Black History Month

Black History Month is a yearly event that celebrates the achievements of Black people in the UK. The university in conjunction with Kent Union and GKSU are celebrating Black History Month by hosting various activities over October.


**Rescheduled** University of Kent Annual Race Equality Lecture – Monday 2 November Thursday 17:30 – 19:00

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (VC of the University of the West Indies) will give a talk on “British Universities as Architect of Slavery and Violent Colonialism: Undoing the Harm”. This will be the University’s fourth Annual Race Equality Lecture and the first to be held online. It is free and open to all, with registration now open.

Black Women In STEM – Online – Tuesday 27 October at 12:00

A talk from exceptional Black women and students in STEM addressing young, Black women in academia, who want to pursue a career in STEM and inspiring them to aspire higher.

Decolonisation Discussion Forum – Friday 30 October at 12:30

A roundtable discussion covering what decolonisation means in the context of University students.

Film Screenings

Hidden FiguresMonday 19 October at 18:00 

The Student Success team invites students from the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to this FREE screening.

Black Panther – Tuesday 20 October at 19:00

There will a screening of this iconic film at The Gulbenkian followed by a panel discussion.

Rocks – Thursday 22 October at 19:00

Head down to the Canterbury campus for a screening of this film which will be followed by a panel discussion.

Miss Juneteenth – Thursday 29 October at 19:00

This powerful film will be screened at The Gulbenkian and followed by a panel discussion.


African Women and the British Health Service

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The exhibitions celebrating Black History Month

There are a few exhibitions celebrating Black History Month which focus on the contribution Black people have made to the UK.

African Women and the British Health Service – Keynes College

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS. Despite their long history of work within the health service in Britain, the role of African women is rarely highlighted in discussions of the history of the NHS or of health work more generally.  This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and curated by the Young Historians Project in partnership with Ghana Nurses Association, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association and the Black Cultural Archives.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition – Keynes College

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The Black Liberation Front digital exhibition

This exhibition presents the history of the Black Liberation Front (BLF) in Britain. The BLF was active in Britain from 1971-1993 and had its roots in the wider Black Power movement.  The BLF worked with other groups in Britain and had strong international links with organisations and individuals worldwide concerned with Black liberation and has been curated by the Young Historians Project.

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Care first webinars w/c 19 October 2020

Our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support, including weekly webinars.

This week’s (Monday 19 October – Friday 23 October) webinars are as follows:

Monday 19 October 2020 –  ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link.

Tuesday 20 October 2020 – ‘Speaking with people who are breaking the Rules’
Time: 12.30-13.00 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 21 October 2020 –  ‘Tips to avoid and alleviate conference call anxiety’
Time: 13.00-13.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 22 October 2020 – ‘Alcohol Awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 16 October 2020 – ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Careers in Defence for non-STEM students

We are hosting Careers in Defence for non-STEM students on Wednesday October 21 at 15:30. Join a panel of defence sector representatives, including Kent alumni, who will share their experiences about working in defence, discuss the opportunities available and the value that non-STEM graduates provide in their workplaces.

This will be followed by a Q+A with representatives from BAE, DstL and Janes as well as Jack Radford (Military History), a returning placement student. This event is suitable for Humanities/History, Business, Economics, SECL, SSPSSR, Psychology and all non-STEM.

Ella Fleming – Senior Analyst in DstL and Visiting Fellow for RUSI (BSC International Politics, MA Conflict Security and Development)

She works for Defence and Security and has expertise in socio-cultural and regional analysis, intelligence analysis, gender in the armed forces. She also has experience in designing external outreach models and external partnership management.

Martin Parr – honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at Dstl.

Martin Parr is an honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Martin regularly teaches at the Defence Academy and on the University of Kent’s MBA programme.

Rebecca Jaggon – Systems Engineer, BAE Systems (MA Control Systems Engineering)

Rebecca is a Systems Engineer at BAE Systems and in this time, she has worked on aircraft control sticks, heads-up displays and controls. Before this she completed a Masters in Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, which gave me a strong background in modelling.

Richard Blake – Procurement Graduate Scheme, BAE Systems (BA Business and Music)

Richard Blake is a second year Procurement Graduate at BAE Systems who studied at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Sam Cranny-Evans – Editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles (BA War Studies at Kent)

Sam Cranny-Evans is the editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles, his writing focuses on paradigms in modern land warfare, and how armoured fighting vehicles have evolved to meet those emerging demands.

Jack Radford – Defence Analyst, DstL Professional Placement Year student (BA History with Professional Placement Year at Kent)

Jack is a current student at the University of Kent studying History with an emphasis on Military, British and Russian History. He has recently completed a Year-In-Industry placement as a Defence Analyst with the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl], an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence.

This event will take place on Zoom and is bookable via Target Connect. 

Students will receive 10 Employability Points for attending.

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Kent Sport running groups

Kent Sport is bringing back our popular running groups! Dust off those old trainers and get back to running. Whether you’re just starting out or a confident runner, we have adapted our sessions to suit everyone. All running groups are open to students and staff. Remember to book online and meet at the Sports Centre.

Beginners’ Running (Couch To 5K)

Our 10-week Couch to 5K program is perfect for those just starting out and will get you comfortably running each week, leading up to a 30 minute run (approx. 5km) in just 10 weeks. This relaxed and sociable session requires no experience, just a pair of trainers and a sense of humour. Our experienced staff will support you every step of the way and before you know it, you’ll be confident to hit the roads on your own.

Social Run Club

The clue is in the name – this ‘social’ group will meet twice a week at the Sports Centre and will be guided by an experienced member of staff. Whether you’ve done a bit of running in the past, or a regular runner, this group is perfect for you! Each week the route may change depending on the group’s preferences, but we’ll be there to provide that much needed motivation.

Due to the current situation, we have had to impose social distancing measures into all our sessions:

  • You must book and pay for each session online in advance.
  • We have restricted the session size to 11 participants and 1 coach
  • On arrival, you will need to check in for the session at the Sports Centre reception. You may have to queue outside the Sports Centre before checking in
  • Please wear a mask or face covering as you enter reception
  • Once checked in, meet the coach outside the Sports Centre and maintain social distancing at all times during the session
  • Please arrive ready for your session. Our locker and changing facilities are currently unavailable

If you’re interested in any of the running groups, check out our running groups blog item for session days and times.

Nostalgia interview with Leslie de Vries

In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Dr Chris Deacy, Head of the Department of Religious Studies, interviews Leslie De Vries, who is Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University.

In this interview, Leslie explains why he wanted to be a ‘normal kid’ growing up, and how he was a bit of a dreamer in school. He later became involved in playing music and we discover how he became interested in East Asia through martial arts.

Leslie also talks about his research and teaching interests, about he got to shake hands with Lionel Richie, why playing in a band wasn’t the right path for him, why one lifetime doesn’t seem enough, living in East Asia and how it drives his teaching, his dream for the future and why he prefers to look forward rather than back.

Dr Rosie Wyles

Dr Rosie Wyles publishes ‘Costumes in Greek Tragedy’

Dr Rosie Wyles, Lecturer in the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, has published a new book titled Costumes in Greek Tragedy (Bloomsbury, 2020).

The core of the book focuses on tragic costume in its original performance context of fifth-century Athens, but the implications of subsequent uses in Roman and more recent performances are also taken into consideration.

Rosie says: “I’ve been thinking about the significance of props for the past 10 years. I knew from my work on costume (Costume in Greek Tragedy, 2011) that swords enjoyed a dominant stage presence in tragedy. This project was about understanding the significance of this when interpreted within the wider civic context. Studying the treatment of swords, voting equipment and masks on stage revealed props’ important role in the shaping of Athenian identity. This research is defined by its innovative approach to exploring the notion of Athenian citizenship and theatre’s relationship with society.”

This area of Rosie’s work is also explored in a lecture she gave for the University’s “Think Kent” series:

Ben Hutchinson

Ben Hutchinson publishes ‘The Midlife Mind’

Ben Hutchinson, Professor of European Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, has recently published a new book titled The Midlife Mind (Reaktion Books, 2020).

The meaning of life is a common concern, but what is the meaning of midlife? With the help of illustrious writers such as Dante, Montaigne, Beauvoir, Goethe and Beckett, The Midlife Mind sets out to answer this question.

Ben says: “Part literary biography, part non-fiction autobiography, this book constitutes a ‘memoir of the middle’. Just as we are all supposed to be middle-class now, so we all seem to be middle-aged. But what does this term even mean? Meditating on what it means to be nel mezzo del cammin, this book represents a transparent attempt to work through my own midlife crisis. I’m not sure it’s worked, but it’s been fun trying.”

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Help promote the next Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Events!

We are hosting the next Virtual Open Events on the following dates: 

Undergraduate Virtual Open Event on Saturday 14 November 2020, from 10.00 – 14.00 (UK Time)

Postgraduate Virtual Open Event on Wednesday 18 November 2020, from 12.00 – 15.00 (UK Time)

Our last undergraduate event in October saw 2,360 bookings with 46% attending, that’s 1,652 visitors on the day, as it’s a virtual event we’re able to keep the link live for longer and saw new attendees join the event each day. Virtual open days are a great opportunity to all potential students to engage with course presentations from our specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions, as well as find out more about our facilities on campus.

Preparations for the event are underway and those who are taking part have been informed by the Recruitment team

It would be a great help if our Staff could promote the virtual event across their platforms, either on their school websites and on social channels, to attend the events, you will need to register for your place – using the link below.  As well as forwarding on to friends or family members who may be interested in our courses at Kent. Please see further information about the events:

Undergraduate event 

Postgraduate event

Here’s some positive feedback from the last undergraduate open day on 3 October: 

‘I found the open day very insightful into the culture of the University of Kent.’

‘It was extremely helpful as there was a mixture of students currently doing the course, and tutors, so we get a few different perspectives on the course that you want to apply for.’

‘An excellent day made the university very appealing. Everyone was really helpful and friendly.’

‘Dr Rosie Wyles was very inspiring and enthusiastic!! Could not have asked for more!’