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Rose Theatre plays host to wealth of talent from Kingston University's performing arts students at annual end of year festival

Posted Thursday 16 June 2016

Rose Theatre plays host to wealth of talent from Kingston University's performing arts students at annual end of year festival

Dance, drama and music students from Kingston University wowed audiences when they took centre stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre to showcase their talents in performances ranging from flamenco dancing and Indonesian gamelan to cabaret and physical theatre. Kingston Onstage was a day filled with innovation and creativity, including musical performances from singer-songwriters as well as appearances from swing dancers, comedy actors and musical theatre.

The one-day annual festival  gave the local community and industry experts an opportunity to get a flavour of the array of dance, drama and music Kingston University students have been developing throughout the year. Luis Echeverria, who is studying a Masters in Production of Popular Music, was one of the students to step into the spotlight. He performed three sets featuring covers of rock, folk, rhythm and blues and funk. "The reception we received from the audience was very warm and encouraging," he said...


Kingston University designer Caoimhe Savage earns industry acclaim and carries off Graduate Fashion Week menswear award for military-inspired collection

Posted Friday 10 June 2016

Kingston University designer Caoimhe Savage earns industry acclaim and carries off Graduate Fashion Week menswear award for military-inspired collection

A Kingston University designer whose colourful military-inspired collection puts a modern spin on the traditional soldier's uniform has carried off the prestigious menswear prize at Graduate Fashion Week.

Caoimhe Savage was presented with the coveted award, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize, during a star-studded gala event which marked the end of the annual industry showpiece in East London. The judging panel was impressed by her vibrant oversized garments, which blended elements of Japanese Second World War uniforms with those worn by German and British soldiers....


Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

A visually impaired young designer from Kingston University has been shortlisted for a coveted award after impressing industry experts with her womenswear collection during Graduate Fashion Week. Bianca Von Stempel, whose garments are inspired by the way she sees the world, was one of 22 final year BA(Hons) Fashion students who unveiled their looks on the runway at the Old Truman Brewery in east London as part of Kingston University's show.

The 23 year old, who is registered blind and has no central vision, uses her heightened sense of touch to decide how pieces of fabric should be put together. Her feminine, asymmetrical designs are made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza, lace and silk chiffon, which are layered to create a blurred effect that represents how she sees the world around her....


Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Pharmacy students at Kingston University are developing new ways of using social media to help tackle key public health issues such as obesity, smoking and cancer awareness. As part of a project aiming to show how community pharmacy teams could use digital platforms to deliver health campaigns to a wide audience, final year students were tasked with setting up and managing Facebook pages to share evidence-based advice around the world.

Split into groups, they were assigned one of 12 key health topics that addressed the most commonly reported public health needs, ranging from stopping smoking to weight loss, dental health, cancer awareness and stress. The fourth-year pharmacy students then built up a community of followers over several months, posting regular advice and updates and sharing supportive health messages and videos....


Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2016

Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Edinburgh Napier has joined forces with Kingston University to develop the Big Read scheme as a way of helping students settle in to campus life and foster a sense of belonging.

All new Kingston University and Edinburgh Napier undergraduates and postgraduates will be sent a special edition copy of The Humans by Matt Haig - published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books - during the summer before taking up their places....


Kingston University art, design and architecture students showcase creative talents at annual undergraduate degree show

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2016

Kingston University art, design and architecture students showcase creative talents at annual undergraduate degree show

Meditation chairs for airport travellers, candle holders containing possessions of lost loved ones and building designs for a community in Portugal have been just some of the creative ideas being showcased by graduating students from Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at this year's undergraduate degree show.

The show provides industry experts and talent scouts with the opportunity to preview the creativity flowing through the veins of the University's Knights Park campus. Visitors can expect to see cutting edge work by students completing degree courses in architecture, design, film-making, fine art, landscape architecture, graphic design, illustration and animation, interior design, photography and product and furniture design....


Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Posted Thursday 12 May 2016

Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Kingston University has once again rocked to the sounds of music superstar David Bowie - exactly 44 years after he performed as Ziggy Stardust on campus. The iconic rock legend originally took to the stage with his support band, the Spiders from Mars, on 6 May 1972 at the then Kingston Polytechnic's Penrhyn Road site for what became a seminal gig for fans. On Saturday 7 May, more than four decades later, tribute band The Thin White Duke performed a two-hour set to a sell-out audience of more than 120 Bowie devotees at Kingston University's Knights Park bar.

University film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker fronted the band for a selection of the tracks in the guise of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. Professor Brooker will shortly complete a year-long project exploring Bowie's career as research for an academic book entitled Forever Stardust that he has been writing about the pop icon. The study has seen Professor Brooker transform himself into Bowie, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific periods in the star's life to acquire an understanding of his creative thought processes....


Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

A Kingston University academic is shining a spotlight on an Anglo-Irish writer with her new book about 18th Century novelist, poet and playwright Oliver Goldsmith. The book, ‘Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street', by Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing Norma Clarke, picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s, when he was believed to be aged around 30, and follows his journey from humble beginnings as a penniless writer for hire to his inimitable rise to celebrity.

Goldsmith is best known for his novel the ‘Vicar of Wakefield' (1766), his poem ‘The Deserted Village'(1770) and his plays ‘The Good Natur'd Man' (1768) and ‘She Stoops to Conquer' (1771). He is also thought (although this is disputed in some literary circles) to have written the classic children's tale ‘The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes' - which spawned the phrase ‘goody two-shoes' to describe an excessively virtuous person. The book picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s."In what was then the new commercial realm of print, Goldsmith was one of the first writers to promote the professional status of a paid man of letters," Professor Clarke explained. "The 18th century saw a shift in publishing, away from patronage by the elite and in to the hands of booksellers and the buying public." Through the experiences of Goldsmith and a number of his associates - his 'brothers of the quill' - the book explores some of the tensions created by that shift....

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