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Kingston University architecture graduate Simon Dean awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project

Posted Friday 16 January 2015

A recent Kingston University graduate has received one of the most prestigious international awards in architectural education, beating submissions from 317 schools of architecture in 61 countries. Simon Dean, who graduated from the University's BA (Hons) Architecture course in 2014, was presented with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project, at the RIBA Presidents Medals award ceremony.

Simon's project, entitled Flow 1944, was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. It was produced as part of Kingston University's School of Architecture and Landscape's examination of sites within UNESCO World Heritage contexts and proposes a design for a bathhouse carved into solidified lava that erupted from Mount Vesuvius in 1944.

Announcing Simon's award David Gloster, RIBA director of Education said: "The judges were impressed with the student's beautifully crafted images and models and how these delicately created a seductive landscape from which a new architecture may be born."

Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.

The RIBA President's Medals are considered the world's most prestigious and established awards in architectural education. The Bronze and Silver medals are of equal merit, being presented to students at different stages of their education. The Bronze medal recognises the design work of students at Part 1 - normally the first three of five years of the professional qualification in architecture. The Silver Medal goes to students at Part 2 - usually the last two years of the architecture qualification. A Dissertation Medal was introduced in 2001 to reward written work produced at either Part 1 or 2.

Simon's work will now form part of an exhibition of selected awards' entries at the RIBA headquarters in London for two months, before touring the UK and overseas. His success follows notable achievements for other past Kingston University students. In 2013, Minghui Ke and Shapur Keshvari received commendations in the Bronze Medal and Dissertation Medal categories respectively. The Royal Institute of British Architects is the oldest and most influential architectural institution in the world. It has over 43,000 members internationally, including 13,000 students.

• Find out more about the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University.


Kingston University professor Fiona Ross awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list for contribution to healthcare and higher education

Posted Wednesday 7 January 2015

Professor Fiona RossProfessor Fiona RossProfessor Fiona Ross, the former dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has been recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours list with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her work in health and social care and higher education.

Professor Ross says: "I am amazed, delighted and honoured to receive a CBE. I have been privileged to work at Kingston and St George's universities where, perhaps because of its unique partnership, there has always been a pioneering spirit as well as a desire to be the best. It has been great to work with colleagues across the University, who I have learned from and who have supported me to improve education, build evidence and advance our understanding of professional practice in health and social care."

Professor Ross studied at Edinburgh University and obtained a PhD at King's College London. She was appointed to St George's Hospital Medical School's first chair in nursing (primary care) in 1996 through its partnership with Kingston University and was involved in setting up the joint faculty. In 2002 she went to King's College London as director of a Department of Health-funded research programme and then returned to Kingston and St George's as dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education - a post she held for eight years. Under her leadership the faculty expanded, flourished and advanced interprofessional approaches to applied research. It is now recognised as one of the foremost places to train as a nurse, midwife, allied health professional, social worker or teacher.

Professor Ross took up a new appointment as Director of Research at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in summer 2014. She continues to work for Kingston and St George's as a research professor on NIHR studies and is chair of Kingston University's equality committee. She also has a part-time secondment to the Health Innovation Network (the South London Academic Health Sciences Network) as a senior responsible officer for education and training.

Her research interests include improving the quality of care of older people notably in primary care settings, in outcomes of teamwork in stroke care and shifting professional boundaries towards collaborative practice. She served for eight years on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Commissioning Board for Health Services and Delivery Research, is a fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences, the elected president of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute, a trustee of Princess Alice Hospice and board adviser to Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Trust.

• Find out more about the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

December 2014

Kingston University student brings her expertise to new 'London is my Campus' app

Posted Wednesday 24 December 2014

Kingston University student brings her expertise to new 'London is my Campus' app

London is an exciting city, but it can be daunting, especially for students living away from home for the first time or those arriving from overseas. Because of this London universities often suffer unfairly in National Student Survey (NSS) categories relating to living costs, crime, transport and lack of a campus environment. Now, a new smartphone app is being developed by students and industry experts to address this and support London students, and a Kingston University postgraduate has won a place on its design team.


Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

Posted Monday 22 December 2014

Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

A regular visit from a nurse can feel like a lifeline to a person lying in a hospital bed, but researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London are examining whether hourly ward rounds really do help deliver safe, compassionate, patient-centred care.


Double Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel announces winner of Kingston University's first international short story competition

Posted Friday 19 December 2014

Double Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel announces winner of Kingston University's first international short story competition

An Australian poet has been announced as the winner of Kingston University's inaugural Hilary Mantel International Short Story competition.


Kingston University Chancellor Bonnie Greer awards prize in new short story competition

Posted Friday 19 December 2014

Kingston University Chancellor Bonnie Greer awards prize in new short story competition

A teacher from south London has won Kingston University's first Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud competition.


Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Kingston University has received a huge boost to its research with 60 per cent being rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Government research evaluation exercise. This represents a 100 per cent improvement for the University since the last assessment six years ago and propels it nearly 20 places up the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education newspaper.


Launch of business incubator at Kingston Business School hopes to encourage and support Kingston's latest group of student entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston's first student-run business incubator space, which is to be known as the Kingston Nest, has been launched at Kingston Business School.

The Kingston Nest is a place for students to hatch Kingston's next phase of businesses, offering a space on campus where students can work on their business ideas with close access to their study areas. The Kingston Nest will be able to offer students advice and help registering their businesses, and has a capacity for up to 25 students to use the space at any one time.

The Kingston Nest was declared officially open by Dennis Aguma, President of the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society, and Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro-Vice Chancellor Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.

Students from the Kingston Entrepreneurs SocietyStudents from the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society

Mr Aguma proclaimed the opening as "One small step for Kingston University, and one giant leap for Kingston Entrepreneurs." He continued, "now Kingston Entrepreneurs have a base from which to do what they do best: launch lots of businesses." For the last five years in a row, Kingston University has produced more graduate start-up companies than any other UK higher education institution.

Before cutting the ribbon to officially declare the Kingston Nest open, Professor Tuninga thanked the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society for helping so many of Kingston's students to realise their ambitions and stated that "the opening of the new Kingston Nest is just the start of a bigger project, and I hope to be able to give the incubator even more space in the future."

Professor Tuninga also announced the launch of a Kingston Entrepreneurs 'Brick Fund' to provide students with financial support with some of their business start-up costs.

The University's head of entrepreneurship education, Dr Martha Mador, was in attendance for the opening and reiterated Kingston's commitment to equipping its graduates with the confidence to try enterprise at an early stage in their careers.

In 2012/13 Kingston University helped business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground, and it is hoped that the Kingston Nest will help Kingston students start many more.

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