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Thanksgiving Celebration Web Hangout

Tomorrow we are hosting a Thanksgiving celebration web hangout event at 15:00. It will be a chance to meet new students, take part in fun activities and share stories and experiences. There will be a quiz, Thanksgiving message board and a presentation.

All students are welcome to join this fun and informal event.

The link to sign up is here.

You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event.

Creative Industries Federation – FREE student membership

The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries membership are offering Kent students FREE membership to the Creative Industries Federation (CIF).

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Through their unique network of creative organisations, influential policy and advocacy work and extensive, UK-wide events programme they support and celebrate the work of their members.

Membership to the CIF will give you the following benefits:

  • Exclusive access to their carefully curated selection of launch resources that provide
 insight into the industry
  • Practical guidance and tips to help advance your career
  • Access to all the best platforms you can use to connect to the industry and to your peers
Extensive details of the creative opportunities and job boards out there to fulfil your creative potential
  • Exclusive access to parts of their busy events schedule, including recorded content from the landmark November 2020 Creative Coalition festival.

You can register on the online student membership portal, using your university email address.

Campus shuttle bus

Delays on the Campus Shuttle Service

There are severe delays to the Campus Shuttle Service today due to the M2 being closed because of a vehicle on fire, and part of the A2 being closed due to a gas leak. Therefore, the Campus Shuttle are now using the M20. This has impacted the journey time and has meant that the shuttle will be operating at different times today.

The services operating will be:


This will be the time of the service from Canterbury to Medway, and from Medway to Canterbury.

The situation is being monitored and any changes will be updated as soon as possible.

How to keep physically active during Lockdown

Lockdown can be tough – along with studying, eating well and catching up with your friends and family, you need to make sure you are getting enough exercise.

With the sports hall closed and public gyms closed for the unforeseeable future, getting your regular exercise can be tricky. Also staying at home for a long period of time can make you lose the motivation to keep fit.

However, it is imperative that you take up physical exercise because not only does it keep you calm and will also boost your health during this unprecedented time.

Here are some tips on how to stay physically active when self isolating.

Take short active breaks during the day

Short bouts of physical activity add up to the weekly recommendations. Dancing and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are other ways to stay active at home.

Follow an online exercise class

If you can’t get up in time to join Joe Wicks, why not take advantage of the amount of online exercise classes available on YouTube? They are free and there are lots to choose from.


Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you are on a call with classmates, stand or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down. If you decide to go outside to walk or exercise, be sure to maintain at least a two-meter distance from other people.

Stand up while studying

Mix up your study habits by standing up whenever possible. Consider setting up a standing desk by using a high table or stacking a pile of books or other materials, to continue working while standing.

Try something new

Why not try yoga, dog walks, running, taekwondo, hula hooping, online exercises classes (e.g. from Kent Dance) and even turning your housemate’s empty bedroom into a home gym!

Web Cafe event

We are hosting a Web Cafe on Thursday 12 November between 13:00 and 13:30. This is a friendly drop in event, where students can discuss anything they wish.

Students will be able to discuss a variety of topics such as their studies, wellbeing, concerns, current news items and events as well as enabling us to update you on current topics.

Please come along and join us – whether or not you have a subject to raise. All matters can be discussed and all students are welcome.

You can sign up for the event on the link below:

Web Cafe on Thursday 12 November

Students will be sent the Zoom link a couple of days before.

Are these the same as Web Chats?

No, Web Chats are slightly more formal events lead by University staff on a specific topic to share important information with you, often followed by student Q&A. See the next Web Chat.

Entrance to the Drill Hall Library in the sunshine

Medway catering: Some changes from 2 November

We’re making a few changes to our catering offer at Medway.

From next Monday (2 November), students and staff will be able to buy a wide range of food and drinks from the Deep End (Monday to Friday 11:00-20:00); the Archibald Hay Mess in Drill Hall Library (Monday to Thursday 10:00-20:00 and Friday 10am-5pm); Pilkington Cafe (Monday to Friday 8:00-15:00) and the Pembroke café (Monday to Friday 8:00-16:00).

We have temporarily suspended our catering operations at the Bistro No 1 and the Galvanising Workshop catering outlets for the time being and will be reviewing this position in the New Year.

All catering outlets are Covid safe and are fully compliant with university and government guidelines.

If you have any information then please email

Kent Union Weekly Wind-Downs

Every Friday at 15:00, Kent Union will be hosting Weekly Wind-Downs where students will be able to discuss any of their concerns or just have a catch up with the Union.

Whether you have any questions about your time at university, worried about COVID-19, or just want a chat, Aisha Dosanjh, your Vice-President Welfare & Community, will be available for you to drop in anytime. If you want to talk about something more privately, feel free to email beforehand via

The Weekly Wind-Downs run until until 18 December.

You can join the sessions by clicking on the link below:

For more information, please head to Kent Union’s Facebook page.

Black History Month

Black History Month is a yearly event that celebrates the achievements of Black people in the UK. The university in conjunction with Kent Union and GKSU are celebrating Black History Month by hosting various activities over October.


**Rescheduled** University of Kent Annual Race Equality Lecture – Monday 2 November Thursday 17:30 – 19:00

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (VC of the University of the West Indies) will give a talk on “British Universities as Architect of Slavery and Violent Colonialism: Undoing the Harm”. This will be the University’s fourth Annual Race Equality Lecture and the first to be held online. It is free and open to all, with registration now open.

Decolonisation Discussion Forum – Friday 30 October at 12:30

A roundtable discussion covering what decolonisation means in the context of University students.

Film Screenings

Miss Juneteenth – Thursday 29 October at 19:00

This powerful film will be screened at The Gulbenkian and followed by a panel discussion.


African Women and the British Health Service

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The exhibitions celebrating Black History Month

There are a few exhibitions celebrating Black History Month which focus on the contribution Black people have made to the UK.

African Women and the British Health Service – Keynes College

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS. Despite their long history of work within the health service in Britain, the role of African women is rarely highlighted in discussions of the history of the NHS or of health work more generally.  This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and curated by the Young Historians Project in partnership with Ghana Nurses Association, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association and the Black Cultural Archives.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition – Keynes College

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The Black Liberation Front digital exhibition

This exhibition presents the history of the Black Liberation Front (BLF) in Britain. The BLF was active in Britain from 1971-1993 and had its roots in the wider Black Power movement.  The BLF worked with other groups in Britain and had strong international links with organisations and individuals worldwide concerned with Black liberation and has been curated by the Young Historians Project.

Careers in Defence for non-STEM students

We are hosting Careers in Defence for non-STEM students on Wednesday October 21 at 15:30. Join a panel of defence sector representatives, including Kent alumni, who will share their experiences about working in defence, discuss the opportunities available and the value that non-STEM graduates provide in their workplaces.

This will be followed by a Q+A with representatives from BAE, DstL and Janes as well as Jack Radford (Military History), a returning placement student. This event is suitable for Humanities/History, Business, Economics, SECL, SSPSSR, Psychology and all non-STEM.

Ella Fleming – Senior Analyst in DstL and Visiting Fellow for RUSI (BSC International Politics, MA Conflict Security and Development)

She works for Defence and Security and has expertise in socio-cultural and regional analysis, intelligence analysis, gender in the armed forces. She also has experience in designing external outreach models and external partnership management.

Martin Parr – honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at Dstl.

Martin Parr is an honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Martin regularly teaches at the Defence Academy and on the University of Kent’s MBA programme.

Rebecca Jaggon – Systems Engineer, BAE Systems (MA Control Systems Engineering)

Rebecca is a Systems Engineer at BAE Systems and in this time, she has worked on aircraft control sticks, heads-up displays and controls. Before this she completed a Masters in Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, which gave me a strong background in modelling.

Richard Blake – Procurement Graduate Scheme, BAE Systems (BA Business and Music)

Richard Blake is a second year Procurement Graduate at BAE Systems who studied at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Sam Cranny-Evans – Editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles (BA War Studies at Kent)

Sam Cranny-Evans is the editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles, his writing focuses on paradigms in modern land warfare, and how armoured fighting vehicles have evolved to meet those emerging demands.

Jack Radford – Defence Analyst, DstL Professional Placement Year student (BA History with Professional Placement Year at Kent)

Jack is a current student at the University of Kent studying History with an emphasis on Military, British and Russian History. He has recently completed a Year-In-Industry placement as a Defence Analyst with the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl], an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence.

This event will take place on Zoom and is bookable via Target Connect. 

Students will receive 10 Employability Points for attending.