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Join the Gulbenkian Advisory Board

Would you like to help transform lives through culture and creativity?

Gulbenkian is seeking new members for our Advisory Board, and we would love to have staff and students well represented.

As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are looking to strengthen our existing Board members’ knowledge, skills and expertise in a number of key areas by recruiting well-connected and experienced individuals.

We want to recruit board members from all backgrounds, ages and sections of the community.

These are opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of young people and be part of one of Kent’s most vibrant creative organisations.

To apply please send a CV and a brief covering letter (no more than 2 pages of A4) setting out why you’re interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Board and what you may be able to contribute, for the attention of: Oliver Carruthers, Director, Gulbenkian via email  or by post to Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB.

Download Advisory Board Recruitment Pack for more information.

Deadline for applications are on the 16th July 2018 at 5pm.


Julie Williams- Kent Hospitality’s June PRIDE Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the June Kent Hospitality PRIDE Award is Julie Williams, Turing College Domestic Assistant. The Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence Award recognized Julie’s caring personality while consistently providing additional support to residential students on the Canterbury campus.

An extract from one of Julie’s nomination reads: ‘…she has always made sure that I am OK even when I am anxious about exams and she will always give me the best advice […] When I fell very ill, and an ambulance was sent to me, Julie showed the paramedics where I was and a few days later she came around to see if I was OK’.

Any Kent Hospitality staff member (permanent or casual) may be nominated from Canterbury and Medway campuses. The award is given in March, June, September/October and December with each winner receiving £100 of shopping vouchers, a certificate and a Pride pin badge.

It’s really easy to nominate a member of the Kent Hospitality team for a Pride Award. Just visit the Pride website and complete our online form. The closing date for the next Pride Award is Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 12 noon.

Well Done Julie!



KMTV launches new exciting TV schedule

This week KMTV begins a brand new exciting TV schedule – 24 hours a day of KMTV and a new lunchtime bulletin! And a fresh look at Kent with the live outside broadcast show ‘Kent Goes Out’ on summer Friday evenings.

You can see the link to view the new schedule and listings now available for everyone on the KMTV website.

The new look brings Vintage Comedy mornings with The Lucy Show, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney Show, a Food Morning on Wednesdays, weekday western afternoons with Bonanza, The Lone Ranger and Hawkeye and The Last of the Mohicans, and new guaranteed times for films (Midday Movie for musicals, comedies and classics, 2pm Films including popular sci-fi creature features, Midnight Movie with horrors and 1970s classics, and 9pm Films at the weekends).

At lunchtimes every weekday there is a NEW lunchtime news bulletin at 13.45. And Kent Tonight remains KMTV’s flagship show at 17.30-18.30 each weekday, repeated at 21.15 and with an 20.00 bulletin in-between.

Saturday and Sunday mornings have been given over to Children’s TV with  programmes running from 06.00 such as Zoo Babies and cartoons, then the newly made British children’s series Teenie Weenie leading into the classic tales of boy and horse Champion the Wonder Horse and Fury.

The evenings feature our own shows and vintage US crime series, sci-fi, factual looks at space and aviation, a bit of celebrity and some football heroes..

Dragnet and Man with a Camera , One Step Beyond and Sherlock Holmes  are all classic series in our evening schedules. And to help us remembers that ‘all that glisters is not gold’ we’ve got Pain Behind the Fame and Hero 2 Zero.

Our own shows: Team Talk at 18.30 on a Monday and repeated throughout the week; Chris & Co for business on Wednesday at 18.30 and repeated; the music show Bassed in Kent on Thursdays and Fridays at 20.45 and Paul on Politics live at 17.00 on a Friday and repeated over the weekend. Made in Kent our food show, Kent Says given over to viewers’ opinions and Kent Thinks featuring University of Kent lecturers are throughout the week.  And the kmfm Breakfast Show kicks off every weekday with Gary and Laura at 6 simulcast on the channel.

Expect Respect E-Module

The compulsory Expect Respect e-module is now available on moodle in correspondence with the new Respect at Kent policy that will come into effect in the new academic year.  The aim of this e-learning module is to introduce new students to the University’s Student Charter and Dignity at Study Policy. This module is available to both staff and students at Kent as we are all responsible for ensuring that the University is a safe place to live and study.

The e-module is hosted on both internal and external Moodle and can be found using the following links:

Internal –

External –

This module provides brief training to raise awareness of issues around sexual respect, rape and consent.

For further information and guidance on these issues student’s key contacts are:

  • your Master’s Office
  • your School’s Student Support Officer
  • Campus Security 01227 823300 or 01227823333 (for emergencies). You can also contact Campus Security via the SafeZone app. This can be downloaded at


BLOCK circus and dance extravaganza – 20 and 22 June

On Wednesday 20 June (Medway) and Friday 22 June (Canterbury), join us for breathtaking performances to launch the Kent Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Leading UK companies NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse bring together their unique styles in BLOCK, a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, BLOCK leaves audiences gasping.Twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks, are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. BLOCK is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges.

You may remember Motionhouse as the company who brought the dancing diggers to bOing! in 2015. They combine circus and dance to create spectacular, physical performances that have wowed crowds across the world. We are delighted to have them back at the University once again.

The performance times are:


  • 12.15 (at staff BBQ)


  • 13.30 (as part of the staff BBQ)
  • 16.30 (open to all staff and public)

Everyone is welcome, and the 16.30 performance is open to all family and friends as well – so please spread the word.


It’s 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote. The UK Parliament is celebrating this and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history and we want to be part of the festivities! Therefore it is time to arrange a tea party; EqualiTeas here at the University of Kent.

We want to invite you to debate and celebrate our equal right to vote. Just pop in for a cuppa and a chat with your colleagues across the campus!

Tuesday 26 June at Gulbenkian (15.00-17.00) Canterbury Campus

Thursday 28 June at Bistro No1 (15.00-17.00) Medway Campus

(Visit the Vote 100 pages to discover more).

If you have any questions please email:

Beach book

Using the Templeman Library this vacation

24/7 opening will end at 23:00 on Friday 15 June. From Saturday 16 June, the library will be open 08:00 – 23:00 daily (closed Bank Holiday Monday 27 August).

Service desks:

  • Monday – Friday 09.00 – 18.00
  • Saturday 12.00 – 18.00
  • Sunday closed

Some spaces are changing…

  • The Chill Out Zone will close at 21.00 on Friday 15 June
  • Pop-up study space in D Block will close at 23.00 on Friday 15 June
  • A Block seminar rooms on the ground floor will be open as study space over the summer from Monday 25 June  – check the screen outside each room for availability
  • A Block, Ground will be closed for work on the flooring between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 June.

Studying across campus

Study Hubs are open throughout the summer apart from the Senate Study Hub which will close at 21.00 for the Summer vacation. Use our map to find your nearest Study Hub.

We are pleased to say Senate will be reopening later in the year as a dedicated Postgraduate Study Hub.

Don’t miss a beat

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you want to be the first to know about:

  • changes to study spaces (including the new PG study hub!)
  • Library and IT services
  • available resources
  • the return of the Chill Out Zone
  • lib memes
Canterbury Pride 2018

University proud to sponsor Canterbury Pride celebration

The University was proud to be a sponsor of Canterbury’s third annual Pride celebration on Saturday 9 June.

Nearly 100 staff, students, alumni and colleagues from Kent Union marched together as part of the event. Kent’s group was organised by colleagues from the LGBT+ Staff Network and Kent Union.

Over 1,100 people joined the parade, up 400 from last year, which was followed by a festival of entertainment including a craft fair, local food stalls and music from members of S Club 7.

The parade marched up Canterbury High Street into Dane John gardens. The atmosphere was one of jubilation and unity as people from all over Kent joined together to celebrate diversity, and remember those around the world who cannot attend such events, for fear of persecution or harassment.

Cake for a cause – Thursday 14 June

Be sure not to miss out tomorrow (Thursday 14 June) with accommodation receptions across Canterbury campus selling delicious homemade cupcakes to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. As well as tasty treats, there will also be games to enter.

Recommended donations are only £1 each (although you are welcome to give more) with all funds going to the charity. Don’t worry if you don’t have the change on the day, you can even text in your donation to 70070 with the word CUPP78 and the donation amount. You can also donate online at

Cake for a good cause – we’ll race you there!

Participating receptions are Turing College, Keynes College, Eliot College, Rutherford College, Tyler Court, Darwin College and Park Wood.

If you have any questions email

Photos from Summer Music Week 2018

View the photos from the annual music festival – ‘Summer Music Week’ – marking the end of the academic year at the University of Kent.
Photos were captured in both rehearsals and performances, featuring the University Chorus, Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Cecilian Choir, Concert Band, Big Band, University Music Scholars, the Lost Consort, String Sinfonia, the student string quartet, the Oom Pa Band, the Limoncellos, and a lot of selfies and bunting!