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Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Posted Wednesday 18 September 2019

Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Start-up businesses working on innovations to help combat climate change must have access to reliable funding if the United Kingdom is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets, according to leading business experts from Kingston University in London.

With the British government recently making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Kingston Business School Dr Yannis Pierrakis said the contribution of small businesses could not be underestimated. Yet it was well known clean technology companies and enterprises focusing on the environment struggled to raise finance which would pose significant challenges, he cautioned....


Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

Posted Tuesday 17 September 2019

Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

The ability of people with autism to read what someone is feeling or thinking by looking at their eyes and face may have been underestimated, according to research conducted by a developmental psychology expert from Kingston University.

Autism is a condition that affects social communication and it is widely believed people on the autism spectrum find reading expressions particularly challenging. Yet a new study by senior lecturer in developmental psychology Dr Elisa Back, from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, suggests this is not always the case. ...


Kingston School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

Posted Monday 16 September 2019

Kingston School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

A visionary academic from Kingston School of Art has been awarded the prestigious Design Innovation Medal as part of the 2019 London Design Festival showcase. Professor of Design Daniel Charny has carried off the coveted award for his trailblazing work that includes Fixperts – an initiative that challenges students to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems.

Professor Charny is founder and creative director of the learning programme that has grown from a small-scale volunteer design venture to achieve worldwide recognition. "Fixperts is a simple idea. Designers meet a person, discuss and focus on a problem they have, fix it with a design-led solution and hand the prototype over to them," Professor Charny explained. "It's about creative problem solving, teamwork and communication, with human values at the forefront of the thinking."...


Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Posted Thursday 12 September 2019

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier will play a key role in representing the interests of technical and professional institutions across the United Kingdom after joining the new leadership team of prominent sector body University Alliance.

Professor Spier has taken up the role of treasurer for the leading mission group, alongside new chair Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, and deputy chair Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes....


Pupils' designs built by Kingston University take centre stage at Primary Engineer launch event at Gatwick Airport

Posted Tuesday 13 August 2019

Pupils' designs built by Kingston University take centre stage at Primary Engineer launch event at Gatwick Airport

Prototypes for designs to solve engineering challenges built by Kingston University and dreamed up by school pupils have gone on show at Gatwick Airport as part of a Primary Engineer competition launch event.

The airport, Facebook and Network Rail have become national partners for the ‘If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do?' Leaders Award competition, designed to help encourage students from schools across the country to become the engineering professionals of the future....


Exhibition sheds light on women's experiences in the era of mass introduction of electricity to rural homes in Ireland

Posted Wednesday 7 August 2019

Exhibition sheds light on women's experiences in the era of mass introduction of electricity to rural homes in Ireland

The transformative impact electrification had on rural Ireland - and how the fantasy and reality of housework in the 1950s and 1960s compared - is explored in a major new exhibition co-curated by a Kingston University researcher.

Focusing directly on the lives and experiences of women who lived through the country's rural electrification programme, the exhibition features a mixture of objects, oral histories, documentation and interpretations of period environments in Ireland from the late 1940s up until the 1970s....


Should a Theresa May memoir be released? Experts at Kingston University create novel formula to guide publishers on the potential success or failure of political biographies

Posted Tuesday 6 August 2019

Should a Theresa May memoir be released? Experts at Kingston University create novel formula to guide publishers on the potential success or failure of political biographies

A recent debate on social media about whether or not the book-buying public has an appetite for an autobiography of former Prime Minister Theresa May has prompted a publishing expert and economist from Kingston University to team up to analyse how to predict if a political memoir will be a hit or a flop.

Political autobiographies often feature highly on bestsellers lists, said Alison Baverstock, Professor of Publishing at Kingston University. "But commissioning such titles does involve large financial risk for publishers. If someone falls out of favour or in to obscurity then copies of their memoirs are a waste of money - either left to gather dust on the shelves or needing to be pulped, the fate of much unsold stock," she added....


End of life and palliative care for people with learning disabilities needs improving, Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert tells House of Lords lecture

Posted Friday 2 August 2019

End of life and palliative care for people with learning disabilities needs improving, Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert tells House of Lords lecture

Pioneering cancer charity Marie Curie has called on the expertise of world-leading learning disability and palliative care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne to share her insight and ground-breaking research on the topic at the House of Lords.

Professor Tuffrey-Wijne, the world's first researcher to conduct studies into palliative care for people with learning disabilities, told policymakers and leading thinkers in the field at the Death, Dying and Learning Disability lecture that improvement in end of life care given to people with learning disabilities is desperately needed. The lecture was one of a series being held by Marie Curie focusing on access to care and support for people living with a terminal illness....


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