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Kingston University students impress judges with their Bright Ideas in entrepreneurship competition

Posted Wednesday 22 February 2017

Kingston University students impress judges with their Bright Ideas in entrepreneurship competition

An upcycling fashion brand, a nail-painting service for children's parties and an on-demand flexible work smartphone app for employers were just three of the innovative winning entries by students at this year's Bright Ideas event, a Dragon's Den-style competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Each year creative students aim to win up to £1,000 by pitching their business ideas to a judging panel of successful entrepreneurs and notable University alumni. This year saw 359 business ideas submitted by 665 entrants, underlining Kingston University's reputation as a leading national entrepreneurial institution....


Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

Posted Thursday 9 February 2017

Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

How a network of drones, smart wristbands and body-mounted video cameras could be used to help keep people safe at large outdoor concerts will be explored by Kingston University experts as part of a major new European research project.

Sound and technology experts from 28 partner institutions across the continent have come together for the three-year €15m European Commission-funded project MONICA. The international study initially arose from attempts to find a solution to mitigating the impact of noise levels on residents during outdoor rock shows held at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens....


Kingston University case study featured in new CBI report about the role of universities in the UK-India relationship

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University case study featured in new CBI report about the role of universities in the UK-India relationship

As the UK forges a new economic role in the world following the EU referendum, strengthening our global links is more important than ever. India's rapid economic growth and growing middle class population highlight its importance as a key partner for the UK.

The report, Bridges to the Future: India, was presented by CBI Director, General Carolyn Fairbairn, at the meeting of the UK-India CEO forum in New Delhi in November 2016.  Carolyn said that the UK is India's biggest investor among the G20 countries, supporting nearly 700,000 jobs.  With higher education an increasing priority for India, the vibrant range of existing research partnerships, high-quality teaching and business incubators demonstrate how both nations can benefit from a closer working relationship....


Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Posted Monday 6 February 2017

Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Following on from the success of the last two campaigns, the Kingston University Big Read project has announced six shortlisted titles to be considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins.

Since 2015, the University has sent a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the institution as part of the Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they arrive. The final shortlist, narrowed down from 140 suggested titles, includes authors from Scotland, Nigeria and Kenya:...


Funding available for SMEs in health and life sciences

Posted Friday 3 February 2017

Funding available for SMEs in health and life sciences

The government's innovation agency, Innovate UK, is investing £15 million in projects that support small to medium size businesses (SMEs) to address technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS). The H&LS sector focuses on agriculture, food and healthcare. It is supported by bioscience technology, medical research and engineering and physical sciences expertise.

Grants applications have to be led by the business, and can be awarded directly to SMEs or to consortiums, of which Kingston University can be a partner.  Find out more about our expertise in life sciences and healthcare....


Kingston Business School collaborates with range of partners on two new EU-funded projects

Posted Friday 3 February 2017

Kingston Business School collaborates with range of partners on two new EU-funded projects

Kingston University Business School, along with a number of partners is currently involved in two projects funded by Erasmus+, an EU programme which works to strengthen education, training, youth and sport in Europe. 

​KidVenture is a consortium of six partners across Europe led by Associate Professor, Vladlena Benson. The project aims to increase the digital entrepreneurial culture and improve entrepreneurship education for children aged 6-10 years with gamification....


Associate professor from Kingston Business School scoops Information Age magazine's Women in IT award for widening access to cyber security careers

Posted Thursday 2 February 2017

Associate professor from Kingston Business School scoops Information Age magazine's Women in IT award for widening access to cyber security careers

An associate professor from Kingston Business School has been awarded a prestigious accolade for her work raising the profile of women in information technology.

Dr Vladlena Benson picked up this year's Editor's Choice Women in IT Award for her research in to cyber security careers for women. This work has informed teaching innovations which have recently been incorporated in to Kingston University's MBA programme....


Public policy leading to poverty among self-employed, Kingston Business School professor warns in awarding-winning International Small Business Journal paper

Posted Tuesday 31 January 2017

Public policy leading to poverty among self-employed, Kingston Business School professor warns in awarding-winning International Small Business Journal paper

Professor John Kitching from Kingston University's Small Business Research Centre has suggested that public policy needs to be scrutinised to ensure it is not making freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, owner managers or other self-employed workers, poor. Professor Kitching won the International Small Business Journal Best Paper Award when he presented his findings in Antwerp late last year at the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship's (ECSB) annual RENT conference.

His paper, entitled ‘Is Public Policy to Blame for Poverty Self-employment?' focuses on the income of self-employed workers and questions the commonly held premise that the rising number of people working for themselves in the United Kingdom is necessarily a good thing for individuals or the national economy. His research investigates the role of policy in creating low-paid work among the self-employed and leads to the conclusion that it should carry some of the blame for the poverty being created within this section of the workforce....

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