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Reggae Reggae Sauce king Levi Roots tells would-be entrepreneurs to focus on the brand

Posted Friday 13 December 2013

Reggae Reggae Sauce king Levi Roots tells would-be entrepreneurs to focus on the brand

It's all about the brand, according to Reggae Reggae sauce mogul and musician Levi Roots. The former Dragon's Den contestant has urged students to focus on building a brand and not simply developing a product.

Mr Roots was giving a talk on entrepreneurship at Kingston University's Business School yesterday evening and told an eager audience in the packed lecture theatre that the biggest sales asset for a new business owner was themselves. "The most important thing is to work on the personal integrity of your brand so that you can sell more than just one product," he explained. "I was advised not to call my products Reggae Reggae sauce because it was too black, Jamaican and rasta. But I ignored that because it was specific to me. It's not just about what's in the bottle, it's about you."...


Fashion students' knitwear hits the High Street with royal seal of approval

Posted Friday 29 November 2013

Fashion students' knitwear hits the High Street with royal seal of approval

Kingston University fashion students have once again proven they have a way with wool, clinching a hat trick of industry accolades that will see their knitwear designs flying off the shelves at three leading High Street stores.

Plus-size chain Evans will join Topshop and Topman in stocking garments created by a trio of the University's budding designers - two of whom have even shared a cup of tea with His Royal Highness Prince Charles to toast their first foray into the retail world....


MP Diane Abbott honours student's triumph over adversity

Posted Friday 18 October 2013

MP Diane Abbott honours student's triumph over adversity

A recent Kingston Business School graduate has been nominated for a special achievement award which honours academic excellence among young black people.

The annual London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Awards was set up 10 years ago by MP Diane Abbott, who has continued to campaign on the issue of poor attainment for black and minority children in schools....


Kingston professor leads on push for business schools to boost small firms' growth

Posted Friday 18 October 2013

Kingston professor leads on push for business schools to boost small firms' growth

Director of Kingston University's Small Business Research Centre, Professor Rob Blackburn, has joined a new management board launched by universities alongside science minister, David Willetts and enterprise advisor to the Prime Minister, Lord Young. The group's aim is to design a charter award which will incentivise business schools to work with small and medium-sized enterprises to help them to expand. Chaired by former BT chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield and made up of a range of academics and business representatives, the new board is overseen by the Association of Business Schools.

"The idea is for business schools to act as anchor institutions in the provision of support to small companies," Professor Blackburn explained. "This means along with the services our students will be offering to local companies, Kingston University will also be helping its own graduates to become entrepreneurs and set up their own small businesses - so the hope is that this will be a ‘win win' scheme for everyone involved."...


Kingston University joins Mayor Boris Johnson's mission to promote London in China

Posted Tuesday 15 October 2013

Work by Kingston University students was displayed in China alongside exhibits from 15 other London universities as part of an initiative supported by the Mayor of London's office to demonstrate the benefits of studying in the UK capital.

Julius and Heather with BorisOn 13 October, Kingston's Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg and Heather Forland, director of Kingston International, joined London Mayor Boris Johnson, minister of Universities and Science David Willlets and other representatives from London universities in the Yang Gallery in the heart of Beijing's art district. The occasion was the launch of the first official Chinese language website promoting London and the opening of a spectacular four-day pop-up installation 'London: celebrating innovation' arranged by the 16 universities that form London Universities International Partnership (LUIP).

Created especially for Beijing, the giant letters which dominate the gallery spell out the word LONDON. Each letter highlights a unique contribution that London's universities are making to global research, creativity and learning.

Julius Weinberg and Katherine McDermottKingston University had a strong presence at the event, which was part of the mayor's six-day trade mission to China. Julius Weinberg launched the proceedings by welcoming 300 officials and delegates and Heather Forland, who is also the chair of the China group of LUIP, gave a speech about the benefits of studying in London and exciting collaborations between London and Chinese universities.

The pop-up installation reflects the breadth and depth of the 30,000 courses and subjects available to study at London universities. Kingston provided a series of images from the Illustration and Animation graduating class of 2013. St Georges, University of London is exhibiting its work in finding a cure for rabies using tobacco plants.

Boris Johnson demonstrated www.london.cn to the audience, alongside prime-time Chinese TV celebrity Meng Fei. Student services on the site include application advice tailored to Chinese candidates and full profiles of every university in London.

Mr Johnson said: "My mission on this visit is to strengthen the already impressive cultural, educational and business ties between China and London. We are already welcoming increasing numbers of Chinese tourists and students to the capital but we want to do all we can to ensure London is the first choice over competing global rivals. This welcoming new Chinese language website, providing a definitive guide to London's attractions, is one way we are making it easier for potential visitors."

Boris on bike

The number of Chinese people studying in London is rising, with a record 15,000 last year, making China London's number one market for international students. Traditionally, a high percentage of the 15,000 Chinese students studying in London opt for a Business Studies degree, but the trend is changing. For example the number of Chinese students studying Creative Art and Design rose by 35% in 2012.

Meng Fei talked about the three things he likes best about London and accepted an invitation from Boris to film an episode of his hit TV show in London. Meng Fei has a huge following on Weibo - China's equivalent to Twitter - and Kingston University's Weibo account is the fourth largest of any UK university in China, with more than 25,000 followers.


Kingston University's rising MA Fashion stars reveal latest work

Posted Friday 27 September 2013

Kingston University's rising MA Fashion stars reveal latest work

Kingston University's latest crop of graduating MA Fashion students have given industry experts and media commentators a first glimpse of some of their latest work at a major catwalk event. Eleven of the University's young designers were selected to launch their forward-thinking fashion on the runway at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's Southbank, to mark the culmination of their postgraduate studies.

Among the collections was a striking gold, black and red menswear range by Minka Lüsse. Inspired by the challenges of rebuilding post-apartheid South Africa, the Namibian-born designer's colourful bomber jackets and chunky knitted jumpers were a visual representation of her hopes and fears for those trying to create a more equal society....


Students join forces with paint and wallpaper specialists Farrow and Ball to launch new colour range on eve of London Fashion Week

Posted Tuesday 17 September 2013

Students join forces with paint and wallpaper specialists Farrow and Ball to launch new colour range on eve of London Fashion Week

It's a well known fact that mixing red and yellow makes orange, while yellow and blue makes green, but what happened when Kingston University fashion students were asked to blend their research skills and creative talents with leading British paint and wallpaper company Farrow and Ball? Industry experts found out when the students' interpretations were unveiled in a one-off colour chart-inspired collection that burst on to the runway on the eve of London Fashion Week.

Famous for naming its paints with intriguing appellations such as Middleton Pink and Cat's Paw, the heritage design brand only releases its latest colours every few years. To celebrate the launch of nine new hues, including Nancy's Blushes and Stiffkey Blue, the company approached Kingston University students to see what the next generation of fashion designers could make of its rich, pigment-heavy paints. Each look, created by teams of postgraduate students, reflected the character and style of a new colour, making a splash on the catwalk complete with spray-painted Dr Marten boots....


Product designer nurtures maternal instinct with plant pregnancy vest

Posted Thursday 12 September 2013

Product designer nurtures maternal instinct with plant pregnancy vest

A protective hand hovers instinctively over her stomach, but Kingston University graduate Alice Kim is not a nervous mum-to-be. Instead the up-and-coming product and furniture designer has delivered a see-through PVC pregnancy vest that carries and nurtures a small plant for her final degree project.

Born from her desire to compare the life cycles of plants and people, the brief saw the 23 year old from Seoul, South Korea, explore the care given to babies to see if she could invoke similar feelings of responsibility for tiny green seedlings."We can learn so much about caring for people by taking an interest in plants and their growth," Alice said. "People already talk to plants, and that reminded me of how pet owners behave with dogs and cats in their homes too - treating them like children. I wondered whether a plant could be like a member of the family too and decided to test out people's reactions by creating the pregnancy vest," she explained....


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