Posted Thursday 25 September 2014
The sombre rituals of burial have inspired an up-and-coming designer to create a range of womenswear with a twist that hit the runway during London Fashion Week.
Syed Nisar, who showcased his work at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show at Stationers' Hall in central London, used huge sculpture-like knots as a signature design element throughout his black and ivory collection. With a background in textile design, the 29 year old designer, originally from near Lahore in Pakistan, came up with the exaggerated padded creations to represent the way a body is tied in a traditional Muslim shroud....
Posted Friday 19 September 2014
A Kingston University MA Fashion student has wowed London Fashion Week crowds with a contemporary menswear collection that lifts the lid on some hidden gems of traditional Welsh craft. Sarah Hellen, who was born and brought up just outside Wrexham, has married her witty take on her hometown with cutting edge design in a street-style range adorned with exquisite artisan offerings from across her homeland.
The 23-year-old designer's work debuted on the catwalk at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show in central London on 16 September. Her short navy woollen jackets, loose cream and grey tops inspired by the shape of a traditional Welsh steelworker's shirt and a show-stopping black, cream and red full length coat were combined with accessories made by a band of Welsh artists....
Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014
Steve Keen, the new head of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics is a vocal critic of the dominant Neoclassical school of economic thought and of mainstream economics teaching which he says played a large role in bringing about the current economic malaise. He also believes austerity programmes introduced in many countries in the wake of the economic downturn have been counter-productive. "Austerity imposed from Westminster has had the support of Labour too, so I can understand why people in Scotland were talking about independence, for example" he said....
Posted Tuesday 16 September 2014
From a Cuban guerrilla gang determined to instigate a fashion revolution to a satirical look at the Spanish working class and the power of empty space in architectural design, Kingston University's latest crop of graduating MA Fashion students has taken inspiration from far and wide for its final collections. Garments from the young designers received a rapturous reception from a select audience of industry experts when they made their catwalk debut on the final day of London Fashion Week.
Course leader Andrew Ibi said the event, at Stationers' Hall in the heart of the capital, had been an exciting platform for his graduates to showcase an array of thought-provoking work. He praised the quality of the collections, saying there was a huge amount of talent amongst the university's latest cohort of MA Fashion designers. "This year's show was called Amendment because of the strong theme of re-evaluation running through the collections," Mr Ibi said. "The graduating students were interested in exploring how design could be used as a catalyst to alter ideas and change perceptions of life and culture. They were a group questioning their very subject and using fashion as a medium to start conversations about culture, art, architecture and even politics and religion."...
Posted Friday 5 September 2014
Fifty school pupils from across the United Kingdom have completed a week-long residential course at Kingston University to find out more about the range of technology currently used in aviation and get a glimpse of possible future developments for the next generation of aircraft.
The aerospace engineering course, organised by The Smallpeice Trust, gave the 15 and 16 year olds a chance to learn about the basics of aircraft flight, the principles of lightweight structural design and the need for highly efficient propulsion systems. It was staged as part of the charity's ongoing programme of residential courses to help students aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.
Working in small teams, the pupils took part in activities ranging from material testing and flight dynamics to rocket propulsion and wind tunnel analysis. They were also tasked with designing and making rocket-powered aircraft models, competing with each other to see which glided the furthest after launch.
During their time on campus, the students learned about the characteristics of new aircraft designs in the University's state-of-the-art flight simulator and toured facilities, including its Learjet hangar. They also made the most of the opportunity to learn about how flight works outside of the atmosphere in a session run by Britain's first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman, who now holds a senior post at Kingston University.
Esha Mistry, 16, from Archbishop Temple School, was enthusiastic about what she had learned during the week. "I've been given a fabulous insight into the world of aerospace engineering and been fortunate to experience student life," she said.
Head of the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering, Dr Peter Barrington, said it was the first time the University had hosted a Smallpeice course and academic staff and student helpers involved had really enjoyed the experience. "The enthusiasm of the participants was infectious and they came up with some impressive rocket designs," he added.
"Our courses focus on informing students about the breadth of engineering career opportunities open to them and it has been really positive to see such focus and enthusiasm from these budding engineers during the Kingston University course," Claire Fisher, marketing officer for The Smallpeice Trust, said.
Posted Friday 5 September 2014
Kingston University has been shortlisted for two prestigious Times Higher Education accolades - the Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award and the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year Award.
The Entrepreneurial University of the Year category recognises an institution which has developed an unparalleled environment for fostering enterprise. In 2012-13, for the fifth year running, Kingston University graduates generated the most start-up companies of any UK higher education institution, thanks to our high levels of extra-curricular and academic support. Some 400 students were involved in developing enterprises and 1,000 students took part in entrepreneurship education. And the University's young entrepreneurs regularly win awards - they carried off 19 out of 21 cash prizes in last year's Bright Ideas competition.
Kingston University was shortlisted for the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year award for the support provided to care leavers with the difficulties they often face in higher education. By 2012-13, there were 122 care leaver students at Kingston University, the highest number among the 62 universities reporting to Buttle UK, the charity for children and young people living in poverty. Kingston's support package, KU Cares, includes increased bursaries, priority for scholarships, support in applying for international study mobility funds and other enhanced support for care leavers.
In 2012-13, 89 per cent of graduating care leavers achieved a 2:2 degree or above, compared to 90 per cent at the University overall - a significant achievement given the barriers they face.
The University was selected from hundreds of award nominations. Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said: "This achievement is down to hard work and inspirational thinking. I am grateful to everyone involved and delighted that their efforts have been recognised. It shows that Kingston University can be as good as it gets."
The winners will be announced on 27 November at a special event in London.
Posted Thursday 4 September 2014
Over the past 12 months, 58 staff and 52 students have participated in the University's equality mentoring schemes, which offer staff and second-year students free one-to-one mentoring, skills development and time for reflection.
The schemes address equality challenges that have been identified at Kingston through our widening participation targets, the equality objectives and the Equality Annual Report....
Posted Friday 22 August 2014
A comic book-writing professor from Kingston University says he takes it as a sign of success that his original collaborators are too busy to work with him as their online feminist superhero prepares to make her print debut.
Professor Will Brooker is one of the creators of acclaimed strip My So Called Secret Identity, along with former Kingston student Sarah Zaidan and graphic artist Susan Shore. After publishing four editions online, the fifth instalment will form part of a hard copy volume after the team raised £8,500 in pledges through a Kickstarter public fundraising campaign. "I've never made a penny out of the comic because that's not what it's about - I want it to be a platform allowing artists to showcase their ability," cultural historian Professor Brooker said. "Ironically, that's now happened to such an extent that the original artists are too busy to do the next episode."...