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Yong Yan, EDA

Professor Yong Yan becomes Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Yong Yan from the University’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts has received the highest accolade in the field of instrumentation and measurement with a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Yong Yan was one of 50 engineers admitted to the Royal Academy of Engineering at its annual meeting on 22 September. He was recognised for his “distinctive contribution to improving combustion efficiency and lowering emissions through innovation in electronic instrumentation and successful development of novel instruments, thereby making an important impact on the power industry nationally and internationally”.

Commenting on the Fellowship, Yong said: ‘I am very honoured and extremely privileged to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in the world.’

He added: ‘The Fellowship is only awarded to an engineer who has made exceptional contributions in any field of engineering. It will enable me to perform at a higher level in my research and teaching with a range of support and services from the Academy. The recognition will also help me promote the importance of measurement science and engineering to the UK and the wider world.’

Yong is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). He was recently awarded the gold medal as the most published author of all time in the UK from the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, a leading journal in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. He has published more than 470 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Early career

Yong studied for BEng and MSc degrees at Tsinghua University, Beijing, before coming to the UK in 1989 to study for a PhD degree at Teesside. He joined the University of Kent in Canterbury in 2004 from the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus).

‘I joined Kent,’ he said, ‘because it has the best research facility and support in my area of research, including a well-equipped instrumentation laboratory and technical support for applied engineering research.’

Role at Kent

As Professor of Electronic Instrumentation in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Professor Yan contributes to teaching, research and administration. He was the School Director of Research from 2008 to 2018. Since 2018, he has been the School Director of Innovation, playing a leading role in promotion of engineering innovation and collaborations with industry, as well as managing the Year in Industry modules. Professor Yan also heads the Instrumentation and Control Research Group, including coordination of our REF submission in this area.


Outstanding Library Team at the THE Awards 2019

Entries for THE Awards 2020 now open

Entries for the Times Higher Education Awards 2020 are now open.

Entries are invited from UK higher education institutions across 19 categories, which will be shortlisted and judged by an expert panel. This year’s categories are listed below and, unless otherwise stated in the specific subject criteria, the judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2018-19 academic year.

  • THE Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Business School of the Year
  • Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year
  • Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year
  • Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Research Project of the Year: STEM
  • Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year
  • Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Outstanding Support for Students
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurial University
  • Outstanding Library Team
  • Outstanding Estates Strategy
  • Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
  • Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
  • International Collaboration of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outstanding Technician of the Year
  • University of the Year

Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 26 November.

Corporate Communications will once again be co-ordinating Kent’s award entries this year and is happy to support schools/departments with their submissions. Please email Corporate Communications by Friday 22 May if you know of a potential entry – deadline for all completed entries is Wednesday 10 June.

Further information on the awards is available on the THE Awards 2020 website.

Picture shows: Kent’s Outstanding Library Team at the THE Awards 2019

Kent Student Awards

Nominate a Student for a Kent Student Award

You have spent your time at Kent working with fantastic volunteers so why not nominate them for a Kent Student Award. Tell us who has made the most outstanding contribution to the student experience so they can be rewarded accordingly.

You can nominate a Kent student or group of students for one of the 9 awards. Winners will receive a brick in the ‘Footsteps Path’ and recognition of the achievement on their Higher Education Achievement Report.

Finalists will be invited to a garden party on the Canterbury campus on Friday 29 May, when the winners will be announced.

Nominations are open until Sunday 22 March. You can nominate someone by clicking on the link here.

Bothered and Bewildered cast

Drama accolade for University of Kent Players

NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) have awarded the University of Kent Players an accolade for Excellence in Drama for their production of Gail Young’s Bothered & Bewildered which took place at the Gulbenkian in September 2019.

This is the second time in as many years that the group have been recognised in this way, their production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in 2018 also received this accolade.

Their latest production, JB Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, takes place at the Gulbenkian 27-29 February 2020, so go along and see this double award-winning group in action.

Tickets priced at £12 (£10 for concessions) are on sale now on the Gulbenkian website.

six gold and silver trophy cups

Entries for Guardian University Awards 2020

The Guardian University Awards 2020 are now open and entries are welcome until the final deadline of Friday 7 February.

The Guardian is inviting entries from UK higher education institutions across 14 categories, which will be shortlisted and judged by an expert panel. Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in April. Corporate Communications will again be co-ordinating Kent’s award entries this year and is happy to support schools/departments with their submissions.

This year’s Guardian University Award categories are listed below and, with only a couple of exceptions, any projects nominated must have started within the last 18 months.

  1. Staff experience
  2. Business collaboration
  3. Digital innovation
  4. Employability and entrepreneurship
  5. Internationalisation
  6. Marketing and comms campaigns
  7. Research impact
  8. Course design, retention and student outcomes
  9. Social and community impact
  10. Student experience
  11. Buildings that inspire
  12. Sustainability
  13. Teaching excellence
  14. Widening access and outreach

You can find out more about the awards on the Guardian webpages.

Please do get in touch with Corporate Communications asap if you know of a project that we should be considering for this year’s awards – email us on

Dr Rory Loughnane

Hoffman Prize for Kent senior lecturer

Dr Rory Loughnane, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Studies, has won the 2019 The Calvin & Rose G Hoffman Prize for distinguished scholarly work on Christopher Marlowe.

The title of Dr Loughnane’s winning entry was ‘Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Traces of Authorship’. His essay investigated the authorship and early publication history of the Henry VI play cycle. It builds upon his earlier research into the canon and chronology of Shakespeare’s works for the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016-17).

Dr Loughnane has recently been appointed as General Editor of a new Collected Works of Christopher Marlowe for Oxford University Press, an international editorial project that will be primarily based at the University of Kent. On this project, he will be collaborating closely with colleagues in the School of English, Professor Catherine Richardson and Dr Sarah Dustagheer, as well as a team of over 20 international scholars.

On receiving the 2019 Hoffman Prize, Dr Loughnane said: ‘I am deeply honoured to receive this prize, and grateful to all those involved in its adjudication. I would like to thank especially my colleagues on the New Oxford Shakespeare and Marlowe projects.’

Now in its 30th year, the Hoffman Prize was established by a bequest of the late Calvin Hoffman. The prize is highly competitive and open to Marlowe scholars the world over.

Find out more about the prize on the Marlowe Society’s website.

Pride Awards

Customer Service Pride Award – nomination deadline 4 December

The PRIDE Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Do you know of a Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) who has shown excellent customer service during the Autumn Term? If so, please take a few minutes to make your nomination online or pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets and College reception areas – if you prefer you can also email

The nomination deadline is 12.00 on Wednesday 4 December.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee should be considered for the award. The panel are looking for staff who achieve more than just what is expected in their role (i.e. hardworking, professional, positive and friendly attitude). Kent staff, students or members of the public can submit nominations.

The award is given out four times a year with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and PRIDE badge.


Jacqui and Debbie presenting flowers

Exciting news for the Centre for Professional Practice!

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP) celebrated two professional achievements at the British Association of Dental Nurses National Conference which took place earlier in November.

MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare graduate Jacqui Elsden has been elected as President of British Association of Dental Nurses and during the Conference she presented the Head of CPP Debbie Reed with her BADN Long Service Badge of 20 years.

Jacqui said: ”It was a great honour and a lovely surprise to receive a bouquet of beautiful flowers from Debbie Reed, Head of Centre for Professional Practice,  during my inauguration ceremony as President of BADN, at the Annual National Dental Nursing Conference which was held at Oxford in November 2019. It was particularly notable as Debbie was my educational supervisor for my MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare at the University of Kent during my time of study, from whom I received selfless professional support and guidance”. 

Why study the MSc Professional Practice at the University of Kent?

 The programme offers:

–             Flexible, part-time studies over 3 years, on average 4 to 6 weekends a year at our Medway Campus

–             Work-based studies to enhance your professional knowledge and career progression

–             Accreditation of prior experiential and certificated learning is welcome

–             Kent’s staff may be eligible for staff fee remission

Find out more and apply:



Management and leadership celebration

Management and leadership development celebration

Learning and Organisational Development held an event to celebrate management and leadership development across the University on Wednesday 13 November.

The celebration, in the Darwin Conference suites, was opened by our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who congratulated everyone present.

Certificates were presented to members of staff who, during the past year, have taken part in various leadership and management programmes, including the Insights programme, Foundations of Management, Leadership for Areas of Significant Responsibility (LASR) and the Aurora programme.

Group photos took place after the celebration, followed by cakes and plenty of networking.

You can find out more about leadership and management development programmes available at the University on our HR webpages.

Picture shows: Graduates of our Insights and Aurora programmes (from left) – Silvia Maria Rasca, Rowena Paget, Yvonne Sherwood, Sarah Slowe, Justine Rush and Chloé Gallien.

Estates Customer Service Excellence award

National recognition for Estates Customer Services Centre

The work of our Estates Customer Services Centre has received national recognition.

The Centre, created in June 2018, has been awarded Customer Service Excellence accreditation on its first application.

The award comes just over a year since the Centre was created – in June 2018 – to raise awareness of the work of our Estates Department and act as a contact point for all enquiries.

The accreditation process included a day of pre-assessment in which Head of Customer Services & Engagement, Sarah Cooke and her four-strong team were measured across 57 different criteria.

The actual accreditation took place on 6 June 2019 and included an interview with Deputy Director of Estates Helen Ellis, customers across schools and departments and both internal and external partners.

Sarah Cooke said: ‘We’re really pleased we got the accreditation – and in some areas we were not just compliant but marked as “above and beyond”. We’re all really proud of the achievement – it’s recognition for how hard my team has worked and how good they are with the customers.’

The accreditation by M Assessment Services will last for three years and is monitored by a rolling programme of continuous improvement.

You can find out more about the work of Estates Customer Services Centre on the Estates webpages.

To contact the team, email or telephone ext 16666/01227 816666.

Picture shows (from left): Angela Durling, Becky Medlock, Sarah Cooke, Helen Ellis, Emily Mashford and Beverley Braiden.