Category Archives: Kent People

Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps: SMFA graduating Fine Art students exhibit in London

Between 6th – 10th July, Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps, an exhibition by a group of graduating SMFA Fine Art students was on at Old Truman’s Brewery in Brick Lane, London, as part of Free Range – A season of Graduate Art & Design Exhibitions.

Established in 2001 to showcase the work of emerging creatives, thousands of students have exhibited at the shows, taking over Old Truman Brewery spaces each summer and connecting with a London audience. It aims to celebrate talent and provide a platform for UK artists beyond education. The show was extremely successful, with an amazing turn out.

SMFA Students featured were:

BA (Hon) Fine Art

Amanda Nsubuga, Alexandra Aldham, Ayesha Chouglay, Angel Obi and Rachael Willis

MA Fine Art

Deborah Abbott

About Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps:

There seems to be a growing precedent that in order to be recognised as a female artist you must limit your practice to being ‘feminist’. But why can’t a woman speak beyond her gender to gain recognition? We are a group of proud feminists who would like to share varying concerns beyond our genitalia (and possibly surrounding our genitalia- we would like the option). From, childhood imagination, to personal illness, we come together with uniquely different practices, to support each other as artists… who happen to be female.

More at  and Instagram at pay_gapsandthigh_gaps





Alumnus Simon Elliott media appearences

Dr Simon Elliott, alumnus and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has made a number of media appearances drawing upon his expertise from his recent book Septimius Severus in Scotland: The Northern Campaigns of the First Hammer of the Scots (Greenhill Books, 2018).

Simon features in the latest issue of Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology, dated July/August 2018, contributing an article entitled ‘The First “Hammer of the Scots”. Minerva is a bi-monthly magazine with a broad focus on all aspects of the ancient world.

In the article, Simon asks ‘how did Severus come to be in this far-flung place at the north-west edge of the Roman Empire – and what happened after he arrived?’ The article describes how Septimius Severus set about the brutal annihilation of the Caledonian people with his 50,000 strong Roman Army.

The issue of Minerva is out now, and stocked in newsagents across the UK. It is also available via subscription here:

Simon also featured in The Independent newspaper last week, interviewed about the discovery of a Roman ‘hand of God’ near Hadrian’s Wall.

The hand is made of bronze is associated with the God Jupiter, beloved by the Roman military, and is believe to have been deposited as part of a religious ritual to mark the completion of a military fort where a temple to Jupiter was built.

The decision to build a temple within a fort took place after the Severus campaign in Scotland. ‘It was almost certainly one of the most brutal military campaigns ever fought on British soil. It’s likely that future archaeological investigations over the coming years will reveal the full horror of this long-forgotten conflict,’ explains Simon in the article.

To read the full article, please see The Independent page here.


Kent Hospitality Housekeeping success at the annual BACHE Awards

Many congratulations are due to the Kent Hospitality Housekeeping department who won the ‘Cleaning Supervisor of the Year 2018’ Award at the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) Awards in May.

By recognising the importance of professional cleaning activities in higher education institutions, BACHE aims to standardise training for cleaning staff, improve cleaning standards, and professionalise the delivery of cleaning and associated services on campus. This year the BACHE awards were held during the annual conference at Aston University.

With only three nomination categories, the team were delighted that Amanda Intrieri, Housekeeping Supervisor in Park Wood won the ‘Cleaning Supervisor of the Year 2018’ award, recognising her efforts and professionalism in performing her role. Kent were also given honourable mentions in the two other categories; the ‘Best Practice Award 2018’, distinguishing teams who continually develop their procedures to enhance the delivery of cleaning services on campus, and the ‘Cleaning Operative of the Year 2018’ award for Hayley Dyer, who works in Eliot College.

Gary Sayles, Executive Housekeeping Manager at Kent Hospitality said: ‘We are thrilled at our success at the BACHE Awards. To be recognised by this national association for our team’s consistent hard work is fantastic, with special congratulations to Amanda Intrieri who won the award. We are proud to deliver a consistently high standard of service here at the University, and to be acknowledged in all three categories is particularly rewarding.’

SMFA Professor of Contemporary Music Tim Howle has new work premiered at the Art & Science Days Festival in France

Professor Tim Howle, SMFA Professor of Contemporary Music has a new acousmatic piece premiered on 27th June in Bourges, France at the Art & Science Days Festival. False Memory of Normandy (2018) was composed in collaboration with the poet J M Fox. Link here:

Professor Howle’s interests include developing composition, primarily sonic art, acoustic music and music for experimental video.  More here:

Additionally, Sarva Mangalam (2017), which was premiered at Electric Spring, at the University of Huddersfield earlier this year, is performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival on July 17th. It is also being shown at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), South Korea, 5-10th August. It is an audio-visual piece in collaboration with video maker Dr Nick Cope ( ) who currently holds an honorary position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.  At its premiere, the performance was supported with a paper: Avoidance Strategies relating the ideas in the piece to those of Brian Eno and Cornelius Cardew at Ambient@40 held at the same time.

Link to Sarva Mangalam:

Further, Professor Howle’s piece Phantom Ride (2014) composed with Dr Paul Dibley from Oxford Brookes University, will be performed at ICMC and at WOW- soundMIGRATION, Madrid in September. Link to Phantom Ride:

Sports Massage

Good news! The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic will be running a discount on sports massages throughout the month of July to help you get rid of those nagging injuries. Sports massages are being offered at £15 for 30 minutes – and that’s the same great price regardless of whether you’re a Kent Sport member or not.

To book an appointment, please visit the reception desk inside the fitness suite or call the clinic staff on 01227 824375 or email

Please note that due to the renovation of the flooring in the fitness suite to improve customer experience, all physiotherapy and sports massage appointments will take place in the first aid room until 28 July. Please check in at the Sports Centre main reception before your appointment and you will be directed to the first aid room.

To keep up to date with the latest events and offers, follow Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic on Facebook.

Join the Gulbenkian Advisory Board

Would you like to help transform lives through culture and creativity?

Gulbenkian is seeking new members for our Advisory Board, and we would love to have staff and students well represented.

As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are looking to strengthen our existing Board members’ knowledge, skills and expertise in a number of key areas by recruiting well-connected and experienced individuals.

We want to recruit board members from all backgrounds, ages and sections of the community.

These are opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of young people and be part of one of Kent’s most vibrant creative organisations.

To apply please send a CV and a brief covering letter (no more than 2 pages of A4) setting out why you’re interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Board and what you may be able to contribute, for the attention of: Oliver Carruthers, Director, Gulbenkian via email  or by post to Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB.

Download Advisory Board Recruitment Pack for more information.

Deadline for applications are on the 16th July 2018 at 5pm.


Julie Williams- Kent Hospitality’s June PRIDE Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the June Kent Hospitality PRIDE Award is Julie Williams, Turing College Domestic Assistant. The Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence Award recognized Julie’s caring personality while consistently providing additional support to residential students on the Canterbury campus.

An extract from one of Julie’s nomination reads: ‘…she has always made sure that I am OK even when I am anxious about exams and she will always give me the best advice […] When I fell very ill, and an ambulance was sent to me, Julie showed the paramedics where I was and a few days later she came around to see if I was OK’.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given in March, June, September/October and December with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a Pride pin badge.

It’s really easy to nominate a member of the Kent Hospitality team for a Pride Award. Just visit the Pride website and complete our online form. The closing date for the next Pride Award is Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 12 noon.

Well Done Julie!


Estates Groundsmen

Enjoy grass tennis at Kent Sport this summer

New grass tennis courts are now available to hire at the Pavilion thanks to the tireless work of University of Kent Groundsmen Lee Ballard and Derek Hockett. Kent Sport tennis coordinator Matthew Brears caught up with Lee and Derek to speak to them about their work.

What do you and your team do throughout the year?

Our main tasks are to maintain the sports facilities to the highest standard possible. this includes mowing the grass pitches and marking them out, and brushing the three artificial pitches we have on campus.

Derek and I really take pride in what we do and always want the people taking part in sports such as American football and now tennis to have the best experience.

How did you create these grass courts and what challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was the time and the weather. We lost two days of work due to rain and we had a Bank Holiday. so another work day was lost. We were really excited about the challenge of setting out grass court tennis, so once we were asked we set to the job straight away.

We mowed the area with our cricket pitch mower, which hadn’t been used for three years. Our first few cuts were at 15mm so that we didn’t take the grass too short too soon. Next, we measured for three courts and over-marked them. Rolling the court took four days, but when we had finished we were happy with the end results. We have now lowered the grass cut height to 10mm and it looks great.

How are you going to maintain the good quality playing surface throughout the summer?

The biggest maintenance job will be the mowing as I think we will have to do this every other day to keep the grass to a playable height. I’m sure as we get into the summer (hopefully a hot one!) we will also have to water the courts.

Is there anything you would like to do differently in the coming years to improve on what you have achieved this year?

Hopefully this really takes off and we can have a few extra courts next year!

The only job we couldn’t do this year was scarify the courts. If we do this next year it will take out the weeds and thatch that is in the ground. Removing this should help with the bounce of the ball and make the court quality better.

Matthew Brears, Tennis Coordinator and Head Coach, said: “The work that Derek and Lee have done in such a short space of time has been exemplary and I’m grateful for their efforts over the last three weeks, and of course the work they will put in over the summer. They have shown a glimpse of what we can achieve here at the University and I’m looking forward to working with them to provide a great grass court tennis offering for years to come.”

Sean Edwards, UKC Tennis Society President, said: “The new grass courts installed by Lee and Del are a huge step forward for UKC Tennis this year and have great potential for years to come. I’d like to thank them for their efforts as the courts are incredibly flat and have a bounce that nobody expected.”

The new grass tennis courts can be booked by Kent Sport members at the Pavilion reception. For more information about tennis and other activities visit the Kent Sport website and follow @UniKentSports on social media.




Kent Colleagues Connect Professional Speed Networking

Resounding success for the first-ever professional speed-networking event at Kent

The first-ever strictly professional speed-networking event at Kent was a great success, attracting more than 130 colleagues.

The networking events took place on 14 February across both the Medway and Canterbury campuses. The Kent Colleagues Connect organising team was delighted with the take-up and the diversity of participating colleagues, representing schools and central departments, academic and professional services staff.

Here are examples of the extremely positive feedback received immediately following the event:

‘What a really enjoyable as well as extremely useful event”,

“A very welcome event”,

“A great event!”

This new initiative is part to the 2018 Kent Colleagues Connect programme which offers a number of opportunities for colleagues at the University to get to know each other’s roles better through informal meetings.

The next event will be “Coffee with Colleagues”, which will open for registration next month and will allow participants to invite a colleague they do not know very well, or at all, to discuss each other’s roles over a complimentary cup of coffee (or tea!). Watch this space for information about when and how to take advantage of this offer!

Full details of future Kent Colleagues Connect events in 2018 check the programme calendar. If you would like to find out more about the scheme, please contact the programme team at


Voice recognition

Dr Angelos Lengeris to appear at Speech Science Forum

Dr Angelos Lengeris, Lecturer in Linguistics for the Department of English Language & Linguistics, will present at the Speech Science Forum at University College London (UCL) on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

His talk focuses on how ‘Auditory Training Improves Second-language Pronunciation in Spontaneous Speech’.

Computer-based auditory training has been found to improve the production of second-language vowels and consonants in isolated words, and words in scripted sentences. However, we do not know whether learning transfers to spontaneous speech. In his talk, Angelos will present the results of a study examining the effects of computer-based auditory training on Greek speakers’ production of English vowels in sentences and spontaneous speech.

Vowel production was assessed via an identification test with native English speakers and an acoustic analysis of vowel quality before and after training. Training significantly improved learners’ production of English vowels in sentence materials and in spontaneous speech, which demonstrates the ecological validity of the high-variability paradigm.

The talk will take place at UCL’s Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences department in London.