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New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

Posted Monday 9 January 2017

New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

A project to bring a famous Chinese painting to life has provided a platform for design students from Kingston University to build their industry expertise, through a new work experience programme that bridges the gap between London and Shanghai.

Talking Through Internships (TTI), created in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, offers students from the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture the chance to finesse their skills with design firms in one of the world's fastest growing economies....


Kingston University academics play key part in project to devise smartphone app that uses games technology to help smokers kick the habit

Posted Wednesday 4 January 2017

Kingston University academics play key part in project to devise smartphone app that uses games technology to help smokers kick the habit

A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to New Year's resolutions to quit by playing games to combat cravings has been developed by academics at Kingston University and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Cigbreak Free was the brainchild of games creation processes lecturer Hope Caton, from Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics, and Robert Walton, Professor of Primary Medical Care at QMUL.

Ms Caton - who has extensive experience in video games, having worked on global hit TombRaider IV: The Last Revelation - teamed up with Professor Walton to see if they could combine a fun gaming experience with educational health messages to help smokers fight the urge to light up....


Kingston University research associate receives Women in Innovation award for pioneering idea to speed up nuclear decommissioning

Posted Tuesday 3 January 2017

Kingston University research associate receives Women in Innovation award for pioneering idea to speed up nuclear decommissioning

An innovative new tool that could help revolutionise the clean-up process at decommissioning nuclear power sites has been developed by a Kingston University research associate. Professor Kym Jarvis was one of 15 women recognised for their work in the 2016 Women in Innovation awards, which celebrates the trailblazing role being played by female innovators and entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.

The nuclear power expert and geologist collected a £50,000 prize to further develop her design for the ViridiScreen, a solution to detect and measure radioactivity on nuclear decommissioning sites more quickly and cost effectively....


2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

Posted Sunday 1 January 2017

2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

A lot happens in the life of a University over the course of a year. Our students took on exciting projects that showcased their extraordinary talents, multi-million pound improvements to our buildings and facilities were announced and our research continued to inform thinking across the world.

In 2016 Kingston University was twice recognised by Times Higher Education, firstly as one of the top 150 most international institutions and then as one of the world's top 150 young universities, and was a runner-up in The Guardian University Awards' student experience category for its student engagement programme. The University's Widening Participation team was also recognised as University of the Year at the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) awards, with head of department Jenni Woods scooping the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access award....


Fixperts set their sights on schools as the design programme wins coveted industry recognition with Blueprint Award

Posted Tuesday 13 December 2016

Fixperts set their sights on schools as the design programme wins coveted industry recognition with Blueprint Award

A programme set up by a Kingston University professor is making waves in the design industry for empowering people to fix everyday challenges for others.

Fixperts, a programme founded by Professor Daniel Charny from the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture has scooped the annual Blueprint Award for design in 2016. The design education programme inspires people to look at the problems others face and use their creative problem solving skills to create economic and environmentally sustainable solutions. Inventions including a harness enabling a paralysed woman to continue dancing, and a camera accessory to help a young woman born without a right hand to take photos have engaged the art and design community to think about what design can be used for....


Kingston University student scoops Creative Conscience Award for helping to transform the heart of his hometown with community project

Posted Friday 11 November 2016

Kingston University student scoops Creative Conscience Award for helping to transform the heart of his hometown with community project

Many people return home for the holidays to see family and friends, but for one Kingston University student, a Christmas trip turned into the start of a major campaign to re-design part of his home town.Graphic design student Liam Dargan put his creative talents to the test to encourage people in his hometown of Darwen, Lancashire to have their say on the town's marketplace. His work has led to a prestigious gold award for creating the ‘Heart of Darwen' brand, designed to get his local community involved in the campaign. Liam's campaign was kick-started after he returned home for the Christmas holidays last year and discovered the town hall's three-day markets were struggling to attract local footfall, putting the building at risk of closure. "Darwen itself has changed greatly over the years but the marketplace has failed to keep up," he said. "The space has barely improved since I was little and it isn't really appealing to anyone my age, or even my parents' age anymore."

Graphic design student Liam Dargan won gold at the Creative Conscious Awards for his work with the Darwen community.The 21-year-old embarked on a mission to help re-vitalise the market space and trawled the stalls with a camera and notebook, interviewing traders and visitors to get an insider's view on what needed to be done to reinvigorate the hall. His vision began to take shape after a local newspaper ran an article reporting that Blackburn with Darwen Council planned to demolish the building. "I collated my ideas and presented them to the Darwen Town Centre Partnership, a committee made up of council members and local business people in charge of the consultation," Liam explained. "They brought me on board and I created the Heart of Darwen brand to provide a platform for ideas from the community."Since launching the brand website as a forum to exchange ideas, Liam has run workshops alongside the board with local businesses, collated hand-written and online feedback and has even involved local schools in the consultation about the marketplace. "Two of the three high schools in Darwen have now moved into the town centre, so nearly 2,000 young people are studying metres away from the market which could be very good for business," Liam explained. "The schools also specialise in entrepreneurship so it's been a big focus of ours to encourage pupils to have their say on their new surroundings."Liam's project won gold at the Creative Conscience awards, which encourage and reward graduates across the design spectrum for developing projects that improve communities. The accolade only strengthened the momentum behind his work. "It was encouraging to know that I was making waves, not just in Darwen but with industry experts across the country," he said.The Darwen community submitted a range of ideas for the marketplace refurbishment to Liam's Heart of Darwen website."Being at Kingston University and being so close to London, you are constantly surrounded by innovative design and during my three years studying, I have seen how design can make things better and have a positive social impact, so it's really important to me that this project works for Darwen."Darwen Town Centre Partnership Board member Samantha Taylor continues to be impressed by Liam's understanding of the town's needs. "He's become invaluable to the board through the campaign," she said. "He has enabled us to bring the consultation to life and engage with different age groups across various platforms." With the three-day market building facing demolition, many Darwen traders have begun to relocate to the six-day Victorian marketplace or elsewhere in the town centre. Since graduating this year, Liam has continued to interview the traders on their move and to encourage community involvement in the project. "The local council will make an announcement soon about how they're replacing the three-day market and I'll be working closely with them to make sure the replacement is something that adds to the community," he said. "All of the feedback we've had suggests the space needs to be more appealing to people of all ages and council has taken on these ideas."Graphic design senior lecturer Kieran O'Connor heralded Liam's mature approach to the Heart of Darwen project. "Using his creativity to help stakeholders and the community get involved in big decisions and truly own their ideas for the town really showcases Liam as an emerging entrepreneur," he said. "We all live with design decisions made by others on our behalf in our everyday lives - it makes me feel optimistic to witness creativity letting us in on those decisions and even empowering us to make them ourselves."...


Kingston University students and alumni brave the Dragon's Den experience ahead of enterprise programme launch

Posted Friday 28 October 2016

Kingston University students and alumni brave the Dragon's Den experience ahead of enterprise programme launch

High-flying current and former Kingston University students have had the chance to take part in a Dragon's Den-style contest. The competition was held as a part of a series of activities to mark the launch of this year's enterprise programme which showed students what support is available to develop their entrepreneurial skills and turn their business and social enterprise ideas in to reality.

This year Kingston University has - for the sixth time - topped the table for graduate business start-ups. According to the latest government figures, the University helped 371 of its entrepreneurial graduates get their companies off the ground last year, meaning that Kingston University students set up one in 10 of all graduate start-up businesses launched in England in 2015....


Kingston University launches new Integrity Research Group

Posted Tuesday 20 September 2016

Kingston University launches new Integrity Research Group

A new research grouping, the Integrity Research Group (IRG), has been established in the Kingston Law School.

The primary aims of the IRG are to positively impact on the policies and activity of businesses, government and public bodies both in the UK and worldwide through promoting integrity, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and other ethical values, such as participation, transparency, proper management and accountability....

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