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Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

The secrets of an iconic London building designed by a renowned modernist architect were explored in a project led by Kingston University postgraduate curating students. Two Willow Road in Hampstead was designed by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger as a family home and studio.

Built in 1939 and considered one of the finest examples of British modernism today, it was rumoured to have inspired the creation of Ian Fleming's notorious Bond villain Auric Goldfinger....


US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

A student from the United States has become one of the youngest ever to study for a PhD at Kingston University – after enrolling this summer aged just 17. Angela Medvedeva, from Houston, Texas, is undertaking a postgraduate research degree in psychology, having graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in both psychology and liberal studies.

The teenager left school for university when she was 15 years old – after completing the equivalent of her A-levels at college on day release – but insists that she's not the stereotypical child genius pressured by pushy parents. Instead, she says a desire to continually try things that haven't been done before – along with the support of a strong family unit, teachers and peers – is what has driven her to fast-track her education....


Kingston University student scoops Creative Conscience Award for helping to transform the heart of his hometown with community project

Posted Friday 11 November 2016

Kingston University student scoops Creative Conscience Award for helping to transform the heart of his hometown with community project

Many people return home for the holidays to see family and friends, but for one Kingston University student, a Christmas trip turned into the start of a major campaign to re-design part of his home town.Graphic design student Liam Dargan put his creative talents to the test to encourage people in his hometown of Darwen, Lancashire to have their say on the town's marketplace. His work has led to a prestigious gold award for creating the ‘Heart of Darwen' brand, designed to get his local community involved in the campaign. Liam's campaign was kick-started after he returned home for the Christmas holidays last year and discovered the town hall's three-day markets were struggling to attract local footfall, putting the building at risk of closure. "Darwen itself has changed greatly over the years but the marketplace has failed to keep up," he said. "The space has barely improved since I was little and it isn't really appealing to anyone my age, or even my parents' age anymore."

Graphic design student Liam Dargan won gold at the Creative Conscious Awards for his work with the Darwen community.The 21-year-old embarked on a mission to help re-vitalise the market space and trawled the stalls with a camera and notebook, interviewing traders and visitors to get an insider's view on what needed to be done to reinvigorate the hall. His vision began to take shape after a local newspaper ran an article reporting that Blackburn with Darwen Council planned to demolish the building. "I collated my ideas and presented them to the Darwen Town Centre Partnership, a committee made up of council members and local business people in charge of the consultation," Liam explained. "They brought me on board and I created the Heart of Darwen brand to provide a platform for ideas from the community."Since launching the brand website as a forum to exchange ideas, Liam has run workshops alongside the board with local businesses, collated hand-written and online feedback and has even involved local schools in the consultation about the marketplace. "Two of the three high schools in Darwen have now moved into the town centre, so nearly 2,000 young people are studying metres away from the market which could be very good for business," Liam explained. "The schools also specialise in entrepreneurship so it's been a big focus of ours to encourage pupils to have their say on their new surroundings."Liam's project won gold at the Creative Conscience awards, which encourage and reward graduates across the design spectrum for developing projects that improve communities. The accolade only strengthened the momentum behind his work. "It was encouraging to know that I was making waves, not just in Darwen but with industry experts across the country," he said.The Darwen community submitted a range of ideas for the marketplace refurbishment to Liam's Heart of Darwen website."Being at Kingston University and being so close to London, you are constantly surrounded by innovative design and during my three years studying, I have seen how design can make things better and have a positive social impact, so it's really important to me that this project works for Darwen."Darwen Town Centre Partnership Board member Samantha Taylor continues to be impressed by Liam's understanding of the town's needs. "He's become invaluable to the board through the campaign," she said. "He has enabled us to bring the consultation to life and engage with different age groups across various platforms." With the three-day market building facing demolition, many Darwen traders have begun to relocate to the six-day Victorian marketplace or elsewhere in the town centre. Since graduating this year, Liam has continued to interview the traders on their move and to encourage community involvement in the project. "The local council will make an announcement soon about how they're replacing the three-day market and I'll be working closely with them to make sure the replacement is something that adds to the community," he said. "All of the feedback we've had suggests the space needs to be more appealing to people of all ages and council has taken on these ideas."Graphic design senior lecturer Kieran O'Connor heralded Liam's mature approach to the Heart of Darwen project. "Using his creativity to help stakeholders and the community get involved in big decisions and truly own their ideas for the town really showcases Liam as an emerging entrepreneur," he said. "We all live with design decisions made by others on our behalf in our everyday lives - it makes me feel optimistic to witness creativity letting us in on those decisions and even empowering us to make them ourselves."...


Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

Posted Monday 7 November 2016

Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

A group of 13 Kingston University students has been involved in a life-changing trip after taking part in a volunteering expedition facilitated by the Lebara Foundation. The majority of the students visited two slum communities in India on a cultural exchange programme where they taught English, dance and sports to children and took part in yoga and craft activities with their mothers.

It is the third year that Kingston University students, accompanied by staff, have participated in the programme, which aims to encourage them to go out in to the world to be ambassadors of humanitarian and positive social action. The joint project had been so successful in India that this year it was extended to Sri Lanka, with two members of staff and two students heading off to Kilinochchi in the northern part of the country as part of a pilot professional skills academy programme for teenagers and young adults....


Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

Posted Wednesday 2 November 2016

Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

A Kingston University academic shared her research into how people use stories to describe traumatic experiences – including survivors of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre in 2001 and the London bombings in 2005 – as part of her talk on the power of stories at Saturday's TEDx event, held at the University.

Dr Marina Lambrou, Head of Department for Linguistics and Languages at the University, has spent the past ten years researching trauma narratives – analysing the story structure and language people use to describe and evaluate their experiences....


Kingston University designer Leyman Lahcine draws inspiration from Nobel Peace Prize winners in latest catwalk collection

Posted Tuesday 1 November 2016

Kingston University designer Leyman Lahcine draws inspiration from Nobel Peace Prize winners in latest catwalk collection

A painter turned fashion designer from Kingston University has woven the inspirational stories of Nobel Peace Prize winners from around the world into his latest catwalk collection.

Leyman Lahcine's striking garments – which feature knitted jumpers adorned with the faces of freedom fighters such as Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King – impressed industry experts when they were unveiled at the University's MA Fashion Show at the Vinyl Factory in Soho....


Kingston University students and alumni brave the Dragon's Den experience ahead of enterprise programme launch

Posted Friday 28 October 2016

Kingston University students and alumni brave the Dragon's Den experience ahead of enterprise programme launch

High-flying current and former Kingston University students have had the chance to take part in a Dragon's Den-style contest. The competition was held as a part of a series of activities to mark the launch of this year's enterprise programme which showed students what support is available to develop their entrepreneurial skills and turn their business and social enterprise ideas in to reality.

This year Kingston University has - for the sixth time - topped the table for graduate business start-ups. According to the latest government figures, the University helped 371 of its entrepreneurial graduates get their companies off the ground last year, meaning that Kingston University students set up one in 10 of all graduate start-up businesses launched in England in 2015....


Gold medal Student Academy Award win marks beginning of Hollywood dream for Kingston University illustration animation graduate Alicja Jasina

Posted Friday 28 October 2016

Gold medal Student Academy Award win marks beginning of Hollywood dream for Kingston University illustration animation graduate Alicja Jasina

Former Kingston University student Alicja Jasina has stepped in to the limelight after winning a gold medal in the animated film category of the 43rd Student Academy Awards. The 26 year old, who graduated from Kingston University in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration Animation, won the coveted prize for her ‘Once upon a line' animation, fighting off competition from other student film-makers from across the globe.

The Academy established the student Oscars in 1972 to support and encourage budding university filmmakers and the competition is judged by a panel of high-profile industry professionals. Alicja's film was one of a record-breaking 1,749 entries for the awards this year from students attending 381 schools around the world....


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