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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.


BBC reality show candidate Bianca Miller extends her expertise to support Kingston University's Student Ambassador Scheme following appearance on The Apprentice

Posted Wednesday 26 November 2014

Bianca MillerBianca MillerCompetition on BBC reality show The Apprentice is heating up fast, but outside the boardroom Apprentice candidate Bianca Miller and her personal branding company, The Be Group, have been working alongside Kingston University's student ambassadors to help them gear up for the academic year.

Bianca is a big fan of the Student Ambassador Scheme and visited Kingston University keen to maintain their development as individuals by speaking about the importance of skills such as networking and brand representation.

"As a student ambassador you're going out there and representing the University to potential students and existing students. Personal branding to me is about four key elements - presentation, approach, communication and knowledge - so it is integral that ambassadors understand the brand and how to communicate that."

Bianca explained that right now is the best time for students to get experience and hone their personal development. She explained that working as a student ambassador is the perfect way to achieve those goals.

"When I started applying for universities there wasn't anyone that I could turn to, to discuss their experience, to ask questions and that's why I think the ambassador programme is so important," she said.

A self-made entrepreneur, Bianca strives to spread the work of personal branding and development to universities, colleges, secondary schools and even primary schools. Always aware of the bigger picture, she believes that good personal branding helps people to be more self confident, self aware and sure of who they are, which in turn helps them progress in their education and on into the wider world.

Student Ambassadors at an eventStudent Ambassadors at an event

When asked if being an ambassador is worthwhile, Bianca praised the scheme: "I absolutely think it's worthwhile, not only are you getting a really valid experience and interacting with people of all backgrounds, you get to understand the different layers of society and directly contribute to the University.
"I wish I'd had that when I was at university; if I'd had the opportunity to become an ambassador, to represent my uni and to get that experience I definitely would have taken that."

Find out more about the Kingston University ambassadors on the Ask Us website.


UK's first National KTP Week celebrates the influence of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) on businesses

Posted Monday 3 November 2014

UK's first National KTP Week celebrates the influence of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) on businesses

The week promotes the influence of KTPs on UK business This November sees the first ever National KTP Week take place across the UK to celebrate and promote the innovative and diverse potential of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects.

The week-long event runs from Monday 3 to Friday 7 November and Kingston University is one of more than 100 universities and businesses to get involved....


Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

Posted Friday 19 September 2014

Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

A Kingston University MA Fashion student has wowed London Fashion Week crowds with a contemporary menswear collection that lifts the lid on some hidden gems of traditional Welsh craft. Sarah Hellen, who was born and brought up just outside Wrexham, has married her witty take on her hometown with cutting edge design in a street-style range adorned with exquisite artisan offerings from across her homeland.

The 23-year-old designer's work debuted on the catwalk at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show in central London on 16 September. Her short navy woollen jackets, loose cream and grey tops inspired by the shape of a traditional Welsh steelworker's shirt and a show-stopping black, cream and red full length coat were combined with accessories made by a band of Welsh artists....


Eminent academic Steve Keen to help Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eminent academic Steve Keen to help  Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Steve Keen, the new head of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics is a vocal critic of the dominant Neoclassical school of economic thought and of mainstream economics teaching which he says played a large role in bringing about the current economic malaise. He also believes austerity programmes introduced in many countries in the wake of the economic downturn have been counter-productive. "Austerity imposed from Westminster has had the support of Labour too, so I can understand why people in Scotland were talking about independence, for example" he said....


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