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British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

Posted Friday 16 June 2017

British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

A group of Kingston University students have travelled to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the British Council to help plan an exhibition which hopes to raise the profile of Kazakh design.

The British Council gave the Curating Contemporary Design MA students a project brief - to research Kazakhstan's emerging design identity. The groups explored the Kazakh people's nomadic heritage, disrupted by Soviet rule for much of the 20th Century until independence was declared in 1991....


For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Posted Tuesday 13 June 2017

For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, Audley Genus, says Kingston University research is shedding new light on the success of renewable energy in the United Kingdom.

"On 8 June, as reported by the BBC, the National Grid announced that for the first time electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK had outstripped the amount generated from coal and gas combined....


Kingston University designer's sustainable fusion of denim and African fabrics modelled at Graduate Fashion Week by industry icon Caryn Franklin

Posted Monday 12 June 2017

Kingston University designer's sustainable fusion of denim and African fabrics modelled at Graduate Fashion Week by industry icon Caryn Franklin

Vibrant African fabrics and over-sized vintage denim jeans and jackets were brought together in a new sustainable collection celebrating the mixed cultural heritage of a Kingston University designer.

Kasubika Chola's garments were selected by a panel of industry experts as among the best 25 on show at this year's Graduate Fashion Week – with leading diversity campaigner and fashion icon Caryn Franklin even taking to the catwalk in one of her designs at the event....


Kingston University student's research into fiction habits and personality types reveals reading may make us kinder

Posted Monday 22 May 2017

Kingston University student's research into fiction habits and personality types reveals reading may make us kinder

A Kingston University postgraduate research student has produced a study that examines the effects of reading and watching television on social behaviour - concluding that literature lovers have the edge over their remote control-loving counterparts when it comes to being nicer people.

Rose Turner's study, under the supervision of Dr Fatima Felisberti, featured 123 adults of various ages participating in an anonymous online survey. They were asked to select their preferences for books, television and plays, alongside being tested on their interpersonal skills, which included how much they considered others' feelings and their desire to help those around them. The results revealed that readers had greater awareness and empathy for other people's feelings, while those who preferred watching television came across as less friendly and less understanding of others' views....


Kingston University researcher investigates how artificial intelligence can help composers create new music

Posted Thursday 18 May 2017

Kingston University researcher investigates how artificial intelligence can help composers create new music

Could artificial intelligence (AI) be part of the future of music creation? Kingston University experts are taking a leading role in new research exploring how machines and humans can work together to compose music.

Investigating how the latest technology could be used as a creative partner by musicians, researchers from Kingston University and Queen Mary University of London have been training a cutting-edge computer system to produce new compositions based on what it has learned about a particular type of music....


New Kingston University head of school Jane Pavitt to cultivate close relationship between critical studies and practice in art school environment

Posted Friday 28 April 2017

New Kingston University head of school Jane Pavitt to cultivate close relationship between critical studies and practice in art school environment

Kingston University's new head of the school of Critical Studies and Creative Industries says embedding critical and historical thinking alongside art and design practice is fundamental to a strong and diverse art school education.

Professor Jane Pavitt is joining the University to establish the new school during an exciting period of change for the faculty. "I want to cultivate an even greater relationship between critical thinking and practice within Kingston University, as well as nurturing a culture of experimentation," she said. "Critical studies and creative industries students are practitioners in their own right and that's what I'm really interested to develop. The cultural and creative industries are a core area of growth and innovation in the UK and globally, and we need to foster new kinds of teaching, professional development and research in response to this."...


Kingston University to play leading role in study examining how state-of-the-art camera that mimics human eye could benefit robots and smart devices

Posted Thursday 27 April 2017

Kingston University to play leading role in study examining how state-of-the-art camera that mimics human eye could benefit robots and smart devices

Kingston University experts will explore how an artificial vision system inspired by the human eye could be used by robots of the future – opening up new possibilities for securing footage from deep forests, war zones and even distant planets.

The three-year research project, in collaboration with King's College London and University College London, will examine how data from these state-of-the-art cameras could be captured, compressed and transmitted between machines at a fraction of the current energy cost....


Kingston University psychology expert warns of emotional challenges facing NHS healthcare professionals working in intensive care units

Posted Monday 24 April 2017

Kingston University psychology expert warns of emotional challenges facing NHS healthcare professionals working in intensive care units

A study led by a Kingston University academic into the working lives of doctors and nurses in NHS intensive care units (ICUs) has revealed a workforce battling to cope with the critical demands of their jobs – leading to a crippling inability to switch off from life on the wards once their shift is over.

The study explores how ICU staff reflect on and think about their jobs when they're not in the workplace – and the impact such rumination can have on their mental and physical health. Almost 100 doctors and nurses from four NHS ICUs in the United Kingdom completed a questionnaire on burnout, ICU-related stress factors and general health....

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