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Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

Posted Wednesday 12 July 2017

Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

A piece of theatre created by Kingston University staff, students and graduates received the royal stamp of approval on Thursday at a special gala reception held at the borough's Rose Theatre.

Part of  the International Youth Arts Festival – an annual event co-hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames – this year's showpiece was performed at Thursday evening's charity reception in aid of the Creative Youth charity, in the presence of the President of the charity, HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO....


MPs Sir Ed Davey and Zac Goldsmith highlight benefits of greater collaboration with Kingston University at Kingston Business Expo

Posted Tuesday 11 July 2017

MPs Sir Ed Davey and Zac Goldsmith highlight benefits of greater collaboration with Kingston University at Kingston Business Expo

Newly re-elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton Sir Ed Davey highlighted the crucial part Kingston University plays in making the borough a vibrant place in which to do business at the launch of the fifth annual Kingston Business Expo.

Business leaders and local entrepreneurs joined members of the Chamber of Commerce and Kingston Mayor Councillor Julie Pickering at the event. The only major business exhibition in the area, the Expo provides the single biggest networking opportunity of the year with exhibition stands and seminars on offer throughout the day. Held at the University's Kingston Hill campus, where business courses are delivered, staff and visitors were given a flavour of the breadth of businesses across the borough....


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. ...


Kingston University scientists help unlock DNA of tropical snail that spreads deadly disease

Posted Tuesday 4 July 2017

Kingston University scientists help unlock DNA of tropical snail that spreads deadly disease

Scientists from Kingston University have played a pivotal role in uncovering vital information about the biology of a snail that spreads a deadly parasitic disease in tropical rivers and lakes.

The small freshwater snail, Biomphalaria glabrata, is known to carry parasitic worms called schistosomes – which, when released into rivers, can infect people causing human schistosomiasis. The tropical disease affects more than 260 million people in developing countries and leaves many with chronically debilitating damage to organs, particularly the bladder and liver. Adults and children are at risk when they fish, swim or play in water infested with the parasite, which is estimated to contribute to the deaths of around 200,000 a year in sub-Saharan Africa alone....


Welcome to Historic Kingston Upon Thames

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Welcome to Historic Kingston Upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames has a long and rich history. The town of Kingston was first recorded in royal records in the year 838. By the tenth century, Kingston had become a coronation centre where Saxon kings were crowned.

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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....


New letterpress facility at Kingston University, named in honour of former academic Ian Noble, reflects growth of hands-on learning in the digital age

Posted Thursday 29 June 2017

New letterpress facility at Kingston University, named in honour of former academic Ian Noble, reflects growth of hands-on learning in the digital age

A letterpress and bookbinding workshop has officially opened at Kingston University's Knights Park campus. Housed within a bespoke glass walled space, the facility provides students with the opportunity to study art and design by taking a hands-on approach to design practice.

Known as Noblepress, the facility is named in memory of the former Head of MA Communication Design Ian Noble who passed away in 2013. The workshop boasts collections of both lead and wooden typefaces, with students able to hand set the type and print on machines made in the 1960s using a process invented by German Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th Century....


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