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More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures of providing support to people with dementia, report co-authored by Kingston University reveals

Posted Tuesday 22 May 2018

More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures of providing support to people with dementia, report co-authored by Kingston University reveals

Care workers who provide personal and domestic care to older people with dementia in their own homes are at risk of feeling under emotional strain and some don't get as much support as they need, according to a new study.

Researchers at Kingston University and King's College London explored some of the pressures facing homecare workers in London and the South East of England. They found that, while managers and home care workers had clear ideas of what their professional boundaries should be, home carer sometimes found themselves crossing that line, or being asked to take on tasks beyond their job role....


From Hollywood glamour to regal splendour – Kingston School of Art fashion students showcase their own takes on a royal wedding dress for Meghan Markle

Posted Friday 18 May 2018

From Hollywood glamour to regal splendour – Kingston School of Art fashion students showcase their own takes on a royal wedding dress for Meghan Markle

With speculation mounting as to what Meghan Markle will wear when she walks down the aisle to wed Prince Harry this weekend, Kingston University fashion students have been letting their imaginations run wild to create their own perfect dress for the royal bride. Drawing on themes ranging from the American television star's work on gender equality to the floral patterns worn by the Queen during visits abroad, the young designers have each come up with their own unique, alternative take on a traditional royal wedding dress.

Emily Radforth, a first year student on the BA(Hons) Fashion course at the University's Kingston School of Art, decided to eschew the usual white to go with a floaty, black design inspired by old Hollywood films, accented with flashes of red as a nod to the iconic outfits worn by the Queen's guards and royal princes. "I wanted to weave in the tailoring, decoration and embellishment of the guard jackets at Buckingham Palace," the 20 year old, from Liverpool, said....


Kingston University's Alumni team hosted a relaxed drinks reception in Hong Kong

Posted Thursday 17 May 2018

Kingston University's Alumni team hosted a relaxed drinks reception in Hong Kong

Kingston University alumni based in Hong Kong from all years and faculties gathered for an evening of drinks and canapés. The event was hosted by London-based Kingston University staff members Charlotte Mathé (Alumni Relations Officer), Sarah Wilden (Events Officer), and Lauren Harper (Web and Digital Officer). The reunion, attended by 20 alumni, took place on the 29th floor of the Hotel Madera. The Horizonte lounge boasts a spectacular panoramic view of Kowloon and the Victoria Harbour.


Kingston School of Art's Studylab programme wins prestigious NEON widening access award for improving students' retention and success

Posted Thursday 17 May 2018

Kingston School of Art's Studylab programme wins prestigious NEON widening access award for improving students' retention and success

Kingston School of Art's Studylab project, aimed at supporting students' academic progress, has won the widening access initiative for student retention and success category at this year's NEON Awards. Run by the National Education Opportunities Network, the awards celebrate successes and best practice in widening access to higher education, in particular recognising students from under-represented groups and how they made their journey.

The Studylab project is a tailored programme that provides extra academic support and guidance for Level 4 and Level 5 students on architecture, interior design, photography and filmmaking courses through email contact, workshops, seminars, and tutorials....


Kingston University expert appointed to Research Excellence Framework equality panel outlines need to break down gender and ethnicity barriers in research careers

Posted Thursday 17 May 2018

Kingston University expert appointed to Research Excellence Framework equality panel outlines need to break down gender and ethnicity barriers in research careers

Using the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to encourage universities to support the careers of all academic staff equally is an opportunity that must not be missed, according a senior healthcare researcher from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Professor Fiona Ross, a leading expert in nursing and services for older people, is a member of the REF's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel - set up to advise the REF funding bodies and 34 subject panels on all aspects of equality and diversity. Her appointment to the prestigious group followed recent work leading and commissioning and promoting research on equality, gender and ethnicity for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Leadership Foundation (now AdvanceHE)....


Six steps to returning to work after mental health illness – Kingston University researchers play key role in developing online toolkit for employers

Posted Wednesday 16 May 2018

Six steps to returning to work after mental health illness – Kingston University researchers play key role in developing online toolkit for employers

A new online toolkit to help employers and staff talk about mental health has been developed by a team of researchers from Kingston University, Loughborough University and Affinity Health at Work.

The Return to Work website gives bosses and employees advice and information to help them navigate the return to work process following absences due to stress, anxiety or depression. The site features templates for absence letters, facts about mental health, check lists for each stage of sick leave and a comprehensive guide for returning to work, including exercises such as identifying work priorities....


Entrepreneurial Kingston University graduates' moving documentary scoops runner up prize in Nespresso Talents filmmaking awards

Posted Wednesday 16 May 2018

Entrepreneurial Kingston University graduates' moving documentary scoops runner up prize in Nespresso Talents filmmaking awards

A short film about the inspirational journey of a former Kingston University nursing student was celebrated at this year's Nespresso Talents awards – a global filmmaking competition highlighting women who have made a difference in the world.

The three minute documentary, Who Would Have Thought, features award-winning nurse-turned-entrepreneur Neomi Bennett speaking openly about how she overcame a series of challenges in her life to become a successful businesswoman after inventing an aid to help patients don medical stockings. It was directed by fellow Kingston University graduate Sarah Begum, a filmmaker and explorer who first met Neomi at one of the University's annual entrepreneurial events....


Enterprising Kingston University graduates secure business mentoring as part of Mayor of London's programme marking centerary of women's right to vote

Posted Tuesday 15 May 2018

Enterprising Kingston University graduates secure business mentoring as part of Mayor of London's programme marking centerary of women's right to vote

Two Kingston University graduates have been chosen as mentees for a prestigious female entrepreneur programme as part of the Mayor of London's celebrations marking the centenary of the women's vote.

Fashion MA graduate Jessica Joy Donnelly and Managing in the Creative Economy MA graduate Janja Popović were awarded six months of dedicated business mentoring after impressing judges at the annual Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition, where creative students from London's universities pitch ideas for projects and innovations to tackle the capital city's environmental and sustainability challenges....

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