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Student News and Opportunities in December.


Student News and Opportunities in December.

CCCU Holiday Card by Glory Limbu (3rd year Graphic Design)

There’s a definite theme to this month’s activities. Read on to find out about the upcoming events that will help you take a break from deadlines and assessments and get you in the seasonal spirit!


British Council Venice Biennale Fellowship: There have been changes to the funding and deadline for this fellowship programme. Following feedback from students, the British Council have raised the grant for the fellow to £3000 for the month. In acknowledgement that some potential applicants may not have submitted an application form due to concerns about finances, the deadline has been extended to FRIDAY DECEMBER 3rd (midnight).

You can find out more about the fellowship by checking out our previous two blog posts:

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email Katie McGown (

Believe, Achieve, Mentor and Empower Programme Launch: CCCU has launched a new mentorship scheme for students has been uniquely designed for students that identify as Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage or Minority Ethnic. The programme aims to improve the experience of Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage and Minority Ethnic students, enhance learning, celebrate success and support collaboration. You can find out more about this programme and other mentoring schemes here.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

CCCU recently marked Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you were not able to attend the service, you can see the notes of support on the padlet.

Early Historical Dance Performance

December 1, 13:00 // St Gregory’s Centre for Music // FREE /// TICKETS

The University’s Dance Education students from the Dance in Society programme perform a variety of dances from the 16th to the 19th century, directed by Nicola Gaines.

On Whistle…Robert Lloyd Parry reads M R James

December 1, 18:30 // St Martin’s Priory // £10/£12 (includes refreshments) // TICKETS

Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one man show retells two of them. ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad‘ – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be author’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.

Carols by Candlelight

December 3, // Canterbury Cathedral // FREE // TICKETS (link for students only)

Carols by Candlelight is a special annual event held by Canterbury Christ Church University for staff and students in the magnificent setting of Canterbury Cathedral. Join us for an evening of carols lit entirely by candlelight, led by the Dean of Chapel, the Reverend Dr Jeremy Law, and supported by the talented choirs and musicians of the University. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

The Christmas Cracker

December 16, 19:30 // Augustine Hall// £5/£3/Free for Staff and Students // TICKETS

A fun-filled celebration showcasing the university’s music groups from Baroque to Broadway. The concert will include festive arrangements performed by the talented students from our Music, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre programmes, alongside the Student Union Music Society. They will treat you to a variety of musical styles, from jazz bands and orchestras to flute and string ensembles. Singing will be central to the evening, with toe-tapping numbers from the Broadway Choir and sublime choral music from the Chamber Choir. Be prepared to sing your way through some favourite carols as part of the celebrations.

Current Exhibitions

Bex Glendining: Modern Gods and Monsters // Daphne Oram Gallery // Nov 17 – Dec 17

Ji Sun Sjogren: The Procedure // Verena Holmes Gallery // Sep 17 – Dec 17

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