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March 2021

Kingston University teams up with local partners to offer fast-track social work programme

Posted Monday 8 March 2021

Kingston University teams up with local partners to offer fast-track social work programme

Kingston University is teaming up with Achieving for Children and Sutton Council to offer aspiring social workers a chance to train and qualify within 14 months through a Department for Education (DfE) initiative.


Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert reacts to news of Covid-19 vaccine priority for people with learning disabilities after campaign

Posted Thursday 4 March 2021

Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert reacts to news of Covid-19 vaccine priority for people with learning disabilities after campaign

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, learning disability and palliative care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne has been campaigning to ensure those with learning disabilities were prioritised for a vaccine. It's been announced the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)  advised the government everyone on the GP learning disability register should be fast-tracked for a jab. Professor Tuffrey-Wijne gave her reaction to the news she had been calling for.


Amplifying the voice of consumers is essential for advancing fair trade and sustainability, says Kingston University researcher during Fairtrade Fortnight

Posted Tuesday 2 March 2021

Amplifying the voice of consumers is essential for advancing fair trade and sustainability, says Kingston University researcher during Fairtrade Fortnight

Understanding and listening to consumers is essential to promote fair trade and sustainability, says a Kingston University expert who shared some of her research findings during Fairtrade Fortnight. 

February 2021

LGBT+ History Month: Gender pronouns – a trans ally's perspective

Posted Friday 26 February 2021

LGBT+ History Month: Gender pronouns – a trans ally's perspective

As part of LGBT+ History Month, students, staff, and alumni of Kingston University have been providing personal stories, views, and creative expressions. Development Manager in the University's Development, Alumni, Relations and Engagement (DARE) team Leonie Evans gives her account of being related to a transgender man, how this affected their lives, and what can be done to increase awareness of life as a trans person and the issues they face.


LGBT+ History Month: A letter from Emily*

Posted Thursday 25 February 2021

LGBT+ History Month: A letter from Emily*

As part of LGBT+ History Month, students, staff and alumni of Kingston University have been providing personal stories, views, and creative expressions. Trans member of staff Emily* shares her account of identifying as a female since being a child, after being born male, and how this has impacted her life.


Kingston University students come up with innovative ways to enhance sustainability at hackathon exploring environmental issues

Posted Thursday 25 February 2021

Kingston University students come up with innovative ways to enhance sustainability at hackathon exploring environmental issues

Students from a range of disciplines have come up with creative solutions to improve sustainability at Kingston University after taking part in a virtual hackathon focusing on environmental issues. Some 33 students and 19 academics from a broad spectrum of degree courses including business design thinking, geography and environmental studies, sustainable design and nutrition took part in the online session, with students on the MA Sustainable Design course acting as facilitators for the discussions.Participants, who were divided into teams, were each given a real-world challenge to work on from one of six areas – energy, waste, transport, water, food and nutrition, built environment and land. With support from University experts, students and staff developed ways of tackling common environmental problems and presented their findings to all participants at the end of the half-day session.Their ideas included an online marketplace through which students and staff could rent or buy furniture and other items no longer needed in halls of residences; creating more cycle paths on the University's campuses and promoting the health benefits of cycling; setting up a bicycle buddy system to support students who were not confident cyclists; and organising a weekend culinary event to showcase different cuisines from around the world and reduce food waste.The hackathon was held to encourage students to think creatively about tackling environmental issues, as well as to assess the value of introducing even more of these cross-disciplinary events into the University curriculum to enhance student learning.Godfrey Nzan, a student on the MSc Environmental Management course who supported the transport team, said it was a valuable experience, bringing students from various disciplines together to analyse problems and share solutions from different perspectives."We discussed ideas from an environmental and cost effectiveness point of view, and then drafted a plan on how organisations such as Kingston can promote more sustainable forms of transport – from using renewable energy to light up walkways on the campuses, to promoting vehicle-sharing schemes among students and staff," he said. Andrew Saperstone, a student on the MA Sustainable Design course who was in the energy team, said he found working with students from a variety of disciplines very valuable."We discussed sustainability education and proposed ways that a module could be introduced into all university courses to change behaviours around energy use," Andrew said.The hackathon concluded with some clear and valuable ideas from the students on how to shape the University's sustainability commitment and policies, HackCentre project manager Amanda Baker said. 


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

Posted Thursday 25 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

The creative endeavours of students, graduates and academics from Kingston School of Art form the heart of an event devoted to the life, work and eco-socialism of 19th century designer and writer William Morris. Launched in collaboration with the William Morris Society, under the banner of the StoryBox Collective, the online event is part of a larger exhibition displaying a range of responses to Morris' design, writing and thinking.


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

Posted Tuesday 23 February 2021

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, with a collection she designed for high street retailer River Island unveiled during London Fashion Week.

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