Category Archives: Medway

David Chadwick reaches final of ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!’

Professor David Chadwick had the opportunity to prove himself as one of the most popular scientists in the UK in I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!. The Professor of Information Systems Security from the School of Computing reached the final three in his area of the competition after other scientists were voted out.

I’m a Scientist… is an online activity for school students to connect with scientists. It is an X Factor-style competition between scientists, where students are the judges. Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live chats. They can ask anything they want, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

David said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the competition and would encourage any of my colleagues to do the same. I took part in the relationship zone, which was primarily for psychologists but overlaps with my area of expertise in cyber security, eg, how do you know who you are really talking to over the Internet, via Facebook or other social media? The next event is happening in June and it’s a great way to interact with young people who are curious about the world around them.”

You can review David’s profile and see the questions and his answers at:

Scientists interested in taking part in future events can find out more at:

Dr Jason Nurse

Computer Science in the pub

Dr Jason Nurse will be taking his knowledge of online privacy to the pub as part of the national Pint of Science series of events.

He will be one of three speakers in the tech-themed event in The Good Intent in John Street, Rochester on Monday 20 May. The theme for the evening is the pros and cons of modern technology.

Jason’s talk specifically addresses concerns about online advertising.  Firms can launch targeted ad campaigns suited to what they believe we want, or to influence our beliefs in particular ways. To allow such targeting, organisations constantly explore new ways to gather information about us, often at the expense of our privacy. This spans traditional web tracking, smartphone apps and new technologies (e.g. smart-tech). In this talk, Jason will demystify how online advertising works, the tricks advertisers use to track users, and what the risks to us are. He will also provide some tools and tips you can use to protect yourself online.

For more information and tickets (which usually sell out quickly) go to the Pint of Science website.

Sweet FA show

Sweet FA – Fine Art Degree Show

The University ’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Sweet FA… the Fine Art Degree Show 2019; an exhibition of work by 20 exciting, emerging international artists, set in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

The exhibition opens with a Private View on Saturday May 18,  from 13.00-18.00 with, at 15.00, speeches from special guests; the acclaimed artist Bob & Roberta Smith, Victoria Pomery, director of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, and Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend. It is open to the public from Sunday 19 – Friday 24 May, from 10.00-17.00.  Please note the show is closed on Tuesday 21 May.

Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions by the University ’s Fine Art students, visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society, framed by the backdrop of The Historic Dockyard. The exhibition will offer the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes.

The catalogue for this year’s show is designed in collaboration with MA Curation students from the University of Kent’s School of Arts

The Degree Show Address:
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY

Entry for the private view is via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ car park on the East Road, and for the rest of the exhibition, via The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance.

More information on opening times and directions is available on The Historic Dockyard webpages.

Find out more about the event on SMFA Facebook: @unikentmfa, SMFA website or Fine art student Instagram.



Wicked - Women in creative event design

WICKED – Women in creative event design

This Event & Experience Design Showcase takes place from Saturday 18 May to Friday 24 May, in Studio 1, Engineering Workshop on Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Opening times are:

  • Saturday 18 May, 13.00 – 18.00
  • Sunday to Friday 19 May –  Friday 24 May , 10.00 – 17.00
    (NB closed on Tuesday 21 May)

The Showcase, WICKED, celebrates the work of current Event and Experience Design graduating students. As this is a special celebration of the undergraduate course, we will be celebrating the achievements of our alumni from the very start of the course. Thirteen years of ambition, aspiration, achievement and excellence within education and the events industry

Like their predecessors, these early career designers have continued to make work at the forefront of contemporary practice in the ever-expanding field of events.  They have embraced changes in technology, taken delight in manipulating and crafting materials and always prioritised the creation of a memorable experience for their audiences.


Kent Bunny

Kent Bunny gives back

This Easter, Kent Bunny will be delivering chocolate eggs to Medway hospital children’s ward. We are asking you to help us do this by donating eggs for us to deliver. You can do this by:

💻Going to our Amazon Wishlist and select one of our eggs to purchase.

This will be sent directly to us for Kent Bunny to deliver.

🏢 Or buying chocolate eggs and dropping them off to us on the Canterbury campus.

Come to Development Office, University of Kent

Room G17, Rutherford Annexe

Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX, UK

As the University mascot, Kent Bunny likes spreading cheer around the University and wider community and he would love your help to do this!

Owls display – Canterbury Nightline

A real life owl display on behalf of Canterbury Nightline returns to campus!

Owls are symbolic to the Nightline volunteers who stay up throughout the night to listen to any problems you may have.

When: Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 13.00-16.00.

Where: Senate Building, Canterbury campus (opposite main entrance to the Templeman Library).

This event is free to attend.

Coffee and Cake De-Stress Breaks – Medway campus

Medway Campus Chaplaincy is holding weekly ‘Coffee & Cake De-Stress Breaks’ for staff  during April – Stress Awareness Month.

The breaks will take place between 10.00 and 12.00 in Drill Hall Library – DA015 on the following days:

  • Friday 5 April
  • Monday 8 April
  • Tuesday 16 April
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Monday 29 April

All are welcome – sign up is not required but helpful for catering purposes.

Please tell your colleagues and plan to come along for ten minutes or two hours, as you are able.

Lynne Martin, Medway Campus Chaplain



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Learning and Teaching Networking – Board of Examiners training

The Learning & Teaching Network are running the following sessions:

Running an effective Board of Examiners (for Canterbury, Internal staff)

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 13:15-14:30

UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury

External Examining and Boards of Examiners at Kent (for Medway, Internal and External staff)

Wednesday 27 March 2019, 13:15 – 14:30

Lunch will be available from 13:00

Gillingham Building Room 412 (G4-12),Medway Campus

The sessions will give an overview of regulations and requirements relevant to Board of Examiner meetings. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions / procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

If you wish to attend one of the sessions please complete the online booking form:

Postgraduate study centre, Canterbury campus

New postgraduate study hub open at Canterbury

The Graduate School, Kent Union and Information Services are delighted to announce the opening of a new exclusive postgraduate study hub.

Located on the first floor of the Senate building, the new hub offers 39 PCs on large desks with adjustable chairs and plenty of room for laptops and books. There are also 8 small study rooms – 6 for individual study and 2 for more collaborative work.


  • 39 PCs
  • Desks with extra power points
  • A relaxed seating area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Printer
  • Kitchen with fridge and microwave
  • Wheelchair accessible – it is accessible for wheelchair users via a ramp at the main doors and a lift located in the foyer
  • Day lockers
  • Bespoke lighting
  • Private study rooms

For more information visit

The Graduate School would like to thank the following people and teams for their work and support:

  • Charlotte Ifill, Assistant Project Manager – Estates
  • James Thompson, IS Project Manager – Information Services
  • Estates
  • Stonepoint Construction
  • Jason Patrick, Simon Ruff and Peter Graham
  • Fran Williams and Julia Crompton
  • Tracey Davies
  • Rob Springett, Hakki Aganoglu, James Burr, Marc Greenhill-Jeffery, Sam Goodall, High Moxon and Luke Ranger
  • Kent Union
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GCDC Early Career Researcher Training School

Are you a PhD or Early Career Researcher working on cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries?

The GCRF Kent Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) and the GCRF COMPASS project have launched a’ call for applications’ for the first GCRF GCDC Early Career Researcher Training School, to be held on 2-6 July 2019 at the University of Kent. Its main objective is to offer an opportunity for further skills development and exchange of ideas for PhD and Postdoctoral Researchers working on capacity-building and political, economic, societal and environmental developments in ODA countries.

External participation, especially from ODA recipient countries, is strongly encouraged. Researchers from overseas institutions can apply for a bursary of a maximum of £1000 for travel and visa costs, and the application deadline has been extended to 25 March.

GCDC Summer Training School 2019 at a glance:

When: 2-6 July 2019

Where: The University of Kent, Canterbury

Theme: ‘Governance, resilience and order: Eurasia and beyond, under the pressure of global and regional change’

Application and travel bursary deadline: Monday, 25 March

Visit the GCDC webpage for more information and to apply:

Contact us:

The Training School is organised in tandem with a large GCRF Kent Conference ‘Building Resilience’ (1-2 July), which successful candidates are welcome to attend. An early draft programme of the ‘Building Resilience’ conference will be available soon here: