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Looking for your next challenge?

Do you enjoy a challenge and an adventure? Are you looking for something to make your 2019 one to remember? The University of Kent is looking to find up to 10 Peace Riders to cycle from the University of Kent on 23 March 2019 to the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.The Peace Ride is part of a series of events raising awareness and funding for the Children’s Football Alliance and their Slum Soccer programme in India.

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. The Peace Ride was launched in November last year at a unique commemorative event to twin Kent Sports football pitches with the Flanders Peace Field in Belgium, attended by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox and Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield. For more information about the commemoration event visit our Facebook album.

The cycle challenge will see a staff and student team of riders leave the University early on the Saturday morning and head for the Kent coast, enjoying a rest while crossing the channel, before getting back in the saddle to ride to Ypres. The fully supported ride includes all travel logistics, accommodation as well as an invitation to the Peace Village dinner and celebrations on Saturday evening.  Participants will return on Sunday 24 March by supported transport back to the University, having made a significant contribution to the charities cause.

If you are interested in this challenge and motivated to fundraise, you can find out more about the Peace Ride by contacting Oli Prior at Kent Sport via for more information and visiting the Children’s Football Alliance website.

Term 2 and 3 Unirider bus ticket now available

Arrived at the University recently? Or perhaps you regret not purchasing the Unirider ticket earlier in the year?

You can purchase a term 2 and 3 Unirider for £180 for unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex. This is a discount available exclusively to University of Kent students.

Term 2 and 3 Unirider bus tickets can be purchased from the Stagecoach website.

For more information about bus routes, timetables and discounts visit our Canterbury bus webpage.



David Walsh on ‘supposed churches’

Dr David Walsh, Lecturer in the Department of Classical & Archaeological studies, has just published a new article in the ‘Journal of Late Antiquity’, in which he argues that the remains of one of the supposedly oldest churches in Britain was actually a temple to Mithras.

In recent decades, archaeologists in regions such as Germany, Italy, and France have developed an increasingly robust approach to the identification of early churches and thus dismissed a number of formerly misidentified examples in the process. In Britain, however, various supposed ‘churches’ discovered in the twentieth century continue to be referred to as such despite a lack of strong evidence to substantiate this. One such example is a structure found at Butt Road, Colchester. In this article, the issues surrounding the interpretation of this building as a church are revisited and enhanced, while it is illustrated why other interpretations, such as a ‘pagan funerary banqueting hall’, are also unlikely.

David has also just released a new episode of his podcast available now to stream via iTunes and Spotify.

David’s guest this week is SECL graduate Becky Newson, who graduated in 2009 with a BA in Classical & Archaeological Studies and Drama. Becky joins David to discuss her six years working as a tour guide in Rome, how she ended up in this role, how she preps for tours, and her advice for anyone visiting Rome. She also chats about getting used to the Roman way of life (and adjusting when she visits home), #Rome on Instagram, and how the extras on the DVD of The Mummy led her to study Ancient History at Kent!


January sale across Kent Hospitality’s catering outlets

Following on from last year’s successful January sale, Kent Hospitality are holding another sale on some of their best-selling dishes across the Medway and Canterbury campuses. Each deal is priced at only £5, and the offer ends on 31/1/2019.

There’s some huge savings on Big Stack burger meals from Hut 8 (Turing College), two healthy smoothies for £5 in K-Bar (Keynes College), loaded fries from Cargo Bar & Grill (Liberty Quays), or a delicious wok bar meal from Rutherford Dining Hall (Rutherford College).

More details on each offer can be found on Kent Hospitality’s Catering blog.

Xercise Factor 2019

Do you have the Xercise Factor?

The start of a new year brings a raft of new resolutions. Getting fit, losing weight, and being mindful of food are all common resolutions in the post-seasonal break. If this sounds like you, then we have an exciting competition which starts soon.

The Kent Sport Xercise Factor programme offers free one-to-one training over six weeks with the goal of improving members’ health and fitness lifestyles. The application process is now open to all Kent Sport Gold and Silver members, all you have to do is fill out an application form and post it in the ‘X’ box in the gym or email it to by Friday 25 January.

The successful applicants will be guided by one of the qualified fitness instructors at Kent Sport and given specific advice and personal training to help them achieve their goals. At the end of the competition, the participant deemed to have embraced the programme the most will be crowned Xercise Factor 2019 champion.

Applications are now open and we are looking for students, staff and members of the public who think they have the Xercise Factor and want to commit to getting fit and changing their lifestyle for the better. It is a complete overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits and the promotion requires full commitment from the contestants to complete the challenge. Pick up your application form from the fitness suite reception at the Sports Centre or download it online.

Not yet a member of Kent Sport? See for details and to sign up.

You can follow the progress of the Xercise Factor participants through our Instagram page UniKentSports or by searching #XerciseFactor.

New spaces in Block D of Templeman Library

Welcome back everyone! We’ve been busy making improvements: check out the newly opened study areas in D Block on floors 2 and 3. We think you’ll love them!

The former PC room in D Block Floor 2 is now open with more study spaces for individual quiet study. Most desks have a PC, and 24 PCs of these are now bookable.

There are 44 new study spaces in a new silent zone on Floor 3 in D Block. 14 of the spaces have PCs. The space offers spectacular views across Canterbury.

Need a height adjustable workspace? There are six additional height adjustable desks in D Block Floor 2. Four have PCs on, and two of these are bookable. There are more height adjustable desks in D Block Floor 3 in the silent study zone.

The toilets in D Block have also had a complete makeover: there are now 5 gender neutral toilets and 1 accessible toilet on each Floor 1, 2 and 3.

The lift in D Block is available again so you can use it to get to these new spaces

From start of term, the Library is now back to 24/7 opening until June so you’ll have plenty of time to check out the new areas.

‘Book a PC’ trial service

To guarantee use of a PC at a certain time there are now 24 bookable PCs in the Library. You can now book up to four weeks in advance using our new <strong>Book a PC</strong> trial service, which will run until the end of the summer term. The PCs are for quiet individual study and are located in new study space on Floor 2, D Block (the former PC room).

Try it: book a PC for up to 3 hours between 09:00 – 18:00.

Feedback: tell us how you find the service

Student Success inspirational speaker: Professor Itesh Sachdev

Event date and time: Wednesday 16 January, 16.00-17.30

Event title: Multi-lingual Communication, Minorities and Identity

Event location: Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

Inspirational speaker Professor Itesh Sachdev examines the complex relationship between language, communication and group identity in multi-lingual communication, using data from indigenous and migrant minorities and majorities around the world.

Further details: email Alison Webb –

Meet our Academic Peer Mentors

The SECL Student Success Project is offering students the chance to meet with an Academic Peer Mentor over a FREE drink and cake.

The Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) scheme is a chance for undergraduate students to be mentored in their studies by experienced students, and this is a great chance to learn more about the scheme. If you’ve never heard of Academic Peer Mentors before and you’re not sure how they can help, then this is your chance to see how they can benefit you.

All you need to do is email with ‘Meet Me in the Gulb’ in the subject, tell us what course you are on and we’ll do the rest!


SECL Student Support drop-in sessions

Beginning on Wednesday 30th January, the SECL Student Support team will begin running weekly drop-in sessions in the Staff Room (on the first floor of Cornwallis North West, opposite SECL Reception), 14.00-15.30. There is no need to register – just turn up.

Refreshments will be provided and all students are welcome to drop by just to relax, play board games, read, or have a chat. If you have some time between afternoon lectures or seminars, please come along and join us!

Email for more information


Discover the Year in Computing

The Year in Computing gives Kent students from any subject area the opportunity to add a Year in Computing to their degree to help improve their skills and employability. To help interested students find out more, the School of Computing, have arranged a “kick start lunch”, with free pizza, on Tuesday 22 January,12.30-14.00, in Cornwallis SW101.

Many students are keen to learn the tech skills that will make them stand out to a graduate employer, or simply want to learn more about computing for their own interests. The Year in Computing is a free-standing, self-contained year, offered to students from other schools in the University and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year). This extra year can be taken after stage 2 or the final year of a students’ current degree programme.

The Year in Computing will especially be of interest to you if:

  • you are interested in studying computing AND your current degree,
  • you would like to get prepared for a career in tech,
  • you are interested in exploring the frontiers of your subject and computing,
  • you want to learn how to be creative with computing.

If you would like to attend, please book your place online.