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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....


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."...


Popstar Ellie Goulding rocks Glastonbury Festival in top designed by Kingston University fashion graduate Sadie Clayton

Posted Tuesday 8 July 2014

Singer Ellie Goulding wore a top made by Kingston University fashion graduate Sadie Clayton at Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Brian Rasic/REXChart-topping singer Ellie Goulding lit up the stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival thanks to a wireless copper top created by Kingston University BA(Hons) Fashion graduate Sadie Clayton.

The star, who was the most-watched Glastonbury act with 940,000 televison viewers, wore the 23 year old‘s cut-out top with black leather hotpants as she bounded around the Other Stage at the festival. Sadie designed the garment during her final year at Kingston as part of a womenswear collection, which included a shimmering dress made of 2,000 copper plumbing brackets that saw her named runner-up in Graduate Fashion Week's award for innovation last year.

Sadie, from Mirfield in West Yorkshire who graduated from Kingston University in 2013, watched the 27 year old's performance on the last day of the festival on TV and admitted it was a surreal experience to see the singer-songwriter, who has sold millions of albums worldwide, wear something she had designed. "It was incredible to think how many fans would have seen the top," she said. "Ellie Goulding looked great on stage and absolutely rocked the look she was going for."

Sadie Clayton, here wearing one of her designs, created the top worn by Ellie Goulding at Glastonbury Festival during her final year at Kingston University. Photo: Wayne TippettsSadie said a stylist earmarked the top for the BRIT award winner to wear on stage at the festival, which attracted more than 175,000 people, after discovering her collection. "We weren't sure whether it was going to fit her but, a few days later, I received a text saying that Ellie was wearing it," she explained.

Course director for BA(Hons) Fashion Elinor Renfrew said Sadie had displayed a strong design talent throughout her time at Kingston University. "This is the second time our fashion students have caught the eye of an international pop star - two years ago Lady Gaga wore an outfit created by Kingston graduate Lydia Stedman," Mrs Renfrewadded. "It goes to show top stylists are definitely keeping tabs on the work our students create."

Clayton, who set up her own label Sadie Clayton Limited, is now gearing up to showcase her spring/summer 15 collection at London Fashion Week 2014 on September 12 in the opulent surroundings of St Giles in the Fields Church in West London.

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Kingston University product and furniture design student fuses chopsticks with knives and forks to create East meets West cutlery range

Posted Friday 4 July 2014

Kingston University product and furniture design student fuses chopsticks with knives and forks to create East meets West cutlery range

When it comes to cultural differences between the Far East and Western world, cutlery and dining rituals would probably come high on the list for many people. A Kingston University student, however, has attempted to bridge the gap by fusing cutlery from both cultures to create a series of hybrid eating utensils....

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