Author Archives: Sophia Cheraitia

Copyright: The Card Game. Thursday 28th October

Dear Colleagues,

Chris Morrison would like to invite you to a session of Copyright the Card Game which will be held on Thursday 28 February (10:00 – 12:30) in Room A108 (Templeman Library).

Aligned with the themes Personal development and Policy and legislation, the Learning outcomes will be:

  • Understand how copyright really works in HE
  • Encounter existing licences and the new legislative framework
  • Practice using the exceptions and licences in specific HE examples
  • Discuss the role of risk management in making decisions

Further details are on the Kent Copyright Literacy blog. If you’re interested in attending please contact

We look forward to seeing you there!

MSc Computer Science conversion course

Graduating this year and not sure what to do next?

Want to improve your skills through further study?

Have an interest in technology?

Come along to the Postgraduate Open Event to find out more about the MSc Computer Science conversion course. Open to students from any degree.

Visit the School of Computing stand at the Postgraduate Open Event on Tuesday 5 March, 17.00-19.00, Darwin Conference Suite

Further details can be found online.


Developing Self and Others (including RPD)

This workshop aims to provide a very practical approach, utilising interaction and discussion, providing opportunity to interact with other managers/supervisors from across the University, share common experience and knowledge and increase internal networks, whilst developing an understanding of the induction, probation, appraisal (RPD) processes, as well as how to consider and create development plans for staff across your team.

Aimed at Line Managers, the workshop is taking place on Friday 22nd February, 9.30-12.30. Please book your place by logging onto Staff Connect.


Valentine’s flash sale

This Valentine’s day, we want you to love yourself. That’s why we’re offering students an exclusive one-day-only 20% off flash sale where you can save up to £32. So if you’re not already a member of Kent Sport, this is a great opportunity to join us. You can even purchase for that special someone; you simply need their student ID number, found on the back of their Kent One card.

The 20% student membership discount is available on Thursday 14 February only. Gold will be reduced to £131.20 (was £164) and Silver will be £112 (was £140). Student memberships are valid until 31 August 2019.

Purchase membership online at before 11.59pm and use discount code VDAY20 at the checkout. Alternatively, visit the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions to purchase.

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Nostalgia podcast with Jeremy Scott

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Dr Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, speaks to Dr Jeremy Scott, Senior Lecture in the Department of English Language & Linguistics.

In this episode, the Jeremy discusses growing up in the ‘stab’ capital of the Metropolitan area; why pubs are an important part of the British landscape (and why their demise might be seen as an instance of secularisation); spending so much of his childhood outdoors; growing up in a musical house; the name of the first record that he bought; his passion for writing stories; putting on various ‘masks’ at university; being at odds with current literary practice; and why he is an ‘aspiring, recovering nostalgist’.

Coming up in just over two weeks will be Professor Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics in the School of Biosciences, who is doing groundbreaking work on IVF, human sperm, how genes organise into chromosomes, and the genome structure of dinosaurs.

New issue of University magazine out now

The winter/spring issue of the University magazine is out now.

Features in this edition include:

  • Visiting and revisiting the Western Front 1919-1939, by Professor Mark Connelly
  • On top of the scrapheap? Youth unemployment and the link to health and wellbeing, by Dr Olena Nizalova
  • Staff profile – Lorraine Spence, Security Officer
  • Student profile – Selena Snoding, Apprentice at Pfizer
  • University and community news, and more!

Canterbury: You can currently pick up a copy from the Gulbenkian and the Sports Centre (Templeman Library coming soon).

Medway: Copies of the magazine will be available from the Deep End foyer from Friday afternoon.

Alternatively, if you’d like to be sent a copy in the internal mail, please email your name and location to Chris Wenham:

You can also take a look at the latest magazine online on the Alumni webpages.

Work has already started on the winter 2018 issue of the magazine, but if you’ve got ideas for it, please contact the Editorial Board via

Train to teach English as a foreign language at Kent

CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an internationally recognised qualification, allowing you to teach English to adults in the UK and abroad. The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) runs an intensive CELTA training course starting on 17 June 2019.

At the end of the course you will have the chance to meet representatives from local language schools.

If you’d like to know more about teaching English abroad, come along to a talk – “Get Ready to Teach and Work Abroad” – which the CELTA course tutor will be giving on 27 February as part of the Hums for Hire employability events.

Find out more about CELTA and apply.

CHASE summer school on ‘Comparative Literature: principles, practices and perspectives’

Applications are now open for the Consortium for the Humanities in South-East England (CHASE) Comparative Literature summer school, running this year between 24-26 June 2019 following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

This summer school will offer intensive training in the principles and practices of comparative literature. Following the success of the inaugural CHASE summer school in comparative literature in June 2018, this second iteration will build on the first event while taking its intellectual focus in a new direction.

The programme is designed for humanities students working on comparative research projects who wish to broaden their knowledge of the discipline, and their use of comparative methodologies, in the light of both classical comparativism and more recent theoretical frameworks within the emerging discipline of world literature and the rise of the global South. The summer school will bring together postgraduate students working in the various fields of comparative/world literature, introducing them to leading specialists in the discipline and offering them a valuable opportunity for both intellectual training and institutional networking.

Applications are invited from postgraduate students, either currently undertaking or about to start a PhD, working in the field of comparative literature broadly defined. The summer school is fully funded by CHASE; accommodation costs and tuition fees of successful applicants will be covered.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Patricia Novillo-Corvalán, Head of the Department of Comparative Literature, at Suitably qualified students should submit a brief CV and a one-page outline of their project to by 12 April 2019.

English Hub for Refugees receives funding

Dr Gloria Chamorro, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, has recently been awarded a grant by the Amity Fund (in association with Kent Community Foundation) for her English Hub for Refugees project.

The project started in September 2016 and it involves undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University teaching English to young refugees for two hours every week. The refugees, who are between 16 and 18 years old, come from a range of backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Syria and Sudan, and they have recently arrived in the country unaccompanied by adults. Many of them have had limited or no access to education because of conflict or because of the community they come from.

Dr Chamorro said: “I am very grateful to the Amity Fund and Kent Community Foundation for the award of this grant which will allow us to continue the important provision of free English classes for young refugees taught by our University students and will also enable the with the continued creation of language learning materials.”

Can you train your brain?

Researchers in the School of Psychology are looking for participants aged between 25 and 40 or 65 and 80 years old to take part in our exciting research testing whether ‘brain training’ really works. This project is led by Prof Heather Ferguson, and is funded by a large European Research Council grant.

The research team uses a range of questionnaires and computer tasks to find out whether cognitive and social skills can be enhanced through training, and how these training effects might change at different ages.

As a thank-you, participants receive £50 cash, a small gift, and be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses!

To find out more please email us at