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2020 round up: Kingston alumni highlights from an extraordinary year

Posted Friday 11 December 2020

2020 round up: Kingston alumni highlights from an extraordinary year

In this unparalleled year, Covid-19 has affected how we all live our lives, but Kingston University's alumni, students and staff have continued to thrive, demonstrating resilience, innovation and community spirit. Here are some of the highlights from 2020.

This year kicked off with the opening of our multi-million pound flagship Town House featuring dance studios, a studio theatre, library, cafes, roof-top garden and more. In January, three Kingston alumni were recognised in the New Year's Honours list for exceptional contributions to industry and public service, including architecture alumna and co-founder of the award-winning dRMM studio Sadie Morgan....


Kingston is Global 2020 brings together alumni, staff and students for an inspiring day of virtual talks, workshops and reunions

Posted Wednesday 9 December 2020

Kingston is Global 2020 brings together alumni, staff and students for an inspiring day of virtual talks, workshops and reunions

Our first-ever virtual Kingston is Global event on Thursday 26 November 2020 was packed with bite-size talks and workshops led by Kingston experts on topics from Covid-19 to squiggly careers. Kingston alumni also had the opportunity to reconnect in a series of regional reunions hosted throughout the day.

Over 500 Kingston alumni, staff and students from over 50 countries registered for Kingston is Global 2020 to get together and learn new skills, network and celebrate being part of the Kingston community....


Supporting Kingston University's KU Cares students over Christmas

Posted Wednesday 9 December 2020

Supporting Kingston University's KU Cares students over Christmas

As millions of people get together with their families and friends for Christmas, in line with government guidelines, Kingston University is planning to ensure its care leavers and estranged students are supported throughout the festive period. Access and support adviser for the KU Cares scheme Beth Taswell explains how the programme has adapted in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


Kingston University and Kingston Council join forces to offer students and staff free, rapid Covid-19 tests

Posted Saturday 5 December 2020

Kingston University and Kingston Council join forces to offer students and staff free, rapid Covid-19 tests

Kingston University students now have an opportunity to receive a free, rapid Covid-19 test on campus so they can help keep families, friends and the wider community as safe as possible when they travel home for the festive period. 

"While the tests are voluntary, we are encouraging our students to take up this opportunity, which will enable them to spend time with families and friends over the festive period with the reassurance they are reducing the risk of spreading the virus to loved ones and local communities."...


International Day of People with Disabilities – Kingston University staff and students call for better support for people with learning disabilities during and after coronavirus pandemic

Posted Thursday 3 December 2020

International Day of People with Disabilities – Kingston University staff and students call for better support for people with learning disabilities during and after coronavirus pandemic

The International Day of People with Disabilities takes place on 3 December every year and was created by the United Nations to promote an understanding of disability issues, support the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of people with disabilities and highlight the benefits of integrating them into every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

To mark this year's awareness day, staff and students from Kingston University's learning disabilities nursing department discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected those with learning disabilities mentally, physically, and socially....


Life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris inspires Wallpaper Man exhibition from Kingston School of Art students, academics and alumni

Posted Monday 30 November 2020

Life, work and eco-socialism of William Morris inspires 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....


Estranged Students Solidarity Week – how Kingston University supports estranged students throughout their studies

Posted Friday 27 November 2020

Estranged Students Solidarity Week – how Kingston University supports estranged students throughout their studies

Estrangement is when a person has lost or broken contact with their family. People can become estranged for any number of reasons, such as abuse, a clash of beliefs, religion or values and parental rejection of their LGBTQI+ identity among many others. This can be a long slow process, or a sharp and sudden break. For young students who experience estrangement from their parents, this often results in their university being their only network of support with the absence of a ‘safety net'.

Unlike a lot of students, the estranged learners we support through KU Cares do not have the security of family and the comfort of knowing that they will be there to support them when things get tough  - even if it's just in regards to borrowing a bit of money or having a parent message to see if they're ok....


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