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Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

Posted Wednesday 22 October 2014

Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

The researchers recommend that care homes catering for people with dementia set aside special areas to stimulate sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement.Research spearheaded by a design expert from Kingston University is shedding new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have in dementia care.

Academic expert Dr Anke Jakob, from Kingston's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, has joined forces with Dr Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, to produce a new guide for care homes highlighting the importance of sensory areas specifically created to meet the needs of people living with the condition. Their publication, How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia, was unveiled as part of the Inside Out Festival, which showcased the contributions universities make to London's cultural life....


Kingston University students boost international experience in volunteering venture backed by Lebara Foundation

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Kingston University students boost international experience in volunteering venture backed by Lebara Foundation

Kingston University journalism graduate Roxii Hoare-Smith surrounded by some of the children she met volunteering in India through the Lebara Foundation project.Student volunteers from Kingston University have stepped out of the lecture theatre to broaden their international horizons by supporting refugee communities in India. A 12-strong party of current students and recent graduates has spent three weeks in Chennai running English language workshops, art and craft sessions and sport activities specially devised for children and their mothers living in impoverished parts of the Indian city.

During the expedition, group members worked in a slum area inhabited by families displaced by the 2004 tsunami and two camps that are home to Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The project got off the ground with the backing of the Lebara Foundation - the charitable arm of global telecommunications company Lebara, co-founded by Kingston University graduate Yoganathan Ratheesan....


Postgraduate student volunteer shares experiences of Lebara Foundation visit to India

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Postgraduate student volunteer shares experiences of Lebara Foundation visit to India

Jessica Farrugia was one of a 12-strong party of Kingston University student and graduate volunteers who spent three weeks in India as part of a new initiative backed by the Lebara Foundation. Initially not sure quite what to expect, the BA(Hons) English Literature graduate, who has now returned to the books to complete an MA in the same subject, recounts how she was particularly touched by the children she met during her stay.

MA English Literature student Jessica Farrugia worked with people displaced by the 2004 tsunami during the Lebara Foundation-sponsored visit to India.Before taking part in Kingston University's pilot volunteer project in India, I'd never travelled outside Europe and I'd never worked with underprivileged communities. Although I was excited about the opportunity to embrace a new experience, it wasn't until after I'd been accepted that I began to think about the realities of the project - the visa application, the vaccinations, the pre-departure sessions, the fundraising, the flight, and that's all before I'd even set foot in India. Luckily, the Lebara Foundation, which was sponsoring the project, had organised three orientation days to cushion our arrival in Chennai, which allowed our group to get to grips with the schedule and to recover from jet lag. During those three days, we visited each of the three sites where we would be working over the coming weeks - two of which were refugee camps inhabited by families displaced during the Sri Lankan civil war....


Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Posted Tuesday 7 October 2014

Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Esme Dominguez Pueyo's collection included dunces' hats portraying Spanish people who she believes are being fooled regarding the state of their economy.Denim workwear and dunces' hats have been given the haute couture treatment by a Kingston University MA Fashion student. Esme Dominguez Pueyo has used her latest collection, showcased during London Fashion Week, to make a stand about the impact of economic austerity in her native Spain. The menswear includes jersey T-shirts emblazoned with statistics, suits made from 100 per cent cotton denim and dunces' hats produced to portray her view that Spaniards are being fooled by the nation's politicians.

The 24 year old designer, originally from Valencia, worked with small, established British labels to develop her collection, called System Error. They included The London Cloth Company, home to one of the capital's first micro-mills using 19th Century looms, to create some of her cotton and indigo-dyed denim designs. Milliner House of Flora meanwhile produced the dunces' hats from a combination of net and printed fabric. Esme drew her inspiration for the thought-provoking headwear from artist and satirist Goya....


Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

Posted Thursday 25 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

The sombre rituals of burial have inspired an up-and-coming designer to create a range of womenswear with a twist that hit the runway during London Fashion Week.

Syed Nisar, who showcased his work at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show at Stationers' Hall in central London, used huge sculpture-like knots as a signature design element throughout his black and ivory collection. With a background in textile design, the 29-year-old designer, originally from near Lahore in Pakistan, came up with the exaggerated padded creations to represent the way a body is tied in a traditional Muslim shroud....


Eminent academic Steve Keen to help Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eminent academic Steve Keen to help  Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Steve Keen, the new head of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics is a vocal critic of the dominant Neoclassical school of economic thought and of mainstream economics teaching which he says played a large role in bringing about the current economic malaise. He also believes austerity programmes introduced in many countries in the wake of the economic downturn have been counter-productive. "Austerity imposed from Westminster has had the support of Labour too, so I can understand why people in Scotland were talking about independence, for example" he said....


Aspiring lawyer and mother of four puts the case for coming to Kingston University through Clearing

Posted Wednesday 6 August 2014

Aspiring lawyer and mother of four puts the case for coming to Kingston University through Clearing

A mother of four who juggles a demanding degree with caring for her family has credited her international law LLB with setting her on the path to what she hopes will be an exciting new career - and has made a winning case for coming to Kingston University through Clearing in the process.

Malgorzata Hussain, 39, who is originally from Poland but has lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years, had initially signed up to study law with the Open University. However, shortly after beginning her course, her tutors singled her work out for particular praise and advised her to take up a traditional university-based degree course as soon as possible. Not wanting to waste any time, she got straight on the phone to Kingston University's Clearing hotline. "It was an easy, quick and hassle-free process and I only had to make two phone calls to secure my place at Kingston," she explained. "Now I just love my course, and I'm especially happy to be based at the beautiful, leafy Kingston Hill campus."...


New Kingston University Business and Law Dean to strengthen emphasis on international education

Posted Friday 25 July 2014

 New Kingston University Business and Law Dean to strengthen emphasis on international education

Kingston University's new Dean of Business and Law plans to focus on helping students spend time abroad as part of their degrees when he takes the helm at the start of the next academic year.

Professor Ronald Tuninga, who is currently dean at the prestigious AVT Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark, will take up his post at the Faculty in September. "What I am particularly looking forward to is attracting more international students to the University," he explained. "The widest diversity possible will create great ideas and help students to think in a more entrepreneurial way."...

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