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The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) in UELT is pleased to introduce its ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM: SLAS CONNECT for all 1:1 appointments and SLAS workshops and events.

To book a 1:1 appointment with a learning advisor, Royal Literary Fellow or maths/stats tutor, please go to SLAS Connect.

To book a place on one of our wide range of study skills workshops and events, please go to SLAS Connect.

Please visit the SLAS website for further details and information about the range of programmes and initiatives that SLAS offers students and colleagues.

Record number of free music ensembles on offer at Medway

A record number of music ensembles are open this year to students, staff and the general public within access of the University’s Medway campus.

All groups are free and take place at venues on the Historic Dockyard (Chatham). The Dockyard campus benefits from easy transport access from London, enabling recruitment of top name musicians to lead ensembles – from vocalist and X Factor coach, Kelly Fraser to Stephen Hiscock, founder member of iconic percussion group Ensemble Bash.

Groups include Pop, Rock & Soul Choir (Fridays), World Percussion Group (Mondays), Chamber Orchestra (Wednesdays), Uni Choir & Band (Wednesdays), Sax ensemble (Wednesdays), Impro group (Wednesdays), Little Big Band (Thursdays), Chamber Music Forum (Wednesdays), The Zorn Project (Wednesdays) and Guitar ensemble (tbc).

Students and staff are welcome to attend all groups for a taster session before committing.

To find out more, see the SMFA webpages and/or contact the School of Music and Fine Art Reception by email or phone 01634 888980.

STEMettes CEO, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, to give guest lecture 

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to announce that the first of the ‘Maths For All’ 2017-2018 guest lectures will be by the talented Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE on Wednesday 18 October, at 16.30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus. 

During the talk, Anne-Marie will discuss her journey into STEM, what inspired her to start STEMettes, and some words of advice for those looking to pursue a career in the STEM industries. 

Anne-Marie’s exceptional set of achievements include passing GCSEs in Mathematics and IT aged ten, being the youngest girl ever to pass A-Level Computing at age 11, and being one of the youngest people to be awarded a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by Oxford University, aged 20. 

She is the CEO and co-founder of STEMettes, an award-winning social enterprise inspiring more than 14,000 girls and young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She has also co-founded Outbox Incubator, the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls, as part of her work with STEMettes. 

Anne-Marie was recently awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. 

Her talk is part of the Student Success Project’s Inspirational Speaker Series and is open to all students, staff and members of the public. Refreshments will be available following the talk in Keynes Atrium. Seating is limited so please RSVP at 

Two SMFA Fine Art students in first stage of 2017 Platform Awards

The School of Music and Fine Art again has two Fine Art graduates through to the first stage of the Platform graduate award exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.

This year, Luiza Jordan and Tayler Goatier have been selected and their work is being exhibited at the Turner until Sunday 5 November.

The winners of the first round going through to the final will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 24th October at the Gallery. In the five-year existence of the Platform Graduate Award, fine art students from SMFA have won the final award twice, in 2015 and 2017.  The award includes all the major fine art art degree courses in the South East of England outside London. This is a spectacular achievement!

Luiza Jordan works with space and architecture and explores the uses of material in relation to gender. Large immersive clusters of material evolve in raw, organic processes as her interventions attempt to find hidden connections between materials, spaces, buildings and architecture. By using places of transition, and situating her work in spaces with industrial and institutional sensibilities, she injects a sense of new, feminine, unbound and constantly mutating life. You can follow Luiza on Instagram here and see her portfolio on her website.

Tayler Goatier works primarily in sculpture and installation. Being diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) at the age of 1, Goatier spent the majority of her childhood in hospital making art. Her current practice explores disability. Using herself as her main source of research, she explains the physicality of her condition by using meringues as a metaphor for her fragility and constant reconstruction to her own skeleton. She is also a food blogger. Recent exhibitions include Reverberate, The University of Kent, 2017 and WE ARE HUMAN-ISH, Canterbury, 2017.

For further information see the Turner Contemporary webpages.

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Deadline approaching for retirement scheme

Don’t forget that the deadline is approaching for applications to the Short-Term Enhanced Efficiency Retirement Scheme.

The scheme provides an opportunity for academics who have a good past service record, but don’t feel that they themselves will be able to make an optimum contribution to the next REF, and who meet the eligibility criteria, to request to leave the University with a severance payment of one year’s salary.

The scheme is open for applications until 31 October 2017, with successful applicants leaving the University on dates to be agreed from January 2018 onwards. Further details of the scheme and the timetable are available on the HR webpages.

Enhance your CV for FREE with Study Plus  

Enhance your CV and improve your employability by taking a Study Plus course in something different from your main area of study.

Study Plus courses are non-credit bearing and are FREE to all Kent students. There is a wide variety of courses, which allow you to explore your creative side as well as learning new skills to help you during your studies and when you graduate. If you have good attendance on a Study Plus course, you will earn Employability Points and the course will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Build your employability and business skills with a Business Start-Up Workshop with HIVE and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Or learn how to become a student mentor with Student Mentoring at University. Both of these courses take place at the Medway campus with many more launching soon.

You can sign up for a course via Workshops in the Student Data System

Visit the Study Plus website to view the full range of courses, and find out more.

Half-price Language Express courses at Medway  

Learning a language can enhance your communication and intercultural skills as well as being fun!

The Centre for English and World Languages offers 20 week courses in French (Beginners) and Japanese (Beginners and Post-Beginners) at the Medway campus. Classes will begin on 11 October 2017.

We are currently offering 50% discount for the first 35 Kent students who apply reducing the cost to just £110 for the whole course.

Kent staff can apply for funding from Learning and Development.

Visit the Language Express website to find out more and to book.

Last chance to sign up for language courses this term 

Why not start the new academic year with a Language Express course through the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL)?

Learning a language can enhance your communication and intercultural skills as well as being fun!

Learn Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish at Canterbury. Courses start in Week 3 (week commencing 9 October) and last for 20 weeks. They are non-credit bearing and take place in the evening from 18:00 – 20:00.

For more information on classes, times and fees, please visit the Language Express webpages.

Learn British Sign Language 

CEWL is also launching a 60 hour (20 week) course in British Sign Language (BSL) open to anyone who wants to learn BSL. The course is run by Palm Deaf BSL Training Ltd and is suitable for anyone who:

  • wants to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people
  • wants to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL
  • wishes to study BSL for personal development
  • is the parent, family, friend or colleague of a deaf person

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

For more information, please visit our website.

SMFA’s Sarah Turner on ASFF 2017 Northern Film School Best Screenplay Jury

Exploring the Student Experience and Belonging in HE – Black History Month lecture

Professor Kevin Hylton, the first Black Professor of Sports and Exercise Science and Head of the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University, will be speaking at Medway campus on Wednesday 4 October.

Professor Hylton’s presentation, titled ‘Exploring the Student Experience and Belonging in Higher Education’, is a key part of the University’s Black History Month Events 2017. His research focuses on the nature and extent of ‘race’, racism and racialisation in sport, leisure and education.

The presentation, in association with our School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent Afro-Caribbean Society and the Student Success (EDI) Project, will take place from 17.00 in The Deep End Mezzanine. It will include live spoken word performances by Kwame Osei Owusu (ACS Medway President) and Esere KJ.

Admission is free, but please secure your place by emailing

Other events taking place at the University during Black History Month include a lecture on the ‘Contribution of Black and Asian Soldiers to the First World War’ on 18 October and an art exhibition, themed Celebrating Black Professors in Kent’s Universities’, at the Historic Dockyard Chatham from 1-31 October. For further information, see the Student Success Project webpages.