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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....


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....


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