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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....


Kingston University sport science and nutrition degrees scoop 100 per cent student satisfaction rating for second year running in National Student Survey

Posted Wednesday 10 August 2016

Kingston University sport science and nutrition degrees scoop 100 per cent student satisfaction rating for second year running in National Student Survey

Kingston University's sport science and nutrition courses have achieved the gold standard 100 per cent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey (NSS) for the second year running. Both courses have topped the NSS leader board this year alongside four other high performers – learning disability nursing, product and furniture design, business information technology and psychology with criminology – which also all received the maximum 100 per cent seal of approval from satisfied students. 

The results come at the end of an action-packed year for sport science and nutrition undergraduates who, in January, acted as timekeepers and witnesses when ultra runner Susie Chan set a new 12-hour treadmill world record in the high performance laboratory at the Penrhyn Road campus. Also used by Sir Ranulph Fiennes during his heat acclimation training ahead of the Marathon des Sables, the facility is just one example of the state-of-the-art equipment and top level academic expertise students have access to during their degrees. Their learning is set to be Developments in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing are about to give students increased access to sophisticated technology.further enhanced when the first stage of a major £6.8m project to create new science, technology, engineering and maths facilities opens in September. Key features will include ultra-modern chemistry and pharmaceutics laboratories, complete with sophisticated integrated technology....


Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

Posted Friday 29 July 2016

Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

A new Kingston University graduate is aiming to take the stress out of travelling with her design for a meditation chair to help weary travellers relax as they pass through airports. Product and furniture design student Sara Pagani created the steel-framed Meditasi Chair as part of her final year project to enable travellers to practice meditation in airport waiting areas. The chair includes wings that stretch either side of the user to eliminate noise, a comfortable seat modelled on the Piaggio Vespa scooter and a space underneath to store luggage. Sara knows a thing or two about travelling - hailing from the province of Piacenza in Italy and taking opportunities to study abroad in the United States and the United Kingdom from the age of 14 meant she often found herself looking for ways to ease the journey. "I know packing, being on time, security checks and dealing with last minute problems can easily make people anxious to travel," she said. "Having travelled for years, I often find waiting for long periods of time means you over-think too much which leads to stress, so I decided to try to make the idea of relaxation a part of the journey as well as the destination."

Third year product and furniture design student Sara Pagani works on her project, the Meditasi ChairAlso an avid meditator, Sara drew inspiration for the design from her own daily practice. "My mum introduced me to meditation during a very stressful period of my life a few years ago, as I was going through high school," she explained. "To begin with, I didn't practice regularly but it soon became my daily way of approaching problems and my outlook changed radically - I started using the energy I gained from meditating to solve a problem, rather than using the time to just stress about how to solve it. Sara said the design for the projects grew from her desire to encourage others to be open to the benefits of meditation. "I believe it can help people in so many ways, but in my experience it's often introduced to people as something that is pretty complex to master," she said. "I hope the theme of the design can start a debate about the benefits of meditation, either in private or public environments."...


Congratulations to the Kingston University graduating class of 2016

Posted Tuesday 26 July 2016

Congratulations to the Kingston University graduating class of 2016

More than 10,000 graduates and their guests descended on Kingston in July to celebrate becoming Kingston University's newest alumni.

As our graduates crossed the stage at the Rose Theatre, we were thrilled to welcome them to our thriving global network of 175,000 Kingston alumni....


Kingston University students, staff and graduates bring dance and drama talents to borough stage during International Youth Arts Festival

Posted Friday 15 July 2016

Kingston University students, staff and graduates bring dance and drama talents to borough stage during International Youth Arts Festival

For the eighth year running, Kingston has played host to the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) – regarded by some as a warm up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and this year the borough-wide event was organised by a Kingston University alumnus.

The ten day-long showcase featured some of the best emerging young talent, both nationally and internationally, ranging from comedy performances to circus acts. This year saw a range of Kingston University students, academics and alumni taking part onstage and working behind the scenes at venues such as Rose Theatre Kingston and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre....


Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Posted Wednesday 6 July 2016

Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Kingston University has played host to an international conference dedicated to the work of Joss Whedon – creator of cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and writer and director of blockbuster film Avengers Assemble.

Taking place every two years, the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, brings together academics from across the globe to discuss the various works of Whedon – who is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in popular culture. This is the first time the event has been held outside North America....

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