Category Archives: Student Guide

SECL Academic Peer Mentors recognised

Final year students Elise McMellin and Eva Rahman, from the Department of English Language and Linguistics, and Alex Davies, from the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, were recognised at a recent awards ceremony for their participation in the Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme this year.

The APM scheme is a chance for second and third year students to mentor first years in their subjects. This can be of great benefit to any first year struggling with their modules and getting to grips with a new subject, but can also be the difference between a 2:1 and a First. Alex Davis, a final year student and mentor for CLAS, gave a speech at the event about her positive experiences with the scheme, and spoke about how being a mentor was beneficial for her own studies as well.

Alex Davis said: ‘Before each meeting I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to help my mentees, but having met with them and talked through various things they were concerned about, I was happy to realise that I could make a genuine difference! Also, helping them refocused me on my own studies and reminded me how much I had learned during these three years.’

The scheme has been a great success this year and we are very grateful to all our Academic Peer Mentors for taking part!


Canterbury University Film Festival

The 2019 Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) will be held this weekend 23 and 24 March 2019.

CUFF is an independent festival that provides an opportunity for the students from all three universities in Canterbury – the University of Kent, Canterbury Christchurch University and the University of the Creative Arts – to come together through their love of filmmaking. The festival will see a series of short films screened at the Curzon Cinema in Canterbury on the Sunday.

Students and alumni from the Department of Film in the School of Arts who are featuring in this year’s selection include Harry Nott, who graduated with an MA in Film with Practice in 2017; Bruce Parleton, who graduated with an MA in Film with Practice in 2018; Alexander Vanegus Sus, Nimasu Namsaren and Lorenzo Gianni, who are currently studying for the BA (Hons) in Film; Henry Davies, who graduated with his BA (Hons) in Film in 2015; and Daisy Reece who graduated with her BA (Hons) in Film with a Year Abroad in 2017.

On Saturday, there will be a panel discussing the process of developing from student to professional filmmaker at Waterstones Rose Lane in Canterbury at 6pm.

On Sunday, the screenings of student/alumni films at the Curzon will begin at 10am and will run until 1pm. The event is free to attend. For more details, please see the page here:

Furthermore, on the Sunday evening, there will be panel discussion following the 7pm showing of If Beale Street Could Talk at the Gulbenkian on campus.

To find out more about the Canterbury Film Festival, including details on the individual films to be shown, please see the Facebook page here:

Woodys new image

Woody’s alumni pub night

They say your time at university are the best years of your life and now’s your chance to relive them! Come along to Woody’s in Parkwood on the Canterbury campus from 18.00 onward on Tuesday 26 March. Free parking after 17.00.

Woody’s has been a staple of Kent life since 1994 and even though the building might have changed the atmosphere certainly hasn’t! The next Alumni Pub Night will be held at the BRAND NEW Woody’s on campus. In true Woody’s style we will have a fun pub quiz and lots of time to catch up with friends and maybe even make new ones. We can’t promise you’ll win but we can promise a free drink and hot snacks.

Come along and see how it has changed on Tuesday 26 March! Register here –

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.

Half price on one-month Kent Sport memberships this April

Our popular one-month membership offer is back, but with a twist – ALL Gold Kent Sport memberships are half price!

From 1 April to 30 April 2019 inclusive, you and your friends and family can enjoy a wide range of activities for half the usual price of Gold public membership at Kent Sport.

Staff can get membership for just £13 – that’s just 80p per day. Juniors (anyone in full-time education or 16-18 years old) pay just £29. And those outside of the University get an all-access Gold membership for £37.

The spring membership offer provides unlimited access to modern sports facilities including the fitness suite, squash courts, all outdoor facilities and entry to all fitness and dance classes. If you’re looking to explore the campus, and maybe further, then Gold members can also hire a range of high-quality bikes for free through the Kent Sport Cycle Hub.

To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions from Monday 1 April. Membership is available to purchase and use until the 30 April 2019 only. For further details and terms and conditions, please visit You can view the Kent Sport facility opening hours here.

*To apply for the junior rate please bring with you proof of full-time education (student card, etc.)

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Gulbenkian’s Eutopia Festival 28 March – 2 April

Gulbenkian is leaving the bickering to the politicians next week, as we choose instead to celebrate the creativity and shared humanity that crosses borders.

  • Thursday 28 March, 19.30 – An Evening of European Poetry. Dynamic, innovative, collaborative poetry from over a dozen of Europe’s most interesting poets marks the night when the UK may or may not leave its own continent. Tickets £5.
  • Friday 29 March, 18.30 – Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Hymnem”. Electronic and concrete music (1966-7), created at the height of the Cold War.  Preceded by free music from Centre for Music and Audio Technology. Tickets: Full £8 / Student £5.
  • Saturday 30 March, 10.00-16.00 -Translating Europe: Hear four European plays translated into English, performed throughout the day. Free admission.
  • Sunday 31 March, 12 noon – Dash Café: Eutopia. Join us for an afternoon of FREE live music, delicious food, storytelling, comedy and short animated films. Free admission.
  • Thursday 2 April, 20.00 – Xylouris White. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, Xylouris White consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Full  admission £20 / Concessions £15

European Films as part of Eutopia

  • Thursday 28 March, 19.00Happy End (15) – A Michael Haneke drama about a family set in Calais with the European Refugee crisis as the backdrop.
  • Friday 29 March, 19.00  – Girl (15) – Lucas Dhont’s transgender coming of age story of a 15 year old girsl, born in the body of a by, who dreams of being a ballerina.
  • Saturday 30 March, 17.15 – Loro (18) – A film by Paolo Sorrentino about the life of Silvio Berlosconi.
  • Saturday 30 March, 20.30The Favourite (15) – Yorgos Lanthimos’ splendid drama around the court of Queen Anne includes Oscar winning performance by Olivia Colman.

Find out more about these and other events on the Gulbenkian webpages.




Students take over the Tate Exchange

Students from the School of Politics and International Relations took over Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, last weekend (March 16/17), with a series of inventive and inspiring projects aimed at engaging the public in the idea of movement and resistance.

Activities included transforming big business advertising into origami birds; film work on borders, mental health and how people have responded to racism in sport; interactive image work on media representations of gender and politics, body positivity, the meaning of change, the relationship between art, politics, education and Brexit, and the nature of disagreement and conflict; performance work on identity politics; and an immersive experience in a pod exploring the connection between choice and resistance. There were also 2,000 dominoes used to create some amazing constructions and, with some effort, the word ‘move’ in the form of a domino run.

This is the third year of the School’s involvement in the Tate Exchange project but the first time the whole floor – Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building – has been activated and animated entirely by the students. With over 1,000 visitors in two days, the students had a wonderful range of conversations with members of the public. As one visitor put it, ‘this is great, such amazing work!’

The students came from undergraduate module, How to a Start a Revolution, and the Postgraduate module, Resistance in Practice.  

UKC Student

UKC Student’s top tips for exam success!

UKC Student, Rowena reveals her top tips for exam success, with the help of Gandalf, the University of Kent, Woolf College cat.

1) Don’t leave revision to the last minute so you’re feline good for the exam. Give yourself enough time to cover each topic within the module. Factor in time to go through all the example questions, or even better if you can get your paws on them, the exam paper from the year before! Don’t try and cram everything last minute and get enough sleep the night before.

2. If you have a purrticular learning style, have a go at tailoring this to how you revise. There are online quizzes which can identify which type you are. I’m a visual learner so drawing ideas really helps for me! If you are an auditory learner, try reading your notes aloud and reciting them. If you are a physical learner, try and keep active whilst revising –  have a stress ball to hand or even some playdough! It may sound strange but give it a go, you might be surpurrised!


Gandalf’s preferred style is to stare at you with his big innocent eyes until you feed him his 7th dinner of the day… I can’t guarantee this will work well in your exams though…

3. Read the question slowly and carefurlly. Don’t be that guy who realises an hour in that you’ve misread the essay question. Read it several times and make sure you understand exactly what’s being asked before planning your answer. Keep refurring back to the question to see if you have addressed each part of it. If possible, underline or highlight the important words in the question to help you stay focused. Don’t get caught out by a simple mistake.


Meow-velous luck to you all. Ace your exams by giving it your best shot. Stay pawsitive, you can do it!

Modern Languages panel

Alumni reveal what life is like after your Modern Languages degree

On Saturday 16 March, the Department of Modern Languages was delighted to welcome six former students to campus for “life after your Modern Languages degree” – an event designed to give students an opportunity to discover the wide range of career paths that alumni have taken.

The event also featured two video interviews, with graduates Greg Pioli – who graduated in 2004 with a BA in French and is now Director of the Online Language Academy – and Ruth Martin, who graduated in 1992 with a BA in European Studies (Italian) and is now a Freelance Translator.

The event was chaired by Tobias Heinrich, Lecturer in German, and Rebecca Ogden, Lecturer in Latin American Studies, with advice from the panel on how to tailor your application when applying for lots of different roles; how to make the most of your year abroad when applying for jobs; how to “sell yourself” as a languages graduate; and being aware of – and maintaining – your digital footprint. After the event, guests including students from all year groups as well as students from local schools and sixth form colleges, had the opportunity to speak to members of the panel and brush up on their networking skills.

Our alumni panellists:

Ben Alonso graduated in 2008 with a BA in Psychology with Studies in Europe 2008 and is now Director of Fundraising at Church Urban Fund, a charity focussing on community development.

Fanoula Grekos graduated in 2001 with a BA in French and Spanish and is now Head of Strategy and Comms at Barclays.

Paul Denbigh graduated in 1995 with a BA in European Studies (History) and is now Managing Director of Templar Financial Planning.

Ros Gregg graduated in 1968 with a BA in French (making her one of the University’s very first graduates!) and has taught at primary and secondary level.

Lucinda Smith graduated in 2016 with a BA in Hispanic Studies and is now a PR Assistant at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, a financial corporate communications company.

Julia Marques graduated in 2010 with BA in Drama and Spanish and is now Project Support Officer at the Gaia Foundation, an environmental charity.