‘Us in the World’ brings together activity from across the University that aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Upcoming Events and Activities

You can view upcoming events and activities month by month via the expanding sections below, download a pdf copy of the Summer 2022 programme for Us in the World activities or get a snapshot of 2021/22's Us in the World year. Please note this document is updated regularly, so be sure to check back here often to access the latest version as we add more events and opportunities across the semester.

  • Daily: Tea at Threedrop in
    Join the chaplaincy team for tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation any week day, every week. All welcome. Organised by the Chaplaincy.    3pm, Chaplaincy Centre, Canterbury Campus
  • Weds 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: Potter & Prune – gardening drop-in
    Every Wednesday during term time join us for Potter and Prune gardening sessions in the Johnson Wellbeing Garden. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures, open to all CCCU students and staff.    12 – 4pm, Johnson Wellbeing Garden (behind Johnson), Canterbury Campus
  • Fri 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Lego Connect – staff and student drop in
    Every Friday, join the Chaplaincy team to have fun, meet other people, de-stress, relax and – of course – play with some Lego! Organised by the Chaplaincy.    1pm, Chaplaincy Centre, Canterbury Campus
  • Weds 11th: Jubilee Garden Rockery Planting and Pagoda Building (Part 2)
    Join us as we refurbish the Erasmus Gardens as part of our Wilder Campus project. This session will focus on completion of the pagoda in the upper garden area. Equipment will be provided. Open to all staff and students for all or part of the morning.    9am – 12pm, meet in the upper gardens outside Erasmus, Canterbury Campus
  • Weds 18th: International Forest Planting – student event
    International Students - leave a legacy of your time with us at Christ Church by planting a tree in at our new International Forest at Stodmarsh Playing Fields. (Transport provided). Organised by the International Office.   1.30pm start, meet at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Campus
  • Fri 27th: Creativity at CCCU: BA Exhibition – an opening reception for staff and students
    Join us for the opening of the 2022 BA Exhibition. The Daphne Oram Creative Arts Building will have final-year work from Games Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Creative and Professional Writing, Film Production and more on display across all floors. Organised by Arts and Culture.    4 – 7pm, Daphne Oram, Canterbury Campus
  • Fri 27th: Summer Prom Concert – a concert for staff and students
    Following directly on from the BA Exhibition reception, we invite you to join us for the return of the Prom Concert, after a two-year pause, to celebrate the end of a year's music-making for some of our students - and the end of a university career's music-making for others. Organised by Arts and Culture.    7 – 9pm, St Gregory’s Centre for Music, Canterbury Campus
  • Daily: Tea at Three – drop in
    Join the chaplaincy team for tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation any week day, every week. All welcome. Organised by the Chaplaincy.    3pm, Chaplaincy Centre, Canterbury Campus
  • Mon 6th: Carbon Literacy Taster Session – staff workshop
    Come along for an introduction to climate science and carbon footprinting, and find out more about the certified Carbon Literacy Training that is currently available free of charge to all staff. Book your space through ‘My Learning’ on Staffspace. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures.    12.30 – 1.30pm, Canterbury Campus
  • Tues 7th: Build a Dragon on Becket Lawn – staff and student activity
    Students and staff are invited to join a working party (with Christ Church heritage ale and snacks provided!) to help build the structural elements of a 12m long medieval dragon (she’s called Norma) on the lawn outside Becket. Once Norma’s body has been assembled from rubble and pinned in place with hessian and tent pegs, clay and straw ‘cob’ will be added upon which mosses will later be encouraged to grow. No booking necessary, just show up and muck in – all welcome! Organised by Dr Diane Heath and the Centre for Kent History and Heritage at Christ Church.   2pm start, meet at the lawn outside Becket, Canterbury Campus.
  • Weds 8th,15th, 22nd, 29th: Potter & Prune – gardening drop-in
    Every Wednesday during term time join us for Potter and Prune gardening sessions in the Johnson Wellbeing Garden. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures, open to all CCCU students and staff.    12 – 4pm, Johnson Wellbeing Garden (behind Johnson), Canterbury Campus
  • Weds 8th: Choosing Peace, Transforming Fear: Living Globally In 2022 - a discussion gathering with Priyali Ghosh
    This talk will consider the place of boundaries - both geographical and personal - in the collective experiences of lockdown and social distancing that have given the world unexpected common ground. Organised by Project 93.    1 – 2pm, Powell Pf06, Canterbury Campus
  • Thurs 9th – Fri 10th: Interdisciplinary Learning and Research Conference: Tackling the Big Issues Together
    To mark CCCU’s jubilee year, the conference explores the use of innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the problems the world is facing. Our speakers will discuss the adoption of interdisciplinarity in a wide range of subject areas, including: the arts; higher education and leadership; activism; decolonisation of the curriculum; health and wellbeing; sustainability; STEAM; School’s Education and Outreach. Two day conference, see booking link for details. Verena Holmes, Canterbury Campus
  • Thurs 9th: Community Tea Party – staff and student event
    Come and enjoy an afternoon tea, take a guided tour of our award-winning creative arts building, and explore the exhibitions, at this special reception. Students from our creative courses will be showcasing their final degree show work in our Daphne Oram Building for Creative Arts. The exhibition will stretch across three floors and include projects from Photography and Graphic Design, Games Design, Film and Digital Media, and Creative and Professional Writing students. Organised by Arts & Culture.   3 – 5.30pm, Daphne Oram, Canterbury Campus
  • Fri 10th, 17th, 24th: Lego Connect – staff and student drop in
    Every Friday (excluding bank holidays), join the Chaplaincy team to have fun, meet other people, de-stress, relax and – of course – play with some Lego! Organised by the Chaplaincy Team    1pm, Chaplaincy Centre, Canterbury Campus
  • Sat 11th: AFTERGLOW: Pride 2022 – staff and student event
    Join CCCU staff and students join at The Lounge to celebrate this years’ Pride; open to all! Following the day’s events in the city centre, connect with the Universities LGBTQIA+ community with a quiz and UV party. Organised by CCSU and CCCU Students.    5 – 11pm, The Lounge, St George’s Place, Canterbury Campus
  • Tues 14th: Peter’s People’s Pizza Party – staff and student event
    Join us for some free, hand-prepared p-p-p-pizza freshly based in our clay bread oven which will be fired up and cooking away outside Verena Holmes. Find out more about our Green Heritage, chat to our Student Green Office and Academy staff, and connect with other staff and students from around the University. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures and the Student Green Office.    12 – 2pm, patio outside Verena Holmes, Canterbury Campus
  • Weds 15th: Creative Sustainability - Inspiring Social Consciousness – an open lecture with Professor Alison Honour
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alison Honour will give the third and final sustainability-themed FAHE Open Lecture this academic year, exploring how contemporary art has the power to raise social awareness and to encourage conversation about climate change and sustainability, with a drinks reception prior. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures. (Booking required)    5 – 6pm Drinks Reception, VH3.90b, Verena Holmes6 – 7pm Open Lecture, VH1.07, Verena Holmes, Canterbury Campus
  • Thurs 16th: Chough Chats: A Species Introduction – online talk
    An introductory talk on the chough reintroduction project at Dover which the Academy for Sustainable Futures has been collaborating on the research for. Organised by Kent Wildlife Trust.   6 – 7pm, Online
  • Tues 21st: Diamond Netwalking Club, Walk Two – networking walk
    Business partners, staff and students are invited to join the Enterprise Team in the second of four themed walks throughout our Jubilee year. Themed around Summer Solstice, the walk will involve meandering through our campus, learning about our facilities and exploring our green spaces, including our commitment to sustainability with stroll past our campus hops. Finally, we will conclude by walking past our new Verena Holmes building and around the perimeter of the prison, before heading to our beautiful St Martins Priory Garden for an opportunity to network and enjoy tea and scones on the lawn. Organised by the Enterprise team.    3 – 5pm, meet outside St Martin’s Priory, North Holmes Rd, Canterbury CT1 1PW
  • Weds 22nd: Learning Disability and Everyday Life – Staff lunchtime research seminar with Alex Cockain
    Presented by Alex Cockain, Lecturer in Social Work - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. The Lunchtime Research Seminar Series provides a forum to present and discuss research work undertaken by Faculty academics and students. Seminars are open to all CCCU staff who have an interest in research. Organised by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care. 12.30 – 1.30pm, Online via Teams
  • Mon 27th: Carbon Literacy Taster Session – staff workshop
    Come along for an introduction to climate science and carbon footprinting, and find out more about the certified Carbon Literacy Training that is currently available free of charge to all staff. Book your space through ‘My Learning’ on Staffspace. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures.    12.30 – 1.30pm, Canterbury Campus
  • Mon 4th: Carbon Literacy Training, Part 1 – staff workshop
    Join us for the first of two half-day workshops that comprise the full Carbon Literacy Training course, certified by the Carbon Literacy Trust. Lunch and refreshments are provided, training is free of change and bookable through ‘My Learning’ on Staffspace. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures.    10am – 1pm Canterbury Campus
  • Mon 4th: Sustainable Photographic Practices – open seminar
    In this seminar, Alice Cazenave, Hannah Fletcher and Melanie King will discuss the sustainability of photographic practice. This seminar will consider a multitude of practice-based methods, that limit the environmental impact of analogue photographic processes. Organised by the School of Creative Arts and Industries. 2 - 5pm, Powell Pg09, Canterbury Campus
  • Tues 5th: Welcome to the Wilder Blean – online talk
    An introduction to the Wilder Blean project, which includes the introduction of bison to local woodlands at West Blean and Thornden Woods, followed by a Q&A. Organised by Kent Wildlife Trust.    6 – 7pm, Online
  • Mon 11th: Carbon Literacy Training, Part 2 – staff workshop
    Join us for the second of two half-day workshops that comprise the full Carbon Literacy Training course, certified by the Carbon Literacy Trust. Lunch and refreshments are provided, training is free of change and bookable through ‘My Learning’ on Staffspace. Organised by the Academy for Sustainable Futures.    10am – 1pm Canterbury Campus
  • Sun 31st: Canterbury Climate Action Awards 2022 – deadline for submissions
    The Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP) has launched its first ever awards, recognising businesses, community organisations, educational institutions, individuals/households that show exemplary commitment to positive climate change. The awards will form part of the 2022 Canterbury Climate Action Festival, running from 23-25 September, which will have many public climate-related activities and displays. Organised by CCAP.    Final deadline, end of day.
  • Wed 7th Sept: Diamond Netwalking Club, Walk Three – networking walk
    Business partners, staff and students are invited to join the Enterprise Team in the third of four themed walks throughout our Jubilee year. The theme for this month is hops. On the day, help us gather the hops at the Christ Church hop garden, followed by a free self-guided tour of St. Augustine’s Abbey before walking to the Foundry, in Canterbury town centre, for a free beer where you will hear about how these fine plants are helped to reach their ultimate potential! Organised by the Enterprise team. (Booking required, placed limited)    9.30 – 11am Hop Picking at the Hop Garden between Moore and Fleming, Canterbury Campus11am – 12.30pm Tour of St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury12.30 – 2pm Visit to The Foundry, Canterbury
  • Fri 23rd – Sun 25th Sept: Canterbury Climate Action Festival – open to all
    A long weekend of climate-related activities and displays from member organisations of the Canterbury Climate Action Partnership, including the inaugural Canterbury Climate Action awards. Organised by CCAP, hosted by the Academy for Sustainable Futures.    Canterbury Christ Church University (more details to follow)
  • Tues 18th Oct: Social and Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future - half-day mini-conference
    As part of our Diamond Jubilee programme, the mini-conference will focus on the close relationship between social justice and social, economic and environmental sustainability.  It aims to provide opportunities for reflection about progress (and lack thereof) made during the past 60 years, and to discuss the future we want. Organised by Us in the World.    Half day, Canterbury Campus (more details to follow)
  • Fri 21st – Sat 22nd Oct: A Celebration of Heritage, Creativity and Culture – conference
    This two-day festival celebrates our rich contribution to heritage, faith, creativity and culture with a wide range of activities, aimed at diverse audiences. Academic staff and students will offer engaging, lively and inspiring sessions that showcase the work we do at the University. Organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.    All day, Canterbury Campus

Teams and Collaborators

Current collaborators delivering activity aligned with Us in the World are as follows: