Category Archives: Medway Student

Online module registration (OMR) extended

Online Module Registration (OMR) EXTENDED to 12pm, Monday 26 March 2018

Don’t miss your opportunity to pick the modules you want to study next year

Extended to 12pm, Monday 26 March, if you’re a stage one or two student, you must choose the modules you want to study in 2018/19.

You will need to log into your SDS to submit your choices.

Guidance available here

OMR is not first come first served, but you must ensure that you have submitted your selections by Monday 26 March in order to give you the best opportunity to register for your preferred choice of module.

If you have any questions please contact us

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Richard Whitman

Professor Richard Whitman appointed to Research Excellence Framework sub-panel

Congratulations to Professor Richard Whitman, Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Global Europe Centre, on his appointment to Research Excellence Framework (REF) Sub-panel 19, Politics and International Studies, which has been announced by HEFCE today.

The full list of members of the sub-panel are available at the REF website.

This is excellent news for the School and in addition to the recognition of Professor Whitman as a leading scholar in the discipline, it represents an acknowledgement that Kent deserves a place within the REF evaluation process. This goal has been at the centre of the School’s REF Strategy since 2014 and is a testament to its enhanced external profile and the quality of research being conducted within the School.



Through the Lens Festival of Photography

School of Music and Fine Art MA student Steve Kilmartin has organized an exhibition called Through The Lens –  Festival of Photography, running from 31st August to 8th September.

Held at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings, East Sussex,  this magical festival is for any photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur or anyone who wants to see the world through a different lens. Offering a mix of world-class guest speakers, with new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside well-established photographers,  viewers can see contemporary photography and reportage all under one roof.

There is also an opportunity to submit photographic work – closing date for submissions is 1st July. Visit the festival website for more information.

Student exam accommodation

Exam accommodation now available at Liberty Quays

Do you commute to Medway Campus? Then why not consider staying in a University of Kent room at Liberty Quays for the duration of your exams. Reduce stress and have more time to concentrate on studying with no need to worry about missing an exam as a result of traffic, train strikes or other travel delays outside your control.

All rooms are single en-suite rooms in flats with other students also taking exams. You will be supplied with a duvet; pillow; bed linen and towels. Kitchens will have basic items supplied for you to prepare simple meals, or you can take advantage of our catered package.

Choose from a room only package available from £110.00 for four nights or our catered package available from £150.00 for four nights.

Rooms can now be booked online up to six weeks in advance. For further information please visit the event’s registration page  or contact:

wellbeing 2018

Tips to look after your mental health

Take care of yourself and get the most from life Mental health is about the way you think, feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs.

Here are 10 tips to help you take good care of your mental health…

1. Talk about your feelings: Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
2. Keep active: Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better.
3. Eat well: Food can have a long-lasting effect on your mental health. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well.
4. Drink sensibly: We often drink alcohol to change our mood but the effect is only temporary. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.
5. Keep in touch: Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life. They can make you feel included and cared for.
6. Ask for help: We all get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.
7. Take a break: A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. Just a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.
8. Do something you’re good at: Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Think about what you love doing, what activities you can lose yourself in, or what you loved doing in the past.
9. Accept who you are: Accept that you’re unique rather than wish you were more like someone else. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
10. Care for others: Caring for and helping others can make you feel needed, valued and boost your self-esteem. It also helps to put your own problems in perspective

For extra support and to take advantage of the services we have on offer at the University please see the following links:

Student Support and Wellbeing:
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Our Planet Week 2018

Our Planet Fortnight 2018

Our Planet Fortnight begins this week and runs until Thursday, 29 March. Organised by Kent Union’s Environment Officer, Miguel Santos, with the University’s Sustainability Team and Kent Union, this is a fortnight to raise awareness of environmental, ethical, and sustainable issues as well as to celebrate the work done on sustainability across the University.

With a variety of events taking place both at Canterbury and Medway, the fortnight showcases the University’s commitment to promoting sustainable behaviours to staff, students and the local community. Events range from a wildlife campus photography session to biodiversity nature walks, to name a few. There are lots of events for both staff and students to get involved in.

See our Facebook page (@UKCEnvironmentMiguel) for details of each event.

Our Planet Fortnight showcases the University’s dedication to sustainable policies and behaviours. Moreover, it illustrates that the University must be at the forefront of sustainable practices to be a role model for the local community and for other institutions across the UK. Join us in celebrating the University’s environmental commitment, and let us make a more sustainable Kent for the future.

Gala Ball 2018

University of Kent Gala Ball 2018

Staff, alumni, students, the local community and businesses are invited to join us for the University of Kent’s very first fundraising Gala Ball on the Canterbury campus this July, hosted by our Chancellor, Gavin Esler.

Watch the sun set over Canterbury from our beautiful marquee in the heart of the campus for an evening full of entertainment, all in support of the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Tickets are £65 per head, and guests will be seated on tables of 10, so we recommend that groups book together to ensure that they are seated together.

For more information, please visit:


Kerri Layton

SMFA graduate starts creative event consultancy

2011 BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design graduate, Kerri Layton, has started her own creative event consultancy, Kerri Kreates. Clients and previous partners include Alexandra Palace, A Different World Productions LTD, the BBC, Fuse Festival Medway, Lancaster BID, Kent County Council, The Arts Council, Body and Mind Festivals, Glade Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Eventspiration and The Hospital Club.

Whilst at Kent studying in the School of Music and Fine Art, Kerri won two awards from the Kent Enterprise Hub & Round One, forming a performance group and social enterprise arts company ‘FAF Arts’ touring the UK in the summer terms with her company and theatre productions. Always very active performing and organising events, she then went on to host session’s at Employability Week for the University of Kent, on ‘Making it Happen’ whilst working for her clients around the UK.

Kerri comments: ‘It was a practical degree that taught me the logistics of event management but fundamentally placed the importance on the creation and theatre of the event, of it’s core narrative. I made explorations into audience’s journeys using experience as a means of ritual and celebration. Communicating core themes and ideas via the medium of 3D, sensory and participatory experiences, later specialising in outdoor theatre. I enjoyed every second of this degree and it continues to inspire and inform me to this day.’

After graduating, the dynamic Kerri performed with the Banner Theatre Company as a guitarist and singer, went on to launch her solo music show, Lady Layton, which toured internationally, including Glastonbury, and was a headline act at many UK events and festivals, and now performs with her live band as a solo artist Miss Kerri Layton. Her new EP releases in March.

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Fine Art student shortlisted for a BAFTSS Award

Stephen Connolly, an artist filmmaker, Lecturer in Film Production, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Fine Art PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music and Fine Art (also a Kent 50 Scholar), has been shortlisted for a 2018 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Award, in the Moving Image category under Best Practice Research Portfolio for Machine Space. The results will be announced in April.

BAFTSS encourage best teaching and research practice, promoting the training of postgraduate students in research and giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

Connolly’s Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.  The film uses formal representational devices to explore this content, and addresses issues of complicity of audiences in the state of affairs in the city. It is a visualization of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, philosopher of space and urban life.

The film was shown at London Film Festival and Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.

You can read the LFF Review (in which it is described as “brilliant”) on MUBI.

Connolly’s work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history. His award winning single screen work which explores the interface between spectatorship, material culture and subjectivity, has been widely shown internationally since 2002. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London, and was a juror at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA) in 2011.

Image credit: Stephen Connolly