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Kingston University students raise the curtains with royalty and Game of Thrones star for the International Youth Arts Festival

Posted Monday 10 July 2017

Kingston University students raise the curtains with royalty and Game of Thrones star for the International Youth Arts Festival

A number of Kingston University's performing arts students, academics and alumni will be joined by royalty and stars of the small screen as they take to the stage to form part of the renowned International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF). Hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, this year's productions reflect a number of contemporary hard-hitting issues - including the pressures of life on a council estate and the crumbling decline of the human mind caused by dementia.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival has long been a platform for budding actors, dancers and musicians to flex their talents, with participants coming from across the globe to perform at local venues The Rose Theatre and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre (ACT) at Kingston College. For second year Drama and Psychology student Luke Williams, the opportunity to network with other performers is not to be missed. "This has been my first time taking part in IYAF and I could not be more excited or motivated. It's amazing to be part of an explosion of art and self-expression," he said. ...


Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Continuing to forge strong links with local businesses, community groups and the council was key to developing the country's brightest young talents – and then keeping them in the area, according to Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Futures conference at the borough's Rose Theatre, Professor Spier outlined the role the University can play in the regeneration and growth of Kingston-upon-Thames to ensure it continues to be a leading London destination to visit, work and study in....


Designers serve up a treat as fashion collections dress Wimbledon windows to mark start of tennis tournament and wow Kingston shoppers in Bentalls showcase

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Designers serve up a treat as fashion collections dress Wimbledon windows to mark start of tennis tournament and wow Kingston shoppers in Bentalls showcase

From a tennis-themed parade through the streets of Wimbledon Village to a catwalk show up and down the escalators of Kingston's Bentalls department store, the creations of Kingston University fashion students have been netting plaudits across south west London this month.

Garments by four final year designers were modelled in shop windows, a local pub and even on horseback as the village's High Street was turned purple and green to mark the first day of qualifying at the famous tournament....


Kingston University graduate's backpack design offers music fans a sleek option to stay hydrated and keep drinks out of harm's way at festivals

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017

Kingston University graduate's backpack design offers music fans a sleek option to stay hydrated and keep drinks out of harm's way at festivals

With festival season well and truly underway across the United Kingdom, music lovers are seeking fresh ways to stay hydrated in soaring temperatures. Enter the Pikpäk – a Kingston University graduate's innovative answer to the call for safe and responsible drinking at outdoor concerts.

Graphic design alumna Magdalena Huber's prototype backpack allows festival-goers to carry drinks on their backs, with the pack fastening around the shoulders with fabric cords. The eco-friendly design is refillable, lightweight and sealed with a cap, ensuring the contents are kept safe....


Olympian Asha Philip encourages promising athletes to dream big while on Kingston University's Sports Performance Programme

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Olympian Asha Philip encourages promising athletes to dream big while on Kingston University's Sports Performance Programme

Students taking part in the Kingston University Sports Performance Programme have been encouraged by Olympic athlete Asha Philip to dream big and make the most of their time on the scheme.

A former Kingston University student, Philip was a member of the Sports Performance Programme when she studied for a drama degree at Kingston University, before graduating in 2012. The Olympic bronze medallist, who helped secure a new British record for the 4 x 100 metres relay at the Rio 2016 Olympics, spoke about how grateful she was to have been included on the Sports Performance Programme, which allowed her to fulfil two of her passions at the same time....


Kingston University multicultural dance troupe secures second place at national Bollywood competition

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Kingston University multicultural dance troupe secures second place at national Bollywood competition

A multicultural group of Kingston University dancers fought off competition from teams across the country to secure second place in a nationwide Bollywood dance event.

The Kingston Khalnayaks is a 19-strong team made up of current Kingston students from courses ranging from business to science degrees, as well as graduates who have an interest in performing arts....


Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Posted Monday 19 June 2017

Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Two leading champions of diversity, inclusivity and widening access to higher education have been recognised for their achievements in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List – alongside an academic whose pioneering research is helping stroke survivors regain their independence.

Kingston University's newly appointed Director of Student Achievement Nona McDuff was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in the monarch's 91st birthday honours. Associate Director of Widening Participation Jenni Woods and Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, have both been awarded MBEs for services to widening access to higher education and services to stroke rehabilitation respectively....


Kingston University animation graduate wins Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award with tribute to mother's Tough love

Posted Thursday 15 June 2017

Kingston University animation graduate wins Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award with tribute to mother's Tough love

A Kingston University graduate has won the Undergraduate Animation award at this year's Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards with her short animation Tough – continuing an impressive sweep of accolades for her final year work.

Along with a nomination for best British Short Animation at the BAFTA awards earlier this year, Jennifer Zheng's moving film about her complex relationship with her Chinese mother has amassed a number of commendations and secured a host of screenings – most notably at the prestigious Sundance festival....


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