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Paralympian David Weir and human rights campaigner Baroness Nicholson among honorary doctorates and honorary fellows conferred during graduation week

Posted Tuesday 18 November 2014

Paralympian David Weir and human rights campaigner Baroness Nicholson among honorary doctorates and honorary fellows conferred during graduation week

In a week of graduations, Kingston University has conferred two honorary doctorates on academics who lead US universities, a prominent British politician and one of the country's most successful sportsmen. The University also recognised the achievements and contributions of two of its own, by awarding honorary fellowships to former academics at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne HonDLittBaroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne is awarded with Doctor of Letters in recognition of her contribution to international relations and human rights, particularly those of women in post-conflict and oppressed societies....


Paralympic champion David Weir hails greater understanding of disability for being lasting legacy of London 2012 Games as he receives Kingston University honorary degree

Posted Friday 14 November 2014

Paralympic champion David Weir hails greater understanding of disability for being lasting legacy of London 2012 Games as he receives Kingston University honorary degree

Paralympian David Weir was awarded his honorary degree at a graduation ceremony staged by Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.Paralympian David Weir was awarded his honorary degree at a graduation ceremony staged by Kingston University's faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.The biggest legacy of the London 2012 Games has been a change in attitudes towards disability that extends well beyond the boundaries of sport, leading British Paralympian David Weir says.

Speaking after being named an Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University, the 35-year-old wheelchair athlete said the phenomenal international attention the Paralympics had attracted had helped banish much of the misunderstanding that had surrounded disability. "The best thing London 2012 did was to stop people being scared of disability," the six-time gold-medallist, dubbed the Weir Wolf, explained. "That means people aren't ashamed to ask about it and people with disabilities don't have to feel embarrassed. We've grown up with it - it's part of our lives and we can talk about it. Children aren't afraid to ask things like ‘Why don't your legs work?'. They're not being rude, they're just being curious - and in terms of understanding and acceptance, that's no bad thing."...


History means Iraq will prevail in battle against Islamic State, politician and new Kingston University Honorary Doctor Baroness Nicholson contends

Posted Friday 14 November 2014

History means Iraq will prevail in battle against Islamic State, politician and new Kingston University Honorary Doctor Baroness Nicholson contends

Baroness Nicholson received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to international relations and human rights, particularly those of women in post-conflict and oppressed societies.Iraq will win the battle against Islamic State fighters because of its enduring traditions and founding principles as a nation, the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to the country Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne has predicted.

The former Liberal Democrat MP and member of the European Parliament was speaking ahead of receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Kingston University's Faculty of Business and Law last week, awarded in recognition of her work in international relations and human rights - much of which has been carried out in post-conflict areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan....


Professor Andy Kent appointed as new leader for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Tuesday 11 November 2014

Professor Andy KentProfessor Andy Kent

Professor Andy Kent has been appointed to head the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London that plays a significant role in training the capital's healthcare and teaching workforce.

The Faculty is one of the leading providers of health and social care education in the United Kingdom, with more than 7,000 students. It offers courses in nursing, midwifery and child health, social work, radiography, rehabilitation sciences, paramedic science and education, as well as a range of continuing personal and professional development programmes.

Professor Kent said: "I am truly delighted to be appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. I have been at St George's for 25 years and have watched the Faculty go from strength to strength since it was founded in 1995.

"In recent years it has flourished under Professor Fiona Ross's outstanding leadership, with the development of several exciting new programmes and the addition of the School of Education.

"I am very much looking forward to working closely with Dr Val Collington and the other members of the senior leadership team to build on nearly 20 years of successful partnership between Kingston and St George's."

Professor Kent, who has a specialist interest in perinatal mental health, started working at St George's as a research fellow more than 20 years ago and went on to hold various roles including Course Director for Medicine. More recently he has served as Research and Development Director for the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust.

In his role as Dean of Education, he has been responsible for the strategic direction of teaching and learning at St George's.

He is also a school governor for a large non-selected intake comprehensive school in Surrey.


Kingston University creative writing graduate Sumia Sukkar's debut novel inspired by Syrian conflict dramatised on BBC Radio 4

Posted Friday 7 November 2014

Kingston University creative writing graduate Sumia Sukkar's debut novel inspired by Syrian conflict dramatised on BBC Radio 4

Sumia Sukkar is of Syrian-Algerian descent so feels a personal connection to what has been happening in the Middle Eastern country that inspired her successful novel.A 22-year-old Kingston University creative writing graduate whose career as a professional writer has already had an impressive launch is soaring higher still as, just over a year after publication, her debut novel has been dramatised for BBC Radio 4.

Sumia Sukkar's book ‘The Boy from Aleppo Who Painted the War' tells the story of the ongoing conflict in Syria through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy with Aspergers Syndrome. Since its release by Eyewear Publishing in summer 2013 - the day after Sumia's degree graduation ceremony - the novel has already prompted a raft of enthusiastic reviews. It has now been thrust even more firmly in to the spotlight with Sumia being interviewed by John Wilson on Radio 4's arts review programme Front Row on Friday 7 November and the drama adaptation having aired on Saturday 8 November as part of a series showing different perspectives on the war in Syria....


Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record helps reveal stories behind Red Cross volunteering during First World War in new digital archive

Posted Wednesday 5 November 2014

Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record helps reveal stories behind Red Cross volunteering during First World War in new digital archive

One hundred years ago, the Red Cross and the Order of St John joined forces to care for sick and wounded soldiers as the WW1 Joint War Committee. To mark this milestone, the Red Cross has worked with Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record to create a unique online archive that will make nearly a quarter of a million records of WW1 volunteers readily available for the first time.

1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge - British Red Cross Museum and Archives...


Kingston MBA in Moscow placed at the top of the MBA rankings in Russia

Posted Monday 3 November 2014

Kingston MBA in Moscow placed at the top of the MBA rankings in Russia

The Kingston MBA in Moscow has once again been ranked at the top of MBA programmes in Russia by major newspaper Izverstiya. The rankings are based on salary increase of graduates, the length of time to achieve a promotion or secure a new role after completing the course, quality of networking opportunities and personal and professional development; the latter receiving a 4.82/5.00 rating. The programme has previously been ranked number one by Izvestia, as well as by the business journal Company Secrets.

"To continue to be at the top of the MBA rankings in one of the fastest growing economies in the world speaks to the quality of the Kingston MBA," explains course director Dr Kent Springdal. "The partnership between Kingston and the Academy adds a powerful, global dimension to our programme and gives students from both schools a unique opportunity to gain a comparative understanding of business practices in the UK and Russia."...

October 2014

Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

Posted Wednesday 22 October 2014

Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

The researchers recommend that care homes catering for people with dementia set aside special areas to stimulate sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement.Research spearheaded by a design expert from Kingston University is shedding new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have in dementia care.

Academic expert Dr Anke Jakob, from Kingston's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, has joined forces with Dr Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, to produce a new guide for care homes highlighting the importance of sensory areas specifically created to meet the needs of people living with the condition. Their publication, How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia, was unveiled as part of the Inside Out Festival, which showcased the contributions universities make to London's cultural life....

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