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Kingston is Global brings together alumni from across the world for a day of virtual reunions, networking and learning.
Join interactive talks to help develop your career, improve your personal well-being and learn about global issues from our alumni and academic experts. Whether it's tech advice for business owners, the benefits of mindfulness or debunking Covid myths – there is something for everyone!
Join a reunion in your geographical area or country to meet alumni near you and share region-specific careers advice and tips.
Drop in to our information booths to find out about career support, campus life, volunteering opportunities and activities happening near you.
To make the most of Kingston is Global 2020, follow these simple instructions:
It only takes a few minutes to set up your Kingston is Global profile and will help fellow Kingston alumni connect with you.
Don't worry if you miss a session as most sessions will be recorded. You can catch up later in the day.
Join top entrepreneurs as they share crucial lessons and adaptations they have made to continue; scale back or even pause their business endeavours. Explore the current working environment in different parts of the world. Add your voice to the discussion by posing questions and comments during the Q&A.
Panel: Anthony Marsella (Thailand), Dempsey Naidoo (South Africa), Martha Mador (UK), Neomi Bennett (UK), Stefano Ciampolini (UK)
Careers today will take many twists and turns, whether through your choice or necessity. Join Tricia Weglarz, from Kingston University as she explains this squiggly career phenomenon, and how you can develop the right skills and mind-set to maximise this to your advantage.
Speaker: Tricia Weglarz (UK)
Have you made yourself a top priority today? You should. Join our discussion as we debunk Covid myths, learn techniques to combat the fear of Covid and daily actions at work and home that will increase your well-being.
Panel: Faith Ruto (UK), Jo Heath (UK), Mark Fielder (UK), Stefano Ciampolini (UK)
Feeling baffled by economic terms and how they are relevant to you? Join the Chief Economist at Santander UK as she explains well-known, but not always well understood, economic terms and what these mean for you or your organisation.
Speaker: Frances Haque (UK)
Technology is essential to every business. This makes understanding cyber risks extremely important. Come and learn about the innovations and challenges ahead for you and your business. Also get an insight into what a career in cybersecurity could mean in the 2020s.
Panel: Carl Hunt (UK), David Pickard (UK), Hamid Ahmadi (UK)
Keen to utilise your skills to break into the creative industry? Learn how individuals from creative and non-creative backgrounds can apply their talents and build a career in the creative sector.
Panel: Damian Chapman (UK), Kirsten Hill (UK), Louise Halliday (UK) Paul Bishop (Dubai), Tim Bonnet (UK)
Looking to innovate in order to sustain or even grow your customer base or even take your business global? Get essential advice from business owners on what SMEs can do to adapt and survive the pandemic. Add your experiences to the discussion by posing questions and comments during the Q&A.
Panel: Abimbola Kila (Nigeria), Dwain Reid (UK), Jon Warner (US), Pieter Aarts (Netherlands), Soumya Singh (UK)
Businesses around the world want to integrate environmentally friendly practices as part of heightened social awareness and business incentive. Join this discussion to meet professionals from construction, finance, hospitality and local government and learn how these professionals are incorporating sustainable practices into their work and reducing their carbon footprint.
Panel: Gary Elliot (UK), Monika Andrasek (Hungary), Robert Nicoll (UK), Seng Low (Switzerland/Malaysia)
Looking to provide greater support to your colleagues or employees? Join our discussion on how to manage a healthy workforce during a pandemic. Our panel will identify major risks and how to support vulnerable members of your team. Add your voice by posting your comments and questions in the Q&A.
Panel: Marcus Fila (USA), Dr Tushna Vandrevala (UK)
Join mindfulness coach Darren to experience the calming effect of gentle, flowing movement from qigong, chi kung and tai chi, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as overcome mind-set blocks.
Host: Darren Yap (UK)
Watch students pitch their ideas in our live hackathon competition. Audience members will be asked to cast their vote for a favourite idea to receive the Alumni Choice Award.
Host: Amanda Baker (UK)
Join staff from the Stanley Picker Gallery and Dorich House Museum for a peep behind-the-scenes, to learn about our current and upcoming exhibitions, and take part in a creative activity alongside your fellow alumni.
Hosts: Natalie Kay (UK), Rebecca Moss (UK)
Looking to build on your current skills and techniques to advance in your career? Join Faith, a resilience coach, who will share tools she has shared with senior clients across many industries. Open to all, Faith is particularly experienced in coaching BAME professionals.
Host: Faith Ruto (UK)
Please note that entry to virtual workshops will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kingston alumni hosts will also be running reunions during the day. You can join a regional or country reunion if you live in or have a link to the area. It's an opportunity to meet-up with Kingston alumni near you, and share region specific careers advice and tips.
Please note that entry to virtual reunions will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: video recordings will be taken throughout Kingston is Global, for use in print, online and social media for Kingston University publicity and fundraising purposes. If you wish to be exempt, please keep your camera/and or mic switched off during the event. You will still be able to interact in the sessions via the text chat function. If you have any queries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston is Global 2020 also has information booths you can drop-in to throughout the day.
Whether you are looking for your first position or to make a career move, our Careers and Employability team will be available to offer advice and support in the Careers Advice booth.
The team will be offering alumni the opportunity for 15 minute one-to-one CV advice sessions, bookable in the Careers Advice booth between 9 and 11am and between 3 and 5pm (GMT). The team can help focus your job search, enhance job applications, develop your interview skills and much more.
Covid-19 has made technology an educational necessity. We have worked hard to maintain 30% of our teaching in-person, but this means that 70% of our course content is now delivered online.
Digital poverty affects 12% of UK children and young adults. At Kingston alone, over 4,000 students have started this academic year without access to a laptop or a good internet connection.
Please support our Digital Poverty Appeal to ensure our students have access to essentials like laptops and software packages, data and WiFi, and IT support.
If you are based in the UK, you can make a £10 donation by texting KINGSTON followed by your name to 70456.
If you get lost or don't know where to go next, please come to our Help Desk and we'll point you in the right direction.
What's student life like today? Take a virtual tour of Kingston University today and a lightning tour of Kingston-upon-Thames with recent graduate Alberto. We hope you'll spot some of your favourite places too!
Visit your local booth to find the latest Kingston University news from your region, photo galleries from past events and to meet Kingston alumni near you!
Pop in to our Networking Lounge between talks, workshops and reunions to meet other Kingston alumni and/or continue discussions from our Kingston is Global sessions.
Become an Alumni Champion! Volunteering at Kingston helps our students and our alumni volunteers. Come and see us to find out about the range of volunteering opportunities on offer, such as hosting local reunions, online judging, guest lecturing, student mentoring and more!
To access your profile through the day, click on the cog icon in the top right-hand corner of the Kingston is Global screen and select 'Your Profile' from the menu. You can also access chats and messages via your profile.
You will find lots of useful links and PDF resources in the documents section of each booth you enter.
You can view the documents in Kingston is Global, or download the documents to read at a later time.