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US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

A student from the United States has become one of the youngest ever to study for a PhD at Kingston University – after enrolling this summer aged just 17. Angela Medvedeva, from Houston, Texas, is undertaking a postgraduate research degree in psychology, having graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in both psychology and liberal studies.

The teenager left school for university when she was 15 years old – after completing the equivalent of her A-levels at college on day release – but insists that she's not the stereotypical child genius pressured by pushy parents. Instead, she says a desire to continually try things that haven't been done before – along with the support of a strong family unit, teachers and peers – is what has driven her to fast-track her education....


Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

Posted Friday 11 November 2016

Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

The rule of law is critical because we cannot accept power that is in the hands of one person, or a selected group – society has to do the checks and balances. This was the claim made by Kingston University law professor Umut Turksen at his recent inaugural lecture. The lecture was the first in a series launched by Kingston University's Faculty of Business and Law to honour academics who have been awarded the title of professor by the University. The public talks are designed to showcase excellence in research spanning a variety of topical subjects. The series opened with an evening dedicated to senior lecturer in law, Professor Umut Turksen. The audience of staff, students and eminent representatives from the legal profession, were given an insight in to Professor Turksen's personal research journey which, he said, had begun when he was just a boy in his native Turkey. "When I was six years old I really wanted a ‘Chopper' bike and my father saw this as an opportunity for me to earn my own money, so he sent me to market with a crate of lemons," Professor Turksen recalled. "I acquired my first observational research skills when I saw how the other lemon sellers were enticing their customers by pitching the freshness and medicinal properties of the citrus fruit." Turkey was at this time experiencing a military coup and Professor Turksen's first foray in to research was followed just a few, short years later when he researched the concepts of liberty, equality and the power of the people for a poem which he performed on Turkey's republic declaration day. Reflecting on his professional journey, Professor Turksen described how his academic research had evolved to focus on the rule of law - a topic he strongly believes in and one which is rooted in the work ethic, sense of community and justice that he learned as child.

Professor Umut Turksen spoke about the rule of law at his inaugural professorial lecture.Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Martyn Jones, who chaired the event which was held at Kingston Business School, said Professor Turksen had demonstrated clear leadership in his field. "What strikes me most is the breadth of his work – which spans a number of different sectors – and how much it embodies the spirit of research," he said. "Umut makes complex concepts accessible and has a remarkable ability to spot a gap in knowledge. This makes his body of work relevant to people and communities both in the United Kingdom and internationally." People had to be resilient and fight for the rule of law because it was part and parcel of democracy and human rights, Professor Turksen asserted. "It has been a subject of debate since drafting of the Magna Carta right up to such recent developments as Brexit," he said. "Its application is critical as it enables us to seek legal redress and invoke our rights." After sketching out his early research background, Professor Turksen returned to a few key projects where he had applied the rule of law to such diverse contemporary concerns as counter-terrorism, new technology and financial crime. He had delved into areas, he explained, which had not previously been looked in to including; the use of the internet and its place in family life, the right to work and the impact of digital innovations on property and asset inheritance. Professor Turksen also described how his research had highlighted a number of conflicts of interest when it came to world trade in defence goods. He claimed a lack of clear legal criteria meant preferential treatment was often given to certain exporters. "Fairness and equality tend to be in the eye of the beholders, especially when commercial interests are at stake," he suggested. A European Union-funded research project, entitled Cities against Terrorism, which he had led on, had resulted in the creation of a model for cities which reversed the traditional concept of government being at the centre of terrorism prevention measures, Professor Turksen told the audience. "Placing the community at the heart of crime prevention was a complete departure from the accepted model and this template has now been applied to many modern cities' security plans," he said. Professor Turksen concluded the evening by turning the discussion to the pivotal role universities play in law making. They had a civic mission to educate and make the law accessible and relevant by banishing the jargon barrier that was traditionally associated with law, he said. "Too often, the symptoms of a modern issue or an unfortunate incident are the triggers for laws to be created," he added. "I believe that we should all be critical thinkers and observe when there is a need for the rule of law to be applied."...


Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

Posted Monday 7 November 2016

Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

A group of 13 Kingston University students has been involved in a life-changing trip after taking part in a volunteering expedition facilitated by the Lebara Foundation. The majority of the students visited two slum communities in India on a cultural exchange programme where they taught English, dance and sports to children and took part in yoga and craft activities with their mothers.

It is the third year that Kingston University students, accompanied by staff, have participated in the programme, which aims to encourage them to go out in to the world to be ambassadors of humanitarian and positive social action. The joint project had been so successful in India that this year it was extended to Sri Lanka, with two members of staff and two students heading off to Kilinochchi in the northern part of the country as part of a pilot professional skills academy programme for teenagers and young adults....


Kingston University designer Leyman Lahcine draws inspiration from Nobel Peace Prize winners in latest catwalk collection

Posted Tuesday 1 November 2016

Kingston University designer Leyman Lahcine draws inspiration from Nobel Peace Prize winners in latest catwalk collection

A painter turned fashion designer from Kingston University has woven the inspirational stories of Nobel Peace Prize winners from around the world into his latest catwalk collection.

Leyman Lahcine's striking garments – which feature knitted jumpers adorned with the faces of freedom fighters such as Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King – impressed industry experts when they were unveiled at the University's MA Fashion Show at the Vinyl Factory in Soho....


Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor elected fellow of American College of Cardiology

Posted Wednesday 12 October 2016

Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor elected fellow of American College of Cardiology

A leading British expert in cardiology care has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Professor Tom Quinn, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, joins an elite group of nursing specialists to have received the prestigious recognition.

Professor Quinn described himself as being very proud to have become an ACC fellow and especially to have the honour of being one of the few nurses to do so. "I see it as an achievement and recognition for all cardiac nurses - this is as much for the staff nurses I worked with in the 1980s as it is for me now as a professor of nursing," he said....


Author Matt Haig captivates audience with views on writing, reading and what it means to be human as part of Kingston University's Big Read project

Posted Monday 26 September 2016

Author Matt Haig captivates audience with views on writing, reading and what it means to be human as part of Kingston University's Big Read project

Avid readers from across Kingston University have made the most of an opportunity to meet author Matt Haig during the first of a series of campus visits staged as part of its Big Read project. Haig, writer of this year's Big Read novel The Humans, visited the University's Penrhyn Road campus during Welcome Week in September.

He has long been a keen supporter of the Big Read initiative - a scheme that offers new students and current staff the chance to read the same book and have something in common to talk about as they settle in to campus life at the start of the new academic year....


Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Posted Friday 16 September 2016

Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Legendary record producer Tony Visconti – who has worked with some of the world's greatest names in rock and pop such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey and U2 – has opened a new analogue recording studio at Kingston University, named in his honour.

The Visconti Studio is based around an unusual, octagonal-shaped live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment and a unique collection of instruments including a Hammond organ, Steinway grand piano and a Mellotron – an instrument used by Paul McCartney to produce the flute-like sound in the introduction to the Beatles' 1967 classic Strawberry Fields Forever....


Kingston University's MA Fashion students showcase latest collections to industry experts on eve of London Fashion Week

Posted Friday 16 September 2016

Kingston University's MA Fashion students showcase latest collections to industry experts on eve of London Fashion Week

A computer game, a dance performance and a nod to freedom fighters around the world were just some of the latest works Kingston University's graduating designers unveiled at their annual MA Fashion show.

Visitors were treated to an eclectic mix of collections that centred on themes of movement and evolution, with undertones of political tension simmering throughout. Launched on the eve of London Fashion Week at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, the show was the culmination of months of research undertaken by the students, who graduated in July....


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