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New Kingston University Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing Professor Mike Sutcliffe emphasises importance of strong industry links

Posted Friday 27 November 2015

New Kingston University Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing Professor Mike Sutcliffe emphasises importance of strong industry links

Developing innovative links with industry would be key to ensuring future graduates had the toolkit of skills to succeed in a workplace increasingly demanding versatility and flexibility, according to Kingston University's newly-appointed Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Speaking ahead of taking the helm at the Faculty in January, Professor Mike Sutcliffe said it had never been more vital for universities to build strong partnerships both with large firms and small enterprises. This was crucial to ensuring students gained the breadth of experience to begin their careers at the cutting edge of developments in science, engineering and technology."To my mind, it's about giving students the toolkit, rather than the knowledge – which is a bit of a reversal on what's been done traditionally," Professor Sutcliffe said. "We need to understand what will make our graduates distinct and reverse-engineer a programme to deliver that. People these days have got portfolio careers and by building partnerships – ­through placements, internships and bringing people from industry into the University – we can make sure we provide them with that all-important springboard to success."  Professor Sutcliffe, who is currently Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester, said Kingston University's commitment to social mobility, its role at the heart of its community in south west London and potential to be a leading modern university had all been factors in attracting him to his new role. "Becoming Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University is a tremendous honour and privilege," he said.  "I look forward to working with the Faculty to meet the exciting challenges ahead – nurturing a vibrant and welcoming environment in which students' aspirations are realised."Setting out his plans for the future, Professor Sutcliffe said he wanted to develop a supportive culture in which people were encouraged to come up with new ideas. He also highlighted the importance of creating the right environment on campus to give students the highest quality practical, laboratory-based experience. "Some parts of the sector are moving more to a modelling, computer-based approach to education, but I think it's important we keep that hands-on side of education as a key part of the curriculum," he said. "After all, engineering and science are about being practical and turning out practitioners."Speaking of the challenges in store, he cautioned that the United Kingdom risked losing its historic international lead if the Government failed to earmark more money for research and development. "There needs to be more investment – if it keeps being whittled away as it is now, we're going to lose that competitive edge and then it's going to be nigh on impossible to get it back," he said. "Universities need to be looking at diversifying income streams, but through appropriate partnerships that add value. It's something that should be happening anyway, but it's being catalysed by current under-investment right at the top."A respected academic, who has previously held roles in biochemistry and chemistry at Oxford and Leicester Universities, Professor Sutcliffe's research interests lie in studying how proteins work. He spearheaded the creation of a single voice for the academic chemical engineering community and was founding chair of Heads of Chemical Engineering UK. While at The University of Manchester he led on establishing a framework agreement with Unilever – the company's broadest collaboration with any university – and a technology partnership with Siemens. He was also responsible for steering The University of Manchester's School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science into the top three in the United Kingdom for research quality, with more than 90 per cent of its output recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said it was an enormous coup for Kingston University to have attracted someone of Professor Sutcliffe's calibre and vision to its senior management team. "Mike Sutcliffe brings a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the importance of diversity, with an impressive personal track record of achievement in research and research leadership," he added....


Doors to Dorich House Museum, former studio home of Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, reopen after major refurbishment

Posted Friday 27 November 2015

Doors to Dorich House Museum, former studio home of Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, reopen after major refurbishment

One of London's hidden cultural gems, Kingston University's Dorich House Museum, has reopened to the public after a major face lift.

The striking 1930s house on the edge of Richmond Park is the former studio home of acclaimed Russian sculptor Dora Gordine, which she designed for herself and her husband, scholar Richard Hare in 1936. Now under the directorship of David Falkner - also director of Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery - the museum houses an extensive collection of Gordine's original sculptures, painting and drawings which have been newly displayed throughout the impressive three storey building....


Kingston University puts new Amey agreement into action

Posted Wednesday 11 November 2015

Kingston University puts new Amey agreement into action

Kingston University has signed a flagship agreement with leading infrastructure support service provider Amey Plc that is set to build on the long-standing tradition of collaboration between the two organisations.

The University has a strong history of working with industry to develop the talented workforce and leaders of the future which will fuel economic growth - both in Britain and internationally. By working more closely with Amey, the University hopes to support the company and also create new employment and training opportunities for its students and alumni....


Kingston Business School study finds university students are safer and more responsible social media users

Posted Monday 9 November 2015

Kingston Business School study finds university students are safer and more responsible social media users

A study by Kingston Business School researchers has shed new light on how different groups use, and stay safe, on social media.

The experts sampled 514 students to explore how they used such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Linkedin and Pinterest compared with those who had left higher education. They found that current students were safer users of social networking services and, therefore, less vulnerable to cybercrime than those who had graduated or were not in higher education. The research also showed that students were open to the use of social media for learning and academic purposes - dispelling the widely-held belief that this group was resistant to the use of social media for anything other than informal networking with friends and family....


Social enterprise ambassador Claudine Reid joins Kingston University as entrepreneur in residence

Posted Monday 2 November 2015

Social enterprise ambassador Claudine Reid joins Kingston University as entrepreneur in residence

Kingston University has appointed social enterprise champion Claudine Reid as its third entrepreneur in residence.

Ms Reid, who has worked as a social enterprise ambassador for the Cabinet Office, brings 23 years' experience as director of PJ's Community Service, a social enterprise providing care services to vulnerable adults and education services for young people. Her role at Kingston University will include working with students and graduates on Kingston's Enterprise! programme, delivering workshops and seminars to help shape would-be entrepreneurs as well as coaching and mentoring those already running their own fledgling business ventures....


Kingston University names Figment Agency as Best Creative and Media Sector Business

Posted Thursday 22 October 2015

Kingston University names Figment Agency as Best Creative and Media Sector Business

Hosted by broadcaster and columnist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, this year's Kingston Business Excellence Awards was a sell-out event and attended by over 200 representatives from the local business community. Judges from Kingston University's Business and Enterprise Centre were delighted to award local website design and digital marketing company, Figment Agency with the Best Creative and Media Sector Business award. Ron Tuninga, Pro Vice Chancellor of Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, presented the prize and said: "The winner of this category is an entrepreneurial business with great creative and technical initiative. They have big plans for future expansion with excellent marketing and financial analysis." After the event, Steve Grant, Managing Director of Figment Agency said: "The award has given an instant boost to team spirit; it's been fantastic for PR and has already fuelled our drive to achieve even greater things in the future. I also think it gives a nod of acknowledgement to the smaller business and would urge other businesses in the area to enter next year, whatever their size".  Steve Grant, Managing Director, Figment AgencyKingston University is pleased to sponsor the annual awards which are developed and organised by Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and held in partnership with Kingstonfirst and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The programme aims to celebrate the outstanding talent and entrepreneurship that enables our borough to prosper. Find out more about the Kingston Business Excellence Awards Find out more about Figment Agency


Learn to teach adults - new online short course

Posted Thursday 22 October 2015

Learn to teach adults - new online short course

Kingston University has launched a new online short course in "Learning to teach for further and higher education".The seven-week distance learning course is for anyone with an interest in teaching adults. Designed to provide a taste of the profession, it will give participants the confidence to undertake teaching and lecturing assignments.The course requires no previous knowledge of teaching and is suitable for new and aspiring lecturers, visiting lecturers, professional people wishing to pass on expertise and anyone with an interest in finding out more about the profession.Course tutor Dr Colin Clarke says the real strengths of the course are the flexibility it offers by being delivered online, as well as the use of practical case studies.  "We will look at examples of successful and effective teaching practice to highlight what works, how it works, and importantly why it works which you can then adapt to your own teaching interests," he added.Courses start in February and July 2016.Find out more and book your place online.


Kingston Business School's Moscow MBA course rated best in Russia in NARODNY 2015 and Business Journal magazine rankings

Posted Monday 12 October 2015

Kingston Business School's Moscow MBA course rated best in Russia in NARODNY 2015 and Business Journal magazine rankings

Kingston Business School's Moscow MBA course has once again been ranked best in Russia – topping two prestigious tables in quick succession.

For the fifth year running, the sought after qualification leads the NARODNY 2015 ranking, which asked students to rate their course based on salary increase, career improvement, quality of networking opportunities and new business contacts, along with personal and professional development....


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