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Finance must be made available to green entrepreneurs to help UK meet net-zero carbon emissions target, Kingston University experts warn

Posted Wednesday 18 September 2019

Finance must be made available to green entrepreneurs to help UK meet net-zero carbon emissions target, Kingston University experts warn

Start-up businesses working on innovations to help combat climate change must have access to reliable funding if the United Kingdom is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets, according to leading business experts from Kingston University in London.

With the British government recently making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Kingston Business School Dr Yannis Pierrakis said the contribution of small businesses could not be underestimated. Yet it was well known clean technology companies and enterprises focusing on the environment struggled to raise finance which would pose significant challenges, he cautioned....


Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

Posted Tuesday 17 September 2019

Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

The ability of people with autism to read what someone is feeling or thinking by looking at their eyes and face may have been underestimated, according to research conducted by a developmental psychology expert from Kingston University.

Autism is a condition that affects social communication and it is widely believed people on the autism spectrum find reading expressions particularly challenging. Yet a new study by senior lecturer in developmental psychology Dr Elisa Back, from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, suggests this is not always the case. ...


Kingston School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

Posted Monday 16 September 2019

Kingston School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

A visionary academic from Kingston School of Art has been awarded the prestigious Design Innovation Medal as part of the 2019 London Design Festival showcase. Professor of Design Daniel Charny has carried off the coveted award for his trailblazing work that includes Fixperts – an initiative that challenges students to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems.

Professor Charny is founder and creative director of the learning programme that has grown from a small-scale volunteer design venture to achieve worldwide recognition. "Fixperts is a simple idea. Designers meet a person, discuss and focus on a problem they have, fix it with a design-led solution and hand the prototype over to them," Professor Charny explained. "It's about creative problem solving, teamwork and communication, with human values at the forefront of the thinking."...


Kingston University product and furniture design graduate's modular wall planter in full bloom at London Design Festival

Posted Friday 13 September 2019

Kingston University product and furniture design graduate's modular wall planter in full bloom at London Design Festival

A striking sheet metal modular garden wall system created by a Kingston University graduate is among the products going on display at the London Design Festival.

Will Bloomfield's large-scale pieces feature living flowers and plants that grow within panels arranged in mathematical patterns. They are designed to be bolted on to building exteriors, encouraging delicate ecosystems to flourish in urban environments while adding natural beauty to densely populated areas where gardens are often sacrificed for other uses....


Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Posted Thursday 12 September 2019

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier will play a key role in representing the interests of technical and professional institutions across the United Kingdom after joining the new leadership team of prominent sector body University Alliance.

Professor Spier has taken up the role of treasurer for the leading mission group, alongside new chair Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, and deputy chair Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes....


Creative Writing graduates shortlisted for major book prizes

Posted Monday 9 September 2019

Creative Writing graduates shortlisted for major book prizes

Oyinkan Braithwaite's novel, My Sister, The Serial Killer, has become a literary sensation this year.

Reviewed in The New Yorker and featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row and Open Book programmes, the book has now been shortlisted for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction. Described as a 'morbidly funny slashfest' and 'feminist noir', the book is up against a strong field including Milkman by Anna Burns, Circe by Madeline Miller and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker....


Pioneering initiatives helping underrepresented groups to succeed in higher education highlighted as Kingston University shortlisted for UK Social Mobility Awards 2019

Posted Tuesday 3 September 2019

Pioneering initiatives helping underrepresented groups to succeed in higher education highlighted as Kingston University shortlisted for UK Social Mobility Awards 2019

Kingston University has been shortlisted for the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019, recognising its sector-leading approach to championing fair access and inclusivity in higher education.

This year's awards attracted an array of entries from businesses, charities and the public sector, with Kingston one of an elite group of six institutions shortlisted in the newly-created University of the Year category....


Inventor of life-saving stocking aid and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate scoops two national awards

Posted Monday 2 September 2019

Inventor of life-saving stocking aid and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate scoops two national awards

Inspirational entrepreneur and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate Neomi Bennett BEM has picked up two national awards for her innovative Neo-slip stocking aid which helps the application of compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis.

The registered nurse, who graduated in 2012, was honoured with a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Institute award and also recognised at the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace, which showcases entrepreneurs' enterprising business ideas and provides a platform to amplify and advance them....

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