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Shaping the future of Kingston

Shaping the future of Kingston

Panel session

6.30pm (40 mins)

Kingston University plays a leading role in the borough, through partnership working and community outreach. Listen to (and question) a panel of valued members of the borough, who will be discussing how we can work together to harness and create opportunities for the future.

Panel members include:

  • Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University, Professor Steven Spier
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture and Public Engagement), Kingston University, Professor Colin Rhodes
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Kingston Council, Roy Thompson
  • Chief Executive, Kingston First, Kirsten Henly
  • Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Liz Green.

Places limited, book your place for this panel session when registering for the Civic Reception.

Architecture and Kingston University's Town House

Panel session

7.30pm (40 mins)

Kingston University's new landmark building Town House will not only transform the learning experience of students, but also bring together the University and the local community.

Hear from a panel of experts from the field of architecture who will discuss current architectural themes, drawing on Town House and other community building projects.

Panel members include:

  • Professor of Architecture, Kingston University, Andrew Clancy (winner of BD Young Architect of the Year 2018)
  • Associate professor, Head of Department of Architecture, Kingston University, Mary Johnson
  • Ger Carty, Co-Director, Grafton Architects
  • Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic, Financial Times, and Kingston University alumnus.

Places limited, book your place for this panel session when registering for the Civic Reception.

Architecture and Kingston University's Town House
Human rights at 70. Overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities

Human rights at 70. Overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities

Panel session

5.30pm (40 mins)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 years old this year. With this in mind, a panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing individuals, public bodies, third sector and community organisations at a local level and project them in the broader context of global developments. Afterwards, attendees will be encouraged to network together with panel members in the accompanying exhibition area which will be showcasing the work of human rights students.

Panel members include:

  • Leading practitioner and Kingston's own Director of Human Rights, Stephen Bowen
  • Head of Department of Politics, Radu Cinpoes
  • Former MA in Human Rights student, Bruno Barrionuevo
  • Former BA Politics and International Relations student, Elena Wallraff
  • Current MA Human Rights student, Hanne Buller

Places limited, book your place for this panel session when registering for the Civic Reception.

In conversation with Kingston University students

Panel session

7.30pm (40 mins)

Hear from our students about their experiences of studying at Kingston University. For those who reside here, what do they enjoy most about living in the community? For those students who commute, how do they make the most of their time in the borough?

As a university that prides itself on fair access and inclusion, we will also hear about some of the different routes that our students have taken to get to university. What have been some of the challenges they have had to overcome, and how has the University (and the community) supported their success?

During this session, guests will also have a chance to put any questions to our students!

Chaired by Jenni Woods, Head of Access, Participation and Inclusion, Kingston University.

Places limited, book your place for this panel session when registering for the Civic Reception.

In conversation with Kingston University students

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