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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 their creative business concepts at annual Bright Ideas final

Posted Wednesday 14 February 2018

Enterprising Kingston University students impress judges with their 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....


Entrepreneurial Kingston School of Art graduates cook up Chip[s] Board – an eco-friendly alternative to MDF made from potato peelings

Posted Tuesday 6 February 2018

Entrepreneurial Kingston School of Art graduates cook up Chip[s] Board – an eco-friendly alternative to MDF made from potato peelings

Two Kingston University graduates have created an environmentally friendly, sustainable and biodegradable alternative to MDF, produced from potato peelings. Graphic design graduates Rob Nicol and Rowan Minkley are the team behind Chip[s] Board - a potato-based product turning food waste material from restaurants into a robust ready-to-use chipboard-like sheet.

The environmentally friendly product is strong enough to construct temporary structures designed to last more than a month. "We have some samples that are over a year old now - It lasts as a material without degrading," Rowan explained. "We could build a product with a lifespan of three to five years or provide the stands, stalls and even some temporary accommodation for a summer festival. We want to reduce the amount of materials that are used only once and then chucked in a skip - Chip[s] Board is designed to break down quickly in an industrial compost."...


The Graduating Class of 2017 are breaking records

Posted Monday 29 January 2018

This month postgraduate and research students from the Class of 2017 took to the stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre at their graduation ceremonies. We were proud to celebrate their achievement with them at their graduation ceremonies and receptions, and look forward to keeping up with all they will go on to accomplish in the future. The Class of 2017 did more than celebrate their own success, however; they also gave back in record numbers to current and future students as part of the Graduating Class Gift.

Transforming futures

Alumni provide hundreds of scholarships, hardship grants and bursaries every year through the Inspire the Future campaign. In 2016, we launched the Graduating Class Gift to build on this powerful tradition of alumni generosity.

Through donations of £3 at their ceremonies - matched 100% by alumni - students graduating as part of the Class of 2016 raised an incredible £1,500. This provided a bursary for a student leaving care for a full year.

Breaking records

This year, the Class of 2017 has gone even further. With graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education yet to come, the Class of 2017 has already raised an incredible £3,480 for current and future students at Kingston. This will have a powerful impact on the students it goes on to support, and we are grateful to our most recent alumni for choosing to give back to future students as they celebrate their own graduations.

The Class of 2017 has been voting for what their gift should support, choosing between scholarships for postgraduate students, emergency assistance for students in need, bursaries for students leaving Local Authority Care, or support for student innovation. So far emergency assistance for students has received the most votes, but this may change in the coming weeks as those who have graduated in January have their say.

Join us

If you would like to support current students at Kingston, you can read more about all our projects here. There are hundreds of students thriving at Kingston who would not be here without the support of our alumni - thank you for being a part of our work.

To find out more about ways to get involved at Kingston, contact the Alumni and Supporter Engagement team at alumni@kingston.ac.uk.


Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Posted Thursday 18 January 2018

Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Embracing change and not being afraid of the unknown was the advice given by former army commander, businessman and charity director Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE as he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.

The long-serving marketing consultancy boss, who took over family business Godbolds Ltd from his father, notably introduced the Kiwi fruit to Europe through an innovative advertising campaign before moving into the voluntary sector later in his career....

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