Author Archives: Wendy Raeside

Wellbeing Zone December focus: Relationships and good mental health

The December theme for our new Staff Wellbeing Zone is ‘Good Relationships are the Foundation of Good Mental Health’.

Below are links to a selection of articles and publications expanding on the theme of relationships, good mental health and wellbeing.

Some of them also explore the difficulties that people who suffer from mental health problems face when engaging in relationships – romantic, family and friendships.

If you are affected by relationship issues,  our Occupational Health team or the University Counselling Service may be able to provide support. Get in touch by emailing


Dr Chris Deacy left) with Taylor Weaver

Nostalgia podcast with Taylor Weaver

The latest episode of the podcast series on ‘Nostalgia’, hosted by Dr Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, has just been released.

In this week’s episode, Chris interviews Taylor Weaver, research student in the Department of Religious Studies.

Taylor talks about his journey from Texas to Canterbury in order to undertake a PhD, he recalls an early memory of getting into a fight with his brother, and explains why it was never possible in the South to escape religion. He also talks about being radicalized by leftist intellectuals, his early appreciation for the music of ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’, why playing video games with a friend is especially bittersweet for him, how he wanted to be in the marines, and even dreamed of becoming a rock star.

Dr Eleen M Deprez and Claire Anscomb

Aesthetics journal to be edited within the Department of History of Art

Dr Eleen M. Deprez, who has recently completed her PhD in History and Philosophy of Art (HPA) at Kent, and Claire Anscomb, who is conducting her PhD in HPA, have both been made editors of the journal Debates in Aesthetics (formerly the Postgraduate Journal in Aesthetics).

Debates in Aesthetics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for articles, interviews and book reviews. Published by the British Society of Aesthetics, the journal’s principal aim is to provide the philosophical community with a dedicated venue for debate in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

The journal aims to publish two issues a year. The summer/autumn issue features original articles, book reviews and an interview with a senior philosopher of art or aesthetician. The winter/spring issue concerns a senior philosopher of art or aesthetician. Commentaries on an original article by a senior philosopher, or the philosopher’s existing published work, will be published alongside a response from the philosopher concerned.

Eleen and Claire’s first edited issue will be released in the Spring next year. They are currently inviting short papers in response to ‘Black Reconstruction in Aesthetics‘, a new article by Professor Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt University), specially written for Debates in Aesthetics. More information will be released soon.

Claire is in the final stages of her PhD, completed her thesis ‘On the Significance of Automaticity in Image-Making Practices’. Eleen is currently teaching at the School of Art and completed her PhD, with a thesis entitled ‘The Curated Exhibition: A Philosophical and Historical Analysis’, last year.

For more details about the journal, please see the page here.

Leadership Bulletin 12 December 2018

Leadership Bulletin (12 December 2018)

The latest issue of the Leadership Bulletin, designed to give an overview of key developments at Kent, is now available.

The latest issue (12 December 2018) includes a congratulations from our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, to everyone involved in the University’s win, for the second year running, of the Outstanding Support for Students Award. The win this year was for the OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievements) Project.

There is also an update on Executive Group and Extended Executive Group (Executive Group plus Deans) meetings, including progress reports on KentVision and on the Medway strategy.

The “Long Read’ focuses on the review of the University’s organisational structure, led by our Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Denise Everitt.

The Bulletin is distributed fortnightly to all members of the Senior Leadership Forum to cascade to staff in schools and professional service departments. If you haven’t received your copy yet, you can read the bulletin online.

Staff Guide homepage

Welcome to our new Staff Guide

Our brand new Staff Guide webpages are launched today (Wednesday 12 December).

The new Guide signposts you to essential staff information, in easy-to-search categories, such as:

  • Getting Started
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Day-to-Day Support
  • Teaching and Research
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • On Campus

You will also see an A-Z section that lists some of the things we find difficult to locate at times – including University policies and regulations, and forms, as well as a How do I? of common staff queries, from claiming expenses to booking a meeting.

The new Guide has been developed following a key recommendation from the Simplifying Kent Internal Project Phase One that we need to find a better way of signposting colleagues to key information.

A team, led by Wendy Raeside and Etienne Donzelot in Corporate Communications, have therefore spent much of the past year developing an alternative to our Campus Online webpages. They have been working closely with colleagues in other key Kent teams, such as WebDev in IS and HR, to ensure the new pages contain everything you need to know about working at Kent.

A major feature is the new Search function which, in the first instance, is limited to information contained with the Staff Guide pages, and should help you find the key information you’re looking for.

There are also prominent links to key services for staff, including Campus News (linking to news on the former Campus Online pages), Online Directory, Your Emails and Staff Connect.

Lower down the home page, you will see highlights of latest staff interest stories, again with links to latest News Centre/Campus News stories.

The Staff Guide is very much a work in progress and we will be continuing to make amends and updates on a regular basis

Please take a look and, if you find anything that isn’t clear or needs updating, let us know by emailing

We hope you enjoy using the new Staff Guide!

Etienne Donzelot and Wendy Raeside, Corporate Communications

Sound of Roman Egypt exhibition

Sounds of Roman Egypt exhibition opens in London

Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology and Dr Jo Stoner, Research Associate, both in the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, have worked together with Dr April Pudsey (Manchester Metropolitan University) to organise a forthcoming exhibition at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, as part of their AHRC-funded research project Roman and Late Antique Artefacts in Egypt.

Their exhibition, ‘Sounds of Roman Egypt’, is free entry and showcases the project’s research into the musical instruments from the Petrie Museum’s Roman collection, exploring what life in Roman Egypt sounded like.

What objects did people use to make music? What did they sound like? How were instruments used in Romano-Egyptian rituals, homes, and childhood? This exhibition begins to answer these questions, bringing to life the soundscape of Egypt during the Roman period. Visitors will see original Roman instruments displayed alongside the project’s modern replicas, and learn about how they were used in the Roman period.

Visitors will be able to experience the sounds of the artefacts, handle and play the replica items, with additional sound recordings providing an evocative illustration of the sounds of Roman Egyptian life. The display also explains the process of using modern technologies to recreate ancient artefacts.

Archaeology technician Lloyd Bosworth laser scanned the original instruments to create 3D digital models which will be on display, along with the 3D printed models. Thanks are also due to Lloyd for his work developing the exhibition’s visitor computer interface. The exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday 22 January – Monday 22 April 2019.

Kent Critical Law Society

Kent Critical Law Society Annual Conference 2019: Call for papers

Kent Critical Law Society has issued a call for papers exploring the theme of ‘Division, Difference and Democracy’ and their relationship with the law in advance of its flagship annual conference in March 2019.

The one-day conference will be held in in the Grimond Building on Kent’s Canterbury campus on Saturday 16 March.

A non-exhaustive list of possible themes for discussion at the conference include:

  • Brexit & the European Union
  • The Rising Right Wing vs The Fighting Left Wing
  • Global Divergence
  • Adaptation to Crisis
  • Law & Social Change
  • Law & Economy
  • Gender, Sexuality & Law
  • Race, Religion & Law
  • Human Rights & Progress
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
  • Technological Advancement, Power & Law
  • Immigration & Asylum
  • Environmental Law & Climate Change
  • Mental Health Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Legal History
  • Division & Time, Old vs New
  • Properties of Difference, Public vs Private
  • Reading Law through Literature
  • Employment & Labour
  • Equity
  • Media Law, the Social & the Anti-social

In addition to student papers, the conference will host a number of keynote sessions (with keynote speakers to be confirmed in the new year).

Papers (including interdisciplinary papers) are welcomed from students across all stages (undergraduate and postgraduate). Contributors are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, together with a short biography, to by Monday 21 January 2019.

There will be a small conference fee to cover costs, refreshments and lunch.  A limited amount of funding will be available to subsidise travel to the University of Kent from within the UK – KCLS relies on a small amount of funding and cannot guarantee it will cover all costs, but will strive to accommodate speakers’ needs where necessary.

Enquiries about the conference can be directed to:


Applied Theatre students performance at local school

Applied Theatre students perform at Canterbury school

Students on the undergraduate Drama and Theatre programmes, who are taking the module Applied Theatre, are giving a celebratory performance workshop at St Nicolas School in Canterbury this week (on Wednesday 5 December).

St Nicholas School is a community day school providing education for over 190 children aged between 4 and 19 who have profound severe and complex learning difficulties.

The Applied Theatre module offers students the opportunity to both understand and apply workshop techniques, planning, facilitation and management of projects. The performance workshop is the culmination of this term’s planning and rehearsal. It will engage the pupils in an interactive performance, involving them in a series of adventures.

A photo album of the rehearsals for the performance is available here.

Regina Europa from Cosmographia

The Spirit of Europe conference – 7-8 December

The School of Politics and International Relations will host an international conference  on ‘The Spirit of Europe: Federalism, Personalism and Subsidiarity’, on 7-8 December 2018.

The conference will be convened by Adrian Pabst, the Head of School. It is in association with the Écoles des Hautes Études Internationales et Politiques (Paris), the European Institute of Personalism and the Revue Politique et Parlementaire – founded in 1894.

Among the confirmed speakers are academics, civil servants, politicians and policy-makers, including Richard Beardsworth (Aberystwyth), Sara Silvestri (Cambridge and City University and Alain Vogel Singer (Mayor of Pézenas, France).

The keynote address will be delivered by Larry Siedentop (Oxford), the author of Democracy in Europe (2000) and Inventing the Individual (2014). Please join us by registering here.

The conference takes place in Darwin College (7 December) and Woolf College (8 December). Admission is free and all University staff and students and the general public are welcome to attend

Book your place now via Eventbrite.

For further information, see the conference programme and conference flyer.

Fine Art Interim Show 2018

Fine Art Interim Show: Mouthing Off

The University’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Mouthing Off, the Fine Art Interim Show 2018 at Sun Pier House, Chatham, Kent, featuring the work of 20 3rd year BA Fine Art students.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend. It opens with a preview on Friday 7 December (17.00-19.00). It is open to the public from 8 -11 December from 10.00-16.00 (apart from 12.00-16.00 on Sunday 9 December and closed on Monday 10 December).

Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions, our visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential contribution to society.

“Mouthing Off” offers the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes including works where the projected traces of finger tips touch and move across the surface of a mobile phone screen; net curtains blur the boundaries between public and private domains in an intimate exchange of light and movement of bodies; fragments of monuments from past leaders and dictators are strewn across the gallery and a dynamic exploration female space takes place through dance, body extensions and performance.