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Early SU shop closure for stock take- 21 July

The Student Union shop on the Plaza will close at 14.00 Sunday 21 July for stock take.

The Park Wood shop will still be closed for refurbishment at this time, so this means that there will be no stores open from 14.00 21 July – 7.00 22nd July when the SU shop on the Plaza will be open again.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Krysia Waldock

PhD Student from Tizard Centre on BBC local radio stations

Krysia Waldock is a PhD student in the Tizard Centre, researching autism and religious/humanist groups.

She represented Kent in the BBC Radio 2’s Faith in the World Week. As part of this, she spoke to seven BBC local radio stations on the 7 July 2019 (Cornwall, Jersey/Guernsey, Tees, Stoke, Bristol and Sheffield).

Krysia spoke about the research that she has carried out as part of her Masters in the Tizard Centre under the supervision of Professor Rachel Forrester-Jones. Please see the link to one of the interviews here.  It starts at 1:39 in for about 8 minutes.

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Call for proposals: ‘Words In, Of and For Performer Training’

Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance and Dean of the Graduate School, Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth, PhD candidate at De Monfort University and Honorary Research Associate at Kent, Alicja Bral, PhD candidate at Kent, and Dr Roanna Mitchell, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre are organising a practice-based symposium titled ‘Words In, Of and For Performer Training’. This is with the support of Professor Esa Kirkkopelto (University of the Arts, Helsinki) and Professor Cecilia Lagerström (Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg). The symposium is the 7th edition of the International Platform for Performer Training (IPPT), and will be hosted by the School of Arts, University of Kent from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 January 2020.

The event call out reads as follows:

In the Bible, words came first. In performance practice, words probably followed movement, dance, art and sounds. Who knows….? Exploring what comes next, this seventh edition of the IPPT will investigate how words function in, of and for Performer Training across three broad areas:

  1. how the denotative or nonsemantic properties of words in performance are explored through training, and how movement, voice and text can be combined to achieve an integrated mise-en-scène (or not).
  2. how trainers use words in training practice, in order to exhort, encourage, clarify or instruct as well as what they do and don’t say, to whom and when;
  3. how words that are written about training, be it our own practices today or that of others past or present, might document or act as inspiration for practice.

The United Kingdom is well known for its excellent vocal and textual training and the quality of its playwrighting. Our ‘text-based’ theatre, however awkward such a categorisation, arguably is the envy of the world. What is much less developed are understandings and examples of how to integrate voice and text with movement, music and other performance practices, across all forms, from circus through dance to Live Art. In some ways, Physical Theatre evolved in the 1980s as an antidote to such textual supremacy and it is still widely celebrated in the UK. But how often do we admire performers’ physical ability whilst perhaps lamenting the dramaturgy, the vocal delivery or the way these things combine?

We still need to develop more productive ways and deeper insights into how words might support, challenge, reinforce or otherwise work against other aspects of a performance. What role can words play in the total mise-en-scène, how might they be spoken or sung, and how, through training, can they earn their place? How can we move on from any hierarchical or segregated positioning of words in, of and for performer training, giving them their full force and value? More pragmatically, in a country that has such strong traditions of performer training and its study across companies, conservatoires and universities as well as the pioneering development of practice as research, we will look also at how words operate in and after training, as a vital part of the process but also in terms of legacy and forward momentum and energy.

The event will combine workshops, presentations, talks (which might use words, silence, discussions, conversations and perhaps non-semantic sounds) in order to discover how words operate as functions in, of and for performer training.

The platform will work closely with the Theatre Dance and Performance Training journal blog to document and disseminate the event – through words and other means.

The organisers welcome proposals for workshops, demonstrations or presentations in a range of formats but will prioritise those involving or foregrounding practice. The time frame will be either 40 or 60 minutes including discussion. Proposals should consist of:

• Name and any affiliation plus short biographical note (150 words max)
• Abstract and information on ideal mode of presentation (500 words max)
• Technical requirements (AV, type and size of space, special props, etc.)

Proposals will be selected for their fit to the platform’s aims, as well as the clarity and feasibility of the proposed investigation. The deadline for proposals is Saturday 21 September 2019, by 5pm. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of October at the latest. Please email submissions to:

There are no costs for participation or attendance and attendees are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation. The welcome dinner and coffees/teas etc will be provided by Kent gratis. Participants are expected to attend all the platform. Please note that places are limited.

Cecilia Sayad

Cecilia Sayad interviewed by BBC Bitesize

Dr Cecilia Sayad, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, has just been interviewed for the BBC Bitesize site regarding her expertise on the horror genre.

Bitesize is the BBC’s online support service for students studying GCSE level and equivalents.

The article explores how the film Midsommar (2019) fits into the wider history of horror films, what makes them scary, and how the genre has changed.

‘Having taught horror for many years, I see students have very different reactions to some classics: some find The Exorcist, for example, still very scary. The same applies to Rosemary’s Baby, which for some is still a disturbing horror film.’ However, reactions to certain films have changed, even if the story remains relevant: ‘it would be hard to find someone being too freaked out by James Whale’s Frankenstein, from 1931, but this has more to do with the film’s pace than its theme – which has never been more relevant, now that AI is a much bigger part of our lives.’

To read the article, please see the page here.

Research project on Raphael wins Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research Award

Raphael – The Drawings, a Leverhulme-funded research project, that was co-organised by Dr Ben Thomas in the Department of Art History with colleagues from the University of Oxford, won a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research in the Project category at the University of Oxford. The prize was awarded at a ceremony earlier this week, Wednesday 10 July 2019.

The two-year research project aimed to transform our understanding of how Raphael drew, employing an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to the close study of his drawings.

An exhibition at the Ashmolean, Raphael: The Drawings, embodied the essential findings and conclusions of the project’s work, bringing together 120 drawings in three strands: invention; orchestration and expression in which Raphael’s experimental approach, visual strategies and graphic language were highlighted. The exhibition attracted 67,000 visitors.

Ben was co-organiser of the project team with Professor Catherine Whistler, supported by the project research assistant Angela Maria Aceto.

The project is detailed on page 10 of the research awards brochure here. 

Student walking in Canterbury Cathedral after collecting their degree

Canterbury graduation live streams

You can watch live streams of the Canterbury graduation ceremonies at the links below:

Monday 15 July

Tuesday 16 July

 Wednesday 17 July

Thursday 18 July

Friday 19 July

This information is also available on our website:

The videos will also be available to watch after the ceremonies.

James Merrington Caroline Li and Professor Ian McLoughlin

Prizes awarded to Computing graduates

At the Medway graduation on 9 July, Professor Ian McLoughlin presented the prizes to the 2019 graduates who had excelled in academic achievements or contribution to the life of the School.

Computer Science Project Prize: James Merrington

“James is a self-driven and highly motivated individual. He used industry standard throughout the development of his final year project, InsomiApp, a cross-platform sleep-tracking app and website. He delivered excellent contributions to all areas of the project and acquired knowledge beyond what was taught.”

School of Computing Prize: Anthony Ip

“Anthony has a consistent track record of excellence throughout his degree program. In his final year, Anthony has made solid contributions to his final year project. In doing so, he produced highly commendable work and garnered praise from his teachers and his peers.”

School of Computing FIVIUM Placement Prize: Ekta Ahira

“Ekta produced an outstanding report about her experience at General Electric, where she worked as a Project Manager for their Oil & Gas business based in Aberdeen. The report gave a lively and reflective account of the challenges faced, and the personal learning that she experienced.”

School of Computing KITC Prize: Chris Lam

“Chris is an extremely hard working and committed consultant. He played a pivotal role in all of the projects that he was involved in, and built great rapport with his clients and colleagues alike. This award recognises not only Chris’ talents, but the effort that he put in to develop and hone these skills over his time in the KITC.”

School of Computing Contribution Prize: Anthony Ip

“As a Computing workshop assistant during the last two years Anthony has been enthusiastic and helpful to other students. He is a highly reliable team member and has willingly taken on extra sessions to cover for others when they are not available.”

School of Computing Careers & Employability Prize: Ed East

“Ed did his year in industry at SAP, a multinational software manufacturer and took every opportunity available to network and improve his skills. On his return to university he was keen to spread the word about the advantages of the year in industry to other students, becoming Employability Ambassador for the School of Computing. He helped raise the profile of the School by writing blogs and profiles and taking part in videos about his year in industry and experiences at Kent, as well as promoting the opportunities available to students at open days and applicant days.”

Bothered and bewildered poster.

Tickets on sale- Kent Players ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ play

The University of Kent Players are proud to present Gail Young’s ‘Bothered & Bewildered’ this September.

The play will be performed at 7.30 on the 5-7 September at the Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB.

Tickets are now on sale via the Gulbenkian website, in person at the Gulbenkian ticket office, or over the phone 01227 769075.

Bothered & Bewildered is a comic drama that follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as they begin a long journey in which the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body. As her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer’s, Irene’s past passion for romantic fiction blurs with reality. She discusses with her unseen and witty companion Barbara Cartland (Irene’s favourite and now deceased world famous romantic novelist) how best to write her ‘memory book’, disclosing to Barbara long kept family secrets that she would never reveal to anyone else.


Applications open for 2019/20 GOLD Programme

We are delighted to invite Kent students to apply for this year’s Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) Programme.  The programme is a co-curricular venture, designed to fit around your academic studies.  It provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate students at Kent to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. 

There are 5 components which can be completed throughout the academic year. Benefits include:

•            Employability Points awarded per activity

•            Certificate of recognition and personal reference from the Dean for Internationalisation

•            Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report

•            Practical event & project management experience

•            A chance for you to record your international skill development in the Kent Global Passport.

For further details please see our website. 

 Deadline to apply is 30th September 2019.

Gabrielle Nesfield

Art donation to mark the 50th anniversary of Keynes College

Keynes College is delighted to have been gifted three works by two artists who in 2017 featured in Particular Places, their joint exhibition at the college.

We are extremely grateful to Gabrielle Nesfield, who previously exhibited in Keynes in 2003, for donating Early morning, Eastling, an oil painting made specially for Particular Places. The painting can now be admired in the Keynes Senior Common Room.  

Our heartfelt thanks also go to Bay Lees, who has generously donated Baleenor 1 and Baleenor 2, monoprints inspired by window reflections at an old tea factory in Southern India. They are now on display in the teaching gallery on the first floor of the Keynes building.

Bay Lees

Baty Lees with Baleenor 1 and Baleenor 2

These beautiful gifts provide a fitting end to our 50th-anniversary celebrations at Keynes College, which first opened its doors to staff and students in September 1968.