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Skills development: Upgrade masterclasses

Upgrade masterclassKingston University Alumni and Kingston Business School present a collaborative series of events for alumni and students. The masterclasses explore a variety of different areas, with the intention of developing skills and 'upgrading' everyone who attends.

As well as self-improvement, the masterclasses provide a fantastic opportunity for students, alumni and industry professionals to network and share ideas. Kingston University is a hive of ideas – we have produced the most graduate start-up companies of any higher education institution in the United Kingdom for the fifth year running.

Upcoming masterclasses

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Viceroy Room, The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SJ

Join our panel of Kingston alumni as share their experience to help you avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities.

Thursday

27

February

To be one of the first to hear about our Upgrade masterclasses, contact us at alumni@kingston.ac.uk to be added to the Upgrade mailing list.

2018/19 Upgrade series

So far, this year's Upgrade has covered the latest trends in digital marketing, as well as finding your work-life balance. Catch up with our videos below:

The future of digital marketing: what you need to know for you and your business, October 2018

The future of digital marketing: what you need to know for you and your business, October 2018

A panel of marketing experts offered their real-world insights on the future of marketing, sharing tips on how to follow the trends for yourself and your business.

Embracing risk to find your work-life balance, November 2018

Embracing risk to find your work-life balance, November 2018

Kingston University alumna and world record holder Fiona Quinn explores how you can evaluate and take risks to achieve success on your own terms.

Turn your idea into an award-winning business, March 2019

Turn your idea into an award-winning business, March 2019

Join Kingston University alumni Rowan Minkley and Rob Nicoll as they share their journey from creation to award-winning start-up.

Upgrade Leadership Breakfast, April 2019

Upgrade Leadership Breakfast, April 2019

Our alumni panel share their insights and experience on how they see leadership changing in an evolving world.

2017/18 Upgrade series

This year's series covered growth mindset, corporate branding and the changing world of work. See our write-up and videos below, and watch at a time that suits you.

Developing a growth mindset, February 2018

Developing a growth mindset, February 2018

Kingston University alumnus and Global Head: Consumer Product and Segment Marketing at HP, Azmat Ali, returned to campus to share his tips on using a growth mindset to succeed.

The role of storytelling to enhance your corporate brand, March 2018

The role of storytelling to enhance your corporate brand, March 2018

Combining her experiences as a chief storytelling expert of the world's most iconic brand, Coca-Cola, Anastasia shared her insight on the ten most recent trends in brand communication.

Millennials, mobility and technology: How to thrive in the changing world of work, April 2018

Millennials, mobility and technology: How to thrive in the changing world of work, April 2018

Kingston University alumna Michelle Raymond delved into the changing world of work, how to make it work for you and get you the career you want.

Previous masterclasses

2016/17

  • Using LinkedIn as a professional tool with alumnus Mark Walton – Read more >
  • An introduction to personal branding and networking with Bianca Miller
  • How to become a more effective and confident networker with Will Kintish

2015/16

  • How to use social media to Upgrade yourself, your business and your career with Tracy Playle – Read more >
  • Why being a hybrid is vital when it comes to marketing yourself and your business with alumnus Bede Feltham – Read more >
  • Personal branding with alumnus Nick Farnhill – Read more >

2014/15

  • Social media – everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask, with Lincoln Coutts
  • Courage to stop the challenge with Kish Modasia

Contact us

Development, Alumni Relations and Engagement
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3270
Email us

Fundraising and Annual Fund:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
Email us 

Any other queries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3664

Contact us

Development, Alumni Relations and Engagement
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3270
Email us

Fundraising and Annual Fund:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
Email us 

Any other queries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3664

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