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KENTAlumni<br />

The Magazine for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> | June 2013<br />

New MA programme for A<strong>the</strong>ns<br />

Stacey Fund launched

Welcome<br />

Dear alumni, friends and colleagues,<br />

Having recently returned from a tour <strong>of</strong> Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, where I met with a number <strong>of</strong> alumni, I write with<br />

a renewed sense <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> important contribution that our graduates, at home and around <strong>the</strong> world, continue to make to<br />

our <strong>University</strong>. My colleagues, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Keith Mander and Director <strong>of</strong> Development Alison<br />

Coles, who recently visited <strong>the</strong> USA share <strong>the</strong> same view.<br />

Our alumni community continues to be a key part <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong>’s success. You are our advocates and supporters, promoting<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> by sharing your own au<strong>the</strong>ntic experiences. You contribute through volunteering as advisors and mentors<br />

for students beginning to think about <strong>the</strong>ir career options, supporting our fundraising, and acting as ambassadors for<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> in your field <strong>of</strong> industry. This issue <strong>of</strong> KENT Alumni magazine celebrates <strong>the</strong> variety <strong>of</strong> ways in which<br />

you make a difference. It features a focus on volunteering (page 12), news <strong>of</strong> how you contributed to our most recent<br />

fundraising campaign (page 16) and an update from some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> scholars who have benefited from your support<br />

(page 19).<br />

With your impact on <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong> our students in mind, we can all celebrate <strong>the</strong> news that <strong>Kent</strong> achieved a ranking in <strong>the</strong><br />

top thirty UK institutions in <strong>the</strong> most recent Complete <strong>University</strong> Guide, and Sunday Times <strong>University</strong> Guide. Given <strong>the</strong><br />

large numbers <strong>of</strong> UK universities this is a substantial achievement which reflects well upon all staff.<br />

This is an exciting time for <strong>Kent</strong>, as we move toward <strong>the</strong> launch <strong>of</strong> our programme to celebrate our 50th anniversary in<br />

2015. We will share more information with you about <strong>the</strong> range <strong>of</strong> events, activities and projects that we have lined up<br />

to commemorate this milestone in future issues, and let you know how you can get involved.<br />

Our <strong>University</strong> has much to celebrate, and I hope that you enjoy reading about our shared successes in this issue <strong>of</strong><br />

KENT Alumni magazine.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Dame Julia M Goodfellow, DBE, CBE<br />

Vice-Chancellor<br />

3 News 4 Feature: Ancient city promises bright future for <strong>Kent</strong> 8 Feature:<br />

A Rake’s Progress 10 Research 12 Feature: How alumni help current<br />

students 13 50th anniversary ‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ days 14 News from <strong>the</strong> Colleges<br />

16 Fundraising: The Stacey Fund 18 Events 20 Feature: Sharing memories<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> with Dr Shirley Barlow 21 <strong>Kent</strong> Life 22 Class Notes 23 Obituary<br />

Special thanks to Lesley Farr, <strong>University</strong> Design and Print Centre, and Wendy Raeside, Corporate Communications.<br />

Photography by Simon Jarrett, Matt Wilson, Silvia Olsen photography

The Magazine for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> | June 2013<br />

News<br />

KENT<br />

We are keen to have your feedback and letters are<br />

welcome from all our readers. Simply email us at<br />

alumni@kent.ac.uk<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> is also available online at<br />

www.kent.ac.uk/alumni/news/kent/index.html<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> consolidates position<br />

as top 30 university<br />

Editorial team: Michelle Ulyatt, Development<br />

& Alumni Relations Officer and Fiona Jones,<br />

Development & Alumni Relations Manager<br />

(Development Office)<br />

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The <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> has been ranked<br />

28th out <strong>of</strong> 124 UK institutions in <strong>the</strong><br />

Complete <strong>University</strong> Guide 2014 – a rise<br />

<strong>of</strong> five places from last year.<br />

This rise, combined with <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s third<br />

place for overall satisfaction in <strong>the</strong> most recent<br />

National Student Survey (2012) and o<strong>the</strong>r recent<br />

league table achievements, confirms <strong>Kent</strong>’s<br />

position in <strong>the</strong> top tier <strong>of</strong> UK universities.<br />

As <strong>Kent</strong> approaches its 50th anniversary it is also<br />

ranked among <strong>the</strong> top 80 ‘under 50’ universities<br />

in <strong>the</strong> world by <strong>the</strong> Times Higher Education, in<br />

what <strong>the</strong> publication describes as a celebration<br />

<strong>of</strong> universities ‘that have reached <strong>the</strong> top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

global academy in decades, not centuries’.<br />

David Nightingale, <strong>Kent</strong>’s Senior Deputy Vice-<br />

Chancellor, said: ‘Once again, this is excellent<br />

news for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>. Our league table<br />

positions, toge<strong>the</strong>r with our reputation for<br />

research-led teaching and student experience,<br />

confirm that <strong>Kent</strong> is a first choice destination for<br />

prospective students.’<br />

KENTAlumni<br />

National Student Pride award<br />

for <strong>Kent</strong><br />

Union, and Emily Simpson, President <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong><br />

LGBT society.<br />

New MA programme for A<strong>the</strong>ns<br />

Stacey Fund launched<br />

Cover story<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> was named ‘<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year’ at <strong>the</strong><br />

inaugural National Student Pride awards.<br />

The event, which took place in Brighton, involved<br />

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)<br />

students from colleges and universities across<br />

<strong>the</strong> UK. Among those representing <strong>Kent</strong> were<br />

Colm Maguire, Vice-President (Welfare) <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong><br />

Presented in association with <strong>the</strong> National Union<br />

<strong>of</strong> Students, <strong>the</strong> National Student Pride awards<br />

are designed to celebrate <strong>the</strong> positive work<br />

around LGBT issues in <strong>the</strong> student movement.<br />

Nominations for <strong>the</strong> awards were submitted by<br />

students, with <strong>the</strong> winners voted for by students<br />

attending <strong>the</strong> event.<br />

The Acropolis in A<strong>the</strong>ns. A<strong>the</strong>ns feature<br />

(see page 4).<br />

News continued on page 6<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


Feature<br />

Ancient city promises bright<br />

future for <strong>Kent</strong><br />

A unique programme <strong>of</strong> study<br />

<strong>of</strong>fered in <strong>the</strong> spectacular city <strong>of</strong><br />

A<strong>the</strong>ns <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Kent</strong> an opportunity to be at <strong>the</strong><br />

forefront <strong>of</strong> world cultural<br />

heritage research.<br />

The East Mediterranean is gifted with many<br />

popular tourist destinations, a rich cultural<br />

heritage and invaluable archaeological sites<br />

relevant to history as well as modern civilisation.<br />

However, some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> greatest archaeological<br />

sites are closed to <strong>the</strong> public, devoid <strong>of</strong> visitors or<br />

damaged because <strong>of</strong> extreme tourism. Some are<br />

deteriorating because <strong>of</strong> lack <strong>of</strong> maintenance,<br />

erosion, environmental changes, looting or<br />

vandalism.<br />

Managing archaeological<br />

heritage<br />

Each archaeological site should be a unique<br />

source <strong>of</strong> education, culture, local pride and<br />

development. Archaeological heritage site<br />

managers require business skills and access to<br />

both expert and local information tailored to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

unique circumstances. However, many graduates<br />

lack <strong>the</strong> resources, education and training to<br />

sustain or develop <strong>the</strong>ir sites.<br />

Heritage managers are typically archaeologists<br />

who have a pr<strong>of</strong>ound interest in <strong>the</strong> scientific<br />

exploration <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sites <strong>the</strong>y manage. In <strong>the</strong>ir day<br />

to day business however, <strong>the</strong>y manage projects<br />

and human resources, create budgets, plan <strong>the</strong><br />

conservation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir sites, engage with local<br />

communities, promote <strong>the</strong>ir sites as destinations<br />

and create content for different groups <strong>of</strong> visitors.<br />

They also have to collaborate with an enormous<br />

range <strong>of</strong> specialisms such as conservators and<br />

architects, educators, anthropologists,<br />

visualisation specialists and technicians. None <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>se skills come with an archaeology degree,<br />

meaning that heritage managers have to cope in<br />

this environment with insufficient training.<br />

For this reason <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> and <strong>the</strong><br />

A<strong>the</strong>ns <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Economics and Business,<br />

sou<strong>the</strong>rn Europe’s most innovative university<br />

1<br />

according to <strong>the</strong> European CEO journal, have<br />

collaborated to run <strong>the</strong> MA in Heritage<br />

Management, <strong>of</strong>fered at our A<strong>the</strong>ns centre.<br />

A unique combination<br />

This unique programme is taught in A<strong>the</strong>ns at<br />

Eleusis, an area <strong>of</strong> world-class archaeological<br />

significance. It teaches <strong>the</strong> skills required for<br />

managing heritage sites around <strong>the</strong> world by<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering hands-on experience that covers areas<br />

including fundraising and project supervision.<br />

The new course sits within <strong>the</strong> Classical and<br />

Archaeological Studies programme in <strong>the</strong> School<br />

<strong>of</strong> European Culture and Languages at <strong>Kent</strong>,<br />

‘This MA programme in Heritage<br />

Management provides pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

with <strong>the</strong> unique opportunity to finetune<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir skills and knowledge so<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y are able to manage<br />

archaeological sites anywhere in <strong>the</strong><br />

world, thus making local heritage<br />

relevant to a global audience.’<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Gregory P Prastacos, Dean, Howe<br />

School <strong>of</strong> Technology Management, Stevens<br />

Institute <strong>of</strong> Technology, and former Rector <strong>of</strong><br />

A<strong>the</strong>ns <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Economics and Business<br />

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Feature<br />

1 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor David Nightingale<br />

2 Alumni at our A<strong>the</strong>ns event<br />

and is co-ordinated by Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis,<br />

Senior Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory and<br />

Leventis Senior Fellow in Heritage Management.<br />

The Initiative for Heritage Conservancy, a<br />

dynamic new research and education hub<br />

with international funding creating its own<br />

opportunities in <strong>the</strong> field, also contributes to<br />

<strong>the</strong> programme.<br />

The MA aims to provide current and future<br />

heritage managers with <strong>the</strong> skills to realise <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

vision in <strong>the</strong> archaeological site management<br />

and planning, <strong>the</strong>refore making a pr<strong>of</strong>ound<br />

contribution to <strong>the</strong> effectiveness <strong>of</strong> managing<br />

world cultural heritage. The aim is to make<br />

Greece one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> international centres <strong>of</strong><br />

research in this field.<br />

The programme currently has students from a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> countries including South Korea, <strong>the</strong><br />

United States, Croatia and Malawi, and this year<br />

<strong>the</strong>y have participated in <strong>the</strong> organisation <strong>of</strong> an<br />

exhibition on climate change and how it affects<br />

monuments. Last year <strong>the</strong>ir projects ranged from<br />

a management plan for an Ephorate <strong>of</strong><br />

Antiquities in Arcadia (ancient Trabizon) to a<br />

project on <strong>the</strong> legal protection <strong>of</strong> monuments.<br />

This coming year <strong>the</strong>y will be working on a<br />

feasibility study <strong>of</strong> a dark tourism trail around<br />

sites in Sarajevo and Srebrenica; a management<br />

plan for an important site in Belize; a project on<br />

immigrants and heritage in A<strong>the</strong>ns and <strong>the</strong><br />

management plan <strong>of</strong> Olympia.<br />

Supporting excellence<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> invaluable support that <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> has received from its alumni and<br />

friends in Greece, <strong>Kent</strong> has been fortunate to<br />

receive <strong>the</strong> support <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> A.G. Leventis<br />

Foundation, which has provided funding for <strong>the</strong><br />

MA in Heritage Management. We are also<br />

grateful to have been awarded funding by <strong>the</strong><br />

Bodossakis Foundation, <strong>the</strong> Fulbright<br />

Association, <strong>the</strong> Stavros Niarchos Foundation,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> John S Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.<br />

It is hoped that <strong>the</strong> success <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> programme<br />

so far, and <strong>the</strong> support that we have received for<br />

our activities in Greece, will enable <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong><br />

to grow its course portfolio and increase <strong>the</strong><br />

number <strong>of</strong> students who are able to benefit from<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> studying in A<strong>the</strong>ns.<br />

For more information about <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong><br />

in A<strong>the</strong>ns and <strong>the</strong> MA Heritage Management,<br />

visit www.kent.ac.uk/locations/a<strong>the</strong>ns/<br />

Connecting with our A<strong>the</strong>ns<br />

alumni<br />

To celebrate <strong>the</strong> success <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> new MA in<br />

Heritage Management programme, A<strong>the</strong>ns<br />

played host to a major alumni event, attended by<br />

200 people.<br />

Guests were welcomed to a reception at <strong>the</strong><br />

British Embassy Residence by Senior Deputy<br />

Vice-Chancellor David Nightingale. The building<br />

was used with <strong>the</strong> kind permission <strong>of</strong> His<br />

Excellency <strong>the</strong> British Ambassador to Greece, Mr<br />

John Kittmer. Alumni heard from David about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong>’s plans for its 50th anniversary,<br />

including details <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> alumni reunion weekend<br />

that will take place on 4-6 September 2015. This<br />

year’s applicants from Greece were also invited<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y listened to a brief talk prior to <strong>the</strong> event<br />

about studying in <strong>the</strong> UK. Many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong>n<br />

chose to attend <strong>the</strong> reception to speak with<br />

alumni about <strong>the</strong>ir experiences at <strong>Kent</strong>.<br />

Our alumni community in Greece is <strong>the</strong> thirdlargest<br />

<strong>of</strong> our overall total <strong>of</strong> 128,000 alumni<br />

worldwide. The event was also an opportunity for<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to catch up with old friends, and to network<br />

with <strong>Kent</strong> staff and students, as well as to find<br />

out more about our new Masters programme in<br />

Heritage Management, launched in September<br />

2011 and taught at A<strong>the</strong>ns, one <strong>of</strong> our four<br />

European Centres.<br />

The <strong>University</strong> now has four specialist<br />

postgraduate centres in four exciting,<br />

cosmopolitan European cities: Paris, Brussels,<br />

Rome, and A<strong>the</strong>ns. They <strong>of</strong>fer a variety <strong>of</strong><br />

programmes in <strong>the</strong> Humanities and Social<br />

Sciences.<br />

‘The MA in Heritage Management is<br />

a very rewarding programme, which<br />

provides you with a background in<br />

both archaeology and business.<br />

It relies on experts that teach <strong>the</strong><br />

management <strong>of</strong> heritage sites from<br />

an entrepreneurial and business<br />

perspective to equip you with <strong>the</strong><br />

relevant marketable skills. The<br />

programme includes field trips,<br />

expert visits and many hands-on<br />

experiences in one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

renowned archaeological hotspots.’<br />

Nader Ayadi, MA Heritage Management student<br />

2<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


News<br />

New MA with Institute <strong>of</strong><br />

Contemporary Arts<br />

A new Master’s programme in <strong>the</strong> Contemporary<br />

will be <strong>of</strong>fered by <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> in<br />

collaboration with <strong>the</strong> Institute <strong>of</strong> Contemporary<br />

Arts (ICA), London.<br />

The programme will provide students with a<br />

deep understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> relationship between<br />

disciplines in <strong>the</strong> arts and an appreciation <strong>of</strong><br />

how interdisciplinary thinking makes it possible<br />

to grasp and respond to key issues in<br />

contemporary culture. The degree will be <strong>of</strong>fered<br />

by <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong> English, in collaboration with <strong>the</strong><br />

School <strong>of</strong> Arts and <strong>the</strong> ICA.<br />

Students taking <strong>the</strong> course will be taught at both<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong>’s Canterbury campus and<br />

<strong>the</strong> ICA in London, choosing modules from<br />

English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Drama<br />

and History and Philosophy <strong>of</strong> Art.<br />

The new programme will also <strong>of</strong>fer students an<br />

internship and free ICA membership throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir studies. The Master’s degree aims to<br />

provide students with an unparalleled<br />

opportunity to pursue postgraduate study in <strong>the</strong><br />

contemporary period, while gaining invaluable<br />

experience at a prestigious arts venue.<br />

Double shortlisting for major<br />

architecture award<br />

The <strong>University</strong> has received a double shortlisting<br />

for <strong>the</strong> 2013 RIBA (Royal Institution <strong>of</strong> British<br />

Architects) South East Regional Awards.<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> has been shortlisted for its new Colyer-<br />

Fergusson Music Building, and its Crit Building<br />

within <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Architecture (KSA),<br />

both <strong>of</strong> which opened in autumn 2012. Winners<br />

will be announced on 12 June.<br />

Gold Investors in People<br />

success for <strong>Kent</strong> Hospitality<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Hospitality has become <strong>the</strong> first employer in<br />

<strong>the</strong> county to be reaccredited with a highly<br />

coveted Investors in People (IiP) gold award.<br />

The department was commended for its<br />

commitment to staff development and training,<br />

continuous improvement and its engagement<br />

with social responsibility programmes.<br />

Simon Westerman, <strong>Kent</strong>’s Director <strong>of</strong><br />

Commercial Services, said: ‘This award is<br />

thoroughly deserved recognition <strong>of</strong> my staff’s<br />

dedication to delivering excellent customer<br />

service with passion, pride and pr<strong>of</strong>essionalism.’<br />

With a team <strong>of</strong> over 260 people, <strong>Kent</strong> Hospitality<br />

provides housekeeping, catering, bar and<br />

reception services for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>. It manages<br />

residential accommodation across <strong>the</strong><br />

Canterbury and Medway campuses for more<br />

than 5,500 students and operates a thriving<br />

conference and events business during vacation<br />

periods. The department was first recognised as<br />

an IiP organisation almost 14 years ago,<br />

achieving gold status in March 2010.<br />

SSPSSR Employability initiative<br />

a success<br />

More than 800 students attended <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong><br />

Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research<br />

(SSPSSR) Employability Fair to learn about<br />

career paths for graduates from <strong>the</strong> School.<br />

The month-long event brought toge<strong>the</strong>r speakers<br />

and alumni from <strong>the</strong> Department for International<br />

Development, Ministry <strong>of</strong> Justice, Counter<br />

Terrorism, <strong>the</strong> National Centre for Social<br />

Research and NHS Trusts. Speakers addressed<br />

students’ questions about transferable skills,<br />

career options and how to make <strong>the</strong> most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

degrees. A range <strong>of</strong> workshops providing<br />

support with volunteering, enterprise and job<br />

applications was also provided.<br />

The fair is a new initiative from <strong>the</strong> School and<br />

was introduced in response to student concerns<br />

about employment opportunities in <strong>the</strong> current<br />

economic climate. It included a networking event<br />

opened by <strong>the</strong> Lord Mayor <strong>of</strong> Canterbury. For<br />

more information about SSPSSR’s employability<br />

initiatives, please contact Rejane Gwynne,<br />

Employability Support Officer on:<br />

R.Gwynne@kent.ac.uk<br />

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News<br />

Business Executives Forums<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Business School is <strong>of</strong>fering a series <strong>of</strong><br />

networking events for business executives in <strong>the</strong><br />

South East <strong>of</strong> England to share ideas and learn<br />

<strong>the</strong> latest in management <strong>the</strong>ory.<br />

The informal events bring toge<strong>the</strong>r key decisionmakers<br />

from large or small businesses to<br />

discuss ideas and make connections over<br />

dinner. Recent ga<strong>the</strong>rings in Canterbury and<br />

Tunbridge Wells featured <strong>Kent</strong> expert Dr Marian<br />

Garcia, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, talking<br />

about ‘Open Innovation’ and how its principles<br />

can be applied to boost pr<strong>of</strong>itability.<br />

The next Business Executives Forum is in<br />

Canterbury on 22 October and <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me will be<br />

‘Managing Cultures: a guide to international<br />

expansion’. For more information go to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong><br />

Business School website at www.kent.ac.uk/kbs.<br />

Cartoon archive among top 100<br />

websites to preserve for future<br />

generations<br />

The website <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> British Cartoon Archive (BCA)<br />

at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> has been chosen as one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> top 100 websites worth preserving for<br />

future generations.<br />

Library curators and experts at <strong>the</strong> Capturing <strong>the</strong><br />

Digital Universe project selected <strong>the</strong> website as a<br />

‘voluminous and essential resource into social<br />

and political history’ and ‘essential reading for<br />

future generations researching our life and times<br />

in 2013’.<br />

The BCA is based at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s Templeman<br />

Library. Dedicated to <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> British<br />

magazine and newspaper cartooning over <strong>the</strong><br />

last 200 years, it holds <strong>the</strong> national collection <strong>of</strong><br />

political and social commentary cartoons with<br />

more than 150,000 original drawings by over 350<br />

cartoonists.<br />

Dr Nicholas Hiley, Head <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> BCA, welcomed<br />

<strong>the</strong> news. He said: ‘I am pleased that <strong>the</strong> archive<br />

has made it onto this interesting and diverse list.<br />

It is always encouraging to have such support<br />

from <strong>the</strong> major national and copyright libraries<br />

and I’d like to thank everyone who has been<br />

involved in making <strong>the</strong> BCA website such a<br />

success.’<br />

Templeman Library<br />

redevelopment begins<br />

The redevelopment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Templeman Library at<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s Canterbury campus has started.<br />

A number <strong>of</strong> trees have been removed from <strong>the</strong><br />

area adjacent to <strong>the</strong> Library to allow for extension<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> current building. Pictured is an artist’s<br />

impression <strong>of</strong> how <strong>the</strong> building will look once<br />

work is completed. The building work is due to<br />

finish during 2015, in time for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s<br />

50th anniversary celebrations. Alumni can keep<br />

up-to-date with <strong>the</strong> progress <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

redevelopment work by checking <strong>the</strong> regular<br />

posts on <strong>the</strong> alumni Facebook page.<br />

Construction <strong>of</strong> new college<br />

begins<br />

Work has begun to lay <strong>the</strong> foundations for a new<br />

college at <strong>the</strong> Canterbury campus. The new<br />

building will open for student use in 2014, ready<br />

for <strong>the</strong> academic year that will see us mark our<br />

50th anniversary. Located to <strong>the</strong> west <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

existing Keynes College, <strong>the</strong> new building will<br />

include accommodation and facilities for<br />

students. It will be named for Alan Turing, <strong>the</strong><br />

British founding-fa<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong> computer science.<br />

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Feature<br />

A Rake’s Progress<br />

Michael Irwin talks to<br />

David Clark about his<br />

new novel, a dark and<br />

intriguing tale <strong>of</strong><br />

manipulation and<br />

seduction in eighteenthcentury<br />

England.<br />

The eighteenth century was a period <strong>of</strong> social<br />

and intellectual transformation: Enlightenment<br />

philosophy had led to <strong>the</strong> Age <strong>of</strong> Reason while<br />

scientific discoveries were challenging traditional<br />

ideas and overturning conventional wisdom. The<br />

century saw <strong>the</strong> beginning <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> industrial<br />

revolution, <strong>the</strong> upheavals <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> French and <strong>the</strong><br />

American Revolutions and <strong>the</strong> birth <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> novel.<br />

It’s an age that fascinates Michael Irwin, and one<br />

in which he specialised during his academic<br />

career as Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> English at <strong>Kent</strong>. It’s also<br />

<strong>the</strong> period that provides <strong>the</strong> setting for his latest<br />

novel, The Skull and <strong>the</strong> Nightingale.<br />

Michael has combined a long academic career<br />

with an equally lengthy though intermittent novelwriting<br />

career. His first, Working Orders was<br />

published in 1969 and <strong>the</strong> second, Striker, in<br />

1985. These big gaps between novels, he<br />

explains, were largely brought about by <strong>the</strong><br />

pressure <strong>of</strong> academic work and university<br />

administration. Meanwhile, much <strong>of</strong> his leisure<br />

time was taken up with translating libretti for <strong>Kent</strong><br />

Opera.<br />

Since Michael retired he has had more time to<br />

devote to creative endeavours and <strong>the</strong> result is<br />

this long-planned novel. ‘I’ve wanted to write it for<br />

20 years at least,’ he says.<br />

‘The eighteenth century was an age <strong>of</strong> great<br />

elegance in terms <strong>of</strong> dress and manners, and<br />

yet at <strong>the</strong> same time <strong>the</strong>re was a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

drunkenness, disease, filth and stench. What<br />

particularly intrigued me were <strong>the</strong> tensions<br />

between <strong>the</strong> surface aspiration and <strong>the</strong> ugliness<br />

<strong>of</strong> much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> everyday life - on <strong>the</strong> one hand<br />

<strong>the</strong> pastoral or <strong>the</strong> heroic, on <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Hogarthian squalor.’<br />

A curious experiment<br />

The Skull and <strong>the</strong> Nightingale is set in <strong>the</strong> 1760s<br />

and its narrator is 23-year-old Richard Fenwick.<br />

Orphaned at an early age, he has grown up in<br />

<strong>the</strong> patronage <strong>of</strong> his wealthy and enigmatic<br />

godfa<strong>the</strong>r, James Gilbert. After Fenwick’s<br />

education and Grand Tour are completed,<br />

Gilbert proposes a curious experiment.<br />

Fenwick is to have all <strong>the</strong> financial means<br />

necessary to live a carefree life as a gentleman<br />

in London, in exchange for relaying detailed<br />

reports <strong>of</strong> his adventures, especially his sexual<br />

exploits, for his elderly godfa<strong>the</strong>r’s vicarious<br />

enjoyment. Fenwick readily agrees to <strong>the</strong> plan,<br />

despite <strong>the</strong> manipulative Gilbert’s warning that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y may ‘lead each o<strong>the</strong>r into dark territory.’<br />

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Feature<br />

It’s a novel which brims with eighteenth century<br />

ideas, is populated with a diverse cast <strong>of</strong><br />

characters and which vividly evokes <strong>the</strong> events,<br />

sights, sounds, and smells <strong>of</strong> London at <strong>the</strong> time.<br />

Its compelling storyline incorporates numerous<br />

twists on its journey to an unexpected<br />

denouement.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> book’s centre is <strong>the</strong> obsession with<br />

experimentation that preoccupied intellectuals<br />

in <strong>the</strong> period. ‘The eighteenth century was very<br />

much a scientific age,’ says Michael. ‘Newton’s<br />

ideas were dominant and <strong>the</strong> Royal Society was<br />

founded. There was a whole new sense <strong>of</strong> what<br />

<strong>the</strong> word ‘experiment’ might mean. New<br />

sciences such as Economics were springing up<br />

and people were trying to understand human<br />

behaviour in a quasi-scientific way.’<br />

Steeped in time<br />

The Skull demonstrates a detailed knowledge<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> speech, behaviour and manners <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

period. ‘After years <strong>of</strong> teaching eighteenthcentury<br />

literature, I was pleased to find that I was<br />

steeped in <strong>the</strong> language <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> time,’ he says. ‘I<br />

wanted to write a novel such that, in <strong>the</strong>ory, if<br />

someone from that period could come alive and<br />

read it, <strong>the</strong>y would think it was indeed an<br />

eighteenth-century work.’<br />

Michael felt that <strong>the</strong> accurate replication <strong>of</strong><br />

language was crucial to <strong>the</strong> novel’s au<strong>the</strong>nticity.<br />

‘The style <strong>of</strong> speech represented a mode <strong>of</strong><br />

thought,’ he continues. ‘They wanted things to be<br />

logical, tidy and elegant. Unless I got that style<br />

right, <strong>the</strong> reader wouldn’t feel <strong>the</strong> contrast and<br />

<strong>the</strong> tensions with <strong>the</strong> disorderly aspects <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

‘Sometimes I’d use a particular word and look it<br />

up in <strong>the</strong> OED and find it wasn’t introduced until<br />

50 years later; but I could write quite comfortably<br />

and fast, and <strong>the</strong> odd mistakes that crept in<br />

could be pruned out later.’<br />

Michael says that <strong>the</strong> restrictions <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> period<br />

setting actually helped when plotting <strong>the</strong> novel. ‘I<br />

myself didn’t know how it was going to end, but<br />

suddenly one thing followed ano<strong>the</strong>r in a very<br />

neat way,’ he says.<br />

‘I think this arose out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ‘eighteenthcenturyness’<br />

<strong>of</strong> it. The characters are in effect<br />

operating within a set <strong>of</strong> rules. In a given<br />

situation, <strong>the</strong> pressures <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> age would make<br />

you likely to behave in a certain way. So <strong>the</strong>y<br />

imposed a kind <strong>of</strong> pattern, as in a game. This<br />

helped shape <strong>the</strong> thing formally, which I found<br />

very interesting and pleasing.’<br />

The Skull is being compared to historical novels<br />

such as Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and Michel<br />

Faber’s The Crimson Petal and <strong>the</strong> White; it has<br />

already drawn praise from, among o<strong>the</strong>rs, <strong>the</strong><br />

formidable literary editor and novelist Diana<br />

Athill, who said, ‘This is a surprising and thrilling<br />

Rake’s Progress. I enjoyed every word.’<br />

Michael, despite approaching his 80th birthday<br />

next year, remains as intellectually sharp and<br />

incisive as ever and, encouraged by <strong>the</strong> novel’s<br />

enthusiastic reception from his publisher, has<br />

plans for two or three more novels. After<br />

spending much <strong>of</strong> his working life studying <strong>the</strong><br />

novels <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r writers, he is clearly enjoying <strong>the</strong><br />

challenges and pleasures <strong>of</strong> his own, lateblooming,<br />

novelist’s career.<br />

The Skull and <strong>the</strong> Nightingale is published in<br />

hardback by HarperCollins on 20 June, price<br />

£16.99. There will be a special launch event for<br />

<strong>the</strong> book at Waterstone’s, 20-21 St Margaret’s<br />

Street, Canterbury on 11 July at 6.30pm.<br />

Biography<br />

Born in London in 1934, Michael Irwin<br />

was a visiting lecturer in Poland, Japan<br />

and at Smith College, Massachusetts,<br />

before taking up a lecturing post at <strong>Kent</strong><br />

in 1967. He retired in 2001. At various<br />

times he served as Chairman <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

English Board, Dean <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Humanities<br />

Faculty and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was<br />

made a Pr<strong>of</strong>essor in 1979. From 2004-8<br />

he was Chairman <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Thomas Hardy<br />

Society.<br />

He published two contemporary workingclass<br />

novels, Working Orders (1969) and<br />

Striker (1985). His academic work<br />

includes Henry Fielding: The Tentative<br />

Realist (1967), Picturing: Description and<br />

Illusion in <strong>the</strong> 19th Century Novel (1979)<br />

and Reading Hardy’s Landscapes<br />

(2000).<br />

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Research<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> research reveals<br />

lost lion populations<br />

going unnoticed<br />

New research by conservationists from <strong>the</strong> Durrell Institute <strong>of</strong><br />

Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has revealed that not only<br />

could <strong>the</strong> now-extinct Barbary Lion have persisted until <strong>the</strong> 1960s<br />

in North Africa, but also that this unique sub-species was left<br />

unnoticed for over a decade towards <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> its existence.<br />

Published in open access journal, PLoS ONE,<br />

<strong>the</strong> research found au<strong>the</strong>ntic records <strong>of</strong> lions<br />

existing in North Africa as late as 1956;<br />

considerably later than <strong>the</strong> well-quoted<br />

accounts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1920s and 1940s.<br />

Using information ga<strong>the</strong>red from old hunting<br />

records, photographs, museum specimens,<br />

published articles and recent interviews, <strong>the</strong><br />

research by Dr Simon Black and Dr David<br />

Roberts also revealed a lion’s behaviour does not<br />

change as populations get smaller. Instead, lions<br />

continue to form prides even up until <strong>the</strong>y<br />

become extinct.<br />

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Dr Black, Conservation Research Associate,<br />

said: ‘Colonial hunters such as Sir Harry<br />

Johnston (who famously discovered <strong>the</strong> Okapi)<br />

embarked on trips to Algeria specifically to hunt<br />

<strong>the</strong> last Barbary Lions, but never saw <strong>the</strong>m. Even<br />

though Johnston suspected a few lions still<br />

existed <strong>the</strong>re in <strong>the</strong> early 1900s, he would never<br />

have guessed that a small population could have<br />

clung on for a fur<strong>the</strong>r 50 years.’<br />

Dr Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity<br />

Conservation, said: ‘When a species becomes<br />

very rare as it heads towards extinction, it can go<br />

unnoticed for a long period <strong>of</strong> time. Because <strong>of</strong><br />

this, it is unlikely that <strong>the</strong> last record <strong>of</strong> a species<br />

was <strong>the</strong> time it became extinct; it probably<br />

existed for years or even decades before finally<br />

disappearing.’<br />

Using statistical models developed by Dr<br />

Roberts, it is thought that <strong>the</strong> Barbary Lion may<br />

have survived into <strong>the</strong> 1960s. The few remaining<br />

lions descended directly from <strong>the</strong> Moroccan<br />

Royal Collection, and still living in a few zoos in<br />

Morocco and Europe, may <strong>the</strong>refore be more<br />

closely related to wild Barbary Lions than<br />

previously thought.<br />

Dr Black added: ‘The research will not only help<br />

us manage lions descended from <strong>the</strong> Moroccan<br />

Royal Collection, possibly <strong>the</strong> last <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Barbary<br />

Lions, but highlights <strong>the</strong> need for continued<br />

conservation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> extremely threatened and<br />

rarely observed remnant lion populations in<br />

Central and West Africa.’<br />

The research paper – available at http://dx.plos.<br />

org/10.1371/journal.pone.0060174 – is coauthored<br />

by Dr Amina Fellous, Agence Nationale<br />

pour la Conservation de la Nature, Algeria and<br />

Dr Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Qatar.

Research<br />

Life-size puppet explores man’s<br />

links with objects<br />

An impressive, life-size puppet was attached to a<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> student for two weeks in an exceptional art<br />

project to explore <strong>the</strong> literal relationship people<br />

have with objects.<br />

‘LIFE-SIZE ME’, by Peter John-Morton from <strong>the</strong><br />

School <strong>of</strong> Arts, consisted <strong>of</strong> a self-made puppet<br />

permanently attached to his body for 14<br />

consecutive days in March. During this time, <strong>the</strong><br />

puppet chose a name, explored Canterbury, and<br />

slept, showered and lived through Peter.<br />

Made predominantly from wood and bamboo, <strong>the</strong><br />

puppet’s body comprises over 34 components,<br />

which are connected by bolts to replicate joints,<br />

allowing it to move in a similar way to a human.<br />

The puppet was attached to <strong>the</strong> front <strong>of</strong> Peter’s<br />

body using belt-like straps, which were <strong>the</strong>n<br />

padlocked. The face <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> puppet, a latex, skinlike<br />

replica <strong>of</strong> Peter’s face, was attached to a solid<br />

band which went around his head. In total, <strong>the</strong><br />

puppet took over 150 hours to make within an<br />

intensive six-week period. Find out more at:<br />

peterjohn-morton.weebly.com/life-size-me or<br />

facebook.com/LifeSizeMe<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> research could shape new<br />

Common Agricultural Policy<br />

Research from <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> could help shape<br />

changes to <strong>the</strong> EU’s Common Agricultural Policy<br />

(CAP) being considered by <strong>the</strong> European<br />

Parliament.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sophia Davidova, <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong><br />

Economics, is leading an international team <strong>of</strong><br />

researchers looking at proposals for a new CAP<br />

package for <strong>the</strong> period 2013-20.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Davidova is studying <strong>the</strong> value <strong>of</strong> semisubsistence<br />

and small family farming to<br />

communities across Europe, using case studies<br />

in countries such as Italy, Portugal and Poland –<br />

as well as <strong>the</strong> example <strong>of</strong> Scotland’s cr<strong>of</strong>ters. Her<br />

colleague, Dr Alastair Bailey, will investigate <strong>the</strong><br />

contribution <strong>of</strong> small farms to <strong>the</strong> rural<br />

environment and traditional landscapes.<br />

Around 66 per cent <strong>of</strong> Europe’s farmers – 8<br />

million out <strong>of</strong> a total 12 million – receive direct<br />

payments under <strong>the</strong> current CAP arrangements.<br />

Around 70 per cent <strong>of</strong> farm holdings in <strong>the</strong> EU<br />

area are less than five hectares. However, very<br />

small farms are currently excluded from <strong>the</strong> CAP.<br />

The research – to be presented to <strong>the</strong> European<br />

Parliament in May 2013 – will evaluate <strong>the</strong><br />

effectiveness <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> proposals on <strong>the</strong> table for <strong>the</strong><br />

CAP after 2013 and make recommendations on<br />

policy measures to enhance <strong>the</strong> capacity <strong>of</strong> small<br />

farmers across Europe to deliver public good.<br />

<strong>University</strong> invited to join UK’s<br />

new cyber research institute<br />

The <strong>University</strong> has been selected to join <strong>the</strong> UK’s<br />

new Academic Research Institute for cyber<br />

threats.<br />

Funded by a £4.5 million grant, a School <strong>of</strong><br />

Computing team will work alongside o<strong>the</strong>r worldleading<br />

researchers to investigate new ways <strong>of</strong><br />

automatically analysing computer s<strong>of</strong>tware to<br />

reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats.<br />

The <strong>University</strong>’s involvement in <strong>the</strong> institute will<br />

focus on two research projects. One will look at<br />

Recent research awards<br />

malware – malicious programs – and how to<br />

automatically assess <strong>the</strong> threat <strong>the</strong>y pose. The<br />

second project will focus on <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong><br />

scientific techniques to pinpoint in computer<br />

code where memory handling can inadvertently<br />

leak secret information.<br />

The Research Institute has been established by<br />

GCHQ, one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> three UK intelligence<br />

agencies, in partnership with <strong>the</strong> Engineering<br />

and Physical Sciences Research Council<br />

through <strong>the</strong> Research Councils UK Global<br />

Uncertainties Programme and <strong>the</strong> Department<br />

for Business, Innovation and Skills.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Mark Smales (Centre for Molecular Processing), £342,147 from <strong>the</strong> Biotechnology and<br />

Biological Sciences Research Council for ‘Tailor-made expression hosts depleted in protease<br />

activity for recombinant protein production’.<br />

Dr Stéphane Launois (School <strong>of</strong> Ma<strong>the</strong>matics, Statistics and Actuarial Science), £199,484 from <strong>the</strong><br />

European Commission for ‘RTQASL: Representation <strong>the</strong>ory <strong>of</strong> quantum algebras and <strong>the</strong>ir semiclassical<br />

limits’.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Peter Taylor-Gooby (School <strong>of</strong> Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research), £188,766<br />

from <strong>the</strong> European Commission for ‘Innovation and Policy Learning for Resilient Labour Markets in<br />

Europe (INSPIRES)’.<br />

Dr Konstantinos Sirlantzis (School <strong>of</strong> Engineering and Digital Arts), £166,877 from Interreg IV<br />

Channel Programme (South) for ‘COgnitive Assisted Living Ambient System (COALAS)’.<br />

Dr Jim Ang (School <strong>of</strong> Engineering and Digital Arts), £162,689 from <strong>the</strong> Engineering and Physical<br />

Sciences Research Council for ‘Creativity Greenhouse: Digital Brain Switch’.<br />

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Feature<br />

How alumni help<br />

current students<br />

1 Evan Page<br />

2 Mario Christodoulou<br />

3 Student volunteers<br />

Alumni Careers Network<br />

Alumni have a wealth <strong>of</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

working world and expertise in a variety <strong>of</strong><br />

business areas. When shared, this knowledge<br />

helps give current students <strong>the</strong> edge as <strong>the</strong>y<br />

start <strong>the</strong>ir working lives and <strong>the</strong> Alumni Careers<br />

Network gives both groups a chance to benefit.<br />

The global alumni network <strong>of</strong> more than 128,000<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionals can all make a difference to <strong>the</strong><br />

20,000 students currently studying at <strong>Kent</strong>.<br />

Employability skills are an increasingly important<br />

strategic focus for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> to help students<br />

prepare for <strong>the</strong> working world. The Alumni<br />

Careers Network is vital to providing an effective<br />

resource for students by <strong>of</strong>fering:<br />

• Work placement or internship opportunities<br />

• Work shadowing<br />

• Informal advice and mentoring<br />

• On campus careers advice<br />

Alumni from all fields <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional life can join<br />

<strong>the</strong> network and help students from <strong>the</strong>ir former<br />

Schools broaden <strong>the</strong>ir horizons and raise <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

expectations.<br />

Spotlight on Anthropology<br />

alumni<br />

The School <strong>of</strong> Anthropology and Conservation<br />

arranged for a group <strong>of</strong> alumni to share <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

experiences and advice with second and third<br />

year students at an on campus careers event.<br />

The volunteers were Mario Christodoulou (R04)<br />

from charity MTV Staying Alive Foundation,<br />

Elizabeth Waters (K08) from Tropical Wings Zoo,<br />

Evan Page (R08) from defence company<br />

Watchkeeper, Sammy Field (D08) from <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Reading and Alan Bicker (K83),<br />

who runs an organisation called The Mentoring<br />

Foundation. The event, arranged through <strong>the</strong><br />

Careers and Employability Service and<br />

supported by <strong>the</strong> Alumni Careers Network,<br />

showcased <strong>the</strong> range <strong>of</strong> choices that <strong>the</strong> alumni<br />

have made and gave students an idea <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

options available to <strong>the</strong>m when <strong>the</strong>y graduate.<br />

The group shared tales about <strong>the</strong> competitive<br />

jobs market and encouraged students to make<br />

<strong>the</strong> most <strong>of</strong> opportunities such as work<br />

placements, volunteering and internships to help<br />

<strong>the</strong>m stand out from <strong>the</strong> crowd.<br />

Find out more about <strong>the</strong> Careers Network at<br />

www.kent.ac.uk/alumni/services/careers.html,<br />

email us at alumni@kent.ac.uk or call on 01227<br />

824345.<br />

Ambassador birthday<br />

conference<br />

Seventy current students and alumni ga<strong>the</strong>red to<br />

mark <strong>the</strong> tenth year <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s Student<br />

Ambassador Scheme.<br />

The day-long conference included a series <strong>of</strong><br />

employability workshops to enhance <strong>the</strong> career<br />

skills <strong>of</strong> those attending, in addition to fun<br />

activities to celebrate <strong>the</strong> success <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> scheme<br />

and thank <strong>the</strong> participants for <strong>the</strong>ir contribution.<br />

More than 1,000 students have taken part in <strong>the</strong><br />

Ambassador Scheme since it started in 2003.<br />

Their activities as ambassadors include<br />

representing <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> in outreach<br />

and recruitment work with local schools, colleges<br />

and <strong>the</strong> community, such as assisting with UCAS<br />

visit days and running summer schools. Isabelle<br />

Sawtell, Ambassador Curriculum Manager at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong>, said: ‘Our Ambassador Scheme has<br />

grown from strength to strength over <strong>the</strong> past<br />

decade and we were delighted to see so many<br />

former ambassadors joining us to celebrate.’<br />

Alumni pr<strong>of</strong>iles<br />

Abigail Smith (D07) studied French and History<br />

and is now a History teacher. She said: ‘I<br />

volunteered for <strong>the</strong> History department at <strong>Kent</strong>,<br />

running <strong>the</strong> History Society as well as helping out<br />

on visit days or with summer schools. The best<br />

thing about <strong>the</strong> ambassador scheme was <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to work with o<strong>the</strong>rs, whe<strong>the</strong>r that was<br />

staff or students. We were always treated with<br />

respect as equals.’<br />

Ugochukwu ‘Chuks’ Santos-Oputa (E06) is a<br />

Computing & Business graduate who works for<br />

Serco as a Quality Assurance Analyst. He said:<br />

‘I applied to help out with <strong>the</strong> summer schools<br />

during my first year and it was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most<br />

enjoyable things that I did at <strong>Kent</strong>. Everyone<br />

involved in <strong>the</strong> ambassador scheme had <strong>the</strong><br />

same mentality; we’re bubbly, approachable and<br />

like learning about o<strong>the</strong>r people. The scheme<br />

boosted my confidence and I’ve definitely<br />

caught <strong>the</strong> volunteering bug. I’ve since spent<br />

time at Camp America and doing voluntary work<br />

in Nepal.’<br />

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50th Anniversary<br />

‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ days kick-<strong>of</strong>f<br />

50th anniversary activities<br />

Celebrating our First 500<br />

The first 500 students to attend <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> following its opening in 1965 are key<br />

figures during <strong>the</strong> 50th anniversary. The<br />

milestone is an opportunity to celebrate <strong>the</strong><br />

contribution that this group <strong>of</strong> pioneers has<br />

made, not just as founding members <strong>of</strong> our<br />

alumni community, but also as mentors for<br />

students in <strong>the</strong> years since and generous<br />

benefactors for some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> key projects that<br />

have improved student life at <strong>Kent</strong>.<br />

Members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first 500 group attended a<br />

dinner reception in London on <strong>the</strong> eve <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong>’s ‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ days. They took part in<br />

<strong>the</strong> ‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ film and heard details <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> vast<br />

number <strong>of</strong> projects and <strong>the</strong> programme <strong>of</strong><br />

events that is in place for <strong>the</strong> next two years<br />

as <strong>the</strong> momentum builds towards 2015.<br />

The <strong>University</strong> will celebrate <strong>the</strong><br />

50th anniversary <strong>of</strong> its foundation<br />

in 2014-15, starting with a launch<br />

event on 27 September 2014,<br />

and culminating in a celebratory<br />

weekend on 4-6 September 2015.<br />

The 50th Anniversary <strong>of</strong>fers a rare<br />

opportunity to celebrate <strong>the</strong> past<br />

and inspire <strong>the</strong> future through a<br />

range <strong>of</strong> projects and events over<br />

<strong>the</strong> next two years.<br />

Alumni, staff and students took part in <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong>’s first ‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ days in May to kick<strong>of</strong>f<br />

<strong>the</strong> programme <strong>of</strong> events for <strong>the</strong> anniversary.<br />

The two days <strong>of</strong> activities took place at <strong>the</strong><br />

Canterbury campus and included opportunities<br />

for all those who attended to share memories <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir time at <strong>Kent</strong>.<br />

I am <strong>Kent</strong> film<br />

The centrepiece <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> two-day event was an<br />

opportunity to take part in <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s ‘I am<br />

<strong>Kent</strong>’ film. The film will feature alumni, staff and<br />

students talking about how <strong>Kent</strong> has made a<br />

difference to <strong>the</strong>ir lives, what being involved in<br />

<strong>the</strong> 50th anniversary means to <strong>the</strong>m and how<br />

<strong>the</strong>y would like to see <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> develop over<br />

<strong>the</strong> next 50 years. The <strong>the</strong>me, 'I am <strong>Kent</strong>', reflects<br />

our strong sense <strong>of</strong> identity and <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

<strong>of</strong> our people to <strong>the</strong> past, present and future<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>. Fur<strong>the</strong>r filming dates will be<br />

communicated over <strong>the</strong> coming months and <strong>the</strong><br />

finished product will be hosted at <strong>the</strong> dedicated<br />

50th anniversary website that will be launched<br />

later in <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

Alumni attending <strong>the</strong> ‘I am <strong>Kent</strong>’ days also made<br />

<strong>the</strong> most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> chance to reunite with some <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir old friends and colleagues. They shared<br />

details <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir favourite moments at <strong>Kent</strong> and<br />

encouraged each o<strong>the</strong>r to post memory cards to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s timeline <strong>of</strong> memories. A team <strong>of</strong><br />

history students were on hand to conduct oral<br />

histories, capturing stories <strong>of</strong> student life at <strong>Kent</strong><br />

for an archive project that will run throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

50th anniversary celebrations.<br />

Some alumni also enjoyed reminiscing about<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir favourite haunts during campus tours. The<br />

tours featured Eliot College – <strong>the</strong> first college<br />

to open to students in 1965; <strong>the</strong> new Colyer-<br />

Fergusson music building; <strong>the</strong> imposing<br />

Templeman Library at <strong>the</strong> heart <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> campus;<br />

and <strong>the</strong> site <strong>of</strong> Turing College, which will open<br />

in <strong>the</strong> anniversary year.<br />

During <strong>the</strong> summer <strong>the</strong>re will be a ‘First 500’ day<br />

to invite this group and founding members <strong>of</strong><br />

staff back to campus for a day <strong>of</strong> celebrations<br />

and activities. Plans include a re-enactment <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic photograph <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first students<br />

entering Eliot College, pictured above, and<br />

interviews with history students for <strong>the</strong> archive<br />

project. Fur<strong>the</strong>r details will follow by email. If<br />

you are not on our email list but would like to<br />

receive information about this event please<br />

contact <strong>the</strong> alumni team at alumni@kent.ac.uk<br />

or call 01227 824345.<br />

50th Anniversary Alumni<br />

Reunion Weekend<br />

Alumni can register an interest in <strong>the</strong><br />

50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion<br />

Weekend that will take place from 4 to 6<br />

September 2015. If you are interested<br />

in attending <strong>the</strong> event and would like to<br />

give your feedback on what activities<br />

should be included in <strong>the</strong> programme<br />

for <strong>the</strong> weekend, please<br />

sign up online at<br />

www.kent.ac.uk/alumni/<br />

events/index.html,<br />

email alumni@kent.ac.uk<br />

or call 01227 824345.

News<br />

News from <strong>the</strong> colleges<br />

Keynes news: spring<br />

clean!<br />

Greetings once more to all Keynes alumni, I write<br />

with an update on our spring activities.<br />

Architecture students are involved in planning<br />

phase one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> senior common room<br />

refurbishment. We hope to update <strong>the</strong> room,<br />

maintaining it as a welcoming space for staff to<br />

relax during <strong>the</strong> day, while also providing a place<br />

that can host evening and weekend events. We<br />

are raising funds to lay a ro<strong>of</strong> terrace over La<br />

Dolche Vita, providing fresh air and great views<br />

<strong>of</strong> Canterbury and our duck family. A programme<br />

<strong>of</strong> lunchtime music events are in discussion for<br />

2013-14.<br />

The student-led Duck Squad takes flight next<br />

term to begin a clean-up <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> environment in<br />

and around <strong>the</strong> pond. Alumni donations will<br />

help with landscaping <strong>the</strong> area to create an<br />

accessible walkway, allowing people to get<br />

closer to <strong>the</strong> ducks. To celebrate <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s<br />

50th anniversary, we are also seeking donations<br />

from alumni and community members for our<br />

‘sponsor a plank’ scheme, which will create a<br />

bridge over <strong>the</strong> pond. If you would like to<br />

support us with a donation please contact <strong>the</strong><br />

alumni relations team at alumni@kent.ac.uk or on<br />

01304 824345 for more information.<br />

Bobby Baker’s internationally acclaimed Diary<br />

Drawings exhibition came to Keynes last term<br />

and was enjoyed by many. The exhibition<br />

generated lots <strong>of</strong> discussion around mental<br />

health issues via events including a ‘meet <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’ session and training with our disability and<br />

counselling teams. Next up in <strong>the</strong> arts<br />

programme is Canterbury College’s BA in Visual<br />

Arts final year show and an installation in <strong>the</strong><br />

atrium created by a group <strong>of</strong> young people from<br />

St Nicholas special needs school in collaboration<br />

with two local performance artists.<br />

The Keynes committee is extremely busy in <strong>the</strong><br />

run up to Keynes-stock. Auditions are in<br />

progress and we hope this year will be <strong>the</strong><br />

biggest and best yet.<br />

We welcome your thoughts on events you would<br />

like to attend at Keynes. Our plans are varied and<br />

range from an ‘Alumni Fair’ to annual comedy<br />

lectures. Please share your ideas with us at<br />

s.stevenson@kent.ac.uk or<br />

g.harris217@kent.ac.uk.<br />

Best wishes,<br />

Sian Stevenson<br />

Master <strong>of</strong> Keynes College<br />

Darwin and Woolf<br />

news: new Master<br />

makes an impact<br />

I’d like to introduce myself as <strong>the</strong> new Master <strong>of</strong><br />

Darwin and Woolf Colleges. I’m a Senior Tutor in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Drama Department at <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Arts, a<br />

post that I’ll continue to hold during my time as<br />

Master. Before joining <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>, I worked<br />

with local authorities in building arts strategies<br />

and was Director <strong>of</strong> Performing Arts at <strong>the</strong> Arts<br />

Council in <strong>the</strong> South East. I hope that my skills<br />

and experience will help create a wonderful<br />

student experience for both undergraduates and<br />

postgraduates in <strong>the</strong> two colleges.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> past few months we have introduced or<br />

re-established several initiatives in <strong>the</strong> hope <strong>of</strong><br />

encouraging greater engagement with our<br />

students. This has been facilitated by our close<br />

relationship with <strong>the</strong> Darwin Student Committee,<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Graduate School Association and<br />

George Temple, <strong>the</strong> excellent Student Support<br />

Officer in Woolf College.<br />

The highlight <strong>of</strong> our year so far was <strong>the</strong> Darwin<br />

College Annual Lecture and Feast. Our speaker<br />

Rebecca Stott, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Literature and<br />

Creative Writing at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> East Anglia,<br />

presented her <strong>the</strong>ory that “masterpieces are not<br />

single and solitary births” and discussed her<br />

research on <strong>the</strong> writers, scientists and<br />

philosophers who influenced Darwin. The feast<br />

that followed her lecture featured Fairtrade food<br />

and wines, a first for a High Table event.<br />

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News<br />

1 Keynes College<br />

2 Darwin College<br />

3 Woolf College<br />

4 Ru<strong>the</strong>rford College<br />

5 Sian Stevenson<br />

6 Dr Peter Klappa<br />

7 Dermot O’Brien<br />

Our staff common room hosted <strong>the</strong> Drama<br />

Society’s captivating performance <strong>of</strong> Wilde’s<br />

Lady Windermere’s Fan. Directed by Steven<br />

Laverty, <strong>the</strong> play ran for two nights and was a<br />

resounding success. The room has now been<br />

temporarily handed over to <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> as a<br />

boardroom for <strong>the</strong> Executive Group while <strong>the</strong><br />

Senate Chamber is used by students during <strong>the</strong><br />

major redevelopment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Templeman Library.<br />

If you are in <strong>the</strong> area, we look forward to<br />

welcoming you to see <strong>the</strong> new layout.<br />

Best wishes,<br />

Dermot O’Brien<br />

Master <strong>of</strong> Darwin and Woolf Colleges<br />

Ru<strong>the</strong>rford news:<br />

reinstating our<br />

traditions<br />

Hello everybody, I’m Peter Klappa and I have <strong>the</strong><br />

enormous pleasure <strong>of</strong> being <strong>the</strong> Master <strong>of</strong><br />

Ru<strong>the</strong>rford College.<br />

Having spoken to alumni at our House <strong>of</strong><br />

Commons reception, it’s clear that many <strong>of</strong> you<br />

still have very strong connections not only to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong>, but also to your colleges. I’m <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

making it my mission to streng<strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> bond<br />

between Ru<strong>the</strong>rford College and its wonderful<br />

alumni. We’re always happy to welcome you<br />

back to your college, to meet with staff, have a<br />

chat over a cup <strong>of</strong> tea and remember <strong>the</strong> good<br />

times.<br />

Every term we <strong>of</strong>fer a lecture in our Ru<strong>the</strong>rford<br />

Grass Roots series. We invite speakers to give<br />

entertaining talks about interesting or<br />

controversial topics. These lectures are followed<br />

by a drinks reception or support, giving guests<br />

<strong>the</strong> chance to continue <strong>the</strong>ir discussions over<br />

good food and wine.<br />

I know that many <strong>of</strong> you tremendously enjoyed<br />

your time in <strong>the</strong> college. I’d like to see alumni and<br />

current students taking part in more termly<br />

events toge<strong>the</strong>r at Ru<strong>the</strong>rford College, giving<br />

both an opportunity to learn from and support<br />

each o<strong>the</strong>r and cementing our bonds as a<br />

community.<br />

We are now working on plans for a programme<br />

<strong>of</strong> events to encourage our alumni to return to<br />

<strong>the</strong> college. If you have any ideas please share<br />

<strong>the</strong>m with me by email at P.Klappa@kent.ac.uk,<br />

through our Facebook page at<br />

www.facebook.com/RC.UoK or on Twitter<br />

@RCUoK. You can also contact me through <strong>the</strong><br />

alumni team. I hope to see as many <strong>of</strong> you as<br />

possible at our events.<br />

Best wishes,<br />

Peter Klappa<br />

Master <strong>of</strong> Ru<strong>the</strong>rford College<br />

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Fundraising<br />

1 Dr Barbara Brockway<br />

2 Stacey Symposium 2013 participants<br />

Third Stacey Symposium sees return<br />

<strong>of</strong> successful Biosciences alumni<br />

Stories <strong>of</strong> science alumni who<br />

have successful careers outside<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> laboratory were <strong>the</strong> focus<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Third Stacey Symposium,<br />

hosted by <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong><br />

Biosciences.<br />

The annual event, which started in September<br />

2010, commemorates <strong>the</strong> life and work <strong>of</strong><br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Ken Stacey who was a founder <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

School and an early member <strong>of</strong> Eliot College.<br />

Under Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Stacey’s guidance as Director,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Biological Laboratory at <strong>Kent</strong> gained<br />

recognition as one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most successful<br />

departments in <strong>the</strong> country. In keeping with this<br />

spirit <strong>of</strong> progress, <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me for this year’s event<br />

was ‘Careers beyond <strong>the</strong> laboratory’ and a group<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> School’s alumni returned to campus to<br />

share <strong>the</strong>ir success stories. Many have gone on<br />

to build careers in science, medicine, teaching,<br />

government and publishing.<br />

The symposium was designed to benefit current<br />

students by providing careers advice and<br />

guidance to <strong>the</strong>m from those who have followed<br />

similar paths. It was an opportunity to open <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

eyes to potential careers outside <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

laboratory and show <strong>the</strong>m that <strong>the</strong> skills <strong>the</strong>y<br />

learn on a Biosciences degree can take <strong>the</strong>m in<br />

a variety <strong>of</strong> directions later in life.<br />

Successful alumni<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> alumni speaking at <strong>the</strong> event was<br />

Garry Rogerson who studied Biochemistry at<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> from 1971 and earned a PhD before<br />

starting a career in research. He is currently <strong>the</strong><br />

Chief Executive Officer <strong>of</strong> Advanced Energy, a<br />

power conversion company that provides<br />

components for <strong>the</strong> solar energy industry, among<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs. Also speaking about her experiences<br />

was Barbara Brockway, who started a BSc<br />

honours in General Biochemistry at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> in 1976 and followed this up with a<br />

PhD. Barbara was a leading scientist at<br />

cosmetics firm The Body Shop and is now<br />

Scientific Adviser at IMCD UK, which is a<br />

specialist distribution company in <strong>the</strong> chemical<br />

and food ingredient industries. She will become<br />

President <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Society <strong>of</strong> Cosmetic Scientists<br />

(SCS) later this year.<br />

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Ted Jenkins, a first year PhD student who<br />

attended <strong>the</strong> symposium said: ‘This was a really<br />

interesting event with a wide range <strong>of</strong> people in<br />

careers I hadn’t really thought about before. It<br />

was an eye-opener to hear about <strong>the</strong> speakers’<br />

career paths and it certainly gives me something<br />

to consider when I finish my PhD.’<br />

The Stacey Fund<br />

The event was also an opportunity for guests to<br />

find out more about <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s new initiative<br />

to support Biosciences students. The Stacey<br />

Fund helps those from low-income families by<br />

providing opportunities to develop <strong>the</strong>ir skills<br />

through practical work experience in laboratories<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world. Working in <strong>the</strong>se laboratories<br />

gives Biosciences students at <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>the</strong> edge in a<br />

highly competitive job market. By helping those<br />

who <strong>of</strong>ten need to work to support <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

during university vacations, <strong>the</strong> Stacey Fund<br />

gives more students <strong>the</strong> chance to gain<br />

experience free from financial worries.<br />

Thanks to a donation from one <strong>of</strong> our<br />

Biosciences alumni, gifts to <strong>the</strong> Stacey Fund are<br />

matched pound-for-pound up to a value <strong>of</strong><br />

£6,000, making contributions go fur<strong>the</strong>r and help<br />

more students. With gift aid included too, each<br />

£1 donation to <strong>the</strong> fund is worth £2.25 and<br />

because administration costs are covered by <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> every penny goes towards supporting<br />

students.<br />

During our recent telephone campaign student<br />

callers spoke to 108 Biosciences alumni about<br />

<strong>the</strong> new Stacey Fund. Of those called, 15<br />

generous alumni made a donation, including<br />

seven who chose to set up a regular gift to <strong>the</strong><br />

fund. You can also make a donation to <strong>the</strong> fund<br />

by filling out <strong>the</strong> donation form enclosed with this<br />

magazine.<br />


Fundraising<br />

Alumni make a difference<br />

during telephone campaign<br />

Student callers spoke to 1,500<br />

alumni during our recent<br />

telephone campaign and shared<br />

stories <strong>of</strong> how you are helping<br />

our work.<br />

Over a four-week period <strong>the</strong> team<br />

<strong>of</strong> callers shared <strong>the</strong>ir experiences<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> and listened to advice<br />

from alumni on life after university.<br />

The students also spoke about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Opportunity Fund, which<br />

increases academic and career<br />

opportunities for students; <strong>the</strong><br />

new Stacey Fund, providing<br />

work experience for Biosciences<br />

students; and <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Law<br />

campaign, funding a new Law<br />

Clinic.<br />

The response was fantastic and<br />

a number <strong>of</strong> alumni volunteered<br />

to help with coaching, work<br />

placements and careers advice<br />

as a result <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> campaign. In<br />

addition, many alumni chose to<br />

make a one-<strong>of</strong>f donation or agreed<br />

to make new regular donations to<br />

funds that directly help students.<br />

Many thanks to all alumni who<br />

have supported our work or who<br />

spoke to a caller this year; you<br />

really do make a difference.<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Opportunity Fund<br />

Donations from individuals and organisations<br />

have been crucial to <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s growth and<br />

success since 1965. They have helped to build<br />

new facilities, provide scholarships to gifted<br />

students and develop new student services. As<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> approaches its 50th anniversary<br />

in 2015, it needs support from its graduates,<br />

current and former staff and friends, to continue<br />

to improve <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> and <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong><br />

students who choose to study at <strong>Kent</strong> for<br />

generations to come.<br />

The <strong>Kent</strong> Opportunity Fund has been developed<br />

to increase opportunities for students at <strong>Kent</strong> by<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong> support and opportunities that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y really need. It continues <strong>the</strong> excellent work<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Scholarships Campaign by raising<br />

money in support <strong>of</strong> postgraduate research<br />

scholarships and bursaries. But fur<strong>the</strong>r to this, it<br />

builds a new framework <strong>of</strong> practical support for<br />

students by spreading support wider to fund<br />

projects and activities that give hundreds <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>m potentially life-changing opportunities to<br />

both grow as individuals and develop new skills.<br />

To find out more about <strong>the</strong>se projects or to<br />

make a donation to support our work please<br />

visit our website at www.kent.ac.uk/giving,<br />

email us at alumni@kent.ac.uk or call on<br />

+44 (0)1227 827830.<br />

This year your support for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Opportunity<br />

Fund will allow a student to fulfil <strong>the</strong>ir potential at<br />

<strong>Kent</strong>. With your help this student will receive a<br />

bursary to continue to study at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong><br />

without <strong>the</strong> worry <strong>of</strong> financial hardship. Gaining a<br />

place at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> has turned this<br />

young person’s life around. Our recipient said:<br />

‘The bursary I have received will<br />

help me by allowing me to be a lot<br />

more worry free. Sleepless nights<br />

about my financial difficulties have<br />

affected my work and university<br />

experience throughout this year.<br />

Coming from a single-parent<br />

family, this bursary helps my<br />

financial situation tremendously<br />

covering all sorts <strong>of</strong> basic costs that<br />

I can’t fund myself, including travel,<br />

clothing and healthcare. Thank you<br />

so much for helping me.’<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


Events<br />

Alumni events<br />

First International Open lecture<br />

hosted in Hong Kong<br />

The <strong>University</strong>’s first International Open Lecture<br />

was held in Hong Kong and received a warm<br />

reception from alumni. The lecture by Loba Van<br />

der Bijl from <strong>the</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Ma<strong>the</strong>matics,<br />

Statistics and Actuarial Sciences provided a<br />

light-hearted look at <strong>the</strong> aftermath <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 2008<br />

financial crisis and <strong>the</strong> lessons that should be<br />

learned from it. Her speech was followed by a<br />

cocktail reception for guests. More than 70<br />

alumni attended <strong>the</strong> event, jointly hosted by<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-<br />

Chancellor, and Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Eddy Fong, President<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Hong Kong Alumni Association.<br />

Dame Julia took time during <strong>the</strong> occasion to<br />

thank guests for <strong>the</strong>ir support and to update<br />

alumni on <strong>the</strong> work <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Hong Kong and China<br />

Portal, which raises funds for scholarships to<br />

assist students from <strong>the</strong> region who study at<br />

<strong>Kent</strong>; to help fund student exchange<br />

programmes between <strong>Kent</strong> and universities in<br />

Hong Kong and mainland China; and to support<br />

staff and research interaction between <strong>the</strong><br />

universities.<br />

Malaysia and Singapore<br />

Alumni in Kuala Lumpur provided a warm<br />

welcome for <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> team at a<br />

reception organised by <strong>the</strong> Malaysia Alumni<br />

Association. Hosted by Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Dame Julia<br />

Goodfellow, <strong>the</strong> event saw 100 alumni ga<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

hear a lecture by Loba van der Bijl and to find<br />

out <strong>the</strong> latest news from <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>. The final<br />

stop on <strong>the</strong> itinerary this Spring was Singapore,<br />

where 30 alumni enjoyed an informal reception<br />

and reunion event with Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Alex Hughes,<br />

Pro-Vice-Chancellor External.<br />

US trip<br />

Alumni in three US cities attended reunion events<br />

to meet up with old friends and find out more<br />

about <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s progress.<br />

A delegation from <strong>Kent</strong> visited New York,<br />

Chicago and Los Angeles to update alumni on<br />

<strong>the</strong> latest news from our campuses and share<br />

some <strong>of</strong> our initial plans for our 50th anniversary<br />

celebrations in 2015. The events were hosted by<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Keith Mander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor,<br />

and Alison Coles, Director <strong>of</strong> Development and<br />

Alumni Relations, from <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>.<br />

Kicking-<strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> trip at <strong>the</strong> British Consulate in<br />

New York and ending with an informal ga<strong>the</strong>ring<br />

in a British pub in LA, <strong>the</strong> team shared news with<br />

alumni who were keen to hear about <strong>the</strong> latest<br />

work to develop <strong>the</strong> Canterbury campus<br />

including <strong>the</strong> redevelopment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Templeman<br />

Library and plans for a new college. They also<br />

gave an update on student recruitment figures,<br />

which are holding up well across <strong>the</strong> board<br />

despite new student finance arrangements, and<br />

spoke about <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s search for a new<br />

Chancellor, with Sir Robert Worcester completing<br />

his term <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice this July.<br />

House <strong>of</strong> Commons reception<br />

More than 130 alumni and guests attended a<br />

reception hosted by <strong>Kent</strong> Law alumnus Emily<br />

Thornberry MP (D79) at <strong>the</strong> House <strong>of</strong> Commons.<br />

The event saw alumni from <strong>the</strong> last five decades<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>r to hear more about <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong>’s plans<br />

to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. Co-host<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Dame Julia Goodfellow also updated<br />

guests on <strong>the</strong> progress <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Law<br />

Campaign, which is raising funds to build a new<br />

Law Clinic and supporting <strong>the</strong> Law School’s<br />

Mooting Programme.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> alumni at <strong>the</strong> event was Murad Jetha<br />

(E84), a Ma<strong>the</strong>matics and Computing graduate.<br />

He said: ‘Thank you for hosting <strong>the</strong> terrific<br />

evening at <strong>the</strong> House <strong>of</strong> Commons. I thoroughly<br />

enjoyed <strong>the</strong> event. The memories and tales<br />

shared by o<strong>the</strong>r alumni were so similar to my<br />

own and finding out how much we have all<br />

achieved made me feel really proud to be a<br />

UKC alumnus.’<br />

1 Loba van der Bijl<br />

2 Emily Thornberry MP<br />

18 KENT Magazine<br />

1 2

Events<br />

US scholars update<br />

The latest news from our UKA<br />

Scholar<br />

Elizabeth Eckert has enjoyed an eventful and<br />

productive year <strong>of</strong> graduate study at <strong>the</strong><br />

Brussels School <strong>of</strong> International Studies.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> in America (UKA) 2012-<br />

13 Scholar, Elizabeth is studying a Masters in<br />

Political Communication and Strategy funded<br />

by contributions from our alumni in <strong>the</strong> US.<br />

Reflecting on her year, she said: ‘I came away<br />

from <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> formal teaching term with<br />

an excellent foundation in <strong>the</strong> role <strong>of</strong> political<br />

communication in <strong>the</strong> European Union today.<br />

My modules in Political Strategy and Public<br />

Policy Analysis have also given me a thorough<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> public policy process<br />

here in Europe.’<br />

Elizabeth chose to participate in a special<br />

course on Contemporary Energy Security in<br />

Europe, which covered European energy and<br />

environmental policy. She was invited by <strong>the</strong><br />

course leader, Dr Amelia Hadfield, to assist with<br />

research at <strong>the</strong> Institute for European Studies.<br />

As a result, Elizabeth co-authored a chapter on<br />

energy security in <strong>the</strong> European Union (EU),<br />

which will be published in a book on EU policy<br />

later this year.<br />

During <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> academic year Elizabeth<br />

will write a dissertation exploring <strong>the</strong> political<br />

momentum and agenda-setting process in <strong>the</strong><br />

run-up to <strong>the</strong> adoption <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> EU Renewable<br />

Energy Directive in 2009. She said: ‘Being in<br />

Brussels is particularly useful at this point, as I<br />

hope to interview in person some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> leading<br />

experts in <strong>the</strong> field. Once my studies are<br />

complete I plan to secure a traineeship within <strong>the</strong><br />

European institutions and in <strong>the</strong> long run I’d like<br />

to work on European environmental policy from<br />

a political communication standpoint.’<br />

Introducing our 2013-14<br />

Fulbright Scholar<br />

The <strong>University</strong> is delighted to welcome <strong>the</strong> first<br />

<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> in America-funded Fulbright<br />

Scholar in 2013-14.The scholarship allows an<br />

American student to study a Masters degree in<br />

any discipline at a UK <strong>University</strong> and provides a<br />

stipend to cover living costs.<br />

The Fulbright Scholar is J Meade Klingensmith,<br />

known to friends as Meade. The 23-year-old from<br />

Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Ohio’s Oberlin<br />

College in 2012 with a BA honours in History and<br />

a minor in Politics. He currently lives in New York,<br />

NY, and works as a reporter for Remapping<br />

Debate, an online public policy magazine.<br />

Meade will enrol in <strong>the</strong> MA Modern History<br />

programme at <strong>Kent</strong> later this year. He plans to<br />

research British perspectives <strong>of</strong> Middle Eastern<br />

nationalism during World War I and <strong>the</strong> early<br />

inter-war period. His work will provide a new<br />

perspective on <strong>the</strong> persistent failure <strong>of</strong><br />

communication and understanding between <strong>the</strong><br />

English-speaking world and <strong>the</strong> Middle East by<br />

examining how British views <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East<br />

assumed <strong>the</strong>ir modern form. On his reason for<br />

choosing to study at <strong>Kent</strong>, Meade said: ‘The<br />

<strong>University</strong>’s excellent history programme and<br />

strong international orientation made it seem a<br />

perfect fit, and after a hectic year in New York,<br />

<strong>the</strong> change <strong>of</strong> pace Canterbury will provide<br />

couldn’t be more welcome.’<br />

Meade’s Fulbright scholarship is only possible<br />

thanks to <strong>the</strong> generous support <strong>of</strong> our US<br />

alumni, who have facilitated <strong>the</strong> programme by<br />

making donations to <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> in<br />

America (UKA).<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


Feature<br />

1 Grimond ‘Living Wall’<br />

2. Templeman Library artists’ impression<br />

Sharing memories <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong><br />

with Dr Shirley Barlow<br />

As <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> makes plans to<br />

celebrate its 50th anniversary year<br />

in 2015 its focus naturally falls on<br />

celebrating <strong>the</strong> past as well as<br />

looking to <strong>the</strong> future. Here Dr Shirley<br />

Barlow, former staff member, a<br />

founder <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Classics Department<br />

in 1965 and Master <strong>of</strong> Eliot College<br />

from 1985-1990, shares memories<br />

<strong>of</strong> her time at <strong>Kent</strong>.<br />

‘Early in 1964 I received a letter from an English<br />

friend enclosing an advertisement for a lecturer in<br />

Classics at <strong>the</strong> forthcoming new <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Kent</strong> at Canterbury. I was working at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> Michigan in <strong>the</strong> US, had just acquired tenure<br />

and would not have contemplated returning to<br />

England to a traditional university, but <strong>the</strong> idea<br />

<strong>of</strong> being part <strong>of</strong> a new university set in such an<br />

ancient and beautiful city was quite ano<strong>the</strong>r thing.<br />

Almost before I knew what I was doing I had<br />

applied.<br />

I was interviewed at Westgate House by a panel<br />

<strong>of</strong>, if I remember rightly, eight men and one<br />

woman who was from outside. At <strong>the</strong> end I asked<br />

if <strong>the</strong>re was anything to see yet up <strong>the</strong> hill. Eric<br />

Fox, <strong>the</strong> Registrar said: ‘We think <strong>the</strong>re is but you<br />

will need Wellington boots’ I duly went up to see<br />

and was met with a vast expanse <strong>of</strong> mud dotted<br />

all over with small pools upon which floated many<br />

noisy seagulls. A few white bricks emerged out <strong>of</strong><br />

this mud on <strong>the</strong> site where Eliot College was to<br />

be. From here down <strong>the</strong> hill was a magnificent<br />

view <strong>of</strong> Canterbury Ca<strong>the</strong>dral. This spectacular<br />

juxtaposition <strong>of</strong> new and old streng<strong>the</strong>ned my<br />

hope to be appointed to <strong>the</strong> job even if it would<br />

mean a cut in salary, which it did.<br />

1<br />

Founding Classics<br />

There were three <strong>of</strong> us in Classics: <strong>the</strong> first Dean<br />

<strong>of</strong> Humanities, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Guy Chilver, Chris<br />

Collard, and I. It was to prove a very enjoyable<br />

and productive working relationship and an<br />

added bonus was that Chris and I shared <strong>the</strong><br />

same research interest in Greek Tragedy and<br />

were able to make it an important focus in our<br />

new degree programme. Guy wanted Classics<br />

as an honours subject here, although <strong>the</strong>re were<br />

one or two who did not feel that it had a place in<br />

<strong>the</strong> modern Part I interdisciplinary curriculum<br />

being devised. After a while however I was able<br />

to introduce Ancient Greece and <strong>the</strong> Modern<br />

World, a course that dealt with 19th and 20th<br />

century views <strong>of</strong> ancient Greek literature and art.<br />

And this fitted in quite well.<br />

For many years we <strong>of</strong>fered degrees in both<br />

Latin and Greek and before long in Classical<br />

Civilisation without <strong>the</strong> languages as well. Both<br />

kinds <strong>of</strong> degree did well and also enriched each<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r, but in 1994 <strong>the</strong> small numbers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

former led <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>n Vice-Chancellor to instruct us<br />

to stop <strong>of</strong>fering <strong>the</strong>m and to concentrate instead<br />

on <strong>the</strong> popular Classical Civilisation degree.<br />

Since that politically rationalising time and in<br />

spite <strong>of</strong> it <strong>the</strong> Department has made interesting<br />

new additions to <strong>the</strong> staff and among o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

things encouraged a developing interest in<br />

archaeology.<br />

Collegiate working<br />

The early days involved setting up almost<br />

everything from new degree syllabuses, to<br />

committee structures, a tutorial system, plans<br />

for new colleges and backing for many student<br />

activities. In addition to fostering <strong>the</strong> interplay<br />

<strong>of</strong> research and teaching in our own specialist<br />

subjects, what I particularly cherished from<br />

those days was <strong>the</strong> opportunity to work with<br />

colleagues in o<strong>the</strong>r disciplines in a creative way.<br />

This and <strong>the</strong> collegiate system distinguished<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> from o<strong>the</strong>r universities at that time. The<br />

tutorial system and <strong>the</strong> interdisciplinary nature<br />

<strong>of</strong> some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> academic fare <strong>the</strong>n <strong>of</strong>fered were<br />

well served by <strong>the</strong> college structure. Time <strong>of</strong><br />

course brought changes and new policies. Over<br />

<strong>the</strong> 48 years <strong>of</strong> its existence Classics expanded<br />

and developed hugely, bringing interesting ideas<br />

and emphases as different appointments came<br />

in. Almost all <strong>of</strong> my 34 years in <strong>the</strong> job were<br />

enjoyable, but for me <strong>the</strong> early years will always<br />

have a special place.’<br />

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<strong>Kent</strong> life<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Sport<br />

New sports facilities now open<br />

New sports facilities are up and running at <strong>the</strong><br />

Canterbury campus and available for use by<br />

alumni.<br />

The new buildings and equipment result from<br />

a £4.8 million Olympic legacy investment<br />

programme that provides indoor courts, a larger<br />

dance studio, a multi-purpose sports hall, an<br />

improved fitness suite and a physio<strong>the</strong>rapy clinic.<br />

The new Functional Wellness and Strength and<br />

High Performance suites include a selection <strong>of</strong><br />

cardio equipment, cutting-edge resistance<br />

machines, plate-loaded lifting stations, and a<br />

dedicated zone <strong>of</strong>fering Olympic-standard lifting<br />

equipment. <strong>Kent</strong> Sport now <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>the</strong> best<br />

equipped strength and conditioning facility in<br />

<strong>the</strong> county.<br />

A larger fitness studio features <strong>the</strong> latest in light<br />

and sound technology, plus more room for a<br />

range <strong>of</strong> classes. The timetable includes<br />

Spinning (Studio Cycling), Boxercise, High<br />

Intensity Interval Training, Yoga and Pilates in<br />

addition to more established exercise activities.<br />

Online booking and more new facilities including<br />

<strong>the</strong> third sports hall and physio<strong>the</strong>rapy clinic will<br />

be available to members later in <strong>the</strong> year. Alumni<br />

are welcome to use <strong>the</strong> facilities, which are open<br />

as follows:<br />

Sports Centre<br />

Term-time<br />

Vacation<br />

Mon-Fri 09.00-22.30 Mon-Fri 09.00-21.30<br />

Sat 09.00-17.30 Sat 09.00-17.30<br />

Sun 10.00-17.30 Sund 10.00-17.30<br />

Fitness Suite/Cardio Theatre<br />

Term-time<br />

Vacation<br />

Mon-Fri 07.30-22.00 Mon-Fri 07.30-21.15<br />

Sat 09.00-17.15 Sat 09.00-17.15<br />

Sun 10.00-17.15 Sun 10.00-17.15<br />

Membership is from £287 (<strong>of</strong>f-peak) or £313<br />

(peak) per year; a saving <strong>of</strong> £97 on <strong>the</strong> public<br />

rate. You can also pay monthly with an initial fee<br />

<strong>of</strong> £88 followed by 11 payments <strong>of</strong> £20 (<strong>of</strong>f-peak)<br />

or £91 followed by 11 payments <strong>of</strong> £22 (peak).<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Union<br />

Building a better future for<br />

students<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> Union has had a busy first six months <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> year focusing on progressing campaigns,<br />

introducing new schemes, developing our sports<br />

brand and celebrating our achievements.<br />

Top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> list <strong>of</strong> campaign priorities has been<br />

action to tackle hidden course costs. With student<br />

finance an ever-growing concern, we have<br />

surveyed our members and will present <strong>the</strong><br />

results to <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> to discuss <strong>the</strong> way ahead<br />

in terms <strong>of</strong> easing <strong>the</strong> financial burden on<br />

students. Our campaign work has also seen<br />

us join <strong>the</strong> Canterbury City Council Housing<br />

Accreditation Scheme, working with o<strong>the</strong>r higher<br />

education institutions to improve <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong><br />

student housing in <strong>the</strong> city.<br />

Our work to support LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,<br />

Bisexual and Transgender) staff and students<br />

has been recognised with a ‘<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Year’ award, presented to us at <strong>the</strong> first National<br />

Student Pride awards. Our efforts to make <strong>the</strong><br />

Union a more inclusive organisation and <strong>the</strong><br />

proactive work <strong>of</strong> student groups were<br />

highlighted for particular praise.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> social side, we’ve enjoyed success in<br />

our campaign to secure more space for student<br />

societies with confirmation <strong>of</strong> a new Student<br />

Media Centre. It will be installed in The Attic and<br />

will house InQuire, KTV and CSR FM. The Venue<br />

will be adapted to cater for student groups<br />

hosting <strong>the</strong>ir own events and live music. This<br />

term also saw <strong>the</strong> election <strong>of</strong> new full-time Union<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers for <strong>the</strong> coming year, with a new team in<br />

place to work on behalf <strong>of</strong> our student body.<br />

The new <strong>of</strong>ficers are:<br />

Union President, Chelsea Moore<br />

Vice President Welfare, Megan Wells<br />

Vice President Activities, Amy Gilchrist<br />

Vice President Sports, Christopher Bull<br />

Vice President Education, Alex Murray<br />

And finally, Team <strong>Kent</strong> has unified our sports club<br />

under one name and enjoyed its first major<br />

victory. We retained our title at this year’s Varsity<br />

event and were crowned champions for <strong>the</strong> 17th<br />

year running with a 30-10 win against Canterbury<br />

Christchurch <strong>University</strong>. Go Team <strong>Kent</strong>!<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


Books<br />

Class notes<br />

Class Notes are also available online at www.kent.ac.uk/alumni<br />

Moral Crusades in an Age <strong>of</strong> Mistrust:<br />

The Jimmy Savile Scandal<br />

Frank Furedi, Palgrave Macmillan<br />

In his latest book Frank Furedi, Honorary Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Sociology at <strong>Kent</strong>,<br />

explores <strong>the</strong> precarious status <strong>of</strong> trust in <strong>the</strong> aftermath <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Jimmy<br />

Savile scandal.<br />

The Noise<br />

Next Door<br />

The book examines <strong>the</strong> sociological meaning <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sudden<br />

transformation <strong>of</strong> Jimmy Savile – charity fundraiser, household name,<br />

cultural icon – into <strong>the</strong> personification <strong>of</strong> evil. It also considers <strong>the</strong><br />

important role scandals play in clarifying <strong>the</strong> moral issues preoccupying<br />

society and how, in <strong>the</strong> wake <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Savile affair, <strong>the</strong> absence <strong>of</strong> moral<br />

consensus bred uncertainty instead <strong>of</strong> restoring moral order.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Furedi forms a surprising conclusion: that <strong>the</strong> concerns<br />

unleashed by <strong>the</strong> Savile affair will intensify <strong>the</strong> climate <strong>of</strong> mistrust and<br />

encourage moral crusaders to expand <strong>the</strong>ir activities.<br />

Find out more at www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=675020<br />

The King’s Jockey<br />

Lesley Gray, Solis Press<br />

This debut novel by mature student, Lesley Gray, <strong>of</strong>fers a fresh<br />

perspective on <strong>the</strong> death <strong>of</strong> a suffragette at <strong>the</strong> 1913 Derby. It tells <strong>the</strong><br />

story <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> life <strong>of</strong> royal jockey Herbert “Bertie” Jones and <strong>the</strong> dramatic<br />

events that followed his fatal collision with suffragette Emily Wilding<br />

Davison 100 years ago.<br />

The book was written whilst Lesley studied part-time for a BA (Hons) in<br />

Comparative Literature at <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong>. She said: ‘The course<br />

covers such a range <strong>of</strong> beautiful literature; exploring <strong>the</strong>se works has<br />

helped enormously in <strong>the</strong> struggle to find my own voice as a writer.’<br />

Find out more at www.solispress.com/9781907947612.html<br />

Take five School <strong>of</strong> Film, Drama<br />

and Visual Arts alumni, form a<br />

comedy troupe and get set for<br />

success. Improvised comedy team<br />

The Noise Next Door have<br />

headlined <strong>the</strong> Edinburgh Fringe<br />

Festival and a host <strong>of</strong> top comedy<br />

clubs since getting toge<strong>the</strong>r at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> nine years ago.<br />

The guys in ties, as <strong>the</strong>y like to be<br />

known, are Charlie Granville (R04),<br />

Sam Pacelli (E04), Tom Livingstone<br />

(E04), Matt Grant (E03) and Tom<br />

Houghton.<br />

This year <strong>the</strong> lads returned to<br />

campus to perform <strong>the</strong>ir original<br />

and hilariously funny show at <strong>the</strong><br />

Gulbenkian <strong>the</strong>atre during <strong>the</strong>ir first<br />

UK national tour. Relying on<br />

audience interaction to determine<br />

<strong>the</strong> content <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir comedy<br />

sketches, each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> shows that<br />

The Noise Next Door performs is<br />

different. Their fusing <strong>of</strong> witty oneliners,<br />

epic stories and unusual<br />

characters showcases <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

versatility and razor-sharp comic<br />

talent.<br />

Sam said: ‘It was a joy to return to<br />

our spiritual home and birthplace.<br />

We wouldn’t exist without <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong>, so to come back<br />

on our national tour to a packed<br />

Gulbenkian was both a delight and<br />

an honour.’<br />

The lads have performed on BBC<br />

Radio 4’s Sketchorama and<br />

appeared alongside leading UK<br />

comedians including Harry Hill, Al<br />

Murray and Jason Manford since<br />

starting out in 2006. They regularly<br />

headline top venues including<br />

Jongleurs in Covent Garden and<br />

have made five sell-out<br />

appearances at <strong>the</strong> Edinburgh<br />

Fringe Festival. In 2010 <strong>the</strong> Daily<br />

Telegraph described <strong>the</strong>ir show as<br />

‘riotously enjoyable… a superior<br />

kind <strong>of</strong> chaos.’<br />

To find out more about The Noise<br />

Next Door, see when <strong>the</strong>y will be<br />

performing in your area or to get<br />

your hands on <strong>the</strong>ir latest DVD visit<br />

www.<strong>the</strong>noisenextdoor.co.uk.<br />

22 KENT Magazine

In memoriam<br />

Obituary<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Jack Powles<br />

Jack Powles, founding Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Physics at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Kent</strong>, died on February 19th 2013 at<br />

<strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> 88. He will be remembered by many<br />

as an inspirational teacher and enthusiastic<br />

physicist whose organisational skills, efficiency<br />

and close attention to detail and accuracy were<br />

impressive. The hundreds <strong>of</strong> undergraduates that<br />

experienced his teaching will recall his carefully<br />

prepared lectures, delivered at a ra<strong>the</strong>r rapid<br />

rate, and a chalkboard covered with detailed<br />

ma<strong>the</strong>matical notes. Sometimes he would start<br />

writing with his left hand and finish using his right<br />

hand – <strong>the</strong>n turn to see if anyone had noticed<br />

that he was ambidextrous!<br />

Jack was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first academics to be<br />

appointed at <strong>Kent</strong> and took up his post in <strong>the</strong><br />

summer <strong>of</strong> 1964. He joined from Queen Mary<br />

College, London, where he had been Reader in<br />

Experimental Physics. During his first year he<br />

planned <strong>the</strong> Physical Sciences laboratory (now<br />

<strong>the</strong> Marlowe building) with architect Lord Holford,<br />

to be built and ready for <strong>the</strong> first intake <strong>of</strong> Physics<br />

and Chemistry undergraduates in October 1965.<br />

He wrote an innovative first year physics text<br />

book, Particles, which was published in time for<br />

<strong>the</strong> arrival <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first students. It was used as a<br />

core text here and in o<strong>the</strong>r universities for many<br />

years.<br />

He was also keen to develop <strong>the</strong> social<br />

interaction among staff and students, and<br />

ensured that a social area existed in <strong>the</strong> Physics<br />

Building in which many scientific and teaching<br />

questions were discussed informally. Jack gave<br />

<strong>the</strong> occasional fun lecture for youngsters and lay<br />

people, <strong>of</strong>ten at Christmas. These would involve<br />

tricks with liquid air where he would freeze<br />

grapes and smash <strong>the</strong>m with a hammer, or<br />

demonstrate <strong>the</strong> peculiar effects <strong>of</strong> rubber<br />

elasticity using party balloons. In one lecture<br />

entitled ‘<strong>the</strong> tea pot effect’ he would analyse <strong>the</strong><br />

problem <strong>of</strong> pouring liquid from a spout without<br />

spillage.<br />

The Physics Laboratory developed rapidly and<br />

strongly under its dynamic Laboratory Director,<br />

who led <strong>the</strong> department throughout <strong>the</strong> next<br />

decade, overseeing its development and growing<br />

reputation. Jack continued as Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong><br />

Physics until he retired in 1991 and <strong>the</strong>n as an<br />

emeritus pr<strong>of</strong>essor he remained an active<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department until he moved to<br />

South Wales about ten years ago.<br />

Jack’s early education at <strong>the</strong> Marlin School<br />

Stroud, Gloucester, was followed by a state<br />

scholarship to Manchester <strong>University</strong> to study<br />

Electrical Engineering. He was awarded <strong>the</strong><br />

Fairburn prize as top student <strong>of</strong> his year. His<br />

graduate studies under Sir Willis Jackson were on<br />

<strong>the</strong> dielectric properties <strong>of</strong> liquids, a subject <strong>of</strong><br />

critical importance to <strong>the</strong> effective operation <strong>of</strong><br />

RADAR. His interest in molecular motion and<br />

structure <strong>of</strong> liquids became a <strong>the</strong>me <strong>of</strong> his<br />

research and he seized on new techniques such<br />

as nuclear magnetic resonance, light scattering,<br />

neutron scattering and computer simulation, as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y became available. Jack’s scientific insight<br />

and ma<strong>the</strong>matical ability allowed him to make<br />

significant contributions to <strong>the</strong> early development<br />

<strong>of</strong> each in turn. One <strong>of</strong> his early research<br />

students and <strong>Kent</strong> honorary graduate, Peter<br />

Mansfield, took magnetic resonance on to fame<br />

and fortune with <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> MRI,<br />

(magnetic resonance imaging) a medical<br />

diagnostic facility that brought Mansfield a<br />

knighthood and Nobel Prize.<br />

At Imperial College, London, a romance, which<br />

had started at school in Stroud, blossomed as<br />

childhood swee<strong>the</strong>art Jill was by <strong>the</strong>n an<br />

undergraduate at Royal Holloway College. The<br />

couple became inseparable and recently<br />

celebrated <strong>the</strong>ir diamond wedding anniversary<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir son, daughter and grandchildren. Their<br />

hospitality was always most generous. Past<br />

research students and colleagues will remember<br />

with affection <strong>the</strong> regular June garden parties,<br />

started in London and continued at <strong>the</strong>ir home in<br />

Beverley Farmhouse. A grand party in 1994, to<br />

mark his 70th birthday, was attended by nearly all<br />

his 40 past research students and fellows, with<br />

whom he had maintained contact over <strong>the</strong> years.<br />

Jack is survived by Jill, son Simon, daughter<br />

Tamsin and two grandsons.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor John H Strange<br />

In memoriam<br />

Since <strong>the</strong> last issue <strong>of</strong> KENT Magazine went to<br />

press, <strong>the</strong> <strong>University</strong> has learned <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> deaths<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> following alumni, honorary graduates and<br />

former staff.<br />

If you would like to be put in touch with <strong>the</strong><br />

families or friends <strong>of</strong> anyone listed here please<br />

let us know – we may be able to help.<br />

Sir Richard Bennett (Honorary Graduate 00)<br />

Jon Chipperton R82<br />

Dr Cyril Cooper K84<br />

David Cunningham R67<br />

Dr Valerie Eliot (Honorary Graduate 90)<br />

David Houghton K01<br />

Ge<strong>of</strong>frey Hughes E74<br />

Bob Hunter R65<br />

Ronald Jarvis D02<br />

Kathryn Jenden D74<br />

George Juzwin E69<br />

Dr Frank Panton CBE D85<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Jack Powles (former staff)<br />

Nigel Robinson R97<br />

George Stone E94<br />

Dr Rosalyn Themsitocleus K78<br />

Dr Joan Wain (Honorary Graduate 09)<br />

Bruce Webster (former staff)<br />

KENT Magazine<br />


What’s on<br />

Music<br />

Sunday 30 June, 3pm, Colyer-<br />

Fergusson Hall, Centrally Heated<br />

Knickers presented by The<br />

Homemade Orchestra. A<br />

compelling new production<br />

performed by legendary children’s<br />

poet Michael Rosen.<br />

Saturday 6 July, 7.30pm, Colyer-<br />

Fergusson Hall, The Canterbury<br />

Orchestra performing Arnold, Elgar<br />

and Dvorak. Featuring <strong>the</strong> fabulous<br />

cellist Pei-Jee Ng.<br />

Gulbenkian Theatre<br />

www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian<br />

Saturday 22 June, AJTC Theatre<br />

Company – Bin Men<br />

Written by multi-award winner Mike<br />

Kenny and directed by Rosamunde<br />

Hutt, this <strong>the</strong>atre production is a<br />

story <strong>of</strong> music, movement, recycling,<br />

puppetry and fun.<br />

Sunday 23 June, Long Nose<br />

Puppets – Arthur’s Dream Boat<br />

A magical playful children’s show<br />

with breath-taking puppets, so<br />

enchanting that everyone will want<br />

to sail away with Arthur in his dream<br />

boat!<br />

Sunday 29 June, The Incredible<br />

Book Eating Boy<br />

This exciting <strong>the</strong>atre adaptation <strong>of</strong><br />

Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning<br />

children’s book follows <strong>the</strong> story <strong>of</strong><br />

a boy with a voracious appetite for<br />

books.<br />

Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 July,<br />

Sandwich Technology School<br />

performance <strong>of</strong> Miss Saigon.<br />

Following <strong>the</strong> sell-out success <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir award winning Les<br />

Miserables, Sandwich Technology<br />

School return with ano<strong>the</strong>r Boublil<br />

and Schnberg classic, Miss<br />

Saigon.<br />

Gulbenkian Cinema<br />

Wednesday 12 June, Chasing Ice<br />

(12A)<br />

Acclaimed National Geographic<br />

photographer James Balog<br />

discovers evidence <strong>of</strong> our<br />

changing planet. Revolutionary<br />

time-lapse cameras capture a<br />

multi-year record <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

changing glaciers.<br />

Thursday 13 June, NT Live: The<br />

Audience<br />

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy<br />

Award winning role as Queen<br />

Elizabeth II in <strong>the</strong> highly-anticipated<br />

West End production <strong>of</strong> The<br />

Audience, broadcast as part <strong>of</strong><br />

National Theatre Live.<br />

Friday 14 – Thursday 20 June, The<br />

Great Gatsby (3D) (12A)<br />

Baz Luhrmann directs a starstudded<br />

cast in this adaptation <strong>of</strong> F.<br />

Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Set at <strong>the</strong><br />

height <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> roaring twenties, Nick<br />

Carraway is fascinated by <strong>the</strong><br />

mysterious and lavish lifestyle <strong>of</strong> his<br />

millionaire neighbour, Jay Gatsby.<br />

Friday 21 June, Star Trek: Into<br />

Darkness (3D) (12A)<br />

When <strong>the</strong> crew <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> USS<br />

Enterprise find an unstoppable<br />

force <strong>of</strong> terror within <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

organisation, Captain Kirk leads a<br />

manhunt which spirals into an epic<br />

chess game <strong>of</strong> life and death.<br />

Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 July, Mud<br />

(12A)<br />

Two young boys discover a<br />

dangerous but charismatic fugitive,<br />

known as Mud, hiding on <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

remote island home on <strong>the</strong><br />

Mississippi.<br />

Monday 22 July, Royal Opera<br />

House – Rigoletto (recorded)<br />

Verdi’s opera charts <strong>the</strong> fate <strong>of</strong> a<br />

tormented jester trying to avenge<br />

his heartless playboy employer, <strong>the</strong><br />

Duke <strong>of</strong> Mantua, who seduced<br />

Rigoletto’s innocent daughter Gilda.<br />

Alumni events<br />

Istanbul alumni reception<br />

Friday 21 June, Kabatas Motor<br />

Iskelesi<br />

A reception for Turkish alumni,<br />

hosted on board <strong>the</strong> boat <strong>the</strong> Incisu<br />

Teknesi. Learn <strong>the</strong> latest news from<br />

your university and meet up with<br />

old friends over cocktails and<br />

dinner.<br />

London to Brighton Cycle<br />

Challenge<br />

Saturday 6 July<br />

Join <strong>the</strong> <strong>Kent</strong> Law Campaign Young<br />

Alumni Group on a challenging 54<br />

mile bike ride from London to<br />

Brighton. The ride is raising funds<br />

to support <strong>the</strong> campaign to build a<br />

new <strong>Kent</strong> Law Clinic.<br />

Madrid alumni reception<br />

Tuesday 3 September<br />

A reception for alumni in Spain.<br />

For more information about any <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> alumni events listed here please<br />

email alumni@kent.ac.uk. To<br />

register for an event visit<br />


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