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Free Family Day at Gulbenkian | Sat 26 Oct

Join us for a FREE Family Day to celebrate the Platforma Festival exploring themes of home, identity and migration.

A series of pop-up performances, workshops, activities, film screenings and arts & crafts throughout the day which celebrate diversity and different cultures, with a particular focus on arts by, about and with refugee and migrant communities. Have fun and celebrate as a family, whilst also exploring themes of home, identity and migration.

Aimed at ages 4-11, but all the family are welcome. Rough times below and we will publish a full timetable nearer the time.

All the following events are free, but some are limited capacity and will run on a first come first served on the day:

Morning – Drumming & Gumboot Workshops

12.30 – 1.45pm Maya Youssef: The Seven Gates of Damascus  (limited capacity – first come first served)

Afternoon – Magic Wand Workshop

All day – Interactive Web Documentary: Ongoing Journeys

All day – Hello! Badge Swap Shop

2.30pm Short Films


11am – Family Film: Paddington (U) – the ultimate migrant and his adventures in London (Tix £3)

KPERN Communities of Practice Programme: Working in Partnership


The second session in the KPERN Communities of Practice Programme will be held on Wednesday 6th November 1-2pm.

Kasia Senyszyn, a School of Arts PhD student specialising in accessibility in theatre and a member of the KPERN (Kent Public Engagement with Research Network), has been working with Sun Pier House (SPH) in Medway, on the ‘Open Arts My Self’ project. The ‘Open Arts Project’ is specifically aimed at blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing people, young people and their families. The project aims to investigate the value of socially engaged practice, looking at improving well-being and engagement with those people at risk of social isolation.

Project artists from SPH will join Kasia to talk about how the collaboration came about and what it has involved, how it worked in practice, experiences of working across very different organisations, and lessons learned from the whole process. Anyone who is interested in working with Sun Pier House should come along.

Please email Research Impact & Public Engagement Manager Maddy at to book a space.


There are 3 further sessions in the Programme:

Session 3: External expert Jamie Gallagher: Evaluating Engagement

Half day workshop Wednesday 29th January 2020 (time to be confirmed)

Jamie Gallagher is an award winning and nationally recognised engagement professional and trainer, specialising in evaluation of the impact of engagement activity.  After an overview of the engagement with research landscape, Jamie will move on to evaluation: the what, why and how. Participants will be supported to work on their own engagement and evaluation plans during the workshop.


Session 4: Laura Thomas-Walters: Innovative methods of engaging the public with research

Monday 10th February 2020 1-2pm

Laura Thomas-Walters, a PhD student in Conservation Biology, commissioned her PhD quilt as a visual and tactile representation of the breadth of research undertaken at Kent. Laura worked with the Canterbury Quilters Society to produce the quilt, subsequently winning the Graduate School’s Postgraduate Community Experience Award. Laura will talk through the development of this innovative method of engagement, and where it will take her next.


Session 5: Dr Helen Brooks and Professor Mark Connelly: Gateways to the First World War – a plethora of engagement activity

Wednesday 4th March 2020 1-2pm

Between 2014 and 2019, Gateways to the First World War was funded by the AHRC to support public engagement with the centenary of the First World War. In this session Dr Helen Brooks, a Reader in Theatre and Cultural History, and Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern History, will reflect on their experiences of a diverse range of public engagement activities: from talks and workshops to performances and lecture-concerts. They will discuss the ways in which they worked with community groups both as advisors and in developing participatory researcher projects, and reflect on the challenges and possibilities of this kind of work.


Flight Path with Ash - Blue North Atlantic Airspace, Working Still, Shona Illingworth. With thanks to NATS.

Topologies of Air

Shona Illingworth, artist and Reader in Fine Art, has co-organised two upcoming events which form part of a forthcoming art installation entitled ‘Topologies of Air’.

‘Topologies of Air’ examines the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace. The work questions the terms by which airspace is currently understood, and invites us to look up and consider the air above their heads not as a void, free space, but as a multi-layered, complex cultural and legal space that is shared and personal, with a long history and rapidly-changing future. ‘Topologies of Air’ is commissioned and produced The Wapping Project and will be exhibited at Bahrain National Museum in 2020 before touring to The Power Plant, Toronto, in 2021.

The first event is Sky Forum, organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and The Wapping Project which will take place on Friday 11 October 2019 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The forum will bring together experts across history, culture, astronomy and space science in three panel discussions to explore the past, present and future relationship between people in the Arabian Gulf region and the sky as well as wider transformations of the composition, nature and use of airspace close to Earth and outer space beyond. The event will feature a conversation between Shona and Marta Michalowska, Artistic Director of The Wapping Project, which will also form an integral part of ‘Topologies of Air’.

The second event is The Airspace Tribunal, an international public forum established by Shona and Professor Nick Grief of Kent Law School, which will take place on Monday 14 October 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The tribunal is a hearing which invites representations from experts across a range of disciplines and lived experience to consider whether we need increased protection regarding the radical transformation of airspace. The hearing argues that the associated threats to human rights are not adequately addressed by the current legal framework, and also forms part of the installation.

The Airspace Tribunal’s inaugural hearing took place at Doughty Street Chambers, London in September 2018. Each hearing is being recorded and transcribed to form the drafting history of the proposed new human right.

Further information and tickets for Sky Forum can be found here, 

Further information and tickets for The Airspace Tribunal can be found here.


Kent Law Fair offers excellent networking opportunity for aspiring lawyers!

Kent’s annual Law Fair on Wednesday 30 October offers an excellent opportunity for law students and non-law students to network with leading local, national and international law firms.

The Fair, organised by members of Kent Student Law Society (KSLS), will be held from 1pm – 4pm in Eliot Hall on Kent’s Canterbury campus. 

Law firms attending this year include two Magic Circle firms – Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – together with:

  • Boys & Maughan Solicitors
  • Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  • Dentons
  • DGB Solicitors
  • F:LEX
  • Furley Page Solicitors
  • Girlings Solicitors
  • Hatten Wyatt
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • Judge & Priestly
  • Martin Tolhurst Solicitors
  • Mayer Brown
  • Outset
  • RPC
  • Thomson Snell & Passmore
  • Trowers and Hamlins

The Fair is open to all Kent students with an interest in pursuing a legal career. Anyone thinking of attending is encouraged to attend a preparatory talk in the preceding week from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 28 October in Eliot Lecture Theatre. At the preparatory talk, students will be given advice on how to maximise the opportunity to network and explore career options. 

Other organisations manning a stand at this year’s event include:

  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • BARBRI International
  • BPP Law School
  • Chambers Student
  • City Law School
  • Employability Points (Kent)
  • ICSA (The Chartered Governance Institute)
  • Kent Law Society
  • Kent Student Law Society
  • LawCareers.Net
  • Law Training Centre
  • TARGET Jobs
  • University of Law

Follow KSLS’s Facebook page for Law Fair news and updates.


Intellectual speed dating at Wimbledon Book Festival

Ben Hutchinson, Professor of European Literature in the Department of Modern Languages, is helping run an Intellectual Speed Dating event as part of this year’s Wimbledon Bookfest (3-13 October 2019).

The event celebrates the publication of the 600th in the ‘Very Short Introduction’ series, published by Oxford University Press.

The Very Short Introductions are a fabulous way to discover a new subject: high-level but digestible overviews written by experts in their field. The audience will be split into small groups who will move around the event, enjoying ten minutes with each author for a snappy introduction to their topic, plus time for questions. When the bell rings, you must move on! It’s speed dating – for ideas.

Ben, author of A Very Short Introduction to Comparative Literature, said: ‘Literary festivals represent an important opportunity for discussing questions of literature with the general public. ‘Intellectual speed dating’ is an ideal format for the Very Short Introduction series, emphasising as it does the virtues of brevity, concision, and wit. Less is more on first dates!’


Access tour

Accessibility Tours are back

An Accessibility Tour of Canterbury campus will take place on Monday 14 October starting at 13.00 from the Student Entrance of the Registry Building.

The aim of the tour is to identify areas which could be improved to provide greater accessibility for our staff and students.

This will be an external tour taking in the Gulbenkian, Library and Grimond building, before crossing over the road by the bank and following the path to the Sibson building and then onto the Sports Pavilion.

Our route back will take us past the Student hub, via Park Wood, coming out by the Sports Centre.

There’s no need to book or to let us know you are coming –  just turn up.

Forest Soundscape

Wellbeing: A Forest Soundscape

Escape into a tranquil forest on campus…

On Thursday 10 October, we will transform Colyer-Fergusson Hall into a calm sensory forestscape with audio and projections.

Come along for a free, drop-in meditative session with a natural forest soundscape accompanying projections of tranquil forest images in a dimly-lit environment. You are free to come and go as you wish at any time during the event.

Leave the chaos behind and step into calm; part of a series of university events for World Mental Health Day 2019.

Event details are available on the Music Matters blog.

walking netball

Walking Netball is back!

The University will be hosting a monthly walking netball session at the Canterbury Campus Sports Centre.

All sessions will take place on a Wednesday, from 10.00-11.00. The dates are:

  • Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019

All sessions are indoors at: University of Kent Sports Centre, Canterbury Campus, CT2 7NL.

The sessions are aimed at 55 year olds plus. No experience is necessary. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for indoor activity and don’t forget your water bottle!

A minimum of Kent Sport Community ‘Pay to Play’ Membership is required, with £4.50 per session (plus annual £5 membership fee). See website for all membership options.

Pay and display parking is available at the back of the Sports Centre (£2 parking fee can be refunded at reception).No need to book, just come along.

The sessions are an ideal opportunity to be active in a fun, enjoyable and social environment. You can see what is involved here. You can join us for some well-earned refreshments in the Sports Centre Café after the session.

For further information call 01227 816391 or email:

Funny Rabbit logo

October’s Funny Rabbit

Funny Rabbit, the comedy club created by Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts, returns this month in the Gulbenkian café on Friday 11 October 2019.

Funny Rabbit is Gulbenkian’s monthly comedy club – radical and exciting, but also warm and snuggly as a bunny rabbit. October’s line-up includes comedians Nathan Caton  and Mark Simmons.

Two students will be performing from the School of Arts: Lauren Carroll, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre this year, and Fauzia Boakye, who is in her third studying Drama and Theatre.

Tickets cost £5/7, with the event starting at 19.30. To book, please visit Gulbenkian website.

Volunteers wanted for Congregations November 2019

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

MEDWAY (Rochester Cathedral):
Wednesday 20 November (x2 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30

CANTERBURY (Canterbury Cathedral):
Friday 22 November (x3 ceremonies), 10.30, 14.30, 19.30

This is a special day for all of our graduating students, and a great opportunity to be involved in an important 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 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 wonderful week and is a great opportunity to see any students that you have supported graduate.

If you would like to get involved in November 2019 Congregations, we would be delighted to have you.

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