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A returning student’s checklist

Welcome back! If you’re returning to Kent after the summer break, here’s a helpful summary for settling back in.

Timetables will be on the Student Guide before term starts on the 23 September 2019.

  • Lectures for all modules and stage 2 & 3 module group allocations will be released on Monday 9 September 2019.
  • For Stage 0 & 1 modules, group allocations will be finalised by Friday 20 September 2019.
  • You must be registered on your modules for your personal timetable to show. Continue to go back and check your timetable regularly for updates including other events. Read our Timetabling FAQs.

You will need to register on SDS from Tuesday 17 September 2019 so we know you’re definitely coming back. You don’t need to register in person or attend arrivals weekend. This is for new students. Please pay any outstanding fees to the University so you can register and delays are avoided. To ensure swift payment of your student loan, you are advised to re-register by Wednesday 18 September 2019. It takes 3-5 working days from the point of registration for funds to be released to your account. Read more.

Term starts on Monday 23 September 2019. Welcome Week is the week before (16-20 September). View term dates

If you’ve got a new phone, tablet or laptop, get it Kent WiFi-ready before you come back to campus by running our WiFi setup tool. For friends or family visiting campus, WiFi Guest is available for those who don’t have a Kent IT Account, an eduroam account or govroam account.

Living off campus is very different from living in University accommodation. Read our community webpages for information on bills, bins, neighbours and much more!

New developments include:

Have a great 2019-20 at Kent!

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Kaitlyn Regehr on BBC’s Beyond 100 Days

Dr Kaitlyn Regehr, Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of Arts, appeared on the BBC’s Beyond 100 Days yesterday, Monday 5 August 2019.

Beyond 100 Days is a current affairs programme which airs on both BBC News Channel in the UK and BBC World News, and has been broadcast since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

Kaitlyn appears in a segment about the link between online culture and regulation, and the mass shootings which have taken place over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. At least three mass shootings this year, including at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, a synagogue in Poway, California and a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas were announced in advance on 8chan, a controversial site where users can post unregulated content and which has been associated with extremist content. This week, President Trump has singled out the internet and social media as one of the causes of the mass shooting in El Paso.

Kaitlyn acknowledges that the internet is very often a force for good, but that it does have a darker side: ‘The problem becomes when these communities [on the internet] promote violence and individuals end up in echo chambers where you get this repetitive messaging time and time again, which solidifies this ideology and normalises the violence. And if violence becomes normalised then it’s not such a leap to see how this would move off screens and onto streets.’

‘Part of the issue I think is that these are often seen as isolated attacks by individuals. We’re not actually looking at the extreme alt-right as a pattern; and there is a pattern there. We see individuals going on social media platforms, saying that they are going to commit a mass murder, and then go and do it. As soon as we start to look at this as a real pattern, then we can start to regulate it properly’.

The full episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer; the segment featuring Kaitlyn starts at approximately 19 minutes into the programme.

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Kent Sport student membership 2019/20

In 2018, Kent Sport and Kent Union launched the #FitForPurpose survey to find out what you thought of membership at Kent Sport. We have listened to your requests for a more varied membership offering, giving you the opportunity to get active the way you want.

We are excited to announce that students can now buy the new membership options for 2019/20 online and at reception. Options and prices for students are:

Premium Plus £245 – For less than £1.50/day, our all-inclusive membership combines the benefits of Premium and Plus. Enjoy discounted physiotherapy and massage, exclusive offers at The Pavilion Café Bar, bike hire, and UNIversal BUCS membership.

Premium £190 – From just 90p/day, this option gives you unlimited gym and fitness and dance class access with five-day advance booking.

Plus £175 – From just 84p/day, this option gives you access to club training, intramural sports club entry and recreational sports booking.

Pay to Play £5 – Our low commitment option gives you the flexibility to play when you want, with a £4.50 fee per session.

Make sure you check the benefits table to see what is available for each membership option.

To stay up-to-date with the latest Kent Sport news, activities and special offers, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UniKentSports

For more details about the membership options and benefits at Kent Sport, visit kent.ac.uk/sports/membership.

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School of Arts’ students and alumni at Edinburgh Fringe

We’re pleased to announce that a plethora of School of Arts’ students and alumni are performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions, and events. The Festival runs from Friday 2 August to Monday 26 August 2019.

Performances by School of Arts’ students and alumni include:

  • Birthby Theatre Re, features BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre (2015) alumna Claudia Marciano.

Following a sell-out run at London International Mime Festival 2019, Theatre Re presents a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece with live music exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss and the strength they discover in each other. Emily is eight months pregnant when she reads her grandmother’s journal. As she delves into her family history, her sense of reality shifts, unveiling a legacy of unspoken tragedies and unconditional love.

Birth will run from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August at Pleasance Courtyard. Tickets for the show can be found here.

 

Radicalisation, disenfranchisement and the rock band Queen. Dean joined the army, ‘Danny’ joined ISIS. One’s from London; the other, Leeds. Bismillah! is their hour together in an Iraqi cell. Discussing Islamophobia, Wetherspoons and the increasing price of a standard meal deal, which circles an awful truth – they just want to go home. Fresh from a national tour, Pleasance run and sell-out 2018 VAULT Festival run, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award-shortlisted show returns, with its hilarious and compassionate look at modern Britain.

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy will run from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August at Underbelly, Cowgate. Tickets for the show can be found here.

 

In this reimagining of the Greek myth, a beautiful mechanical puppet is doomed with the hopeless task of pushing a colossal stone up a hill. Trapped in an endless cycle, the man wrestles with his pointless existence, cursing the futility of life. Award-winning Half a String fuse transforming sets, puppetry and hand-drawn animation, all accompanied by live cello, atmospheric voices and original music.

Boulder will run from Thursday 1 to Saturday 17 August at Pleasance Courtyard – Forth. Tickets for the show can be found here.

 

Lake Geneva, early summer, 1816. Genesis takes place in the living room of Diodati, Lord Byron’s villa, and the bedroom of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s villa. It stunningly portrays the nights of intrigue and titillation that inspired Mary Shelley to produce Frankenstein, exploring social stigmas that maintain a chokehold over human desires, even amongst the libertine upper classes. Genesis has a dark intensity that builds to a hair-raising finale and has received critical acclaim across Canada. The Edinburgh Fringe is its UK debut.

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play will run from Thursday 1 to Monday 26 August 2019 at C Cubed. Tickets for the show can be found here.

 

Come and join Brian and Karl in the intestines for a ridiculous physical comedy. Pick your side between the white blood cell and the parasitic worm, in their cartoonish fight for their habitat.

Gut Buddies will run from Friday 2 to Sunday 25 August 2019 at Sweet Novotel. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

Star of Live at the Apollo, Laura Lexx is a ‘bouncy, bubbly stand up star’ (Telegraph) shining a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Can you change the world without offending anyone? Her sell-out 2018 show Trying was ‘a masterpiece’ (VoiceMag.uk) and earned her a prestigious Comedian’s Choice Award. Now, Lexx takes on society’s big issues… but come for jokes, not answers. It’s sure to be ‘stomach-achingly funny’ (Entertainment-Focus.com) and ‘another skilfully-constructed hour from an underrated performer’ (Fest).

Knee Jerk runs from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August 2019 at Gilded Balloon Teviot. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1854. The criminal wing for the insane. Two doctors set out to reform patient treatment. They prefer conversation over punishment; they offer care, rather than restraint. But the Commission for Lunacy has other ideas. Two patients get caught in the crossfire as their radical plans unravel. Based on the life of Richard Dadd, this thought-provoking and stylish performance asks whether talk can provide a cure? Following a sell-out run at Marlowe Theatre, Parrot Theatre Company brings you an accessible production, captioned for those with hearing loss.

Talk runs from Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 August 2019 at C Cubed. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

Tom was sent to all-boys boarding school at age six. A world where ‘day kids’ are shunned and girls? None existent. But when in his second last year the school decided to go co-ed, everything was to change. The total Fringe sell-out, star of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and ultra-privileged Tower of London resident, Tom Houghton lifts the controversial lid on the incubators responsible for producing many of our country’s leaders. With a little help from 00s pop sensation Busted.

That’s What I Go to School For runs from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August 2019 at Pleasance Dome. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In takes places from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August 2019 at Pleasance Courtyard. Tickets for the show are available here.

The Noise Next Door’s Really Really Good Afternoon Show Through Time! takes places from Thursday 1 to Sunday 25 August 2019 at Gilded Balloon Teviot. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

  • Brace of Spades is a cabaret and variety show by BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre (2015) alumnus Tom Brace.

Following a sold-out run at last years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tom Brace returns with a brand-new magic show for the whole family! Featuring Tom’s unique blend of comedy and magic, the show promises to have a little something for everybody.

Brace of Spades runs from Thursday 1 to Monday 26 August 2019 at Pleasance Dome. Tickets for the show are available here.

We wish all our student and alumni performers the best of luck with their shows.

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Getting Started at Kent September 2019

At Kent we are #AllInternational and are looking forward to welcoming all of our new international, EU, and short-term exchange students next month! If you are one of them, we have put together a few links with important information to help you prepare for your arrival:

  1. Before you arrive – for all the information you need on getting started at Kent. Use this page for online enrolment, activating your IT account, paying fees and more. Please note that you will need your Kent ID number for online enrolment, which will be notified to you via KentVision.
  2.  Pre-arrival checklist for international students -This page provides a handy list about everything you need to remember to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad, including information on visa documentation, medical care, opening up a UK bank account and more.
  3. Book your airport transfer for Arrivals Weekend 14 – 15 September.  If you will be arriving at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, we offer an airport transfer to take international and EU students directly from the airport to the University in time for arrivals weekend.  Deadline for bookings is Monday 9 September!
  4. Don’t forget to take a look at all the events that are taking place during Welcome Week from 16 to the 20 September.  Not sure where to start?  Our Welcome Fairs at Canterbury and Medway are a great place to discover the hundreds of societies and sports clubs that we have on offer here at Kent, whilst also experiencing some live music and great food

If you have any questions or if there’s anything we can do to make your arrival as easy as possible, please email us at international@kent.ac.uk.

See you soon!

International Partnerships and International Recruitment

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Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with astronaut Tony Antonelli!

Following another hugely successful and sold out Pint of Science Festival last month, the Kent Pint of Science Team are now hosting a talk by astronaut Tony Antonelli at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd July in the Sibson building on the Canterbury Campus.

Book your ticket now, and share Tony’s experiences of ‘piloting a NASA Space Shuttle into space’!

And of course do tell your friends, family and any partner organisations whose members might be interested.

Advance tickets only from pintofscience.co.uk

See you there!

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Two-day Introduction to Project Management Course

L&OD are running two 2-day Introduction to Project Management courses as follows:

Tuesday 18 and Thursday 19 June 2019 from 09.30-16.30 on both days or Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July 2019 from 09.30-16.30 on both days

This is an in-depth and practical course running over two full days and participants need to be working on a current University project to get the maximum benefit from the course.

Participants will;

  • Develop an understanding for the need for a consistent approach to project management within the University
  • Use the underlying principles contained within the University of Kent project management framework on all future projects
  • Develop a personal action plan and work with a colleague post-course
  • Be able to communicate the new project management approach to colleagues and partners within the University

Criteria for nomination:

  • Nominees should be currently working on or about to start working on a key University project

Managers are asked to discuss attendance on the course with their staff, and then email nominations through to Ldev@kent.ac.uk

New Studio 3 exhibition: ‘Catching Flies’

Students from the MA in Curating, run by the Department of Art History, will open a new exhibition entitled ‘Catching Flies’, on Friday 7 June 2019 at the Studio 3 Gallery at the University of Kent.

‘Catching Flies’ will be an immersive exhibition exploring the theme of distractions. It will raise the questions; what are the consequences of being constantly distracted?  Can we function efficiently whilst simultaneously being distracted? How much does the omnipresent internet have to do with this and is a lot of what we see on the subject scaremongering? How great of an escape do distractions provide? And, is it even possible to find respite in such frenzy?

Each artwork in the exhibition explores different narratives surrounding the theme of distractions, whether it is in regards to the distractions we face through social media, the use of art as a distraction from reality or simply a musician being distracted from his practice.

Vanessa Giorgo, who is studying on the MA in Curating, explained the background: ‘This exhibition is the result of the collaborative and team effort of four Curating students, each one coming from completely different backgrounds, who managed to raise the issues regarding technology and aesthetics, and how habitual these have become within our collective consciousness.’

Elaborating on the theme of the exhibition, she said: ‘The invention of the Internet has been the one of the epochal shifts of late modernity. Its social, cultural and economic advantages? Immense. Children born after the new millennium cannot even imagine their life without it. Everything is made so easy, just with the touch of a keyboard and the hidden search algorithm. However, the Internet can also be something frustrating, distracting, something dark. Being part of the last generation which experienced the initial stages of our lives without the Internet, all four of us as a group have observed the differences of lives lived before and after.’

The artists featured in the exhibition will include: Alexander Benjamin, Maria Bogatyreva, Megan Boyle, Flora Bradwell, Benedict Drew, Martyna Pisorkz, Cristián Fernández Ocampo, Michal Raz, Connor Sansby, Ross Sinclair, Orfeo Taguiri and Magdalena Zoledz. The resulting collection will include an array of artworks from historic prints to video art, mixed media canvases and Social Media art.

‘This exhibition would not have been possible without the invaluable contribution of our artists,’ said Vanessa.

The exhibition will be open on Mondays-Fridays, 9am to 5pm, and will run until 31 July 2019.

There is an Instagram page for the exhibition here

 

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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 09.00 to 15.00 daily from Monday 12 to Friday 16 August (week one), and Monday 19 to Friday 23 August (week two). Late pick-ups are available from 15.00 to 17.00 and will include staff-led fun games and creative activities.

“This is a wonderful sports camp. We are grateful that Kent Sport organises it. Our son absolutely loved it!” – proud parent of previous SummerZone attendee

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

To stay up to date with Kent Sport news, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter UniKentSports and if you have any questions you can email sportsenquiries@kent.ac.uk.

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SECL Student Success Project Initiatives: tackling attainment and retention gaps

The next in a series of Student Success (EDI) Project Staff Seminars will look at a portfolio of interventions and consider which have worked well to bring about change.

Dr Laura Bailey, Student Success Lecturer and Philippa Moreton, Student Success Co-ordinator from the School of European Culture and Languages, will present SECL’s multi-pronged approach to tackling attainment and retention gaps.

Having “thrown a whole bag” of different interventions at the school “to see what sticks”, Laura and Philippa will highlight a range of interventions, from short-term, one-off instances of specific assistance to more wide-reaching, long-term institutional change in the running of the school.

The seminar takes place on Friday 7 June in Keynes Seminar Room 4, Canterbury Campus from 13.00- 14.00.

The seminar is open to all staff and registering to attend couldn’t be easier. Simply email studentsuccessproject@kent.ac.uk to reserve your place.