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Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

Posted Tuesday 18 March 2014

Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

A Kingston University expert has warned that celebrities may increasingly be abusing the bankruptcy system in order to maximise their earnings and reduce the amount of tax they pay.

Dr John Tribe, a leading researcher on personal insolvency law and bankruptcy history at Kingston University, says that during the past few years he has noticed a significant spike in the number of well-known people becoming bankrupt. "It looks like this trend has been developing partly in response to the recent changes which mean that an individual's bankruptcy record is effectively wiped clean after just a year, reducing both the stigma attached to becoming insolvent and, at the same time, providing a solution to their monetary problems," he suggested. "Also, I suspect that some celebrities are being advised that bankruptcy is the best way to avoid their tax bills."...


Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows

Posted Thursday 6 March 2014

Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows

A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.

The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....


United States Ambassador and internet pioneer Matthew W. Barzun delivers address at Kingston University's Chancellor's event

Posted Tuesday 18 February 2014

United States Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun steps into the spotlight to address the Chancellor's event. The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom has visited Kingston University as the first high-profile speaker in a new series of Chancellor's events. Eager to see for himself some of the work the University's US-born Chancellor Bonnie Greer had been regaling him about, Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun toured the Knights Park campus where he also addressed a packed lecture.

Ambassador Barzun described the creativity and energy he observed during his visit as contagious, before speaking to staff and students about the close connections between the digital and creative economies. He drew on his own background as an internet pioneer, which saw him become the fourth person to be employed at CNET Networks where he served in a number of roles, including executive vice-president and chief strategy officer. 

During a question and answer session, graphic design student Lizzie Reid asked Ambassador Barzun for his thoughts on technology enabling governments to eavesdrop on their citizens. He traced this back to the reaction of the security agencies to the terror attacks of 9/11, when they had been told never to let such a thing happen again. Since then, he said, technology had advanced and terrorists had become more clever, so the security services needed to place even more emphasis on staying one step ahead.

It was an issue that needed to be kept on the agenda, he added. "It's not enough that only American citizens feel comfortable, or even the citizens of our closest ally, the United Kingdom, feel comfortable," he said. "We need to consider the privacy concerns of 96 per cent of the world who aren't American or British."

When questioned about prominent court cases faced by Amanda Knox and Gary McKinnon and whether issues surrounding extraditing suspects between the United Kingdom and United States might damage the two nation's special relationship, Ambassador Barzun pointed out that the US had never turned down British extradition requests. "This is a matter of trust - whether we trust each other enough to allow our citizens to face trial in the other country," he said.

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun is introduced to an eager audinece of staff and students by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg.

Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing Professor Edith Sim said the ambassador's visit had highlighted the significance of cross-disciplinary work between arts and technology, particularly demonstrated through Digital Media Kingston and the University's expertise in gaming technology. "It was invigorating to hear how vibrant Ambassador Barzun found the environment at Kingston University and his presentation and openness in answering questions was inspirational, " she added.


'Excellent' Kingston Business School courses listed in the Eduniversal Best Masters rankings

Posted Wednesday 12 February 2014

Eduniversal Masters rankingFollowing on from Kingston Business School receiving Excellent Business School status by rankings body Eduniversal, three Kingston University Masters courses have been included in the latest Best Masters rankings.

Best Masters ranks the Masters programmes from more than a thousand business schools and universities. Key criteria include; the reputation of the programmes with human resources managers, career prospects, salaries and details of first jobs. The rankings also look at the results of a satisfaction survey of recent graduates.

"Kingston has held Excellent Business School status since 2008 and the Best Masters Awards are a continuation of the high standing in which we are held by Eduniversal," Dr Stuart Archbold, Head of Kingston Business School said. "What is especially pleasing is that graduates are prepared to endorse the courses, because without their participation we would not have received these awards."

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Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable commends Kingston University's cutting-edge entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 6 February 2014

Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable commends Kingston University's cutting-edge entrepreneurs

Government Minister Vince Cable has hailed Kingston University's pioneering and cutting-edge approach to entrepreneurship during a visit to the University's Knights Park campus.

Dr Cable, who is Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as being the member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency of Twickenham, was shown around the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg and Faculty Dean Professor Steven Spier. As well as viewing the workshops he also got a chance to speak to students about their work and future plans....


Occupational psychologist warns of health risks of email obsession

Posted Friday 17 January 2014

Occupational psychologist warns of health risks of email obsession

Workers obsessed with checking their emails could be damaging their own mental health and that of their colleagues, according to Kingston Business School research.

Occupational psychologist Dr Emma Russell believes she has identified the seven deadly email sins that can lead to negative repercussions if not handled correctly. Some of the worst habits included ping pong messages sent back and forth and read receipts which accompanied every missive, the study, looking into which email practices caused employees most stress, found....


Graphic designer concocts Christmas dinner in a tin to help banish gamers' hunger pangs

Posted Monday 23 December 2013

Graphic designer concocts Christmas dinner in a tin to help banish gamers' hunger pangs

Too busy playing on a brand new Xbox One or PS4 to cook a turkey this Christmas? Fear not. A Kingston University graphic design student has come up with the solution to stave off festive hunger pangs - an all-day Christmas feast in a tin.

Dubbed Christmas "tinner", the product consists of nine layers of processed festive food, including scrambled egg and bacon, two mince pies, turkey and potatoes, gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts with stuffing, roast carrots and parsnips, topped off with Christmas pudding. There is even a broccoli alternative for gamers with an aversion to sprouts....


New social enterprise set to lead to significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation

Posted Monday 16 December 2013

New social enterprise set to lead to significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation

A pioneering programme that empowers stroke survivors to become more involved in their own rehabilitation has been officially launched as a social enterprise.

Bridges Self-Management Limited is the culmination of an eight-year project led by rehabilitation expert Dr Fiona Jones from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London....


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