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Pint of Science Festival

Share your research at a Pint of Science event

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement event that takes place over three days in May each year. Last year some 450 events took place across 26 cities in the UK including Canterbury and Medway. More than 1,000 scientists took to the stage in bars and pubs, sharing their research with members of the public.

A Pint of Science provides a unique platform for researchers to present, discuss and explore their work with their local community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your research to inform, explore and interact with a live audience.

Call for expressions of interest
Following a successful inaugural Kent festival last year (three sold-out events!), the Kent Pint of Science Team is co-ordinating the University’s festival for 2018. We plan to  double the number of events to six adding Tonbridge to the line-up with Canterbury, and Medway.

We’ve already selected a number of pubs and are looking for expressions of interest from speakers, particularly Early Career Researchers and final year PhD students looking to develop their public engagement skills.

If you are interested, please email with the following details by 23.59 on Sunday 14 January 2018:

  1. Your name and school
  2. A summary of your research (max 100 words)
  3. Your plan for an interactive session of 20-30 minutes (max 100 words)
  4. A short summary explaining how you plan to engage a live audience (max 100 words).

Kent’s Pint of Science Team will review the expressions and develop themes for each evening of the festival – for examples of past themes, see: and

The outcome will be announced by the end of January. A practice run will take place in the spring.

Please direct any questions to the Kent Pint of Science team c/o Dr Simon Scott at


Exams 2018 – Coming soon!

It’s time to start thinking about your exams.

Get prepared by looking at our webpages.

Please see below up-coming deadlines and dates for your diary.

Religious Observance Requests –            Deadline for submission Tuesday 6 February (17.00). Contact us . See link for more information.

Personal Timetable Release –               Approx 2 weeks before the end of spring term. Follow us on Twitter for the first timetable announcement @UniKent_CSAO 

Complete Inclusive Learning Plan –         Deadline for confirming an Inclusive Learning Plan with Student Support & Wellbeing (if applicable) for arrangements to be in place for the exam period.

Examinations Start –                                       Tuesday 8 May

Examinations End –                                         Friday 15 June

Note Saturdays are included in the examination timetable

Contact us



Twitter:  @UniKent_CSAO

Stagecoach winter vacation bus timetable

Buses serving the University of Kent will run a winter vacation timetable from 17 December 2017 to 13 January 2018.

Uni1 – special timetable.

Uni2 – special timetable between 18 December and 31 December only (no Uni2 buses will run between 1 January and 13 January).

Route 4 – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Triangle – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Christmas Day – no buses.

Boxing Day – no buses.

New Year’s Day – no buses


You can pick up a physical copy of the winter vacation timetable from Security and Transport Centre, reception areas or Canterbury bus station. You can also view the winter vacation timetable in the poster panels at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.

Follow @StagecoachSE on Twitter for regular service updates, or view live bus times on the Stagecoach app for iPhone and android.

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Last few days of Travel Plan Survey 2017

The staff and student Travel Plan Survey 2017 closes on Friday 8 December 2017.

Don’t miss the chance to have your say and potentially win £100 cash card to use at the catering outlets on campus, or one of 100 hot drinks vouchers. Just enter your University of Kent email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize draw.

Let us know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. The data from the survey helps shape various reports including the University Travel Plans and the Movement and Transport Strategy which feeds into the Canterbury campus 50-year Masterplan.

This is your opportunity to let the Estates Department know how we can improve travel to, from and around our campuses. Have your say on buses, cycling, parking, the Campus Shuttle and more.

The survey takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. There is also a “finish later” option if you need to return to complete the survey.


Kent App Challenge

Students compete in first app design challenge

This week the University hosted its very first App Challenge. Facilitated by Kent Innovation and Enterprise and the School of Engineering and Digital Art (EDA), the challenge saw teams of Kent students from across the different faculties spend six weeks developing their idea for a new mobile app concept.

Launched at the beginning October, the students worked in teams and as individuals to develop their concepts, all of which needed to solve an existing problem or issue. On 6 December seven teams arrived at Jennison Building, where EDA is based, to pitch their ideas to the judging panel. The panel was made up of Carole Barron, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, Dr Christos Efstratiou, Lecturer in in Ubiquitous Computing from EDA, Gary Robinson, Senior Commercialisation Manager for KIE, and Alice Heggie, Communications and Events Coordinator for KIE.

The seven teams presented a variety of different ideas, tackling a wide range of problems from finding the perfect gift to getting your ideal volunteer opportunity. The overall winner of the challenge was Kriss Bailey, who is currently studying with EDA and Biosciences, with his idea “Local Eye”. Local Eye takes the idea of Neighbourhood Watch and makes it digital, encouraging the community to look out for one another’s vehicles to prevent theft and help quickly reunite owners with their car or motorcycle should they be stolen. The idea has scope to ultimately be developed to cover more crimes such as bicycle theft, burglary, vandalism or assault.

The winner was presented with a trophy and a cash prize of £200. Additional teams will be shortlisted and given the opportunity to pitch their app concepts to current EDA Masters students to potentially prototype the app with a view to commercialising their idea.

Carol Service volunteers needed

The Chaplaincy are looking for volunteers again to help assist their Carol Service on Monday 11 December 2017 . Volunteers will allocate guests to their seats, assemble candles and collect donations.As volunteers are helping they have a guaranteed ticket to the event!

Volunteers will have to attend one of the following pre-training sessions at Eliot Chapel. Please fill out which one you will attend:

Thursday 7 December 17.15 – 18.00 or Friday 8 December 17.15 – 18.00

Volunteers will also have to attend another training session on Monday 11 December at Canterbury Cathedral at 14.00 – 15.30

Volunteers will then have to be at Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 11 December from 18.30 – 21.15 for the service.

To be a volunteer you have to sign up by Thursday 7 December.

KGSA Charity Food Drive

There’s a box in Woolf Reception for you to donate food items.

Please make that food is in date, unopened and non-perishable – either stuff from your cupboards that you won’t use over Christmas or bits that you can pick up as part of your weekly shop – we recommend tins, pasta, biscuits and sweets!

This has been organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association. 

Image credit: by KGSA

Gift Giving Tree in Woolf Reception

There are two Christmas trees in Woolf Reception, with Christmas cards on the branches.

These cards have kids’ names and ages on them who won’t necessarily get gifts this Christmas.

If you would like to take a card or two and buy an appropriate gift for that child, that would be great!

When you have bought a gift, please write a message in the card inside the envelope and stick it to the gift. Don’t wrap it – the KGSA elves will do that, and return it to the box by the trees by  Friday 15 December at the latest!

This charity activity is organised by the Kent Graduate Student Association.

Image credit: by KGSA

KGSA Christmas Kitchen Decoration Contest

Woolf College Reception is now very Christmassy with two trees and lots of tinsel!

You too can get involved by decorating the windows in your kitchen for the holiday period.

The Kent Graduate Student Association KGSA will choose the winners on December 13 -14 from across Tyler, Keynes Woolf and Darwin.

Make sure whatever you put in the windows (lights, tinsel, fake snow etc.), is safe and can be easily cleaned off after Christmas ends!

To register your kitchen contact Tom or Rowena through the University Postgraduate 2017 Facebook group.

Each kitchen will cost £1 to enter, with the winning kitchen getting £100 hamper full of Christmas treats!

Image credit: by KGSA