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Paul March-Russell on the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Dr Paul March-Russell, Specialist Associate Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature and editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, is on the judging panel for the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction literature for the second year running.

The shortlist for 2018 has just been announced. The six shortlisted books for the best science-fiction novel published in 2017 are:

  • Robert Cargill, Sea of Rust (Gollancz)
  • Anne Charnock, Dreams Before the Start of Time (47 North)
  • Omar El Akkad, American War (Picador)
  • Jaroslav Kalfar, Spaceman of Bohemia (Sceptre)
  • Jennie Melamed, Gather the Daughters (Tinder Press)
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Borne (Fourth Estate).

‘The 2018 shortlist is perhaps one of the most eclectic ever,’ commented Paul on the shortlist, ‘From a giant flying bear in a post-apocalyptic landscape, to the future of reproductive technology; from an absurdist satire on the meaning of existence, to a dystopian society where paedophilia is a virtue not a sin; and from the prospect of a second American Civil War to a post-human world of scavenging robots and global AIs, this is a list that demonstrates the imaginative possibilities of sf being written today.’

The winner will be announced at a public award ceremony held in partnership with Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London, on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Further details of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the shortlist are available at: www.clarkeaward.com

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Angelos Evangelou publishes new translation

Dr Angelos Evangelou, Associate Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, has recently translated Greek-Cypriot poet Andreas Georgallides for a bilingual (Greek and English) edition of the collection ελάχιστα περισσότερο άδειο [barely more empty] (Iambos Publications, 2018).

The collection is abstract and minimalistic, yet loaded with autobiographical and romantic undertones. As Georgallides writes in his preface,  the poems ‘do not demand comprehension nor do they claim hospitality in the space of meaning’.

The book was launched in Nicosia, Cyprus at an event organised by the Union of Cyprus Writers, and is currently being considered for the Nana (Athena) P. Kontou Award (Academy of Athens, Greece) and for the ‘State Poetry Award’ (Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus).

For more information, please see here.

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Shane Weller on Beckett’s Endgame

Shane Weller, Professor of Comparative Literature and Head of the School of European Culture and Languages, has just co-authored a new book entitled The Making of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Fin de partie’/’Endgame’ (University Press Antwerp and Bloomsbury, 2018).

Originally written in French and first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame is widely regarded as one of his most important works. The new publication is a comprehensive reference guide to the history of Beckett’s text.  It includes a complete descriptive catalogue of available relevant manuscripts, including French and English texts, alternative drafts and notebook pages, as well as a critical reconstruction of the history of the text, charting its genesis through the process of composition to its full publication history.

For more details, please see the publisher’s website.

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Kent Experiences – Learning at Work Week

As part of our Learning at Work Week (LAWW), we are launching our ‘Kent Experiences’.

The theme for the national LAWW campaign 2018 is ‘Networked for Learning’ and to link in with this theme we would like to provide opportunities for staff to get involved with and network with colleagues in areas of the organisation they don’t usually get  the opportunity to interact with. Better understanding of the organisation and broader network relationships help in improving communication, appreciating diversity and creating a culture of respect among many other benefits.

These Kent Experiences are being offered from areas across the University on both Canterbury and Medway campuses and include a diverse range of activities, some taking as little as an hour which could be undertaken in a lunch hour if  required.  We will have further activities being launched from our Estates department and potentially other areas in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for more  announcements.

You can view a brief descriptor of all the current opportunities by clicking on this link and then register your interest by following the outlined instructions or by completing this poll. Once your interest has been registered you will be contacted with more information and details of who to contact to finally agree your activity date and time.

If you have any further queries related to this ‘Kent Experiences’ launch, or you would like to offer an experience in your area of work, please do not hesitate to contact  Ali Whelan: a.j.whelan@kent.ac.uk .

Out and Proud – New exhibition in Templeman Library

Out and Proud, an exhibition of LGBT+ role models and allies will be staged at Kent from 17 May – 6 July 2018 at the Templeman Library.

Kent is proud of its diverse student, staff and alumni community. ‘Out and Proud’ aims to showcase some of our LGBT+ role models and allies to highlight the amazing people on our campuses who share their stories to inspire others. This exhibition also features books from the Templeman Library on LGBT+ role models throughout the ages.

Role models challenge stereotypes, provide guidance and advice, and they are examples to all about overcoming prejudice and discrimination and about being proud of who you are. This exhibition is designed to share experiences, good and bad, and to be a reminder that we are all citizens of this beautifully diverse world.

Curators are Christin Hoene and Jan Moriarty for the LGBT+ Staff Network, and Joanna Baines and Elspeth Millar (Special Collections & Archives) for the Templeman Library. Design is by Leanne Taylor.

There will be a launch event on Thursday 17 May at 16.00. If you would like to attend, please book via our Eventbrite page. You can find out more on our blog pages.

And to those who are living out and proud. You are a beacon for others to find their way home.” Julie Anne Peters

Sport at Kent - Term Three 2017/18

Activities galore with Kent Sport this summer term

All work and no play? Not with the Sport at Kent term three timetable. We’re excited to offer a variety of sports, unique fitness and dance classes, and funky one-off events to give your brain a break during exam season.

We’re also welcoming back our ever popular Stamp Out Stress (SOS) sessions as part of the fitness and dance timetable with five refreshing classes a week to help you relax. We have a dedicated timetable with activities ranging from guided bike rides to bubble football. Kent Sport Physiotherapy is offering £14 30-minute sports massages to fully work out your stress.

Inter College football Cup, Kent Amateur Football League Cup and the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup competitions continue this term.

Looking ahead to the rest of the term, there’s the Canterbury 10k on Sunday 20 May at 10.30 or several cycle rides catered to all abilities taking you to Chartham, Whitstable or Herne Bay.

Let’s Play continues to offer a wide range of activities for just £1 such as open swim sessions, table tennis, badminton, and many more. There’s also a dedicated ‘This Girl Can’ weight lifting session.

Staff can get involved with various activities throughout the week during the lunchtime hour. From netball to hockey to running, there are lots of options to active during your break.

For more information on the events mentioned above download Sport at Kent which highlights all our activities and events. Inside, find timetables for football, tennis, Let’s Play activities, fitness and dance classes, Vice-Chancellor’s Cup and Stamp Out Stress.

You can check out our online events calendar at www.kent.ac.uk/sports or pop into the Sports Centre and pick up a term three Sport at Kent activities booklet.

To keep up to date and involved, Like UniKentSports on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Kent to lead on £1.4m research on protecting leisure travellers’ data

The University of Kent will lead one of 11 new government research projects, addressing challenges about ‘Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy’.

PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers (PriVELT), will be co-ordinated by the University of Kent as the lead institution.

The project’s overall aim is to develop a digital platform that will empower leisure travellers to better manage the sharing of their personal data. It also aims to  foster new business opportunities for the travel and tourism industry through encouraging better (more transparent and effective) usage of travellers’ data.

The project’s principal investigator Professor Shujun Li said: ‘I cannot wait to start working on this exciting new project. The rapid development of technologies such as smart phones, mobile payment systems, sharing economy (eg Airbnb and Uber) and service robots has been drastically changing the whole travel industry and people’s travel experience, with increasing concerns on privacy protection of travellers’ personal data.

‘By conducting the project, we aim at providing solid evidence on a social-technical framework that will lead to a set of new tools benefiting both travellers and travel service providers. We would also like to engage wider stakeholders, so if you are interested in contributing to the project please feel free to get in touch with us.’

July Congregations 2018 – we need you!

The Corporate Events team is looking for volunteers to help during congregations for Canterbury and Medway – can you help?

MEDWAY (Rochester Cathedral):

  • Tuesday 10 July (x2 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30

CANTERBURY (Canterbury Cathedral):

  • Monday 16 July (x2 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30
  • Tuesday 17 July (x3 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30, 19.30
  • Wednesday 18 July (x2 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30
  • Thursday 19 July ((x3 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30, 19.30
  • Friday 20 July (x1 ceremony), 10.30

This is a special day for all of our graduating students, and a great opportunity to be involved in a feel-good University event.

We have a variety of roles available for volunteers, so whether you would like to be in the Cathedral for the ceremony, helping the graduands check-in, or managing the guest queue, there is something suitable for everyone.

Things to know:

  • Volunteers working two consecutive ceremonies will be provided with lunch or dinner in between their two shifts
  • Volunteers can choose any ceremony ‘shifts’ from the above list, and full training will be available for your designated role in the lead-up to congregations
  • In any role, there will be a member of the congregations team on hand to support you
  • Different roles will have different start and finish times due to the requirements of that role for the ceremony
  • It’s a wonderfully joyful week and is a great opportunity to see any students that you have supported graduate.

If you would like to get involved in July 2018 congregations, we would be delighted to have you!

To register your interest or to find out more about the roles available, please email congregations@kent.ac.uk with your preferred ceremony/ies or your query.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Corporate Events, Development Office

Canterbury 10K

Canterbury 10k is back as part of ‘Stamp Out Stress’

What’s a better way to relieve stress while taking in the beautiful scenery and getting some fresh air? Why joining in with the University of Kent Canterbury 10K run, of course! The 10K is part of the University’s Stamp Out Stress series of events to help students manage the demands of exam season.

The run, which is co-organised with Sporting Events UK, is a fun and welcoming event that is open not only to students but also to people of all abilities, from University staff to the wider community.

Starting at the Pavilion at 10.30 on Sunday 20 May, the route takes runners through the Canterbury countryside along the historic and picturesque Crab and Winkle Way. Participants will be timed and receive a medal. This is a day for all the family including shorter races for children. Sign up today <http://www.sportingeventsuk.com/enterevent/university-kent-canterbury-10k>!

The Stamp Out Stress series of sports activities includes guided-bicycle rides, using Kent Sport’s Cycle Hub, one-off events like miniature golf, bubble football and a variety of fitness classes. Pre-booking for events is advisable. For further details see the Sport at Kent timetable booklet.

To stay up-to-date with the latest news, events and special offers at Kent Sport, Like UniKentSports on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Success

Athena SWAN awards are a recognition of advancing gender equality and improving the working environment to benefit everybody at the University.

The latest awards have just been announced and we have a lot to celebrate. We have been successful in our application for an Institutional Bronze award, Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science have our first ever Silver-level award, History are the first school in the Faculty of Humanities to hold a Bronze award and Medway School of Pharmacy have been awarded Bronze.

These successes will inspire and inform all our on-going work in advancing gender equality and all our future Athena SWAN applications across the University.

Find out more about our work with Athena SWAN here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/athenaswan/