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Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016

Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Have you ever tried to solve a complicated maths problem by using your hands, or shaped a piece of clay without planning it out in your head first? Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity – and even improve people's chances of getting a job, according to experts from Kingston University.

New research by Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, is challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Instead, they are seeking to demonstrate how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us – and that using tools or objects when problem solving can spark new ways of finding solutions....


Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Posted Thursday 15 December 2016

Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Kingston University's new professor of Architecture has urged fellow professionals and his new students to take time to daydream in order to maintain London's unique position in the world. Professor Andrew Clancy said that despite strong strategic leadership, preserving London's truly special cultural characteristics would fall to designers. "We have lots of great planners and engineers in London, lots of great financial and political people who are thinking about London on a strategic level - but nobody's dreaming for it. As architects, we should see that as our role," he said.

Professor Clancy joins Kingston University as a professor of Architecture. To mark the appointment, Kingston University's architecture students are embarking on a four year examination of England's capital, which the department hopes will culminate in a new way of defining the city. The study will focus on the impact London has on its surrounding areas and will re-examine the city's boundaries. "All of the projects set by the department of Architecture and Landscape will take place within what we are trying to define as a new classification of outer London. This classification is not determined by legal parameters, rather it is our take on places we can argue are, to a large extent, affected by the presence of London - Europe's only truly multicultural metropolis," Professor Clancy explained....


Fixperts set their sights on schools as the design programme wins coveted industry recognition with Blueprint Award

Posted Tuesday 13 December 2016

Fixperts set their sights on schools as the design programme wins coveted industry recognition with Blueprint Award

A programme set up by a Kingston University professor is making waves in the design industry for empowering people to fix everyday challenges for others.

Fixperts, a programme founded by Professor Daniel Charny from the University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture has scooped the annual Blueprint Award for design in 2016. The design education programme inspires people to look at the problems others face and use their creative problem solving skills to create economic and environmentally sustainable solutions. Inventions including a harness enabling a paralysed woman to continue dancing, and a camera accessory to help a young woman born without a right hand to take photos have engaged the art and design community to think about what design can be used for....


Kingston University music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

Posted Monday 12 December 2016

Kingston University music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

A Kingston University music expert has scooped the Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year award for a study that delves into the world and works of influential Parisian composer Erik Satie.

Reader in music Dr Caroline Potter's book, Erik Satie, a Parisian Composer and his World, was named the best classical music book of 2016 in the prestigious annual Sunday Times list – prompting a rush to print more copies in order to meet demand from book sellers....


Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Posted Thursday 8 December 2016

Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Kingston University psychology student Rose Martin has become the first undergraduate to be awarded the highly-regarded Jane Beattie Memorial Travel Scholarship.

Jointly sponsored by the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) and the European Association for Decision Making, the $750 (£590) scholarship enabled Rose to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to present her current research at two international conferences hosted by SJDM and the Psychonomic Society to audiences of more than 3,000 researchers in her field....


Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

Posted Tuesday 29 November 2016

Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

The continent-wide implications of Brexit were laid bare at a Kingston University event that brought together a range of leading figures at the heart of the debate. Among those speaking at the Brexit Futures panel discussion were Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission's Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, and Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The round-table event – organised by the University's Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – also featured contributions from Irish Times journalist Denis Staunton and Anita Prazmowska, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics....


Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

Posted Monday 21 November 2016

Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

What is the definition of corruption? How does this definition vary from country to country? How do we create and enforce laws on a concept that is often veiled in secrecy?

Corruption is often seen as one of the most devastating forms of criminality. Much broader than mere bribery, it covers any abuse of power that satisfies personal interests in either the public or private sector. In direct contrast to the barriers that often surround this topic, Kingston University Law School's recently established Integrity Research Group aims to raise the veil and bring the discussion out in to the open....


Award-winning film by Kingston University lecturer selected as part of official 75th anniversary tribute to the Arctic Convoys of World War II

Posted Wednesday 16 November 2016

Award-winning film by Kingston University lecturer selected as part of official 75th anniversary tribute to the Arctic Convoys of World War II

A prize-winning documentary by a Kingston University lecturer has been included in the official UK tribute for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the first Arctic Convoy – a top-secret mission that shipped supplies to Russia in the Second World War.

Through its use of unique footage and personal stories from the veterans themselves, as well as comment from historians Antony Beevor and Richard Overy, 'Hurricanes to Murmansk' has played a key role in raising awareness of the Arctic Convoys and in supporting the 70 year-long campaign for recognition of those who took part in the treacherous missions....


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