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The life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris provide inspiration for Wallpaper Man exhibition from Kingston School of Art students, academics and alumni

Posted Monday 30 November 2020

The life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris provide inspiration for Wallpaper Man exhibition from Kingston School of Art students, academics and alumni

A sustainable tracksuit made from hemp and natural dyes, an Artificial Intelligence algorithm creating patterns from archival data and a typeface developed from chisel marks are just a few of the many innovative projects inspired by the work of William Morris at a newly launched exhibition. Originally conceived before the lockdown, the exhibition hopes to encourage a new audience to discover the life and work of the British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist.

Launched in collaboration with the William Morris Society, the exhibition showcases new works from designers, fine artists, journalists and creative writers each responding to one of three curated quotes from William Morris around protest and social commentary, innovation and technology, and usefulness and beauty. The students, alumni and academics from Kingston School of Art work under the banner of the StoryBox Collective, named after a collection of objects that together tell a story about a theme or aspect of a subject or artist....


Kingston University nursing lecturer Judith Francois receives Most Innovative Teacher of the Year accolade at Times Higher Education awards

Posted Friday 27 November 2020

Kingston University nursing lecturer Judith Francois receives Most Innovative Teacher of the Year accolade at Times Higher Education awards

A Kingston University nursing expert who established a pioneering programme to help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic mental health nurses progress into senior roles has been named Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the Times Higher Education awards.

Senior lecturer in clinical leadership and management in the University's School of Nursing Judith Francois received the prestigious accolade during a virtual ceremony which recognised institutions and staff from across the UK for exceptional teaching, research, student support, entrepreneurship, collaborations and outreach....


Report showing higher number of coronavirus deaths in people with learning disabilities highlights need for immediate action, Kingston University expert says

Posted Wednesday 18 November 2020

Report showing higher number of coronavirus deaths in people with learning disabilities highlights need for immediate action, Kingston University expert says

A newly-published Public Health England report which shows people with learning disabilities are 6.3 times more likely to die from coronavirus than the rest of the population shows urgent action is required, according to a learning disability and palliative care expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

The report also revealed that young adults with learning disabilities, aged 18-34, are 30 times more likely to die of Covid-19 than those without. Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne said these worrying figures highlighted just how vulnerable people with learning disabilities are during a pandemic. ...


Movember – Kingston University academic highlights importance of staying mentally healthy

Posted Monday 16 November 2020

Movember – Kingston University academic highlights importance of staying mentally healthy

Movember is an annual event every November that encourages men to grow a moustache to raise the awareness of men's health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide, and mental health. Senior lecturer in mental health at Kingston University Laurie Dahl speaks about the importance of staying mentally health in a year when people have been confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our mental health, and the wellbeing of all in our communities has never been at a higher profile. Awareness of the relevance of mental health has never been higher. Until relatively recently, few now are unaware of issues such as anxiety, depression, and suicide. Campaigns such as Time to Change have had a considerable impact in challenging the stigma around mental health but the withdrawal of government funding for Time to Change shows that we have not arrived at a nirvana....


Research into athletes' views on doping reveal issue cannot be dealt with in isolation, Kingston University expert outlines ahead of clean sport conference

Posted Monday 9 November 2020

Research into athletes' views on doping reveal issue cannot be dealt with in isolation, Kingston University expert outlines ahead of clean sport conference

Kingston University anti-doping expert Professor Andrea Petroczi will take part in a panel discussion exploring athletes' views on the impact doping has on elite sport at a virtual conference next month.

The second annual Clean Sport Insight Forum, organised by the Clean Sport Alliance as part of the RESPECT project, will bring together athletes, policymakers and anti-doping researchers on 8-9 December to discuss a range of anti-doping topics and issues....


Kingston University partnership to teach school pupils essential life skills through sport

Posted Thursday 5 November 2020

Kingston University partnership to teach school pupils essential life skills through sport

A programme to help primary school pupils learn core subjects and develop essential life skills through the power of sport is being launched by a Kingston University partnership.

Move.Learn.Grow. will see experienced sports teachers, coaches and internationally acclaimed educators from Harlequins Foundation, Sport Impact and Kingston University's Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity (CPESA) working together to provide schools in London with unique learning solutions....


Determined care leavers should be given more job opportunities, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor tells key summit during National Care Leavers' Week

Posted Monday 2 November 2020

Determined care leavers should be given more job opportunities, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor tells key summit during National Care Leavers' Week

Businesses have been called upon to employ more care leavers by Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier during a panel talk to celebrate National Care Leavers' Week.

The discussion was a key part of the Empathy Summit, organised by the Care Leaver Covenant and social value agency Spectra, which highlighted the challenges care leavers face, the importance of empathy and what education and business can do to support them....


Memento from 1936 Berlin Olympics held in Kingston University archive documents important moment in Black history

Posted Thursday 29 October 2020

Memento from 1936 Berlin Olympics held in Kingston University archive documents important moment in Black history

Established in 2004, the archive at Kingston University has built a fascinating range of collections to support the learning, teaching and research of the University and the wider community. Among the many treasures is a 15th Century hand-illuminated armorial, items from the University's predecessor bodies such as a visitors' book dating to 1899, photographs from the early 1900s and even a ceremonial spade. Among other unique holdings are collections relating to Stephen Sondheim, Wendy Perriam and Iris Murdoch, for which the archive has gained an international reputation.

Here, Kingston University archivist Dayna Miller explains how a photograph from the extensive collection of shipping merchant, diplomat and Olympic athlete, Vane Ivanovic, documents an important moment in Black history....

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