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Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Posted Friday 16 September 2016

Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Legendary record producer Tony Visconti – who has worked with some of the world's greatest names in rock and pop such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey and U2 – has opened a new analogue recording studio at Kingston University, named in his honour.

The Visconti Studio is based around an unusual, octagonal-shaped live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment and a unique collection of instruments including a Hammond organ, Steinway grand piano and Mellotron – famously used by Paul McCartney to produce the flute-like sound in the introduction to the Beatles' 1967 classic Strawberry Fields Forever....


Kingston University's MA Fashion students showcase latest collections to industry experts on eve of London Fashion Week

Posted Friday 16 September 2016

Kingston University's MA Fashion students showcase latest collections to industry experts on eve of London Fashion Week

A computer game, a dance performance and a nod to freedom fighters around the world were just some of the latest works Kingston University's graduating designers unveiled at their annual MA Fashion show.

Visitors were treated to an eclectic mix of collections that centred on themes of movement and evolution, with undertones of political tension simmering throughout. Launched on the eve of London Fashion Week at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, the show was the culmination of months of research undertaken by the students, who graduated in July....


Kingston University design students play key role in project commissioned by car manufacturer Nissan to create world's largest 3D pen sculpture

Posted Thursday 15 September 2016

Kingston University design students play key role in project commissioned by car manufacturer Nissan to create world's largest 3D pen sculpture

Creative Kingston University students have joined forces with a group of artists to create the world's largest 3D pen sculpture – in the shape of a car. Product and furniture design student Karsan Haval teamed up with interior design undergraduates Luiza Darie-Vlasceanu, Femi Adedoyin, Ruby Asare-Brown and Yelitzelena Leonard to play a key role in an 800 hour project crafting a full-sized replica of the Nissan Qashqai Black Edition for the Japanese firm, which manufactures 58 real cars in just one hour.

The work was commissioned by Nissan to demonstrate the refined design of its new European crossover model. Students from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture were called on to take part, spending two weeks drawing onto a stenciled car with a 3D pen, which was then used to weld the elements of the sculpture together. "We started by drawing key areas of the car, adding contour lines to accentuate the profile of the vehicle and covering the whole car in masking tape to fill the gaps, creating panels," Karsan explained. "In the early stages it was difficult to imagine what the finished ‘drawing' would look like, but once we started webbing the contour lines to fill the panels and connecting them together, it really started to take shape."...


Kingston University expert shares teaching expertise and research knowledge as educator in residence at National University of Singapore

Posted Wednesday 14 September 2016

Kingston University expert shares teaching expertise and research knowledge as educator in residence at National University of Singapore

Dr Roberto Di Napoli, Associate Professor in Higher Education, and Programmes Director for Kingston University's Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP), has recently returned from an educator in residence position at the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS, which is 12th in the QS World University Rankings, has only previously invited only four other academics to be educator in residence prior to Dr Di Napoli, from universities in Australia, the USA and Oxford University.

The two-week residency included Dr Di Napoli giving the prestigious 2016 Ruth Wong Memorial Lecture on Education, named after one of Asia's most respected leaders in transforming teacher education. His lecture, titled ‘Ethical interprofessionalism: academic work, practices and identities', was delivered to a packed lecture hall of academics from all faculties in the University, its senior managers and students....


Pop star Kate Nash dons Kingston University fashion graduate Lydia Bolton's designs to perform David Bowie tribute at Wilderness Festival

Posted Monday 5 September 2016

Pop star Kate Nash dons Kingston University fashion graduate Lydia Bolton's designs to perform David Bowie tribute at Wilderness Festival

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash wowed fans at this year's Wilderness festival in a prom-inspired tracksuit created by a Kingston University fashion graduate. The award winning musician, who recently released her latest single Good Summer, took to the stage in designs by Lydia Bolton as she fronted a David Bowie tribute alongside Welsh singer Charlotte Church and the Wilderness Orchestra that brought the Oxfordshire festival to a close on Sunday 7 August.

Lydia's womenswear collection, which blurs the lines between sportswear and party dresses, was spotted by Kate Nash's stylist Rebekah Roy when Lydia unveiled it at this year's Graduate Fashion Week in East London....


Kingston University graduate Asha Philip gets a hero's welcome after scooping Olympic bronze as part of Team GB women's relay squad at Rio 2016

Posted Tuesday 23 August 2016

Kingston University graduate Asha Philip gets a hero's welcome after scooping Olympic bronze as part of  Team GB women's relay squad at Rio 2016

A  Kingston University graduate has returned home to a rapturous reception after a bronze medal-winning performance as part of the  Team GB women's relay squad at the Rio Olympics. Sprinter Asha Philip, who studied drama at Kingston University London from 2009 to 2012, ran first in the nail-biting final of the women's 4x100 metre race on Friday, setting a British record of 41.77 seconds. The win gave Team GB its first medal in the event since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Asha has been training and competing in a variety sports and dance disciplines since she was just four years old, including trampolining, swimming, gymnastics, tap, ballet, jazz dancing, athletics and netball. During her degree studies, the 25 year old, from East London, was captain of Kingston University's netball team....


Kingston University's BA(Hons) Fashion degree elevated to second place in prestigious Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings

Posted Tuesday 23 August 2016

Kingston University's BA(Hons) Fashion degree elevated to second place in prestigious Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings

Kingston University's internationally-acclaimed BA(Hons) Fashion degree has been ranked number two in the world by leading website Business of Fashion. The University's undergraduate fashion programme rose from third spot to second in the eagerly anticipated annual listings compiled by the influential industry commentator - placing Kingston ahead of 48 other leading fashion institutions.

The University saw off stiff competition from some of the foremost fashion schools in the world to scoop the coveted accolade, outshining the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Parsons School of Design in New York and the London College of Fashion along the way....


Kingston Business School joins elite group of 5 per cent of top institutions worldwide awarded prestigious AACSB accreditation

Posted Wednesday 10 August 2016

Kingston Business School joins elite group of 5 per cent of top institutions worldwide awarded prestigious AACSB accreditation

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions awarded prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in business and accounting. Only 777 of the more than 16,000 schools that grant business degrees worldwide have received the AACSB seal of approval....

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