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Eminent academic Steve Keen to help Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eminent academic Steve Keen to help  Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Steve Keen, the new head of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics is a vocal critic of the dominant Neoclassical school of economic thought and of mainstream economics teaching which he says played a large role in bringing about the current economic malaise. He also believes austerity programmes introduced in many countries in the wake of the economic downturn have been counter-productive. "Austerity imposed from Westminster has had the support of Labour too, so I can understand why people in Scotland were talking about independence, for example" he said....


Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

Posted Tuesday 16 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

From a Cuban guerrilla gang determined to instigate a fashion revolution to a satirical look at the Spanish working class and the power of empty space in architectural design, Kingston University's latest crop of graduating MA Fashion students has taken inspiration from far and wide for its final collections. Garments from the young designers received a rapturous reception from a select audience of industry experts when they made their catwalk debut on the final day of London Fashion Week.

Course leader Andrew Ibi said the event, at Stationers' Hall in the heart of the capital, had been an exciting platform for his graduates to showcase an array of thought-provoking work. He praised the quality of the collections, saying there was a huge amount of talent amongst the university's latest cohort of MA Fashion designers. "This year's show was called Amendment because of the strong theme of re-evaluation running through the collections," Mr Ibi said. "The graduating students were interested in exploring how design could be used as a catalyst to alter ideas and change perceptions of life and culture. They were a group questioning their very subject and using fashion as a medium to start conversations about culture, art, architecture and even politics and religion."...


Kingston University professor's comic superheroine makes jump from screen to magazine

Posted Friday 22 August 2014

Kingston University professor's comic superheroine makes jump from screen to magazine

A comic book-writing professor from Kingston University says he takes it as a sign of success that his original collaborators are too busy to work with him as their online feminist superhero prepares to make her print debut.

Professor Will Brooker is one of the creators of acclaimed strip My So Called Secret Identity, along with former Kingston student Sarah Zaidan and graphic artist Susan Shore. After publishing four editions online, the fifth instalment will form part of a hard copy volume after the team raised £8,500 in pledges through a Kickstarter public fundraising campaign. "I've never made a penny out of the comic because that's not what it's about - I want it to be a platform allowing artists to showcase their ability," cultural historian Professor Brooker said. "Ironically, that's now happened to such an extent that the original artists are too busy to do the next episode."...


New Kingston University Business and Law Dean to strengthen emphasis on international education

Posted Friday 25 July 2014

 New Kingston University Business and Law Dean to strengthen emphasis on international education

Kingston University's new Dean of Business and Law plans to focus on helping students spend time abroad as part of their degrees when he takes the helm at the start of the next academic year.

Professor Ronald Tuninga, who is currently dean at the prestigious AVT Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark, will take up his post at the Faculty in September. "What I am particularly looking forward to is attracting more international students to the University," he explained. "The widest diversity possible will create great ideas and help students to think in a more entrepreneurial way."...


Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery given boost in Arts Council England funding shake-up

Posted Thursday 10 July 2014

The increased funding by Arts Council England will help projects, such as The Last Man held in 2013, to be given the chance to exhibit at the Stanley Picker GalleryKingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery will have its annual funding from Arts Council England increased by 55 per cent as part of a major shake-up of how its money is distributed across the country.

Gallery director David Falkner said the new investment of £240,000 over a three year period, starting in April 2015, was a major endorsement of the Stanley Picker Gallery's previous, current and future projects. The funds will be matched by the Stanley Picker Trust with the aim of increasing the reach of the Gallery while a new partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation will support the development of an array of new digital commissions that may include social media, mobile phones and the Gallery's website.

The renewed backing from Arts Council England, which distributes public and Lottery funds to theatre, art, dance and other cultural ventures, comes as 670 other organisations were also told they would be supported next year. The figure was down from the current crop of 703 as The Arts Council continues to deal with a 36 per cent cut in government grants over the past four years.

The funding represented a huge vote of confidence in challenging times, Mr Falkner said. "We have worked hard for many years to support contemporary artists and designers, at crucial stages of their careers, to make ambitious new work that is first premiered here at the Gallery before going on to be seen by audiences far beyond Kingston," he said. "The increased funding will mark a major shift in our organisation and will allow us to be even more ambitious with our future programmes - especially with the Stanley Picker Trust also generously increasing their support for the work we do."

In the past year alone, Stanley Picker Fellowship commissions have been seen by audiences from across the globe with Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, designer Marloes ten Bhömer and artist Andy Holden having presented to audiences at London's Whitechapel Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum as well as Spike Island in Bristol. Current fine art fellow Laura Oldfield Ford recently exhibited at Tate Britain in the highly acclaimed Ruin Lust while design fellow Fabien Cappello is currently showing in Useful and Beautiful at London's Geffrye Museum.

London area director for Arts Council England Joyce Wilson said the organisation was pleased to be able to continue its support of the gallery. "We look forward to seeing the Stanley Picker Gallery's ambitious new commissions come to fruition," she added.

The increased funding by Arts Council England will help projects, such as The Last Man held in 2013, to be given the chance to exhibit at the Stanley Picker Gallery


Kingston University academic calls for robust police investigation into evidence CIA flights carrying terror suspects landed in Scotland

Posted Friday 27 June 2014

Kingston University academic calls for robust police investigation into evidence CIA flights carrying terror suspects landed in Scotland

Researchers behind a groundbreaking project which tracks thousands of flights linked to rendition are calling for a robust police investigation into evidence that a CIA jet landed in Glasgow after carrying an alleged 9/11 mastermind to a secret torture prison in Poland.Rendition involves terror suspects being transported from around the globe to secret locations for enhanced interrogation.

It has emerged that Scottish detectives are investigating the 2003 stopover after the alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was taken to Poland. They are also probing five other cases which researchers say were part of CIA 'rendition circuits', where terror suspects are moved illegally between secret detention and torture sites....


Kingston University teams up with industry experts to discuss low-cost space travel at UKLaunch symposium

Posted Thursday 26 June 2014

Jack James Marlow presents at UKLaunchKingston University's School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering has hosted the first UKLaunch symposium, an initiative that could see the University help develop a low-cost satellite launcher for the UK space industry.

The symposium brought academics, students and industry representatives together to examine how the UK can get involved in the 'low-cost access to space business'. Speakers included representatives from the UK Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Reaction Engines, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, and Nammo AS alongside Kingston staff and students.

Kingston students impressed the symposium with their knowledge. Jack James Marlow, PhD Rocket Propulsion student, explained the features of the rocket lab at Roehampton Vale, including the modular, bi-propellant rocket engine he developed. This is used by Kingston students and can also be employed in research and consultancy activities for industry.

Third year Aerospace Engineering students Matthew Edwards, Stuart Watson and Jared Godfrey also presented work from their dissertations. This included small satellite launch vehicle designs plus a possible cooling method for the bi-propellant rocket engine as well an aero spike design that can add an extra 20-40 per cent thrust.

At the symposium Newton Launch Systems shared its research findings, while other speakers discussed the technological options, economics, politics and UK supply chain capabilities involved in the development of a small UK satellite launch vehicle similar to a 21st century commercial version of the BLACK ARROW.

Astro Demonstrator

The eventual aim is to create a consortium that shares the vision of a UK launch into orbit no later than 28 October 2021 - the 50th anniversary of the British satellite carrier rocket BLACK ARROW and its payload, the satellite Prospero.


Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014

Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

A Kingston Business School academic's industry-based teaching approach has led to her being awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Nominees for what has become one of the most coveted awards in higher education underwent a rigorous application process to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to teaching excellence. Dr Deborah Anderson, an associate professor in strategy, marketing and innovation at Kingston, impressed the judges with her teaching initiative, 'Employer Insights', which brings students into the heart of industry to compile research by interviewing leading figures in the world of marketing....


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