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Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

Posted Monday 11 December 2017

Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

An artist and curator from Kingston School of Art has explored her Iranian heritage to create an exhibition dedicated to the films of visionary filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless. Joining forces with the prestigious Goethe-Institut and the Munich Film Museum, Dr Azadeh Fatehrad has overseen a series of screenings and conferences on Saless's work based at the German Cultural Institute's Central London headquarters.

The programme of films from the 1970s and 1980s form Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles. Dr Fatehrad explained the exhibition is highly relevant in the modern day cinematic and political climate. "The focus of Sohrab Saless's work was to portray the challenges and hidden traumas associated with the experience of being a migrant," she said. "This is the first time his films are being screened in the UK – I could not think of a better city than London, with its mix of different cultures and backgrounds to host the screenings."...


Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious positions as Research Excellence Framework sub-panel chairs

Posted Thursday 7 December 2017

Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious positions as Research Excellence Framework sub-panel chairs

Two senior Kingston University academics have been appointed as sub-panel chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) - the national system for assessing the quality of research in universities and higher education colleges across the United Kingdom.

Newly-announced Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation Professor Anne Boddington, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Dean of Kingston School of Art, and the Associate Dean for Research at Kingston Business School, Professor Robert Blackburn, were among the 34 eminent experts selected for the highly regarded positions. Each will play a leading role in shaping assessment criteria for submissions to the next REF in 2021 and ensuring consistency in applying those standards....


University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

A Kingston University-led study that maps the ways universities support the creative sector has just been released by leading sector body University Alliance.

Called The Hidden Story:Understanding Knowledge Exchange Partnerships with the Creative Economy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project looks at how universities help to build cultural infrastructure, developing a new set of guidelines for these activities which are supported by nearly £50million of public funding each year. The research places these knowledge exchange activities in 12 distinct categories, including commercialisation, festivals, place-making and curatorial investigations. Examining the drivers for successful partnerships between higher education and the arts, the findings emphasise cross-disciplinary approaches and the importance of building resilient regional networks, adapted to the creative economy ecosystem which is characterised by a high proportion of microbusinesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). British creative industries span a range of activities, including music, art, dance, drama and film-making.Making recommendations for policymakers on how universities and the arts can work together to create more value for creative industries, the report calls for greater diversity in funding opportunities and awards to reach the smallest firms, alongside the development of new curricula to support creative leadership. It also introduces a new evaluative tool to measure the impact of individual projects in local growth and wellbeing. Policy briefing documents, including for regional contexts, are being published alongside the research report to support the dissemination of the project's findings and the research was recently presented at a Creative Industries Federation event....


Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Kingston University has joined forces with Croydon Council and local visual arts organisation TURF and RISE Gallery to form Croydon Art Store, a pop-up base for art and culture within the London borough. Consisting of a gallery, studios for local artists and space for research and outreach projects, the store is based in the iconic Whitgift shopping Centre, a Croydon landmark since its opening in 1968.

Professor Louis Nixon, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise at the University's Kingston School of Art, approached Croydon Council with the idea for the borough to host a biennale - a large scale international contemporary art exhibition held every two years. "The council are very keen that art and culture are part of the ongoing regeneration," Professor Nixon explained. "This resonates with Kingston School of Art's focus on bringing art and design into people's everyday lives. As a University we also want to demonstrate the impact of our research and for it to have a positive effect on society."...


Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Posted Friday 1 December 2017

Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS  TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Kingston Business School's longstanding focus on enterprise and innovation has seen it top a global table for producing the highest proportion of MBA graduates to have launched their own companies, according to figures published in a QS TopMBA.com Return on Investment Report.

The report consisted of information from business schools in more than 30 countries. Leading business intelligence agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) found Kingston Business School's MBA graduates to be the most entrepreneurial in the world with 33 per cent starting up their own ventures. The agency's return on investment report forms part of the new QS Global MBA Rankings unveiled this week....


Kingston University's Big Read project scoops Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

Posted Thursday 30 November 2017

Kingston University's Big Read project scoops Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

Kingston University's Big Read project has carried off one of the top honours at this year's Times Higher Education awards.

The initiative saw off stiff competition to clinch the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category. The award recognises the most imaginative and innovative University project to encourage students from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education or extend the reach of an institution in new areas of activity....


Kingston University named among top 500 institutions globally for clinical and health education by Times Higher Education

Posted Friday 24 November 2017

Kingston University named among top 500 institutions globally for clinical and health education by Times Higher Education

Kingston University has been named one of the globe's top 500 institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects in the Times Higher Education's World University rankings.

The sector-leading publication's annual global rankings recognise the academic prestige, research excellence and teaching environment provided to undergraduates. The University was ranked in the 401-500 banding globally and was one of 58 United Kingdom institutions to feature in the 2018 subject tables....


Economics alumnus Stefano Ciampolini returns to campus to share his insights into entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry

Posted Friday 24 November 2017

More than 90 alumni, students and staff joined Economics alumnus Stefano Ciampolini as he shared his inside knowledge on entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry, offering that experience and insight on what investors are looking for.

Returning to campus for Kingston Business School's Strategy into Practice series, Stefano shared his journey as a healthcare entrepreneur. The lecture highlighted the many pitfalls that can befall the entrepreneur.

Stefano, who graduated with a BA in Economics from Kingston University in 1993, is a partner at Healthcare Capital Partners, a private equity and corporate finance advisory boutique specialised in life sciences and healthcare ventures that he founded in 2002. As part of his investment activities, Stefano is a founder and board member of several healthcare ventures and private equity funds in Europe and the US, with Renal Services as part of this portfolio.

After the lecture, guests were given the chance to ask questions and share ideas with Stefano, as well as each other during our networking hour.

The Strategy into Practice series at Kingston University is generously supported by Santander Universities.

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