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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

See you there!

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2-day Introduction to Project Management Course

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

Tuesday 18th and Thursday 19th June 2019 from 9.30am until 4.30pm on both days or Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2019 from 9.30am until 4.30pm 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

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 9am to 3pm 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 3pm to 5pm 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.

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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 to reserve your place.

Toxxic performance

Gulbenkian to showcase highlights from Drama and Theatre student work

We are delighted to announce the Gulbenkian Picks from our Drama and Theatre students’ summer festival of student work, to be performed in the Gulbenkian theatre on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Two performances have been chosen, one representing the Stage 1 students taking DR339: Making Performance 2, and one from the Stage 3 students as the culmination of the module DR678: Creative Project.

Adam’s Birthday Party, by The Bald Sopranos, is the first chosen performance from our Stage 1 students. The ensemble have been experimenting with various performance practices and plays chosen from different moments in the 20th Century (including Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Susan Glaspell’s The Verge, Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine).

From Stage 3, the Gulbenkian has chosen the show Toxxicc, by ensemble Britney’s Peers. Having graduated from University, Ally, Em, Shan and Josie reunite in their hometown. After getting kicked out of a party for drunken behaviour, the girls plonk themselves on a bus stop bench. In 40 minutes, the girls tackle sex, body image, infidelity, and last, and definitely least, BOYS!

The Gulbenkian is open to the public and seats 340. The show will be free, beginning at 7.30pm. For further details, please see the page here.

George Turner

Congratulations to Film student George Turner

George Turner, who is currently studying on the BA (Hons) in Film, was nominated as a semi-finalist for the Best Experimental UK Short Film in the London International Motion Pictures Awards (LIMPA) 2019.

The film follows the journey of a young photographer, asking are our passions always worth pursuing? When does enthusiasm become obsession? Is independence an asset or a hindrance?

George explained the background to the film: ‘The project was a joint effort between myself and Lee Reynolds – a friend and colleague for many years; our film collaborations began at our Sixth Form College (now known as USP). It was shot back in January 2017.

‘What is most interesting is LIMPA’s recognition of our film; I submitted the film for competition in August 2018. It was the only competition that the film was submitted to. In early May I received a notification that we had been shortlisted for Official Selection and, a week later, Semi-Finals. We were honoured to have been selected.’

Seclusion received a screening last week, 24 May 2019, at Regent’s University in London, as part of the awards festival. However you may view the film via the YouTube link here.

The Gulbenkian

FilmTalk series: ‘The Future is X-Rated’

Lawrence Jackson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film and Head of Film Practice, has curated a season of films, ‘The Future is X-Rated’, to be screened in the Gulbenkian, Kent’s on-campus commercial cinema.

The season consists of three mainstream films from 1969 that were originally certificated X for their content. As well as celebrating each film’s fiftieth anniversary, the screenings aim to capture a moment that, culturally, anticipated the greater freedoms of the 1970s and beyond. Just a few years later lay X-rated arthouse and studio smash hits such as Last Tango in Paris and The Exorcist were released. Before that, in 1969, these films blazed a trail and foretold the future.

The series begins on Monday 3 June with The Wild Bunch (dir. Sam Peckinpah). The film is considered a masterpiece by, among others, western expert Ed Buscombe, and demands to be seen on the big screen. Its handling of extreme violence arguably influenced later mainstream American cinema from The Deer Hunter to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and it was memorably lampooned by Monty Python as Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days. The screening will feature an introduction by Professor Peter Stanfield from the School of Arts. For more details, please see the page here.

Monday 10 June sees the screening of Midnight Cowboy (dir. John Schlesinger). Another modern American classic underpinned by a sensitive Oscar-winning screenplay by Waldo Salt and complemented by a great John Barry score and powerful performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. What’s also astonishing is the trajectory of its British director John Schlesinger, who went from British New Wave hits such as Billy Liar and Far From the Madding Crowd to winning a Best Director Oscar for this New York tale of heartbreak. The film will be introduced by Alaina Schempp, a PhD in Film student from the Department of Film. For more details, please see the page here.

Finally, the final film in the series, Taste the Blood of Dracula (dir. Peter Sasdy), will screen on Thursday 13 June. Fairly late in Hammer’s Dracula cycle, this is nonetheless an impressive entry in the studio’s roster, featuring Christopher Lee returning in his signature role and, in Anthony Hinds’ sophisticated screenplay, a satire of the hypocrisy of Victorian patriarchal society. The film will be will be introduced by Professor Julian Petley, Brunel University, London. For more details, please see the page here.

Tickets cost £8.70 with concessions available. For full details, please see the Gulbenkian’s website.

Cecilian Choir

A milestone for the University Cecilian Choir: Choral Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral

Congratulations to all the students, staff and alumni who were a part of the University Cecilian Choir‘s service of Choral Evensong, directed by Deputy Director of Music, Dan Harding, at Canterbury Cathedral yesterday.

Comprising students, staff and alumni from across the University community, it was the first time the Cecilian Choir has sung at Canterbury Cathedral, and as seasoned choral evensong singers will know, it’s quite a discipline to learn; the pointing and flexibility of psalm-singing, the need for security in delivering the unaccompanied Responses, and the constant having-to-be-on-your-toes throughout the service so you are ready for what comes next, with the right music in the right order, able to pluck the note of your chord from the intoned sentence from the Precentor. Not withstanding the additional challenge of singing in split formation across an extremely wide aisle in the Cathedral Quire, in mixed-voice arrangement without the security of singing amongst others of your voice-part. And all in front of an expectant congregation, fitting your contribution flawlessly into the well-oiled machinery of the Liturgy…

The Choir rose the occasion marvellously, particularly in Stanford’s Canticles in C and Elgar’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus,’ a heady blend of lyricism and stirring ensemble singing.

It was lovely to welcome back some former members of the Choir and University alumni to take part.

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Students showcase their films in the Lupino cinema

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Film will be showcasing their work in an afternoon screening at Lupino, the School of Arts student cinema, on Wednesday 29 May 2019. The event has been organised by Lawrence Jackson, Head of Film Practice, and will begin at 3pm.

The films to be screened include:

  • A Good Cigar by Sam Tornio, MA Film with Practice.
  • A Student in Sheep’s Clothing by Niall Hayes and Sam Murphy, Stage 1 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • First Flower by Jessica Bongi, Jessica Brito-Silva, and Lina Witow, Stage 1 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • Blue by Wassiq Ahmed, Marisol Bassino, and Massimiliano Folgheraiter, Stage 2 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • Cleft by Tatiana Hristova and Ana Tapia, Stage 2 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • Optimistic Station by Jake Andre, Elise Noakes and Adam Synyszyn, Stage 2 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • If Memory Serves by Yu Ai, Rachel Dodds, Ke Fang, and Kawita Nunthakunatip, Stage 3 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • How to Start a Cult by Natalia Abrol, Toby Barber, Rola Hafez, and Nimasu Namsaren, Stage 3 students on the BA (Hons) in Film.
  • Force of Change by Harry Nott, ​MA Film with Practice.

For full details, please see the page here: