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Kingston University expert urges rethink on public sector funding as he collects honour for outstanding contribution at Social Worker of the Year Awards

Posted Friday 15 December 2017

Kingston University expert urges rethink on public sector funding as he collects honour for outstanding contribution at Social Worker of the Year Awards

Cuts to public services at a time when more and more families were being forced into poverty was having a crippling impact on those who needed support the most, according to a leading social work expert from Kingston University.

Emeritus professor Ray Jones highlighted the issues facing both the profession and wider society after being honoured with the outstanding contribution to social work accolade at the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards....


Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

Posted Monday 11 December 2017

Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

An artist and curator from Kingston School of Art has explored her Iranian heritage to create an exhibition dedicated to the films of visionary filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless. Joining forces with the prestigious Goethe-Institut and the Munich Film Museum, Dr Azadeh Fatehrad has overseen a series of screenings and conferences on Saless's work based at the German Cultural Institute's Central London headquarters.

The programme of films from the 1970s and 1980s form Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles. Dr Fatehrad explained the exhibition is highly relevant in the modern day cinematic and political climate. "The focus of Sohrab Saless's work was to portray the challenges and hidden traumas associated with the experience of being a migrant," she said. "This is the first time his films are being screened in the UK – I could not think of a better city than London, with its mix of different cultures and backgrounds to host the screenings."...


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 symposium shines spotlight on work of king of horror fiction Stephen King

Posted Thursday 23 November 2017

 Kingston University symposium shines spotlight on work of king of horror fiction Stephen King

Kingston University has hosted a one-day symposium on the work of the world's foremost horror fiction writer, Stephen King.

Noted scholars from across the United Kingdom discussed both King's literary work and its cinematic and televisual adaptations. The symposium explored the enduring cultural fascination with one of the world's bestselling authors of popular fiction....


Kingston University psychology academic calls for review into mental health treatments following award-winning research into schizophrenia

Posted Thursday 16 November 2017

Kingston University psychology academic calls for review into mental health treatments following award-winning research into schizophrenia

An award-winning Kingston University psychology expert is urging mental health practitioners and pharmaceutical manufacturers to look at developing specific treatments for individuals with schizophrenia, after her study into the illness was recognised by a leading global psychiatry organisation.

Dr Nora S Vyas, from Kingston University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, scooped the Young Investigator Award at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry in Copenhagen, Denmark, for her research into how un-medicated adults with schizophrenia perform on tasks which tested their memory and sorting skills. The work, carried out in collaboration with Professor Monte Buchsbaum from the University of California in San Diego, concluded that those without treatment were still able to perform well in a range of tasks. It has been published in the Schizophrenia Research journal....


New figures cement Kingston University's role as sector champion in nationwide bid to close BME attainment gap

Posted Wednesday 15 November 2017

New figures cement Kingston University's role as sector champion in nationwide bid to close BME attainment gap

Newly released figures have highlighted how far Kingston University has come since first taking up a national challenge to help more black and minority ethnic (BME) students secure first and upper-second class degrees. The figures show that the University's focus on institution-wide change has led to a fairer chance for all students to achieve their full academic potential.

It had long been recognised that far fewer BME students across the country attained these top two degree classifications compared to their white counterparts, even when their entry qualifications and degree subjects were identical, Kingston University's Director of Student Achievement Nona McDuff explained. "This discrepancy, known nationally as the BME attainment gap, has not until recently received the attention it deserves across the sector," she added. "Too often, the assumption has been that this disparity relates to the backgrounds or characteristics of students while at Kingston the approach has been on the whole institution and our relationship with each student. We believe we are unique among large universities in making the reduction of the attainment gap a cross-university priority starting right at the top with the board of governors." While the grades for the University's white student population have broadly remained in line with rest of the country, the proportion of Kingston's BME students obtaining first and upper-second class degrees has increased from 45 per cent in 2012 to 70 per cent in 2017. Kingston University is committed to helping all its students achieve their full academic potential.This success was down to finding imaginative ways to create a more inclusive environment for all students through an all-out effort right across the University, Ms McDuff said. "We have been directing our energies at knocking down barriers and improving achievement for all students, regardless of their background," she added....

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