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Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Posted Friday 13 October 2017

Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Cultural traditions, identity and an eye-catching array of Swarovski crystals took centre stage when Kingston University's graduating MA Fashion students showcased their latest collections on the catwalk at the Design Museum in London. A selection of 10 fashion designers from the University's Kingston School of Art postgraduate degree course unveiled their work at the event, which took place at the world's leading contemporary design museum to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the course.

Dardana Djantio Etchike's collection explores the cultural practice of breast ironing in Cameroon.Graduating student Dardana Djantio Etchike's garments explored the tradition of breast ironing in her home country of Cameroon, Central Africa. The practice, typically carried out by a girl's mother, has become more widespread over the last 50 years with dietary improvements in Cameroon leading to a quicker onset of puberty. "The practice is largely used on girls aged nine to 15 years old and justified as a way to prevent sexual assault," Dardana explained. "Girls are compressed and restricted and it naturally creates a real desire for freedom. My designs are largely focused on those desires, how the body is expressed and how it feels in relation to the environment around it," she added....


Street party marks launch of Kingston School of Art with celebration of creativity, innovative thinking and student enterprise

Posted Thursday 12 October 2017

Street party marks launch of Kingston School of Art with celebration of creativity, innovative thinking and student enterprise

Artistic talent and the art school ethos took centre stage at an indoor street party to mark the launch of Kingston School of Art. Live caricaturists, commemorative printmaking and demonstrations of student design innovation were among the attractions for visitors on campus as the faculty reclaimed its 150 years of art school heritage.

The atmosphere was charged with creative energy as the ground floor market stalls from the previous weekend's Manufactory event at the London Design Festival were transplanted from Spitalfields Market to Kingston School of Art with students sharing their latest design innovations in more familiar environs. A pop-up student shop selling screenprints, t-shirts and illustrations was packed with visitors, and filmmaking students showcased their work with a special recreation of the recent event at Genesis Cinema....


Kingston University pays tribute to alumnus and architect of London Eye, David Marks

Posted Tuesday 10 October 2017

Kingston University pays tribute to alumnus and architect of London Eye, David Marks

David Marks, who designed the London Eye and British Airways i360 tower, has died at the age of 64, following a long illness.

David studied architecture at Kingston University in 1972, going on to found Marks Barfield in 1989 with his wife and creative partner Julia Barfield. The pair shot to fame with their ambitious project to construct a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames to mark the millennium. Opening in 2000 with an initial five-year planning permit as a temporary structure, the London Eye quickly became one of the capital's most popular tourist attractions. It now receives more than three million visits a year and is an integral feature of the London skyline....


Kingston University named among globe's top 200 institutions for business and economics in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Posted Wednesday 4 October 2017

Kingston University named among globe's top 200 institutions for business and economics in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Kingston University has been named among the globe's top 200 institutions for business and economics education in the newly published Times Higher Education World University Rankings subject tables.

The sector-leading publication ranked the University in the 176-200 banding globally and 31 in the United Kingdom in the business and economics category area of the 2018 global rankings, which recognises the academic prestige, research excellence and teaching environment provided to undergraduates....


New research by Kingston Business School expert debunks myths around best way to manage emails at work

Posted Monday 2 October 2017

New research by Kingston Business School expert debunks myths around best way to manage emails at work

Do you believe emailing gets in the way of more important tasks at work – or that checking your inbox only a few times a day is the most efficient approach? New research by a Kingston University email expert is challenging some of the commonly-held beliefs around the best way to manage – and use – emails in the workplace.

Dr Emma Russell, Head of the Well-being at Work Research Group at Kingston Business School, conducted an extensive review of the literature regarding strategies people use to manage their work email. Emerging themes were then sense-checked in interviews with a group of working adults to find out how these approaches work in practice....


Kingston University expert helps develop app that uses artificial intelligence to create 3D selfies from photographs

Posted Tuesday 26 September 2017

Kingston University expert helps develop app that uses artificial intelligence to create 3D selfies from photographs

A new artificial intelligence system that can create 3D selfies of people's faces from a single photograph has been developed by experts from Kingston University and the University of Nottingham.

Dr Vasileios Argyriou, from Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, was part of a team of researchers that trained a computer system to recognise features in a flat image and reconstruct them into an accurate three dimensional model....


Launch of Kingston University Big Read: Alumni Chapter

Posted Friday 15 September 2017

Launch of Kingston University Big Read: Alumni Chapter

The Big Read is University-wide initiative which welcomes new students to Kingston University and strengthens relationships with our local community. We launched it in 2015, and as we enter our third year we have just been nominated for Outreach Initiative of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards. We are delighted, and would like to use this opportunity to reach out to our alumni, too.

Kingston University Big ReadKingston University Big Read: Alumni Chapter is a way to stay involved in the life of the University and connect with academics, students, and your fellow alumni. Not only this, but your membership will also support the Big Read project into the future, as well as help us to provide additional financial and pastoral support for our students who have left care....


Kingston University pays tribute following death of Patron, world renowned theatre great Sir Peter Hall

Posted Tuesday 12 September 2017

Kingston University pays tribute following death of Patron, world renowned theatre great Sir Peter Hall

Kingston University's Patron and former Chancellor Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, former director of the National Theatre and founding artistic director of the borough's Rose Theatre, has died at the age of 86.

One of Britain's most distinguished directors, Sir Peter became Chancellor of the University in July 2000 and played a hugely influential role in developing the institution as a place that led the way in bridging the gap between artists in training and the professional theatre world. He remained University Chancellor until 2013, when he was appointed Patron. ...

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