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November 2020

The life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris provide inspiration for Wallpaper Man exhibition from Kingston School of Art students, academics and alumni

The life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris provide inspiration for Wallpaper Man exhibition from Kingston School of Art students, academics and alumni

The group have come together under the StoryBox Collective to show William Morris' ongoing influence in many creative disciplines. The exhibition, completed during the first lockdown, brings together artists, illustrators, designers, writers and poets based in London, Berlin, Bankok and Sardinia.

Kingston School of Art graduates help John Lewis and Waitrose give a little love in animated advert promoting charitable Christmas campaign

Kingston School of Art graduates help John Lewis and Waitrose give a little love in animated advert promoting charitable Christmas campaign

Leksey Lee, Bella McEvoy, Amelia Fowler and Marta Pinto were recruited in a nationwide search to find the best recently graduated young creatives to help create the highly anticipated advert.

Sustainable design graduate shortlisted for Green Gown award for B Susty programme supporting teaching of environmental messages in the classroom

Sustainable design graduate shortlisted for Green Gown award for B Susty programme supporting teaching of environmental messages in the classroom

Sustainable Design MA graduate, Cibele Machado Fontoura has created B Susty, a programme for schools that supports teachers in delivering environmental and sustainability messages in the classroom. The Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

Kingston University postgraduate wins prestigious creative writing award with first novel inspired by climate change and Russian author Dostoyevsky

Kingston University postgraduate wins prestigious creative writing award with first novel inspired by climate change and Russian author Dostoyevsky

Climate change, Dostoyevsky and lockdown is the unlikely combination that saw a Kingston University postgraduate win a prestigious first novel award.

Renowned designer Jasper Morrison and charity workers among Kingston University alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Renowned designer Jasper Morrison and charity workers among Kingston University alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

A world-renowned furniture designer and Kingston University alumnus has described his surprise at being awarded a CBE in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List.

October 2020

Racism widespread in justice system and all lawyers have part to play in bringing about change, eminent barrister Leslie Thomas QC tells Kingston University Law Society lecture

Racism widespread in justice system and all lawyers have part to play in bringing about change, eminent barrister Leslie Thomas QC tells Kingston University Law Society lecture

Racism in many forms, from overt discrimination to micro-aggression, exists at every level in the justice system and all lawyers have a responsibility to tackle it, eminent barrister Professor Leslie Thomas QC told students and academics during a return visit to his alma mater, Kingston University.

 Kingston University careers team launches new ELEVATE programme to help support Black students to achieve their full potential

Kingston University careers team launches new ELEVATE programme to help support Black students to achieve their full potential

This month, the careers and employability service at Kingston University is launching ELEVATE - an accelerator programme designed to help provide Black (home) students with the support, guidance and tools to aim high and achieve their full potential. Here, careers and employability advisers Hawa Mansaray and Zion Sengulay discuss the reasons behind the development of the programme and how they hope it will help overcome some of the barriers black students face on their employment journey.

Kingston University supports pioneering new employability programme for autistic students

Kingston University supports pioneering new employability programme for autistic students

Kingston University has joined a ground-breaking higher education employability programme which aims to unlock the potential of autistic students and graduates and help them into full-time work.

Black History Month - students, staff and alumni share stories of the influential Black people who have inspired them

Black History Month - students, staff and alumni share stories of the influential Black people who have inspired them

Throughout Black History Month, Kingston University is highlighting some of the inspirational Black figures and role models that have had an impact on members of our community. Here, students, staff and alumni from across the University tell us about the people who have inspired them, as well as sharing what Black History Month means to them. Find out more about how Kingston University is celebrating Black History Month, including upcoming events organised by the University and the Union of Kingston Students.

Kingston University masters graduate joins national Covid-19 testing effort by supporting scientists at UK Biocentre

Kingston University masters graduate joins national Covid-19 testing effort by supporting scientists at UK Biocentre

After completing his MSc in cancer biology earlier this year, Mergim Krasniqi started volunteering at the UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes in May, where he has been supporting scientists in the lab processing tests for Covid-19. Alongside his role at the Lighthouse Lab, he has been working part time at a pharmacy as a trainee pharmacist advisor and completing applications for a PhD.

Life inside a Lighthouse Lab: Kingston University PhD student shares experience of volunteering in specialist site testing Covid-19 samples

Life inside a Lighthouse Lab: Kingston University PhD student shares experience of volunteering in specialist site testing Covid-19 samples

Since April, Kingston University PhD student Amtul Bhunnoo has been among the skilled volunteers helping make that possible, working 12 hour shifts at one of the Lighthouse Labs in Milton Keynes. COVID-19 swab samples are sent to the laboratories from the NHS on the front line and other testing sites, including the drive-through sites, for analysis. Below, Amtul shares her experience of working in the labs and why she decided to get involved.

Black History Month at Kingston University – a message from the Vice-Chancellor

Black History Month at Kingston University – a message from the Vice-Chancellor

A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier. As October gets under way, so too does Black History Month - an opportunity for us all to reflect on and celebrate the many achievements of the Black community in Britain and the rich and longstanding contribution people of African and Caribbean descent have made to British society and culture.

September 2020

Kingston School of Art creative writing graduate Oyinkan Braithwaite scoops British Book Award

Kingston School of Art creative writing graduate Oyinkan Braithwaite scoops British Book Award

Kingston School of Art graduate Oyinkan Braithwaite has been crowned winner of the prestigious Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards for her debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Kingston University's landmark Town House and revamped Knights Park campus features of Open House celebration of architecture

Kingston University's landmark Town House and revamped Knights Park campus features of Open House celebration of architecture

Kingston University is throwing open its doors in the virtual realm as part of Open House 2020 – a festival celebrating London's most striking architecture that has moved online this year..

Kingston University womenswear designer returns from fashion capital of Paris to join frontline battle against Covid-19

Kingston University womenswear designer returns from fashion capital of Paris to join frontline battle against Covid-19

From interning with French fashion house Chanel to working on a busy hospital ward, a talented graduate designer from Kingston University has swapped haute couture for scrubs to help support the NHS in the battle against coronavirus.

Kingston University named one of top 40 in country and best for design in latest Guardian University Guide league table rankings

Kingston University named one of top 40 in country and best for design in latest Guardian University Guide league table rankings

Kingston University has been named one of the top 40 institutions in the country in the newly released Guardian University Guide and best in the country for design.

July 2020

Kingston University halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill to undergo multi-million pound refurbishment

Kingston University halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill to undergo multi-million pound refurbishment

A £100 million project to upgrade Kingston University's halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill gets under way this month. The scheme will be delivered by Kingston Student Living - a consortium made up of infrastructure investment firm Equitix and energy, services and regeneration company ENGIE, who will work in partnership with the University.

Kingston University's actions to tackle racism – a message from Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier

Kingston University's actions to tackle racism – a message from Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier

A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier.

Kingston University's Town House building and Kingston School of Art campus regeneration shortlisted for RIBA London Regional Awards

Kingston University's Town House building and Kingston School of Art campus regeneration shortlisted for RIBA London Regional Awards

Two Kingston University buildings that have transformed the learning experience for students have been named among the finalists of the Royal Institute of British Architects' annual awards for the London region.

June 2020

  Kingston University analytical scientist Dr James Barker presented with exceptional service award from Royal Society of Chemistry

Kingston University analytical scientist Dr James Barker presented with exceptional service award from Royal Society of Chemistry

A Kingston University expert in analytical and forensic science has received the Royal Society of Chemistry's exceptional service award for his outstanding contribution to proactively and inclusively supporting his colleagues and the wider scientific community.

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