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Andreas Malekos

Prestigious Inner Temple scholarship for Kent student

Kent Law student Andreas Malekos is one step closer to achieving his ambition of becoming a barrister after being awarded a prestigious scholarship of almost £20,000 by the Inner Temple.

The Inner Temple BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) Scholarship of £19,700 will help support Andreas during his year of vocational training. The BPTC is designed to equip Andreas with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competence to prepare for pupillage, the next stage in his professional training.

Andreas was interviewed at the Inner Temple, one of four Inns of Court that aspiring barristers are required to join, in March. After being taken to the Inn’s magnificent library, he was given half an hour to read an unreported case from a choice of three in his chosen area of law. He chose a criminal case involving psychoactive substances (legal highs), a topic he had studied in Public Law 2 the previous year.

He was then interviewed by a panel of four Inner Temple barristers, two of whom were Queen’s Counsel. Andreas said: ‘The panel members were incredibly charming and I immediately felt more at ease. I was first asked to analyse the case which I did by summarising the arguments made and the decision given. I was then asked for my opinion on the case – I criticised the judge for the lack of expert evidence referred to when reaching the decision that nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was not a medicinal substance.’

Andreas plans to begin his BPTC at City Law School in September. Although his main interests currently lie in both Criminal Law and Property Law, he says he is yet to come across an area of law that he doesn’t enjoy and will approach the BPTC with an open mind.

The Changing Face of Medicine

Discover the Changing Face of Medicine

Distinguished cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Tom Treasure will give a presentation on The Changing Face of Medicine on Monday 18 June.

The event will explore how changing ideas in medicine shaped today’s healthcare. It takes place from 19.00-21.00 at Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF, and admission is free.

Professor Treasure is currently Honorary Professor of the Clinical Operations Research Unit at University College, London and has chaired, participated and advised numerous initiatives and organisations and was a Director of the British Heart Foundation between 1996 and 2001.

He has wide ranging interests in medicine in general and surgery in particular and, after more than two decades as a world-renowned expert cardiac surgery, broadened his scope to cover both heart and lungs.

His fascination with the history of medicine led him to rescue documents from parts of Guys Hospital which were scheduled for demolition in the course of its refurbishment in the 1990s. Among these were meticulously-kept records belonging to ‘The Heart Club’ a group of surgeons at Guys who pioneered heart surgery in 1940’s Britain. Inspired by this he wrote a book of the same name which detailed the bravery of surgeons who dared to challenge and overturn centuries of dogma using the evidence of treating injured WW2 service personnel to do so.

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This free event is hosted by the University of Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice (CPP). The Centre’s part-time, flexible work-related programmes BA/BSc Top-up in Professional Practice or MA/MSc in Professional Practice and short courses have been specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to develop their academic ability while maintaining their professional role.

SMFA Fine Art students interviewed live on KMTV

School of Music and Fine Art students Olu Taiwo (MA Fine Art ) and Lynn Smith (BA Fine Art) were interviewed live on KMTV to talk about their 2018 degree shows.

Lynn Smith’s work explores nature and the spirit of place, investigating the landscape through sculpture, and using traditional craft within fine art.

Olu Taiwo’s work is concerned with memory – how we access and discard memories  – experienced through his immersive art.

The 2018 Degree Shows, which feature work from graduating students studying Fine Art and Event and Experience Design,  are open to the public every day from 10.00 to 17.00 until 26 May and are free to enter.

Find out more about the artists in the Fine Art Degree Show or book your ticket.

Blasphemy festival

Kent to host festival on Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression

The Department of Religious Studies will host the Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression Workshop and Festival over the weekend of 2 and 3 June.

The two-day event is open to students, staff and members of the public, and the programme is as follows:

2 June 2018

Performing Blasphemy – a panel session chaired by award-winning director Shakila Mann. Other panelists include Christa Harris (director of documentary Inside Pussy Riot) and feminist activist Inna Shevchenk.

Blasphemy, Colonialism and the Politics of ‘World Religions’ a panel session chaired by Yasmin Rehman from the End Violence Against Women Coalition and the Centre for Secular Space. Other panelists include writer and journalist Gita Sahgal and Professor Richard King from the Department of Religious Studies.

Sticks and Stones: Why Words Still Hurt – A talk by Maureen Freely from the University of Warwick.

Film screening: Stewart Lee’s 90s Comedian – A screening of Stewart Lee’s comedy performance 90s Comedian.

3 June 2018

Law, Blasphemy and Censorship – A panel session chaired by Professor Maria Drakopoulou of Kent Law School. Other panelists include Shakila Mann and Clara Connolly, lawyer and activist.

Speaking Out on Sexual Violence within Sikh Communities: An Interview with Gupreet Kaur Bhatti – Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is a British Sikh writer who writes for stage, screen and radio. Her play Behzti [Dishonour] was controversially cancelled by the Birmingham Rep after violent protests. Her most recent play is Elephant. She will be interviewed by Sukhwant Dhaliwal.

Blasphemy and Comedy – A discussion with comedians Daphna Baram, Giacinto Palmieri, Ravi Holy and Sameena Zehra, chaired by Dr Shaun May of the School of Arts.

Stand-Up Blasphemy – A comedy session in the Gulbenkian, performed by Daphna Baram, Giacinto Palmieri, Ravi Holy and Sameena Zehra.

Kent summer schools

2018 Summer Schools

The dynamic and exciting range of summer schools at the University of Kent are back this July.

The summer schools are for students or professionals looking to enhance their knowledge on a subject they are passionate about. With more than 50 institutions across 20 different countries to choose from, why not get a taste of the Go Abroad experience this year?

Martina Saiu, an International Business undergraduate, attended an Intensive German Language Summer School in Vienna and gave the following testimonial:

“I am really glad I was offered the possibility of attending the summer school. It was a wonderful experience, which helped me to improve my skills, widen my horizons and open my mind to new cultures and lifestyles.”

Attending a summer school overseas is a great way to experience another culture, gain a global perspective, enhance your studies and make friends from around the world. Don’t leave it too late to apply!

Hubert Dziedziczak

Peer recognition for placement student Hubert Dziedziczak

Hubert Dziedziczak, a Computer Science (Networks) with a Year in Industry student, has won the Employee of the Quarter award while on placement at the Wates Group. The award formally recognises individuals who perform tasks far beyond their job description in helping the company achieve its objectives. Nominations are made by colleagues, with the employee with the most votes announced at quarterly team briefings.

Hubert said: “It was great to be recognized by my colleagues for all my hard work, and to see that people understood that I’m trying my best to push my year in industry to its boundaries in order to learn as much as I can.”

Hubert is the fifth computing student from Kent to do a year in industry with The Wates Group and another student will be joining the group in the summer. The School of Computing sends more than 100 students on placements every year. The School has strong links with industry in Kent, nationally and internationally and has two dedicated placement officers who help students secure roles. The Industrial placement programme is available to all undergraduates and taught Master’s students in the School.

Hubert’s award follows the success of Jordan Norris, another Year in Industry student who won an employee award for going ‘above and beyond’ during his placement year.

CEWL at Chipperfield

CEWL move to Chipperfield

The Centre for English and World Languages will be moving to the former KBS building on Friday 8 June after a full refurbishment. The building will be renamed Chipperfield after Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield, Pro-Chancellor at Kent from 1999 to 2005.

CEWL will be occupying the north wing of the building (closest to Sibson) on all three floors, along with the atrium and reception area. This will provide the Centre with flexible meetings and events space, dedicated social and teaching space, and a welcoming environment for the 1,800 students they teach each year.

Chipperfield Interior

Kent Business School will continue to occupy the south wing on both floors.

For further information, please contact cewl@kent.ac.uk.

Bank Holiday art

Kent Hospitality’s Bank Holiday Monday opening times

The following Kent Hospitality outlets are open on Monday 28 May 2018:

  • Dolche Vita – Brunch (08:00 – 14:00), Dinner (17:30 – 19:30)
  • CARGO (12:00 – 23:00)
  • K-Bar (12:00 – 23:00)

The following Kent Hospitality outlets are closed on Monday 28 May:

  • Origins
  • Sibson Café
  • Rutherford Dining Hall
  • Bag It
  • Mungo’s
  • Create
  • The Street Kitchen
  • Sports Café
  • Hut 8
  • No 1
  • The Galvanising Shop Café

Outlets will adhere to normal opening times on Saturday and Sunday. Please visit https://www.kent.ac.uk/catering/ for outlet opening time information.

Pub Night - May

Join us at the pub for a free drink!

Calling all alumni, students, staff and friends!

The next pub night is on Tuesday 29 May from 18.00 to 20.00 at the Miller’s Arms

Spring is here! Come along and catch-up with alumni and friends for the last Alumni Pub Night of the academic year. Find out what Kent graduates get up to after leaving University and to de-stress from exam season. First drink and hot snacks will be provided.

Alumni Pub Nights are a chance for Kent alumni and students to come together to socialise and network in a friendly local pub in Canterbury.

We hope you are able to join us, Tuesday 29 May from 18.00 to 20.00 at the Miller’s Arms. It’s always a pleasure to meet Kent alumni and students to hear about your experiences here. If you have any questions about this event or others like it then please do contact alumni@kent.ac.uk.

Register here.

Kent Sport one month membership

One month membership offer this summer

The summer is finally here, so what better excuse is there to get out and explore the stunning Canterbury campus and the beautiful Kent countryside than with a one month membership at Kent Sport?

The opportunities to get active at Kent Sport are almost endless. Exclusive to this year, we’ve added three new grass tennis courts for all you Wimbledon fans, alongside the existing tennis and netball courts and three artificial pitches. For the explorers, we offer a range of high-quality bikes to hire for free through the Kent Sport Cycle Hub. Your membership also includes access to our modern sports facilities including the fitness suite**, squash courts, all outdoor facilities, all fitness and dance classes, plus free equipment hire.

Offer valid from 1 June to 1 September 2018 inclusive. Adults can get membership for just £35.50, while Juniors (anyone in full-time education and/or 16 to 18 years old) pay just £28. Under 16’s pay £3.90 per activity. To purchase your membership, visit the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions from 1 June. Membership is valid for one month from purchase date. For further details and terms and conditions, please visit www.kent.ac.uk/sports/membership. 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.). **Please note that some parts of the fitness suite will be closed for renovation during the summer period. All the cardio, weights machines and free weights on the first floor will not be affected by the renovation work.

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