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Former Culture Minister Hadia Tajik receives honorary degree from Kingston University recognising outstanding contribution to Norwegian politics
Posted Friday 14 March 2014
"If you'd asked me a decade ago if I could imagine being a government minister, I would have probably just laughed. Someone had to be the groundbreaker - but I never thought it would be me."
So said the former Norwegian Minister for Culture and Kingston graduate Hadia Tajik as she received an honorary doctorate from the University in a ceremony held at the British Ambassador's residence in Oslo. Ms Tajik's degree presentation, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Norwegian politics, was the high point of an event celebrating the successes of more than 100 Kingston graduates based in Norway....
Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.
The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....
Best picture triumph for Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen no surprise to Kingston University film studies expert
Posted Tuesday 4 March 2014
With his film 12 Years a Slave winning three awards at this year's Oscars, including the coveted best picture gong, British director Steve McQueen has become one of the world's most talked-about new film makers. For Kingston University Professor Will Brooker, however, McQueen's meteoric rise is no great surprise. In the early 1990s, he crossed paths with the then-Goldsmiths College art student as he made his first exploration into the world of film.
"I met Steve McQueen when he was on the cusp of becoming a film-maker," Professor Brooker explained. "I was doing a postgraduate course which saw each student direct a short film that would become their industry calling card. We all helped out on each other's projects and one day a young man who was studying fine art asked if he could join us as he wanted to learn about film-making. The student was Steve McQueen and, in hindsight, this was a crucial point in his career."...
Posted Wednesday 26 February 2014
The Kingston University, London - International Study Centre (KULISC) has moved to its permanent home at Kingston Hill campus. The Stable Block, historically home to Kingston Law School, has been completely revamped to accommodate the Centre and Kingston Hill campus' new reception.
KULISC is a joint partnership with leading international education provider Study Group, offering a range of courses specifically for international students to prepare them for degree programmes at Kingston University.
Now in its fifth year, KULISC has successfully guided more than 200 students through a variety of courses, with the first cohort of students from the International Foundation Year presently nearing the completion of their Kingston degree course.
The new Centre is equipped with six learning spaces, state-of-the-art facilities, a common room, staff room and offices, offering its students and staff an aesthetically pleasing and conducive learning environment.
The head of the Centre, Vernon Dando described the development as: "a clear demonstration of the strength of the partnership between the University and Study Group" providing an "enviable environment for KULISC students to study".
KULISC students, graduates, staff and colleagues from around the university attended the launch event. Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg and Study Group's James Pitman officially opened the new Centre with the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the event.
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Kingston University graduate Sarah Woolner scoops BAFTA award for short animation Sleeping With The Fishes
Posted Wednesday 19 February 2014
A Kingston University creative writing and drama graduate is celebrating after scooping a prestigious BAFTA award. Screenwriter Sarah Woolner was part of a team that carried off the British short animation award for the film Sleeping with the Fishes, which she made with producer James Walker and director Yousif Al-Khalifa. The romantic comedy, set to music composed by fellow Kingston graduate Matt Kelly, tells the story of a woman who lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until the day a delivery man who looks like a rainbow trout turns up.
The 30 year old, who graduated from Kingston University with first class honours in creative writing and drama in 2006, said the BAFTA had been entirely unexpected. "There was a delayed reaction from all of us when the winner was announced but we were totally elated," she said. "We didn't think too much about our chances of winning because it was such an honour to even be nominated and the two other entries we were up against were great animations. I'm really on cloud nine."...
United States Ambassador and internet pioneer Matthew W. Barzun delivers address at Kingston University's Chancellor's event
Posted Tuesday 18 February 2014
The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom has visited Kingston University as the first high-profile speaker in a new series of Chancellor's events. Eager to see for himself some of the work the University's US-born Chancellor Bonnie Greer had been regaling him about, Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun toured the Knights Park campus where he also addressed a packed lecture.
Ambassador Barzun described the creativity and energy he observed during his visit as contagious, before speaking to staff and students about the close connections between the digital and creative economies. He drew on his own background as an internet pioneer, which saw him become the fourth person to be employed at CNET Networks where he served in a number of roles, including executive vice-president and chief strategy officer.
During a question and answer session, graphic design student Lizzie Reid asked Ambassador Barzun for his thoughts on technology enabling governments to eavesdrop on their citizens. He traced this back to the reaction of the security agencies to the terror attacks of 9/11, when they had been told never to let such a thing happen again. Since then, he said, technology had advanced and terrorists had become more clever, so the security services needed to place even more emphasis on staying one step ahead.
It was an issue that needed to be kept on the agenda, he added. "It's not enough that only American citizens feel comfortable, or even the citizens of our closest ally, the United Kingdom, feel comfortable," he said. "We need to consider the privacy concerns of 96 per cent of the world who aren't American or British."
When questioned about prominent court cases faced by Amanda Knox and Gary McKinnon and whether issues surrounding extraditing suspects between the United Kingdom and United States might damage the two nation's special relationship, Ambassador Barzun pointed out that the US had never turned down British extradition requests. "This is a matter of trust - whether we trust each other enough to allow our citizens to face trial in the other country," he said.
Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing Professor Edith Sim said the ambassador's visit had highlighted the significance of cross-disciplinary work between arts and technology, particularly demonstrated through Digital Media Kingston and the University's expertise in gaming technology. "It was invigorating to hear how vibrant Ambassador Barzun found the environment at Kingston University and his presentation and openness in answering questions was inspirational, " she added.
Posted Tuesday 18 February 2014
The development of a tool that will help government officials, policy makers and healthcare providers across Europe examine the cost effectiveness and impact of anti-smoking initiatives is set to become the subject of a major new study.
Headed by an expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, the investigation will scrutinise the way stakeholders are involved throughout the research process and compare their responses with those in other countries across the continent....
Cantopop superstar Eason Chan takes to the stage to receive honorary degree from Kingston University
Posted Friday 24 January 2014
Chart-topping Cantopop star Eason Chan has added another award to his growing list of accolades after Kingston University presented him with an honorary degree in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in the music industry.
Almost 20 years after his last visit to the University, the singer returned to Kingston to be named an Honorary Doctor of Arts at a graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the town's Rose Theatre....