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Winners of the 2020 Graduate School Prizes

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Graduate School Prizes. Visit the Graduate School for what the winners and nominators had to say.

Postgraduate Researchers

Laura Thomas-Walters, School of Anthropology and Conservation, with particular recognition for their contribution towards public engagement

Boniface Otieno Oyugi, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, with particular recognition for their contribution to publications and grants

Simon Cooksey, School of Computing, with particular recognition for their contribution towards impact

Gianna Maria Eick, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, with particular recognition for their contribution towards external collaboration

Alice Helliwell, School of Arts, with particular recognition for their contribution towards cohort building.


Postgraduate Administrator

Emily Rae, Paris Centre Administrator


Postgraduate Supervisor

Professor Murray Smith, Professor of Film Studies, School of Arts

Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Head of School of Arts


Postgraduate Teacher

Eva Sigurdardottir, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

The Graduate School was delighted to receive a high number of exceptional nominations for this year’s Graduate School Prizes competition. The Graduate School recognises the significant contribution made to the University of Kent by Postgraduate Researchers, Postgraduate Teachers and academic and professional services staff across the University. We would like to thank everyone for their excellent work in support of postgraduate education and research at Kent.

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Will Wollen vocal contribution to London sculpture trail

An award-winning sculpture featuring a spoken contribution from Will Wollen, Senior Lecturer in Drama, is currently being installed at Cody Dock in London, where will form part of The Line, a London sculpture trail.

As visitors approach the breathing wooden sculptures made by Steuart Padwick, a sensor is triggered, and the figures voice poignant and uplifting words. These conversations start to crack the ‘burden’ to release a glowing light. The series progresses from a standing figure, carrying the burden on its shoulders, to a figure resting against its burden, highlighting that while the burden may not be overtly visible it is often not far away. These words were written and recorded by notable poets, writers, actors and mental health ambassadors.

The installation has been recognised with two Impact Awards from the International Safety and Mates in Minds Awards.

You can hear Will and the other voices by clicking on these recordings. 

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Launch of virtual buddy scheme

The Virtual Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer non-academic support scheme coordinated by Kent Union that helps students through university life.

During the current pandemic it provides a welcomed opportunity for students to connect and look out for each other, wherever you are at the moment. You’ll be matched based on your indicated preferences; whether that’s what you are currently studying, your interests and hobbies or how you are currently keeping busy.

Find a buddy

If you’re feeling a little disconnected, you might benefit from finding a buddy. You will be matched based on your preferences and what you might need right now, whether that’s someone to chat to about how you’re feeling or someone to play online games with. Kent Union will organise various virtual events where you can meet with other students; we encourage our buddy partnerships to meet at least once a week, but there is nothing stopping you meeting virtually every day.

Become a buddy volunteer

We feel that it’s more meaningful for students to be matched with someone who knows what it’s like to be a student at Kent and can identify with other students’ experiences. Being a buddy volunteer can be a great opportunity to give something back and support others. Kent Union match you based on your preferences with someone who they think you’ll be able to support- you might end up becoming friends for life!

Find out more on the Kent Union buddy webpage. If you have any questions please e-mail

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Careers and Employability Service launch new online events

Careers & Employability Service have created a new series of online workshops and events to help students to plan for life after graduation. This is in addition to their ongoing 1-2-1 support sessions. The aim is to give students the support they need to prepare for life after University.

Online Live Q&A

Wednesday 20 May at 14:00

There is an online Q and A sessions with careers staff to answer questions and deal with your concerns regarding job opportunities, virtual volunteering and preparing for virtual job interviews.

You can register at

There are also a number of Webinars to assist you with gaining employment, working as a virtual volunteer and how to enhance your public persona.

Employability sessions

Tuesday 26 May

11:00 – Virtual volunteering

Wednesday 27 May

10.00 – Finding experience in uncertain times

Thursday 28 May

11:00 – Tier 2 jobs simplified by Student Circus

14:00 – Succeeding in applications

15:00 – CV evaluation activity

16:00 Kent Alumni Drop-in – Finance, Fintech, Law and Actuarial Science

Friday 29 May

NBA Careers & The Sports Industry

12:00 – Get into Teaching, Department for Education

You can register at

Screening of Alice in Wonderland on YouTube Live

There will be a broadcast of the full performance of Alice in Wonderland on Friday 22 May at 19:00 on YouTube Live and KMTV.

The performance is a historic stage adaption of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland.

The University of Kent’s adaption has been reconstructed from a vocal score by its Deputy Director of Music, Dan Harding.

The performance is the result of a collaboration between students and staff from across the University community, working together to bring the classic to life after nearly one hundred years.

You can watch the performance on our YouTube channel.

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Kent Community Oasis Garden online wellbeing sessions

The Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG), is a collection of students, staff and community members working to create a sustainability and wellbeing hub centred around growing food.

Due to current circumstances the garden is closed, however, we recognise how important connecting with nature is especially for our mental health.

To fill the gap, KentCOG Coordinator Emily Hill is hosting weekly Grow Your Wellbeing online sessions via Zoom every Wednesday afternoon (14.00-15.00) with practical advice on trying Ecotherapy at home.

Sign up by visiting and complete a registration form online, or email

The session is part of a weekly digital timetable of workshops run by East Kent Mind who are partnering with The University of Kent to deliver the KentCOG project as a space to support good mental health and wellbeing.

To find out more please email Emily at or visit the KentCOG blog. You can also follow KentCOG on Instagram.

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Postgraduate Virtual Open Event, 21 May

Thinking of further study? Book now for Kent’s Virtual Postgraduate Open Event on Thursday 21 May. Hear from specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions to discover all about studying on one of Kent’s postgraduate programmes in the UK and Europe.

Kent has a wide range of subjects, most of which are available full or part-time and some by distance and blended learning. Programmes, many with professional accreditation, are informed by the latest research from world-leading academics so you can develop career-focused skills and knowledge relevant to today’s issues.

Join Kent at our Virtual Open Event to:

  • Learn about their multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund
  • Hear from specialist academics
  • Attend live Q&A sessions with staff and current students
  • Discover Kent’s inspirational locations: Canterbury, Medway, Paris and Brussels
  • Take a look at Kent’s wonderful campuses and postgraduate centres
  • Hear a welcome from Prof Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate School

Book now for Kent’s Virtual Postgraduate Open Event on Thursday 21 May to reserve your place and to keep updated on everything that will happen on the day.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week launches today and the aim is to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme this year is kindness.

To tie in with this, Kent Union are posting random acts of kindness on their website, so look out for them.

We will also be on Instagram LIVE on Wednesday at 12:00 on the University account. One of our students will be giving out tips on how to manage stress and anxiety during exam period.

You can also find some advice on how to manage your anxiety from this story we wrote and you can grab some more tips from this video.

Also Kent Union have lots of information on their De-Stress platform that acts as a hub for the advice, support and activities on getting the most out of the exam period and COVID.

Don’t forget Big White Wall which is a Care Quality Commission registered service recognised nationally through awards by the NHS and is a safe environment overseen by qualified therapists called Wall Guides.

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School of Engineering and Digital Arts co-host online digital arts live-stream

Kent’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts and the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore will collaborate once again to host the live digital arts programme WAVES-2, live-streamed on the event’s YouTube channel, taking place on Sunday 17 May at 12:00 (UTC).

Student artists from both Universities, as well as digital and performance artists from around the world will present art works live from their home during the two-hour broadcast. The live event will mix and blend together isolated artists, their styles and inspirations for the streaming audience, featuring dancing, poetry, photography and music. The broadcast will switch between various live audio/video streams as well as curated videos submitted by our contributing artists.

The central theme of the artwork is the various responses of both institutions’ second year students to their nations’ lockdown and the statement of creating art despite lockdown constraints.

Previously an opportunity for artists to meet in person, the WAVES event has been reincarnated as an online-event. The new format and theme of the exhibition, being focused on connecting isolating artists, was inspired by the recent exhibit of Nam Junes Paik’s work at the Tate Modern.

The event is taking place on Sunday 17 May at 12:00 (UTC) and can be viewed here.