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Kingston University psychology academic calls for review into mental health treatments following award-winning research into schizophrenia

Posted Thursday 16 November 2017

Kingston University psychology academic calls for review into mental health treatments following award-winning research into schizophrenia

An award-winning Kingston University psychology expert is urging mental health practitioners and pharmaceutical manufacturers to look at developing specific treatments for individuals with schizophrenia, after her study into the illness was recognised by a leading global psychiatry organisation.

Dr Nora S Vyas, from Kingston University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, scooped the Young Investigator Award at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry in Copenhagen, Denmark, for her research into how un-medicated adults with schizophrenia perform on tasks which tested their memory and sorting skills. The work, carried out in collaboration with Professor Monte Buchsbaum from the University of California in San Diego, concluded that those without treatment were still able to perform well in a range of tasks. It has been published in the Schizophrenia Research journal....


Kingston University fashion graduate combines art and science to create bold collection at MA Fashion show

Posted Tuesday 14 November 2017

Kingston University fashion graduate combines art and science to create bold collection at MA Fashion show

A Kingston University fashion graduate has combined influence from art and science to create a bold and colourful collection that added a touch of sparkle to the catwalk at the MA Fashion show.

Designer Caroline Perino's contemporary womenswear range, shimmering with Swarovski crystals, wowed crowds at the Design Museum in London, which hosted the event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the University's MA Fashion course.Brazilian-born Caroline's collection, A Perfectly Aligned Confusion, combines bold shapes with 3D elements such as beads, foam pieces, ceramics and – thanks to sponsorship by Swarovski – hundreds of tiny, sparkling jewels. Designer Caroline Perino's garments are covered in Swarovski crystals.The designer paired shapes and curves with stunning Swarovski crystals. Caroline's love of science and analytical thinking is clear in her latest work, in which she mixes straight lines, sculptural shapes and curves. "The shapes and forms are combined so well that they fit together like a puzzle," she said. "I love to trial and test my work – I did thirty experiments with different fabric and fillings before I decided on my final designs."This passion for science meant the 25 year-old originally appeared destined to become a doctor following in the footsteps of both her parents, but instead she chose to pursue her creative side and indulge her love of drawing. "I almost went to medical school," she said, "I have two sides; artistic and creative, but scientific too. I decided on fashion because I felt I'd be happier – I've loved drawing since I was three years old, it's a big part of me." Caroline also takes inspiration from photography, architecture and street style, and then begins to draw by hand as she has done since childhood. She cites Hussein Chalayan as one of her favourite fashion designers. "I love his use of technology," she said. "He usually makes a statement on society, which I find inspiring." While the bright colours and bold shapes of Caroline's collection might imply an influence from her native Brazil, she explained this is only a subconscious effect – her real motivation is to make people feel happy. "I use colour and impactful shapes so that people feel joy when they see my work," she said. "I think my style is made for the confident woman. The separate elements of the design could be seen as messy and confusing, but together they make sense."Caroline Perino's latest collection combines her passion for science and art.The Design Museum in Kensington is a brand new space which stood as a grand and modern setting for the show. The multi-level catwalk allowed the 10 Kingston University designers to fully showcase their work. "It felt great to be part of it," said Caroline. "It's my first time doing a fashion show outside of Brazil, and I felt that the stunning backdrop of the Design Museum really complemented my collection."Fashion commentator Hilary Alexander OBE, a Trustee of Graduate Fashion Week, attended the show and said she was thrilled to have seen the students' collections on display at the museum. "The quality of the work, the workmanship, the handcraft was sensational," She said. "There were 10 students showing their collections but they each had such depth it seemed like a lot more and I particularly enjoyed Caroline's work. My advice to the graduates is to be absolutely determined, be passionate and grab every opportunity that comes your way."Kingston University's MA Fashion course leader Richard Sorger was also full of praise for the Brazilian designer's work. "Caroline's MA graduate collection displays a masterly use of colour, proportion and line," he said. "The simplicity of her sculptural silhouettes is underpinned by an expert craftsmanship that few designers can hope to achieve."Caroline's ultimate goal is to open her own label in London. She moved to England last year and identifies her love for the country, and for speaking English as the impetus for the move. "London is one of the fashion capitals so it's important for me to be here," she said. "And I chose Kingston University because it is one of the best. I've had outstanding support from my tutors, and the opportunities available to me have really helped my career."...


Architecture firm founded by Kingston University alumni Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh awarded prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Hastings Pier

Posted Wednesday 8 November 2017

Architecture firm founded by Kingston University alumni Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh awarded prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Hastings Pier

An architecture firm part-founded by Kingston University graduates has received the country's top award for architecture. Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh are directors of leading studio dRMM which collected this year's Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stirling Prize for an innovative renovation project which has set out to redefine the role of the seaside pier for the 21st Century.

The award, given annually to the building making the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in that particular year, recognised dRMM for its work redeveloping Hastings Pier which was devastated by fire in 2010....


Executive stress and invisible medical conditions among themes explored by Kingston University graphic design MA students in central London showcase

Posted Tuesday 31 October 2017

Executive stress and invisible medical conditions among themes explored by Kingston University graphic design MA students in central London showcase

Projecting tranquil beach scenes on to the Bank of England to de-stress city workers and increasing awareness of invisible disabilities were just two of the ideas explored by Kingston University's graphic design MA students when they showcased their final projects at a three-day exhibition in central London.

French designer Elise Boutros investigated the causes of stress and explored ways that mindfulness could be used by business communities at the heart of London's financial district. She plans to project her peace-inducing animations, featuring images of holidaying revellers relaxing at the beach, onto the Bank of England to bring an oasis of calm to one of the most stressful work environments in the country....


Kingston University's UN law expert returns to Jamaica to advise government in cracking down on terror related activities

Posted Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kingston University's UN law expert returns to Jamaica to advise government in cracking down on terror related activities

The Jamaican Government has yet again sought the expertise of a Kingston University Law School academic to advise ministers on implementing measures to prevent the financing of terrorism. Dr Gauri Sinha's trip follows her initial visit to the Caribbean island in 2016, where she first helped shape the nation's legislation on anti-money laundering, in accordance with the laws set out in the United Nations Security Resolutions (UNSCR).

Following the success of her first trip, the law lecturer and financial crime expert spent three days forensically scrutinising Jamaica's current laws before producing 17 official recommendations for ministry officials to examine....


Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Posted Tuesday 24 October 2017

Design Museum rolls out runway for Kingston University MA Fashion graduates in 10 year anniversary show

Cultural traditions, identity and an eye-catching array of Swarovski crystals took centre stage as Kingston University's graduating MA Fashion students showcased their latest collections on the catwalk at the Design Museum in London. A selection of 10 fashion designers from the University's Kingston School of Art postgraduate degree course unveiled their work at the event, which took place at the world's leading contemporary design museum to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the course.

Graduating student Dardana Djantio Etchike's garments explored the tradition of breast ironing in her home country of Cameroon, Central Africa. The practice, typically carried out by a girl's mother, has become more widespread over the last 50 years with dietary improvements in Cameroon leading to a quicker onset of puberty.Dardana Djantio Etchike's collection explores the cultural practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. "The practice is largely used on girls aged nine to 15 years old and justified as a way to prevent sexual assault," Dardana explained. "Girls are compressed and restricted and it naturally creates a real desire for freedom. My designs are largely focused on those desires, how the body is expressed and how it feels in relation to the environment around it," she added....


Kingston University student volunteers make a difference with Lebara Foundation in community schools in India and Sri Lanka

Posted Monday 23 October 2017

Kingston University student volunteers make a difference with Lebara Foundation in community schools in India and Sri Lanka

Kingston University staff and students travelled to the slums of India and tea plantations of Sri Lanka to work amongst local communities as part of an annual cultural exchange programme run by the Lebara Foundation.

The once-in-a-life experience saw a group of seven students travel to Tirupathi in southern India and four to Maskeliya, Sri Lanka to teach English and volunteer in schools that are providing some of the country's most disadvantaged children and young adults with education and developmental support....


Kingston University nursing student finds out about international patient safety at workshop in Japan

Posted Wednesday 18 October 2017

Kingston University nursing student finds out about international patient safety at workshop in Japan

A Kingston University nursing student travelled to Japan to share her experiences of healthcare in the United Kingdom with colleagues from across the globe at a prestigious international workshop.

Magdalena Gwiazda joined nursing students from six other countries at the INU (International Network of Universities) Patient Safety and Quality of Care workshop, hosted by Hiroshima University....

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