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Kingston University alumnus Malcolm Brown appointed President of the Geological Society of London

Posted Thursday 16 April 2015

Kingston alumnus Malcolm BrownMembers of the Geological Society of London have voted Kingston alumnus, Malcolm Brown, to be their next President following a consultative ballot.

Founded in 1807, the Geological Society of London is the UK national society for geoscience and is the oldest geological society in the world. Providing support to over 11,500 members worldwide, the Society aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, promoting Earth science education and awareness, as well as professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth science.

After graduating from Kingston Polytechnic in 1976 with a BSc in Geology, Malcolm worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia before completing an MSc in Petroleum Geology at Imperial College in 1982. He has worked at BG Group (and previously British Gas) for over 30 years, leading its exploration efforts for much of the last two decades. Mr Brown was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University in 2007 and is currently Executive Vice President of Exploration at BG Group.

‘It is a great honour to have been voted President designate by the Society's Fellowship' says Malcolm, who has been a Fellow of the Society since 1982, and a Chartered Geologist since 2013. ‘The Geological Society is admired as both a learned society and a professional body, providing impartial advice to those in government and other decision makers, and is a preeminent forum for industry and academic debate. I am committed to maintaining scientific excellence in all its activities during my Presidency.'

Malcolm will serve for a year as President Designate, before taking over from current President Professor David Manning in June 2016. Malcolm regularly returns to Kingston University to share his knowledge and experience with current students. Read more about Malcolm on Kingston's 'Wall of fame'.

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Kingston University Fashion MA students give the Clifford Chance graduate hoodie a makeover

Posted Wednesday 1 April 2015

A Fashion MA student displays her designInspired by the catwalk show at Kingston University's London Fashion Week show, the graduate recruitment team at law firm Clifford Chance commissioned MA Fashion students to come up with a fresh new look for their ‘graduate hoodie' design.

Thirty students took part in a sponsored project to capture the spirit and essence of the Clifford Chance brand in a new sweatshirt design for their 2015 intake of graduate recruits.

The brief was to produce three ranges of six designs. A ‘concept range', pushing the boundaries of the design process; a ‘diffusion range' distilling ideas into a marketable store ready product and an ‘off the shelf' range that could be manufactured by Clifford Chance for a £25 per unit cost.

Eleven finalists exhibited at a showcase event on the 30th floor of Clifford Chance's Canary Wharf building on Friday - to an audience of over 200 members of the Clifford Chance community, from senior partners through to trainees.

The winning designs were decided via a vote which took place on the Clifford Chance UK graduate Facebook page with Marjade Roniet and Nikki Diep's proposals garnering the highest number of votes. Marjade's designs will be used to create a new line of merchandise that will be available accross the entire Clifford Chance firm and Nikki's design will be used primarily for the 2015/16 Graduate Marketing Campaign.

Kingston Fashion have been working to secure corporate sponsorship for their programmes, exploring the university's alumni links to unlock new funding opportunities. "It's been a great project for the students to work on, they have excelled in many ways," says course director Andrew Ibi. "These kind of creative, professional industry projects are important for our 'sponsorship' portfolio."

The Fashion MA students\' work on display at the Clifford Chance offices

Laura Yeates, a Kingston University Business graduate, and Head of Graduate Talent at Clifford Chance said "We are delighted with the execution of the project and the results exceeded all initial expectations. The students were professional, engaged and understood the commercial brief."

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Kingston University sponsors Best Creative and Media Sector category at this year's Kingston Business Excellence Awards

Posted Wednesday 1 April 2015

Kingston University sponsors Best Creative and Media Sector category at this year's Kingston Business Excellence Awards

Kingston University will again be sponsoring the Best Creative and Media Sector category at this year's Kingston Business Excellence Awards, led by Kingston Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingstonfirst, the town's Business Improvement District (BID).

The awards are free to enter and are open to all business whether large or small, start-up or established, with entries invited from across the Royal Borough....


Enterprising Business Studies graduate Paul Soanes returns to Kingston University to support budding entrepreneurs following in his footsteps

Posted Friday 13 March 2015

Enterprising Business Studies graduate Paul Soanes returns to Kingston University to support budding entrepreneurs following in his footsteps

Worth Capital co-founders from left to right: Paul Ephremsen, Alex Johns, Matthew Cushen, Paul SoanesEntrepreneur and BA Business Studies graduate Paul Soanes returns to Kingston – without his books this time. 

Paul is coming back as a judge for our Celebrate Enterprise awards, which celebrate successful entrepreneurship and enterprise at Kingston....


Kingston's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing showcases expertise at Food Matters Live event

Posted Thursday 26 February 2015

Kingston's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing showcases expertise at Food Matters Live event

Food Matters Live is a new annual event based at London's ExCel arena. The three day exhibition brought together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, academia, government and those working in nutrition and health to tackle one of the today's important challenges: the relationship between food, health and nutrition.Highlights from the exhibition floor included innovation in healthy ingredients from companies such as Coca-Cola and Kellogg's. New start-ups demonstrated diverse new products including revolutionary vegetarian sausages and the appeal of edible insects. Leading food research organisations were also represented including several national bodies and other universities. The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing hosted a stand to demonstrate KU's expertise in the food related life sciences field. Visitors were asked to ‘chuck the junk' at our BAD food sty, underwent health tests and were subjected to pictures of grub in the name of research!   Our experts were on hand to talk about their work, for example Dr Liz Opara who last year, published a report on the metals content of infant milk for First Steps Nutrition Trust, and Professor Andrea Petroczi who has recently led a study for the World Anti-Doping Agency into athletes who have taken banned drugs, but denied doing so. A number of students accompanied the experts and gained valuable insight into the workings of the worldwide food industry and benefitted from speaking to other exhibitors about opportunities for placements and recruitment. The event was an excellent showcase for our courses, research capabilities and consultancy services and the faculty are planning for this year's event at the end of 2015. To find out more about Kingston's food science expertise, please contact Tanya Boardman, Faculty Manager of Enterprise & External Relations on t.boardman@kingston.ac.uk.


Kingston University MBA among Europe's top 50 in QS Global 200 Business Schools ranking report 2015

Posted Friday 13 February 2015

Kingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School's full-time MBA has been ranked 43 out of 200 in the latest QS Fulltime MBA rankings of business schools across Europe. The survey asks international employers to select the schools from which they consider hiring MBA graduates. This information is combined with the QS Intelligence Unit survey of academics from all over the world each year to produce the final ranking.

Employers returning data in the European section included companies from the finance, technology and consulting sectors including Google, Bloomberg, PWC, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, AXA and more. Experienced HR and line managers from each company are asked a series of questions about MBA recruitment in the previous and the forthcoming year. They are then asked to list, unprompted, the international schools from which they have recently attempted to recruit MBAs.

This is the first year that Kingston University has been included in this ranking. Recent improvements to the MBA programme include a renewed focus on the global nature of business, offering students opportunities to study modules in both Berlin and Moscow, and the introduction of a dedicated MBA careers coach and an MBA Careers Week.

Most recently, Kingston Business School has partnered with the prestigious Boston University in the USA to offer postgraduates a high-quality, international education leading to a dual degree from the two institutions. Kingston Business School's international collaborations include delivering the Kingston MBA with a partner in Moscow - the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration. This MBA has been ranked number one in Russia several times.

Ron Tuninga, dean of the Faculty of Business and Law welcomed the new ranking, saying that it was a tremendous achievement for the Business School and highly deserved; "We now rank more highly than some well-known schools on the continent such as Vlerick School of Business in Belgium." Chris Bristow, director of the MBA programmes, said: "It is a tribute both to the teaching team and the excellent MBA participants who join us from far and wide to make this a truly international, transformational programme".


Entrepreneurial fashion graduate Akosua creates sustainable jobs for women in Ghana as she establishes her own line of handbags

Posted Friday 30 January 2015

Entrepreneurial fashion graduate Akosua creates sustainable jobs for women in Ghana as she establishes her own line of handbags

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, Kingston Fashion graduate with an impressive resume of fashion industry experience, is now director of her own handbag brand – A A K S.

The mission of A A K S is largely to show different forms of weaving in innovative handbag designs, made by inspirational women in Northern Ghana – in turn igniting sustainable jobs....


Launch of business incubator at Kingston Business School hopes to encourage and support Kingston's latest group of student entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston's first student-run business incubator space, which is to be known as the Kingston Nest, has been launched at Kingston Business School.

The Kingston Nest is a place for students to hatch Kingston's next phase of businesses, offering a space on campus where students can work on their business ideas with close access to their study areas. The Kingston Nest will be able to offer students advice and help registering their businesses, and has a capacity for up to 25 students to use the space at any one time.

The Kingston Nest was declared officially open by Dennis Aguma, President of the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society, and Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro-Vice Chancellor Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.

Students from the Kingston Entrepreneurs SocietyStudents from the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society

Mr Aguma proclaimed the opening as "One small step for Kingston University, and one giant leap for Kingston Entrepreneurs." He continued, "now Kingston Entrepreneurs have a base from which to do what they do best: launch lots of businesses." For the last five years in a row, Kingston University has produced more graduate start-up companies than any other UK higher education institution.

Before cutting the ribbon to officially declare the Kingston Nest open, Professor Tuninga thanked the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society for helping so many of Kingston's students to realise their ambitions and stated that "the opening of the new Kingston Nest is just the start of a bigger project, and I hope to be able to give the incubator even more space in the future."

Professor Tuninga also announced the launch of a Kingston Entrepreneurs 'Brick Fund' to provide students with financial support with some of their business start-up costs.

The University's head of entrepreneurship education, Dr Martha Mador, was in attendance for the opening and reiterated Kingston's commitment to equipping its graduates with the confidence to try enterprise at an early stage in their careers.

In 2012/13 Kingston University helped business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground, and it is hoped that the Kingston Nest will help Kingston students start many more.


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