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Pop star Kate Nash dons Kingston University fashion graduate Lydia Bolton's designs to perform David Bowie tribute at Wilderness Festival

Posted Monday 5 September 2016

Pop star Kate Nash dons Kingston University fashion graduate Lydia Bolton's designs to perform David Bowie tribute at Wilderness Festival

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash wowed fans at this year's Wilderness festival in a prom-inspired tracksuit created by a Kingston University fashion graduate. The award winning musician, who recently released her latest single Good Summer, took to the stage in designs by Lydia Bolton as she fronted a David Bowie tribute alongside Welsh singer Charlotte Church and the Wilderness Orchestra that brought the Oxfordshire festival to a close on Sunday 7 August.

Lydia's womenswear collection, which blurs the lines between sportswear and party dresses, was spotted by Kate Nash's stylist Rebekah Roy when Lydia unveiled it at this year's Graduate Fashion Week in East London....


Kingston University graduate Asha Philip gets a hero's welcome after scooping Olympic bronze as part of Team GB women's relay squad at Rio 2016

Posted Tuesday 23 August 2016

Kingston University graduate Asha Philip gets a hero's welcome after scooping Olympic bronze as part of  Team GB women's relay squad at Rio 2016

A  Kingston University graduate has returned home to a rapturous reception after a bronze medal-winning performance as part of the  Team GB women's relay squad at the Rio Olympics. Sprinter Asha Philip, who studied drama at Kingston University London from 2009 to 2012, ran first in the nail-biting final of the women's 4x100 metre race on Friday, setting a British record of 41.77 seconds. The win gave Team GB its first medal in the event since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Asha has been training and competing in a variety sports and dance disciplines since she was just four years old, including trampolining, swimming, gymnastics, tap, ballet, jazz dancing, athletics and netball. During her degree studies, the 25 year old, from East London, was captain of Kingston University's netball team....


Kingston University's BA(Hons) Fashion degree elevated to second place in prestigious Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings

Posted Tuesday 23 August 2016

Kingston University's BA(Hons) Fashion degree elevated to second place in prestigious Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings

Kingston University's internationally-acclaimed BA(Hons) Fashion degree has been ranked number two in the world by leading website Business of Fashion. The University's undergraduate fashion programme rose from third spot to second in the eagerly anticipated annual listings compiled by the influential industry commentator - placing Kingston ahead of 48 other leading fashion institutions.

The University saw off stiff competition from some of the foremost fashion schools in the world to scoop the coveted accolade, outshining the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Parsons School of Design in New York and the London College of Fashion along the way....


Kingston Business School joins elite group of 5 per cent of top institutions worldwide awarded prestigious AACSB accreditation

Posted Wednesday 10 August 2016

Kingston Business School joins elite group of 5 per cent of top institutions worldwide awarded prestigious AACSB accreditation

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions awarded prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in business and accounting. Only 777 of the more than 16,000 schools that grant business degrees worldwide have received the AACSB seal of approval....


Forensic science student highlights benefits of living in halls as Kingston University unveils new Clearing accommodation offer

Posted Thursday 4 August 2016

Forensic science student highlights benefits of living in halls as Kingston University unveils new Clearing accommodation offer

Attempting to secure a university degree place through the Clearing process can sometimes feel like a daunting task to students, but it's often not the only big decision they face as they get set to throw themselves into campus life. Finding somewhere to live can be just as much of a challenge - especially when there is little time to waste.

No one knows this better than second year Kingston University student Lily Sears. She called the University's Clearing hotline two years ago, after realising she might not quite achieve the grades she needed for her initial subject choice. Before she knew it, she had secured a spot on its popular BSC(Hons) in Forensic Science and quickly applied to live in a hall of residence....


Kingston University art graduate's installation celebrating women's suffrage movement unveiled in Parliament

Posted Tuesday 2 August 2016

Kingston University art graduate's installation celebrating women's suffrage movement unveiled in Parliament

A Kingston University alumna's artwork celebrating the campaign for women's right to vote has been unveiled at the Houses of Parliament. New Dawn by artist Mary Branson is positioned directly above the spot where thousands of women and men demonstrated for equal rights during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The six metre high contemporary light sculpture features 168 hand-blown glass discs in the shape of a dawning sun – a symbol often adopted by the suffrage movement during its campaign. The work hangs above the entrance to St Stephen's Hall, a space that was regularly used for suffragette protests.Mary Branson in the Original Act Room, in Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster. Photo: Mat ClarkThe blown glass scrolls vary in size and include the colours used by all the women's suffrage organisations. Their design is inspired by towering parchment rolls containing the Acts of Parliament stored in the Original Act Room in Victoria Tower. The piece is also linked to a tide gauge on Tower Bridge that monitors the Thames – as the tide ebbs and flows, the backlighting of the glass changes over a 12-hour period. "The movement of colour reminds us of the unstoppable tide of change – another symbol often used by the suffrage movement," Branson explained.The New Dawn commission was announced at an International Women's Day event in 2015, sponsored by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art. The work is the culmination of Branson's six-month term as artist-in-residence at the Houses of Parliament. "It was a great opportunity to learn about the movement and its influence on our modern democratic society. I came to the post knowing little more than the suffragettes' story, so I spent my residency studying archives and petitions, as well as interviewing MP's and talking to historians and academics associated with women's rights," she said. "We discussed their feelings about the vote and what they thought might make a fitting tribute to all those who had marched and petitioned for equality."Branson nurtured her skills in the workshops at Kingston University's Knights Park campus, graduating with an MA in Art and Space with distinction in 2004. "My tutors really inspired and challenged me and my time at university helped set the pattern for how I work today," she said. "I think it's important to try to understand your core ideas and to question your own work constantly in order to refine it."New Dawn, situated above the entrance to St Stephen's Hall in the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Emma BrownProfessor Louis Nixon was Branson's tutor during her studies at the University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture and remembers her as an outstanding student. "She has continued to develop the creative interests that motivated her during the MA course to build an inspiring artistic career," he said. "I am so proud of her winning such a significant commission and impressed by the powerful and imaginative way her artwork has commemorated this important historical event."The project is the first permanent piece of abstract art commissioned for the Palace of Westminster. It was unveiled on 7 June, exactly 150 years after the first mass petition for women's suffrage was presented to Parliament. The multitude of colours used in the piece pay homage to the organisations involved in the suffrage movement, including the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, the Women's Freedom League and the Men's League for Women's Suffrage.Lord Speaker Baroness Frances D'Souza – one of the country's most prominent female parliamentarians – said the role women had played in shaping the history of modern democracy was a subject close to her heart. "Honouring the campaign for women's rights through art and, in particular, through such a spectacular work as this is something I wholeheartedly support. I hope the beauty of New Dawn and the values it embodies are appreciated by visitors to Parliament for years to come."Branson said she was honoured to have been given the commission. "For women especially, I hope the piece is a celebration of power and determination, she added "It's a fascinating period in history that enabled me to have a voice and has influenced the way I live my life now. I hope it is worthy of all the brave people who fought for equality."...


Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

Posted Friday 29 July 2016

Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

A new Kingston University graduate is aiming to take the stress out of travelling with her design for a meditation chair to help weary travellers relax as they pass through airports. Product and furniture design student Sara Pagani created the steel-framed Meditasi Chair as part of her final year project to enable travellers to practice meditation in airport waiting areas. The chair includes wings that stretch either side of the user to eliminate noise, a comfortable seat modelled on the Piaggio Vespa scooter and a space underneath to store luggage. Sara knows a thing or two about travelling - hailing from the province of Piacenza in Italy and taking opportunities to study abroad in the United States and the United Kingdom from the age of 14 meant she often found herself looking for ways to ease the journey. "I know packing, being on time, security checks and dealing with last minute problems can easily make people anxious to travel," she said. "Having travelled for years, I often find waiting for long periods of time means you over-think too much which leads to stress, so I decided to try to make the idea of relaxation a part of the journey as well as the destination."

Third year product and furniture design student Sara Pagani works on her project, the Meditasi ChairAlso an avid meditator, Sara drew inspiration for the design from her own daily practice. "My mum introduced me to meditation during a very stressful period of my life a few years ago, as I was going through high school," she explained. "To begin with, I didn't practice regularly but it soon became my daily way of approaching problems and my outlook changed radically - I started using the energy I gained from meditating to solve a problem, rather than using the time to just stress about how to solve it. Sara said the design for the projects grew from her desire to encourage others to be open to the benefits of meditation. "I believe it can help people in so many ways, but in my experience it's often introduced to people as something that is pretty complex to master," she said. "I hope the theme of the design can start a debate about the benefits of meditation, either in private or public environments."...


Kingston University names businessman Colin Squire, chairman of award-winning firm Squire's Garden Centres, Honorary Doctor of Art and Design

Posted Thursday 28 July 2016

Kingston University names businessman Colin Squire, chairman of award-winning firm Squire's Garden Centres, Honorary Doctor of Art and Design

An entrepreneurial horticulturalist, whose family business has blossomed in to one of the South East's best-known garden centre companies, has returned to his roots after being recognised with an honorary degree from Kingston University. Former student Colin Squire, chairman of the award-winning Squire's Garden Centres, has been named an Honorary Doctor of Art and Design in recognition of his outstanding contribution to horticulture and the community.

The father of two, who also has four grandchildren, studied architecture at the University's predecessor, the Kingston School of Art, in the 1950s before going on to work in the family firm with his father, David. Under his entrepreneurial leadership, Squire's Garden Centres, founded in 1936 as a landscaping and nursery business, flourished in to the first garden centre in Twickenham in 1964. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the South East's leading garden businesses. The company now boasts 15 branches across Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire and West Sussex, employing more than 700 local people, and this year celebrates 80 years in the horticultural industry, with Mr Squire's daughter, Sarah, now serving as the company's deputy chairman. Its Twickenham branch was named best plant retailer in the United Kingdom last year....


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