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Kingston School of Art expert entertains hospital patients with classical music and story-time hospital radio shows during coronavirus pandemic

Posted Friday 31 July 2020

 Kingston School of Art expert entertains hospital patients with classical music and story-time hospital radio shows during coronavirus pandemic

When a Kingston School of Art music and performing arts expert watched a documentary about Covid-19 hospital patients, she was struck by how many people being treated in intensive care units lay face-down for long periods of time, not able to read or watch TV. With few, or no visitors, the experience reminded associate professor Dr Helen Julia Minors of how hospital radio can be an essential medium for isolated patients and the staff caring for them.

The programme left such a lasting impression on Dr Minors, who is head of the department of performing arts at the University, that she was inspired to pitch a new radio show, Helen's Classical Story Time, to hospital station Radio Wey, where she already volunteered presenting a weekly music show....


Kingston University halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill to undergo multi-million pound refurbishment

Posted Thursday 30 July 2020

Kingston University halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill to undergo multi-million pound refurbishment

A £100 million project to upgrade Kingston University's halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill gets under way this month.

The scheme will be delivered by Kingston Student Living - a consortium made up of infrastructure investment firm Equitix and energy, services and regeneration company ENGIE, who will work in partnership with the University. It will provide a suite of new, energy-efficient and state-of-the-art bedrooms, as well as a range of enhanced facilities that will transform the experience for student residents living at both sites....


Kingston University rolls out mental fitness booster course for new students

Posted Monday 27 July 2020

Kingston University rolls out mental fitness booster course for new students

Kingston University is to offer a four-week course to boost the mental fitness of new students and help them bounce back from the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.


Kingston University's actions to tackle racism – a message from Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier

Posted Friday 24 July 2020

Kingston University's actions to tackle racism – a message from Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier

A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier:

In my statement on 5 June I confirmed that Kingston University stands together as a community with our black staff, students and alumni in condemning racism and in support of the issues that Black Lives Matter raises in our community. We are committed to tackling inequality, and we will continue to work to address disadvantage and prejudice in all its forms....


Former Kingston University Stanley Picker Gallery fellow Oreet Ashery awarded Turner Bursary

Posted Wednesday 22 July 2020

Former Kingston University Stanley Picker Gallery fellow Oreet Ashery awarded Turner Bursary

A distinguished artist and former fellow of Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery has been awarded a prestigious Turner Bursary. Oreet Ashery has received one of the coveted accolades, announced after this year's Turner Prize exhibition was cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She joins a line-up of 10 eminent artists being celebrated by Tate Britain for their significant contributions to new developments in contemporary art.

The honour recognises a body of work produced by the London-based artist, whose projects include moving image, performance, photography, workshops, writing and assemblages. The award acknowledges the success of Revisiting Genesis, commissioned by Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery in 2016, Dying Under Your Eyes, produced for the Wellcome Collection in 2019, the book How We Die Is How We Live Only More So, released by Mousse Publishers in 2019, the exhibition Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery and a range of other exhibitions, events and performances centred around the themes of care, death, dying and technology....


Kingston University psychologist presents to Cabinet Office on how to engage with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities most at risk from COVID-19

Posted Tuesday 21 July 2020

Kingston University psychologist presents to Cabinet Office on how to engage with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities most at risk from COVID-19

The Cabinet Office has invited a health psychologist from Kingston University and her reserch partners to present their findings outlining why BAME communities may be disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and how targeted health messaging could help mitigate its impact.

Dr Tushna Vandrevala was joined by Professor Jane Hendy of Brunel University London and Professor Aftab Ala of the University of Surrey, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the presentation to 140 Cabinet Office civil servants....


Coronavirus Covid-19 – Information for our students

Posted Wednesday 15 July 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 – Information for our students

The University has been working hard to support our students' academic and personal needs throughout the coronavirus pandemic in line with the latest government and Public Health England advice. The health, wellbeing and safety of all our students and staff remains our top priority.

When does the University open?...


Kingston University research project awarded £1.3million to examine how migrants understand home and engage in processes of home making in UK-Nordic research collaboration

Posted Thursday 9 July 2020

Kingston University research project awarded £1.3million to examine how migrants understand home and engage in processes of home making in UK-Nordic research collaboration

A new project exploring the meanings of home and of home making for migrants forms the basis of an innovative multidisciplinary research project led by academics from Kingston University, VIA University College in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden. Part of the study will see migrants use their smart phones to capture moments in their lives which will form a film shining a light on diaspora communities.

Professor Fran Lloyd and her team will work with a range of migrant communities through workshops facilitated with non-governemental organisations (NGOs) in the UK, Denmark and Sweden to examine different themes of migration and integration. Through these participatory workshops, migrants will create content on their smart phones, which will be compiled into a film looking at the sights, sounds and associations of home and their thoughts on the everyday practices of home making....


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