Category Archives: Medway Student

Step into 2019 with Kent Sport reduced student membership

Sport, fitness and recreation is back and starting the New Year off with a bang! What better way to get those New Year’s resolutions off on the right foot than with our recently reduced Kent Sport student membership.

Gold student membership is now £164 and Silver £140, for use until 31 August 2019. Student membership is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Canterbury campus.

Student membership offers a huge range of benefits including access to the fitness suite, to all fitness and dance classes and access to facilities for club training. Membership also includes free rental of bicycles from the Cycle Hub and discounts on fitness services. So whether you enjoy keeping fit in the gym, dancing at Zumba, playing badminton with friends, participating in competitive sports, or access to special events such as UV Sports Night, DJ in the Gym, Fitness Fest and Xercise Factor, there is lots to enjoy at Kent Sport.

Join us, make friends, get active and discover more! Buy your membership online or at the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions.

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Kent Union wants your feedback on Inclusive Learning Plans

Students can face many challenges while studying at University, particularly for those with a disability or ongoing condition that may impact on your learning.

One way in which support is provided is through Inclusive Learning Plans (ILPs), that can be implemented to support a student and help to make reasonable adjustments to assist with your learning.

Following a recent Disability History Month forum held by Kent Union Vice-President Welfare Omolade Adedapo with Kent Union Students with Disabilities Officer Lucy Doey, student trustee Lily Dedman and final year Student Philip Crooker, there were issues raised about how ILPs are working for students.

Kent Union wants to make sure Inclusive Learning Plans are meeting your expectations and providing you with the support you need to succeed here at Kent.

So let us know what works or what doesn’t work well, if you have had an ILP, or how you would like to see ILPs improved by taking two minutes to fill in Kent Union’s online feedback tool Digital Rep.

Post by Kent Union Vice-President Welfare Omolade Adedapo

Arriva January- December discounted bus ticket

Missed out on the Arriva discounted bus ticket at the start of the year? You have another opportunity to purchase the discounted bus ticket which is valid until 31 December 2019.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus all over Medway, Kent and East Sussex. This includes the 191 service which operates to and from Liberty Quays- Campus- Chatham- Isle of Grain, and stops on Pembroke campus and at Western Avenue and Dock Road for access to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The student annual ticket is £145 which works out at around 40p per day. The public price for this ticket costs £990!

To get access to these huge discounts you will need to enter the relevant promotional code. Once you have entered the code, the price will drop down from £990 to £145.

Learn more about the Arriva discounted tickets.

Margherita Laera contributes to Brexit Stage Left festival

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, is one of the researchers for the Brexit Stage Left festival, to be held at The Yard theatre, London, from 7 to 11 January 2019.

The festival will be a series staged readings of provocative and cutting-edge plays from across the EU. In a Europe that appears to be falling apart, these playwrights reflect in radical ways on the challenges we all face together.

From a mockumentary play about the rise of the far right to a medieval comedy considering the consequences of living an internet age, the festival will showcase the best of new European drama alongside events considering our relationship to Europe in a post-Brexit world.

The festival includes one British play, but the audience will be asked to guess which one. Is European theatre and British theatre as different as we think it is?

The festival will also include post-show discussions, and Margherita will be hosting a discussion on theatre translation for the shows on 8 January 2019.

The Yard is based in Hackney Wick, East London. Tickets for the event cost £5 or £7.50 for a double bill.

For more details, please see the event webpage.

Ben Thomas at the Italian Cultural Institute

 Ben Thomas, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, will take part in a discussion about Raphael at the Italian Cultural Institute at 7pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

‘On Raphael – Indagine su Raffaello #5’ will be chaired by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute.

Ben will participate alongside Deanna Petherbridge, artist, writer and curator, and Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the V&A. They will explore the practice of drawing through the work of Raphael, and its lasting impact on Western art over centuries up to contemporary practice.

Please contact the Italian Cultural Institute for more information about the event.

Free tickets available for student entrepreneurship conference

Free and discounted tickets are on offer to University of Kent students for a national entrepreneurship conference which will be held on the Canterbury campus in 2019.

The NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs) Student Enterprise Conference will feature than 60 inspiring speakers over the weekend of February 23-24.

With a theme of Change Makers, the conference will bring together students from across the UK to explore entrepreneurship through talks, practical workshops and networking opportunities.

Speakers announced so far include Robert Forkan, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Gandys. Robert founded the firm with his brother, Paul, after narrowly surviving the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, which killed their parents.

Also speaking is Jonas Huckestein, co-founder of Monzo Bank, a UK start-up which has no physical banks, instead using Android smartphone apps.

University of Kent alumnus, James Buckley-Thorp, founder of Rupert and Buckley, started his firm with around 600 pairs of socks produced in his dorm room, turning this from £40 into a £3-million company.

The conference is being hosted by Kent Business School in the stunning Sibson building but is open to all University students.

The event will take place between 23-24 February in the Sibson building from 10.00-1700

Email ASPIRE for details of free and discounted tickets, contact Rebecca Smith


Take part in brain training research at the University of Kent

We are recruiting participants aged 25-40 years old and 65-80 years old to take part in our Brain Training project!

We use questionnaires and computer tasks, plus eye-tracking and EEG (non-invasive brain recording), to find out whether cognitive and social abilities can be enhanced through training, and how these training effects might change at different ages.

As a thank-you for your time, you will receive £50 cash and reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses.

To find out more or sign up please email us at or visit our website.



New Medway College logo

Last month, the College Master’s office at Medway asked students and staff to vote for a Medway College logo and colours.

We are pleased to announce that a logo and colour have now been chosen. Based on the Medway Building, the logo incorporates the facade of the building with gold being the colour preference.

Thank you to all of you who voted. We look forward to sharing the logo on merchandise and branding material in the new year.

All students currently registered at the University, many staff and alumni belong to a college; students and staff based at Medway are members of Medway College.

Until now, Medway was the only one of the seven University of Kent colleges not to have its own college logo, colours and flag.


Wagon Stop canteen open during December and January

The Historic Dockyard Chatham might have closed to general visitors, but you’ll be pleased to hear the Wagon Stop is staying open for your lunch time necessities!

Open Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 14.00. What’s “the Wag” has launched a delivery service…. place your orders before 11.30 and they’ll deliver to your door or desk!

Full details can be found here.

Please carry on enjoying hearty, warming lunches from the Wagon Stop and Happy Christmas from everyone on the team