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Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston join forces to bring historic Muybridge collection back to borough

Posted Monday 14 October 2019

Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston join forces to bring historic Muybridge collection back to borough

A highly significant collection of work by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is to be brought back to his home town thanks to a partnership between Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University.

The unique material is part of the Victorian photographer's own personal collection, which he bequeathed to Kingston Museum on his death. It includes 67 of Muybridge's famous zoopraxiscope discs, which enabled him to create projected moving images, more than 2,000 glass lantern slides which he presented in his extensive international lectures, and 150 collotype prints, a type of printing that preserves fine detail. It forms part of Kingston Museum's Muybridge Collection, one of the largest worldwide. A selection of the trailblazing photographer's work is displayed at the museum, but much of the collection is currently stored out of borough....


Universities Minister Chris Skidmore discusses importance of education and significance of Black History Month in return visit to Kingston University

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore discusses importance of education and significance of Black History Month in return visit to Kingston University

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore has made the most of an opportunity to speak to students about the significance of Black History Month and witness more of Kingston University's award-winning outreach work first hand during his third visit to the Penrhyn Road campus this year.

Accompanied by Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier, Minister Skidmore was particularly keen to learn more about the programme of activities being run by the Union of Kingston Students during Black History Month. After speaking to union representatives, including president Feisal Haji and campaigns coordinator Ramla Salad, Minister Skidmore said the visit had given him an important insight into how they had been exploring black history, heritage, culture and achievements during the national celebration. "Black History Month is incredibly powerful in demonstrating both how Kingston University is an inclusive community and also pays attention to the importance of all races and all faiths as part of their university experience," he said....


Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

 Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment has become the third department to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award for its commitment to gender equality and inclusivity.

This latest accreditation from Advance HE - formerly the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) - means all three Schools in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing now hold department awards, following recognition for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics as well as the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry by the Government-funded organisation....


European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Hundreds of science enthusiasts were given a taster of some of Kingston University's STEM equipment and outreach activities as New Scientist Live opened its doors at ExCel London on Thursday.

British astronaut Tim Peake - one of the guest speakers at the event - was among those visiting the Kingston stand to speak to academics and student ambassadors from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. The University's lab in a lorry, which opens up the world of science to school children across the capital, was set up in the engineering zone of the exhibition. Visitors were able to examine everyday items created using a 3D printer and try out a host of science, technology, engineering and maths equipment ranging from the NAO interactive humanoid robot to a prototype bicycle that can suck water up from a river or well by pedalling backwards....


Alumni Champions event celebrates over 2,800 hours of alumni volunteering last year

Posted Thursday 10 October 2019

Alumni Champions event celebrates over 2,800 hours of alumni volunteering last year

Last year, over 438 of our alumni at Kingston shared their valuable time to volunteer in support of Kingston students. On 26 September, we hosted our first Alumni Champions Celebration event to celebrate this success, and to say thank you for the great contribution that our alumni volunteers and donors have made.

Trish Reid, Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, spoke of her gratitude for the time and effort that our alumni have dedicated to ensuring that students at Kingston fulfil their potential. She also expressed her delight that so many of our alumni are invested in improving life chances across Kingston University's diverse student body. The success that Kingston has in widening access for students to come to University, and closing the attainment gap once they get here, has been nationally recognised on numerous occasions. The contribution our alumni have made via mentoring, providing careers advice, and funding scholarships and bursaries has been invaluable in helping us achieve this....


Kingston University applauded for commitment to opening up education to underrepresented groups at UK Social Mobility Awards

Posted Thursday 10 October 2019

Kingston University applauded for commitment to opening up education to underrepresented groups at UK Social Mobility Awards

Kingston University has been applauded for its sector-leading approach to championing fair access and inclusivity in higher education at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019. Kingston was one of an elite group of six institutions vying for top honours in the newly created University of the Year category at this year's awards, which attracted an array of entries from businesses, charities and across the public sector.

Former Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, who won the award for outstanding contribution, cited Kingston University as an example of best practice during a glittering gala ceremony....


Grafton Architects, designers of Kingston University's flagship Town House building, named winners of 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Posted Thursday 3 October 2019

Grafton Architects, designers of Kingston University's flagship Town House building, named winners of 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

The architectural practice responsible for designing the University's landmark Town House building has been announced winner of the United Kingdom's highest honour for architecture - the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Dublin-based Grafton Architects have received the award, which is approved personally by the Queen, in recognition of their significant influence on the advancement of architecture. Renowned internationally for what RIBA describes as their people-centred approach, extensive talent and generosity of spirit, Grafton were nominated for the prestigious accolade by a line-up of influential figures from across academia, the arts and architecture....


NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2019

NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

An award-winning programme created by a Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor to help people with chronic hip and knee pain has received national recognition – after cutting NHS waiting times and saving the service millions of pounds.

The ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme – which is delivered in some 220 sites across the United Kingdom including community centres, leisure centres and schools – has treated more than 13,000 people to date, saving the NHS an estimated £22 million by reducing the amount of healthcare needed by patients....


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