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Drill Hall Library

Drill Hall Library summer improvement works

This summer the library’s Quiet and Silent Zones will get a fresh new look! The zones will be revamped with a new layout and furniture for a better study experience.
Some of these works may cause some noise disruption in parts of the library so we apologise in advance.

Study spaces
The access to these zones will be sectioned off during July to allow work to take place.
All students can still find plenty of usable study space in the Group Zone.

The Drill Hall library summer opening hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 – 19:00
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 17:00

How can I borrow or access books this summer at the Drill Hall Library?
Whilst we are refurbishing the Quiet and Silent Zones, you won’t be able to access books by yourself after 2nd July, but we can help you!
1. Select items from the library catalogue and complete a book retrieval request form available at the reception.
2. Hand the form to staff at the reception and a staff member will come to assist you.
3. Once you receive the items requested you can add them to your Library account using our self-service machines.

Book moves
Books belonging to the Computing, Sports and Exercise Sciences will move to the University of Kent Templeman Library in Canterbury this summer. There will be periods when access to these books will be limited, but arrangements will be put in place should you require effected items. Please contact your liaison librarian if you have any questions or concerns. Email


See the Drill Hall Library website for Latest News updates or follow the library on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram).

Louis Bachaud wins prestigious Best Presentation Award

PhD candidate, Louis Bachaud, has won the best presentation prize in his session at the 3rd Annual Haifa International Social Sciences Workshop for Graduate Students. This year the theme was BEYOND THE IVORY TOWER: BRIDGING BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY.

Louis presented on The Use of Life Sciences in Contemporary American Manosphere Discourse. He is examining the use and mis-use of evolutionary theory in men’s rights and incel spaces online. Louis is a co-tutelle student jointly supervised by Dr Sarah Johns here at SAC and Prof Hélène Quanquin of the University of Lille. He will be based in Canterbury from Septemeber 2022.

The organisers wrote to Louis to  say “We wish to congratulate you on your outstanding presentation at the 3rd HSSC conference for graduate students, while the workshop moderator Prof. Chaim Noy wrote for choosing your presentation as the winning presentation:

“Louis’s research on the manosphere and how science is being appropriated in a deterministic, and potentially chauvinistic use was most appropriate to be the winner today in this year’s workshop.”

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Moving out – bin amnesty information (Canterbury)

A bin amnesty will operate from Monday 28 June to Friday 23 July 2021 on these Canterbury roads to help you with moving out.

Where black bin bags would not normally be collected, they will be picked up during the amnesty period to cover students moving out of their properties. The black bin bags should be placed next to the normal bins on your regular bin collection day.

The local recycling centre is open 7 days a week and can be used by appointment only – please ensure you book a timeslot.

Unwanted furniture and bulky household items can be donated to Necessary Furniture and the British Heart Foundation. Get in contact with them to arrange a free collection.

Summer library and IT services for postgraduates

We’re here to support your studies throughout the summer:

  • library opening hours
  • study spaces open on campus
  • survey tool now available for taught postgraduates
  • your chance to feed into the development of our new A-Z of e-resources.

Library opening hours

During the Summer Vacation, the Templeman Library opening hours are:

  • Weekdays: 09:00 to 21:00
  • Weekends: 09:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 30 August (summer bank holiday): closed

See the full Templeman Library opening hours and the support available and keep checking our Library and IT services blog post for updates.

The Drill Hall Library’s opening hours (from 28 June) are:

  • Weekdays: 09:00 to 19:00
  • Weekends: 09:00 to 17:00

Check the Drill Hall Library opening hours.

Senate Postgraduate Study Hub

Good news! The Senate Postgraduate Study Hub will be open 24/7 throughout the summer vacation.

More about study space in the Library and on campus

Online Surveys – now available to all postgrads

Online Surveys is now available to taught postgraduates as well as research postgraduates and staff.

The tool allows you to design, share and analyse web-based surveys. Your survey can:

  • be simple or more complex
  • include a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, free text and scales
  • be shared through a link or embedded in an email or social media post

The in-built reporting capabilities allow you to filter data and represent it with different graphs. You can also export the data into a PDF report or into other software for more analysis (for example Excel or SPSS).

To get started, you need to apply for an Online Surveys account.

Help us improve the A-Z of e-resources

Do you ever use our A-Z of e-resources on the Library and IT website?

We are working on replacing it with a tool you can search and filter, with more in-depth descriptions of each resource.

If you can spare a few minutes this summer to help us get it right, please email We’ll set up an individual Teams call with you to demo the new tool and get your feedback.

Here’s a screenshot of our prototype, showing the search box, filters and a list of resources.

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Bright Network Internship Experience

Exams are over and now’s the crucial time to focus on your career.

It’s no secret that the Investment Banking & Asset Management sector is a competitive one and gaining experience is incredibly important.

Join Bright Network’s 3-day virtual Internship Experience designed to help you gain exclusive insights and drive forward your career. The 3 days will include:

  • The chance to learn from and connect with leading employers in the Investment Banking and Asset Management sectors
  • All-new sector-focused and core skills sessions to give you greater insight into working in these industries
  • The chance to tailor your work experience based on your interests
  • Unique sub-sector streams and project work that you can impress current and potential employers with

Industry experts include:

  • M&A deep dive – Goldman Sachs
  • Insights into private equity – Blackstone
  • Investment banking of tomorrow – Deutsche Bank

Applications take around 10 minutes to complete, and you don’t need previous experience to complete the experience – just a passion for the sector.

The application deadline is 29th June at 11:59pm.

To find out more about the 3-day virtual internship, including how to apply, visit the Bright Network website.

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Four new PhD studentships launched at SSPSSR

Exciting opportunities to join one of two prestigious research centres at SSPSSR have opened up with the launch of four new PhD studentships for scholars interested in researching applied health and social care.

Three of the studentships are based at the University’s Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS), and the fourth is based with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

Both research centres have close links with each other and are based within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at Kent, one of the largest social science communities in Europe. SSPSSR is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

For all four studentships, we are looking for applicants who are:

  • enthusiastic about applied health and social care research
  • have completed a health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

As a PhD scholar with CHSS or PSSRU, you will become part of the research communities within the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) and the University of Kent. ARC KSS is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and care of patients and the public.

Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS) 

CHSS is a centre of research excellence which undertakes high quality research into a wide range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels. CHSS also supports and advises health care staff to develop and undertake research projects. CHSS collaborates with a wide range of partners in Kent, the UK and in other countries to improve the links between research, policy and practice.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarships at CHSS:

For the CHSS studentships, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD Applied Health Research

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) 

PSSRU is a leading social care research group that conducts policy analysis, research and consultancy in the UK and internationally. The Unit’s mission is to undertake high quality research on social and health care to inform and influence policy, practice and theory.

PSSRU’s current research programme focuses on needs, resources and outcomes in social and health care, with particular emphasis on economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, social care markets and commissioning, long-term care finance, and mental health policy. The PSSRU has long had close and productive links with policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarship at PSSRU:

For the PSSRU studentship, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD in Social Policy

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Internship Experience UK 2021 is open for applications!

Back by popular demand, Internship Experience UK is an immersive virtual experience designed to support school leavers, current university students and recent graduates to get ahead with their career.

As the UK’s biggest internship experience, it has supported thousands of students and graduates with their career. This year, Internship Experience UK is back with brand new three-day virtual programmes across eight sectors, and it’s completely virtual meaning your internship can be completed from anywhere.

Eight sectors to choose from:

  • Professional Services and consulting – Monday 28 June 2021
  • Technology – Tuesday 29 June 2021
  • Investment Banking and Asset Management – Monday 5 July 2021
  • Public Sector, Policy and Charity (New for 2021) – Tuesday 6 July 2021
  • Business Operations and Marketing – Monday 12 July 2021
  • Audit, Tax and Corporate Finance – Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • Engineering and Infrastructure (New for 2021) – Monday 19 July 2021
  • Commercial Law – Tuesday 20 July 2021

Internship Experience UK 2021 is a great opportunity to:

  • Enhance your CV just as employers are looking to hire
  • Explore exciting new career paths and build your sector knowledge
  • Meet new, leading UK employers and gain an industry-recognised certificate

To find out more about the three-day virtual internship, watch the Internship Experience UK 2021 video, and visit their website for information about how to apply.

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Covid-19 update – delay to roadmap and Kent Summer Fest

From Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

As you may already know, the UK Government announced yesterday evening a delay in moving to the next step of their roadmap out of lockdown. Step 4 has now been put back to no earlier than 19 July 2021, meaning for now the vast majority of the ongoing safety requirements will remain as they are.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued cooperation throughout the ongoing lockdown period. I know that this delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but it is vital we all keep supporting one another by following all Government guidance during this additional stage of lockdown release.

Kent Summer Fest

For those of you looking forward to joining us on campus for Kent Summer Fest next week, the good news is that we will we going ahead from Monday as planned.

Whilst yesterday’s announcement means we will be making some changes to our programme to fit within the current restrictions, we have had safety and flexibility built into our planning throughout and we will still be offering a full programme of events.

I hope to see as many as possible of you for a fortnight of fun-packed events and a chance to socialise and relax together after such a difficult year. We will share final details of ‘what’s on’ via our Kent Summer Fest webpages later this week.


A huge thank you to all of you who have taken part in the additional enhanced testing in Canterbury both on our campus and across the city. The testing finishes at the end of today, so please do try and get along to the testing vans on the Keynes and Darwin carparks today if you can for one of your weekly tests.

Whilst this focus on new variants is coming to an end, remember that you do still need to get regularly tested, especially if you are living on campus, coming to Kent Summer Fest or accessing other campus facilities. The campus asymptomatic testing centres are still open in Canterbury and Medway and in Canterbury we also offer home testing kits for you to collect. For those not able to collect from campus, please order your home kits from the NHS directly.

For those of you with symptoms or who test positive, please self-isolate immediately, arrange an NHS PCR test and let us know. Further information is in our ‘What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms or advised to self-isolate’ online guide.

Please do continue to get in touch with if you have any questions or concerns.

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

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What’s on this week: 14-20 June 2021 

It’s the last week of the Summer Term! Congratulations for everything you’ve achieved this academic year. This is the last weekly ‘What’s On’ email of the academic year. 

This week you can apply for financial support, attend careers workshops and get excited for Kent Summer Fest. 

Phase 3 of the Covid-19 Hardship Fund is now open 

If you haven’t already received funding from the Covid-19 Hardship Fund, you can apply now for a £300 award to help with unexpected costs due to Covid-19. This could be due to a loss of income, childcare costs, travel or rent. 

Apply for the Covid-19 financial hardship fund 

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