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International Women’s Day 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, here are a range events taking place across our campuses to celebrate women and their achievements:

Friday 1 March

  • Songs of Freedom workshop with Sabina Desirt & Jessica Lauren – A singing workshop utilising on a song about political activism – 17-18.00, The Gulbenkian.
  •  The Jazz Sessions: Jessica Lauren’s Naga 5 – Composer and jazz keys player Jessica Lauren with a 5 piece ensemble for a special concert exploring female empowerment – 19.30, The Gulbenkian.
  • UKC Women’s Campaign present Pink Shirts – The Women’s Campaign are raising money for Coppafeel by selling pink t-shirts until 8 March. Get yours in Essentials!
  • Gender Equality Survey – the survey is open to women until 8 March 2019.
  • Get Talking –  If you don’t have anything planned for your area how about following the footsteps of the HR department and promote famous and influential woman and get the conversation flowing? Contact Equality & Diversity for your information pack.

Wednesday 6 March

  •  Wear Pink – All staff and students are invited to wear pink for charity.
  • ‘On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink’ – The Women’s Officer and the UniBoob Team present a IWD Vensday takeover at The Venue.

Thursday 7 March

  • Self Identity and Empowerment Painting Workshop: Female-identifying only painting workshop (from 18.00, location TBC). Register your interest and find out more from Yvonne Ayeni.

Friday 8 March

  • Uchenna Dance – The Head Wrap Diaries
  • Self-Identity and Empowerment Exhibition (time and location TBC)
  • Unravelling the mysteries of the menopause and the taboo! – Book via Staff Connect (search ‘menopause’) – 09.30-11.15, Rochester Board Room.
  • Athena SWAN ‘Balance for Better’  – International Women’s Day at Kent Q&A from 12-14.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3.
  • Inspiring International Women: Shown and Tell – 13-14.00 in UELT Seminar Room – Register your interest.
  • Funny Rabbit Comedy Club – An all-female line up of comedians for our regular comedy night. Featuring, Jayde Adams, Tanyalee Davis and Carrieann Redneck.
  • A Quiz Night Out – Kent RaG have teamed up with K-Bar, Woody’s, Origins, Mungo’s and Cargo to host a campus-wide charity pub quiz on Friday 8 March to commemorate International Women’s Day!

Sunday 10 March

  • This Girl Can Family Day – A day for all the family to celebrate women and girls and champion gender equality. Featuring clay-modelling workshops, films directed by and about girls/women, science workshops/demos, a disco and pop-up performances
  • F-rated films

Thursday 14 March

  • Kent Sport Q&A with Claudia Du Val, #1 ranked female MMA black belt. (More details to follow.)


In honour of International Women’s Day, Student Services, the Library and Kent Union have compiled a suggested reading list of titles that focus on female empowerment. Titles are classic and modern, fiction and non-fiction, sad and funny so there should be something there for everyone! Copies available of selected titles.


Train to teach English as a foreign language at Kent

CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an internationally recognised qualification, allowing you to teach English to adults in the UK and abroad. The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) runs an intensive CELTA training course starting on 17 June 2019.

At the end of the course you will have the chance to meet representatives from local language schools.

Find out more about CELTA and apply.

Jobshop Jobs Fair

Looking for part-time work whilst studying in Canterbury?

Looking for a summer job to keep you occupied during your vacation?

Don’t miss Jobshop’s flagship recruitment event held in Eliot Hall on Tuesday 12th March from 12pm – 3pm!

We are bringing lots of incredible student employers straight to you! There isn’t an easier way of finding employment!

Sponsoring the event is New Dawn Security Training Services (NDSTS)

Attendees include:

Affinity Trust

Careers & Employability Service


Churchill House Summer Centres

Concorde International



Employability Points

Explore Learning


Healthcare Direct Services

Ignite Solutions

Kent Innovation & Enterprise

Kent Hospitality

New Appointments Group

Nurse Plus

Plus Ed

Royal British Legion Industries


Smaller Earth

Stafford House


Symbol Connect

Teach First

The Challenge

The Gulbenkian

University of Kent Outreach



KTV Film Festival 2019

Five students from the School of Arts will have their own directorial features showcased at the forthcoming KTV Film Festival 2019, to be held in Gulbenkian cinema on Saturday 16 March.

The festival is organised by KTV, Kent Union’s television station, and is independent of any curricular film practice. The festival aims to showcase the outstanding talent from student filmmakers at Kent.

The films by School of Arts students include:

SECL student Dominic Taylor, who is studying on the BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and Philosophy, has also directed a contribution entitled Waiting for Certainty.

The filmmakers have dedicated weeks of their time to adhere to each of the key component of filmmaking, giving them the opportunity to use skills vital in the film industry and tell sophisticated stories. The festival aims to be a celebration of film, friends and fulfilment, as well as a chance to hear from our directors themselves and learn about their experiences on set. All are welcome to the festival, where from cast and crew, family and friends will be present.

Entrance to individual films costs £3; an all-day ticket costs £12, with an option of a VIP ticket including access to buffet lunch and glass of Prosecco or soft drink at £14.

For full details, please see the KTV Facebook page.

Kent Gives Back in Washington DC

At the start of this year our University of Kent in America Washington DC organised and took part in a Kent Gives Back project. 

Kent Gives Back is a community outreach project which gives alumni around the world the chance to come together by encouraging them to take part in a local community project such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or a food bank or helping tend to a garden (and much more). 

The DC chapter volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on 9 February and made chicken tinga tacos for the residents earlier this month! The house helps keep families together, by providing accommodation near specialist children’s hospitals. It gives them a ‘home away from home’ where they can rest, cook and take time out.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to our alumni volunteers in Washington DC and would encourage others to take part where they are!

Find out more about other projects we have taken part in.

If you would like to bring alumni in your area (wherever that may be!) to take part in a Kent Gives Back volunteer project together please email or direct message us!

#KentGivesBack #UniKentAlumni

Short stay accommodation available now in Eliot College.

Do you commute to Canterbury Campus and have an exam you don’t want to be late for? Then why not consider staying on campus in Eliot College. Reduce stress and have more time to concentrate on studying with no need to worry about driving home late at night or missing an exam because of traffic, train strikes or other travel delays outside your control.

Living in a corridor of up to eight other short stay students, all rooms are self-catered singles with bedding and towels provided. Rooms are £20 a night with a minimum of a two night stay required to book.

You can find out more or book online.

While short-stay accommodation in Eliot College is only available for Kent students, don’t forget that we also have year-round visitor accommodation available in Wedgewood Court in Darwin Houses and Beverley Farmhouse next to Canterbury Innovation Centre. Ideal for when you have friends or family visiting who want to stay on campus for the duration of their visit.

If you have any questions please email:

Conference Office summer casual vacancy

Would you like to join Kent Hospitality’s Bed & Breakfast reservations team from April to mid-September 2019?

Applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional levels of administration, customer service, confident telephone manner, computing skills and the ability to work calmly and accurately under pressure, both alone and as part of a team.

You will be required to work:

• 1 April – 17 May, 9am-2pm, Monday to Friday

• Sunday 14 and 28 April, 8am-4pm

• 20 May – 14 June, 8.30am-1.30pm, Monday to Friday

• 17 June – 8 September, 8am-1.30pm, Monday to Friday

• Alternative Saturday or Sunday, 8am-4pm

If you think this summer vacancy is for you, please apply by emailing your CV and a cover letter to Louisa Harvey, Senior Events Coordinator:

Closing date for applications: 8 March 2019.

(Please note, this may close early if we receive a large number of applications.)

Parents Competition!

Are you a parent at Kent?

Join Parents at Kent in showing that there are many of us, that we are in every department and school, and we are proud of our little ones and their achievements.

Our research has shown that parents often feel that they need to hide that they have children, or that it is frowned upon to be a parent in academia and professional services.

Ask your child (any age) to make a picture or piece of art that shows their parent at work. All submissions will be displayed at the Athena SWAN lunch on International Women’s Day, 8th of March. Winners will be commended with gold stars (!).

Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity and panache.

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2019

Send to the Athena SWAN team via internal mail: Darwin College P1.01, or send electronic submission to our email:

International Women’s Day Festival at Gulbenkian

Marking International Women’s Day weekend, join us for a celebration of women through music, theatre, comedy and dance at Gulbenkian from Fri 1 – Sun 10 Mar 2019.

The festival gets underway on Fri 1 Mar (19.30) with The Jazz Sessions: Jessica Lauren’s Naga 5, featuring Josephine Davies on Windwards. In association with POW! Festival, celebrated Jazz composer and keyboard player Jessica Lauren will be joined by a five-piece ensemble for a special concert exploring female empowerment. Tickets £12 / Concessions £10.

On Fri 8 Mar (19.30), The Head Wrap Diaries transforms the theatre into a South London hair-salon called BE U Tiful, giving the audience front row seats to watch, interact with and become immersed in a journey from childhood to the present day. Tickets £13-£5.

We have not one, not two, but THREE excellent star acts, in the form of Wendy Wason, Tanyalee Davis and Carrieann Redneck in Funny Rabbit Comedy Club – International Women’s Day Special on Thu 7 Mar, 20.00. Plus guest acts and all kinds of horseplay and tomfoolery from your host and compere Oliver Double. Tickets £7-£5.

Join us for a family day of dancing, music, talks, workshops and visual arts which celebrate women and equal rights in This Girl Can Family Day on Sun 10 Mar, 11-16.00. All ages and genders are welcome.

Family Day Ticket £5pp or This Girl Can Family Day & Movie Package £6pp : Includes £5 ticket to This Girl Can Family Day + at least one £1 offer ticket to family film screening of Moana (10.30am), Brave (13.30) and/or Wonder Woman (16.00) on Sun 10 March.

New Keynes College Sustainability Scholar

Jane Zhuk, a stage 1 Biochemistry student in the School of Biosciences has won the Keynes College Sustainability scholarship which was  specially created to celebrate Keynes College’s 50th anniversary and mark its taking part in FutureProof, Kent’s response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our commitment to the SDG Education Accord.

The scholarship is one of several Community Scholarships offered by the University’s Student Services‘ team and aimed at students who are interested in providing opportunities within the local and campus communities. The scholarship offers the recipient financial support, advice and project management support, and the opportunity to develop personal and employability skills.

Jane will be working on a number of exciting projects, including a new herb garden in Keynes College and a Sustainability week organised in collaboration with Keynes College Student Committee. Jane is keen to hear about any students and members of staff who would want to know more about these projects,  would like to be involved or have any ideas they would want to put forward and discuss. Jane can be contacted at the following email: 

Jane will also be posting updates on her projects on the University sustainability blog.

Another opportunity to make contact with  Jane will be at the upcoming ‘Teaching Sustainability: Sustainable Teaching’ conference, taking place in Keynes on Friday 1 March.  The event is free to attend including refreshments, a showcase sustainable lunch and drinks reception at the end of the day (more information and links to registration can be found here)​.