan Festival was a wonderful opportunity for the students from Kobe Women’s University, Kogakkan University in Ise and Musashino University in Tokyo, who had come to Kent to improve their  English language and learn about British Culture,  to practise their English and give local people a chance to experience Japanese culture.

The evening began with some of the students introducing their home universities, which gave them the opportunity to practise public speaking in English. The Kobe students performed a traditional dance, encouraging the audience to join in the fun.

Japanese dancing
Having a go at Japanese dancing

Everyone then had a chance to learn origami, calligraphy and to practise using chopsticks in the Japanese style.

Learning calligraphy

Natsuki Okuno , who accompanied the students from Kobe Women’s University, said: “I think Japan Festival was a great opportunity for my students to use English and meet a variety of people. They really enjoyed talking with them. Also, it was an opportunity for them to know more about their culture and [I was] proud of them. They were happy to know that so many people were interested in Japan.”

While they were at Kent, the students worked hard to improve their English and their teachers were very impressed with their efforts and enthusiasm. As well as working on their English, the students went on excursions, including Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Broadstairs, Whitstable and London to give them a taste of British culture and history.

Canterbury Cathedral
Visiting Canterbury Cathedral


We have created a warm and lasting relationship with the Japanese universities who visit Kent for short courses at CEWL each summer and we very much look forward to working with them back in future.


Nostalgia interview with Janet Neilson

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies, interviews Janet Neilson, a former teacher in Swansea, who talks about her educational background and the differences in career advice given in those days compared to today.

Janet talks about the days when married women were not allowed to teach; why she became a junior school teacher; her thoughts on the National Curriculum; not having a TV before 1962; singing in the Swansea Philharmonic Choir; having a grammar school education; studying Religious Studies as a mature and disabled student; being bullied on her first day at school; the taboo around calling teachers by their first names; why as a teacher she was ‘strict, firm and fair’; and her fascination with genealogies.

The next interview will be with our own Professor Jeremy Carrette, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture and the University’s Dean for Europe.

Dr Alvise Sforza

Alvise Sforza Tarabochia on alienation, languages and Brexit

Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, was interviewed on the Italian regional TV channel Telequattro on Monday 26 August, as part of the ‘Trieste in Diretta’ programme.

Alvise spoke about his my new edited book, The Years of Alienation (Palgrave, 2019) as well as about modern languages, and living as a foreigner in pre-Brexit Britain.

In discussing alienation, the interviewer asked about the features of architecture favouring alienation. Alvise responded: “The wall, the wall is the architectural symbol of any alienation, any separation, any marginalisation.” This was in reference to a recent proposal by the governor of the Trieste region to build a wall between Italy and Slovenia to address perceived issues of migration from Slovenia into Italy.

A recording of the interview (in Italian) is available online. Alvise appears at approx. 33:45.

Estates Logistics update

The Estates Logistics team provide a removal and disposal service for all Schools and Departments based at the Canterbury Campus. Services include the collection of certain recyclable materials; confidential waste, batteries, toner and ink cartridges and waste electrical equipment. As well as assisting with furniture removals and deliveries during office moves.

After 30 August 2019, the way customers contact Estates Logistics is changing.

From 31 August 2019, the Estates Logistics email account will be closed and all enquiries should be made to Estates Customer Services: or by telephoning extension 16666.

For more information about how Estates Logistics can help you, or for further information regarding the Estates Department, please visit our website: The Estates Logistics service level standard can be found here.

If you have any enquiries in relation to this or anything regarding the Estates Department in general, please contact the Estates Customer Services team.