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Student walking in Canterbury Cathedral after collecting their degree

Canterbury graduation live streams

You can watch live streams of the Canterbury graduation ceremonies at the links below:

Monday 15 July

Tuesday 16 July

 Wednesday 17 July

Thursday 18 July

Friday 19 July

This information is also available on our website:

The videos will also be available to watch after the ceremonies.

Summer zone poster including image of child playing cricket

SummerZone is back for 2019!

With the school holidays just around the corner, Kent Sport has the perfect solution to keeping your children entertained this summer – SummerZone!

With up to two weeks of professional sports coaching, led by qualified and DBS checked coaches and supported by sports supervisors, SummerZone cures the summer boredom and gets your children active. If your child(ren) are aged five to 14 and would enjoy taking part in a variety of sporting activities on a daily basis, including football, kwik cricket, tag rugby, hockey and tennis, then book them on SummerZone 2019!

SummerZone will run from 9.00 to 15.00 daily from Monday 12 to Friday 16 August (week one), and Monday 19 to Friday 25 August (week two). Late pick-ups are available from 15.00 to 17.00 and will include staff-led fun games and creative activities.

You can book places for SummerZone now through the website. Booking is available for one week, two weeks or individual days. For full details visit Booking closes on Friday 26 July.

Bothered and bewildered poster.

Tickets on sale- Kent Players ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ play

The University of Kent Players are proud to present Gail Young’s ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ this September.

The play will be performed at 7.30 on the 5-7 September at the Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB.

Tickets are now on sale via the Gulbenkian website, in person at the Gulbenkian ticket office, or over the phone 01227 769075.

Bothered & Bewildered is a comic drama that follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as they begin a long journey in which the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body. As her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer’s, Irene’s past passion for romantic fiction blurs with reality. She discusses with her unseen and witty companion Barbara Cartland (Irene’s favourite and now deceased world famous romantic novelist) how best to write her ‘memory book’, disclosing to Barbara long kept family secrets that she would never reveal to anyone else.

Medway graduations- watch live on YouTube

Medway graduations are tomorrow (9 July 2019) at the beautiful Rochester Cathedral.

If you have any family or friends who can’t make it, they can still tune in and watch live on the Kent YouTube channel:

·         10.30 ceremony:

·         14.30 ceremony:

For more information about graduation and how to access three years of career advice once you’ve graduated, visit the Student Guide graduation webpages.

Architecture and planning end of year show projects

Five-year unconditional professional validation for KSAP

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Visiting Board reviewed the Kent School of Architecture and Planning last week, and concluded its validation on Friday 21 June.

The RIBA validates architectural education in the UK, and worldwide, and its seal of approval is an important marker for the quality of any institution’s provision of architectural education.

Head of School Professor Gerry Adler commented ‘I am delighted to report that the RIBA Visiting Board recommended a full five-year unconditional validation for our Part 1, BA (Hons) Architecture and Part 2, MArch, programmes. This is the best possible outcome, and an endorsement of the quality of our offer at Kent. We look forward to welcoming new entrants to our validated programmes in September, and success to all our continuing students.’

"Biggest summer of netball" on space background

Inter Department Staff World Cup Netball Tournament

In celebration of the Netball World Cup 2019 being hosted on home turf in Liverpool (12-21 July) this summer, Kent Sport would like to take this opportunity to invite departments throughout the University to participate in our University of Kent Departmental Netball Tournament, being staged here at the University of Kent!

This event is open to all abilities and departments, and aims to be a fun celebration of Netball.

Date: Monday 22 July 2019

Venue: Sports Centre, main hall


  • 17.30 to 19.00 tournament (please try and arrive promptly)
  • 19.00- 20.00 complimentary buffet

In celebration of this event, Kent Sport would like to invite your team to join us in a complimentary buffet on the sports hall balcony after the tournament.

Team details: Teams are to be made up of players from within your department only. Departments can enter more than one team, if they have enough players interested.

Team size: Seven aside (maximum squad nine). Maximum three men in squad, two men on court at any one time.

Equipment and clothing: All equipment will be provided. Please ensure your team are in suitable clothing and footwear to take part in sporting activities. We recommend that you remove jewellery for the safety of everyone.

Charity collection: As one of England Netball’s partners is Cancer Research UK, we would like to use this event as an opportunity to support a very worthy cause and raise some money. Suggested voluntary donation of £5 per person.

How to enter: Please email no later than Monday 8 July with your entry request, detailing:

  • Your team name
  • Your department
  • Contact name
  • Contact email
  • How many participants will be staying for the buffet and any dietary requirements: (we will need to know for catering purposes)
neon sign of "and breathe" on leaf background

University of Kent Wellbeing Zone Hub

Summer might be the ideal time to focus on our health and wellbeing needs.  The University is still busy but some of the pressures of the processes of the Academic Year have reduced giving staff an opportunity to take a breath, pause and consider their own needs.

Signing up to the University of Kent Staff Wellbeing Zone is exactly what you need to help you focus on your own wellbeing needs:

  • It has a simple Wellbeing Assessment Tool
  • Guidance in how to formulate wellbeing goals
  • Exercise and Diet programmes to follow that have been put together to work
  • Recipes to tempt you to eat more healthily
  • Lots and lots of informative articles on all aspects of wellbeing:
    • Health Eating
    • Activity
    • Alcohol intake
    • Mental Health
    • Meditation

It’s all completely confidential and free.  And you can connect it to other fitness trackers or wearables that you already use.

You don’t need to register; simply hit the Log In button and use the university login.

Winnie Bakes - Jammy Dodger Blondies

No hot breakfast service in Gulbenkian on Thursday 4 July

Due to an essential water mains inspection we are unable to provide a hot breakfast service at the Gulbenkian on Thursday 4 July. 

We will still be open for hot drinks, snacks and cakes.  While you are here try our new cakes from local baker Winnie Bakes including Jammy Dodger Blondies, Cookie Dough Brownies, Salted caramel flapjacks and Caramel Crumb Cake.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, we hope to reopen Gulbenkian Cafe’s kitchen for lunch on Thursday 4 July and resume hot breakfast service on Friday morning.

Kent Hospitality’s June PRIDE Award Winner

Lizzie Arbus, a Chargehand for Kent Hospitality is the winner of the June Pride Award. The Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence Award recognised Lizzie as an ‘active and supportive member of the team’ and specifically her ‘swift action’ in resolving a problem that occurred in a student flat.

Lizzie’s nomination noted how she went ‘above and beyond to help support [the students] giving advice, reassuring them and contacting the relevant people in order to quickly come up with a resolution’.

Another extract from her nomination read ‘I would like to thank Lizzie for her help and support on this day and week, having just returned from annual leave and getting straight into dealing with this issue in the absence of her supervisor and managers. Great job.’

Any Kent Hospitality staff (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given in March, June, September/October and December with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a Pride pin badge.

It’s really easy to nominate a member of the Kent Hospitality team for a Pride Award. Just visit the Pride website and complete our online form.

The closing date for the next Pride Award is Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 12 noon.