Category Archives: Medway Student

Margherita Laera on the myths of Europe

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, will be a guest speaker at the London venue Rich Mix as part of an event entitled ‘Europa – Myths of Europe’ on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

The event is part of a monthly free series of talks on Europe organised by the music, theatre and dance company Dash Arts.This session will ask what Europe is by looking at the mythologies associated with it. Starting from ancient, historical, and contemporary myths, the event will explore European identity and the role that theatre has played in forming it. Alongside an informal conversation, the evening will also feature exquisite music from Greek lyra and laouto duo Bonnendis.

The panel of speakers will also include author Timothy Garton Ash (Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford), dramaturg Katie Ebner-Landy, and Dash Arts artistic director Tim Supple.

The event is free to attend and begins at 7.30pm. For more details, please see the Rich Mix page.

Fireworks Night Display Offer

Kent County Cricket Club is offering University of Kent staff and students a special rate to attend their annual Fireworks Night. Taking place on Monday 5 November 2018, gates to The Spitfire Cricket Ground in Canterbury will open at 17.00. The evening offers a night of entertainment in addition to the fireworks display with live bands and a funfair from 17.30.

Enter the code ‘uni2018’ when buying tickets online in advance to receive the 25% discount making a single adult ticket only £6.

Visit the Kent Cricket website for more information.

Individual Writing Tutorials in CEWL

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is offering Individual Writing Tutorials to give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from CEWL. Advice will be given on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 30 minutes each and are free of charge.

Tutorials are available all year. To make an appointment, please email us at

Erasmus Staff Mobility Talk – Go Abroad Fortnight 2018

Come along and learn about the opportunities available for staff to undertake training at our partner universities across Europe on Friday 19th October between 11.00 -12..00 in KS4. There will also be a session running in Medway on Tuesday 23rd October between 14.00-15.00 in M1-22.

The University of Kent’s participation in the EU’s flagship mobility programme, Erasmus+, offers great opportunities to take part in professional development activities and we will be discussing this in more detail at our session running during Go Abroad Fortnight 2018.

For more information about Go Abroad Fortnight or Erasmus+ opportunities, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Beware of scams targeting international students

We have recently heard about a WeChat scam aimed at Chinese students, where the caller claimed to be from the Chinese Embassy and asked for bank details. You should never give a caller your bank details. Please read this warning from UKCISA about this particular scam.

If you receive an unexpected email, phone call or letter from someone claiming to be from the Home Office, be careful, as it may be a scam. The Home Office has issued new guidance on how to protect yourself from tricks and scams.

Some students have been tricked into paying large sums of money to fraudsters. If you think you might have been contacted by a fraudster, please contact Kent Union Advice Centre.

Oliver Double on Front Row

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts and Director of the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row last week, to attempt to answer why is the unfortunate mishap hilarious – so long as someone else is falling off the ladder?

Front Row is a magazine programme discussing the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

‘One of the oldest theories of why we laugh is that we laugh at the expense of somebody else,’ explains Olly, who features 2 minutes into the programme, ‘we can trace this back to Aristotle, who said “comedy is an imitation of men worse than average”. But that’s not really an adequate explanation, in the sense you do laugh at Laurel and Hardy falling over but at the same time they also inspire great affection.”

Olly was interviewed alongside Jonathan Sayer of Mischief Theatre, and stand-up comedienne Natalie Haynes.

The programme may be heard on the BBC’s website.

Dawn Bonfield MBE to deliver ‘Inclusive Engineering and Technology’ lecture

As part of its commitment to Employability and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, the School of Engineering and Digital Arts is delighted to announce that on Wednesday 17 October at 13.00 in Jennison Lecture Theatre, it will be welcoming Dawn Bonfield, MBE to the University of Kent for an inspirational lecture on Inclusive Engineering and Technology.

Inclusion in Engineering and Technology is a competence that allows engineers and technologists to ensure that their work is inclusive of and accessible to everybody.  It is a methodology to ensure that products and services have been designed with 360 degree visibility, and that the needs and requirements of all users – both now and in the future – have been considered. It takes into account traditionally under-represented groups, ensuring that data sets which have been used to inform design are complete and non-biased, and that these groups are represented in the design process, as well as considering the manufacturers, maintainers and users of the finished product or service.

Dawn Bonfield is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering at Aston University, and Founder & Director of Towards Vision, a Company which aims to work towards a vision of diversity and inclusion in engineering. She is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), and in 2018 is an Ambassador for the Year of Engineering.

To book your ticket for this event, please book via Eventrbite or alternatively, just turn up. All welcome.

Student Success Staff Seminars- booking now open!

We are delighted to announce that the Student Success Staff Seminars will be taking place throughout the year, both Medway and Canterbury Campuses. The purpose of these events is to update staff on the work of the project and allow colleagues from across the University to have input and exchange ideas. All staff are invited to attend so please do circulate this invitation to colleagues. It would be great to see as many of you as possible, feel free to bring along your lunch and thoughts!

For a full schedule and details of the seminars please visit the Student Success website.

The first seminar “Diversity Mark” will be delivered by colleagues from SECL, SSPSSR, SSES, and the Academic Liaison Service.

 This seminar will take place on:

 Monday 15 October 2018, Canterbury Campus, Templeman Seminar Room 2

Tuesday 16 October 2018, Medway Campus, Pilkington Building Room 127

 The Diversity Mark Pilot Project at the University of Kent is a point of commencement for considering the inclusive curriculum. It is a collaborative project between the Student Success Project, Library Services in Information Services, informed by a cross-disciplinary working group. In consultation with academics and students, we will develop a guide to reviewing reading lists, to demonstrate how people can engage in building and developing representative collections.

 To register attendance at this, or any of the other seminars published online please email through to

Mental Health event

World Mental Health Day awareness lecture with EDA

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is hosting an event on Wednesday October 10 to raise awareness of Mental Health.

The event is part of World Mental Health Day taking place on Wednesday and runs from 13.00 – 14.00pm in the Jennison Lecture theatre.

Paul Kinkaid of Selfless Leadership Ltd will be delivering the talk, focused on several key learning objectives are outlined below:

  • Introduction to mental health and wellbeing
  • How positive wellbeing enhances productivity and performance
  • Top tops for encouraging positive mental health
  • Signposting to resources for further reading and action

The event is free to attend for both staff and students. You can register online via the event page or just turn up on the day.

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A History of Black People in Kent – Gulbenkian Cinema

A special screening of  ‘Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Kent’, takes place at Gulbenkian Cinema on Monday 22,October at 19.00.

The short film tells the fascinating stories of some of Kent’s unsung Black heroes, and other notable Black people from, the 19th and 20th Century.

Commissioned by Medway African and Caribbean Association as part of its Black History Live project, the film  has been produced and directed by Helen Curston, Associate Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.

The film, which had a sold-out premier at Brook Theatre, Chatham in September, has been shortlisted for an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research in Film award.

Helen Curston, Producer and Director of the film, who is also a Senior lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts ( UCA) commented: ‘I am truly thrilled that Untold Stories has been shortlisted… The Black History Live project  is starting to get the recognition it deserves and this nomination recognises the important stories of some of the Black people in Kent and their contribution to the region.’

Winners will be presented with a trophy and prize fund for future projects at a ceremony at BAFTA in November.

The Gulbenkian showing at 19.00 will be followed by a post-film panel discussion. To book tickets and find out more, see Gulbenkian webpages.