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International bestseller Kit de Waal's debut novel chosen for third chapter of Kingston University's Big Read project

Posted Thursday 13 April 2017

International bestseller Kit de Waal's debut novel chosen for third chapter of Kingston University's Big Read project

Students joining Kingston University for the first time in September will receive a special edition of acclaimed author Kit de Waal's novel My Name is Leon to read before arriving, as part of the University's Big Read project.

The story will be the third novel in the annual initiative that sends a selected title out to new undergraduate and postgraduate students over the summer break, to promote student involvement and welcome them to the University. The book is also made available for free to current staff and students....


New partnership between Tate and Kingston University sees fine art students unveil artwork for No Working Title research project

Posted Tuesday 11 April 2017

New partnership between Tate and Kingston University sees fine art students unveil artwork for No Working Title research project

How do you turn an instruction into art? This was the challenge set to 10 of Kingston University's fine art students as part of No Working Title - a research project which saw one student complete a gruelling crawl through the Tate gallery and another strive to create the perfect cup of tea, all in the name of art.

The aim of the project, which launched at Tate's new building on London's Southbank, was to examine how artists play with and reinterpret rules. The event was the first since Kingston University became a Tate Exchange Associate and was part of the Tate Late series, attracting more than 1,500 people to see the students' work and hear guest speakers including Tate Curator Ann Coxon and author David Gauntlett. Tate Exchange is an ambitious ‘open experiment' which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate's creative process, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us....


War in the Sunshine exhibition by Kingston University researcher reveals untold stories of First World War in Italy

Posted Monday 10 April 2017

War in the Sunshine exhibition by Kingston University researcher reveals untold stories of First World War in Italy

An exhibition exploring the often unrecognised role of the British forces in Italy during the First World War has been curated by a Kingston University art historian. The event, put together by senior research fellow Dr Jonathan Black, showcased the works of a wartime painter and two photographers and has attracted record attendees at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, in London.

Dr Jonathan Black breathed life back in to a series of 75 artworks taken on loan from the Imperial War Museum's archives with War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918, which cast a new light on the British forces' contribution to the Allied victory....


Times Higher Education ranks Kingston University among world's top 200 young institutions

Posted Wednesday 5 April 2017

Times Higher Education ranks Kingston University among world's top 200 young institutions

Kingston University has been named as one of the globe's top young universities in the latest international rankings by sector-leading publication the Times Higher Education (THE). The 2017 Young University Rankings rated institutions under 50 years of age using a series of measures, including teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

Kingston University, founded in 1992, was named in the top 50 universities worldwide of a similar age – dubbed "Generation Y" institutions by THE – and among the best 200 established during the past half century....


New research into meningitis bacteria by Kingston University experts could hold key to developing improved vaccines

Posted Friday 31 March 2017

New research into meningitis bacteria by Kingston University experts could hold key to developing improved vaccines

Kingston University scientists have completed the genome sequence for a deadly strain of the bacteria that causes meningitis and septicaemia – a breakthrough which could lead to improved vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Meningococcal infections are the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the United Kingdom, a life-threatening disease that poses a continuing threat worldwide. With growing fears around the increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, understanding why certain strains don't respond to vaccines could prove vital in helping reduce the number of global deaths from the disease....


Kingston University wins 2017 Guardian University Award for teaching excellence

Posted Thursday 30 March 2017

Kingston University wins 2017 Guardian University Award for teaching excellence

Kingston University has scooped the teaching excellence gong at the Guardian 2017 University Awards, receiving specific praise for the inclusivity and accessibility of its courses.

The Guardian panel commended Kingston University on its groundbreaking work reducing the attainment gap between black and minority ethnic (BME) and white students. In particular, the panel highlighted the inclusive curriculum framework  which provides staff with access to short animations, research findings and case studies that help demystify inclusivity....


Award-winning record producer Tony Visconti returns to Kingston University for the inaugural Visconti Winter School

Posted Tuesday 28 March 2017

Award-winning record producer Tony Visconti returns to Kingston University for the inaugural Visconti Winter School

Legendary music producer Tony Visconti has returned to Kingston University's bespoke Visconti Studio for the first ever Winter School, sharing his expert knowledge in analogue recording techniques with a select group of students from across the globe.

The week long intensive programme saw ten lucky participants join forces to assist the producer record a single with the London based band Artbreak. Under the guidance of Visconti, the students engaged in analogue recording techniques and experimented with vintage equipment and mixing techniques....


QS World University Rankings place Kingston University in top 100 globally for art and design

Posted Friday 17 March 2017

QS World University Rankings place Kingston University in top 100 globally for art and design

Kingston University has been named among the top 100 institutions in the globe for art and design education in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings – and rated as a top performing international university in six other areas.

The newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University's art and design offering in the 51-100 band worldwide, placing it among the top five per cent globally and the best 25 in Europe. In total, six other course areas were rated as being in the UK's top 50 and top 400 internationally. Education was placed in the 151-200 category globally – and the top 70 in Europe – while economics and econometrics courses were ranked in the 201-250 band....

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