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Published November 2017

Foreword: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

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Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Welcome to the Winter issue of Inspire and our first digital edition. We hope that the new format will mean that even more of our staff, students, stakeholders and members of the local community take the opportunity to learn more about the latest news and developments at Christ Church.

Our latest issue contains the usual mix of articles focusing on the high-quality research and community outreach and collaboration, which are a great source of pride to the University, as well as features exploring the student experience.

We talk to Dr Chris Pallant, Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Art and Design, about the great success of Canterbury Anifest, which draws on Canterbury’s impressive heritage of creative work in the field of animation. He also discusses how the festival provides fantastic experience and career opportunities for our students.

Practical opportunities for students are also discussed with Dr Andy Seaman, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Humanities, who has been actively working with his undergraduates on archaeological digs in Kent and in Wales. Our teaching and research in this area is thriving, and we have also had great success in partnering with third parties to increase the impact of this research.

Our students are at the heart of everything we do at Christ Church and we were fortunate to be granted an interview with the new President of the National Union of Students (NUS), Shakira Martin. She talks candidly about how being enrolled in further education allowed her to overcome a difficult upbringing, as well as her passion for education and her plans to address the challenges facing students in higher education.

One of our most important responsibilities as a higher education institution is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Dr Ian Marsh, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions, talks to us about some new University initiatives aimed at improving mental health awareness and safeguarding students from the risk of suicide, and discusses his own research into suicide prevention.

Finally, we are delighted to be welcoming The Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House Commons, to speak at the University in November. We are extremely privileged that he agreed to an interview with Inspire, where he discusses the role of the Speaker, changes to the Palace of Westminster and the challenges facing Parliament in the 21st century.

I very much hope that you enjoy reading this issue of Inspire and would welcome you to tell us what you think

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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