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Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Posted Thursday 19 January 2017

Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Not being afraid to take risks and embracing the value of wrong turns along the way were two of the life lessons shared by acclaimed novelist Nick Hornby as he was awarded an honorary degree from Kingston University.

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter – who studied for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University after reading English at Cambridge – was named an Honorary Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and reading pleasure during a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduation ceremony at the borough's Rose Theatre....


Kingston University placed 123 in world for international outlook in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Posted Thursday 12 January 2017

Kingston University placed 123 in world for international outlook in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Kingston University has cemented its place as one of the world's most international institutions in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings - a list of the top 980 institutions from 79 countries across the globe. The Times Higher Education named Kingston University at number 123 in its list of the world's most international institutions.The sector-leading publication placed the University 123 in the world for international outlook in the 2017 table, a rise of 13 places compared to the previous year and 47 out of 91 institutions in the United Kingdom. This places Kingston University in an elite group of higher education providers able to attract students, staff and research partners from around the world - attributes the magazine describes as key to success on a global stage. Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Martyn Jones said recognition of the University's strong global outlook was testament to the value placed on diversity throughout the institution. "Kingston University prides itself on delivering a dynamic international experience - bringing together a diverse range of staff, students and alumni from more than 150 countries, along with worldwide study, research and internship opportunities," Professor Jones said. "This is enriched by our location in one of the most cosmopolitan capital cities in the world." The THE defined most outward looking institutions as those with the highest proportions of international staff and students, as well as the largest percentage of published research papers with at least one co-author from another country.

Kingston University's Study Abroad International Learning Manager Joan-Anton Carbonell Porro said being able to attract the very best students and staff from across the world was of significant importance and benefitted all at the institution. "In an increasingly global society, international outlook is critical," Mr Carbonell Porro said. "Being able to partner with organisations from around the world to undertake ground breaking research, offer a wide range of international work placements and Study Abroad opportunities to students and develop graduates with truly global perspectives is of paramount importance. This is a key requirement for employers and will help ensure our graduates are best placed to succeed."...


Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

Posted Sunday 8 January 2017

Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

More than 120 David Bowie fans packed in to the University's Knights Park bar on 7 January for a gig performed by tribute band The Thin White Duke.

Bowie, who had kept his cancer hidden from the public, succumbed to the disease on 10 January last year. Following a sell-out gig in May – held exactly 44 years after he had performed as Ziggy Stardust at the University's Penrhyn Road campus – The Thin White Duke returned to commemorate Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday weekend....


Kingston University academics play key part in project to devise smartphone app that uses games technology to help smokers kick the habit

Posted Wednesday 4 January 2017

Kingston University academics play key part in project to devise smartphone app that uses games technology to help smokers kick the habit

A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to New Year's resolutions to quit by playing games to combat cravings has been developed by academics at Kingston University and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Cigbreak Free was the brainchild of games creation processes lecturer Hope Caton, from Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics, and Robert Walton, Professor of Primary Medical Care at QMUL.

Ms Caton - who has extensive experience in video games, having worked on global hit TombRaider IV: The Last Revelation - teamed up with Professor Walton to see if they could combine a fun gaming experience with educational health messages to help smokers fight the urge to light up....


2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

Posted Sunday 1 January 2017

2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

A lot happens in the life of a University over the course of a year. Our students took on exciting projects that showcased their extraordinary talents, multi-million pound improvements to our buildings and facilities were announced and our research continued to inform thinking across the world.

In 2016 Kingston University was twice recognised by Times Higher Education, firstly as one of the top 150 most international institutions and then as one of the world's top 150 young universities, and was a runner-up in The Guardian University Awards' student experience category for its student engagement programme. The University's Widening Participation team was also recognised as University of the Year at the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) awards, with head of department Jenni Woods scooping the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access award....


Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016

Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Have you ever tried to solve a complicated maths problem by using your hands, or shaped a piece of clay without planning it out in your head first? Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity – and even improve people's chances of getting a job, according to experts from Kingston University.

New research by Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, is challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Instead, they are seeking to demonstrate how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us – and that using tools or objects when problem solving can spark new ways of finding solutions....


Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Posted Thursday 15 December 2016

Architects need to dream for London, Kingston University's new Professor of Architecture Andrew Clancy says

Kingston University's new professor of Architecture has urged fellow professionals and his new students to take time to daydream in order to maintain London's unique position in the world. Professor Andrew Clancy said that despite strong strategic leadership, preserving London's truly special cultural characteristics would fall to designers. "We have lots of great planners and engineers in London, lots of great financial and political people who are thinking about London on a strategic level - but nobody's dreaming for it. As architects, we should see that as our role," he said.

Professor Clancy joins Kingston University as a professor of Architecture. To mark the appointment, Kingston University's architecture students are embarking on a four year examination of England's capital, which the department hopes will culminate in a new way of defining the city. The study will focus on the impact London has on its surrounding areas and will re-examine the city's boundaries. "All of the projects set by the department of Architecture and Landscape will take place within what we are trying to define as a new classification of outer London. This classification is not determined by legal parameters, rather it is our take on places we can argue are, to a large extent, affected by the presence of London - Europe's only truly multicultural metropolis," Professor Clancy explained....


Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Posted Wednesday 14 December 2016

Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Contracts have been signed for Kingston University's landmark Town House building, with construction work on the project – set to be a key feature of the University's Penrhyn Road campus – on track to get under way in spring 2017.  The new building, which forms part of a major £260 million project to transform the University's campuses, will include a mix of teaching and performance space, a library, covered courtyard and cafés.

Designed by Grafton Architects, which has recently won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award for the world's best new building for the latest campus at Peru's University of Technology and Engineering (UTEC), the Town House signals Kingston University's commitment to creating an architectural landmark and highly environmentally friendly building in the heart of the borough....

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