Posted Monday 10 March 2014
The world-class facilities at Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture's have been used by the group Goldfrapp for a global cinema event to be broadcast to theatres around the world in March.
The performance, Tales of Us includes footage shot by director Lisa Gunning using the state-of-the-art Phantom HD Gold camera located in the moving image studios at the University's Knight's Park campus.
Having established her name as the editor of major films such as Seven Psychopaths, Nowhere Boy and Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, Lisa Gunning is making her directorial debut with the Tales of Us project. She worked with the University's senior technician Kenny Evans to create a set of stunning slow-motion sequences for the live event.
Alison Goldfrapp and Lisa Gunning had attended a film installation by current PhD student Anat Ben David at the University's Stanley Picker Gallery, and approached gallery director David Falkner to enquire if they could experiment with the Phantom camera for the live section of their event.
Speaking about her subsequent visit to Kingston, Lisa Gunning said: "It was such an honour to spend time with Kenny, using the incredible Phantom camera to make some beautiful images for our back projections. The studio was a joy to work in and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. The students at Kingston are very fortunate to have such magnificent resources to work with."
The Phantom HD Gold ultra-slow motion camera is capable of shooting at up to 1,000 frames per second. There are only 150 of these cameras in the world and Kingston University is one of just two educational establishments to own one.
The live screening of Tales of Us took place on Tuesday 4 March in cinemas across the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Posted Friday 7 March 2014
Two Kingston University students have joined the cast in the new series of Channel 4's hit show Gogglebox, a reality show that ventures into people's houses and captures their reactions to the week's television. Joe Teulon, 19, and Josh Townsend,20, will appear on the new series from Friday 7 March.
"I didn't realise how many people watch Gogglebox," Joe said. "I discovered it by chance, I had no idea how big it is." Explaining how he and Josh will be represented on prime time TV Joe said: "Sometimes we come across as typical uni students and sometimes we are really, really, really geeky about things; sat in my room wearing comic book t-shirts surrounded by Spiderman posters on my wall."...
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
Kingston University journalism students received an insight in to how to carry out the perfect interview recently when award-winning broadcast and print journalist Samira Ahmed gave a talk to budding reporters.
The former Channel 4 News presenter, who currently fronts the BBC Newswatch programme and writes for the Big Issue, is a visiting professor for the University. She has been divulging the secrets of her successful career in journalism to students for the past three years. In her latest lecture, she turned the spotlight on interviewing skills - giving students her top do's and don'ts and guiding them through how to get the most out of an interview....
Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.
The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....
Best picture triumph for Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen no surprise to Kingston University film studies expert
Posted Tuesday 4 March 2014
With his film 12 Years a Slave winning three awards at this year's Oscars, including the coveted best picture gong, British director Steve McQueen has become one of the world's most talked-about new film makers. For Kingston University Professor Will Brooker, however, McQueen's meteoric rise is no great surprise. In the early 1990s, he crossed paths with the then-Goldsmiths College art student as he made his first exploration into the world of film.
"I met Steve McQueen when he was on the cusp of becoming a film-maker," Professor Brooker explained. "I was doing a postgraduate course which saw each student direct a short film that would become their industry calling card. We all helped out on each other's projects and one day a young man who was studying fine art asked if he could join us as he wanted to learn about film-making. The student was Steve McQueen and, in hindsight, this was a crucial point in his career."...
Posted Monday 3 March 2014
Three Kingston University Law School graduates have been appointed to the position of Queen's Counsel (QC). The Royal appointment is only awarded to approximately 100 people each year for outstanding work in the field.
Law LLB(Hons) Graduates Felicity Gerry QC, Charles Hale QC and Leslie Thomas QC are eminent barristers specialising in different areas of law. As QCs, they will be entitled to wear silk robes in court, and it is from this tradition that QCs are often called ‘silks'. The appointments are made by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, following consideration by the independent Queen's Counsel Selection Panel....
Posted Friday 28 February 2014
Kingston University has scooped an award at the Guardian University Awards 2014 for its work in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion. The University picked up the HR Diversity Initiative award, fending off strong competition from shortlisted Keele University and the University of Sheffield.
The Guardian University Awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding innovation, creativity and impact of UK universities in delivering world-class teaching, research and engagement. Kingston won for its project that embeds equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its new Academic Progression and Promotion process.
The Awards judging panel headed by David Ruebain (Equality Challenge Unit) said: "Diversity is important to the higher education sector for many reasons, not least in that Britain seeks to aspire to, and in many respects attains, excellence in higher education. The winner of this category took a very granulated approach to thinking about the issue and looking to bring together a range of different identities to really address historic areas of chronic under representation and disadvantage."
The HR Diversity Initiative award was collected on behalf of Kingston University by Nona, the EDI team and Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg.
Nona said: "We are so pleased to be recognised for this initiative as it represents our approach to embedding EDI in ‘mainstream' university work. We love using quantitative and qualitative data, research and our understanding of the HE environment to bring EDI to life for people. The award and the fact Julius was there to support us has already given the EDI team fresh energy. We are excited about our other projects which we hope will also be recognised as examples of excellence in higher education."
Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at Kingston University.
Posted Thursday 27 February 2014
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has received a major EU grant worth more than £500,000 to investigate how mobile health and wireless technologies can be used to monitor patients with multiple chronic diseases. The work is expected to have a major impact on healthcare.
The WELCOME project brings together 12 European partners to develop healthcare via new integrated health pathways and mobile and smart cloud computing for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and co-morbidities such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and anxiety....