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Kingston University-led project secures £500k from Government to expand successful approach to tackling BME attainment gap

Posted Saturday 11 March 2017

Kingston University-led project secures £500k from Government to expand successful approach to tackling BME attainment gap

A group of six higher education institutions and one college of further education, headed by Kingston University, has been awarded £500,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to help increase the number of students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who achieve good degrees.

The Kingston University-led project, which secured the maximum amount of funding available from HEFCE's new Catalyst Fund, will expand on the institution's work identifying why fewer black and minority ethnic (BME) students achieve First or 2:1 degrees compared with their fellow white students – a discrepancy known nationally as the BME attainment gap. It will also focus on the changes the University has made to its culture and curriculum to combat this disparity. The aim is to cascade this successful approach to five other universities – De Montfort, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, UCL and Wolverhampton – and further education college, NESCOT....


Aspiring filmmakers at Kingston University given chance to step into the spotlight through Channel 4 programme Random Acts

Posted Wednesday 8 March 2017

Aspiring filmmakers at Kingston University given chance to step into the spotlight through Channel 4 programme Random Acts

Budding young creatives are being given the opportunity to showcase their work on the small screen, through an initiative supported by Kingston University to produce short films for the Channel 4 Random Acts series.

Stop Play Record is part of five networks across England for people aged 16-24, who are interested in filmmaking. Students are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of professional artists and producers and apply online, with the best ideas securing a production budget, mentoring from film professionals and a foot in the door of what the Arts Council describes as a notoriously difficult industry to break in to. The very best entrants are lined up for broadcast on Random Acts....


Holocaust survivor John Dobai moves audience at Kingston University with personal account of life as a child during the Second World War

Posted Thursday 2 March 2017

Holocaust survivor John Dobai moves audience at Kingston University with personal account of life as a child during the Second World War

A Holocaust survivor highlighted the key role education had to play in ensuring that lessons learned from the horrors of the Second World War were never forgotten during an event held at Kingston University.

John Dobai, a Hungarian-born Jew, was invited to share his story with an audience of staff, students and the wider community in a lecture at the University's Penrhyn Road campus arranged in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations....


Kingston University's new Product and Furniture Design MA course director Sebastian Bergne highlights impact designers could have on modern world through creative problem solving

Posted Monday 27 February 2017

Kingston University's new Product and Furniture Design MA course director Sebastian Bergne highlights impact designers could have on modern world through creative problem solving

Designers have an increasingly important role to play in society by helping find creative solutions to issues affecting our communities, according to the new course director of Kingston University's Product and Furniture Design MA.

Sebastian Bergne highlighted the impact design professionals were having on shaping the modern world, either by creating more responsible and thoughtful products and services but also by applying their skills to areas traditionally reserved for politicians and community leaders....


Kingston University's new creative partnership with British Film Institute (BFI) gives film students access to historic moving image archive

Posted Thursday 23 February 2017

Kingston University's new creative partnership with British Film Institute (BFI) gives film students access to historic moving image archive

Kingston University London is partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) on a new pilot which allows students to reuse material from the world's leading moving image archive as part as their degree. It marks the first time that the BFI has licensed its archive for reuse by university students on a course-related project in the United Kingdom.

The pilot will see first-year students on Kingston University's BA(Hons) Film degree creating short documentaries inspired by a selection of British films from the BFI National Archive. Students will film creative responses – in the form of video essays – to one of twelve archive films carefully chosen for use within the scheme, integrating archival representations of London into contemporary stories of life in the capital city today....


Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

Posted Thursday 9 February 2017

Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

How a network of drones, smart wristbands and body-mounted video cameras could be used to help keep people safe at large outdoor concerts will be explored by Kingston University experts as part of a major new European research project.

Sound and technology experts from 28 partner institutions across the continent have come together for the three-year €15m European Commission-funded project MONICA. The international study initially arose from attempts to find a solution to mitigating the impact of noise levels on residents during outdoor rock shows held at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens....


Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

Posted Wednesday 8 February 2017

Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

People taking herbal and sports supplements could be risking their lives as many contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could pose serious health threats, according to a biomolecular scientist from Kingston University.

Professor Declan Naughton, from the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, worked with a team of experts from Queen's University Belfast and science testing company LGC to investigate the detection of illegal ingredients in food supplements. "We found many products claiming to be herbal in fact contained unlicensed pharmaceutical ingredients that were not listed on the label," Professor Naughton explained. "People are taking supplements they presume are safe and healthy, but they are unknowingly taking huge risks if these products contain substances they are not supposed to."...


Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

A senior lecturer from Kingston University has stepped out of the classroom and on to the screen to lend his expertise to amateur artists on new BBC One show The Big Painting Challenge.

Pascal Anson, tutor on the graphic design, product and furniture design and art foundation courses, draws on his experience of teaching to help five contestants find their inner Da Vinci through weekly challenges set by the judges. "We're there to give them confidence, steer them in the right direction to and ask the right questions of their work," Anson explained....


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