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Kingston University-led project secures £500k from Government to expand successful approach to tackling BME attainment gap

Posted Saturday 11 March 2017

Kingston University-led project secures £500k from Government to expand successful approach to tackling BME attainment gap

A group of six higher education institutions and one college of further education, headed by Kingston University, has been awarded £500,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to help increase the number of students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who achieve good degrees.

The Kingston University-led project, which secured the maximum amount of funding available from HEFCE's new Catalyst Fund, will expand on the institution's work identifying why fewer black and minority ethnic (BME) students achieve First or 2:1 degrees compared with their fellow white students – a discrepancy known nationally as the BME attainment gap. It will also focus on the changes the University has made to its culture and curriculum to combat this disparity. The aim is to cascade this successful approach to five other universities – De Montfort, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, UCL and Wolverhampton – and further education college, NESCOT....


Aspiring filmmakers at Kingston University given chance to step into the spotlight through Channel 4 programme Random Acts

Posted Wednesday 8 March 2017

Aspiring filmmakers at Kingston University given chance to step into the spotlight through Channel 4 programme Random Acts

Budding young creatives are being given the opportunity to showcase their work on the small screen, through an initiative supported by Kingston University to produce short films for the Channel 4 Random Acts series.

Stop Play Record is part of five networks across England for people aged 16-24, who are interested in filmmaking. Students are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of professional artists and producers and apply online, with the best ideas securing a production budget, mentoring from film professionals and a foot in the door of what the Arts Council describes as a notoriously difficult industry to break in to. The very best entrants are lined up for broadcast on Random Acts....


Kingston University students impress judges with their Bright Ideas in entrepreneurship competition

Posted Wednesday 22 February 2017

Kingston University students impress judges with their Bright Ideas in entrepreneurship competition

An upcycling fashion brand, a nail-painting service for children's parties and an on-demand flexible work smartphone app for employers were just three of the innovative winning entries by students at this year's Bright Ideas event, a Dragon's Den-style competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Each year creative students aim to win up to £1,000 by pitching their business ideas to a judging panel of successful entrepreneurs and notable University alumni. This year saw 359 business ideas submitted by 665 entrants, underlining Kingston University's reputation as a leading national entrepreneurial institution....


Former Kingston University engineering student Anthony Sahota steps into spotlight on BBC 1's Let It Shine after surprise graduation ceremony visit from Take That's Gary Barlow

Posted Friday 10 February 2017

Former Kingston University engineering student Anthony Sahota steps into spotlight on BBC 1's Let It Shine after surprise graduation ceremony visit from Take That's Gary Barlow

Graduation is a memorable day for any student but for Kingston University mechanical engineering student Anthony Sahota, it was an experience he will never forget after he received a visit from pop star and Take That frontman Gary Barlow.

Unbeknown to Anthony, he had been selected to audition for new BBC song contest Let it Shine, presided over by a panel chaired by Barlow alongside fellow musician and actor Martin Kemp, singer and actress Dannii Minogue and a guest judge. The primetime talent show, which currently airs on BBC One on Saturday evenings, is hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc. It sees contestants compete to win the ultimate prize of performing in London's West End in The Band – a musical based on the songs of Take That....


Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University lecturer Pascal Anson has brush with fame as mentor on new BBC television programme The Big Painting Challenge

A senior lecturer from Kingston University has stepped out of the classroom and on to the screen to lend his expertise to amateur artists on new BBC One show The Big Painting Challenge.

Pascal Anson, tutor on the graphic design, product and furniture design and art foundation courses, draws on his experience of teaching to help five contestants find their inner Da Vinci through weekly challenges set by the judges. "We're there to give them confidence, steer them in the right direction to and ask the right questions of their work," Anson explained....


Kingston University students' Inuit-inspired sustainable fashion sculptures displayed at Canadian High Commission ahead of London Fashion Week

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingston University students' Inuit-inspired sustainable fashion sculptures displayed at Canadian High Commission ahead of London Fashion Week

Fashion is taking centre stage at the Canadian High Commission in central London after Kingston University students put their design ingenuity to the test to create sustainable sculptures inspired by Canada's Inuit and First Nation hunters.

Eight second year BA(Hons) Fashion students worked with renowned fashion sustainability champion and artist Dr Noki, along with London based Canadian designer Todd Lynn, to create the figures, which have been installed in the large display windows of the embassy ahead of London Fashion Week....


Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Posted Monday 6 February 2017

Kingston University begins new chapter in Big Read project as it announces novels selected for 2017 shortlist

Following on from the success of the last two campaigns, the Kingston University Big Read project has announced six shortlisted titles to be considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins.

Since 2015, the University has sent a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the institution as part of the Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they arrive. The final shortlist, narrowed down from 140 suggested titles, includes authors from Scotland, Nigeria and Kenya:...


Leading US journalism educator Debora Wenger receives first PhD by Prior Publication from Kingston University's School of Humanities

Posted Friday 3 February 2017

Leading US journalism educator Debora Wenger receives first PhD by Prior Publication from Kingston University's School of Humanities

A US professor who specialises in journalism education has been awarded the first PhD by Prior Publication by Kingston University's School of Humanities for her research into how developments in the profession affect teaching of the discipline.

Debora Wenger, an experienced broadcast journalist and associate professor and director of undergraduate journalism at the University of Mississippi, joined more than 2,600 fellow students to receive her award at January's graduation ceremonies, held at the borough's  Rose Theatre....


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