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Simon Elliott publishes on Roman military history

Dr Simon Elliott, who completed his PhD in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has just published his second historical book, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017).

The armed forces of Rome, particularly those of the later Republic and Principate, are rightly regarded as some of the finest military formations ever to engage in warfare. Less well known however is their use by the State as tools for such non-military activities in political, economic and social contexts. In this capacity they were central instruments for the Emperor to ensure the smooth running of the Empire.

In this book the use of the military for such non-conflict related duties is considered in detail for the first time. The first, and best known, is running the great construction projects of the Empire in their capacity as engineers. Next, the role of the Roman military in the running of industry across the Roman Empire is examined, particularly the mining and quarrying industries, but also others. They also took part in agriculture, administered and policed the Empire, provided a firefighting resource and organised games in the arena.

The soldiers of Rome really were the foundations on which the Roman Empire was constructed: they literally built an empire. In the book, Simon lifts the lid on this less well-known side to the Roman army, in an accessible narrative designed for a wide readership.

Simon’s PhD project considered industry in Roman Kent and the role of the Roman military therein, and was supervised by Dr Steve Willis. Last year, Simon published his first historical book, Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (The History Press, 2016).

For more details on Empire State, please see the publisher’s webpage.

New LibrarySearch is live!

LibrarySearch has been upgraded to a new system. It looks a bit different, but it works in a similar way.

Some key differences:

  • there are two menus to narrow your search: use the one on the left for physical items and the one on the right for e-resources
  • you can use the Place reservation button to request items that are on loan, in the Reserve Collection, or at another University of Kent library site

To access the new LibrarySearch, go to or follow the links on the Kent website. Please don’t use bookmarked links that might point at the old system.

You can now log into your library account again: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In. You don’t need to return any books before Monday 7 August.

We’ll be making adjustments and improvements over the coming weeks.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please ask for help:

  • email
  • phone 01227 824999
  • visit IT & Library Support in the Templeman Library

Why did we upgrade?

The new LibrarySearch system allows us to:

  • make borrowing easier and fairer]
  • make it easier to request things from the Reserve and Thesis Collections, from Medway and Tonbridge, or that aren’t on the shelf
  • offer a better mobile experience
  • make it easier to request and make appointments to view items from Special Collections and Archives, Canterbury Cathedral, and Rochester Cathedral
  • make it easier to ask us to buy new items or borrow them for you from other libraries deliver many more improvements in future.

Easier, fairer borrowing is here!

It’s now easier for you to borrow from the Templeman Library.

  1. Most items are 7 day loans or 3 day loans. They will never be due at weekends.
  2. Items you’ve borrowed will be automatically renewed, unless someone else reserves them. You no longer have to remember to renew them manually!
  3. If you need a book and all copies are on loan, place a reservation to get it!
  4. You’ll only get a fine if you don’t return an item that has been reserved by another user. Fines on these items are £2 a day.
  5. All current students and staff can now borrow up to 40 items, including journals and multimedia.
  6. You should still check your library account for up-to-date information on your borrowing: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In.
  7. You don’t have to return any books before Monday 7 August.

See everything about the new borrowing rules on our updated borrowing web pages.

New Leverhulme-funded project on mindfulness

The Leverhulme Trust has just awarded a research grant for a project entitled ‘Beyond Personal Wellbeing: Mapping the Social Production of Mindfulness in England and Wales’, for which Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, is co-investigator.

Mindfulness is now being employed not only as a therapy, but also to ensure national well-being, happiness, and flourishing; productivity, performance, and efficiency; sustainability, creativity and activism. But what does the exponential rise of mindfulness tell us about the social world in which we are currently living?

Beginning in October 2017, the project will investigate mindfulness provision in England and Wales, looking at the increasing availability of mindfulness practice, specifically in the fields of health and well-being, education, business, politics, and religion.

Richard has recently given a Think Kent lecture on mindfulness, entitled ‘Mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition’.

The project is led by Dr Steven Stanley (University of Cardiff). Richard is co-investigator alongside Dr Alp Arat (British Sociological Association) and Dr Peter Hemming (University of Cardiff).

For more details of Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see their website.

August Exams 2017 – dates, venues and more

Exam Period:
3rd – 17th August 2017

Timetable release: July 2017
Please log into your Student Data System to view your timetable

Registering for resits:
Exam results state whether exams or coursework need to be resat / re-submitted. All resit candidates are automatically allocated a seat in the exam hall – there is no need to register.
If you have passed a module, you cannot request or opt to resit this. The credit framework clearly specifies that degree classifications are to be based on the original mark achieved (or the capped mark if the module was resat).

Resit fees:
Fees for resit examinations taken on campus, or resubmission of coursework
• One Module £65.00;
• two Modules £130.00;
• three or more Modules £195.00;
• a different fee applies for students taking overseas resits (see
You will have received an email with information on how to make payment. This is done via the online store.
Any outstanding fees will be added to your student account.

Resit Exam Venues:

Canterbury Exam Venues:

Medway Exam Venues:

The sports halls in the Sports Centre Pilkington Building
Gillingham Building

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Keynes Seminar Rooms 11-17 Gillingham Building
KSA 1 – Keynes College

Bag Room:
If you have a bag to drop off please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:
Canterbury Campus – Keynes Seminar Room 7
Medway Campus – Pilkington Building Room 014
Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Absence from a resit exam:
Candidates must be available for August resits if required; concessions cannot be considered for those who cannot sit due to holiday, travel or other personal arrangements.
If you are not intending to attend your resit please inform us in writing in advance at . Failure to do so will mean you will still be charged the resit fee.

What to bring
• KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us.
• Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
• Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring
• Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school.
• Bags and coats
• Food (Unless permission given prior)
• Any drink other than water

If you have any questions please contact us:

Changes to LibrarySearch, borrowing, and finding books this summer

LibrarySearch is being upgraded to a new system at the end of July. We’re also moving books and services in the Templeman Library, as it reopens as a single building.

Find out how this affects finding and borrow books, and your Library account.

We’ll do our best to run a smooth service, but some items and services may be unavailable for a few days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help, please contact us.

Get active this summer

Kent Sport’s summer membership offer has now entered its second month and so far they have welcomed lots of new members. If you haven’t signed up yet then don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to purchase a half-price, one-month membership as the offer runs until the 1 September. Remember, summer members get all the same great benefits as Gold members; inclusive bike rental, access to all fitness and dance classes and unlimited use of the fitness suite. If your summer membership is about to expire, don’t forget that you can still take out another month for the same great price.

For more details about the summer offer and benefits of membership at Kent Sport, please visit the membership webpage.

To keep up-to-date with news, events and special offers at Kent Sport, be sure to follow UniKentSports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sports massage offer this July

Good news! The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be running a discount on sports massages throughout the month of July to help you get rid of those nagging injuries. Sports massages are being offered at £15 for 30 minutes and £25 for 60 minutes – and that’s the same great price regardless of membership type. The clinic has availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.00 to 20.00 and Wednesdays and Fridays between 10.00 and 16.00.

To book an appointment, please visit the reception desk inside the fitness suite or call the clinic staff on 01227 824375 or email

To keep up to date with the latest special offers at the clinic, follow @KentSportPhysiotherapyClinic on Facebook.

Kent Players Donate to Orangutan Foundation

The University of Kent Players donated an amount of £500 to the Orangutan Foundation. This was money raised through ticket and programme sales of author Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, a production done by the Players in an event held at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, in April 2017.

Director of Wyrd Sisters, Vicky Gatward-Warner said “We are really pleased to continue our commitment to raise money for charity by supporting the Orangutan Foundation, which was close to Terry Pratchett’s heart. Pratchett was a trustee of the organisation until his death in 2015.

Where will the money go?

The donation will help the Orangutan Foundation in their mission to save orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, by working with local communities and promoting research and education.


Who are the Kent Players?

The University of Kent Players are an amateur theatre group, consisting of staff from the University of Kent raising money for charity on each production. They perform two productions each year at the Gulbenkian Theatre.


About the Orangutan Foundation

Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation working actively across the range of both orangutan species.

Shadow Matching Scheme: the BIG reveal

Building on the success of last year’s pilot Shadow Matching Scheme, we were delighted to run this scheme again and to invite 78 participants to this year’s 2017 launch event on Thursday 22 June.

The scheme has been set up to facilitate informal meetings between professional colleagues from academic schools and central services.  The objective is to break down some of the silos in which we too often operate and to help the participants better understand the work of other parts of the University, as well as provide them with a fresh look at their own professional practice.

Last Thursday’s event kicked-off this year’s scheme and was the first opportunity for all the matched pairs to meet. The pairs began discussing their roles and what they were hoping to get from the shadowing visits through a series of fun and engaging activities and are now ready to organise their reciprocal visits. These will typically take place over two half-days over the course of the summer.

The Shadow Matching Scheme is part of the “Excellence through partnerships” enhancement theme of the ‘Excellence Initiative‘, which the Academic Division has been running since 2012 for professional staff in the University’s schools and faculties.

More information about this scheme and others is available on the Excellence Initiative website, the go-to place for all professional staff in schools to learn about the various projects which have been put in place under the Excellence Initiative since its launch.

In addition, colleagues may wish to consider taking part in the Erasmus staff mobility scheme which provides excellent staff shadowing and training opportunities at other European universities.

If you have any question or suggestions about this scheme, please contact