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Professor Mark Fielder's reddit AMA - Questions on Ebola, antibiotic resistance and how to pursue a career in microbiology

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Professor Mark Fielder's reddit AMA - Questions on Ebola, antibiotic resistance and how to pursue a career in microbiology

Professor Fielder prepares to answer questions from the reddit communityKingston University professor of medical microbiology and honorary general secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, Mark Fielder, recently took part in a live Q&A on reddit. Mark invited redditors (community members) to pose questions on subjects ranging from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, to the growing resistance of infections to antibiotics, vaccination or anything to do with the spread and control of infectious diseases.

Reddit is the self-styled ‘front page of the internet', a vast online community with over 170 million visitors per month. Mark's AMA generated over 400 questions and comments and was ‘upvoted' to the front page of reddit.Below are 10 questions and answers selected from the AMA, or read the full exchange on reddit....


Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Posted Tuesday 7 October 2014

Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Esme Dominguez Pueyo's collection included dunces' hats portraying Spanish people who she believes are being fooled regarding the state of their economy.Denim workwear and dunces' hats have been given the haute couture treatment by a Kingston University MA Fashion student. Esme Dominguez Pueyo has used her latest collection, showcased during London Fashion Week, to make a stand about the impact of economic austerity in her native Spain. The menswear includes jersey T-shirts emblazoned with statistics, suits made from 100 per cent cotton denim and dunces' hats produced to portray her view that Spaniards are being fooled by the nation's politicians.

The 24 year old designer, originally from Valencia, worked with small, established British labels to develop her collection, called System Error. They included The London Cloth Company, home to one of the capital's first micro-mills using 19th Century looms, to create some of her cotton and indigo-dyed denim designs. Milliner House of Flora meanwhile produced the dunces' hats from a combination of net and printed fabric. Esme drew her inspiration for the thought-provoking headwear from artist and satirist Goya....

 

September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

Posted Thursday 25 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

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....


Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

Posted Friday 19 September 2014

Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

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....


Eminent academic Steve Keen to help Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eminent academic Steve Keen to help  Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

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....


Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

Posted Tuesday 16 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

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."...


Smallpeice Trust helps pupils' passion for aerospace engineering take flight through Kingston University summer school

Posted Friday 5 September 2014

Course participants, from left to right, Matt Harvey (Newcastle-Under-Lyne School), James Tunsley (Perse School) and Alexandra Marland (Tormead Senior School) show off the rocket they created as part of the programme.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.


Kingston University shortlisted for Entrepreneurial University of the Year and Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year in 2014 Times Higher Education Awards

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.

Student Ambassadors with a compact scheme student

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.

  • Find out more about the enterprise programme at Kingston University.
  • Find out more about how Kingston University supports care leavers through KU Cares.

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