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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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..
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 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.
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.
A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier.
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.
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.
On International Women in Engineering Day, students, staff and graduates from Kingston University share their experiences and ambitions, as well as offering tips for young women considering a career in STEM and highlighting those who have inspired them on the way.
Kingston University researchers will investigate the role human papillomavirus (HPV) plays in the development of gastrointestinal cancers through a new project with Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Hundreds of face shields to help protect frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic are being produced by a team of technicians at Kingston University. The protective face shields are being made using both laser-cutting and 3D-printing equipment in the University's workshops at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing's Roehampton Vale campus and at Kingston School of Art's Knights Park campus.
At Kingston University we stand together as a community with our black staff, students and alumni in condemning racism against the black community, and in support of Black Lives Matter.
Kingston University Emergency appeal raises over £140,000 for students in financial crisis
A Kingston University pharmacy student has been raising awareness of the role people with disabilities are playing during the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure they don't face barriers getting to and from work.Alongside her studies, Osayuki Igbinoba has been working as a pharmacy adviser in Croydon throughout the pandemic
An economics graduate from Kingston University is set to publish a memoir about how he defied the odds to go to study for a degree before embarking on a successful career in investment banking in the City of London.
Corporate finance expert Francis Small has been appointed Chair of Kingston University's Board of Governors. Following a 36-year career with professional services multinational Ernst & Young, Mr Small joined the University's governing body in 2015 as chair of its Finance Committee. A Cambridge University law graduate, he has extensive experience in audit and risk management, strategic oversight and leadership in professional and business services.
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