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Published May 2017

Foreword: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

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Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

As another academic year draws to a close, we have strong reasons to be positive about our future. We were delighted to receive news in April that we have been granted planning permission by Canterbury City Council to build a new arts facility on the North Holmes campus. The building, due to open in September 2018, is an important part of our vision to transform the main campus in Canterbury and is the first stage in our longer-term Estate Master Plan.

The new facility will enable the Schools of Media, Art and Design, and Music and Performing Arts, to further support the region’s creative arts and digital industries, with specialist teaching facilities and the latest technology for new and existing courses.

We are dedicated to excellence in our teaching and research as well as in applying these high standards to the work our academic staff carry out in partnership with organisations in the wider community. In this issue of Inspire, we showcase several examples of this. Dr Joe Burman is an entomologist and Senior Lecturer in Biology and Animal Science in the School of Human and Life Sciences. We speak to him about his role as Research Coordinator at Thanet Earth, the UK’s largest high-tech greenhouse production complex, and the benefits of this connection for the producer, the University and the local community.

Nick Woznitza is Senior Lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions. He is also Consultant Practitioner Radiographer at London’s Homerton University Hospital and conducts important research into the accuracy and impact of radiographer reporting. We examine how his research work is contributing to earlier diagnosis and improving diagnostic capacity and outcomes for lung cancer patients.

Expertise within our Faculty of Arts and Humanities is also highlighted in this issue. John McGhie, Senior Lecturer in Journalism in the School of Media, Art and Design, published his debut novel  White Highlands in April this year. We discuss how John’s prestigious journalistic career provided the backdrop to his novel.

This summer marks the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, regarded as one of England’s greatest naval disasters, and historian Dr Keith McLay provides a compelling account of this key event.

In our Q&A, we speak to horticulturalist, plant hunter and Honorary Graduate, Tom Hart Dyke, about his World Garden creation at Lullingstone Castle and the terrifying kidnapping ordeal that provided inspiration for the project.

I very much hope that you enjoy reading this issue of Inspire.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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