Category Archives: Kent People

Time is running out to submit your Pride Award nominations

The PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence) Award recognises members of Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given out four times a year with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and badge.

Nominations can be made by any member of University staff, students or visitors. Make your nomination online or alternatively you can pick up a paper form next to the red nomination boxes located in all Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets in Canterbury and Medway, as well College reception areas.

The closing date for submitting your nominations is before 12.00 pm on Wednesday 26 September.

Please make your nominations detailed, providing as much information as possible why the nominee is being put forward for a Pride 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).

Congratulations to March’s Pride Award winner – Dave Jordan, Health & Safety and Food Safety Advisor.

For further information or for guidance on submitting nominations please contact:

New Community Scholarships for students at Medway and Canterbury campuses

The Community Scholarships programme, previously known as Medway Community Scholarships, is now open to all students applicants registered at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, from all stages, disciplines and modes of study. Projects can be related to sport, arts, music, cultural or any other interest area.

The Community Scholarships programme aims to empower students to either deliver self-devised projects or collaborate on an existing project which engages with the local community, and develops the student experience. The hope is that the scholarship will give students the opportunity to demonstrate leadership, enthusiasm and organisational skills, whilst benefiting the community.

The Community Scholarships can support co-curricular projects that either stem from a students personal interest, a community organisation, or a University of Kent department.

What’s included in the scholarship?

  • £1,000 financial support to cover personal expenses and project running costs.
  • Advice, training and project management support from the Student Activities and Scholarships Officer in delivering your project.
  • Personal and employability skills development.
  • Employability points.
  • Access to additional project funding dependent on the nature and quality of the individual scholarship project.

If you are student interested to find out more, a community organisation or member of staff with a project in mind please contact: for further information visit the Student Life web page.

Professor Read co-organises International Conference in Turin

Professor Peter Read is co-organising an International Conference, Métamorphoses d’Apollinaire, this autumn at the University of Turin and the Museum of Modern Art, Turin. The conference, running on 22-23 October 2018, marks the centenary of the death of French war-poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) and will bring together speakers from France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The conference will also include the opening of an exhibition on Picasso and his circle at Turin’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and a professional performance of Apollinaire’s “surrealist drama” The Breasts of Tiresias, first published in 1918,  at Turin’s Teatro Stabile. Peter is co-organising the conference with Professor Franca Bruera (University of Turin) and Professor Laurence Campa (University of Paris X-Nanterre). The conference is co-sponsored by the Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent.

Lent by the National Gallery 1997

Peter Read and Picasso in Paris

Professor Peter Read is giving two public lectures at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to accompany the exhibition “Picasso Bleu et rose” (Picasso Blue and Pink), which will run from 18 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 and include 240 works of art. Peter’s first talk, on Picasso and the Circus, will be at 3pm on Saturday 13 October in the restored “fumoir”, or Smoking Room, of the museum, which is a former railway station and hotel, opened in 1900. Peter’s talk is part of the “Picasso Circus Weekend” taking place in the museum that Saturday and Sunday, with a big top in the nave of the building and performances by trapeze artists and an “extreme dance” company from New York.  Peter’s second talk, at 12 noon on Friday 2nd December, in the Musée d’Orsay’s lecture theatre, will be on representations of Paris in Picasso’s work during his early years in the city, from 1900 to 1906.

Peter Read has also contributed several texts to the catalogue of the Cubism exhibition opening at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on 17 October, and has contributed to a Dictionnaire du cubisme being published to accompany that exhibition.


In Conversation with Lord Adonis

Season four of In Conversation with Gavin Esler begins this autumn, with the first talk featuring Lord Adonis, live at the Gulbenkian on Thursday 20 September.

The special subject for this event is ‘Brexit – can it be overturned?’

The talk starts at 18.30 and tickets cost £5 (£4 for staff/students), and are available from the Gulbenkian Box Office.

Make sure to join the conversation beforehand; you can submit questions on Twitter using #GavinAsks or by email via

You can keep the conversation going on the night by joining a High Table dinner in Darwin Conference Suite after the talk for £35. Once you have booked tickets for the In Conversation, you will automatically be offered to join the dinner.

Money raised from the sale of tickets for the In Conversation will go towards the Kent Opportunity Fund. Find out more about the Fund here.

Autumn Short Course Programme at Tonbridge Centre

The Tonbridge Centre has launched its latest programmes of short courses. The programmes are  designed to provide study opportunities for personal interest or self-development, among like-minded people and without formal assessment. Courses include weekday and Saturday lectures, Study Days and weekly courses at Kent’s Tonbridge Centre and Medway Campus. Subjects include French Painting and Culture, Art and Politics, The Treaties of 1919-23, The Cambridge Spies, The Modern Commonwealth, the literature of Zola and Maupassant, and The Grand Tour.

Full details of the programnmes can be found by visiting and then follow the links to book online. General enquiries may be made by calling 01732 352316 or by email to .

Condolences for John Simmonds MBE

The University was very sorry to hear of the death of John Simmonds MBE, former Chair of the University Council.

John served as a member of the University Council for twelve years from 2002.  In 2006 he started his appointment as Deputy Chair of the Council/Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and from 2011 until 2014, John was Chair of Council.  John’s strong and wise leadership helped steer the University during that time and he also acted as an effective bridge between the University and the wider community in Canterbury and Kent, due to his involvement with and commitment to local government and education.

John was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List, for services to local government, and was also made a Doctor of the University in November 2014.  He was a long-serving Kent County Councillor, elected to the Kent County Council in 2001, and at the time of his death he had only just stepped down as Cabinet Member for Finance.

John Simmonds was a calm, friendly, approachable and supportive person, who was very generous in his service to the University and to his Council and University colleagues.  He will be much missed.

A Service of Thanksgiving in memory of John Simmonds will be held on Thursday 6 September at 1pm in All Saints Church, Whitstable (7 Church Street, CT5 1PG).  This will be followed by drinks and canapes at John’s home (43 Downs Avenue, Whitstable, CT5 1RR) for all who would like to raise a toast and share their memories of John.  A private cremation will have taken place earlier in the day attended by family members.

Family flowers only.  Donations in memory to the RNLI (quote supporter number 45996835).

For further information please contact Council Secretariat on 01227 823903 or

Nostalgia podcast with ‘Anthony Manning’

Dr Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, has just released a new episode of his podcast series on ‘Nostalgia’.

In the latest instalment, Chris interviews Dr Anthony Manning, Dean of Internationalisation at the University of Kent. In the interview, Anthony talks about his experience of growing up in a large family, but in a small town on the Isle of Man where his relatives ran a joke shop. We discuss the sense of community, based on old-fashioned values, which the shop elicited, and how its recent closure has resulted in a flood of nostalgia that he is considering channelling in new ways.

Anthony also talks about the culture shock of leaving the island in order to go to university in England, prompting a reflection on the nature of home and belonging, and we learn whether Anthony feels an attachment to any particular place. The concept of ‘neo-native Manx speakers’ is introduced, and Anthony discusses the benefits, based on personal experience, of understanding other people’s languages and cultures. Anthony grew up on an island with 80,000 people that had just one cinema.

We find out why he was into The Cure and The Smiths when he was at university, and also we hear about some of the challenges involved in ‘fitting in’. We discuss the grunge dimension of university in the early 1990s, and what led Anthony to protest marches during his undergraduate studies.

Finally, Anthony discusses why he doesn’t look back on the past with regrets, but has an urge to capture everything photographically, and we consider how and why photos are able to bring back more memories than we would otherwise be able to retain.

The podcast is available here.

Law School ranked amongst top 100 law schools worldwide in Shanghai Ranking

It’s the second consecutive year the Kent Law School has been featured in the prestigious global league table (published this week).  A total of 200 law schools are selected for the table based on the strength of their research publication output over a four-year period. Kent is one of only 12 UK law schools to be listed in the top 100.

Kent Law School has an excellent global reputation for law – it is ranked 50th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and are among the top 150 law schools in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

The Law School also has an international reputation for producing world-leading research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent Law School was ranked eighth in the UK for research intensity. Almost all (99%) of the School’s research was judged to be of international quality with 79% judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Kent is also a leading UK law school, ranked 13th in The Guardian University Guide 2019 for law, 14th in The Times Good University Guide 2018 and 18th in The Complete University Guide 2019.



Participants needed!

Researchers in the Psychology department are running a large-scale project looking at Social Communication Across the Lifespan; we are currently looking for our last few participants, particularly aged 26-49 years (the study has recruited participants aged 10-90+, and we have had a great response from these age groups, so are looking specifically for these ‘working age group’ participants).

The study involves two testing sessions of 2- 2.5 hours, where you would be asked to complete a series of computer-based tasks. You would be paid £30 cash, and we can schedule testing around your availability (including evenings and weekends).

Due to the nature of the tasks, participants must be native English-speakers, have normal vision (or correct-to-normal, e.g., with glasses or contact lenses), no learning disabilities, no current mental health diagnosis, and no diagnosis of autism, epilepsy, dementia, or history of stroke.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please email us at: and we will send you more information about taking part in this study!