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Mechanical Engineering course launched by EDA

EDA launches Mechanical Engineering courses as part of STEM expansion

The University of Kent is proud to promote its undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering  (available to apply for via the UCAS website), which marks a major development for the University as it broadens its offerings to students.

Two streams of Mechanical Engineering are offered: a three-year stream and a four-year stream that includes a year in industry. The course has been designed in response to the growing demand in the UK workforce for graduates with STEM skills such as robotics, driverless vehicles and renewable energy systems.

The course provides a solid grounding in statics and dynamics, properties of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechatronics, control, instrumentation, mathematics, electronics, and programming. Students also work on a variety of hands-on projects combining mechanical design and control systems, supervised by specialist academics.

There is a focus on employability and career development activities offered across all the engineering degree programmes at Kent, including industrial interaction and placement opportunities.

The course is part of a wider focus within the University to expand its STEM offerings, including the Kent and Medway Medical School and the Institute for Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, as in line with the growing demand for STEM skills. It is open to applicants now, with the first cohort beginning their studies in September 2020.

Mental Health event

World Mental Health Day awareness lecture with EDA

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is hosting an event on Wednesday October 10 to raise awareness of Mental Health.

The event is part of World Mental Health Day taking place on Wednesday and runs from 13.00 – 14.00pm in the Jennison Lecture theatre.

Paul Kinkaid of Selfless Leadership Ltd will be delivering the talk, focused on several key learning objectives are outlined below:

  • Introduction to mental health and wellbeing
  • How positive wellbeing enhances productivity and performance
  • Top tops for encouraging positive mental health
  • Signposting to resources for further reading and action

The event is free to attend for both staff and students. You can register online via the event page or just turn up on the day.

zone of flow (iii) exhibition

EDA academic to showcase media installation in major German art festival

Dr Rocio von Jungenfeld from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) will exhibit her ‘zones of flow (iii)’ exhibition at the BEYOND Festival taking place in Karlsruhe, Germany from 3 – 7 October.

The “zones of flow (iii)” artwork is a photo-sensitive audio-visual installation that investigates the fluid connections between people, sea and land. It uses a video projection depicting water surfaces mapped onto a 2.5m paper-boat covered in light-dependent-resistors (LDR) which send signals to light-emitting-diodes (LED) inside smaller paper-boats. These small paper-boats are scattered across the floor serving as metaphorical water surface.

zone of flow (iii) exhibition

zone of flow (iii) exhibition

Dr von Jungenfeld has previously exhibited the work in the Studio 3 Gallery in the School of Arts and worked with local schools to use the project as a means to teach young people about basic electronics and their use in the arts. This project has been produced in collaboration with the EDA’s Technical Support Team and research students.

In the coming year, she plans to take the project to more schools in Kent and public exhibitions across the UK to help celebrate the UK’s coastal heritage and relationship with the sea, and how it influences our perception of time and space.

Free household essentials for students available from Saturday

On Saturday, new and returning students to Kent are urged to visit the Woolf common room on the Canterbury campus to stock up on household essentials as part of a Freecycle campaign designed to cut down on waste.

The Freecycle, organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA), features items donated by former postgraduate students. Available items include duvets, pillows, kitchen items, drying racks, toasters, fans, a multitude of household cleaning products, and some non-perishable food items. All students are welcome to visit and gather what they need upon arrival to campus.


KGSA volunteers

KGSA volunteers

Items are available on a first come, first served basis, and to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the event, the KGSA asks that students visit once, sticking to a five-item limit. From 3pm on Sunday, the Freecycle will be available for second visits.

Postgraduate student volunteers will run the Freecycle on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. To guarantee that nothing goes to waste, remaining items will be donated to various charities, such as the Salvation Army and Necessary Furniture, as well as food banks in Kent.