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July 2021

Kingston University team races to institution's best ever finish in annual Formula Student competition

Kingston University team races to institution's best ever finish in annual Formula Student competition

Kingston University's team of student engineers secured the institution's best ever Formula Student finish in the eagerly anticipated endurance event at Silverstone.

Paul Bishop Design Scholarship launched at Kingston School of Art aims to increase access to design courses for aspiring students

Paul Bishop Design Scholarship launched at Kingston School of Art aims to increase access to design courses for aspiring students

A new scholarship, supported by Kingston University graduate and award-winning international designer Paul Bishop, has launched to give an opportunity to one prospective interior design or product and furniture design student. The scholarship includes a 100% fee waiver as well as an annual £5,000 living allowance bursary for all three years of the course.

Kingston University engineering students take on teams from across the globe in Formula Student competition at Silverstone

Kingston University engineering students take on teams from across the globe in Formula Student competition at Silverstone

A team of student engineers from Kingston University are set to pit their race car against others from around the world after arriving at Silverstone for the annual Formula Student competition. The University team, supported by academics and technicians from the Faculty of Science, Computing and Engineering, have spent the past 18 months designing and building a single seater race car which they will put to the test in a series of gruelling events at the home of British motorsport.

Kingston University graduate and British Red Cross chief executive Michael Adamson among  alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Kingston University graduate and British Red Cross chief executive Michael Adamson among alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

The chief executive of the British Red Cross spoke of his pride in how the organisation had made a difference to the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable and marginalised people, after the Kingston University alumnus was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Michael Adamson, who took up the position of chief executive in 2014 having been with British Red Cross since 2010, was recognised for his contributions to the humanitarian sector and his role in the Red Cross movement.

Kingston School of Art students win prestigious D&AD New Blood Award with Penguin concept highlighting lack of diversity in GCSE curriculum

Kingston School of Art students win prestigious D&AD New Blood Award with Penguin concept highlighting lack of diversity in GCSE curriculum

Three design marketing students from Kingston School of Art have won a coveted D&AD New Blood Pencil for their creative approach to a brief set by book publisher Penguin, which addresses the under representation of ethnic minorities in the GCSE English Literature curriculum.

June 2021

Kingston School of Art student's collection wins Black Excellence award at Graduate Fashion Week

Kingston School of Art student's collection wins Black Excellence award at Graduate Fashion Week

A Kingston University student's mixed-gender collection, inspired by the anti-SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) movement in Nigeria, has been crowned the winner of the Black Excellence Prize in the Graduate Fashion Week Awards.

Hundreds of young people receive first Covid-19 jabs during  two-day walk-in vaccination drive for over-18s at Kingston University

Hundreds of young people receive first Covid-19 jabs during two-day walk-in vaccination drive for over-18s at Kingston University

A walk-in vaccination service at Kingston University has sen hundreds of students, staff and young people aged 18 and over from across the borough visit campus to receive their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Political protest and gender stereotypes among inspirations behind Kingston School of Art collections unveiled during Graduate Fashion Week

Political protest and gender stereotypes among inspirations behind Kingston School of Art collections unveiled during Graduate Fashion Week

Final year fashion students from Kingston School of Art have showcased their collections on the catwalk via live stream during Graduate Fashion Week.

Kingston University spearheads Future Skills campaign highlighting need for government investment in creativity and innovation to ensure economy thrives

Kingston University spearheads Future Skills campaign highlighting need for government investment in creativity and innovation to ensure economy thrives

Kingston University is leading a national campaign calling on the government to invest in creative education and entrepreneurial innovation to boost future economic prosperity.

Kingston University law students to take on teams from around the globe in finals of prestigious International Criminal Court Moot competition

Kingston University law students to take on teams from around the globe in finals of prestigious International Criminal Court Moot competition

Students from Kingston University's Department of Law have made it to the final stage of this year's International Criminal Court's (ICC) Moot Court Competition. The competition sees law students based at universities across the world compete in a court debate simulating the ICC, called a moot, with the finals usually taking place at The Hague in The Netherlands. This year the event will be held virtually, and Kingston University is one of just six UK institutions represented in the competition. The finals this year takes place throughout June.

Award-winning Kingston University ELEVATE programme holds side hustle showcase to give budding entrepreneurs chance to compete for funding for business ideas

Award-winning Kingston University ELEVATE programme holds side hustle showcase to give budding entrepreneurs chance to compete for funding for business ideas

Entrepreneurial students have pitched a range of innovative business ideas at an inaugural ‘side-hustle' showcase run by an award-winning Kingston University programme that supports black students to achieve their full potential.

May 2021

Kingston University graduate Christian Facey shares tips for student entrepreneurs after being listed in Forbes 30 Under 30

Kingston University graduate Christian Facey shares tips for student entrepreneurs after being listed in Forbes 30 Under 30

A Kingston University graduate listed in this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 has reflected on how his business course helped him to succeed and shares his top tips for other students who wish to follow in his enterprising footsteps.

April 2021

Kingston University students and graduates benefit from continued Santander Universities funding to nurture the creative business talent of the future

Kingston University students and graduates benefit from continued Santander Universities funding to nurture the creative business talent of the future

Student and graduate entrepreneurs are receiving a £40,000 boost through Kingston University's longstanding partnership with Santander Universities to launch and develop their start-ups this year.

March 2021

Kingston University's first Woman in STEM award winner outlines importance of challenging gender perceptions from early age and opening up world of science to children

Kingston University's first Woman in STEM award winner outlines importance of challenging gender perceptions from early age and opening up world of science to children

A forensic scientist with a passion for outreach spoke of how helping young people shape their direction in life was what made her job so rewarding after being named the inaugural winner of Kingston University's Woman in STEM award.

Women's History Month: Former Bupa CEO and Kingston University graduate Val Gooding CBE reflects on career barriers and offers advice to budding business women

Women's History Month: Former Bupa CEO and Kingston University graduate Val Gooding CBE reflects on career barriers and offers advice to budding business women

A British business leader who spent 12 years as chief executive of private healthcare firm Bupa and had a 20-year career with British Airways has shared advice with female business students, as well as recalling some of the barriers she faced and the role models who inspired her.

Curating Contemporary Design MA graduate Raphael Chikukwa discusses ambitions for the future following appointment to Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Curating Contemporary Design MA graduate Raphael Chikukwa discusses ambitions for the future following appointment to Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Raphael Chikukwa graduated from Kingston School of Art's Curating Contemporary Design MA in 2008 and was recently appointed to the position of Executive Director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Co-course leader Donna Loveday catches up with her former student to discuss his career so far, ambitions for the future and advice for current and future students.

Women's History Month: Female Lead founder and Kingston University honorary degree recipient Edwina Dunn OBE on encouraging more girls to follow STEM careers

Women's History Month: Female Lead founder and Kingston University honorary degree recipient Edwina Dunn OBE on encouraging more girls to follow STEM careers

A data science pioneer who received an honorary degree from Kingston University has shared insights from her career during Women's History Month, as well as outlining some of the barriers she believes prevent girls from pursuing careers in STEM at an early age.

Kingston University students and staff share #ChooseToChallenge commitments on International Women's Day

Kingston University students and staff share #ChooseToChallenge commitments on International Women's Day

The theme for International Women's Day this year is #ChooseToChallenge, with people being encouraged to share photographs of themselves on social media raising a hand to demonstrate a commitment to calling out inequality, alongside the campaign hashtag. As part of this year's theme, Kingston University has been inviting members of its community to share their own commitment to choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. Some of the responses are below, with others being shared across our social media platforms.

February 2021

Letterpress printed book, organic tracksuit and chiseled typeface among Kingston School of Art works inspired by William Morris on display at online event

Letterpress printed book, organic tracksuit and chiseled typeface among Kingston School of Art works inspired by William Morris on display at online event

The exhibition showcases new work from designers, fine artists, journalists and creative writers each responding to one of three curated quotes from William Morris around protest and social commentary, innovation and technology, and usefulness and beauty.

Kingston School of Art graduate Lucy Saunders wins MTV Music Meets Fashion Competition, with range for River Island unveiled during London Fashion Week

Kingston School of Art graduate Lucy Saunders wins MTV Music Meets Fashion Competition, with range for River Island unveiled during London Fashion Week

Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Lucy Saunders has seen off competition from design students around the globe to win the MTV Music Meets Fashion Competition.

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