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Economics alumnus Stefano Ciampolini returns to campus to share his insights into entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry

Posted Friday 24 November 2017

More than 90 alumni, students and staff joined Economics alumnus Stefano Ciampolini as he shared his inside knowledge on entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry, offering that experience and insight on what investors are looking for.

Returning to campus for Kingston Business School's Strategy into Practice series, Stefano shared his journey as a healthcare entrepreneur. The lecture highlighted the many pitfalls that can befall the entrepreneur.

Stefano, who graduated with a BA in Economics from Kingston University in 1993, is a partner at Healthcare Capital Partners, a private equity and corporate finance advisory boutique specialised in life sciences and healthcare ventures that he founded in 2002. As part of his investment activities, Stefano is a founder and board member of several healthcare ventures and private equity funds in Europe and the US, with Renal Services as part of this portfolio.

After the lecture, guests were given the chance to ask questions and share ideas with Stefano, as well as each other during our networking hour.

The Strategy into Practice series at Kingston University is generously supported by Santander Universities.


Kingston School of Art's Design School takes over Spitalfields Market as part of the London Design Festival

Posted Thursday 16 November 2017

Kingston School of Art's Design School takes over Spitalfields Market as part of the London Design Festival

Enterprising Kingston School of Art students, graduates and academics have taken their creative talents in to the heart of the capital, showcasing their design expertise in a pop-up event at London's Old Spitalfields Market. More than 30 stalls offered visitors the opportunity to discuss ideas, take part in a series of workshops and sample a vast array of new products.

Inspired by the surrounding East London community, the activities focused on interactions with the residents and market holders working in and around the market. Called Manufactory, the three day event saw students, graduates and academics transform into market traders to coincide with the London Design Festival. They shared projects, demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit as well as hosting open workshops, giving visitors the opportunity to get involved....


Architecture firm founded by Kingston University alumni Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh awarded prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Hastings Pier

Posted Wednesday 8 November 2017

Architecture firm founded by Kingston University alumni Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh awarded prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Hastings Pier

An architecture firm part-founded by Kingston University graduates has received the country's top award for architecture. Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh are directors of leading studio dRMM which collected this year's Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stirling Prize for an innovative renovation project which has set out to redefine the role of the seaside pier for the 21st Century.

The award, given annually to the building making the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in that particular year, recognised dRMM for its work redeveloping Hastings Pier which was devastated by fire in 2010....


Kingston University fashion graduate combines art and science to create bold collection at MA Fashion show

Posted Tuesday 7 November 2017

Kingston University fashion graduate combines art and science to create bold collection at MA Fashion show

A Kingston University fashion graduate has combined influence from art and science to create a bold and colourful collection that added a touch of sparkle to the catwalk at the MA Fashion show.

Designer Caroline Perino's contemporary womenswear range, shimmering with Swarovski crystals, wowed crowds at the Design Museum in London, which hosted the event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the University's MA Fashion course.Brazilian-born Caroline's collection, A Perfectly Aligned Confusion, combines bold shapes with 3D elements such as beads, foam pieces, ceramics and – thanks to sponsorship by Swarovski – hundreds of tiny, sparkling jewels. Designer Caroline Perino's garments are covered in Swarovski crystals.The designer paired shapes and curves with stunning Swarovski crystals. Caroline's love of science and analytical thinking is clear in her latest work, in which she mixes straight lines, sculptural shapes and curves. "The shapes and forms are combined so well that they fit together like a puzzle," she said. "I love to trial and test my work – I did thirty experiments with different fabric and fillings before I decided on my final designs."This passion for science meant the 25 year-old originally appeared destined to become a doctor following in the footsteps of both her parents, but instead she chose to pursue her creative side and indulge her love of drawing. "I almost went to medical school," she said, "I have two sides; artistic and creative, but scientific too. I decided on fashion because I felt I'd be happier – I've loved drawing since I was three years old, it's a big part of me." Caroline also takes inspiration from photography, architecture and street style, and then begins to draw by hand as she has done since childhood. She cites Hussein Chalayan as one of her favourite fashion designers. "I love his use of technology," she said. "He usually makes a statement on society, which I find inspiring." While the bright colours and bold shapes of Caroline's collection might imply an influence from her native Brazil, she explained this is only a subconscious effect – her real motivation is to make people feel happy. "I use colour and impactful shapes so that people feel joy when they see my work," she said. "I think my style is made for the confident woman. The separate elements of the design could be seen as messy and confusing, but together they make sense."Caroline Perino's latest collection combines her passion for science and art.The Design Museum in Kensington is a brand new space which stood as a grand and modern setting for the show. The multi-level catwalk allowed the 10 Kingston University designers to fully showcase their work. "It felt great to be part of it," said Caroline. "It's my first time doing a fashion show outside of Brazil, and I felt that the stunning backdrop of the Design Museum really complemented my collection."Fashion commentator Hilary Alexander OBE, a Trustee of Graduate Fashion Week, attended the show and said she was thrilled to have seen the students' collections on display at the museum. "The quality of the work, the workmanship, the handcraft was sensational," She said. "There were 10 students showing their collections but they each had such depth it seemed like a lot more and I particularly enjoyed Caroline's work. My advice to the graduates is to be absolutely determined, be passionate and grab every opportunity that comes your way."Kingston University's MA Fashion course leader Richard Sorger was also full of praise for the Brazilian designer's work. "Caroline's MA graduate collection displays a masterly use of colour, proportion and line," he said. "The simplicity of her sculptural silhouettes is underpinned by an expert craftsmanship that few designers can hope to achieve."Caroline's ultimate goal is to open her own label in London. She moved to England last year and identifies her love for the country, and for speaking English as the impetus for the move. "London is one of the fashion capitals so it's important for me to be here," she said. "And I chose Kingston University because it is one of the best. I've had outstanding support from my tutors, and the opportunities available to me have really helped my career."...


Disability Rights history comes to life – oral history project helps Kingston University student nurses and teachers learn about disability and inclusion

Posted Thursday 2 November 2017

Disability Rights history comes to life – oral history project helps Kingston University student nurses and teachers learn about disability and inclusion

Kingston University students are playing a vital role in a pioneering initiative sharing the stories of borough residents who have helped make history as part of the disability rights movement. Student nurses and teachers from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, have joined forces to take part in the Fighting for our Rights project.

Led by the Kingston Centre for Independent Living, the project aims to create a permanent historic record and education resource relating to the period of political and cultural change that began in the 1960s to inspire future generations of care and education professionals and people with disabilities....


Executive stress and invisible medical conditions among themes explored by Kingston University graphic design MA students in central London showcase

Posted Tuesday 31 October 2017

Executive stress and invisible medical conditions among themes explored by Kingston University graphic design MA students in central London showcase

Projecting tranquil beach scenes on to the Bank of England to de-stress city workers and increasing awareness of invisible disabilities were just two of the ideas explored by Kingston University's graphic design MA students when they showcased their final projects at a three-day exhibition in central London.

French designer Elise Boutros investigated the causes of stress and explored ways that mindfulness could be used by business communities at the heart of London's financial district. She plans to project her peace-inducing animations, featuring images of holidaying revellers relaxing at the beach, onto the Bank of England to bring an oasis of calm to one of the most stressful work environments in the country....


Kingston University launches new writers' centre where globe's top creative talent can share expertise with students and wider community

Posted Thursday 26 October 2017

Kingston University launches new writers' centre where globe's top creative talent can share expertise with students and wider community

A new literary cultural centre that will bring leading authors, poets and journalists together with students, staff and the local community has opened its doors at Kingston University.

Developed and managed by the University, the new Writers' Centre Kingston will deliver an annual programme of talks, workshops and festivals across the borough. Guest authors include novelist and filmmaker Iain Sinclair and Nell Leyshon, whose first book Black Dirt was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and made the long list for the Orange Prize....


Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Posted Tuesday 24 October 2017

Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Cultural traditions, identity and an eye-catching array of Swarovski crystals took centre stage as Kingston University's graduating MA Fashion students showcased their latest collections on the catwalk at the Design Museum in London. A selection of 10 fashion designers from the University's Kingston School of Art postgraduate degree course unveiled their work at the event, which took place at the world's leading contemporary design museum to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the course.

Graduating student Dardana Djantio Etchike's garments explored the tradition of breast ironing in her home country of Cameroon, Central Africa. The practice, typically carried out by a girl's mother, has become more widespread over the last 50 years with dietary improvements in Cameroon leading to a quicker onset of puberty.Dardana Djantio Etchike's collection explores the cultural practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. "The practice is largely used on girls aged nine to 15 years old and justified as a way to prevent sexual assault," Dardana explained. "Girls are compressed and restricted and it naturally creates a real desire for freedom. My designs are largely focused on those desires, how the body is expressed and how it feels in relation to the environment around it," she added....


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