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Recognised for spearheading equality – The Queen honours Kingston University staff

Posted Friday 11 August 2017

Recognised for spearheading equality – The Queen honours Kingston University staff

Two outstanding women who have led the Kingston University programme to widen access to higher education, have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen's Birthdays honours list. Nona McDuff OBE and Jenni Woods MBE have led their teams to national acclaim in their work to enable disadvantaged young people to access and thrive in higher education.

The issue of widening participation is an important one. Our starting points and our paths to success aren't all even, and Kingston University is proudly committed to fair access and opportunities for all with the talent to succeed. As a result we are one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the UK.  Our student community spans many ethnicities and all socio-economic groups and includes a significant proportion of care leavers, mature learners, and young people who are the first in their family to go to university....


Kingston University's sociology, business economics and nutrition, exercise and health degrees secure 100 per cent National Student Survey satisfaction score

Posted Wednesday 9 August 2017

Kingston University's sociology, business economics and nutrition, exercise and health degrees secure 100 per cent National Student Survey satisfaction score

Kingston University's sociology, business economics and nutrition (exercise and health) courses have topped the national leader board for student satisfaction in this year's National Student Survey (NSS). The programmes each received the gold standard 100 per cent satisfaction rating from final year students in the annual survey, which asks for feedback on courses at their institutions.

The survey also highlighted other successes across the University, with its learning resources – including information technology facilities and library services – once again receiving a resounding endorsement from students with an 86.24 percent satisfaction rating....


Kingston University students create coming of age story inspired by BBC's Bad Education star Jack Binstead's life as a disabled teen

Posted Monday 7 August 2017

Kingston University students create coming of age story inspired by BBC's Bad Education star Jack Binstead's life as a disabled teen

The star of BBC Three's hit series Bad Education Jack Binstead has praised a group of Kingston University drama students after they produced a touching portrayal of his real life experience as a teenager with brittle bones for a theatre show which debuted at the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).

Sticks and Stones was shown at the Arthur Cotterell Theatre studio at Kingston College, forming part of the annual festival, which is seen as a spring board for new and emerging talent and included performances from Kingston University staff, students and graduates. The group's efforts have been commended, after they were nominated for the ‘Best of the Fest' award and Best Actor gong for Matthew Mahoney in the process....


Kingston University rated among top 50 institutions in England for student job prospects in latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Posted Friday 4 August 2017

Kingston University rated among top 50 institutions in England for student job prospects in latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Kingston University has been named as one of the top 50 institutions in England for student job prospects in the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The newly-released figures show that 95.1 per cent of students graduating from the University in 2015-16 were in work or further study six months on – up from 93.5 per cent the previous year....


International Business graduate caps first class week with a proposal and an exclusive takeover of Kingston University's Snapchat

Posted Friday 4 August 2017

International Business graduate caps first class week with a proposal and an exclusive takeover of Kingston University's Snapchat

From donning the iconic gown and mortarboard hat, to snapping selfies with friends and family on the steps of the Guildhall, graduation days are full of celebration and memories. And those moments have been made all the more special for one graduate, who shared the highlights of her graduation day in a behind the scenes exclusive for the Kingston University Snapchat account - fresh from celebrating a proposal from her partner.

Teshnee Beeharry with fiance Yadhav outside Surrey County HallTeshnee Beeharry, who arrived from Mauritius in September 2013 to study on the International Business BSc(Hons) course, graduated with First Class Honours at The Rose Theatre on Friday 21 July, watched on by her proud parents and new fiancé Yadhav. "Yadhav proposed the night before the ceremony at The Shard - it was a lovely surprise and the cherry on the cake for my graduation week," she said....


Virtual reality seaside adventures and vivid jewellery: Kingston University graduates use design to raise awareness and help people with dementia

Posted Thursday 3 August 2017

Virtual reality seaside adventures and vivid jewellery: Kingston University graduates use design to raise awareness and help people with dementia

A Kingston University graphic design graduate has used virtual reality to bring the sights and sounds of the seaside to life, to help people with dementia reconnect with their history and stimulate memories.

Emily McLoughlin Smith created a virtual reality audio visual programme with an ageing population in mind. "My project Virtually Seaside is a holiday experience designed specifically for older people with dementia," she said. "Virtual reality technology has the ability to take you anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home – I wanted to make it more accessible for people who can't venture that far anymore."...


Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Matt Haig shares top tips on life after graduation as he receives honorary degree from Kingston University

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Matt Haig shares top tips on life after graduation as he receives honorary degree from Kingston University

Twenty years on from graduating with his first degree, best-selling author and newly-named Honorary Doctor of Arts Matt Haig has given Kingston University graduates a list of 20 essential points of advice at their graduation ceremony.

The Sunday Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, screenplays and children's books stepped on to the stage at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on Tuesday to receive his award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and reading pleasure....


Join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2017 as they cross the stage at their graduation ceremonies this week

Posted Thursday 20 July 2017

Join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2017 as they cross the stage at their graduation ceremonies this week

Kingston University is pleased to welcome 3,531 new graduates to its global network of more than 200,000 alumni. This week nearly 3,000 graduands of the class of 2017 will cross the stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre to mark the end of their successful journeys at the University.

Summer graduation ceremonies are a highpoint in the University's calendar, marking the achievements of all undergraduates from the Faculties of Art, Design and Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Law and Science, Engineering and Computing....

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