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Language Express

Learn a new language with Language Express

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is running evening classes, catering for a variety of different abilities.

Courses include up to ten of the most popular languages, including:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Modern Greek
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Choose from either the 20-week courses, starting in October or 10-week courses, starting in January.

Visit the CEWL website to find out more and to book.


Hub students Daniella and Saga

Kent students to compete at international entrepreneurship competition

On Thursday 17th August, two Hub students will be travelling to Virginia, USA, to compete in the Virginia tech KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Each year the University of Kent selects a student, or a team of students, to compete at the Virginia Tech University in the USA along with students from 14 other countries. These students all have one thing in common: a great business idea.

The University of Kent represents the UK to compete in this prestigious competition with other countries including Ecuador, France and Australia. Students pitch their business ideas with the chance to win $25,000 and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

The University of Kent’s entry this year is “ToDo”- the business idea of students Daniella Golden and Saga Rad. ToDo is an online platform for collaborative environmental volunteering with a connected webshop.

Daniella and Saga put forward a business idea for the University of Kent Big Ideas Competition, run as part of the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise. The duo were selected to receive comprehensive mentoring to prepare for the Global Entrepreneurship Champion Competition and free workspace at the University’s business incubation and support unit.

Daniella and Saga will be presenting their business idea at 20.35 (BST) On Thursday 24th August You can support our student entry and watch live here.

If you have a business idea or would like to find out more about how the University supports students looking to start-up a business please email email us.

When will I get my timetable?

Here’s when you can expect to receive your timetable for 2017-18…

Stage 0 and 1 students

Stage 0 and 1 timetables will be on the Student Guide by Friday 22 September 2016.

Stage 2 and 3 students

Stage 2 and 3 timetables will be on the Student Guide during the week starting Monday 11 September.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate timetables will be on the Student Guide by Friday 22 September 2017.

Resits students

If you had to resit an exam over the summer your timetable might be delayed. Your timetable will be on the Student Guide by Friday 22 September 2017 at the latest.

Important – check your timetable regularly!

Continue to go back and check your timetable regularly for updates including other events.

Got a question?

Read our timetabling FAQs.

Make the most of Welcome Week

Once you have registered make sure you get involved in all that Welcome Week (or as some people call it, ‘week 0’) has to offer.

Welcome Week is a helpful introduction to the University and its services, including the Library and Kent Union, getting you ready for when teaching starts on 25 September 2017.

Even if you’re not living in University accommodation you still need to attend Welcome Week.

Get the most from Welcome Week and make sure you…

  • Go to the Welcome Fairs on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September.This is your opportunity to find out more about all the societies and sports teams you can join. You can also pick up a few freebies!
  • Attend your school’s induction events. School induction events are a great opportunity to meet fellow students studying similar subjects to you, while discovering the wide range of support services provided by your school. Contact your school for more details.
  • Find out all you need to know about Library and IT services by attending a welcome session in the Templeman Library. Check your timetable or drop in. View our Hello Library! Hello IT! webpages for help.

International student?

As well as all the Welcome Week activities, there’s a special welcome programme for international students.

Postgraduate student?

If you’re a postgraduate student there is a range of induction events designed specifically for you, as well as the general Welcome Week events everyone can attend.

Ypres Battlefields visit

Another successful year for the European summer schools

The University’s 2017 European Summer Schools, at its postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels, have reported another successful year.

Launched in 2013, the two-week summer school programme is built on Kent’s specialist knowledge and international reputation as the UK’s European university by offering a number of undergraduate students and external applicants the opportunity to participate in academic sessions and cultural activities in these two world-renowned European capitals.

This year, students at the University’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) explored the theme of ‘Europe and the World’, which drew upon the academic strengths of the school. Within this context, various sub-themes were also covered; these included migration and the refugee response, the European Union’s (EU) relationship with emerging powers, and its response to the global economic crisis.

Students also participated in a series of guest lectures, seminars and debates delivered by academics, policy-makers, diplomats and European civil servants. This summer school was designed to allow them to discover how the EU functions, with a particular focus on how it acts as a global organisation and the challenges it faces in today’s world.

Students also benefited from a careers workshop which provided an insight into a range of employment opportunities as well as the transferable skills which are attractive to potential employers.

Students at Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, located in historic Montparnasse, explored the theme of ‘Revolutions’. This allowed them to gain a greater understanding of how French culture has long been at the centre of innovation in the fields of architecture, film, literature, art and philosophy

Students spent two weeks in Paris in an interdisciplinary environment, attending seminars given by expert academics from Kent and visiting important sites and museums related to the programme. These included the Pompidou Centre, the Picasso Museum and the Jardin des Plantes.

Sophie Punt, Summer School Co-ordinator at the University, described this year as ‘one of the best to date’. It was successful in many respects she said but ‘overall this year’s schools have provided students with not only enhanced intercultural and analytical skills, but also provided them with an opportunity to see Europe and its role in the world from a range of different perspectives’. Looking ahead we are hoping to run a summer school at our Rome centre for 2018 which will draw on the expertise in Arts and History-based studies in the eternal city.

We would like to extend our thanks to the generous supporters of the schools including the Student Projects Fund for their generous contribution towards the scholarships.

Canterbury Summer School 2017

Canterbury Summer Schools 2017

Part of the University’s internationalisation strategy; the University of Kent Summer Schools have just taken place for the second year running at our Canterbury campus with more schools having taken part than ever before.

Students from all over the world signed up to participate in our two-week postgraduate-level Summer Schools which ranged from ‘European Security and Foreign Policy’ with the School of Politics and International Relations to ‘Investigating the Social Mind’ with the School of Psychology. This year we also had schools taking part for the first time including Kent Business School who ran a course on ‘Global Business in a Dynamic Environment’.

Students were able to gain an insight into studying with one of the UK’s top Universities; participating in expert seminars and workshops in their field of study and gaining valuable life skills to take with them in their continuing studies and into the workplace.

One student on the Business Summer School has summed up her experience on the course as follows: “I can honestly say that I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. During the two weeks, we have had the privilege of being taught by some of the best professors from the University of Kent discussing different topics ranging from law to marketing and hearing about their personal experiences and lessons learnt in the world of business. We did this whilst writing an editorial piece – something I had never done before. We were assisted and guided by our professors and researchers and now, I can confidently say that I can write an editorial about any subject- not only in international business.

It is not only the course and the taught material that I enjoyed; I met a wonderful group of people and made friends from different countries, got to explore the beauty of Canterbury, Whitstable and London, through trips led by Kent’s student ambassadors, and got to experience what it was like to study Masters at the University of Kent. I have already suggested Kent’s summer courses to my University in Jordan, as I believe that plenty of other students will enjoy the experience and will truly benefit from it.’’

Summer Schools Co-ordinator Sophie Punt has described the summer schools as “diverse and enriching opportunities allowing students to not only learn in depth about the subject matter but gain intercultural awareness and meet peers from all over the world. Students have been very enthusiastic and made the most of their time in Canterbury.”

Applications for our summer schools in Canterbury and at our European centre’s for summer 2018 will be opening soon.

Mobile research laboratory

Tracking social communication skills

Currently, researchers in the School of Psychology are studying how social communication skills change as we age and how we may be able to enhance them. This is a significant research project and the team is looking for adults aged between 18 and 80 years old to take part in the study. This will involve a variety of questionnaires and computer tasks.

Sessions can take place at any time of day, evenings, weekdays or weekends and can be carried out at your home or place of work if preferred. As a thank you, you’ll receive £30 cash, a small gift and reasonable travel expenses.

Email or visit the website for more details.


Participants needed for PhD research

You are invited to take part in a PhD study involving non-invasive electronic measurement of swallowing and chewing. This study intends to collect data towards the development of automated identification of chewing and swallowing behaviours.

To do this we intend to measure muscle activity in the neck and face during a small meal. The session is expected to take no more than 90 minutes. You will be presented with £10 Amazon voucher to compensate you for your time.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please register your interest in the following form:

We are looking for individuals between 18 and 40 years of age who live in the Canterbury area, or are students or staff members at the University of Kent, to take part in data collection during a small meal. The study is open to individuals with no known allergies or dietary restrictions to food items listed below (specifically gluten and dairy products).

If you are eligible to take part in this study you will be required to visit Jennison Building at the Canterbury campus during which small sensors will be placed to your throat and face. You will be asked to perform a number of tasks (including reading aloud and carrying out head motion), and then to consume a meal. This will consist of: apple, plain cheese pizza, jam sandwich, yoghurt and water. Food provided will contain gluten and dairy products.


Photo credit: Paul Wilkinson, CC 2.0

Central Student Administration Team

New Central Student Administration Office

Formerly known as Student Records & Examinations and The Undergraduate Office – Humanities & Social Sciences, our two departments have merged to form Central Student Administration Office (CSAO).

We are responsible for current and alumni document processing, record updates, (online) module registration, operational management of examinations including adapted arrangements, exam result processing, student registration and academic data changes.

Please visit our new website for full information on our services.

Our contact details will change in line with our new identity, with and no longer in use after 1 August 2017

New contact details:
Twitter: @UniKent_CSAO
Tel: 01227 827000
Or visit us – Student Reception, The Registry Building. Canterbury Campus

Simon Elliott publishes on Roman military history

Dr Simon Elliott, who completed his PhD in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, has just published his second historical book, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017).

The armed forces of Rome, particularly those of the later Republic and Principate, are rightly regarded as some of the finest military formations ever to engage in warfare. Less well known however is their use by the State as tools for such non-military activities in political, economic and social contexts. In this capacity they were central instruments for the Emperor to ensure the smooth running of the Empire.

In this book the use of the military for such non-conflict related duties is considered in detail for the first time. The first, and best known, is running the great construction projects of the Empire in their capacity as engineers. Next, the role of the Roman military in the running of industry across the Roman Empire is examined, particularly the mining and quarrying industries, but also others. They also took part in agriculture, administered and policed the Empire, provided a firefighting resource and organised games in the arena.

The soldiers of Rome really were the foundations on which the Roman Empire was constructed: they literally built an empire. In the book, Simon lifts the lid on this less well-known side to the Roman army, in an accessible narrative designed for a wide readership.

Simon’s PhD project considered industry in Roman Kent and the role of the Roman military therein, and was supervised by Dr Steve Willis. Last year, Simon published his first historical book, Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (The History Press, 2016).

For more details on Empire State, please see the publisher’s webpage.