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Ultra runner Susie Chan sets new 12-hour treadmill world record at Kingston University

Posted Saturday 30 January 2016

Ultra runner Susie Chan sets new 12-hour treadmill world record at Kingston University

Ultra runner Susie Chan has set a new 12-hour treadmill world record with the support of sport science and exercise experts from Kingston University. The 40 year old, from Farnham, Surrey, ran a total distance of 68.54 miles (110.3km) in 12 hours in the human performance laboratory at the University's Penrhyn Road campus on Saturday - beating the previous women's record for the same time period of 66.79 miles.

The record attempt was supervised by senior lecturer in health, exercise and physiology Dr Hannah Moir and technician Chris Howe, along with a team of 10 sport science and nutrition students acting as timekeepers and witnesses....


Hats off to our newest graduates as they share their stories from their graduation ceremonies

Posted Tuesday 19 January 2016

Hats off to our newest graduates as they share their stories from their graduation ceremonies

Kingston University has been celebrating the achievements of undergraduates and postgraduates as they cross the stage at their graduation ceremonies and join our thriving global network of 175,000 alumni. It is a great opportunity to celebrate our graduates' achievements and wish them well as they make the transition from study to the next chapter of their lives.

You can watch the events unfold and see tweets and images shared by our graduates by clicking on the links below that will appear each day....


Kingston University named one of world's top 200 most international institutions by Times Higher Education

Posted Friday 15 January 2016

Kingston University named one of world's top 200 most international institutions by Times Higher Education

Kingston University has been named one of the world's top 200 most international institutions by sector-leading magazine Times Higher Education (the THE).

The influential publication ranked the University 136 out of a total of 800 international institutions in its newly released listing, placing it in the top 17 per cent globally and just three places below prestigious American institution Harvard. Standing at number 53 in the United Kingdom, Kingston University joins an elite group of higher education providers able to attract students, staff and research partners from around the world – attributes the magazine described as key to success on a global stage. ...


Kingston University student receives international research excellence award in pharmaceutical science

Posted Monday 11 January 2016

Kingston University student receives international research excellence award in pharmaceutical science

Ali Al-kinani, a final-year PhD student at the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry, has received international recognition for his research from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (APPS).

APPS is regarded as the international leading body in the field of pharmaceutical sciences and their annual meeting and exposition, which includes the awards ceremony, hosts around 10,000 attendees from across the globe. Hundreds of people apply for each award, and a team of specialists and researchers hand-pick each winner. From 150 awards presented this year, only two went to UK universities....


UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger talks luck, land law and Prince Charles' letters at Kingston Law School 50th anniversary lecture

Posted Tuesday 22 December 2015

UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger talks luck, land law and Prince Charles' letters at Kingston Law School 50th anniversary lecture

The country's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, enthralled an audience of almost 200 people when he shared advice and answered questions from judges, staff, students and alumni at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Kingston Law School.

After ambitiously undertaking to address eight varied topics within his one hour slot, Lord Neuberger took the audience on a whistle-stop canter through his career, providing responses to questions and distributing nuggets of advice along the way. Topics he touched on included; the separation of powers and rule of law, EU law, the closure of courts, privacy in an online era, methods used by legal practitioners as compared to those used by scientists and the Magna Carta....


Kingston University kicks off new partnership with Fulham Football Club

Posted Monday 21 December 2015

Kingston University kicks off new partnership with Fulham Football Club

Kingston University has teamed up with Fulham Football Club to launch a partnership that will inject extra energy into a range of sport and education initiatives. The new links will enable the Championship club to tap in to academic acumen in areas such as sports science and nutrition, while offering a range of opportunities to the University's students and staff in return.

The University and club were first put in touch a year ago by Kingston Council to explore possible ways they could both make use of each other's sports facilities. They soon discovered they had even more in common, with plenty of potential to work together in other ways....


Creative Kingston University illustration and animation students design Christmas tree with a difference to decorate The Old Vic theatre

Posted Friday 18 December 2015

Creative Kingston University illustration and animation students design Christmas tree with a difference to decorate The Old Vic theatre

When The Old Vic theatre launched a hunt for an alternative Christmas tree this festive season, creative Kingston University students were quick to rise to the challenge. More than 100 illustration and animation students set to work coming up with ideas to help the theatre decorate its foyer in a sustainable style reflecting the environmental theme of its first ever stage production of The Lorax by Dr Seuss.

With the much-loved children's story highlighting the importance of saving trees, consequently ruling out installation of a traditional spruce, The Old Vic turned to the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture for help with its quest for a substitute. Second year BA(Hons) Illustration Animation students promptly set to work coming up with concepts under the watchful eye of lecturer Mark Harris, who supervised the project alongside Professor Rebecca Davies and alumna Natalie Wyle. Their ideas led to 26 proposals, with three shortlisted and presented to staff at the iconic stage venue.The strands of wool used to create the Christmas tree outline match the colours in Dr Seuss's The Lorax. "We were all really impressed by the novel solutions the students came up with," Mr Harris said. "The winning design was an unusual take on a traditional Christmas tree, consisting of more than 250 colourful strands of wool suspended to create the shape of a tree in negative."...


New Kingston University Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing Professor Mike Sutcliffe emphasises importance of strong industry links

Posted Friday 27 November 2015

New Kingston University Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing Professor Mike Sutcliffe emphasises importance of strong industry links

Developing innovative links with industry would be key to ensuring future graduates had the toolkit of skills to succeed in a workplace increasingly demanding versatility and flexibility, according to Kingston University's newly-appointed Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Speaking ahead of taking the helm at the Faculty in January, Professor Mike Sutcliffe said it had never been more vital for universities to build strong partnerships both with large firms and small enterprises. This was crucial to ensuring students gained the breadth of experience to begin their careers at the cutting edge of developments in science, engineering and technology."To my mind, it's about giving students the toolkit, rather than the knowledge – which is a bit of a reversal on what's been done traditionally," Professor Sutcliffe said. "We need to understand what will make our graduates distinct and reverse-engineer a programme to deliver that. People these days have got portfolio careers and by building partnerships – ­through placements, internships and bringing people from industry into the University – we can make sure we provide them with that all-important springboard to success."  Professor Sutcliffe, who is currently Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester, said Kingston University's commitment to social mobility, its role at the heart of its community in south west London and potential to be a leading modern university had all been factors in attracting him to his new role. "Becoming Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University is a tremendous honour and privilege," he said.  "I look forward to working with the Faculty to meet the exciting challenges ahead – nurturing a vibrant and welcoming environment in which students' aspirations are realised."Setting out his plans for the future, Professor Sutcliffe said he wanted to develop a supportive culture in which people were encouraged to come up with new ideas. He also highlighted the importance of creating the right environment on campus to give students the highest quality practical, laboratory-based experience. "Some parts of the sector are moving more to a modelling, computer-based approach to education, but I think it's important we keep that hands-on side of education as a key part of the curriculum," he said. "After all, engineering and science are about being practical and turning out practitioners."Speaking of the challenges in store, he cautioned that the United Kingdom risked losing its historic international lead if the Government failed to earmark more money for research and development. "There needs to be more investment – if it keeps being whittled away as it is now, we're going to lose that competitive edge and then it's going to be nigh on impossible to get it back," he said. "Universities need to be looking at diversifying income streams, but through appropriate partnerships that add value. It's something that should be happening anyway, but it's being catalysed by current under-investment right at the top."A respected academic, who has previously held roles in biochemistry and chemistry at Oxford and Leicester Universities, Professor Sutcliffe's research interests lie in studying how proteins work. He spearheaded the creation of a single voice for the academic chemical engineering community and was founding chair of Heads of Chemical Engineering UK. While at The University of Manchester he led on establishing a framework agreement with Unilever – the company's broadest collaboration with any university – and a technology partnership with Siemens. He was also responsible for steering The University of Manchester's School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science into the top three in the United Kingdom for research quality, with more than 90 per cent of its output recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said it was an enormous coup for Kingston University to have attracted someone of Professor Sutcliffe's calibre and vision to its senior management team. "Mike Sutcliffe brings a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the importance of diversity, with an impressive personal track record of achievement in research and research leadership," he added....

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