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Students from the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment ‘think critically to make a difference' for South African settlement

Posted Thursday 5 March 2015

A student with some of the village children - Photo courtesy of Corinne CummingA student with some of the village children - Photo courtesy of Corinne CummingKingston University students and academics flew to South Africa for a two-week field course that saw them actively involved in the lives of locals in different locations. This included working with the residents of Village Heights - an impoverished informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Working with the community and with landscape architects and representatives from the Cape Town municipality the students cleared land to create a community garden, shifting 250 bags of household waste, concrete blocks, old mattresses and rubber tyres. Village Heights inhabitants often build their homes with corrugated iron, offcuts of wood, polythene and other found materials. They even created benches, chairs and a see-saw from the debris. The organic compost for the garden was funded by the carbon credits the students bought to offset the carbon footprint caused by their trip.

The school of Geography, Geology and the Environment students on their trip to South Africa - Photo courtesy of Corinne Cumming The school of Geography, Geology and the Environment students on their trip to South Africa - Photo courtesy of Corinne Cumming

The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment were invited to Village Heights through links Kingston University lecturers had built with the Cape Town municipality over several years. This trip gives students a unique opportunity to work with locals and debate development issues in a real-life context while learning more about the challenges facing residents while outside of a classroom setting.

Making use of found materials to create playground activities - Photo courtesy of Corinne Cumming Making use of found materials to create playground activities - Photo courtesy of Corinne CummingThe students all study the Development Geographies module, which introduces critical issues of development including resource management, poverty, exclusion, inequality, natural hazards, gender and conflict. The ethos behind the trip was think critically to make a difference. Different days focused on different issues such as socio-spatial inequality, legacies of apartheid, rural development and eco-tourism, carbon-neutral agricultural and ecological conservation strategies and land management challenges.

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Kingston University MBA among Europe's top 50 in QS Global 200 Business Schools ranking report 2015

Posted Friday 13 February 2015

Kingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School BuildingKingston Business School's full-time MBA has been ranked 43 out of 200 in the latest QS Fulltime MBA rankings of business schools across Europe. The survey asks international employers to select the schools from which they consider hiring MBA graduates. This information is combined with the QS Intelligence Unit survey of academics from all over the world each year to produce the final ranking.

Employers returning data in the European section included companies from the finance, technology and consulting sectors including Google, Bloomberg, PWC, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, AXA and more. Experienced HR and line managers from each company are asked a series of questions about MBA recruitment in the previous and the forthcoming year. They are then asked to list, unprompted, the international schools from which they have recently attempted to recruit MBAs.

This is the first year that Kingston University has been included in this ranking. Recent improvements to the MBA programme include a renewed focus on the global nature of business, offering students opportunities to study modules in both Berlin and Moscow, and the introduction of a dedicated MBA careers coach and an MBA Careers Week.

Most recently, Kingston Business School has partnered with the prestigious Boston University in the USA to offer postgraduates a high-quality, international education leading to a dual degree from the two institutions. Kingston Business School's international collaborations include delivering the Kingston MBA with a partner in Moscow - the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration. This MBA has been ranked number one in Russia several times.

Ron Tuninga, dean of the Faculty of Business and Law welcomed the new ranking, saying that it was a tremendous achievement for the Business School and highly deserved; "We now rank more highly than some well-known schools on the continent such as Vlerick School of Business in Belgium." Chris Bristow, director of the MBA programmes, said: "It is a tribute both to the teaching team and the excellent MBA participants who join us from far and wide to make this a truly international, transformational programme".


Korean teachers sign up for three more years of English language development with Kingston University

Posted Thursday 29 January 2015

Korean teachers sign up for three more years of English language development with Kingston University

Each January, Kingston University hosts 20 English teachers from the Chungcheongbuk-Do region of South Korea, for a month long, residential continuing professional development course with English Language Development, within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

The programme has been running for four years and FASS was delighted to sign an agreement for a further three years during a formal ceremony at County Hall with Chungcheongbuk-Do's governor of Education; Professor Martin McQuillan, dean of FASS; and Dr David Mackintosh, senior deputy vice-chancellor....


Kingston University architecture graduate Simon Dean awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project

Posted Friday 16 January 2015

A recent Kingston University graduate has received one of the most prestigious international awards in architectural education, beating submissions from 317 schools of architecture in 61 countries. Simon Dean, who graduated from the University's BA (Hons) Architecture course in 2014, was presented with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project, at the RIBA Presidents Medals award ceremony.

Simon's project, entitled Flow 1944, was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. It was produced as part of Kingston University's School of Architecture and Landscape's examination of sites within UNESCO World Heritage contexts and proposes a design for a bathhouse carved into solidified lava that erupted from Mount Vesuvius in 1944.

Announcing Simon's award David Gloster, RIBA director of Education said: "The judges were impressed with the student's beautifully crafted images and models and how these delicately created a seductive landscape from which a new architecture may be born."

Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.Simon Dean (centre) is presented with his RIBA Bronze Medal by Roz Barr, RIBA vice-president Education and Stephen Hodder, RIBA president.

The RIBA President's Medals are considered the world's most prestigious and established awards in architectural education. The Bronze and Silver medals are of equal merit, being presented to students at different stages of their education. The Bronze medal recognises the design work of students at Part 1 - normally the first three of five years of the professional qualification in architecture. The Silver Medal goes to students at Part 2 - usually the last two years of the architecture qualification. A Dissertation Medal was introduced in 2001 to reward written work produced at either Part 1 or 2.

Simon's work will now form part of an exhibition of selected awards' entries at the RIBA headquarters in London for two months, before touring the UK and overseas. His success follows notable achievements for other past Kingston University students. In 2013, Minghui Ke and Shapur Keshvari received commendations in the Bronze Medal and Dissertation Medal categories respectively. The Royal Institute of British Architects is the oldest and most influential architectural institution in the world. It has over 43,000 members internationally, including 13,000 students.

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Double Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel announces winner of Kingston University's first international short story competition

Posted Friday 19 December 2014

Double Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel announces winner of Kingston University's first international short story competition

Michelle Cahill's prize-winning short-story, Duende, was inspired by Spanish poet Frederico Garcia-Lorca.An Australian poet has been announced as the winner of Kingston University's inaugural Hilary Mantel International Short Story competition.

Michelle Cahill was awarded the £3,000 first prize by the double Booker award-winning author who lent her name to the competition. Hilary Mantel CBE announced Ms Cahill's work, Duende, as the winning entry at a special lunch held in Kingston in December. Prizes of £500 each went to the two runners up, Annemarie Neary for her short story One Day in Sarajevo and Rick Williams for What Lies Beneath....


Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Kingston University research across all disciplines has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Government's latest research evaluation.Kingston University has received a huge boost to its research with 60 per cent being rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Government research evaluation exercise. This represents a 100 per cent improvement for the University since the last assessment six years ago and propels it nearly 20 places up the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education newspaper.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the regular UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in higher education institutions. This assessment last took place in 2008, under its previous name of the Research Assessment Exercise....


Amputee rehabilitation specialist from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travels to Gaza to support teams treating residents caught up in conflict

Posted Wednesday 10 December 2014

Amputee rehabilitation specialist from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travels to Gaza to support teams treating residents caught up in conflict

Amputee rehabilitation specialist Mary Jane Cole from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travelled to Gaza with Handicap International to support local staff. An expert in amputee rehabilitation from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has travelled to Gaza to support people injured during the recent conflict, providing expert training for local healthcare staff working in the field. Senior lecturer Mary Jane Cole, from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, was part of a team from the United Kingdom deployed to the region through an initiative backed by charity Handicap International.

Mrs Cole joined occupational therapists, nurses and physiotherapists who worked alongside Handicap International's existing outreach rehabilitation teams to help build their capacity. The teams have been responsible for supporting many of the more than 11,000 Palestinians injured during the crisis, which has seen several specialist facilities damaged or destroyed....


Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

Posted Thursday 4 December 2014

Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

The promotional poster for the 1991 undergraduate art and design degree show, which was the institution's last as a polytechnic before it became a university in 1992.London's Kingston University has received £56,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark another significant milestone in the history of the art school that has been at the heart of the borough's education system for well over a century. Called Histories in the Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art in Kingston upon Thames, the initiative will celebrate the institution's art, design and cultural heritage and bring its story to life for a new generation of local residents.

Spearheaded by academic experts from the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the project will explore the stories and personalities connected with the art school, originally founded in 1875. Five exhibitions will be staged across the borough between January and March next year, showcasing work made by the institution's artists, architects and designers. School children and family groups will also be able to soak up more information about the talent and creativity nurtured in its studios and lecture theatres over the years through a series of 20 workshops, an Art School Takeover day and specially themed storytelling, fashion, film, performance and music events. The packed programme of activity will be hosted at a number of venues including Kingston Museum, the Rose Theatre, the Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum and the Faculty's very own Platform Gallery at Knights Park....

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