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Astronaut Dr Helen Sharman named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University

Posted Tuesday 24 January 2017

Astronaut Dr Helen Sharman named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University

Achieving a degree qualification can be the gateway to a world of unimaginable opportunity, first Briton in space Dr Helen Sharman told new graduates as she was named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University.

Dr Sharman - who worked as a technical manager in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at the University from 2013 to 2015 - was presented with an honorary degree during a graduation ceremony at the borough's Rose Theatre in recognition of her contributions to science....


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."...


New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

Posted Monday 9 January 2017

New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

A project to bring a famous Chinese painting to life has provided a platform for design students from Kingston University to build their industry expertise, through a new work experience programme that bridges the gap between London and Shanghai.

Talking Through Internships (TTI), created in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, offers students from the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture the chance to finesse their skills with design firms in one of the world's fastest growing economies....


Associate professor hits the high notes with Rolling Stones cover tribute to former MP Jo Cox

Posted Monday 9 January 2017

Associate professor hits the high notes with Rolling Stones cover tribute to former MP Jo Cox

A Kingston University associate professor sang her way in to the recent Christmas iTunes Top 10 with a musical tribute to late Member of Parliament Jo Cox. Dr Alison Baverstock, from the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was part of the Friends of Jo Cox choir which recorded a cover of The Rolling Stones' song ‘You can't always get what you want' in memory of the former MP.

Parliamentary rock music band MP4 - a group made up of four Members of Parliament, both past and present across different political parties - had been keen to remember Mrs Cox, who was killed in her constituency of Batley and Spen in June last year. As a member of the Parliament Choir of Westminster, Dr Baverstock was among those approached to be part of the backing choir....


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....


Kingston University research associate receives Women in Innovation award for pioneering idea to speed up nuclear decommissioning

Posted Tuesday 3 January 2017

Kingston University research associate receives Women in Innovation award for pioneering idea to speed up nuclear decommissioning

An innovative new tool that could help revolutionise the clean-up process at decommissioning nuclear power sites has been developed by a Kingston University research associate. Professor Kym Jarvis was one of 15 women recognised for their work in the 2016 Women in Innovation awards, which celebrates the trailblazing role being played by female innovators and entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.

The nuclear power expert and geologist collected a £50,000 prize to further develop her design for the ViridiScreen, a solution to detect and measure radioactivity on nuclear decommissioning sites more quickly and cost effectively....

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