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YouTube star and Kingston University graduate Sean Elliott O'Connor showcases artistic talents on return to campus

Posted Friday 20 April 2018

YouTube star and Kingston University graduate Sean Elliott O'Connor showcases artistic talents on return to campus

YouTube sensation Sean Elliott O'Connor returned to Kingston School of Art to remake his favourite piece of coursework – and offer his online audience a glimpse of life at Kingston University.

Since completing his BA(Hons) Fine Art degree in 2014, Sean has gone on to become a full-time social media content creator, with almost half a million subscribers on his popular YouTube channel....


Nightclub design and club culture examined in new exhibition at Vitra Design Museum co-curated by Kingston University course leader Dr Cat Rossi

Posted Thursday 12 April 2018

Nightclub design and club culture examined in new exhibition at Vitra Design Museum co-curated by Kingston University course leader Dr Cat Rossi

A Kingston University lecturer has co-curated a major exhibition examining the relationship between club culture and design. Held at Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the exhibition presents nightclubs as important cultural artefacts that merge architecture and design with sound, light, fashion and visual effects to create an all-encompassing art form.

Dr Cat Rossi, course leader of the University's BA (Hons) Art & Design History and Practice and Director of Research in the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries, was approached by Vitra Design Museum following exhibitions examining the Italian nightclubs she curated for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 and the ICA in 2015....


Kingston University student scoops Association for Publishing Education prize for work examining demand for books for autistic children

Posted Thursday 12 April 2018

Kingston University student  scoops Association for Publishing Education prize for work examining demand for books for autistic children

A Kingston University postgraduate student has drawn on her own experiences of growing up with Asperger Syndrome in France for an award-winning dissertation exploring the need for more children's books about autism to be published in her home country.

Seeking to shed light on the isolation young people with autism can feel, MA Publishing student Lucie Ducarre decided to review the current availability and demand for books on autism in French children's literature....


First head of state of independent Belarus recalls historic meeting that dissolved Soviet Union during Kingston University lecture

Posted Tuesday 10 April 2018

First head of state of independent Belarus recalls historic meeting that dissolved Soviet Union during Kingston University lecture

A former Belarusian leader and nuclear physicist outlined the role he played in the break-up of the Soviet Union, the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster and why he gave up his country's nuclear arsenal during a visit to Kingston University.

Stanislav Shushkevich was the man who convened the historic 1991 meeting – with Russia's Boris Yeltsin and Ukraine's Leonid Kravchuk – that led to the signing of a declaration that dissolved the USSR....


Pioneering Kingston University staff and students lauded for their achievements at Celebrate Enterprise Awards

Posted Wednesday 4 April 2018

Pioneering Kingston University staff and students lauded for their achievements at Celebrate Enterprise Awards

The achievements of talented entrepreneurial Kingston University staff and students have been showcased at the annual Celebrate Enterprise awards ceremony.

Students and members of staff were invited to nominate individuals within the University who they felt had shown initiative and made a real difference in the entrepreneurial field. This could have been through mentoring, inspiring others or finding a gap in the market and starting their own business. Those who had tried to address an issue or problem by setting up a social enterprise were also in the running to be recognised....


Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious panels for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

Posted Tuesday 27 March 2018

Kingston University professors appointed to prestigious panels for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

Three Kingston University academics have been chosen from more than 4,000 nominations to be part of subject panels for the next Government Research Excellence Framework (REF) in three years' time.

Professors Peter Osborne, Jane Pavitt and Mary Chambers will lend their significant expertise and broad experience in the run-up to REF 2021 within separate panels reflecting their individual research specialisms....


Kingston Mayor Councillor Julie Pickering joins borough residents to see how Kingston University's landmark Town House building is taking shape

Posted Thursday 22 March 2018

Kingston Mayor Councillor Julie Pickering joins borough residents to see how Kingston University's landmark Town House building is taking shape

Mayor of Kingston Councillor Julie Pickering has again donned a hard hat as, just 10 months after attending its ground breaking ceremony, she joined members of the community to get another first hand look at the construction site for Kingston University's flagship Town House building. The visit came as the University and construction company Willmott Dixon hosted a series of special site visits as part of Open Doors Week – a national initiative giving members of the public a chance to see behind the scenes at major construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

The University's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Culture and Public Engagement Professor Colin Rhodes also took the opportunity, alongside the Mayor and 25 other eager spectators, to see how Town House construction was progressing....


Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis contends madness and conflict of Shakespeare's characters can humanise economics in Kingston University lecture

Posted Monday 19 March 2018

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis contends madness and conflict of Shakespeare's characters can humanise economics in Kingston University lecture

Leading economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis highlighted the seminal influence Shakespeare has had on his thinking as he took centre stage at the Rose Theatre following an invitation from Kingston University.

A committed Europeanist but outspoken critic of the European Union, Varoufakis explored how the complexities and contradictions of the Bard's characters have shaped his own take on economics as he delivered the sixth annual lecture for Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, a partnership between the University and the Rose....

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