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New figures cement Kingston University's role as sector champion in nationwide bid to close BME attainment gap

Posted Wednesday 15 November 2017

New figures cement Kingston University's role as sector champion in nationwide bid to close BME attainment gap

Newly released figures have highlighted how far Kingston University has come since first taking up a national challenge to help more black and minority ethnic (BME) students secure first and upper-second class degrees. The figures show that the University's focus on institution-wide change has led to a fairer chance for all students to achieve their full academic potential.

It had long been recognised that far fewer BME students across the country attained these top two degree classifications compared to their white counterparts, even when their entry qualifications and degree subjects were identical, Kingston University's Director of Student Achievement Nona McDuff explained. "This discrepancy, known nationally as the BME attainment gap, has not until recently received the attention it deserves across the sector," she added. "Too often, the assumption has been that this disparity relates to the backgrounds or characteristics of students while at Kingston the approach has been on the whole institution and our relationship with each student. We believe we are unique among large universities in making the reduction of the attainment gap a cross-university priority starting right at the top with the board of governors." While the grades for the University's white student population have broadly remained in line with rest of the country, the proportion of Kingston's BME students obtaining first and upper-second class degrees has increased from 45 per cent in 2012 to 70 per cent in 2017. Kingston University is committed to helping all its students achieve their full academic potential.This success was down to finding imaginative ways to create a more inclusive environment for all students through an all-out effort right across the University, Ms McDuff said. "We have been directing our energies at knocking down barriers and improving achievement for all students, regardless of their background," she added....


Kingston University study reveals how food poisoning bacteria Campylobacter uses other organisms as Trojan horse to infect new hosts

Posted Monday 13 November 2017

Kingston University study reveals how food poisoning bacteria Campylobacter uses other organisms as Trojan horse to infect new hosts

Kingston University researchers have shown how a leading cause of bacterial food poisoning can multiply and spread – by using another organism's cells as a Trojan horse.

Campylobacter jejuni is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis in the United States and Europe, often infecting humans through raw or undercooked poultry. The new study revealed how the bacteria can infiltrate micro-organisms called amoebae, multiplying within their cells while protected inside its host from harsh environmental conditions....


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....


Kingston University Big Read author Kit de Waal talks to fans about difficult choices affecting children in care

Posted Tuesday 31 October 2017

Kingston University Big Read author Kit de Waal talks to fans about difficult choices affecting children in care

The challenging role of a foster parent and the traumatic decisions made by social workers and adoption agencies were just a couple of the topics touched upon at two recent Kingston University events.

At the Audience with Kit de Waal sessions the author answered questions about this year's Big Read novel, My Name is Leon, posed by eager students, staff and fans from the local community. Set in south London in the 1980s, the book follows nine-year-old Leon on his bumpy journey navigating the care system alongside baby brother Jake....


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....


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