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Ill-informed arguments from both sides of Scottish independence debate risk being as useful as 'half-baked haggis', Kingston University economics expert Steve Keen warns
Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014
A Kingston University academic has warned that the economic implications of Scottish independence have been overlooked in 'half-baked' arguments by both sides of the debate in the run-up to tomorrow's historic referendum.
Professor Steve Keen, the new head of the University's School of Economics, History and Politics, says too much time has been devoted to appealing to the hearts of voters, rather than their heads. "I have genuine worries about the economic viability of an independent Scotland, with or without its own currency," the 61 year old Australian said. "Even with a Scottish currency, the banking sector could implode like it did in Iceland and this critical aspect of independence is being buried beneath the politics and passion. Both sides' arguments are pretty half-baked - and a half-baked haggis is no use to anybody."...
Posted Wednesday 6 August 2014
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."...
Posted Friday 25 July 2014
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
Chart-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 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
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....
Posted Tuesday 1 July 2014
The first half of 2014 has been a bit of a whirlwind for budding film-maker Scott Carthy. "I've barely had time to think," the 22 year old, who is originally from Drogheda, Ireland, admitted. On top of completing the final year of his graphic design degree at Kingston University London, Scott has found the time to shoot and edit the seven-minute film 1050.6(c) which tells the story of the dying art of subway dancing in New York City.
The movie takes its name from section 1050.6(c) of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct, which prohibits performers from dancing within the subway cars. This local law has been largely ignored till now but will shortly be more stringently enforced. The film has therefore come at a pivotal moment for the dancers, documenting as it does the end of something that will change part of the character of one of the world's most famous cities....
Kingston University academic calls for robust police investigation into evidence CIA flights carrying terror suspects landed in Scotland
Posted Friday 27 June 2014
Researchers behind a groundbreaking project which tracks thousands of flights linked to rendition are calling for a robust police investigation into evidence that a CIA jet landed in Glasgow after carrying an alleged 9/11 mastermind to a secret torture prison in Poland.Rendition involves terror suspects being transported from around the globe to secret locations for enhanced interrogation.
It has emerged that Scottish detectives are investigating the 2003 stopover after the alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was taken to Poland. They are also probing five other cases which researchers say were part of CIA 'rendition circuits', where terror suspects are moved illegally between secret detention and torture sites....
Posted Friday 27 June 2014
One of the world's leading educationalists visited Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus recently as the University became the first British venue to play host to the International Student Quality Circles Convention. Dr Jagdish Ghandi, who established the world's biggest school, the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, which teaches mor ethan 45,000 students is the leader of the quality circles movement in education. He attended the Convention with a group of his pupils, who joined students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mauritius and several other nations. Dr Ghandi's educational philosophy is adapted from the principles of continuous improvement through consultation which were used to regenerate the shattered Japanese economy in the aftermath of World War 2. "Quality improvement is a concept of mind - you always need to be thinking ‘how can I do better?'" he explained....