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Universities collaborate to take low carbon couture to the catwalk

Posted Wednesday 11 September 2013

Universities collaborate to take low carbon couture to the catwalk

Low carbon couture hit the catwalk at an exclusive event organised by Kingston University, showcasing a joint project with the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Dresses made from living plants and a jacket padded with wood shavings were among the environmentally-friendly fashion on display as Kingston's young designers unveiled their concepts about the future of the industry and how it could reduce its carbon footprint....


Graphic design student gives consumers food for thought with 12-course meal in a can

Posted Wednesday 21 August 2013

Graphic design student gives consumers food for thought with 12-course meal in a can

A 12-course gourmet meal sounds like the ultimate extravagance, but not when it's served up a la Chris Godfrey. From pickled kobe beef with charred strawberry and roast pork belly with celeriac to palate cleansing pear and ginger juice, the Kingston University graphic designer has boiled down all the elements of a Michelin star-style feast into a tin can.

Chris created the gelatinous gourmet gunk as part of his dissertation. He rustled up all twelve dishes that make up the dinner himself, before reducing them down to liquid form by boiling or blending and adding water and gelatine. He then poured each course into a can, waiting for every layer to set before adding the next....


Electric bike sets new United Kingdom land speed record

Posted Wednesday 21 August 2013

Kingston University's electric bike has sped into the record books, clocking up 160 miles per hour at York's Elvington Airfield. The University's director of automotive and motorsport engineering, Paul Brandon, said clinching the United Kingdom land speed record for electric motorbikes over a one mile distance was a significant milestone for the team responsible for developing the latest model in the laboratories at the Roehampton Vale campus.

Kingston University's Isle of Man TT racer George Spence was in the hotseat for the four attempts to carry off the record. "Our aim for the day was to set a speed over the timed mile of between 150 and 160mph," Mr Brandon explained. "George took the first run fairly easy as he hadn't participated in an event like this before and set a speed of 144.9mph. We made a few changes and sent him out for a second run where he clocked 149.6mph. After another few adjustments, the third run hit 150.1mph."

Although on paper the calculations showed the bike was capable of around 160mph, further tweaks were needed to ensure it could rise to the challenge. "We decided on a new set up, made the changes and sent George out for his final run. When he crossed the timing beam the display showed 160mph exactly which was a really fantastic achievement," Mr Brandon said. "Not only had we smashed the existing record by over 40mph but the bike had achieved precisely what the calculations had shown it was capable of - something that is even more rewarding than the actual record from an engineering point of view."

Kingston University's electric bike has broken the United Kingstom land speed record after clocking up 160mph at the Elvington Airfield.

The latest triumph comes just weeks after Kingston's electric bike smashed three seconds off the existing record for the fastest electric bike on the famous Santa Pod quarter mile drag strip in Bedfordshire. It achieved a time of just 11.194 seconds.

The staff and students behind the bike have no intention of resting on their laurels and already have their sights set on new targets. "There is still plenty more to come with one of our students working on a new low drag fairing that will allow us to challenge for speeds in excess of 200mph," Mr Brandon said.


Kingston proves just the business for information technology enthusiast

Posted Friday 16 August 2013

Kingston proves just the business for information technology enthusiast

Final year Kingston student Jack Holmes can't stress enough the importance of studying the right degree course. The 21 year old comes from a family of farmers on Kent's Romney Marsh - none of whom went to university - so they were surprised, but supportive, when Jack decided his future didn't lie with cows and chose to head off to pastures new.

Jack enrolled at London's Kingston University on a straight business studies degree, but was quickly cherry picked by his tutor for his outstanding computing skills and encouraged to transfer on to the business information technology degree. He hasn't looked back since and earlier this year even won a prestigious student scholarship to attend the User Experience Professionals Association international conference in Washington, D.C....


Business-minded student unlocks the psychology of Clearing

Posted Wednesday 14 August 2013

Business-minded student unlocks the psychology of Clearing

A young businessman has credited a degree education with setting him on the path to an exciting new career - and coming to Kingston University through Clearing has sealed the deal.

Zuber Mohamed initially signed up to study economics and finance in London while he managed his own business venture designing and importing clothing. One year in to his course, however, he realised they weren't the subjects for him. "I'd already set up a successful company and I didn't feel my studies were really helping me develop my skills any further," he said. "I'd studied psychology at A-level though, and had found it intriguing. I realised that was what I needed from my degree studies too. They needed to captivate me in the same way, so I took the tough decision to start all over again and apply for something new."...


Flat pack gran keeps young drivers on the straight and narrow

Posted Thursday 8 August 2013

Flat pack gran keeps young drivers on the straight and narrow

There's nothing like catching sight of grandma's beady eye to make a young driver pay attention to the speed limit or take a little extra care approaching a roundabout. But what if granny was always there, sitting in the passenger seat, keeping watch over those three point turns and reverse parking manoeuvres?

A graphic design student from Kingston University has come up with a novel way to harness grandparent power and encourage young drivers to be more safety conscious. Mollie Courtenay has developed a package of ideas to persuade those in their late teens and early twenties to take extra care in the driving seat. She even decided to create a life-sized cut-out of her own grandmother, Janet Allum, which she belted into her passenger seat and drove all the way to Brighton....


London 2012 Olympics prompts £5 million spend in Kingston

Posted Friday 26 July 2013

London 2012 Olympics prompts £5 million spend in Kingston

Visitors who flocked to Kingston for the Olympic Games cycling spent an estimated £5 million over three days, a new study shows.

Each day around 50,000 visitors spent £1.7 million during the cycling road races on 28-29 July and 1 August last year, with boosts for hotels, pubs and restaurants offsetting a loss of custom and income felt by some local department stores and traders....


KU e-Racing shines at Silverstone

Posted Friday 12 July 2013

KU e-Racing shines at Silverstone

The week after the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel raced at the British Grand Prix, students from around the world competed in their own motorsport event at Silverstone. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Formula Student is the world's largest annual student motorsport event. Teams from 141 universities, across 34 countries, took part and Kingston University's KU e-Racing proved to be the only UK team with a viable electric vehicle.

Judging at Silverstone ran from 3-7 July, with motor industry experts from companies including Jaguar and BMW giving feedback, so that students could fine-tune their cars for further rounds of judging. Successful cars then competed in a round of static events which tested their systems including the brakes and acceleration.

Watch a video of KU e-Racing at Silverstone:

Gordana Collier, course director of the Mechatronic Systems MSc and Automotive Engineering MSc, mentors the KU e-Racing team. "Kingston University was superbly represented by a team of 20 plus, along with Dr Demetrios Venetsanos and myself," she said. "Our newly designed and built electric car created lots of interest and was praised by many experts. Although we did not participate in the dynamic events, we have been given vital feedback which will help us prepare for future events."

Formula Student is a cross disciplinary effort, as teams are judged on the cost, design and business model of their vehicle, as well as its performance. Three graduates from Kingston Business School teamed up with an engineering student to give the judges a presentation on how the car might be profitably manufactured. Kingston TV and media students filmed the trials and interviewed participants from other teams as well as the judges. Representatives from Kingston's main sponsors Ashwoods provided the innovative electric motor and its associated batteries and controller, as well as valuable technical support.

Kingston's achievement is all the more significant when you consider their electric car was competing against conventional petrol and diesel powered vehicles from around the world. Professor Andrzej Ordys, head of the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering was impressed by the performance of the students as well as the cars. "For me, the most important aspect was the camaraderie inside the teams and among the teams - students helping each other to solve problems on the spot. This has been a great experience for them and I praise them for their technical competence and devotion to the project."

"It's been a difficult, though successful project," said Mechanical Engineering BSc student Andy Ng, "and I hope to be part of it again next year when we can improve on what we have learnt and build an even better car. Competing at Silverstone one week after the British grand prix was an honour."Automotive Engineering BSc student Aldus von der Burg is the team's head of powertrain. ''Formula Student is one of the best things I have been a part of," he said. "From designing the car, building it, to actually see it at an event like this is fantastic. The learning curve is very steep and the competition tough, but that boosted our motivation. When you see what the other teams are capable of you get an idea of how serious and fast pace the racing world is. This is a rush for me. We have many ideas for next year and are eager to start soon.''

Since competing at Silverstone, KU e-Racing have been invited to participate in two more UK events, in July and September. "Kingston can be proud to be the only UK university with a complete and functional electric student racing car." said Gordana Collier. "Thank you to everyone who helped to make this dream come true."

Find out more about studying mechanical and automotive engineering at Kingston University.


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