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Clearing applicant's experience on the cardiac ward gets to the heart of her social work career ambitions

Posted Monday 31 July 2017

Clearing applicant's experience on the cardiac ward gets to the heart of her social work career ambitions

Busy mum Rochelle Watson was so determined to make her dream of working with children a reality that nothing could stop her securing a place at Kingston University through Clearing.

Despite juggling her studies with looking after her baby son, 22-year-old Rochelle had successfully completed a foundation year at another university. Through that course – and her experiences working on a busy London hospital cardiac ward – she realised her passion was working with young people. "Although I was working on an adult ward, some of the patients were only just turning 18 and many of the adults were carers," she explained. "Supporting these young people, parents and their families gave me a new perspective."...


Kingston University graphic design students shine light on plight of refugees as Amnesty International-inspired campaign wins gold at Creative Conscience Awards

Posted Friday 28 July 2017

Kingston University graphic design students shine light on plight of refugees as Amnesty International-inspired campaign wins gold at Creative Conscience Awards

A group of Kingston University graphic design students have used the humble lemon to earn themselves a gold award from the Creative Conscience organisation. The powerful campaign highlights the everyday struggles faced by refugees - underpinning the importance of the creative industries in exploring socio-political issues.

Award-winning graphic design students from left to right: Charlotte Allen, Scarlett Chetwin, Aoife O'Doherty, Ollie George and Lydia Barba.Second year students Charlotte Allen, Scarlett Chetwin, Aoife O' Doherty, Ollie George and Lydia Barba devised Lemonaid in response to a project set by Amnesty International to encourage the public to welcome refugees arriving into the UK. As an aid for seasickness and a key cooking ingredient in a variety of dishes from different cultures, the lemon is a universal object used by people from all around the world - the ideal symbol to convey the group's message of unity and togetherness. The young designers distributed the lemons to pedestrians on a busy central London street, exchanging the fruit for signatures in support of Amnesty International, having originally designed a stand with accompanying artwork and graphics. "We talked to members of the public about the work Amnesty International are doing to help refugees," said award-winning group member Ollie George. "If the commuters took their lemon away, used it as part of their supper that evening and stopped to think about how they can help refugees, our campaign achieved its goal," the 21 year old from Hampshire said....


Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Matt Haig shares top tips on life after graduation as he receives honorary degree from Kingston University

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Matt Haig shares top tips on life after graduation as he receives honorary degree from Kingston University

Twenty years on from graduating with his first degree, best-selling author and newly-named Honorary Doctor of Arts Matt Haig has given Kingston University graduates a list of 20 essential points of advice at their graduation ceremony.

The Sunday Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, screenplays and children's books stepped on to the stage at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on Tuesday to receive his award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and reading pleasure....


From London community champion to architecture in Australia – Clearing helps lay the foundations of student's future at Kingston University

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

From London community champion to architecture in Australia – Clearing helps lay the foundations of student's future at Kingston University

With a passion for painting and drawing while at school, 19-year-old Maxine Minter always knew she wanted a career in design. It wasn't until a few years later, however, that she received her calling to architecture after volunteering to get involved with a local housing plan in her home area of Tottenham in Haringey, north London.

In 2011, the district had become subject to a regeneration proposal, feeding frustrations that sparked a number of violent riots. Two years later, at the tender age of 15, Maxine discovered the building she was living in was due to be torn down so she approached Haringey Council to ask for an opportunity to help her community....


Nursing student pursues dream to save lives and make a difference thanks to Clearing at Kingston University

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

Nursing student pursues dream to save lives and make a difference thanks to Clearing at Kingston University

Mabinty Sesay has always wanted a career that makes a difference, and with her father's encouragement and a little help from Clearing she's set to make that dream a reality.

The 19 year old student from Streatham didn't include university in her original plans – she initially intended just to finish college and go straight into work. It was her father who, knowing her potential, suggested a career in nursing. "He saw that I was very enthusiastic about helping people and providing compassionate care," she explained. "He said he just knew it made sense for me to apply."...


Economics student credits Clearing at Kingston University with leading him in a new direction

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

Economics student credits Clearing at Kingston University with leading him in a new direction

With his A-Level results not going quite to plan, 19-year-old Chris Duta concluded that his ambition to achieve a degree would require a little more work than he had originally anticipated – but could potentially also open up new avenues.

"Just missing out on my grades was a bitter moment," Chris – who is of Romanian origin but was born and brought up in Greece – admitted. "I really did want to study for a degree and I knew I could still make that happen but I had to act fast and I didn't have time to sit around and beat myself up over things not working out the way I had planned."...


Austrian ambassador commends Kingston Business School Brexit negotiations research at launch seminar

Posted Tuesday 25 July 2017

Austrian ambassador commends Kingston Business School Brexit negotiations research at launch seminar

Research led on by a Kingston Business School professor looking at how Brexit negotiations are undertaken and what the likely outcomes will be, has been praised by the Austrian ambassador at a recent seminar held to launch the project's findings.

At the seminar, Austrian-born Professor of International Business and Director of the Centre of Experimental Research in International Business (CERIB) Ursula Ott presented her research, ‘Brexit negotiations – a negotiation analysis with experimental evidence of strategies and agreement outcomes'. The collaborative research project was carried out with fellow CERIB member Professor Pervez Ghauri from the University of Birmingham....


Kingston University student's wall-mounted alternative to fruit bowl aims to encourage healthy eating and cut down food waste

Posted Tuesday 25 July 2017

Kingston University student's wall-mounted alternative to fruit bowl aims to encourage healthy eating and cut down food waste

With fruit and vegetables at the forefront of the battle for healthy eating a Kingston University student has reinvented the fruit bowl after becoming dismayed at the amount of fresh food wasted in the modern home.

The wall hanging product, named Fruitopia, is designed for people on the move. "I picture it hung by the front door - you leave the house, grab your keys, coat, wallet and a piece of fruit. It's easily accessible - like picking fruit from a tree," explained its creator BA(Hons) Product and Furniture Design student George Woolley....


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