Category Archives: Medway Student

Pint of Science Festival

Share your research at a Pint of Science event

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.

A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.

Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to  double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.

We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.

If you are interested, please email with the following details by 23.59 on Sunday 14 January 2018:

  1. Your name and school
  2. A summary of your research (max 100 words)
  3. Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
  4. A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).

Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: and

The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.

Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at


Exams 2018 – Coming soon!

It’s time to start thinking about your exams.

Get prepared by looking at our webpages.

Please see below up-coming deadlines and dates for your diary.

Religious Observance Requests –            Deadline for submission Tuesday 6 February (17.00). Contact us . See link for more information.

Personal Timetable Release –               Approx 2 weeks before the end of spring term. Follow us on Twitter for the first timetable announcement @UniKent_CSAO 

Complete Inclusive Learning Plan –         Deadline for confirming an Inclusive Learning Plan with Student Support & Wellbeing (if applicable) for arrangements to be in place for the exam period.

Examinations Start –                                       Tuesday 8 May

Examinations End –                                         Friday 15 June

Note Saturdays are included in the examination timetable

Contact us



Twitter:  @UniKent_CSAO

Stagecoach winter vacation bus timetable

Buses serving the University of Kent will run a winter vacation timetable from 17 December 2017 to 13 January 2018.

Uni1 – special timetable.

Uni2 – special timetable between 18 December and 31 December only (no Uni2 buses will run between 1 January and 13 January).

Route 4 – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Triangle – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Christmas Day – no buses.

Boxing Day – no buses.

New Year’s Day – no buses


You can pick up a physical copy of the winter vacation timetable from Security and Transport Centre, reception areas or Canterbury bus station. You can also view the winter vacation timetable in the poster panels at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.

Follow @StagecoachSE on Twitter for regular service updates, or view live bus times on the Stagecoach app for iPhone and android.

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Last few days of Travel Plan Survey 2017

The staff and student Travel Plan Survey 2017 closes on Friday 8 December 2017.

Don’t miss the chance to have your say and potentially win £100 cash card to use at the catering outlets on campus, or one of 100 hot drinks vouchers. Just enter your University of Kent email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize draw.

Let us know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. The data from the survey helps shape various reports including the University Travel Plans and the Movement and Transport Strategy which feeds into the Canterbury campus 50-year Masterplan.

This is your opportunity to let the Estates Department know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. Have your say on buses, cycling, parking, the Campus Shuttle and more.

The survey takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. There is also a “finish later” option if you need to return to complete the survey.

Kent App Challenge

Students compete in first app design challenge

This week the University hosted its very first App Challenge. Facilitated by Kent Innovation and Enterprise and the School of Engineering and Digital Art (EDA), the challenge saw teams of Kent students from across the different faculties spend six weeks developing their idea for a new mobile app concept.

Launched at the beginning October, the students worked in teams and as individuals to develop their concepts, all of which needed to solve an existing problem or issue. On 6 December seven teams arrived at Jennison Building, where EDA is based, to pitch their ideas to the judging panel. The panel was made up of Carole Barron, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, Dr Christos Efstratiou, Lecturer in in Ubiquitous Computing from EDA, Gary Robinson, Senior Commercialisation Manager for KIE, and Alice Heggie, Communications and Events Coordinator for KIE.

The seven teams presented a variety of different ideas, tackling a wide range of problems from finding the perfect gift to getting your ideal volunteer opportunity. The overall winner of the challenge was Kriss Bailey, who is currently studying with EDA and Biosciences, with his idea “Local Eye”. Local Eye takes the idea of Neighbourhood Watch and makes it digital, encouraging the community to look out for one another’s vehicles to prevent theft and help quickly reunite owners with their car or motorcycle should they be stolen. The idea has scope to ultimately be developed to cover more crimes such as bicycle theft, burglary, vandalism or assault.

The winner was presented with a trophy and a cash prize of £200. Additional teams will be shortlisted and given the opportunity to pitch their app concepts to current EDA Masters students to potentially prototype the app with a view to commercialising their idea.

Kent students launch £10k fundraising campaign for international exchange visit

A £10k fundraising campaign has been launched by Kent Law Clinic students to help meet costs for an international exchange visit by a law clinic in Sierra Leone.

The visit is the first in a new exchange programme with the Law Clinic at the University of Makeni (UniMak). Six students and two staff from UniMak will stay at Kent’s Canterbury campus for 10 days in January/February 2018 and it is hoped that a smaller number of students from Kent will then visit Sierra Leone in April 2018.

The visit to Kent will include trips to courts in Canterbury and London, a trip to the Houses of Parliament and meetings with local lawyers. There will also be a moot in the Wigoder Law Building’s purpose-built Moot Room on the University’s Canterbury campus.

The Makeni-Kent Project Exchange’s fundraising campaign will help meet the costs of air, train and bus travel, accommodation and an amount in respect of subsistence. The cost per student is around £1,500. Fundraising activities planned for 2018 include a pub quiz, a fun run and a gaming night at Mungo’s Bar and Bistro on campus. Contributions from sponsors/donors are warmly welcomed on the GoFundMe page.

A partnership with UniMak began with the law clinic in Makeni in 2014. Sierra Leone has a Common Law jurisdiction, based on that of the UK, with the two countries sharing similar legal procedure and also some case-law and statute. Kent students work under the supervision of Law Clinic solicitors to help with legal research for criminal cases being defended by students and volunteer lawyers in Sierra Leone.

The Makeni-Kent Project aims to enrich the legal education of law students in both countries with a shared determination to also deepen knowledge and understanding of each other’s cultures and legal systems.


Interested in information privacy?

SSPSSR PhD candidate, Hayley is conducting research about information privacy and invites anyone between the ages of 20-40, who uses social media and owns a smartphone to complete a short survey.

The survey will gather data on our attitudes and thoughts about sharing information  online through social media and transactions with organisations. All details will of course be anonymised and confidential.

For more information and to complete the survey.

All participants will be entered into a draw to win a £25 i-Tunes voucher – and will be helping Hayley towards her final thesis.

Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer School 2018

Kent University are pleased to hear that ACU has confirmed The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), one of its fantastic partner institutions, as the host of the 2018 Summer School. The theme of the event will focus on ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ and it will take place from 1 to 9 July 2018.

The 2018 Summer School will bring together 50 students from ACU member universities around the world for a week of expert lectures, field trips, networking, social events and group work.

Summer School bursaries will be available for students from ACU member universities, such as Kent, who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Applications are now open. To register your interest in the event in advance of applications opening, please email

The ACU Summer School has been running annually since 2011 and is hosted by a different ACU member institution every year. More information about past Summer Schools can be found on the ACU webpages.

2017 karate Scholar of the Year Jasmine Pomeroy

Kent Sport’s student sports membership offer 2018

Tick tock, your New Year’s resolution is just around the corner. The struggle is real and Kent Sport gets it.

So that’s why we’re offering an incredible opportunity to get an eight month Kent Sport membership for the price of seven – what a saving!

Available to buy from 11 December 2017 to 21 January 2018 for use until 31 August 2018, student memberships have been reduced to just £135 for Gold and £119 for Silver at Kent Sport. It’s the perfect gift for the holiday season.

Student membership offers a huge range of benefits including unlimited access to the fitness suite*, all fitness and dance classes and access to facilities for club training**. Membership also includes free rental of bicycles from the Cycle Hub where you can rent a range of bikes including road, mountain, hybrid and e-bikes for two, four or eight hours so you can get out and explore the campus + beyond.

Student membership is available to buy online, at the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions.

For more information about membership benefits and to purchase online, visit

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*Unlimited access to the fitness suite for Gold members only. **Club joining fees apply.