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Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Posted Thursday 18 January 2018

Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Embracing change and not being afraid of the unknown was the advice given by former army commander, businessman and charity director Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE as he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.

The long-serving marketing consultancy boss, who took over family business Godbolds Ltd from his father, notably introduced the Kiwi fruit to Europe through an innovative advertising campaign before moving into the voluntary sector later in his career....


Entrepreneurial nurse innovator Neomi Bennett and honorary graduate Helen Sharman among Kingston University stars recognised in New Year's Honours list

Posted Tuesday 2 January 2018

Entrepreneurial nurse innovator Neomi Bennett and honorary graduate Helen Sharman among Kingston University stars recognised in New Year's Honours list

A pioneering former Kingston University nursing student who invented an aid to help patients don medical stockings which prevent deep vein thrombosis has been recognised in the New Year's Honours list. Neomi Bennett has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to nursing and healthcare following the design of the Neo-Slip – a low friction pouch that is put on the foot allowing tight anti-embolism stockings to slide on more easily.

The entrepreneur and nurse said it had come as complete surprise to be recognised in the New Year's Honours. "I created this product to make life easier for patients I used to treat when I worked as a community nurse who really struggled with their stockings," she explained. "For the Neo-Slip's success to be acknowledged in this way is overwhelming and a huge personal achievement."...


Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious positions as Research Excellence Framework sub-panel chairs

Posted Thursday 7 December 2017

Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious positions as Research Excellence Framework sub-panel chairs

Two senior Kingston University academics have been appointed as sub-panel chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) - the national system for assessing the quality of research in universities and higher education colleges across the United Kingdom.

Newly-announced Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation Professor Anne Boddington, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Dean of Kingston School of Art, and the Associate Dean for Research at Kingston Business School, Professor Robert Blackburn, were among the 34 eminent experts selected for the highly regarded positions. Each will play a leading role in shaping assessment criteria for submissions to the next REF in 2021 and ensuring consistency in applying those standards....


University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

A Kingston University-led study that maps the ways universities support the creative sector has just been released by leading sector body University Alliance.

Called The Hidden Story:Understanding Knowledge Exchange Partnerships with the Creative Economy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project looks at how universities help to build cultural infrastructure, developing a new set of guidelines for these activities which are supported by nearly £50million of public funding each year. The research places these knowledge exchange activities in 12 distinct categories, including commercialisation, festivals, place-making and curatorial investigations. Examining the drivers for successful partnerships between higher education and the arts, the findings emphasise cross-disciplinary approaches and the importance of building resilient regional networks, adapted to the creative economy ecosystem which is characterised by a high proportion of microbusinesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). British creative industries span a range of activities, including music, art, dance, drama and film-making.Making recommendations for policymakers on how universities and the arts can work together to create more value for creative industries, the report calls for greater diversity in funding opportunities and awards to reach the smallest firms, alongside the development of new curricula to support creative leadership. It also introduces a new evaluative tool to measure the impact of individual projects in local growth and wellbeing. Policy briefing documents, including for regional contexts, are being published alongside the research report to support the dissemination of the project's findings and the research was recently presented at a Creative Industries Federation event....


Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Kingston University has joined forces with Croydon Council and local visual arts organisation TURF and RISE Gallery to form Croydon Art Store, a pop-up base for art and culture within the London borough. Consisting of a gallery, studios for local artists and space for research and outreach projects, the store is based in the iconic Whitgift shopping Centre, a Croydon landmark since its opening in 1968.

Professor Louis Nixon, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise at the University's Kingston School of Art, approached Croydon Council with the idea for the borough to host a biennale - a large scale international contemporary art exhibition held every two years. "The council is very keen that art and culture are part of the ongoing regeneration," Professor Nixon explained. "This resonates with Kingston School of Art's focus on bringing art and design into people's everyday lives. As a University we also want to demonstrate the impact of our research and for it to have a positive effect on society."...


Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Posted Friday 1 December 2017

Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS  TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Kingston Business School's longstanding focus on enterprise and innovation has seen it top a global table for producing the highest proportion of MBA graduates to have launched their own companies, according to figures published in a QS TopMBA.com Return on Investment Report.

The report consisted of information from business schools in more than 30 countries. Leading business intelligence agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) found Kingston Business School's MBA graduates to be the most entrepreneurial in the world with 33 per cent starting up their own ventures. The agency's return on investment report forms part of the new QS Global MBA Rankings unveiled this week....


Kingston University showcase facilities to Korean delegation during visit organised through link up with Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Posted Monday 27 November 2017

Kingston University showcase facilities to Korean delegation during visit organised through link up with Kingston Chamber of Commerce

The importance of developing strong global partnerships was highlighted by Kingston University's Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Professor Ron Tuninga after the institution hosted a delegation of key business leaders from South Korea.

The historic visit saw representatives from the Chamber of Commerce from the Jinju Province sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Kingston Chamber of Commerce, before being given an introduction to Kingston Business School and a tour of the University's state-of-the-art engineering facilities at the Roehampton Vale campus....


Kingston School of Art's Design School takes over Spitalfields Market as part of the London Design Festival

Posted Thursday 16 November 2017

Kingston School of Art's Design School takes over Spitalfields Market as part of the London Design Festival

Enterprising Kingston School of Art students, graduates and academics have taken their creative talents in to the heart of the capital, showcasing their design expertise in a pop-up event at London's Old Spitalfields Market. More than 30 stalls offered visitors the opportunity to discuss ideas, take part in a series of workshops and sample a vast array of new products.

Inspired by the surrounding East London community, the activities focused on interactions with the residents and market holders working in and around the market. Called Manufactory, the three day event saw students, graduates and academics transform into market traders to coincide with the London Design Festival. They shared projects, demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit as well as hosting open workshops, giving visitors the opportunity to get involved....

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