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Eager Kingston University applicants hit the phone lines as the race for a course place in Clearing begins

Posted Thursday 16 August 2018

Eager Kingston University applicants hit the phone lines as the race for a course place in Clearing begins

Hotline operators at Kingston University's Clearing headquarters have been kept busy since A-Level results were released on 16 August. By 5.30pm, the University's dedicated team of 180 specially trained hotline operators had spoken to more than 3,000 anxious students looking to snap up one of the remaining degree places for courses starting in September.

Director of Admissions Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's annual Clearing and confirmation operation, said hotline operators had taken calls from students who had narrowly missed out on their predicted grades as well as those who had done better than expected. "Students should not panic if they don't get straight through to the hotline operators," he said. "They should keep trying if lines are busy and they will soon get through to a friendly member of staff keen to help them."...


Kingston School of Art students bank on their creative talent in designs for local currency the Kingston Pound

Posted Wednesday 15 August 2018

Kingston School of Art students bank on their creative talent in designs for local currency the Kingston Pound

Two graphic design students from Kingston School of Art have showcased the vibrancy, diversity and history of Kingston upon Thames in new designs for local currency the Kingston Pound. The soon-to-be released notes are designed to encourage interactions on social media and spark interest in visiting locations across the London borough.

Chosen by design experts, local business people and University alumni, Molly Dunne and Ella Hilton's bank notes are each adorned with an image of a Kingston landmark - the history-laden Market House Building, art-deco styled Surbiton train station, New Malden's iconic fountain and the sixties-built Tolworth Tower....


From legal eagle to Kingston University music maestro – Clearing hits the right note for former lawyer

Posted Tuesday 14 August 2018

From legal eagle to Kingston University music maestro – Clearing hits the right note for former lawyer

It was a chance conversation on a train which provided the impetus for Ershad Alamgir to finally drum up the courage and give up a secure position in the hospitality industry to pursue his true passion of producing music.

Despite a long-held aspiration to carve out a career in music, 40-year-old Ershad had never imagined he could actually make it happen. Ershad – who was born in Bangladesh but left the country at a young age – trained in Indian classical music from childhood. With a repertoire ranging from Indian classical music to western pop, rock, jazz and blues, he has performed regularly on stage, radio and television initially in Bangladesh but for the past 14 years in Britain, following his move to the United Kingdom....


Students with results' day strategy set to be this year's Clearing winners, according to Kingston University admissions experts

Posted Wednesday 8 August 2018

Students with results' day strategy set to be this year's Clearing winners, according to Kingston University admissions experts

With A-Level and BTEC results just a week away, Kingston University is urging students to have a plan to hand if their grades turn out to be not quite what they expected.

Figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that just under 60,000 students in the United Kingdom found university places through Clearing last year. Director of Admissions Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's annual Clearing and confirmation operation, said students who had done some scenario planning would be in a much stronger position to take advantage of the opportunities available in Clearing this year....


The Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation and pay it forward

Posted Wednesday 8 August 2018

The Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation and pay it forward

We were delighted to welcome our newest graduates to the Kingston University Alumni family in late July at our undergraduate graduation ceremonies where they celebrated with family and friends in record temperatures. The Class of 2018 also chose to 'pay it forward' by taking part in their Graduating Class Gift. Through individual donations of just £3, they have already raised an incredible £2,069 for future students at Kingston.

Each year, alumni provide scores of scholarships, hardship grants and bursaries to current students at Kingston through the Inspire the Future campaign. This allows students to study and thrive here at Kingston when that would not otherwise be possible, and enables our students to change their own futures....


It's third time lucky for Kingston University student as Clearing opens the door to a career in marketing

Posted Monday 6 August 2018

It's third time lucky for Kingston University student as Clearing opens the door to a career in marketing

Last autumn when Josh Vince was looking for courses to begin in September this year, little did he know that he'd be at Kingston University less than two weeks later about to take the first step on the ladder to a marketing career.

The 20 year old from Bath in Somerset had applied to university two years ago but a combination of slightly missed grades and a change of heart led to him deciding to work for a year instead. Come September, he once again applied with the same result and had resigned himself to another year in his job before a visit to Kingston University's Clearing page made him sit up and take notice. He discovered there were places still available through Clearing on the BSc(Hons) Marketing and Advertising with business experience course at Kingston Business School....


Alumnus Robert Rakison hosts law students ahead of the International Criminal Court Moot competition in The Hague

Posted Friday 3 August 2018

Alumnus Robert Rakison hosts law students ahead of the International Criminal Court Moot competition in The Hague

The ICC Moot Court Competition welcomes universities from all over the world for a large scale moot court, simulating the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Competition, founded in 2004, consists of an extensive six-day educational and social program, which brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to The Hague to challenge their skills as future international lawyers.Kingston University Law students Ruxandra Pitu, Asha Abukar, Dan Green and Whitney Presicci qualified through the national rounds last year, which secured them a place in the international rounds in May. Robert Rakison and his colleague, Vivian Robertson QC, kindly listened to the students rehearse their oral submissions before their appearance at The Hague in The Netherlands providing some very useful feedback.Thanks to Robert, Vivian and the support from Eric Jeanpierre, Senior Law Lecturer at Kingston University, the students did very well in the international rounds and climbed 18 places compared to last year. They achieved 73% overall for their written memorials and 81% for their oral presentations - a significant improvement from last year's competition.An extraordinary amount of work and passion went into the preparation of the competition and we are incredibly grateful for Robert's generous support. Congratulations to the students who took part!


The power of brass – new animation from Kingston School of Art student examines relationship between music in New Orleans and Yorkshire

Posted Thursday 2 August 2018

The power of brass – new animation from Kingston School of Art student examines relationship between music in New Orleans and Yorkshire

The role brass band music played in the response to traumatic events in New Orleans and Yorkshire has been explored in a striking new animated film by a Kingston School of Art student.

Matt Armitage's three-minute creation draws parallels between the cultural reaction to natural and social disasters that rocked two communities 4,500 miles apart following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the mine closures of the 1980s....

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