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Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016

Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Have you ever tried to solve a complicated maths problem by using your hands, or shaped a piece of clay without planning it out in your head first? Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity – and even improve people's chances of getting a job, according to experts from Kingston University.

New research by Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, is challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Instead, they are seeking to demonstrate how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us – and that using tools or objects when problem solving can spark new ways of finding solutions....


Kingston University art and science students blend cutting-edge technology with creative techniques to delve into the secrets of the Thames Tunnel

Posted Friday 16 December 2016

Kingston University art and science students blend cutting-edge technology with creative techniques to delve into the secrets of the Thames Tunnel

London's iconic Thames Tunnel - the first tunnel ever built under a river - has become the setting for a project that saw Kingston University art, geography and geology students join forces to bridge the worlds of science and art.

Using 3D modelling techniques, pin-hole photography and sound recording, students from different disciplines were given the opportunity to explore ideas, experiment and learn from each other's techniques and perspectives to find new ways to read the landscape of the tunnel entrance and develop innovative ways of collecting data....


Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Posted Wednesday 14 December 2016

Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Contracts have been signed for Kingston University's landmark Town House building, with construction work on the project – set to be a key feature of the University's Penrhyn Road campus – on track to get under way in spring 2017.  The new building, which forms part of a major £260 million project to transform the University's campuses, will include a mix of teaching and performance space, a library, covered courtyard and cafés.

Designed by Grafton Architects, which has recently won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award for the world's best new building for the latest campus at Peru's University of Technology and Engineering (UTEC), the Town House signals Kingston University's commitment to creating an architectural landmark and highly environmentally friendly building in the heart of the borough....


Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Posted Thursday 8 December 2016

Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Kingston University psychology student Rose Martin has become the first undergraduate to be awarded the highly-regarded Jane Beattie Memorial Travel Scholarship.

Jointly sponsored by the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) and the European Association for Decision Making, the $750 (£590) scholarship enabled Rose to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to present her current research at two international conferences hosted by SJDM and the Psychonomic Society to audiences of more than 3,000 researchers in her field....


Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

Posted Tuesday 29 November 2016

Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

The continent-wide implications of Brexit were laid bare at a Kingston University event that brought together a range of leading figures at the heart of the debate. Among those speaking at the Brexit Futures panel discussion were Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission's Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, and Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The round-table event – organised by the University's Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – also featured contributions from Irish Times journalist Denis Staunton and Anita Prazmowska, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics....


Bicycle made from discarded golf clubs highlights 21st Century swing to cycling as leisure activity for middle-aged men

Posted Thursday 24 November 2016

Bicycle made from discarded golf clubs highlights 21st Century swing to cycling as leisure activity for middle-aged men

A lightweight bicycle constructed from abandoned golf clubs bought for just 99p from eBay has been created by a Kingston University graphic design student. Calum Ray designed the unusual mode of transport to highlight how middle-aged men are swapping the fairway for the cycle lane as the sport's popularity soars.

Calum's creative wheels were put in motion when he returned to his parents' house in the Hertfordshire countryside following a year living in London as a student. "I was really struck by the increase in cyclists on the road. At the same time I noticed a lot of golf clubs were closing and I wondered if there was a correlation. I visited a few clubs and they confirmed their numbers had declined over the past few years," he said. The statistical data was backed by online research which spurred on Calum's interest. "I came up with the idea of producing a representation of the way social sport has evolved for the 21st Century's middle-aged men," he said....


Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

Posted Monday 21 November 2016

Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

What is the definition of corruption? How does this definition vary from country to country? How do we create and enforce laws on a concept that is often veiled in secrecy?

Corruption is often seen as one of the most devastating forms of criminality. Much broader than mere bribery, it covers any abuse of power that satisfies personal interests in either the public or private sector. In direct contrast to the barriers that often surround this topic, Kingston University Law School's recently established Integrity Research Group aims to raise the veil and bring the discussion out in to the open....


Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

The secrets of an iconic London building designed by a renowned modernist architect were explored in a project led by Kingston University postgraduate curating students. Two Willow Road in Hampstead was designed by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger as a family home and studio.

Built in 1939 and considered one of the finest examples of British modernism today, it was rumoured to have inspired the creation of Ian Fleming's notorious Bond villain Auric Goldfinger....


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