Category Archives: Medway Student

The Wagon Stop Canteen is Open During December & January

The Historic Dockyard Chatham might have closed general visitors but you’ll be pleased to hear the Wagon Stop is staying open for your lunch time necessities!

Open Mon – Fri: 10am – 2pm. What’s “the Wag” has launched a delivery service…. place your orders before 11:30am and they’ll deliver to your door or desk!

Full details can be found here.

Please carry on enjoying hearty, warming lunches from the Wagon Stop and Happy Christmas from everyone on the team

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.

Christmas shopping by bus (West Kent area)

Catch the Arriva Sapphire 700 bus to Bluewater Shopping Centre from Chatham rail station. Bluewater has over 300 shops, over 50 places to eat and even ice skating over the Christmas period! See the Arriva 700 bus timetable.

Take the 132 Arriva bus to Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre from Chatham rail station. Hempstead Valley has over 50 shops, restaurants and cafes, see the Arriva 132 bus timetable.

Don’t forget- if you already have the Arriva student or staff bus ticket, the above bus journeys are already included.

Follow @ArrivaKent on twitter for service updates or download the Arriva app to plan your journey and view live bus times.

Fine Art Interim Show 2018

Fine Art Interim Show: Mouthing Off

The University’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Mouthing Off, the Fine Art Interim Show 2018 at Sun Pier House, Chatham, Kent, featuring the work of 20 3rd year BA Fine Art students.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend. It opens with a preview on Friday 7 December (17.00-19.00). It is open to the public from 8 -11 December from 10.00-16.00 (apart from 12.00-16.00 on Sunday 9 December and closed on Monday 10 December).

Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions, our visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential contribution to society.

“Mouthing Off” offers the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes including works where the projected traces of finger tips touch and move across the surface of a mobile phone screen; net curtains blur the boundaries between public and private domains in an intimate exchange of light and movement of bodies; fragments of monuments from past leaders and dictators are strewn across the gallery and a dynamic exploration female space takes place through dance, body extensions and performance.

Apply now for full-time Law PhD scholarships at Kent

The Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research. Our vibrant research community is both supportive and intellectually stimulating. We host a broad range of interdisciplinary research centres and groups offering students many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. Our academic staff engage in a rich variety of research projects and collaborations that aim to make meaningful contributions to all aspects of life – including the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies.

Scholarships available for our PhD in Law and for our PhD in Socio-legal Studies include:

•       Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East (CHASE) – closing date for applications: Friday 11 January 2019

•       Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)- closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

•       Kent Law School Studentships – closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

•       Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships – closing date for applications: Sunday 20 January 2019

For those who intend to undertake an LLM by Research, Kent Law School invites applications for the:

Larry Grant Scholarship – closing date for applications: Friday 3 May 2019

More details, including how to apply, is available on the Kent Law School website or via Professor Rosemary Hunter and/or Dr Thanos Zartaloudis:

A half moon rising behind Canterbury Cathedral at night. Kent.

Last chance for student Cathedral Carol Service tickets

Admission to the University Carol Service is by free ticket only. The second and final distribution of tickets will be at 5.45pm in the Grimond Foyer on Tues 4 Dec. Please bring ID.

The event itself takes place in Canterbury Cathedral on the evening of Mon 10 Dec and will feature performances the University Chamber Choir and student Gospel Music singers. Much of it takes place in candle-light. There will be an appeal for Porchlight, a charity supporting homeless people in East Kent.

Wheelchair access and Sign Language (BSL) interpretation will be available at the event, reflecting the values of Disability History Month (but please notify us of any requirements).


pubTALK: Lies, Fake News and Statistics on 10 Dec

SSPSSR’s very own Dr Rob de Vries is giving a Q-Step ‘pubTALK’ on Monday 10 December at The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, followed by Christmas drinks.  Everyone is welcome!

Rob has recently published a new book, Critical Statistics: Seeing Beyond the Headlines and his talk, based on his findings, is called, ‘Lies, Fake News and Statistics’.

Browse your social media feed, turn on the TV, or open your news website of choice – chances are it won’t be long before you come across a story based on a statistic. Maybe it’s that ‘70% of married women have cheated on their partners’ (The Washington Post) or that ‘32,000 people in the US die from gun violence every year’ (tweet by US Senator Tammy Baldwin) or that ‘One in five British Muslims sympathise with Jihadis’ (The Sun).

The news is full of numbers for a good reason: numbers and statistics are vital to understanding what’s really going on in the world. But they can also be deceptive. In the wrong hands, they can easily end up giving us a distorted picture of reality. In this talk, Robert de Vries will show how understanding a few simple tricks and some basic statistical concepts can help us see the truth behind the numbers in the news.

Internationalisation Forum 2019

The Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning is pleased to invite you to the University’s annual Internationalisation Forum, which will take place at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses next term.

The Canterbury Forum will take place on Wednesday 23 January 2019 in the Darwin Conference Suites 1 and 2, from 09.30-12.30.

Our Medway Forum date will be confirmed very soon, together with links to sign up for either event.

The aim of these events is to provide an overview on the progress of the University’s internationalisation activity and to share good practice, linking to the Internationalisation Strategy.

The full programme will be published shortly.

All staff are invited to attend and there will be representation from the student body.

We very much look forward to seeing you at one of the events.

Successful Lawson Trust bid for Medway student bursarial support

The Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust generously agreed to grant the Medway Student Support Fund a sum of £5,000 at their board meeting on 8 November 2018.

The Trust was created in 1980 by Tonbridge-based property businessman, Raymond Lawson, and his wife Blanche, and supports a wide range of charitable causes from hospices to children’s charities in Kent and Sussex. The grant money will provide bursaries to support those students most in need of financial assistance at the three universities based at the Medway Campus.

James Devine

Kent graduate becomes Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Congratulations to James Devine, a graduate from our Professional Practice MSc, on becoming the Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, known as Medway Hospital.

James graduated in 2013 with the Master’s in Professional Practice and is very fond of his study time in Medway: ‘My employment prospects have improved vastly. Not just having a degree on my record, but the new skill set, confidence and proved competence are all benefits to studying this programme. This degree allows for greater insight, personal reflection and the time to challenge yourself to complete a unique degree programme. It lends itself to each student focusing on their own practice and actually improving it by taking the time to reflect on excising practice based on reality, as well as theory and literature.’

The Master’s in Professional Practice is one of a number of part-time, flexible, work-related programmes for working professionals offered by the Centre for Professional Practice. Its programmes and short courses including the Professional Practice MSc and Introduction to Masters-Level Study, have been specifically designed to meet the needs of those who wish to develop their academic ability while maintaining their professional role. Students may be eligible for loans for both undergraduate and postgraduate study (subject to eligibility criteria).

For more information about the Centre and its programmes, see the CPP webpages,  email  or telephone 01634 888929.