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Library seminar: The Place of Art in the Practice and Study of Humanistic Buddhism

3 example pages from the Encyclopedia of Buddhist ArtA copy of the ‘Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art’ by Fo Guang Shan’s Monastery has been donated to the Templeman Library. To celebrate, the nuns will be running an open workshop to help you use the resource! You can book a place for free.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday 21st of November at 16:00 in D|G|01 (D Block, Ground Floor). It will be run by members of the Fo Guang Shan London study group and will cover:

  • the role of art and culture in the propagation of Buddhism
  • the ways in which Buddhist practices can be integrated into everyday life
  • how art and culture can aid communication between people of all walks of life, different nationalities and backgrounds

Fo Guang Shan is an international Buddhist organisation based in Taiwan but with branch temples around the world, including London and Manchester. It has strong links to the University of Kent and has collaborated on research and education activities with the School of Anthropology and Conservation and the Religious Studies Department. As part of its commitment to the promotion and preservation of culture, including the visual arts, the organisation has spent years compiling a twenty-volume encyclopaedia of Buddhist art, and has donated a copy to the University of Kent.

The last ‘Alumni Pub Night’ of the year!

Don’t miss out on the last Alumni Pub Night of the year in Canterbury!

A great chance to meet people studying at the University as well as those who have left and moved on to a range of different careers. November’s pub night will be a chance to meet our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars who are supported by the University’s charity, the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Speak to the scholars about their research, what it’s like to study a PhD or ask them anything you would like to know! There will be one free drink per attendee and a light buffet will be served. To receive your free drink please register here.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms pub in Canterbury from 18.00 – 20.00 on Tuesday 27 November. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions or would like to register via person please call 01227 816055 or email

Raffle prizes galore!

There’s a chill in the air which can only mean one thing – we’re getting closer to Christmas!

Kent Sport will be hosting a Christmas party at the Pavilion Café Bar on Friday 7 December and to spice the season up, we’ll be holding a raffle prize draw which is open to everyone whether you’re attending or not!

Our fantastic raffle prize draw* is now available for purchase with five chances to win for only £2/strip. The best part: they’re available for purchase online – easy!

Prizes include:

– Go Pro Hero 5

– Amazon Fire Sticks and tablets

– Hybrid Scott bicycle

– Gulbenkian pantomime Pinocchio tickets

– Tickets to Gillingham Executive Box

– Kent Cricket tickets

– Meal vouchers

– Kent Sport packages

Tickets are just £2 a strip and are open to everyone to purchase. Get your tickets at the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions or buy online. So club together to get those Christmas gifts sorted… or maybe just keep it for yourself!

*Proceeds from the evening go the Mike Wilkins Sports Scholarship Fund.

Raffle privacy policy and raffle terms and conditions can be found online.

Buy your raffle tickets here!

Medway Gives Back with Paper Hearts Project!

Calling all alumni, staff, students and friends in the Medway area!

The Paper Hearts Project attempts to break a Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami hearts and we are giving you the chance to be part of this achievement.

We will be joining other community groups in the area who have volunteered to build the display of the hearts in the Deep End at Medway this SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER from 10.00.

This event is part of our Kent Gives Back series which allows alumni and friends all over the world to work together for a local community cause and help people and projects that matter to them. This not only helps the community but also allows our alumni to network and get to know their fellow alumni.

Children, family and friends welcome. Register here or drop in on the day anytime until 14.00.

If you have any questions you can contact Naomi Fleet on 01227 816055 or at

CSHE Seminar Series

CSHE Research Seminar – Using multidimensional methods in higher education research:The case for critical discourse analysis

Colleagues are invited to the CSHE Seminar taking place on Thursday 22 November, from 13.00-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

The seminar, on using multidimensional methods in higher education research: The case for critical discourse analysis, will be presented by Dr Karen Smith, School of Education, University of Hertfordshire.

In this seminar, Dr Karen Smith will share her experiences of using critical discourse analysis (CDA) in higher education research. She will discuss her initial work, which focused on the textual analysis of policy documents. She will then go on to talk through how she developed her work following a literature review exploring how CDA was being used more broadly in higher education research. Karen will use research, published in HERD, which combined textual analysis of a policy text with in-depth interviews with policy-makers and policy users as an example to talk through the methodological choices she made. Karen will finish by sharing her ongoing collaborative research that combines methods from corpus linguistics with focus groups and interviews, reflecting on the challenges Karen and her co-author have faced in the writing up of this kind of research.

Please see abstract.

To confirm your attendance please complete the online booking form.


Postgraduate Open Event- 24 November

We are holding a Postgraduate Open Event on Saturday 24 November at Darwin College from 10am – 1pm.

The event will cover all Kent’s programmes offered at our locations in Canterbury, Medway, Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome and you will be able to:

  • find out about Kent’s £11m postgraduate scholarship fund and Research Council funding
  • discuss, on a one-to-one basis, your specific study needs and raise any questions you may have with academic staff
  • hear from the Dean of the Graduate School

To book your place go visit our postgraduate events page.

As well as this, we will be holding a workshop on designing a good research proposal or Master’s application. This will take place after the Postgraduate Open Event in Darwin Lecture Theatre 1 at 1.15pm where you will be able to consider what makes a successful proposal.

Find out how to maximise the impact of your work

The next meetings of The Kent Enterprise and Impact Network (KEIN) will take place on:

Wednesday, 21st November, 12:00 – 14:00, Keynes, KS14 – Canterbury Campus


Wednesday 28th November, 12:30pm – 14:00pm, G2-03 – Medway Campus

To book please email please email and specify any dietary or access requirements

KEIN, a network jointly created by Kent Innovation & Enterprise and Learning and Organisational Development, brings together staff interested in collaboration. Academics, researchers, technicians and other members of staff can explore innovation and enterprise activities, maximising the impact of their work, and alternative sources of funding, in an informal setting.

In these sessions we will we will hear from Dr Fernando Otero, School of Computing, sharing how a passion for data mining and knowledge discovery has led to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with a social networking start-up company. In Canterbury, we will hear from a KBS colleague, Dr Antonis Alexandridis, and his experience of delivering consultancy to banks across southern Europe. The talks will be followed with a Q+A on enterprise. The event will start with a networking lunch and all University staff are welcome to attend.

To reserve your place at the session, including a free light lunch, please email and specify any dietary or access requirements. You are welcome to turn up on the day without booking and feel free to bring your lunch with you.

Nostalgia podcast with Peter Moore

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 interview, Chris interviews Dr Peter Moore, Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies. Peter came to the University of Kent in 1971 and taught here for 40 years; he and Chris discuss everything from Ninian Smart and mindfulness, to Peggy Sue Got Married and where he was on campus when he heard that John Lennon had been shot.

Athena SWAN progressing together with Professional Services

Athena SWAN has expanded its reach and now included Professional Services staff in creating a better work environment for everyone. We want to invite all members of staff to join us: we need your input to make sure we focus on the right things that will make a difference.

Therefore we would like to invite you to ‘Athena SWAN Progressing together with Professional Services’ event at the Medway Campus.

Date: 28th of November

Time: 12:00 to 14:00

Location: M2-28


12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 Welcome from Anne-Marie Baker (Athena SWAN Project Manager)

12:45 – 13:30 Panel Discussion – Featuring a selection of our own PS staff

13:30 – 13:45 Wrap Up and Close

Find out more about the event and register here. Please circulate this invitation to your colleagues!

Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

If you have any questions please email:


Prospective students welcomed to Humanities at Kent Day

On Saturday 10th November, the School of European Culture & Languages welcomed over 70 prospective students and their families to Kent for an inspiring day of taster lectures and seminars. Held in conjunction with other schools in the Faculty of Humanities, prospective students were able to experience seminars in their chosen subjects, including a wide range of joint honours options within the School and across the Faculty.

Student Ambassadors from all subject areas within the School were on hand to welcome guests and speak with students and their parents. Staff from each subject area led discussions on a range of subjects including: “Should fiction be censored?”, “Visualising the Roman city”, “An Introduction to Mandarin”, “Language in the media”, and “Why French is (a bit) like Cockney”, amongst many others, giving visitors an insight into the expertise of academic staff and the areas of study that they might encounter on their chosen degree programme.

Parents were able to attend a question and answer session hosted by Director of Admissions Dr Heide Kunzelmann, covering important topics such as student support, accommodation and employability.

Attendees were welcomed by Head of School Professor Shane Weller, who said: ‘we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the School of European Culture and Languages today. Our Humanities at Kent Days are an important way in which we help applicants gather as much information as possible as they make important decisions about their future, and I was pleased to see so many prospective students taking advantage of the opportunity to visit us. We look forward to staying in touch and welcoming many of them to Kent in September next year.’