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Why Stand-up Matters: Comedy and its Politics

In the first of this year’s ArtBites talks Sophie Quirk, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, explores whether stand-up comedy has an impact on society; how it shapes attitudes and voices dissent. Drawing upon exclusive interviews with comedians, it also addresses some of the political challenges facing practitioners today, including the industry’s weaknesses in diversity and representation, its debates around freedom of speech and political correctness, and accusations of elitism and political bias.

Sophie is the author of Why Stand-up Matters: How Comedians Manipulate and Influence (2015) and The Politics of British Stand-up Comedy: The New Alternative (2018).

ArtBites talks showcase academic research and book publications by lecturers in the School of Arts.

The talk will take place: 13:00 – 13:20 Thursday 21 November next to the DVD Collection in Block B, Ground Floor, Templeman Library.


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Gulbenkian’s Christmas Season 2019

Gulbenkian’s Christmas Season 2019 is a scrumptiously festive selection box of treats! From merry music gigs, festive family events to comedy nights full of Christmas cheer, Gulbenkian has Christmas all wrapped up this December.

The Gulbenkian café is putting a special festive twist on their menu throughout December including pigs in blankets, pizza for mischievous little elves and a turkey and cranberry sauce burger fit for a king.

 To see full listings and purchase tickets please visit the Gulbenkian’s website or call 01227 769075.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Get in the festive spirit with our Christmas activities

Come one, come all! ‘Tis the season to be…active! Get those seasonal clothes and jolly ol’ cheer ready for our fun Christmas activities on Wednesday 4 December. Jump-start your festive spirit with our Christmas-themed fun-run and fitness classes. Santa outfits encouraged!

Santa Run

A free 3km charity fun run in support of Kent Team Uni Boob with a suggested donation of £2. Meet the Kent Sport team at 12:30pm for registration and the run will start at 1pm at The Plaza, finishing at The Pavilion. Christmas-themed costumes encouraged! We also promise to fill you up with hot chocolate and mince pies afterwards for ALL participants. This event is open to all and you do not need to be a Kent Sport member to participate.

Those who email will receive a Santa hat prior to the run.

Christmas-themed fitness and dance classes

We also have Christmas-themed fitness and dance classes in the Sports Centre to give you that extra special feeling later in the day.

5.30pm Santa’s Freestyle Cycle

Don’t be left home alone! Come and join us for a super festive spin session hosted by Mrs Claus, Sarah and her Santa’s little helper, DJ Gee Cee on the turntables.

6.30pm Jingle Bell Zumba

Deck the halls, it’s time to rock around the Christmas tree with your favourite little elves Jeni and Emma.

7.30pm Silent Night Relaxation

After a long winters day its time to relax and stretch the night away… with your ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ Jeni.

Booking information for fitness classes:

Free for Premium Plus and Premium members. Normal class rates apply for Plus and Pay to Play members (£4.50 for students, £5.50 for staff).Not a member? Visit

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Panel event asks ‘Is Extinction Imminent?’

On Tuesday 19 November 2019, the School of Arts will host a panel discussion entitled ‘Is Extinction Imminent? Imagining Existential Risk in a Time of Climate Emergency’, which will take place in the Aphra Theatre at the University of Kent from 1pm to 3pm. The event will be chaired and hosted by Francesca Laura Cavallo, PhD candidate in History and Philosophy of Art.

The programme will feature the screening of Himali Singh Soin‘s short film we are opposite like that (Frieze Artist award 2019), and a panel discussion with Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries in London; Simon Beard, Academic Programme Manager and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge and a representative from Extinction Rebellion.

Extinction Rebellion activists took London by storm in April and October 2019 by framing their joyful pacifist action with die-ins and doomsday narratives. In academic terms, meanwhile, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk – a multidisciplinary team of scientists at Cambridge – has been urging attention to what philosopher Nick Bostrom dubbed ‘global catastrophic risks’, in a famous article (Bostrom, 2013). As both agree that threats to the survival of humanity must be tackled immediately, the challenge is the speculative nature of long-term forecasting and the need to communicate urgency for what transcends one life span. Artistic practice, on the other hand, has long engaged with speculative futures, paid attention to the signs of endangered life and encouraged reflection on what may be, stretching our perception of geological deep time into a future behind our lifetimes. As Jacques Attali put it: ‘Like everything that is out of our control, the long term is frightening – unless it fosters a form of utopia that would allow us to believe that, purely by dint of our will, tomorrow will be the best of the past and the present combined’ (Attali, 2015).

In more practical terms, alarming visions of environmental disaster are tempting, suggesting shaking the public from complacency and short-term thinking, even as they bypass any uncertainty and inevitably (over?) simplify. Yet, at least before the impact of Extinction Rebellion, stark and immediate portrayals of climate change threats have not clearly been effective.

The event is open to all and free tickets can be booked through the Eventsbrite page.

The event is generously supported by the School of Arts Graduate Study Committee, with special thanks to Studio 3 GalleryAesthetics Research CentreYasmine Rix and the Critical Studies for Risk and Uncertainty Research Centre.

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Professor Scarlett Thomas inaugural lecture – 20 November

An inaugural lecture by Professor Scarlett Thomas, in the School of English, will highlight how the University fits into her novels.

The lecture, titled ‘Collapsing Tunnels and Teaspoon Amnesties: Fictionalising the University of Kent’ takes place on Wednesday 20 November from 18.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus.

Scarlett Thomas joined Kent in 2004 as a practising novelist. Since then, she has published four novels for adults, three novels for children and a book about creative writing.

The University of Kent has appeared in many of these books, sometimes fictionalised, sometimes not. With readings from several of her books, Scarlett will talk about both how the University fits into her novels, and how a novelist fits into the contemporary university.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Admission is free and open to all.

To find out more and register for the event, see the Eventbrite pages or email

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Students Set to Graduate This Week

Students from the Medway and Canterbury campus will graduate on Wednesday and Friday respectively. The congregation which consists of those studying Masters and Bachelors will be awarded at ceremonies held at Rochester Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral. Both ceremonies will be streamed live on our YouTube channel and on the University of Kent website.

The University of Kent also awards honorary degrees to distinguished individuals life who have made a significant contribution to society. Honorary graduates are selected from nominations by members of the University and very often have links with departments or are University of Kent alumni.


Insight into Fintech day for Kent students!

On Thursday 31 October, the Success Accelerator Programme brought 15 talented second-year students to London to experience the Fintech industry. Hosted by Investment 20/20; a careers site for aspiring investment management graduates, who offer a graduate trainee programme with 42 partner companies. The students received an introduction into Fintech, with speakers from Fintech start-ups and financial services, who spoke about the developments within this emerging industry.

Following this, the group had the chance to partake in a speed networking session, with city professionals, working in a range of Fintech companies.

During the afternoon, the group were joined by Success Accelerator mentors, who networked with the students over lunch. A couple of our alumni; Sheyi Lisk-Carew, Reema Raisinghani, Luke Bewley and Michael Thurlow also shared their career insights during a panel talk, discussing their career paths since leaving Kent and their current roles within procurement, data and market analysis and consultancy.

The Success Accelerator Programme, which is sponsored by the Kent Opportunity Fund, aims to inspire students at Kent to achieve a career in the City. The programme includes students from the School of Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science and Law. Currently, there are 16 alumni mentors, all professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for those students looking to achieve their own version of success by gaining employment in London.

This was a fantastic event, which gave students an awareness of what investment management involves and its importance, how Fintech plays a huge role in the success of the industry and the opportunity to meet a variety of people who work in the sector. We would like to thank Investment 20/20 for hosting us and we look forward to visiting them again in the future.


Join us for some glow-in-the-dark fun!

Ever wondered how you could make your favourite activities that little bit more fun? Well grab your mates, put on some neon clothes, don those glow sticks and join us for this term’s UV nights  at the Sports Centre!

On Monday 2 December we’ll be hosting UV sports including korfball, netball, dodgeball and many more. We’ll also be running two sessions of our very popular roller disco.

On Tuesday 3 December we’re putting on very special UV fitness classes to get your blood pumping. Afro House Hiit, BodyPump, Strong by Zumba and Spinning are all on the timetable for the evening.

Visit our UV sports night webpage for the full timetable, booking and payment details.


Give the gift of wellbeing this Christmas

This Christmas, treat someone to the unique gift of wellbeing with our vouchers for Kent Sport membership and the Physiotherapy Clinic. So if you know a student, staff member, alumni or member of the public in need of some wellbeing, then get in touch!

For all voucher enquiries*, please email

Check out the Benefits of membership and prices and the Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic.

*Excludes Pay to Play. Membership vouchers for University of Kent student or staff members can also be purchased at reception. This will be added to their Kent One card upon purchase. Vouchers for membership available to buy until 16 December 2019.

GCDC Doctoral Scholarships 2020

The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) has launched a call for PhD applications for ten doctoral scholarships starting in September 2020. GCDC scholarships are open to new, full-time PhD applicants in any discipline (based in either Canterbury or Medway) whose research meets Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funding criteria.

 GCDC scholars will receive the following:

• Annual stipend at UKRI rates for 3.5 years (TBC but this was £15,009 for 2019/20);

• Annual tuition fees at UKRI Home/EU rates for 3.5 years (£4,327 for 2019/20);

• A Research Training Support Grant of £1,500 per year for the first 3 years of study; and

• Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities.

Applications for GCDC scholarships can be both student-led and project-led.

More information about GCDC project-led scholarships is available via the links below:

• School of Biosciences/School of Economics: ‘Investigating the diarrhoeal pathogens in vulnerable populations in developing countries’ 

• School of Anthropology and Conservation: ‘Human-elephant co-existence in a post-ivory ban landscape’ 

• School of Politics and International Relations: ‘Engaging citizens in Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ 

• School of Biosciences: ‘Defining the molecular basis and health benefits of traditional Asian medicines’ 

• Kent Business School/School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research: ‘Work or family? The impact of an EO strategy on migrant workers’ wellbeing and organisational performance in China’ 

• Kent School of Architecture and Planning: ‘The Urban Agriculture Nexus: an investigation on urban food growing in the barrios of Bogatà’ 

More information 

Visit the GCDC Scholarships page for more information on how to apply.