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Kingston University shortlisted for Entrepreneurial University of the Year and Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year in 2014 Times Higher Education Awards

Posted Friday 5 September 2014

Kingston University has been shortlisted for two prestigious Times Higher Education accolades - the Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award and the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year Award.

The Entrepreneurial University of the Year category recognises an institution which has developed an unparalleled environment for fostering enterprise. In 2012-13, for the fifth year running, Kingston University graduates generated the most start-up companies of any UK higher education institution, thanks to our high levels of extra-curricular and academic support. Some 400 students were involved in developing enterprises and 1,000 students took part in entrepreneurship education. And the University's young entrepreneurs regularly win awards - they carried off 19 out of 21 cash prizes in last year's Bright Ideas competition.

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Kingston University was shortlisted for the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year award for the support provided to care leavers with the difficulties they often face in higher education. By 2012-13, there were 122 care leaver students at Kingston University, the highest number among the 62 universities reporting to Buttle UK, the charity for children and young people living in poverty. Kingston's support package, KU Cares, includes increased bursaries, priority for scholarships, support in applying for international study mobility funds and other enhanced support for care leavers.

In 2012-13, 89 per cent of graduating care leavers achieved a 2:2 degree or above, compared to 90 per cent at the University overall - a significant achievement given the barriers they face.

The University was selected from hundreds of award nominations. Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said: "This achievement is down to hard work and inspirational thinking. I am grateful to everyone involved and delighted that their efforts have been recognised. It shows that Kingston University can be as good as it gets."

The winners will be announced on 27 November at a special event in London.

  • Find out more about the enterprise programme at Kingston University.
  • Find out more about how Kingston University supports care leavers through KU Cares.

Kingston University student savours taste of success as self-penned production Coffee Cups proves theatre hit

Posted Tuesday 8 July 2014

Kingston University student  savours taste of success as self-penned production Coffee Cups proves theatre hit

A Kingston University student has wasted no time putting his degree skills into practice by writing and directing his own play - and setting up a production company - while still only just completing the second year of his degree.

Music and dance student James Hall, 20, from Scunthorpe, created Off the Couch Productions to put on his play Coffee Cups, which ran at Hampton Hill Playhouse earlier his year. He is no stranger to a heavy extra-curricular workload, having launched a children's choir in the first year of his studies and regularly working as a rehearsal pianist and accompanist with local theatre groups. "I'm someone who can't just sit around - I have to have a project on the go," he explained. "In the past I've had pieces in festivals like the International Youth Arts Festival, but there, if you write something, you have to give up control of aspects such as the venue and promotion. I wanted to keep that in my own hands so I decided to do this all myself."...


Young entrepreneurs to benefit as Telecoms company Lebara donates £30,000 to Kingston University

Posted Thursday 3 July 2014

Ratheesan Yoganathan graduated from Kingston University in 1999.Young entrepreneurs at Kingston University are to benefit from funding from a global telecommunications company. The Lebara Group will provide £30,000 over the next three years to enable some of the University's most promising entrepreneurs to spread their wings by pitching for bigger investment opportunities.

Ratheesan Yoganathan, a Kingston University graduate and one of Lebara's three founding members said "Investing in young people and their future is hugely important to me, we need to support entrepreneurs, as it is only through them that the economy can continue to recover and grow into the future."

"We have a responsibility to nurture and help young people as they begin their working life and encourage them to realise their full potential in whatever they dream and aspire to do. I am honoured to be able to help give back to the talented entrepreneurs and students at Kingston University."

Kingston University and Lebara have already been working together to nurture entrepreneurship and enterprise in the UK. During the past three years, the Lebara Seed Fund has provided small grants to more than 50 talented Kingston entrepreneurs, enabling web and app developers to achieve their MVP (minimum viable product), filmmakers and freelancers to buy vital tools and equipment, product designers and inventors to work up prototypes, and service developers to run small-scale trials.

Lebara's latest donation is a great vote of confidence in Kingston University and Martha Mador, associate professor Enterprise, said she was delighted the company would be refunding the University's entrepreneurship programme. "This will help even more students start their own businesses. We have a great synergy with Lebara, as an enterprising company and an enterprising university," she said.

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Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014

Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

A Kingston Business School academic's industry-based teaching approach has led to her being awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Nominees for what has become one of the most coveted awards in higher education underwent a rigorous application process to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to teaching excellence. Dr Deborah Anderson, an associate professor in strategy, marketing and innovation at Kingston, impressed the judges with her teaching initiative, 'Employer Insights', which brings students into the heart of industry to compile research by interviewing leading figures in the world of marketing....


Kingston Business School secures prestigious Small Business Charter Award

Posted Friday 6 June 2014

Kingston Business School secures prestigious Small Business Charter Award

Kingston Business School is celebrating after achieving a Small Business Charter award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

The Small Business Charter Award scheme - of which Kingston Business School is a trailblazing member - recognises universities which have, between them, already helped 4,700 students to find work placements in Britain's important micro-business and start-up sector....


Kingston University start-up business Le Petit Sac scoops three awards at the Young Enterprise UK finals

Posted Thursday 15 May 2014

At Kingston's Celebrate Enterprise event in April it was announced that Kingston University teams, Le Petit Sac and Bookworm, had been picked to represent South London at the Young Enterprise UK finals.

More than 1,600 students and a total of 272 young companies across the UK took part in the start-up programme this year. Le Petit Sac was one of the top 10 young start-up companies to have made it to the UK finals.

Teams were judged throughout the day on their trade stand, investment proposal, a presentation and an interview by the judges.

Kingston's Le Petit Sac was presented with the Start-up Award for Best Presentation, the Start-up Award for Best Investment Proposal and most importantly, the Start-up Award for Best Overall Company.

As well as the prestige of winning the best overall award, it also means that Le Petit Sac will go on to represent Kingston University and the UK in the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge in Amsterdam this July.

Kingston University Start-up business Le Petit Sac win three awards at the Young enterprise UK finals

The winning team consists of Judy Maamari – managing and creative director; Hsiao-Kai Lin – finances director; Rueiwei Wen – co-founder; and Mohamed Ashiq – co-founder.

Judy said: "It was an honour for Le Petit Sac team to have won three awards and gained the privilege to represent the UK in the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge. Thank you Kingston University, for giving us such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we hope we have made you proud!"

Learn more about research and enterprise at Kingston University.


Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Posted Thursday 10 April 2014

Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Kingston University has topped the tables for graduate start-ups for the fifth year running, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The University's entrepreneurial expertise has seen off competition from 150 higher education institutions across the United Kingdom, after it helped its business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground in 2012/13 – up from 201 the previous year. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2012/13 also shows Kingston University has generated more start-up companies than all of the nine higher education institutions in Wales combined....


Kingston Business School expert predicts many of Chancellor George Osborne's budget measures will have little impact

Posted Wednesday 19 March 2014

Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris said George Osborne's 2014 Budget was about style over substance.As Britain reacts to George Osborne's latest budget announcement, a Kingston Business School academic has contended that, with an election looming, the motive for many of the Chancellor's 'give-aways' is purely political.

Some of the measures outlined were simply about playing to the gallery, Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris, a senior lecturer in accounting and finance, warned. "Cutting beer duty by one penny a pint and slashing bingo duty to ten per cent, for instance, will score well on social media and in the tabloid press, but won't have any real impact and will soon be forgotten," he said.

Predictably there had been plenty of remarks about hard-working people, he said, despite only one significant piece of good news being announced for this group - raising the point at which income tax is paid to £10,500.

With an election on the horizon, Dr Noikokyris suggested some moves were designed to grab votes. "Scrapping the fuel duty rise might be a good move to please car-owning voters, but it has very little regard for the environment," he explained.

However, the budget did provide relief for those people who had been looking after their money. "Of course the measures designed for savers will be a great help for those who have been hit by low interest rates for so long, particularly pensioners," he said. Older people would also really welcome much-needed greater flexibility on pensions for those approaching retirement. "No doubt here Mr Osborne has an eye on the all-important grey vote, which will be critical for all the parties in the run up to the hustings in May 2015," Dr Noikokyris added.

The Chancellor's budget had been designed to appeal to savers and pensioners, according to Kingston University academic Dr Noikokyris. Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX


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