Civic Showcase 2019

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  • Date: Monday 14 October 2019
  • Time: 4.00 8.00pm

Drop-in anytime to attend our exhibition or hear a lightning talk, plus we have live music until 9.00pm.

  • Venue: Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1EU

Free registration – book now

This October Kingston University staff and students will be heading into Kingston town centre to highlight the key role the University plays within the local community. Our Civic Showcase will take place at the Guildhall on Kingston's High Street. The event is open to the whole community and will celebrate the local and regional impact of our students and staff.

Alongside a short talks programme, those attending will also be able to visit our exhibition area, enjoy live music and dance performances and get involved in activities which demonstrate the exciting opportunities the University brings to residents and businesses.

Read more below about what is being Showcased.

Read about last year's Civic event.

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Talks and performances

Whilst our exhibition area is open from 4.00 – 8.00pm (read more below), there are a variety of talks and performances you can also attend during the event. There is no need to book for each talk - just come along during the event.

Venue: Council Chamber

5.30 – 5.35pm Welcome address

The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Thompson and Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University

7.45 – 9.00pm Pilhouse

Four talented Music Technology students play live.

Venue: Queen Anne Suite*

4.30 – 4.45pm Lightning Talk 1: Bringing the Community into the Classroom

This talk will expand upon a Community Engaged Learning project between Kingston's Geography Students and ‘The Community Brain', which contributed to the work redeveloping Tolworth.

5.00 – 5.15pm Lightning Talk 2: Student perspectives

Find out about a range of enrichment and enhancement activities available for students and how you could become involved. Hear directly from our students about how opportunities such as mentoring, volunteering and working as an ambassador have enhanced their university experience, while contributing to the wider community.

5.45 – 6.00pm KU Dance Showcase

Kingston Dance believes there is great strength in diversity. We have great pleasure in presenting a small selection of the styles that are either taught on the BA Dance degree or part of the Performing Arts Community Engagement (PACE) activities programme.

6.30 – 7.00pm Keynote panel session: Imagination, innovation, inspiration - how Kingston University enriches the borough

Take the opportunity to listen to (and question) a panel of valued members of the borough who will be discussing what it means to be a University town and what the University brings to its community. Panel members include:

  • Professor Steven Spier (Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University)
  • Councillor Liz Green (Leader of Kingston Council)
  • Kirsten Henly (Chief Executive, Kingston First)

7.30 – 7.45pm Lightning Talk 3: Kingston Students as Active Citizens

A talk from the Students' Union that looks at dispelling the myths and stereotypes of students living in the local community. The union will talk about the positive impact that students make throughout the town, including the positive work of sports teams in the community, how societies contribute to a vibrant and diverse community and how student volunteers give back so much through their university experience.

* Please note: Due to limited capacity in the Queen Anne Suite, places for these activities will be filled on a first come, first served basis on the night, for a mix of seated and some standing space. We cannot guarantee to be able to accommodate all guests for each session. Between each talk and performance, guests will be asked to depart the Queen Anne Suite to allow the room to be reset. Please note we expect the keynote panel session at 6.30pm and the dance showcase at 5.45pm to be particularly busy. There will be limited reserved seating at each event, so if you require a seat for health or other reasons a member of the team will be able to assist you.


At the 2019 Civic Showcase you'll be able to find out about a wide range of the work Kingston University's staff and students do. We're also looking for volunteers to get involved as well – visit each exhibitor at the event to find out more.

Highlights include:

  • Lab in a Lorry – our mobile interactive science laboratory
  • Our hospital ward simulated healthcare environment
  • Performing Arts in the community – and the team are also providing live music and dance throughout the evening - student band Pilhouse are performing from 7.45-9.00pm
  • Korean-inspired garments created by Fashion students
  • Dorich House Museum – who are asking the community to share their memories of the house's past
  • Stanley Picker Gallery showcasing their latest exhibition ‘ We are Publication'
  • The Big Read shared reading project – come and find out more and get a copy of the most recent shared title

You can also:

  • Find out how we get our students ‘business-ready' through problem solving workshops like hackathons - and join in or give us an idea we can ‘hack' for you!
  • Try out eye-tracker glasses and find out how eye-tracking is informing researchers how people implicitly process information.
  • Chat to our new creative agency – Studio KT1 and hear about their first collaboration with the Bentall Centre.
  • Find out how to get involved with our Mentoring and Alumni teams to support our current students in all sorts of different ways. The Union of Kingston Students will share how our students are supporting the community by volunteering.
  • Chat to our Estates Team about the new Town House.

Watch a short film from a previous Civic Reception

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