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2018 John Burton Lecture ‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’ – Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar

The School of Politics and International Relations and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) is delighted to invite you to the 2018 John Burton Lecture. Details on the speaker, date, times and venue can be found below.

This year’s speaker will be Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Department of Political Science, University of Montreal. Marie-Joelle has written widely on the dynamics of political violence, mediation and institution building after violence across a range of cases, including Lebanon and the Balkans. Marie-Joëlle has crossed over between academia and practitioner activity in peacebuilding efforts, and from 2013-2015 served as Senior Expert on Power Sharing on the Standby Team of Mediation Experts at the UN Department of Political Affairs. The title of Marie-Joëlle’s lecture is ‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’

Te details of this years John Burton Lecture are below:

‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’ – Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Thursday 15 November 2018 6.00 -7.30pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 (GLT2), University of Kent (drinks reception afterwards in Aphra Foyer).

All University staff and students and the general public are welcome to attend, no booking is necessary.

The lecture will be live streamed and can be watched by University staff and students (must have a University IT account) here.


Join Kent’s Former Staff Association!

The Former Staff Association (FSA) is open to anyone who wishes to keep in touch with former colleagues and to continue to enjoy their connection with the University following retirement or moving to another job. Spouses and partners are also welcome in their own right.

A Liaison Group, drawn from and elected by the membership, fosters links between members, manages the Association’s relationship with the University and co-ordinates the activities of the FSA. The Association is supported by the University’s Development Office.

The FSA organises a variety of social events and activities for former staff, including lectures, outings and a popular monthly catch-up lunch. The Association also works with the University on initiatives which aim to benefit former staff, current students and staff at the University as a whole. It also supports particular University fundraising projects.

If you would like to receive information about upcoming FSA events, please email

Volunteer for Medway Gives Back!

We are looking for Greenwich and Kent alumni, students and staff based in Medway or the surrounding areas to volunteer for the Paper Hearts Project on Saturday 17 November.

The Project:

The Paper Hearts Project aims to foster social unity and community inclusion through the shared goal of achieving a Guinness World Record of a display of 60,000 origami hearts. The heart reflects the research interests of the University of Kent, Medway, Sport Studies Society from which this project is led in terms of health and sport.

The hearts will be made from 7.5cm square origami paper and full instructions will be given. The folded hearts will be collected from groups in boxes by the 17 November, affixed to recycled cardboard backing tiles, then arranged on poster boards at the Student Hub on Medway Campus. The aim is to exhibit and finalise the record attempt on 24 November, to which participating organisations and the general public will be invited.

The project’s aim is raise awareness and funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, and The Molly MacLaren Foundation.

Our part:

We will be joining other community groups in the area to build the display of the hearts in the Deep End at Medway.

To take part all you need to do is register and then meet at The Deep End on the Medway campus, Gillingham, Chatham ME4 4GW at 9.45 on Saturday 17 November. Look out for the ‘Kent Gives Back’ lanyard so that you can find our Kent alumni taking part.

If you have any questions about taking part or would like to get back in touch with Kent please email Naomi at

Alumni Pub Night- meet our scholars!

Alumni Pub Nights, is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni, staff and students. The next pub night is on Tuesday 27 November at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury with our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars coming along to speak to thank alumni for their support and speak to current students about life as a PhD student. The last pub night before Christmas so be sure not to miss it!

Students welcome! Not to worry if you have no interest in further study you can still attend to meet other alumni in the area who work in a range of careers. A great networking opportunity plus…


As usual, it’s not just about the theme (Meet the Scholars!) feel free to come along if you would just like to catch up with fellow alumni in the Canterbury area. We’ll see you there from 18.00 to 20.00 on Tuesday 27 November at the Miller’s Arms pub in Canterbury.

For relevant updates check out the Facebook event page.

Engage the public with your research: KMTV and Kent Alumni

For all engagers!

 Interested in using KMTV as a platform for your research and to connect with our region? Want to know more about how to connect with our alumni as a potential audience for your research? Fancy a sandwich and a chat with others at Kent who are interested in public engagement with research?

 If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, come along to Keynes Seminar Room 4 at midday on Wednesday 31st October and talk with:

 ·  KMTV Development Officer Cordelia Mason: discover how to use KMTV as a tool for sharing Kent research and a platform for engagement

·  Alumni Relations and Supporter Engagement Manager Julia Baxter: opportunities to connect with our Alumni on Kent research

 Please email Maddy Bell at if you plan to come along. All are welcome but space (and more importantly sandwiches!) will be limited – please pass this to any colleagues you think may like to join us and ask them to get in touch.

This is the first in a new series of lunch sessions for sharing news and best practice, and providing information on how other departments can support offer support or resources for engagement with research practice. 


Doris Day Confidential

In the first of this term’s FilmBites talks Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Head of Film in the School of Arts, talks about Doris Day, her film roles and performances and explores the source of the enduring virgin myth which persists to this day.

Doris Day Confidential: Hollywood Sex and Stardom (2013)

Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald commented , ‘I’ve been fascinated by the clashes between the way Day is commonly remembered, her star persona, and her actual work in films. When I set out to write this book I wanted to work out why people always say “Doris Day always plays a virgin”. What does it mean to “play a virgin”? What is it in her roles or performances that makes the automatic response? In exploring these questions I found that very little the actor herself did accounted for this myth about her. I discovered instead that the movie magazines – cheap, colourful, numerous publications that swamped American news stands from 1911 to the early 1970s – were responsible for creating and eventually punishing Doris Day for the virgin myth.’

The FilmBites talks will showcase academic book publications by film lecturers at the University of Kent.

The talk will take place in the Templeman Library:

13:00 – 13:20 Thursday 11 October next to the DVD Collection in Block B, Ground Floor.

Kent graduate to reveal hidden archeology on university land

Fred Birkbeck, a 2018 graduate in Classical and Archaeological studies, will be revealing the results of his award winning dissertation consisting of a geophysical survey of the landscape surrounding the church of St Cosmus and St Damian in Blean.

Fred used geophysical survey techniques to confirm the existence of settlement activity in the seemingly empty fields to the east of the church whilst confirming the presence of a large long-forgotten medieval manor house and possible Roman villa in the adjacent field all land which is owned by the University of Kent.

Fred will be telling all during a fully illustrated public lecture at St Cosmus and St Damian Church, Tyler Hill Road, Blean, CT29HU on 5 October.  Entrance is free to all and refreshments will be provided.


FREE Language Express Meet the Tutor Event

Are you interested in learning a language? Would you like to find out more about the language learning opportunities available on campus?

 If the answer is yes, please come along to our Language Express Meet the Tutor event taking place in the Main Plaza (opposite the Essentials shop) on Wednesday 26th September from 12:00-14:00.

 Teachers from our Language Express programme and World Language modules will be ready to answer any questions you may have.

 The event is open to all and there is no need to book – just turn up on the day!

 Courses are available in a choice of 11 modern foreign languages at a number of different ability levels including Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

 For more information, please visit our website or email


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.