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Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

Posted Tuesday 29 November 2016

Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

The continent-wide implications of Brexit were laid bare at a Kingston University event that brought together a range of leading figures at the heart of the debate. Among those speaking at the Brexit Futures panel discussion were Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission's Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, and Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The round-table event – organised by the University's Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – also featured contributions from Irish Times journalist Denis Staunton and Anita Prazmowska, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics....


Kingston University secures €1.6million grant for global research project into migration, sex work and trafficking

Posted Wednesday 23 November 2016

Kingston University secures €1.6million grant for global research project into migration, sex work and trafficking

A major global research project that will investigate the complex relationship between migration, sex work and trafficking across three continents is being launched by Kingston University, using a blend of documentary and fictional film.

Led by Professor Nick Mai, Chair in Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University, the SEXHUM (Sexual Humanitarianism: Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking) project will include fieldwork in major cities across Australia, France, New Zealand the United States and will study the relationship between the movement of people and the sex industry by drawing on sex workers' own understandings and experience of exploitation and trafficking....


Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

Posted Monday 21 November 2016

Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

What is the definition of corruption? How does this definition vary from country to country? How do we create and enforce laws on a concept that is often veiled in secrecy?

Corruption is often seen as one of the most devastating forms of criminality. Much broader than mere bribery, it covers any abuse of power that satisfies personal interests in either the public or private sector. In direct contrast to the barriers that often surround this topic, Kingston University Law School's recently established Integrity Research Group aims to raise the veil and bring the discussion out in to the open....


Award-winning film by Kingston University lecturer selected as part of official 75th anniversary tribute to the Arctic Convoys of World War II

Posted Wednesday 16 November 2016

Award-winning film by Kingston University lecturer selected as part of official 75th anniversary tribute to the Arctic Convoys of World War II

A prize-winning documentary by a Kingston University lecturer has been included in the official UK tribute for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the first Arctic Convoy – a top-secret mission that shipped supplies to Russia in the Second World War.

Through its use of unique footage and personal stories from the veterans themselves, as well as comment from historians Antony Beevor and Richard Overy, 'Hurricanes to Murmansk' has played a key role in raising awareness of the Arctic Convoys and in supporting the 70 year-long campaign for recognition of those who took part in the treacherous missions....


Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

Kingston University curating contemporary design students shine a light on secrets of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's family home

The secrets of an iconic London building designed by a renowned modernist architect were explored in a project led by Kingston University postgraduate curating students. Two Willow Road in Hampstead was designed by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger as a family home and studio.

Built in 1939 and considered one of the finest examples of British modernism today, it was rumoured to have inspired the creation of Ian Fleming's notorious Bond villain Auric Goldfinger....


US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

Posted Monday 14 November 2016

US student becomes one of youngest ever to enrol for PhD at Kingston University after signing up for psychology programme aged just 17

A student from the United States has become one of the youngest ever to study for a PhD at Kingston University – after enrolling this summer aged just 17. Angela Medvedeva, from Houston, Texas, is undertaking a postgraduate research degree in psychology, having graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in both psychology and liberal studies.

The teenager left school for university when she was 15 years old – after completing the equivalent of her A-levels at college on day release – but insists that she's not the stereotypical child genius pressured by pushy parents. Instead, she says a desire to continually try things that haven't been done before – along with the support of a strong family unit, teachers and peers – is what has driven her to fast-track her education....


Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

Posted Friday 11 November 2016

Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

The rule of law is critical because we cannot accept power that is in the hands of one person, or a selected group – society has to do the checks and balances. This was the claim made by Kingston University law professor Umut Turksen at his recent inaugural lecture. The lecture was the first in a series launched by Kingston University's Faculty of Business and Law to honour academics who have been awarded the title of professor by the University. The public talks are designed to showcase excellence in research spanning a variety of topical subjects. The series opened with an evening dedicated to senior lecturer in law, Professor Umut Turksen. The audience of staff, students and eminent representatives from the legal profession, were given an insight in to Professor Turksen's personal research journey which, he said, had begun when he was just a boy in his native Turkey. "When I was six years old I really wanted a ‘Chopper' bike and my father saw this as an opportunity for me to earn my own money, so he sent me to market with a crate of lemons," Professor Turksen recalled. "I acquired my first observational research skills when I saw how the other lemon sellers were enticing their customers by pitching the freshness and medicinal properties of the citrus fruit." Turkey was at this time experiencing a military coup and Professor Turksen's first foray in to research was followed just a few, short years later when he researched the concepts of liberty, equality and the power of the people for a poem which he performed on Turkey's republic declaration day. Reflecting on his professional journey, Professor Turksen described how his academic research had evolved to focus on the rule of law - a topic he strongly believes in and one which is rooted in the work ethic, sense of community and justice that he learned as child.

Professor Umut Turksen spoke about the rule of law at his inaugural professorial lecture.Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Martyn Jones, who chaired the event which was held at Kingston Business School, said Professor Turksen had demonstrated clear leadership in his field. "What strikes me most is the breadth of his work – which spans a number of different sectors – and how much it embodies the spirit of research," he said. "Umut makes complex concepts accessible and has a remarkable ability to spot a gap in knowledge. This makes his body of work relevant to people and communities both in the United Kingdom and internationally." People had to be resilient and fight for the rule of law because it was part and parcel of democracy and human rights, Professor Turksen asserted. "It has been a subject of debate since drafting of the Magna Carta right up to such recent developments as Brexit," he said. "Its application is critical as it enables us to seek legal redress and invoke our rights." After sketching out his early research background, Professor Turksen returned to a few key projects where he had applied the rule of law to such diverse contemporary concerns as counter-terrorism, new technology and financial crime. He had delved into areas, he explained, which had not previously been looked in to including; the use of the internet and its place in family life, the right to work and the impact of digital innovations on property and asset inheritance. Professor Turksen also described how his research had highlighted a number of conflicts of interest when it came to world trade in defence goods. He claimed a lack of clear legal criteria meant preferential treatment was often given to certain exporters. "Fairness and equality tend to be in the eye of the beholders, especially when commercial interests are at stake," he suggested. A European Union-funded research project, entitled Cities against Terrorism, which he had led on, had resulted in the creation of a model for cities which reversed the traditional concept of government being at the centre of terrorism prevention measures, Professor Turksen told the audience. "Placing the community at the heart of crime prevention was a complete departure from the accepted model and this template has now been applied to many modern cities' security plans," he said. Professor Turksen concluded the evening by turning the discussion to the pivotal role universities play in law making. They had a civic mission to educate and make the law accessible and relevant by banishing the jargon barrier that was traditionally associated with law, he said. "Too often, the symptoms of a modern issue or an unfortunate incident are the triggers for laws to be created," he added. "I believe that we should all be critical thinkers and observe when there is a need for the rule of law to be applied."...


Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

Posted Monday 7 November 2016

Kingston University volunteers team up with Lebara Foundation to help secure a brighter future for families in India and Sri Lanka

A group of 13 Kingston University students has been involved in a life-changing trip after taking part in a volunteering expedition facilitated by the Lebara Foundation. The majority of the students visited two slum communities in India on a cultural exchange programme where they taught English, dance and sports to children and took part in yoga and craft activities with their mothers.

It is the third year that Kingston University students, accompanied by staff, have participated in the programme, which aims to encourage them to go out in to the world to be ambassadors of humanitarian and positive social action. The joint project had been so successful in India that this year it was extended to Sri Lanka, with two members of staff and two students heading off to Kilinochchi in the northern part of the country as part of a pilot professional skills academy programme for teenagers and young adults....

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