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Kingston University professor Will Brooker launches David Bowie biopic website called Forever Stardust

Posted Tuesday 1 December 2015

Kingston University professor Will Brooker launches David Bowie biopic website called Forever Stardust

Kingston University Professor Will Brooker is halfway through a year-long research project living as David Bowie and, as his research reaches the 1990s, he is going digital.

Professor Brooker has immersed himself in the music star's life a decade at a time, wearing Bowie's costumes and make-up, reading books and listening exclusively to the music that would have been available in each era. He has even been restricting himself to some of Bowie's more peculiar dietary habits. Now, as Professor Brooker's research enters the 1990s phase, he is celebrating Bowie's status as one of the music world's early adopters of the internet....


Doors to Dorich House Museum, former studio home of Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, reopen after major refurbishment

Posted Friday 27 November 2015

Doors to Dorich House Museum, former studio home of Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, reopen after major refurbishment

One of London's hidden cultural gems, Kingston University's Dorich House Museum, has reopened to the public after a major face lift.

The striking 1930s house on the edge of Richmond Park is the former studio home of acclaimed Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, which she designed for herself and her husband, scholar Richard Hare in 1936. Now under the directorship of David Falkner - also director of Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery - the museum houses an extensive collection of Gordine's original sculptures, painting and drawings which have been newly displayed throughout the impressive three storey building....


Kingston Business School study finds university students are safer and more responsible social media users

Posted Monday 9 November 2015

Kingston Business School study finds university students are safer and more responsible social media users

A study by Kingston Business School researchers has shed new light on how different groups use, and stay safe, on social media.

The experts sampled 514 students to explore how they used such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Linkedin and Pinterest compared with those who had left higher education. They found that current students were safer users of social networking services and, therefore, less vulnerable to cybercrime than those who had graduated or were not in higher education. The research also showed that students were open to the use of social media for learning and academic purposes - dispelling the widely-held belief that this group was resistant to the use of social media for anything other than informal networking with friends and family....


Social enterprise ambassador Claudine Reid joins Kingston University as entrepreneur in residence

Posted Monday 2 November 2015

Social enterprise ambassador Claudine Reid joins Kingston University as entrepreneur in residence

Kingston University has appointed social enterprise champion Claudine Reid as its third entrepreneur in residence.

Ms Reid, who has worked as a social enterprise ambassador for the Cabinet Office, brings 23 years' experience as director of PJ's Community Service, a social enterprise providing care services to vulnerable adults and education services for young people. Her role at Kingston University will include working with students and graduates on Kingston's Enterprise! programme, delivering workshops and seminars to help shape would-be entrepreneurs as well as coaching and mentoring those already running their own fledgling business ventures....


Researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London to investigate role physician associates play helping hospital patients being treated by the NHS

Posted Friday 30 October 2015

Researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London to investigate role physician associates play helping hospital patients being treated by the NHS

A new study is set to determine whether physician associates have a positive impact on the treatment of patients and a future role helping fill gaps in healthcare. Experts at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, are examining the role physician associates play in NHS hospitals, where they are increasingly becoming a feature in medical teams.

Physician associates are a new professional group in the NHS. They have a first degree, usually in a biomedical science, and are then trained at postgraduate level to assess, investigate, diagnose and commence or change treatment under the supervision of a doctor. A growing number of hospitals in England are employing them in a widening range of medical and surgical specialties....


Kingston University FixShop initiative receives £15,000 boost from London Mayor Boris Johnson's High Street Fund

Posted Thursday 8 October 2015

Kingston University FixShop initiative receives £15,000 boost from London Mayor Boris Johnson's High Street Fund

A Kingston University academic's fundraising campaign to establish a design hub in the heart of the borough has received a £15,000 boost from London Mayor Boris Johnson. Fixshop was one of a select group of 20 projects earmarked for a cash injection after the Mayor announced plans to pledge £285,000 from his High Street Fund to community ventures across the capital.

Spearheaded by Professor Alex Williams, Associate Dean of Enterprise at the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Fixshop is due to open its doors in November. It will give members of the public looking for creative ways to solve everyday problems the chance to tap into the ingenuity of design experts face to face....


Kingston University professor Will Brooker transforms himself into pop icon David Bowie for year-long study of music legend

Posted Wednesday 5 August 2015

Kingston University professor Will Brooker transforms himself into pop icon David Bowie for year-long study of music legend

Have you ever wanted to live the life of a famous pop star? Or learn more about an artist's state of mind while they were in the process of creating a career-defining piece of work?

That's exactly what an academic from Kingston University is doing as part of a year-long research project. Film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker will cover 40 years of music legend David Bowie's career during a year-long study, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific moments in the star's life....


Luminary of film and theatre Simon Callow awarded Kingston University honorary degree

Posted Friday 31 July 2015

Luminary of film and theatre Simon Callow awarded Kingston University honorary degree

Simon Callow - one of Britain's most respected stage and screen stars - has been named an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Kingston University. As well as being known to millions for his acting roles in such hit films as ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral, ‘Shakespeare in Love' and ‘Room with a View' and in television shows such as ‘Doctor Who', Mr Callow is a critically acclaimed writer and director. He has been honoured for his contribution to theatre and film practice and research and also to literary biography.

His career, which has spanned more than five decades, got off the ground when a fan letter he sent Sir Laurence Olivier landed him a job in the box office at London's National Theatre. The National Theatre under the leadership of Olivier had carved out a reputation as one of the world's truly great companies and it was here, surrounded by the cream of British acting, writing, technical and directorial talent that Mr Callow developed a lifelong fascination with text, character and the process of creating theatre. Having been inspired to forge out a theatrical career of his own, Mr Callow spent much of his 20s developing his craft - studying acting and appearing in a range of fringe and repertory productions, including working with the pioneering Gay Sweatshop and playing ‘Titus Andronicus' at Bristol's Old Vic. His acclaimed performance in the title role of Peter Shaffer's ‘Amadeus' at the National Theatre brought him much wider public recognition and was the springboard to a highly successful film and television career. Simon Callow published his first book ‘Being an Actor' in 1985 - a bold dissection of the acting profession and as a passionate writer/educator he has written prolifically on literary and performance themes. His volumes on the art of acting - whether it be for stage, film, Restoration Comedy or Shakespeare are studied by drama students everywhere....


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