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Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter exploring work of late novelist and philosopher

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017

Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter exploring work of late novelist and philosopher

Iris Murdoch fans and scholars finally have an opportunity to read between the lines as 15 volumes of the writer's private journals, covering the period from 1939 to 1996, become available at Kingston University. The documents – which until now have been kept privately – have been donated to the University by Audi Bayley, the widow of John Bayley, who was married to Iris Murdoch from 1956 until her death in 1999.

The gift also includes hundreds of unpublished poems, manuscripts, notebooks and letters, adding to the comprehensive collection already owned by the University which encompasses the late writer's Oxford and London libraries along with more than 3,500 letters written by Murdoch....


Kingston University graduate's backpack design offers music fans a sleek option to stay hydrated and keep drinks out of harm's way at festivals

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017

Kingston University graduate's backpack design offers music fans a sleek option to stay hydrated and keep drinks out of harm's way at festivals

With festival season well and truly underway across the United Kingdom, music lovers are seeking fresh ways to stay hydrated in soaring temperatures. Enter the Pikpäk – a Kingston University graduate's innovative answer to the call for safe and responsible drinking at outdoor concerts.

Graphic design alumna Magdalena Huber's prototype backpack allows festival-goers to carry drinks on their backs, with the pack fastening around the shoulders with fabric cords. The eco-friendly design is refillable, lightweight and sealed with a cap, ensuring the contents are kept safe....


Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on tiny tots' tears

Posted Tuesday 27 June 2017

Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on tiny tots' tears

A chart that enables parents to calculate if their baby is crying more than it should in the first three months of its life has been created by a Kingston University researcher, following a study of colic and crying in babies from across the world.

The data is based on analysis of existing studies of almost 8,700 babies – and has resulted in the first universal chart which shows the average amount of crying in babies during the first three months, plus compares colic and crying in babies from a number of different countries....


Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

Posted Monday 26 June 2017

Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

People who vape as well as smoke traditional cigarettes may find it harder to quit as they don't see themselves as smokers, according to research undertaken by Kingston University.

Describing a typical smoker as smelly, inconsiderate and lacking self-control, many who use e-cigarettes – also known as vaping – while continuing to smoke traditional cigarettes are likely to try to distance themselves from a group they regard negatively, the research found....


Olympian Asha Philip encourages promising athletes to dream big while on Kingston University's Sports Performance Programme

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Olympian Asha Philip encourages promising athletes to dream big while on Kingston University's Sports Performance Programme

Students taking part in the Kingston University Sports Performance Programme have been encouraged by Olympic athlete Asha Philip to dream big and make the most of their time on the scheme.

A former Kingston University student, Philip was a member of the Sports Performance Programme when she studied for a drama degree at Kingston University, before graduating in 2012. The Olympic bronze medallist, who helped secure a new British record for the 4 x 100 metres relay at the Rio 2016 Olympics, spoke about how grateful she was to have been included on the Sports Performance Programme, which allowed her to fulfil two of her passions at the same time....


Kingston University multicultural dance troupe secures second place at national Bollywood competition

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Kingston University multicultural dance troupe secures second place at national Bollywood competition

A multicultural group of Kingston University dancers fought off competition from teams across the country to secure second place in a nationwide Bollywood dance event.

The Kingston Khalnayaks is a 19-strong team made up of current Kingston students from courses ranging from business to science degrees, as well as graduates who have an interest in performing arts....


Civic reception guests invited to put Kingston University's high-impact research under the microscope at showcase event

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Civic reception guests invited to put Kingston University's high-impact research under the microscope at showcase event

From getting hands-on with the latest virtual reality technology to discovering how to help pre-school children grapple with numbers and maths, visitors to Kingston University's civic reception were treated to a taste of how its researchers are playing a pivotal role in addressing real-life issues.

Guests from the local community were joined by the town's mayor Councillor Julie Pickering and a host of alumni, academics and dignitaries at the annual event at the University's Penrhyn Road campus, which shone a spotlight on an array of its high-impact research. Interactive displays exploring everything from the public's role in halting the spread of antibiotic resistance to the history of the institution itself impressed visitors, while researchers shared their big ideas first-hand in a series of talks. Topics ranged from revolutionising how women are represented in superhero comics to the role of experts in shaping the news and the benefit of multisensory rooms for people with dementia....


Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Posted Monday 19 June 2017

Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Two leading champions of diversity, inclusivity and widening access to higher education have been recognised for their achievements in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List – alongside an academic whose pioneering research is helping stroke survivors regain their independence.

Kingston University's newly appointed Director of Student Achievement Nona McDuff was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in the monarch's 91st birthday honours. Associate Director of Widening Participation Jenni Woods and Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, have both been awarded MBEs for services to widening access to higher education and services to stroke rehabilitation respectively....


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