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Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Posted Thursday 19 January 2017

Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Not being afraid to take risks and embracing the value of wrong turns along the way were two of the life lessons shared by acclaimed novelist Nick Hornby as he was awarded an honorary degree from Kingston University.

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter – who studied for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University after reading English at Cambridge – was named an Honorary Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and reading pleasure during a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduation ceremony at the borough's Rose Theatre....


Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

Posted Sunday 8 January 2017

Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

More than 120 David Bowie fans packed in to the University's Knights Park bar on 7 January for a gig performed by tribute band The Thin White Duke.

Bowie, who had kept his cancer hidden from the public, succumbed to the disease on 10 January last year. Following a sell-out gig in May – held exactly 44 years after he had performed as Ziggy Stardust at the University's Penrhyn Road campus – The Thin White Duke returned to commemorate Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday weekend....


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....


Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016

Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Have you ever tried to solve a complicated maths problem by using your hands, or shaped a piece of clay without planning it out in your head first? Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity – and even improve people's chances of getting a job, according to experts from Kingston University.

New research by Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, is challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Instead, they are seeking to demonstrate how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us – and that using tools or objects when problem solving can spark new ways of finding solutions....


Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Posted Thursday 15 December 2016

Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Kingston University's new professor of Architecture has urged fellow professionals and his new students to take time to daydream in order to maintain London's unique position in the world. Professor Andrew Clancy said that despite strong strategic leadership, preserving London's truly special cultural characteristics would fall to designers. "We have lots of great planners and engineers in London, lots of great financial and political people who are thinking about London on a strategic level - but nobody's dreaming for it. As architects, we should see that as our role," he said.

Professor Clancy joins Kingston University as a professor of Architecture. To mark the appointment, Kingston University's architecture students are embarking on a four year examination of England's capital, which the department hopes will culminate in a new way of defining the city. The study will focus on the impact London has on its surrounding areas and will re-examine the city's boundaries. "All of the projects set by the department of Architecture and Landscape will take place within what we are trying to define as a new classification of outer London. This classification is not determined by legal parameters, rather it is our take on places we can argue are, to a large extent, affected by the presence of London - Europe's only truly multicultural metropolis," Professor Clancy explained....


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 music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

Posted Monday 12 December 2016

Kingston University music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

A Kingston University music expert has scooped the Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year award for a study that delves into the world and works of influential Parisian composer Erik Satie.

Reader in music Dr Caroline Potter's book, Erik Satie, a Parisian Composer and his World, was named the best classical music book of 2016 in the prestigious annual Sunday Times list – prompting a rush to print more copies in order to meet demand from book sellers....

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