Category Archives: Kent People

Ben Thomas at the Italian Cultural Institute

 Ben Thomas, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, will take part in a discussion about Raphael at the Italian Cultural Institute at 7pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

‘On Raphael – Indagine su Raffaello #5’ will be chaired by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute.

Ben will participate alongside Deanna Petherbridge, artist, writer and curator, and Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A. They will explore the practice of drawing through the work of Raphael, and its lasting impact on Western art over centuries up to contemporary practice.

Please contact the Italian Cultural Institute for more information about the event.

Festive Fun at Kent Sport

This holiday season, Kent Sport are providing a variety of events and activities to help get you in the festive spirit.

Friday 14 December – Save the date! You are invited to join us for free mince pies and mulled wine at the Pavilion Café Bar, so join in the festive fun! You can also enjoy some amazing live music with Christmas classics. The Blue Wave Trio will be singing at this event. The seasoned group will be singing songs from the American songbook with a sprinkling of Christmas spirit. Free event, open to all staff and students. 12pm to 2pm. 


Wednesday 12 December – Christmas fitness and dance classes, including Santa’s Spin, Jingle Bell Zumba and Silent Night Relaxation. Free for Gold and Silver members, usual Bronze member fee. For details see the poster. The current fitness and dance class timetable (through to 14 December) and the vacation fitness and dance class timetable (17 December to 11 January) are available here. For our other timetabled sport and fitness activities through to the end of this term see Active Kent.


Festive wellbeing – Worried about all the festive indulgences? Check out our membership options.


Christmas closure – Kent Sport will be closed on Friday 21 December through to Tuesday 1 January. All facilities will re-open on Wednesday 2 January. Look out for our next issue of Active Kent in the New Year with all the details of what’s on at Kent Sport for term 2.

Take part in brain training research at the University of Kent

We are recruiting participants aged 25-40 years old and 65-80 years old to take part in our Brain Training project!

We use questionnaires and computer tasks, plus eye-tracking and EEG (non-invasive brain recording), to find out whether cognitive and social abilities can be enhanced through training, and how these training effects might change at different ages.

As a thank-you for your time, you will receive £50 cash and reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses.

To find out more or sign up please email us at or visit our website.



Poet Lemn Sissay coming to Kent in January to share inspriational journey to success

Acclaimed international poet and writer Lemn Sissay MBE will share his inspirational journey to success, from early experiences in the social care system to becoming Chancellor of Manchester University, when he comes to Kent’s Canterbury campus in January.

Lemn has been invited to share his story with all students and staff at Kent as part of the Law School’s Student Success Project Inspirational Speaker Series. Topics Lemn will cover include diversity in the Arts, the social policies that support the care system and how he is using the Law to challenge the local authority in Wigan for its part in surrendering him to an unwanted long term foster placement.

The talk, from 5pm – 6pm on Thursday 24 January will be held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 and is free and open to all, but attendees are asked to register onIine in advance. It is hosted jointly by Kent Law School, the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and the School of Arts.

Kent Law School’s series of inspirational talks seeks to engage students (and staff), particularly those from BME backgrounds, by inviting speakers who model success in their spheres. Speakers share their tips for success and talk about how to overcome adversity to achieve one’s full potential.

‘Conserving Brazil’s mountain-top frogs’

The next monthly DICE talk will be held on 13th December and given by Dr Bela Barata, DICE, discussing ‘Conserving Brazil’s mountain-top frogs’. Bela will talk about her fieldwork experiences and her recently completed PhD research, which looked at the impacts of climate change on some of Brazil’s most endangered amphibian species.

December’s DICE event begins with mince pies and drinks from 17.00-18.00 in SAC Marlowe Foyer. The talk will follow in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2,  from 18.00-19.00 and is open to everyone in the community.

The series is also available on YouTube.

‘The Triple Challenge: Food, Climate and Forests’ talk by DICE

DICE  are continuing their monthly talks this evening given by Will Baldwin-Contello, Chief Advisor of Forests, WWF-UK. It is entitled ‘The Triple Challenge: Food, Climate and Forests’, and will discuss how we can restore nature, feed the world and avoid dangerous climate change – all very topical.

This evening’s talk will take place in Keynes Lecture Theatre 6 from 18.00-19.00 is open to everyone in the community.

The series is also available on Youtube. 


Stirling Lecture – Professor Tanya Luhrmann

This year’s Stirling Lecture will be delivered by renowned American psychologist and anthropologist, Professor Tanya Marie Luhrmann from Stanford University.  Her talk: ‘The Way We Think About Thinking Matters’.

Tanya Luhrmann’s work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the supernatural and the world of psychosis. Drawing on ethnographic research with evangelical Christians, Zoroastrians, and people who practice magic she considers how persons experience psychosis in the US, Accra and Chennai.  In this lecture she argues that how we think about our minds matters, and that different cultures and theologies experience mind and mental process in distinctive ways.

This event is free and open to all.  Please register your interest here.

Event details:

Tuesday 4th December 2018, 18:00 – 20:00, Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent, Canterbury

Further information can be found on the School of Anthropology and Conservation news and events page.

Library seminar: The Place of Art in the Practice and Study of Humanistic Buddhism

3 example pages from the Encyclopedia of Buddhist ArtA copy of the ‘Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art’ by Fo Guang Shan’s Monastery has been donated to the Templeman Library. To celebrate, the nuns will be running an open workshop to help you use the resource! You can book a place for free.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday 21st of November at 16:00 in D|G|01 (D Block, Ground Floor). It will be run by members of the Fo Guang Shan London study group and will cover:

  • the role of art and culture in the propagation of Buddhism
  • the ways in which Buddhist practices can be integrated into everyday life
  • how art and culture can aid communication between people of all walks of life, different nationalities and backgrounds

Fo Guang Shan is an international Buddhist organisation based in Taiwan but with branch temples around the world, including London and Manchester. It has strong links to the University of Kent and has collaborated on research and education activities with the School of Anthropology and Conservation and the Religious Studies Department. As part of its commitment to the promotion and preservation of culture, including the visual arts, the organisation has spent years compiling a twenty-volume encyclopaedia of Buddhist art, and has donated a copy to the University of Kent.

The last ‘Alumni Pub Night’ of the year!

Don’t miss out on the last Alumni Pub Night of the year in Canterbury!

A great chance to meet people studying at the University as well as those who have left and moved on to a range of different careers. November’s pub night will be a chance to meet our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars who are supported by the University’s charity, the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Speak to the scholars about their research, what it’s like to study a PhD or ask them anything you would like to know! There will be one free drink per attendee and a light buffet will be served. To receive your free drink please register here.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms pub in Canterbury from 18.00 – 20.00 on Tuesday 27 November. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions or would like to register via person please call 01227 816055 or email

Raffle prizes galore!

There’s a chill in the air which can only mean one thing – we’re getting closer to Christmas!

Kent Sport will be hosting a Christmas party at the Pavilion Café Bar on Friday 7 December and to spice the season up, we’ll be holding a raffle prize draw which is open to everyone whether you’re attending or not!

Our fantastic raffle prize draw* is now available for purchase with five chances to win for only £2/strip. The best part: they’re available for purchase online – easy!

Prizes include:

– Go Pro Hero 5

– Amazon Fire Sticks and tablets

– Hybrid Scott bicycle

– Gulbenkian pantomime Pinocchio tickets

– Tickets to Gillingham Executive Box

– Kent Cricket tickets

– Meal vouchers

– Kent Sport packages

Tickets are just £2 a strip and are open to everyone to purchase. Get your tickets at the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions or buy online. So club together to get those Christmas gifts sorted… or maybe just keep it for yourself!

*Proceeds from the evening go the Mike Wilkins Sports Scholarship Fund.

Raffle privacy policy and raffle terms and conditions can be found online.

Buy your raffle tickets here!