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The Student’s Union (Kent Union) Code of Practice

The Students’ Union (Kent Union) Code of Practice has been updated for 2018.

The Code of Practice governs the arrangements for Kent Union, including the rights of members, opting out of membership and other important information.

Kent Union is a registered charity and therefore subject to the restrictions placed on charities by the law.  Kent Union’s charitable objects are the advancement of education of students at the University of Kent for the public benefit by:

1) Promoting the interests and welfare of students at the University of Kent during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising students;

2) Being the recognised representative channel between students and the University of Kent and any other external bodies; and

3) Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its students.

If you have any questions about the updated Code of Practice, please contact councilsec-staff@kent.ac.uk.

Kent Student Awards Gala Dinner 2018

On Friday 1 June, Kent Union and the University celebrated outstanding co-curricular student achievement at the 2018 Kent Student Awards Gala Dinner.

Over 250 students were nominated in 11 categories, with the entire shortlist being congratulated for going above and beyond in a number of activities and initiatives that benefit others.

Student of the Year

The overall ‘Student of the Year’ award, chosen from the category winners, was presented to joint winners Lily Dedman and Valiant Dorian.

Lily won for her amazing work as Kent Union’s Women’s Officer and for organising a wide range of events, including the ‘Reclaim the Night March’ and International Women’s Week.

Valiant won for being a dedicated Kent Union LGBT+ Trans Officer, from helping with the University’s new trans policy to organising a variety of LGBT+ events, notably ‘Fit for LGBT+ Trans Swimming’.

Group of the Year

The Kent Islamic Society was awarded the additional honour of being named ‘Group of the Year’ by judges. This is for their work celebrating and supporting the diverse cultures at the University, fundraising for international charities and celebrating multiculturalism at the Cultural Food Fair.

Highly commended students

The following students were highly commended across multiple categories:

Read more about all the winners and runners-up here.

Canterbury Pride 2018 banner

Kent students, staff and alumni to march at Canterbury Pride – 9 June

The University has been a proud sponsor of Canterbury Pride for the last two years, and members of the LGBT+ Staff Network and student society have again joined forces to organise Kent’s representation in the parade on Saturday 9 June.

All colleagues and students are invited to join the group to fly the flag and show support for LGBTQIA people. To join the team please register online and bring your printed ticket to the event.  Guests, friends, partners, children etc are welcome. You will not be allowed entrance if you (and your guests) do not have your printed ticket.

The parade starts at 11.30 and you will need to be outside the Marlowe by 10.45 to register. Kent organisers will have a large banner (like the image above) so you should be able to spot them.

Contact the LGBT+ Staff Network  for more details. View the event on Facebook.

PS – don’t forget to check out the LGBT+ Staff Network’s exhibition on LGBTQIA role models and allies at the Templeman Gallery, which is on display until 6 July.

Andreas Malekos

Prestigious Inner Temple scholarship for Kent student

Kent Law student Andreas Malekos is one step closer to achieving his ambition of becoming a barrister after being awarded a prestigious scholarship of almost £20,000 by the Inner Temple.

The Inner Temple BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) Scholarship of £19,700 will help support Andreas during his year of vocational training. The BPTC is designed to equip Andreas with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competence to prepare for pupillage, the next stage in his professional training.

Andreas was interviewed at the Inner Temple, one of four Inns of Court that aspiring barristers are required to join, in March. After being taken to the Inn’s magnificent library, he was given half an hour to read an unreported case from a choice of three in his chosen area of law. He chose a criminal case involving psychoactive substances (legal highs), a topic he had studied in Public Law 2 the previous year.

He was then interviewed by a panel of four Inner Temple barristers, two of whom were Queen’s Counsel. Andreas said: ‘The panel members were incredibly charming and I immediately felt more at ease. I was first asked to analyse the case which I did by summarising the arguments made and the decision given. I was then asked for my opinion on the case – I criticised the judge for the lack of expert evidence referred to when reaching the decision that nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was not a medicinal substance.’

Andreas plans to begin his BPTC at City Law School in September. Although his main interests currently lie in both Criminal Law and Property Law, he says he is yet to come across an area of law that he doesn’t enjoy and will approach the BPTC with an open mind.

SMFA Fine Art students interviewed live on KMTV

School of Music and Fine Art students Olu Taiwo (MA Fine Art ) and Lynn Smith (BA Fine Art) were interviewed live on KMTV to talk about their 2018 degree shows.

Lynn Smith’s work explores nature and the spirit of place, investigating the landscape through sculpture, and using traditional craft within fine art.

Olu Taiwo’s work is concerned with memory – how we access and discard memories  – experienced through his immersive art.

The 2018 Degree Shows, which feature work from graduating students studying Fine Art and Event and Experience Design,  are open to the public every day from 10.00 to 17.00 until 26 May and are free to enter.

Find out more about the artists in the Fine Art Degree Show or book your ticket.

Blasphemy festival

Kent to host festival on Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression

The Department of Religious Studies will host the Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression Workshop and Festival over the weekend of 2 and 3 June.

The two-day event is open to students, staff and members of the public, and the programme is as follows:

2 June 2018

Performing Blasphemy – a panel session chaired by award-winning director Shakila Mann. Other panelists include Christa Harris (director of documentary Inside Pussy Riot) and feminist activist Inna Shevchenk.

Blasphemy, Colonialism and the Politics of ‘World Religions’ a panel session chaired by Yasmin Rehman from the End Violence Against Women Coalition and the Centre for Secular Space. Other panelists include writer and journalist Gita Sahgal and Professor Richard King from the Department of Religious Studies.

Sticks and Stones: Why Words Still Hurt – A talk by Maureen Freely from the University of Warwick.

Film screening: Stewart Lee’s 90s Comedian – A screening of Stewart Lee’s comedy performance 90s Comedian.

3 June 2018

Law, Blasphemy and Censorship – A panel session chaired by Professor Maria Drakopoulou of Kent Law School. Other panelists include Shakila Mann and Clara Connolly, lawyer and activist.

Speaking Out on Sexual Violence within Sikh Communities: An Interview with Gupreet Kaur Bhatti – Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is a British Sikh writer who writes for stage, screen and radio. Her play Behzti [Dishonour] was controversially cancelled by the Birmingham Rep after violent protests. Her most recent play is Elephant. She will be interviewed by Sukhwant Dhaliwal.

Blasphemy and Comedy – A discussion with comedians Daphna Baram, Giacinto Palmieri, Ravi Holy and Sameena Zehra, chaired by Dr Shaun May of the School of Arts.

Stand-Up Blasphemy – A comedy session in the Gulbenkian, performed by Daphna Baram, Giacinto Palmieri, Ravi Holy and Sameena Zehra.

Kent summer schools

2018 Summer Schools

The dynamic and exciting range of summer schools at the University of Kent are back this July.

The summer schools are for students or professionals looking to enhance their knowledge on a subject they are passionate about. With more than 50 institutions across 20 different countries to choose from, why not get a taste of the Go Abroad experience this year?

Martina Saiu, an International Business undergraduate, attended an Intensive German Language Summer School in Vienna and gave the following testimonial:

“I am really glad I was offered the possibility of attending the summer school. It was a wonderful experience, which helped me to improve my skills, widen my horizons and open my mind to new cultures and lifestyles.”

Attending a summer school overseas is a great way to experience another culture, gain a global perspective, enhance your studies and make friends from around the world. Don’t leave it too late to apply!

Hubert Dziedziczak

Peer recognition for placement student Hubert Dziedziczak

Hubert Dziedziczak, a Computer Science (Networks) with a Year in Industry student, has won the Employee of the Quarter award while on placement at the Wates Group. The award formally recognises individuals who perform tasks far beyond their job description in helping the company achieve its objectives. Nominations are made by colleagues, with the employee with the most votes announced at quarterly team briefings.

Hubert said: “It was great to be recognized by my colleagues for all my hard work, and to see that people understood that I’m trying my best to push my year in industry to its boundaries in order to learn as much as I can.”

Hubert is the fifth computing student from Kent to do a year in industry with The Wates Group and another student will be joining the group in the summer. The School of Computing sends more than 100 students on placements every year. The School has strong links with industry in Kent, nationally and internationally and has two dedicated placement officers who help students secure roles. The Industrial placement programme is available to all undergraduates and taught Master’s students in the School.

Hubert’s award follows the success of Jordan Norris, another Year in Industry student who won an employee award for going ‘above and beyond’ during his placement year.

Bank Holiday art

Kent Hospitality’s Bank Holiday Monday opening times

The following Kent Hospitality outlets are open on Monday 28 May 2018:

  • Dolche Vita – Brunch (08:00 – 14:00), Dinner (17:30 – 19:30)
  • CARGO (12:00 – 23:00)
  • K-Bar (12:00 – 23:00)

The following Kent Hospitality outlets are closed on Monday 28 May:

  • Origins
  • Sibson Café
  • Rutherford Dining Hall
  • Bag It
  • Mungo’s
  • Create
  • The Street Kitchen
  • Sports Café
  • Hut 8
  • No 1
  • The Galvanising Shop Café

Outlets will adhere to normal opening times on Saturday and Sunday. Please visit https://www.kent.ac.uk/catering/ for outlet opening time information.