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Kingston University's heat acclimation expertise helps Sir Ranulph Fiennes and other British athletes prepare for the rigours of the Marathon des Sables footrace

Posted Friday 24 April 2015

The winner of the woman\'s race, Elisabet BarnesThe Kingston University Sport Science Consultancy Team has assisted in the training of athletes preparing to compete in the 2015 Marathon des Sables. The race, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, is a six-day, 251km (156m) ultramarathon, the equivalent of six regular marathons, which is held each year in the Sahara Desert in temperatures of up to 50°C.

This year, Kingston University provided heat acclimation support to around 25 athletes racing in the desert, including the winner of the women's race, Elisabet Barnes, who won all five stages outright, finishing 19th overall. Elisabet has had a great year of ultra-running, already winning numerous UK races and is planning on going back to the Sahara next year to defend her title. Fellow Brit Gemma Game finished fourth in the women's field and 87th overall.

Danny Kendall, a regular user of the facilities at Kingston University, was looking to improve on his 2014 position of fourth. However, increased competition saw him finish in eighth position overall, the highest-placed British athlete in a world-class field.

Dr Hannha Moir is filmed while assessing Sir Ranulph Fiennes\' firness

Kingston University also helped explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes prepare to be the oldest Briton to complete the event in aid of Marie Curie. Senior lecturer in Health and Exercise Dr Hannah Moir and physiology technician Chris Howe also provided day-by-day analysis of Sir Ranulph's progress throughout the event.

There were many more competitors that were supported by the Kingston University team this year. Two of the athletes, Susie and Shaun, who used the heat chamber and completed the MDS 2015, have further reason to celebrate following their engagement after Shaun battled through sickness during the race to propose on the finish line.

Find out more about heat acclimatisation training at Kingston University

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Kingston University Fashion MA students give the Clifford Chance graduate hoodie a makeover

Posted Wednesday 1 April 2015

A Fashion MA student displays her designInspired by the catwalk show at Kingston University's London Fashion Week show, the graduate recruitment team at law firm Clifford Chance commissioned MA Fashion students to come up with a fresh new look for their ‘graduate hoodie' design.

Thirty students took part in a sponsored project to capture the spirit and essence of the Clifford Chance brand in a new sweatshirt design for their 2015 intake of graduate recruits.

The brief was to produce three ranges of six designs. A ‘concept range', pushing the boundaries of the design process; a ‘diffusion range' distilling ideas into a marketable store ready product and an ‘off the shelf' range that could be manufactured by Clifford Chance for a £25 per unit cost.

Eleven finalists exhibited at a showcase event on the 30th floor of Clifford Chance's Canary Wharf building on Friday - to an audience of over 200 members of the Clifford Chance community, from senior partners through to trainees.

The winning designs were decided via a vote which took place on the Clifford Chance UK graduate Facebook page with Marjade Roniet and Nikki Diep's proposals garnering the highest number of votes. Marjade's designs will be used to create a new line of merchandise that will be available accross the entire Clifford Chance firm and Nikki's design will be used primarily for the 2015/16 Graduate Marketing Campaign.

Kingston Fashion have been working to secure corporate sponsorship for their programmes, exploring the university's alumni links to unlock new funding opportunities. "It's been a great project for the students to work on, they have excelled in many ways," says course director Andrew Ibi. "These kind of creative, professional industry projects are important for our 'sponsorship' portfolio."

The Fashion MA students\' work on display at the Clifford Chance offices

Laura Yeates, a Kingston University Business graduate, and Head of Graduate Talent at Clifford Chance said "We are delighted with the execution of the project and the results exceeded all initial expectations. The students were professional, engaged and understood the commercial brief."

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New Kingston Writing School creative writing short courses hope to inspire literary aspirations

Posted Friday 27 March 2015

A fountain pen writing on paperA new suite of short courses from Kingston Writing School aims to give writers, of all levels of experience, the impetus to showcase their skills and hone their ideas within a supportive teaching environment. Have you always wanted to get started on your first novel or book for children? Or are you already writing and want to discover new creative techniques to refine your style?

The Writing School at Kingston University provides an open, vibrant community of outstanding writers, journalists, and publishing experts engaged with talented students and an exciting range of academics, writers in residence and guests.

Find out more about each specific course:

The new short courses aim to get you started in creative writing, perfect your TV or film script or develop your writing for children. Enjoy a ‘transformative life writing' retreat and craft your personal or family story; or even fasten your seatbelt for a kamikaze 30 days, learn on the fly, and write a novel in a month!

Find out more about short writing courses at Kingston University.

Three Kingston University case studies featured in new University Alliance initiative to spotlight real world impact of university research

Posted Monday 23 March 2015

Kingston University\'s Fiona Jones speaks to a patientA report by University Alliance, of which Kingston University is a member, concludes that collaboration and connectivity must be top priorities for universities and funders if the UK is to continue to lead the world in research and innovation.

The report, Evolve. Connect. Succeed. Funding a healthy research and innovation ecosystem was launched at an event attended by vice-chancellors, parliamentarians, businesses and researchers. The accompanying website resource of more than 60 impact case studies was drawn from submitions from Alliance member universities to the REF 2014 exercise.

The case studies were grouped in four categories and the research from Kingston University is:
Bridges for more effective post-stroke care (category: Improving healthcare)
Protecting victims of press abuse (category: Shaping society)
Tracking sports success (category: Shaping society)

Increased global competition means that for Britain's research and innovation ecosystem to continue to flourish it will need greater collaboration with partners within academia and with businesses, charities and governments. In response, Alliance universities are working collaboratively to deliver a new doctoral training scheme. The Doctoral Training Alliance will be built around joint research strengths and embed close relationships with industry from design to delivery.

Find out more about research at Kingston University.

Kingston University MBA among Europe's top 50 in QS Global 200 Business Schools ranking report 2015

Posted Friday 13 February 2015

Kingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School's full-time MBA has been ranked 43 out of 200 in the latest QS Fulltime MBA rankings of business schools across Europe. The survey asks international employers to select the schools from which they consider hiring MBA graduates. This information is combined with the QS Intelligence Unit survey of academics from all over the world each year to produce the final ranking.

Employers returning data in the European section included companies from the finance, technology and consulting sectors including Google, Bloomberg, PWC, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, AXA and more. Experienced HR and line managers from each company are asked a series of questions about MBA recruitment in the previous and the forthcoming year. They are then asked to list, unprompted, the international schools from which they have recently attempted to recruit MBAs.

This is the first year that Kingston University has been included in this ranking. Recent improvements to the MBA programme include a renewed focus on the global nature of business, offering students opportunities to study modules in both Berlin and Moscow, and the introduction of a dedicated MBA careers coach and an MBA Careers Week.

Most recently, Kingston Business School has partnered with the prestigious Boston University in the USA to offer postgraduates a high-quality, international education leading to a dual degree from the two institutions. Kingston Business School's international collaborations include delivering the Kingston MBA with a partner in Moscow - the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration. This MBA has been ranked number one in Russia several times.

Ron Tuninga, dean of the Faculty of Business and Law welcomed the new ranking, saying that it was a tremendous achievement for the Business School and highly deserved; "We now rank more highly than some well-known schools on the continent such as Vlerick School of Business in Belgium." Chris Bristow, director of the MBA programmes, said: "It is a tribute both to the teaching team and the excellent MBA participants who join us from far and wide to make this a truly international, transformational programme".

British Heart Foundation funding boost to heart disease research at Kingston University

Posted Friday 6 February 2015

British Heart Foundation funding boost to heart disease research at Kingston University

Dr Andrew Snabaitis in the laboratoryEvery day, 480 people will have a heart attack in the UK and, at any one time, 900,000 Britons are thought to be living with heart failure. Coronary heart disease is the country's single biggest killer and something that touches every family. The British Heart Foundation has been fighting heart disease for more than 50 years. Kingston University researcher Dr Andrew Snabaitis has a well-established relationship with the charity - one that has brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to the University.

Andrew - who belongs to Kingston University's Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Group - was recently awarded more than £270,000 by the British Heart Foundation to study the ‘Regulation of cardiac apoptosis and heart failure by the type 2A protein phosphatase regulatory protein alpha4'. This project will use models of heart failure to discover how the expression of a particular naturally occurring protein can regulate apoptotic heart muscle cell death and heart failure....

Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

Posted Tuesday 20 January 2015

Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

James Cracknell talks to students about achieving goalsMulti-gold winning medallist James Cracknell gave an inspirational speech at his recent visit to Kingston University – talking to students about his road to Olympic and World Championship success and the challenges he has faced since.

James had an illustrious international rowing career, winning two Olympic gold medals and six gold medals in the World Championships. He is also well known for his endurance feats. In 2006 he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with Ben Fogal, which he says taught him a lot about how to approach challenges....

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