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From London community champion to architecture in Australia – Clearing helps lay the foundations of student's future at Kingston University

Posted Wednesday 26 July 2017

From London community champion to architecture in Australia – Clearing helps lay the foundations of student's future at Kingston University

With a passion for painting and drawing while at school, 19-year-old Maxine Minter always knew she wanted a career in design. It wasn't until a few years later, however, that she received her calling to architecture after volunteering to get involved with a local housing plan in her home area of Tottenham in Haringey, north London.

In 2011, the district had become subject to a regeneration proposal, feeding frustrations that sparked a number of violent riots. Two years later, at the tender age of 15, Maxine discovered the building she was living in was due to be torn down so she approached Haringey Council to ask for an opportunity to help her community....


Austrian ambassador commends Kingston Business School Brexit negotiations research at launch seminar

Posted Tuesday 25 July 2017

Austrian ambassador commends Kingston Business School Brexit negotiations research at launch seminar

Research led on by a Kingston Business School professor looking at how Brexit negotiations are undertaken and what the likely outcomes will be, has been praised by the Austrian ambassador at a recent seminar held to launch the project's findings.

At the seminar, Austrian-born Professor of International Business and Director of the Centre of Experimental Research in International Business (CERIB) Ursula Ott presented her research, ‘Brexit negotiations – a negotiation analysis with experimental evidence of strategies and agreement outcomes'. The collaborative research project was carried out with fellow CERIB member Professor Pervez Ghauri from the University of Birmingham....


Kingston University's new degree apprenticeship set to provide next generation of civil engineers with skills and experience to meet industry needs

Posted Monday 24 July 2017

Kingston University's new degree apprenticeship set to provide next generation of civil engineers with skills and experience to meet industry needs

Providing budding engineers with the opportunity to gain vital, hands-on industry experience alongside their studies was key to addressing a skills shortage in the profession, according to Kingston University's Professor Mukesh Limbachiya.

Responding to the evolving demands of the sector, the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is now launching a new Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, creating unique opportunities for collaboration across the construction industry....


Join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2017 as they cross the stage at their graduation ceremonies this week

Posted Thursday 20 July 2017

Join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2017 as they cross the stage at their graduation ceremonies this week

Kingston University is pleased to welcome 3,531 new graduates to their global network of more than 200,000 alumni. This week nearly 3,000 graduands of the class of 2017 will cross the stage at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, to mark the end of their successful journeys at the University.

Summer graduation ceremonies are a highpoint in the University's calendar; marking the achievements of all undergraduates from the faculties of Art, Design & Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Law and Science Engineering and Computing....


Kingston University student Sophie Kamlish sets new world record and wins T44 100m gold medal at World Para Athletics Championships

Posted Tuesday 18 July 2017

Kingston University student Sophie Kamlish sets new world record and wins T44 100m gold medal at World Para Athletics Championships

Kingston University illustration and animation student and amputee sprinter Sophie Kamlish has spoken of her joy at becoming a world champion after winning Great Britain's 11th gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

The 20 year old from Bath, who has just finished the first year of her undergraduate course at the University, set a new world record of 12.90 seconds in the heats of the women's T44 100m before running clear of the field to take gold in the final at the capital's London Stadium....


Kingston University named among globe's best young institutions and in top two under 50 in United Kingdom in latest QS world rankings

Posted Monday 17 July 2017

Kingston University named among globe's best young institutions and in top two under 50 in United Kingdom in latest QS world rankings

Kingston University has been named as one of the best young institutions in the world – and among the top two in the United Kingdom – in the latest prestigious QS rankings of universities under 50 years of age.

Universities from a total of 25 different countries feature in this year's QS Top 50 Under 50 and Next 50 Under 50 league tables. First published in 2012, the rankings list the fastest-rising global stars of the higher education world founded less than half a century ago....


Kingston University architecture student draws on personal experience to scoop second prize in Business Disability Forum short film competition

Posted Thursday 13 July 2017

Kingston University architecture student draws on personal experience to scoop second prize in Business Disability Forum short film competition

A Kingston University postgraduate architecture student has proven disability is no obstacle when it comes to his passion for film-making. Oliver Lam-Watson was recently awarded second prize in a competition set by the Business Disability Forum – which challenged students from across the country to create a film about technology and disability. Oliver's film, ‘Why I make my life so hard' chronicles the challenges he has faced being on crutches and carrying heavy technical gear in his resolve to become an influential filmmaker.

The 24 year old from London was born with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome in his left leg – a rare congenital vascular disorder. "When you are growing up, the ‘dis' in disability can easily make you forget that you have any other kind of aptitude or skill because it makes you feel as if you're less than other people," he explained. "Actually, though, you are often more able in certain aspects because you've had to find different ways to tackle challenges."Oliver uploads the films he creates to his YouTube channel which has more than 5,500 followers. As well as film-making – a pursuit which has amassed him nearly 6,000 YouTube followers – Oliver is very fitness-orientated, taking part in gruelling obstacle courses, known as ‘spartan' races, around the world. His next challenge is the Red Bull 400 – a famously difficult 400m ski jump sprint uphill. Oliver said he was determined to defy expectations and remove the stigma surrounding being disabled. "Growing up I only ever saw negative footage about disability and I wanted to share positive messages and achieve the things I've always been told I couldn't do," he added. "I used to be very shy and introverted but my growing passion for film and photography has prompted me to talk about my story and become more accepting of my disability." In addition to his sporting endeavours and film-making, Oliver's love of learning through making has seen him successfully graduate with a first class degree in architecture from Kingston University in 2014. He is now broadening his skills further on a Masters course in the same subject. "Being able to sit in the studio with your peers and bounce ideas around is great and there is a really positive communal feeling at the University," he said. Oliver also praised the opportunity to access different facilities on campus, which has enabled him to meet a range of students and build his knowledge of different subjects.An interest in photography was sparked by attending a course as part of his postgraduate degree and access to the dark room on campus allows him to work with a traditional camera instead of digital photography. "You have 35 shots in a film so they are precious," he explained. "It is about creating memory, capturing that moment and planning your shot." Oliver takes part worldwide in difficult obstacle courses known as 'spartan' races.Bruno Silvestre – who has taught Oliver on both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees – was so impressed by his skills and resourcefulness that when it came to his year in industry, he offered him a job at his London-based architectural practice. He said the student's recent competition win was testament not only to his film-making talent, but also to his outstanding attitude to life. "I was Oliver's degree tutor and was blown away by his commitment to not letting a pair of crutches determine his future," he explained. "We went on a field trip to Granada in his third year and there were three project sites – two of which were flat, urban spaces and the third which was at the bottom of a hill. It was absolutely typical that Oliver chose this last site which would pose a particular challenge for him."...


Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

Posted Wednesday 12 July 2017

Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

A piece of theatre created by Kingston University staff, students and graduates received the royal stamp of approval on Thursday at a special gala reception held at the borough's Rose Theatre.

Part of  the International Youth Arts Festival – an annual event co-hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames – this year's showpiece was performed at Thursday evening's charity reception in aid of the Creative Youth charity, in the presence of the President of the charity, HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO....

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