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Design Museum to roll out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Posted Friday 13 October 2017

Design Museum to roll out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Cultural traditions, identity and an eye-catching array of Swarovski crystals will take centre stage as Kingston University's graduating MA Fashion students showcase their latest collections on the catwalk at the Design Museum in London.

A selection of 10 fashion designers from the University's Kingston School of Art postgraduate degree course will unveil their work at the event, which is taking place at the world's leading contemporary design museum to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the course....


New research by Kingston Business School expert debunks myths around best way to manage emails at work

Posted Monday 2 October 2017

New research by Kingston Business School expert debunks myths around best way to manage emails at work

Do you believe emailing gets in the way of more important tasks at work – or that checking your inbox only a few times a day is the most efficient approach? New research by a Kingston University email expert is challenging some of the commonly-held beliefs around the best way to manage – and use – emails in the workplace.

Dr Emma Russell, Head of the Well-being at Work Research Group at Kingston Business School, conducted an extensive review of the literature regarding strategies people use to manage their work email. Emerging themes were then sense-checked in interviews with a group of working adults to find out how these approaches work in practice....


Kingston University expert helps develop app that uses artificial intelligence to create 3D selfies from photographs

Posted Tuesday 26 September 2017

Kingston University expert helps develop app that uses artificial intelligence to create 3D selfies from photographs

A new artificial intelligence system that can create 3D selfies of people's faces from a single photograph has been developed by experts from Kingston University and the University of Nottingham.

Dr Vasileios Argyriou, from Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, was part of a team of researchers that trained a computer system to recognise features in a flat image and reconstruct them into an accurate three dimensional model....


Newly launched Kingston School of Art will play key role in developing creative leaders who dare to think differently, interim Dean Anne Boddington says

Posted Friday 8 September 2017

Newly launched Kingston School of Art will play key role in developing creative leaders who dare to think differently, interim Dean Anne Boddington says

Kingston University's newly launched art school has opened its doors to students, staff and researchers. Kingston School of Art has returned to its original name to reclaim its 150 years of art school heritage as it looks to influence future discussions as one of the country's leading providers of art and design education.

New interim dean Professor Anne Boddington highlighted the art school ethos at the heart of the renamed Faculty as one of the main drivers in developing graduates able to influence the challenges facing today's society. "It's important to put Kingston School of Art on the map – not only at national and international level, as an institution contributing to the impact of art in the world, but also in terms of the role of an art school in a university," Professor Boddington said....


New Kingston Business School-led research finds email practices of diligent workers make them unhappy and less effective

Posted Wednesday 6 September 2017

New Kingston Business School-led research finds email practices of diligent workers make them unhappy and less effective

When your latest email pops up on your smartphone or computer screen, how do you react?

Head of Kingston Business School's Well-being at Work Research Group Dr Emma Russell, alongside researchers from the University of Surrey, has been looking at how certain personality traits influence the way people manage their email in the workplace.With a focus on conscientious people – hard-working and goal-oriented individuals – Dr Russell, who is a senior lecturer in occupational psychology at the University, alongside Stephen Woods and Adrian Banks from the University of Surrey, scrutinised how people's strategies for managing email impacted on their well-being and accomplishments at work. "Email has become embedded into working life and we all have our own way of handling it," Dr Russell explained. "How we respond depends upon our other work tasks and email culture, but is also influenced by our personalities and who we are." The team had expected that conscientious people would be disposed to resist clicking on incoming email when working on other tasks, Dr Russell said, as they were characteristically committed to staying focused. "We also hypothesised that this would impact negatively on how they feel," she added. "This is because although they are keen to stay on task, they are also often eager to be responsive to other people – so ignoring emails makes them feel guilty about not helping their colleagues."Dr Emma Russell heads up the Well-being at Work Research Group at Kingston Business School.The research team's findings were compiled from the results of an experience sampling diary study – this is a quantitative research method where participants rate their behaviours, activities or experiences repeatedly during a certain time period. In this case, 54 individuals rated their email responses over the course of half a working day, amounting to 376 total email being reported. The study confirmed that people who scored higher in terms of conscientiousness were more likely to take longer to respond to an email dropping into their inbox and that this had a negative effect on their well-being. Other results, however, were more surprising. "We thought conscientious people, who ignored email interruptions, would at least feel they were getting their work done more effectively – so we predicted they would report higher task goal achievement, even if their sense of well-being was reduced,"  Dr Russell explained.Interestingly, though, findings from the project refuted this assumption, she said, with participants reporting that avoiding email notifications didn't have any positive effect on perceived task achievement. "We began to wonder why people were adopting this policy of ignoring new emails if it not only made them experience anxiety, but didn't allow them to feel better equipped to achieve their work objectives," Dr Russell added.The report found that conscientious people were faced with an ‘activation-resistance quandary'. The incoming email activates their desire to check an email to address new work priorities and respond to their colleagues, but they must resist this if they want to stay on track with current tasks and avoid being distracted. This affects how they feel but can also mean that conscientious people don't feel they are achieving their work tasks well. "We don't often stand back and look at how we work and assess whether this is assisting us to reach our goals," Dr Russell said.  "We have to wonder – are our email strategies helping us feel good about ourselves? Are they causing us stress? Is there anything we can do differently?"Dr Russell said the research team had concluded that those who had higher levels of conscientiousness could review the way they handle their emails. If they found that delaying dealing with email had a negative effect, they should think about switching off email notifications altogether, in order to limit the activation-resistance quandary, checking in occasionally, when convenient to them. The paper ‘Examining conscientiousness as a key resource in resisting email interruptions: implications for volatile resources and goal achievement' by Russell, Emma; Woods, Stephen A and Banks, Adrian P (2017) is now available in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, September edition, Volume 90, ISSN (print) 0963-1798. Dr Russell has been studying email behaviour in the workplace and its impact on public well-being for more than 12 years and said future research would be looking at helpful email strategies for people with other personality types. "In addition we will shortly be publishing research on this topic which has been carried out with leading British arbitration service ACAS," she confirmed....


Kingston University shortlisted for Higher Education Academy CATE award for collaborative project exploring themes of race and culture

Posted Tuesday 5 September 2017

Kingston University shortlisted for Higher Education Academy CATE award for collaborative project exploring themes of race and culture

Kingston University has been shortlisted for a top Higher Education Academy (HEA) award for an influential project designed to bring students from a number of courses together to creatively explore themes of race, ethnicity and culture.

The University is one of 15 institutions named as a finalist in the HEA's Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) in recognition of its Taking Race Live project. The awards celebrate outstanding contributions to teaching by teams at higher education providers – with finalists being required to demonstrate direct student involvement in their work....


Kingston University expert's study into impact of planning policies on London's affordable housing provision commended at major research awards

Posted Tuesday 29 August 2017

Kingston University expert's study into impact of planning policies on London's affordable housing provision commended at major research awards

Research by a Kingston University expert into how planning policy changes have inadvertently had a negative impact on affordable housing delivery in London has been commended at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The study, called Viability and the Planning System, was a finalist in the Academic Award category of this year's Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence, receiving a commendation during the ceremony on September 12....


Kingston University sociology lecturer joins select group of academics to visit former top secret nuclear power plant in Russia

Posted Monday 21 August 2017

Kingston University sociology lecturer joins select group of academics to visit former top secret nuclear power plant in Russia

A Kingston University researcher has secured access to one of Russia's once highly secret nuclear power plants, as the nation looks to shed light on the legacy of its Cold War past.

Dr Egle Rindzeviciute, researcher and lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University, was granted entry to a number of the country's nuclear heritage sites as part of an international team of academics investigating the impact of the nuclear industry across Russia, Ukraine, France and Sweden....

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