Category Archives: Medway Student


It’s 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote. The UK Parliament is celebrating this and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history and we want to be part of the festivities! Therefore it is time to arrange a tea party; EqualiTeas here at the University of Kent.

We want to invite you to debate and celebrate our equal right to vote. Just pop in for a cuppa and a chat with your colleagues across the campus!

Tuesday 26 June at Gulbenkian (15.00-17.00) Canterbury Campus

Thursday 28 June at Bistro No1 (15.00-17.00) Medway Campus

(Visit the Vote 100 pages to discover more).

If you have any questions please email:

Ruth Herbert

SMFA’s Dr Ruth Herbert a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective

Music Psychologist and performer, Dr Ruth Herbert, SMFA’s Lecturer in Contemporary and 20th Century Music Performance, has been invited to become a trustee of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Founded in 2007, the NYJC supports the creative & educational needs of the young jazz musician, focusing on small group improvisation within a pathway of progression from beginners to young professionals, supporting music education to increase the ability of 8 – 18 year -olds to play by ear in small groups: to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

Dr Herbert commented: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to be a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective. At a time when arts provision (including music) is being sidelined to the point of extinction in schools, the roles of organisations like NYJC are a lifeline & incredibly important in sustaining music provision. NYJC are doing an amazing job of reaching out- through regional workshops across the UK, through their Summer School, and other initiatives – eg inclusivity, particularly getting more young women into jazz. Simply giving young people the time and space to connect/experience/understand loads of different musics and have a good time!’

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Because I am - Nadia Perrotta

SMFA Fine Art Alumna Nadia Perrotta Artist in Residence Exhibition in Kent

Since September 2016, SMFA alumna Nadia Perrotta (BA, 2015,  and MA Fine Art, 2017) has been artist in residence at The Rabbit on The Moon Nursery in Sittingbourne, and there will be an exhibition showing the works the children created with her throughout the past year.

A children’s journey across self recognition and discovery of the world around them through the arts takes place on Saturday 23 June, 12.00-15.00, at Kemsley Community Centre, The Square, Ridham Ave, Kemsley, Sittingbourne.

Nadia is a film maker, visual artist, art writer and event organiser who works mostly with time based, installations, digital work, creative writing and performances. An experienced curator and art director, she was Project Leader for Wetlands Medway.  More info about Nadia here




Kent launches project that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the 26 June, the University of Kent Estates Department launches its new sustainability project: FutureProof.

FutureProof builds on the successes of Green Impact and Green15 and looks at how staff and students can help deliver a University of the future. By challenging each department to review their impacts against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FutureProof aims to inspire individuals, departments and the whole University community to take action in ensuring that our estate, our curriculum and our students are ready for the future.

The SDGs are 17 goals that outline the vision for a sustainable world by 2030. The 17 goals and underlying targets were created and signed by 193 countries at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. The goals seek to finish the job that was started by the Millennium Goals which ran from 2000 to 2015 and brought 850,000,000 people out of extreme poverty and yet saw carbon emissions increase by 9,850,000 kilotons.

In February the Vice-Chancellor signed the SDG Accord which commits the University to incorporate the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals into its operations and the teaching curriculum it delivers. FutureProof is the vehicle by which we seek to deliver this.

All departments across the University are eligible and encouraged to get involved with the project. To find out more please come and visit the Sustainability Team at the Estates Showcase in Darwin Conference Suite on the 26 June 10.00 – 15.00, or email


Castle Concerts 2018

From 10 July – 14 July, Medway will be hosting Castle Concerts 2018. Set in the beautiful grounds of Rochester Castle, this much-loved music extravaganza is one not to miss.

Featuring artists such as, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Jools Holland and his Rhythum and Blues Orchestra, UB40, Ronan Keating and The Australian Pink Floyd.

For more information and a full list of artists, visit Castle Concerts web pages.

Medway Print Festival co-organised by 2012 MA Fine Art alumnus Matt Bray

Matt Bray is a practising artist, freelance curator and arts consultant, who graduated in 2012 with an MA Fine Art at SMFA. He co-founded the Medway Print Festival, which is running until 24 June.  Now in its 3rd year, the festival celebrates printmaking and fine art in Medway, with over 40 events and activities to showcase some of the best printmaking being created today as well as highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium.

Read the interview with Matt about his time at Kent and since graduating here.


Fine Art students take part in Revolutions Festival at the University’s Paris centre

At the invitation of Peter Brown, director of the University of Kent Paris centre, SMFA Fine Art students recently spent a week in Paris taking part in the Revolutions festival held at the University Centre, which celebrates 50 years of protest and featuring a huge range of artwork and events.

The SMFA students from the remaining two undergraduate years and the final MA year worked collaboratively as a group together with students and staff at the Paris Centre to make and exhibit new work in response to theme and site. This has included a performance involving cheese and a derivé exploring the city around the centre.

Peter Brown commented:

“It has all been going exceptionally well. There was an excellent turn-out for the Menteur launch and Medway students did the event proud with their own ‘set’ that was very well received. Thank you for enhancing our activities with your excellent students! “

The students recorded their visit via Instagram.

Commented Year 2 BA Fine Art student Kevin Hadimadja:

“The Paris trip was an amazing and enjoyable experience! Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to present my artwork as well as surrounding myself with great people. It has opened my eyes in the sense of interaction and collaborative thinking into not just the art but the journey through it.”

It is planned to stage a return visit next year.

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SMFA students and alumni feature in international festival of moving image

On Saturday 2nd June, SMFA students featured in a large-scale, outdoor screening of artists’ films and video projected on the exterior wall of The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, facing the seafront. Presented by 51zero/voyager at Whitstable Biennale as part of the Decreation international festival of moving image and digital arts Touring Programme. The event ran from 21.30 – 23.30.

Many of the participating artists have taken part in international art Biennials, and were showcased alongside emerging talent selected from open calls and SMFA Fine Art students, including graduates Rose Sizer and Nicola Baxter, and Alfie Killick (Little-Blood) (3rd Year), Jordan Colbert (3rd Year), Constanza Marques Guedes (3rd Year), Olu Taiwo (MA)

Find out more here.

The Changing Face of Medicine

Discover the Changing Face of Medicine

Distinguished cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Tom Treasure will give a presentation on The Changing Face of Medicine on Monday 18 June.

The event is arranged by the Centre for Professional Practice and will explore how changing ideas in medicine shaped today’s healthcare. It takes place from 19.00-21.00 at Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF, and admission is free.

Professor Treasure is currently Honorary Professor of the Clinical Operations Research Unit at University College, London and has chaired, participated and advised numerous initiatives and organisations and was a Director of the British Heart Foundation between 1996 and 2001.

He has wide ranging interests in medicine in general and surgery in particular and, after more than two decades as a world-renowned expert cardiac surgery, broadened his scope to cover both heart and lungs.

His fascination with the history of medicine led him to rescue documents from parts of Guys Hospital which were scheduled for demolition in the course of its refurbishment in the 1990s. Among these were meticulously-kept records belonging to ‘The Heart Club’ a group of surgeons at Guys who pioneered heart surgery in 1940’s Britain. Inspired by this he wrote a book of the same name which detailed the bravery of surgeons who dared to challenge and overturn centuries of dogma using the evidence of treating injured WW2 service personnel to do so.


This free event is hosted by the University of Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice (CPP). The Centre’s part-time, flexible work-related programmes BA/BSc Top-up in Professional Practice or MA/MSc in Professional Practice and short courses have been specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to develop their academic ability while maintaining their professional role.

Dog Duvet

Moving out? How to clear your unwanted items

Bin Amnesty

From Monday 11 June to Friday 6 July 2018 a Bin Amnesty will begin in Canterbury, which will allow students moving out of properties in specific locations to place bin bags next to their household waste and recycling bins, and the waste contractor will collect during this four-week period. The Bin Amnesty will be in operation for the following roads:

Road Area Weekly Collection
Beaconsfield Road St Michaels Yes
Beecroft Close Hales Place Yes
Beverley Road Hales Place
Bicknor Close Hales Place
Bramshaw Road St Michaels Yes
Bristol Road Wincheap
Brockenhurst Close St Michaels
Brymore Road Northgate/ Sturry Road
Claremont Place Wincheap
College Road Barton Yes
Crossways Hales Place Yes
Downs Road Hales Place Yes
Durham Close Wincheap
Edgar Road Barton
Forty Acres Road St Michaels
Gordon Road Wincheap
Hales Drive Hales Place
Havelock Street Barton
Headcorn Drive Hales Place Yes
Honeywood Close Northgate/ Sturry Road
Kemsing Gardens Hales Place Yes
Lansdown Road Wincheap Yes
Lime Kiln Road Wincheap
Long Meadow Way Hales Place Yes
Lyndhurst Close St Michaels
Martyr’s Field Road Wincheap Yes
Monastery Street Barton
North Homes Road Barton Yes
Nursery Walk St Michaels Yes
Old Ruttington Lane Barton
Oxford Road Wincheap
Pretoria Road Barton
Regency Place Northgate Yes
Ringwood Close St Michaels Yes
Rushmead Close St Michaels Yes
Salisbury Road St Michaels Yes
Shaftesbury Road St Michaels
St Gregory’s Road Barton
St Martin’s Avenue Barton
St Martin’s Close Barton
St Martin’s Road Barton Yes
St Michaels Place St Michaels
St Michaels Road St Michaels
Starle Close Northgate/ Sturry Road
Sturry Road (to Parham Road) Northgate/ Sturry Road
Tenterden Drive Hales Place Yes
The Close, Downs Road Hales Place Yes
The Crescent Hales Place
The Terrace Hales Place
Tudor Road Wincheap
Tunstall Road Hales Place
Ulcombe Gardens Hales Place Yes
Uplands Hales Place
Westerham Close Hales Place
York Road Wincheap
Zealand Road Wincheap


Necessary Furniture

During the Bin Amnesty, from Monday 11 June to Friday 6 July 2018, the University will be working with Necessary Furniture, a local charity, to re-use and recycle as many unwanted household items as possible.

What they will collect:

Working electronic items such as microwaves, kettles, televisions, radios, computers and accessories. All kitchen items, such as cutlery, crockery and pans, and furniture that is in good condition, such as tables, chairs, bookshelves, desks, pictures and mirrors. They will also take clothes that are in good condition, books, curtains, sporting and gym equipment.

What they cannot collect:

Anything broken, torn or stained, any white goods that are dirty or smelly, sofas, upholstered couches or chairs, mattresses, chemicals, paint, degraded microwaves, old rugs, carpeting, health/beauty products and any recalled consumer items.

If you are unsure if an item can be donated please call Necessary Furniture on 01227 712680 or check their website at

Items will be collected over the four-week Bin Amnesty period as follows:


Area A: Wincheap Area B: Hales Place Area C: Barton Area D: St Michael’s
Bristol Road Beecroft Close Brymore Road Beaconsfield Road
Claremont Place Beverley Road College Road Bramshaw Road
Durham Close Bicknor Close Edgar Road Brockenhurst Close
Gordon Road Crossways Havelock Street Forty Acres Road
Lansdown Road Downs Road Honeywood Close Lyndhurst Close
Lime Kiln Road Hales Drive Monastery Street Nursery Walk
Martyrs’ Field Road Headcorn Drive North Holmes Road Ringwood Close
Oxford Road Kemsing Gardens Old Ruttington Lane Rushmead Close
Tudor Road Long Meadow Way Pretoria Road Salisbury Road
York Road Tenterden Drive Regency Place Shaftesbury Road
Zealand Road The Close, Downs Road St Gregory’s Road St Michael’s Place
The Crescent St Martin’s Avenue St Michael’s Road
The Terrace St Martin’s Close
Tunstall Road St Martin’s Road
Ulcombe Gardens Starle Close
Uplands Sturry Road (to Parham Road)
Westerham Close
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Items for collection should be put out first thing in the morning, but if you need to put something out the day before please leave until the evening. (Please ensure items do not obstruct the public footway.)

If the above collection dates are not compatible with your moving out date please contact Necessary Furniture on 01227 712680.

Give a Dog a Duvet Day

To prevent unwanted duvets from going to landfill or incineration, the University is supporting a number of local animal charities by donating unwanted duvets as beds for dogs, puppies, cats, kittens etc.

If you have a duvet you no longer need, and it’s clean and undamaged, please place in a clean carrier bag or bin bag and deliver to Eliot College reception. The University will then arrange for the duvets to be donated to local animal charities.

This initiative will operate throughout the summer term, from Tuesday 8 May to Friday 15 June 2018.