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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.


Boris Johnson praises students' environmental ingenuity at Mayor of London's Low Carbon Prize awards

Posted Monday 24 June 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson was impressed by Kingston's green credentials at this year's Low Carbon Prize ceremony.Three current students and a graduate from Kingston University were among those shortlisted for the Mayor's Low Carbon Prize 2013. The finalists pitched their ideas at a ceremony held in London's Royal Docks on 13 June to an expert judging panel included Dragon's Den investor Deborah Meaden, international fashion icon Vivienne Westwood and Zac Goldsmith MP.

Minka Luesse, a Fashion MA student, said her idea was to replace synthetic fibres in jackets with a 'greener' material. "I wanted to show that fashion can be beautiful and luxurious as well as sustainable," she said.

Shruti Barton and Celia Small, who are both on the Advertising and Creative Economy MA course, cut it fine with their entry submitting their proposal just 60 seconds before entries closed. Their idea is for a chain of vegetarian cafes and restaurants called 'MEET'. "They would be meat-free, eco-friendly and ethical," Shruti said. "We would want MEET to operate as a collective and make better use of local farmers and growers to reduce food miles."

Pablo RomeDragon's Den investor Deborah Meaden was one of the judges at the 2013 Mayor's Low Carbon Prize ceremonyro Molina, a graduate of the Renewable Energy Engineering MSc came up with a plan to reduce the amount of lighting left on overnight in the docklands area."By using the smart control systems of London's high rise buildings to switch off lighting on alternate floors, we could create a dramatic effect at the same time as saving power and sending a powerful visual message promoting energy saving," he explained.

Mayor Boris Johnson told Kingston's students he was impressed by the University's green credentials. "You are a great centre for innovation and your sustainability reputation is growing. I look forward to seeing some faces from Kingston University on the front page of Fortune magazine," he added.

The Mayor's Low Carbon Prize is open to students at universities and further education college across London for ideas which will reduce the capital's carbon emissions.

Kingston University is no stranger to green success. Last year a team of five students jointly won the Mayor's Low Carbon Prize with a green key concept aimed at encouraging people to recycle, reduce their energy use and throw out inefficient items such as old fridge-freezers.


Barclays-funded research finds a simple smile could be the key to business success

Posted Thursday 13 June 2013

Barclays-funded research finds a simple smile could be the key to business success

A simple smile and a friendly greeting can make customers feel much more loyal towards small independent companies, according to new Kingston Business School research.

The study, which examined the retail behaviour of 2,006 consumers and the business practices of 1,216 decision makers in small and medium-sized enterprises, revealed that a smile and a friendly hello was the most common reason why consumers felt loyal towards independent retailers. However, only just over half those sampled stated their small business employed this practice....


MP Ed Davey to open University-hosted Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Posted Monday 10 June 2013

MP Ed Davey to open University-hosted Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Kingston University will play host to Kingston Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo 2013 on Thursday 20 June.

The event will be held at the new £26 million Kingston Business School building located on Kingston Hill. It will be opened by Kingston and Surbiton MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey and Kingston Mayor Councillor Penny Shelton....


Kingston University tops the table for graduate start-ups

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013

Kingston University tops the table for graduate start-ups

Kingston University is leading the way with its entrepreneurial expertise, producing the most graduate start-up companies of any higher education institution in the United Kingdom for the fourth year running. Figures just released show Kingston helped its business-minded alumni get 201 companies off the ground during 2011-12, up from 179 the year before.

The Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction Survey: 2011-12 also reveals that Kingston University-supported start-ups have the equivalent of 2,216 full-time staff on their books. The figure - an increase from 1,972 in the previous 12 months - is considerably more than for those launched with help from universities elsewhere....


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