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Leading stroke rehabilitation researcher at Kingston University and St George's, University of London receives Queen's Birthday Honours MBE at Buckingham Palace

Posted Tuesday 20 February 2018

Leading stroke rehabilitation researcher at Kingston University and St George's, University of London receives Queen's Birthday Honours MBE at Buckingham Palace

A Kingston University academic who has dedicated her career to supporting stroke survivors has been honoured for her achievements at an investiture award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, was presented with an MBE for services to stroke rehabilitation by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales last month....


Kingston School of Art graduates win best animation and short feature categories at Royal Television Society's London student awards

Posted Monday 19 February 2018

Kingston School of Art graduates win best animation and short feature categories at Royal Television Society's London student awards

An animation inspired by the resilience of residents in war-torn Syria and an intimate short film exploring autism saw Kingston School of Art illustration animation graduates scoop top accolades at this year's Royal Television Society (RTS) London student awards.

Held at ITV's studios in central London, the annual event celebrates top young creative talents from across the capital who display outstanding visual and aural creativity, innovation, initiative and story-telling....


Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection goes on show in New York as part of Graduate Fashion Week spectacular

Posted Thursday 15 February 2018

Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection goes on show in New York as part of Graduate Fashion Week spectacular

Graduate Fashion Week took a trip to the United States last month to highlight 27 years' work with fashion's next generation – with Kingston School of Art BA(Hons) Fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection whisked off to New York for the occasion.

The organisation's first American showcase featured a curated exhibition of garments from a selection of Graduate Fashion Week's class of 2017 at a prestigious breakfast hosted by sponsors Ralph Lauren. Kingston University's Head of Fashion Elinor Renfrew represented the Graduate Fashion Week academic trustees at the New York launch, joining leading British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander and designer Holly Fulton....


'Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.' Kingston University alumnus Azmat Ali hosts inspirational Upgrade Masterclass on developing a growth mindset

Posted Thursday 15 February 2018

Kingston University alumnus Azmat Ali returned to campus last week to deliver an Upgrade Masterclass on ‘Developing a growth mindset'.

Azmat graduated from Kingston in 1990 with a BEng in Electronic Systems Engineering, and has since specialised in marketing for both major technology brands and start-up companies, having developed and delivered successful growth and marketing strategies.
Opening the masterclass, Azmat asked the audience, made up of more than 70 alumni, students and staff, to fold their arms. He then asked them to unfold them, and fold them back the other way.

"I bet you did it the first time without hesitation, but the second time, you had to stop and think about it," Azmat said. "Most of you won't be used to folding your arms a different way, and it felt uncomfortable doing things differently for the first time."

Azmat used the exercise to demonstrate the first steps to a growth mindset, explaining that the reason most people resist change is because of issues of comfort. "If you are never uncomfortable, you are never doing anything differently," Azmat said.
Flying in from Silicon Valley, California the day before, Azmat was also a judge at Kingston University's annual Bright Ideas competition.

"I spend a lot of my time working in the Valley and all over the world, but I feel a sense of pride when I come back to Kingston," Azmat said.

Having used the growth mindset in both his personal and professional life, Azmat explained he had failed many more times than he had succeeded. "Every mistake I make is awesome, because it's something I can learn from. I try and learn from people every day."

Azmat closed the first Upgrade masterclass of the year with the quote: "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."

Find out about upcoming Upgrade masterclasses here.


Kingston University alumni gather for reunion in Dubai

Posted Wednesday 14 February 2018

Kingston alumni based in the UAE gathered for the second alumni event on 24 January. The reunion, which took place at the Intersect by Lexus venue at the heart of Dubai's International Financial Centre, was attended by 12 alumni from Dubai and neighbouring Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Among the attendees was alumnus and CEO of one of the Middle East's largest Chartered Professional Quantity Surveying practices, whose company hosts around 50 Kingston students each year in Dubai for a week of industry-related experience.

We were also delighted to welcome a recent Kingston School of Art research alumna, who became the first Emirati woman to graduate with a PhD in fine arts from the UK, and now an Assistant Professor at Sharjah University's College of Fine Arts and Design.
Alumni in attendance ranged from the class of 1989 up to 2016, and from industries including business, media, finance and banking, construction, technology, marketing, education, aerospace and design, and from a range of diverse nationalities. The alumni enjoyed reminiscing about their time at Kingston and are keen to develop alumni activities in the city given how important networking is in the UAE.

Christopher Neil, International Officer for the Middle East, said: "We look forward to building an active group of Kingston alumni in the UAE and across the Middle East."

If you'd like to hear about further reunions and networking opportunities in UAE, please do join our new LinkedIn group for alumni based in the area.


Enterprising Kingston University students impress judges with creative business concepts at annual Bright Ideas final

Posted Wednesday 14 February 2018

Enterprising Kingston University students impress judges with creative business concepts at annual Bright Ideas final

A wireless button to pause Netflix that can be stuck to any surface and a Back to the Future-style magnetic gadget that automatically fastens shoelaces were among the winning entries in this year's Bright Ideas final – a Dragons' Den-style competition hosted each year by Kingston University's Enterprise Education team.

The University's global reputation as a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent was once again on show with no fewer than 650 students entering this year's contest....


AMBA re-accreditation cements Kingston Business School's position among international elite

Posted Monday 12 February 2018

AMBA re-accreditation cements Kingston Business School's position among international elite

Kingston Business School's MBA, MSc in International Business Management and DBA have once again received prestigious accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

AMBA was founded in 1967 by MBA graduates and accreditation by the network provides the benchmark for the highest quality standards in postgraduate business education. The achievement marks more than thirty years of unbroken AMBA accreditation for Kingston University's MBA programme since it first received the award in 1984 – confirming its status amongst the top business school educators in the world....


Applications now open and new subjects available for Summer School 2018

Posted Monday 12 February 2018

Applications now open and new subjects available for Summer School 2018

We are pleased to announce that applications for our 2018 Summer School are now open! In addition to our well established pathways in International Business and Entrepreneurship and Innovation we are very excited this year to offer new options in our other expertise areas - Fashion, Creative Writing and, in conjunction with Fulham Football Club, The Business of Football.

Each programme promises to be both educational and fun! As well as the academic content of the course, you will also go on relevant visits as well as taking part in cultural and social activities. We will ensure you get the most out of your stay in London and will take you to many iconic locations, as well as giving you plenty of free time to do your own sightseeing, shopping and socialising with your new friends....

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