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Canterbury Food Bank

We need food – make a Christmas donation now

The Development Office would like to invite you to help those in need this Christmas by donating to Canterbury Food Bank. Please donate by Friday 14 December. Thank you!

Items required are:

  • Breakfast cereal
  • *Whole milk (long life and semi skimmed)
  • Pasta (tinned)
  • Ham (tinned)
  • *Carrots/Peas (tinned)
  • Corned beef (tinned)
  • Tuna/Fish (tinned)
  • Fruit (tinned)
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Custard (tinned or carton)
  • *Smash instant potato or tinned
  • Tea bags
  • *Coffee (small jar)
  • Fruit juice (long life)
  • Fruit squash
  • Soup (tinned)
  • Cup-A-Soups
  • Dried rice (500g)
  • Dried pasta (500g)
  • *Pasta sauce
  • Baked beans (tinned)
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Pies (tinned)
  • *Jam
  • *Biscuits, plus individually wrapped biscuits
  • High factor sun screen
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Disposable nappies/wipes
  • Baby food
  • Cat/Dog food
  • Gents deodorant
  • *Washing powder and household cleaning items
  • *Washing up liquid
  • Shaving foam
  • Multi-purpose cleaning spray
  • Loo cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Kitchen roll
  • Toilet roll
  • Sanitary items
  • Toiletries

*Items that are urgently needed.

If you would like to be involved, please come along and donate to our Food Bank bin in Rutherford Annexe or if you have any questions please contact


Session to explore impact of changes to legal gender recognition process

A session reflecting on the tensions emerging from a debate about proposed changes to the legal gender recognition process will be co-hosted by Kent Law School’s Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (CLGS) on Saturday 24 November.

Beyond the Gender Agenda will be co-hosted jointly with the Future of Legal Gender (FLaG) project from 14.00 to 16.00 in the CLGS Common Room in Eliot College on Kent’s Canterbury campus. The session takes place within the context of conflict over the meaning and value of gender and in the wake of the Government’s consultation process on how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004.

FLaG’s Principal Investigator, Professor Davina Cooper (King’s College London) and Kent Law School Lecturer Dr Flora Renz, a Co-Investigator for FLaG, will begin the session with a short introduction to the GRA consultation and the FLaG project. They will also address key legal issues and wider gender politics. This will be followed by a moderated discussion with all attendees.

The session is free to attend, but anyone interested in coming is asked to register via Eventbrite.

FLaG is a three-year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, that aims to critically explore different ways of reforming legal gender. In addition to Dr Renz, Co-Investigators include Kent Law School Professor Emily Grabham and Professor Elizabeth Peel (Loughborough University).

As well as exploring whether people should have a female/male legal status assigned at birth, FLaG also seeks to determine how the way that female/male and other gender categories used in UK law could be changed. People interested in expressing their views are invited to contribute to a FLaG project survey on ‘Attitudes to Gender’.

New programme: BSc (Hons) Human Geography

It may be 20 years since the University of Kent ran a Geography undergraduate programme but there is a wealth of Geography expertise on the Canterbury campus.  The BSc (Hons) in Human Geography draws together this expertise, enabling us to run a new programme which draws on the traditional foundations of Geography and energises it to tackle contemporary issues.

Having been discussed around the University for many years we are very excited to now have the programme ready to bring in students from September 2019!

Our aim is to train the next generation of geographers to creatively address the challenges facing the modern world.  Our programme is a fusion of major geographic themes such as social and cultural geography, economics and development studies, and environmental and landscape planning, with modules from Law, Sociology, Anthropology and Biodiversity Conservation.

The programme has been supported by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG).  We are in the process of applying for full accreditation of the programme with the RGS-IBG.  In excited anticipation of the launch of our programme we have been engaging with local schools and in July 2018 we welcomed 26 pupils to our ‘Thinking Geographically’ conference.

The Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS) will provide an innovative and interdisciplinary research community to which our students can contribute and through which they can expand their interaction with world-leading experts.

£2000 scholarships

To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are offering up to ten £2,000 scholarships for applicants starting in September 2019.  The scholarship recognises academic excellence and the contribution students can make to our geography research community. Full terms and conditions are available via the Scholarships Finder.

Find out more

Full details of the programme can be found via the online prospectus.  You are also welcome to contact us via

Researching the Rainbow Conference Call for Papers

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is pleased to open the call for papers for the third annual Researching the Rainbow Conference on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2019 on the Canterbury campus.

The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking.

Previous topics have included gay and lesbian representation in the media, transgender issues within mental health care and parenting law, British colonial laws on sodomy, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives, and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Papers are welcome from academics at any stage of their career, students or professionals.

Research posters from any discipline are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (15 or 30 minutes) or display a poster, please email by Friday 4 January 2019.

The conference is free and open to all.

Funded PhD Project in Machine Learning for Portfolio Optimisation

The School of Computing is currently inviting applications for a three-year funded PhD studentship in Machine Learning for Portfolio Optimisation,

The research, partially funded by Wealth Objects Ltd, will be supervised by Dr Michael Kampouridis.

The student will be registered as a full-time student at the University of Kent with occasional meetings with Wealth Objects Ltd as they have a particular interest in the area of portfolio optimisation.

The School is a welcoming and supportive environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We are a well-balanced, inclusive and diverse community that aims to further enhance our achievements and reputation in teaching, research and innovation.

We provide comprehensive support for our research students including:
• regular supervision meetings
• a research training programme
• computer equipment
• a desk in an office
• funds for conference travel

The REF 2014 ranked us in the top quartile of 89 UK Computing departments, coming 22nd for Research Power and 12th for Research Intensity.

Further details of the PhD studentship are available here.

Sharpen Your Writing Skills and Build a Powerful CV – FREE Workshop

At the University’s Career Fair, graduate recruiters put communication skills top of the list. Sadly for them, about 20 per cent of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace.

This free practical workshop course will help you make your words count. We’ll pin down the function of different kinds of writing. We’ll identify who we’re writing for. We’ll learn about tone, content and structure. We’ll include a scattering of grammar and punctuation so you’ll avoid the worst pitfalls. We’ll examine exactly what will make an employer love your CV. Above all, we’ll write. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to try out all kinds of writing.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what writing skills employers look for
  • Be ready to write clearly, accurately and effectively in a professional context
  • Have a toolkit for approaching any piece of writing, from emailing the CEO to writing a press release
  • Be ready to write a persuasive and effective CV

Course details:
Dates: Wednesday 14 November and Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 13:00-16:00
Location: This will be confirmed once you have booked your place in SDS
Cost: FREE

If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to contact us.

For more information, please visit the Study Plus website.

Dr Bike free bike check-ups

What is Dr Bike?

Get your bike checked and adjusted for free by ‘Dr Bike’. The Dr Bike service is provided by Chris and his team at ByCycle, working with the Transport Team, Estates department. Additional work will be quoted individually but will always be at a special reduced rate.

Canterbury campus:

You can find Dr Bike at the Cycle Hub by the Pavilion on Park Wood road every Wednesday during term time 08.30-15.30.

Medway Campus:

Dr Bike visits Medway campus on a monthly basis during term-time. Dr Bike will next be at Medway campus Thursday 15 November 2018. Find Dr Bike outside the Student Hub 11.30-14.30 for your free bike check-up. The service is available to University of Greenwich and University of Kent students and staff.

More information here.


2018 John Burton Lecture ‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’ – Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar

The School of Politics and International Relations and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) is delighted to invite you to the 2018 John Burton Lecture. Details on the speaker, date, times and venue can be found below.

This year’s speaker will be Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Department of Political Science, University of Montreal. Marie-Joelle has written widely on the dynamics of political violence, mediation and institution building after violence across a range of cases, including Lebanon and the Balkans. Marie-Joëlle has crossed over between academia and practitioner activity in peacebuilding efforts, and from 2013-2015 served as Senior Expert on Power Sharing on the Standby Team of Mediation Experts at the UN Department of Political Affairs. The title of Marie-Joëlle’s lecture is ‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’

Te details of this years John Burton Lecture are below:

‘The (in)efficiency of mediation in contemporary conflicts: A question of design?’ – Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Thursday 15 November 2018 6.00 -7.30pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 (GLT2), University of Kent (drinks reception afterwards in Aphra Foyer).

All University staff and students and the general public are welcome to attend, no booking is necessary.

The lecture will be live streamed and can be watched by University staff and students (must have a University IT account) here.


Kent Pint of Science is back! Get involved!

The Pint of Science festival is an international public engagement festival taking place over 3 days each May. In 2018, nearly 300 cities globally took part. In 2019, 35 UK cities will hold ~500 events including Kent, now in its third year. Over 1000 scientists will have the opportunity to explain their research in an accessible form to the general public – mainly in bars and pubs.

The idea is to provide a platform which allows researchers to share their research with the public. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage the public with Kent research.

Call for expressions of interest

In 2019, we will again be holding Pint of Science events in Kent in three locations: Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge. We have 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 skills and experience in talking about their research.

If you are interested, please email us at with the following details by 23.59 on Sunday 13th January:

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. An explanation of how you will make it engaging for the public audience – an important interactive component (max 100 words).

The Kent team plan to contact everyone by the end of January with the outcome.

Please direct any queries to the team at

Good luck!

FREE IELTS and Cambridge Exam Preparation Taster Sessions

If you are an international student at Kent and are preparing to take either the Cambridge or IELTS exam or if you would just like to improve your English, Study Plus are offering free Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation taster sessions.

The IELTS taster sessions are designed to give you an overview of the skills you need to prepare for the IELTS exam. The Cambridge taster sessions will give you an overview of the language and examination skills required and familiarisation with the test formats. Both courses will be taught by an experienced IELTS/Cambridge teacher.

The courses will take place during weeks 8-11 at the Canterbury campus.

If you would like more information, please visit the Study Plus website.

Book your place via SDS.