Author Archives: Sophia Cheraitia

Start the new year with Windows 10

If you don’t have Windows 10 on your staff PC yet, please help us by installing it this December or early January. It would be great if we can get most staff PCs using Windows 10 by the start of Spring term.

How to install Windows 10

  • Read this essential checklist to make sure you don’t lose work or access to software.
  • Start the installation just before you leave for the day. It runs itself and can take a few hours. If you run it overnight it should be done by the following morning.

Allow at least an hour to get up and running the next morning.

What’s different with Windows 10

It comes with Office 2016 which will replace Office 2013. The differences are minor. Windows 10 is a little faster than Windows 7 and works a bit differently.

Thank you. All staff PCs need to stop using Windows 7 by the end of 2019 as Microsoft will stop supporting it shortly after.

We are here to help so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Information Services Staff Excellence Awards 2018

A busy year in Information Services has meant many well deserved Staff Excellence Awards for 2018!

Each year we reward individuals and teams alike for going above and beyond, be it by working on a project or simply excelling in their day-to-day roles.

Denise Everitt, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer and John Sotillo, Director Information Services awarded the prizes at a ceremony which was followed by a celebratory lunch.

Congratulations are given to all staff members who won an award, and thanks for all the hard work for Information Services.


Ben Thomas at the Italian Cultural Institute

 Ben Thomas, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, will take part in a discussion about Raphael at the Italian Cultural Institute at 7pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

‘On Raphael – Indagine su Raffaello #5’ will be chaired by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute.

Ben will participate alongside Deanna Petherbridge, artist, writer and curator, and Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A. They will explore the practice of drawing through the work of Raphael, and its lasting impact on Western art over centuries up to contemporary practice.

Please contact the Italian Cultural Institute for more information about the event.

MA Comparative Literature students visit Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The postgraduate students studying “Writing Unreason: Literature and Madness in the Modern Period” on the MA in Comparative Literature, and their seminar leader Dr Angelos Evangelou, Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, were welcomed on Monday 10th December 2018 by the Director of the Bethlem Museum of the Mind with a brief introduction about its history and contents.

The museum, which is located within the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, was opened in 2015 by artist Grayson Perry. Its permanent and periodic exhibitions host internationally renowned collections of archives, art and historical objects related to the history of mental illness, and mental healthcare and treatment.

The students had the opportunity to reflect on the representation of mental illness in art, to see artwork made by author Anna Kavan which is studied in the module, view artwork made by patients either on or off the hospital grounds, and to engage in a debate about mental health and hospitalisation. The field trip was funded by the Department of Comparative Literature. “I really enjoyed the trip to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind,” said Rochelle Zibetti, a SECL student who attended the trip, “In addition to the exhibits, I liked hearing and sharing observations with my classmates who pointed out artworks and impressions that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.”

Angelos Evangelou commented, “It’s always great to see the seminar discussions continue outside the seminar room and the students to learn and be inspired by so many stimuli. With its aesthetically arresting, sensitive and historically instructive exhibits, The Bethlem Museum of the Mind offered us the opportunity to further reflect not only on the controversial topics of mental illness and mental healthcare but also on more theoretical topics such as the relationship between mental illness and creativity. A memorable day!”


Last call for auditions

Last chance to audition for The University of Kent Players April production of Wildest Dreams by Alan Ayckbourn!

The performance nights will be the 11th, 12th & 13th April and we will be holding a final audition on Thursday 20th December at 12.00-12.45, Canterbury Campus. Please email the director, Lauren at to let her know if you can attend the audition and for room location. We will do our best to meet with anyone who is unable to attend the audition but would like to audition for a role.

Please see the blurb for the play:

“Stanley, Hazel, Warren and Rick make the weekly escape from their real life nightmares into a role-playing board game peopled by dragons and monsters. A safe world where the dangers are of their own imagining; where they are free to become heroes of their own devising.

But how clear is the dividing line between what they choose to be and what they really are? What would it take for them to lose sight of it altogether? All it requires is Marcie. Loveable, understanding, sympathetic Marcie – destined to become the new demon to haunt their wildest dreams.”

We will be auditioning for the following cast member roles:

  • Stanley Inchbridge – Large role
  • Hazel Inchbridge – Large role
  • Warren Wrigley – Medium role
  • Rick (Alice) Toller – Medium role
  • Marcie Banks – Large role
  • Austen Skate – Medium role
  • Thelma Wrigley – Small role
  • Larry Banks – Small role

We really look forward to hearing from you!


Call for papers on black reconstruction in aesthetics

The journal Debates in Aesthetics, which is now edited by members of the Department of the History of Art, is seeking short papers in response to the article ‘Black Reconstruction in Aesthetics’ by Professor Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt University).

Submissions should be up to 3,500 words and need to engage directly with Taylor’s article, a digital proof of which can be downloaded here.

For this issue, the editors and members of the editorial board will award the Debates in Aesthetics Essay Prize to the best paper by a postgraduate student or early-career researcher (within three years of completed PhD). The amount of the prize is £250.

The deadline for submission is 14 January 2019.

Submissions guidelines are available here.

Free tickets available for student entrepreneurship conference

Free and discounted tickets are on offer to University of Kent students for a national entrepreneurship conference which will be held on the Canterbury campus in 2019.

The NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs) Student Enterprise Conference will feature than 60 inspiring speakers over the weekend of February 23-24.

With a theme of Change Makers, the conference will bring together students from across the UK to explore entrepreneurship through talks, practical workshops and networking opportunities.

Speakers announced so far include Robert Forkan, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Gandys. Robert founded the firm with his brother, Paul, after narrowly surviving the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, which killed their parents.

Also speaking is Jonas Huckestein, co-founder of Monzo Bank, a UK start-up which has no physical banks, instead using Android smartphone apps.

University of Kent alumnus, James Buckley-Thorp, founder of Rupert and Buckley, started his firm with around 600 pairs of socks produced in his dorm room, turning this from £40 into a £3-million company.

The conference is being hosted by Kent Business School in the stunning Sibson building but is open to all University students.

The event will take place between 23-24 February in the Sibson building from 10.00-1700

Email ASPIRE for details of free and discounted tickets, contact Rebecca Smith


Inspirational speaker events for SECL students

The Student Success Project is organising the first in a series of inspirational speaker events for SECL students throughout the term.

The first of these talks will take place on Wednesday 16 January, presented by Professor Itesh Sachdev, who will be examining the complex relationship between language, communication and group identity in multilingual communication, using data from indigenous and migrant minorities and majorities around the world.

Dr Laura Bailey, Lecturer in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, writes, ‘Professor Sachdev’s talk will be essential for anyone interested in language, communication and identity. He will discuss issues of ethnicity and minorities, as well as how language and community are linked. Professor Sachdev is multilingual himself, was raised in Kenya, and has worked all over the world. He currently researches urban multiculturalism. His talk will be suitable for all, and students are especially welcome.’

The lecture will be free entry and open to all. For more information, please see our events calendar.

Alex Marlow Mann film receives premiere

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian in the Department of Modern Languages, has co-written, co-researched and co-produced That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead, a film that received its world premiere at the Cine-Excess film festival and conference in Birmingham.

Several years in the making, this feature-length documentary draws on interviews with 20 leading practitioners (directors, producers, writers, actors and technicians).

The documentary explores the ways in which Italian genre cinema (horror-thrillers, crime films and sex comedies) reflected and refracted the social and political anxieties of the so-called ‘years of lead’ – a turbulent decade characterised both by domestic terrorism and a radical reshaping of gender roles. Subsequent festival screenings in both the UK and internationally are planned throughout the next year and will be announced in due course.

The trailer for the film is available to view online.