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KMTV goes live for 2019 General Election

A date that is sure to be printed on your mind is 12 December 2019 – General Election Day. Making history for a local television station is KMTV as they will be broadcasting live for twelve hours throughout the night.

Coverage will be from: 22:00 on Thursday 12 till10:00 on Friday 13 December.

Programme will appear on: Freeview channel 7, Virgin Media channel 159

Live stream on: KentOnline, and the KMTV App (available on Apple & Google Play stores)

Keeping you up to date with the outcome, the station will have reporters and student interns at all 11 counts across Kent, bringing live results of 17 different constituencies. From other locations KMTV will also include live cameras and on-screen reporters at four counts, giving live reactions and comments over the phone, on FaceTime or via Skype.

‘One of our core values is to bring more local democracy to Kent and there’s no better way to deliver that than by giving in-depth coverage of Kent’s results at December’s general election,’ says KMTV’s Editor-in-chief Andy Richards. ‘We’ve proven since we launched in 2017 that for a small channel we can produce quality news coverage with our young professional team. This will be no different and we believe we’ll be the first region to broadcast live on television through the night from various locations on a general election night.’

More than 40 students from the University of Kent will be involved, working alongside a team of twelve television professionals, as well as Kent Messenger reporters. ‘It’s such a unique opportunity for our students,’ says the Head of the Centre for Journalism Ian Reeves. ‘Some trainees get to help out on election coverage as runners or as an extra pair of hands, but our students will be directly involved in the coverage, many making live TV contributions. We’ve been training them intensely to prepare as multimedia reporters for the night’s events.’

Joining them on the night will be other students from across the university’s departments including Kent Business School, Politics and International Relations, School of Arts, Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

Look out for the special programme at 08.00 called ‘Paul On Politics: Election Breakfast’, hosted by KM & KMTV Political Editor Paul Francis. Paul will also be on the KMTV sofa at various points throughout the night, alongside presenters Louisa Britton and Keilan Webster, as well as political pundits from across the various parties, Kent businesses and institutions.

Tommy-Joe Brown

Beyond Cinema students organise topical screenings

Film students on the module FI624: Beyond Cinema have organised a series of film screenings with a difference this December.

Beyond Cinema considers the changing nature of where, when and how audiences engage with film and the moving image. As part of the module, students have organised screenings of classic films as an immersive experience and appropriate to the time of year.

The series opens with a 25th anniversary celebratory screening of Friends on Sunday 8 December at 7pm, including a Friends themed quiz, starting at 4pm in the Gulbenkian Cafe. Four episodes of the classic TV show will be screened, and tickets cost between £4 and £10. To book online please visit the Gulbenkian’s website.

On Monday 9 December there will be two screenings of Duncan Jones’ science-fiction drama Moon (2009) held in Jarman Studio 1. The screening will be an immersive experience, with an airlock walkway and the film will be show an astrodome. Seating will be on the floor, but there will be plenty of cushions to make it as comfortable as possible.  The screening has been organised by BA (Hons) in Film student Tommy-Joe Brown (pictured, building the walkway), and the event is held in partnership with School of Physical Sciences.

There are 16 tickets per screening and cost £3 each and may be booked by the Gulbenkian’ website.

To capitalise on the festival season, there will be a screening of the Christmas Rom Com Love Actually (dir. Richard Curtis 2003). As this is the season of goodwill, the event is held in support of the student-led charity initiatives Kent Marrow and Canterbury Homeless Outreach. Katie Head, also on the BA (Hons) in Film and who has organised the screening, said: ‘I wanted to do a charity fundraiser for Kent Marrow and Canterbury Homeless Outreach in particular, as although they are two charities that need help and support all year round, Christmas is a time that I believe they need it the most. I thought that Love Actually would be the perfect film to bring people together for a joyous evening and then also give them the opportunity to support these charities in any way they can.’

Tickets cost between £4 and £8.70, and may be purchased from the Gulbenkian.

The final film in the series is The Grinch (dirs. Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier 2018) which will be shown at a family-friendly screening at the Gulbenkian cinema, at 11am on Sunday 15 December. Tickets cost between £2.50 and £4, and may be purchased from the Gulbenkian’s website.

Gulbenkian open day

Free coffee and nibbles – it’s the Gulbenkian Open Day 2020

Back by popular demand all University staff are invited to a very special Gulbenkian open day on Friday 17 January from 11.00 to 14.00.

You can:

-Meet our team

-Find out what’s on in 2020 and learn about your staff discounts

-Hear about our £100,000 redevelopment of the Café/Foyer space

-Taste the best coffee on campus (oh yes it is!) and fresh food from our chefs

-Find out how you can hire our spaces, volunteer, or become more involved with your arts centre here on campus

-And much more!

We look forward to seeing you then.

Spice jars

DICE talk on wildlife trade – 12 December

‘Wildlife Trade on the New Silk Roads’ is the theme of the December DICE talk.

The talk will be  given by Dr Amy Hinsley, Postdoctorate Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) alumna. Amy will talk about her work looking at threats and opportunities from the global expansion of traditional Chinese medicine.

The talk takes place on Thursday 12 December, from 18.00-19.00, in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, Canterbury campus. It  is free to attend and everyone is welcome.


Medway Elf Day and afternoon tea, 6 Dec

Elf Day will take place on Friday 6 December at the Medway Campus to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Medway College would love to see as many students and staff in elfish wear as possible. It could be an elf t-shirt or even just an elf hat but please all join in with the festive fun (£2 donation for dressing up or down). On the day, please don your favourite festive gear and bring some cash to help spread some cheer for people affected by dementia.

Micky at the Medway Building reception will be selling raffle tickets to win a tasty elf cake (you can see a photo of the cake at reception). There may also be a cupcake or two for sale in the morning. All proceeds raised will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society.

Join us over in No1 Bistro from 15.00 for afternoon tea and the turning on of the festive lights on the tree. Take a break, play some games, chat with fellow students and staff and enjoy some nibbles. Register for your free afternoon tea by Monday 2 December.

Elf t-shirts are available from Primark, Tesco and Asda from £6, elf hats are available from The Works for just £2 (student discount available). There are also some fab outfits available on Amazon and eBay.

Thank you so much for joining us and we look forward to seeing everyone’s outfits!

Christmas tree

Keeping healthy over the Christmas holiday

For most people, preparations for Christmas are in full swing.

For many, there is much to look forward to: the family getting together, the giving and receiving presents, lots to eat and drink, a holiday getaway abroad, building memories and reflecting on Christmas Past.

For others, the upcoming festivities are a nightmare prospect: the family getting together, the giving and receiving presents, lots to eat and drink, a holiday getaway abroad, building memories and reflecting on Christmas Past!

Whatever your practices and beliefs about the upcoming mid-winter festivities, there are things you can do to help you manage through the period. Below are links to advice from a number of different organisations on what to do to keep healthy and well, in mind and body:

Reducing stress

Mental health



General wellbeing advice

Brenda Brunsdon, Occupational Health & Wellbeing Team Manager

Studio 3 Gallery

New Studio 3 exhibition: Derek’s Room

The Studio 3 Gallery at the School of Arts will be running a new exhibition, entitled Derek’s Room, from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 December 2019,  from 10.00 to 17.00.

Derek’s Room is the first juried open submission exhibition in Studio 3 Gallery, and aims to display the rich variety of creative practice blooming in Kent: from painting, sculpture, and photography, to performance, textile, poetry and digital media.The opening night of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 17.00, and will feature live performances.

This first presentation of Derek’s Room is organised by Dr Eleen M Deprez, Curator of Studio 3 Gallery; Callum Foad and Alice Richardson, currently studying MA History and Philosophy of Art; Yannis Grimm, currently studying BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre; Emily Harman, currently studying BA (Hons) Art History; Debbie Patterson, a Kent alumna; and Kostas Xanthopoulos, currently studying BA (Hons) Multimedia Technology and Design.

The artists whose work features in the exhibition include Kent students, staff and alumni as well as the general public. The artists are: Elaine Almond, Claire Anscomb, Georgiana Barcan, Chris Blunkell, Danny Burrows, Joseph Clarke, Peggy Eagle, Izichi Elenwo, Jonathan Fryer, Elena Hansen, Emily Harman, Melanie Jordan, Hannah Joy King, Daniel Loveday, Euphemia MacTavish, Lorrain Mailer, Joy C Martindale, Kate Matthews, Jane McCourt, Ines Mourato, Rémy Noë, Philip Ofe, Ian Palmer, Marina Panayiotou, Sandra Pearson, Nic Ramsden, Clare Ruddock-West, Corinne Smallman, Clare Smith, Sam Vale, Kristy Widdicombe, Emma Williams, Kostas Xanthopoulos, Jinhao Xie.

More information about Studio 3 Gallery can be found on the Gallery’s blog.


Musical notes

Chorus and Orchestra concert to explore musical legacy

The University Chorus and Orchestra join forces this Saturday (7 December) to explore the musical legacy of three great composers, in a programme including Haydn’s rousing ‘Te Deum’ and Beethoven’s effervescent First Symphony.

Two Music Scholarship pianists also join the performers for two of Brahms’ lyrical ‘Liebesliederwaltzer.’

Tickets for the performance are still available from the Gulbenkian Box Office; join them this Saturday night!



Kent Talks – Monday 9 December

After the success of the first event on 11 November, Miray Has and her team have organised the second event in the series, in collaboration with the University of Kent TED Society, which will take place on Monday 9th December, Sibson LT3, 18:00-19:30.

The speakers are:

 Libby Kane – The Case Against Detention Centres

Aya Raphael & Riwa Haider – Lebanese Revolution is Women

Nour Barham – What is home?

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with your friends all around campus, meet like-minded people and deepen your educational and social values.

Learn more about Kent Talks online or email Miray Has for more information or if you would like a presentation slot for one of the future events. 


Global Hangout

Global Hangout Christmas Special December 2019

All Kent students are invited to the upcoming Global Hangout Christmas Special which will be hosted at the Gulbenkian cafe on 10 December from 5 – 7pm.

There will be an interactive quiz to test student’s knowledge on holiday traditions across the world, as well as other games and activities such as decorating gingerbread people.

Come along for some Christmas cheer, food and networking fun. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be provided!

Book your place and encourage any friends to sign up and celebrate the end of Autumn term.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hosted by Kent’s Global Officers, c/o International Partnerships.

For more information, please visit Global Hangout page.