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Kingston University agrees creative partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) to give film students access to historic moving image archive

Posted Thursday 23 February 2017

Kingston University agrees creative partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) to give film students access to historic moving image archive

Kingston University London is partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) on a new pilot which allows students to reuse material from the world's leading moving image archive as part as their degree. It marks the first time that the BFI has licensed its archive for reuse by university students on a course-related project in the United Kingdom.

The pilot will see first-year students on Kingston University's BA(Hons) Film degree creating short documentaries inspired by a selection of British films from the BFI National Archive. Students will film creative responses – in the form of video essays – to one of twelve archive films carefully chosen for use within the scheme, integrating archival representations of London into contemporary stories of life in the capital city today....


Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

Posted Thursday 9 February 2017

Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

How a network of drones, smart wristbands and body-mounted video cameras could be used to help keep people safe at large outdoor concerts will be explored by Kingston University experts as part of a major new European research project.

Sound and technology experts from 28 partner institutions across the continent have come together for the three-year €15m European Commission-funded project MONICA. The international study initially arose from attempts to find a solution to mitigating the impact of noise levels on residents during outdoor rock shows held at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens....


Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

Posted Wednesday 8 February 2017

Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

People taking herbal and sports supplements could be risking their lives as many contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could pose serious health threats, according to a biomolecular scientist from Kingston University.

Professor Declan Naughton, from the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, worked with a team of experts from Queen's University Belfast and science testing company LGC to investigate the detection of illegal ingredients in food supplements. "We found many products claiming to be herbal in fact contained unlicensed pharmaceutical ingredients that were not listed on the label," Professor Naughton explained. "People are taking supplements they presume are safe and healthy, but they are unknowingly taking huge risks if these products contain substances they are not supposed to."...


Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

A senior lecturer from Kingston University has stepped out of the classroom and on to the screen to lend his expertise to amateur artists on new BBC One show The Big Painting Challenge.

Pascal Anson, tutor on the graphic design, product and furniture design and art foundation courses, draws on his experience of teaching to help five contestants find their inner Da Vinci through weekly challenges set by the judges. "We're there to give them confidence, steer them in the right direction to and ask the right questions of their work," Anson explained....


Kingston University students' Inuit-inspired sustainable fashion sculptures displayed at Canadian High Commission ahead of London Fashion Week

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University students' Inuit-inspired sustainable fashion sculptures displayed at Canadian High Commission ahead of London Fashion Week

Fashion is taking centre stage at the Canadian High Commission in central London after Kingston University students put their design ingenuity to the test to create sustainable sculptures inspired by Canada's Inuit and First Nation hunters.

Eight second year BA(Hons) Fashion students worked with renowned fashion sustainability champion and artist Dr Noki, along with London based Canadian designer Todd Lynn, to create the figures, which have been installed in the large display windows of the embassy ahead of London Fashion Week....


Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Posted Monday 6 February 2017

Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Following on from the success of the last two campaigns, the Kingston University Big Read project has announced six shortlisted titles to be considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins.

Since 2015, the University has sent a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the institution as part of the Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they arrive. The final shortlist, narrowed down from 140 suggested titles, includes authors from Scotland, Nigeria and Kenya:...


Antibiotics in farming: Kingston University microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Posted Monday 6 February 2017

Antibiotics in farming: Kingston University microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Developing new ways to quickly diagnose illnesses in farm animals – allowing vets to administer effective, targeted treatment – could play a key role in helping to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a Kingston University microbiology expert.

Professor Mark Fielder said that scaling back the widespread use of antibiotics was vital if attempts to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were to be successful. If not, diseases such as Tuberculosis would become increasingly difficult to manage and even routine operations would be at risk if supportive antibiotic therapy was no longer available, he warned....


Kingston University's Visconti Studio will be magnet for major recording artists, according to acclaimed record producer Tony Visconti

Posted Friday 3 February 2017

Kingston University's Visconti Studio will be magnet for major recording artists, according to acclaimed record producer Tony Visconti

The Visconti Studio at Kingston University will become a destination of choice for leading artists to record new material, according to iconic music producer and David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, who has lent his name to the venue.

The analogue recording studio was opened by Mr Visconti in September last year. It forms the focal point of a teaching and research project at the University which will see the award-winning producer tutor students in the techniques of tape-based recording, deliver seminars and record new music with invited guest artists....

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