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Pioneering Kingston Business School graduate Sima Kamil recognised as influential leader by global business education network AACSB

Posted Monday 5 March 2018

Pioneering Kingston Business School graduate Sima Kamil recognised as influential leader by global business education network AACSB

Kingston Business School alumna Sima Kamil has been recognised as a 2018 Influential Leader by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Sima – who achieved a degree in business studies from Kingston University in 1983 – has been included in the listing as a shining example of success for aspiring Pakistani women and also for breaking down barriers for all women in non-traditional industries. The honour comes just ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March....


Kingston University alumni share memories and experiences at London drinks reception

Posted Friday 2 March 2018

Kingston University alumni share memories and experiences at London drinks reception

Kingston University welcomed more than 80 alumni at The George pub on The Strand in central London last week. Alumni from 1978 through to 2017 met with old friends and made new connections at the informal drinks reception.

"It was an excellent and welcoming event," MBA alumnus Tom Morrell said. "There was such a rich mixture of professional alumni to meet and get to know. I highly recommend these events to any alumni who wish to increase their network and continued learning." Tom graduated from Kingston University in 2004, and is currently a specialist in employee well-being and engagement....


From AltaRoma to London Fashion Week – diversity celebrated on the catwalk as Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Sadie Clayton's latest collection takes the style capitals by storm

Posted Wednesday 21 February 2018

From AltaRoma to London Fashion Week – diversity celebrated on the catwalk as Kingston School of  Art fashion graduate Sadie Clayton's latest collection takes the style capitals by storm

The latest collection by a fashion designer and Kingston University graduate famed for her sculptural womenswear took centre stage at the British ambassador's residence in Rome, ahead of its debut at London Fashion Week. In collaboration with AltaRoma, Italy's haute couture fashion week, the country's first major catwalk celebrating diversity saw Sadie Clayton's striking designs represent the Britain is Great campaign.

Originally from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Sadie said the event made her feel proud to be British, and struck a chord as diversity has been at the heart of her work since the very start of her career. Models of varying sizes, physical abilities and ethnic backgrounds wore her collection, which was crafted from suedes, satins, corduroy and velvet in rich rusts, copper, nude and grey tones, creating powerful, feminine silhouettes adorned with metalwork....


Kingston School of Art graduates win best animation and short feature categories at Royal Television Society's London student awards

Posted Monday 19 February 2018

Kingston School of Art graduates win best animation and short feature categories at Royal Television Society's London student awards

An animation inspired by the resilience of residents in war-torn Syria and an intimate short film exploring autism saw Kingston School of Art illustration animation graduates scoop top accolades at this year's Royal Television Society (RTS) London student awards.

Held at ITV's studios in central London, the annual event celebrates top young creative talents from across the capital who display outstanding visual and aural creativity, innovation, initiative and story-telling....


Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection goes on show in New York as part of Graduate Fashion Week spectacular

Posted Thursday 15 February 2018

Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection goes on show in New York as part of Graduate Fashion Week spectacular

Graduate Fashion Week took a trip to the United States last month to highlight 27 years' work with fashion's next generation – with Kingston School of Art BA(Hons) Fashion graduate Kate Clark's collection whisked off to New York for the occasion.

The organisation's first American showcase featured a curated exhibition of garments from a selection of Graduate Fashion Week's class of 2017 at a prestigious breakfast hosted by sponsors Ralph Lauren. Kingston University's Head of Fashion Elinor Renfrew represented the Graduate Fashion Week academic trustees at the New York launch, joining leading British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander and designer Holly Fulton....


'Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.' Kingston University alumnus Azmat Ali hosts inspirational Upgrade Masterclass on developing a growth mindset

Posted Thursday 15 February 2018

Kingston University alumnus Azmat Ali returned to campus last week to deliver an Upgrade Masterclass on ‘Developing a growth mindset'.

Azmat graduated from Kingston in 1990 with a BEng in Electronic Systems Engineering, and has since specialised in marketing for both major technology brands and start-up companies, having developed and delivered successful growth and marketing strategies.
Opening the masterclass, Azmat asked the audience, made up of more than 70 alumni, students and staff, to fold their arms. He then asked them to unfold them, and fold them back the other way.

"I bet you did it the first time without hesitation, but the second time, you had to stop and think about it," Azmat said. "Most of you won't be used to folding your arms a different way, and it felt uncomfortable doing things differently for the first time."

Azmat used the exercise to demonstrate the first steps to a growth mindset, explaining that the reason most people resist change is because of issues of comfort. "If you are never uncomfortable, you are never doing anything differently," Azmat said.
Flying in from Silicon Valley, California the day before, Azmat was also a judge at Kingston University's annual Bright Ideas competition.

"I spend a lot of my time working in the Valley and all over the world, but I feel a sense of pride when I come back to Kingston," Azmat said.

Having used the growth mindset in both his personal and professional life, Azmat explained he had failed many more times than he had succeeded. "Every mistake I make is awesome, because it's something I can learn from. I try and learn from people every day."

Azmat closed the first Upgrade masterclass of the year with the quote: "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."

Find out about upcoming Upgrade masterclasses here.


Kingston University alumni gather for reunion in Dubai

Posted Wednesday 14 February 2018

Kingston alumni based in the UAE gathered for the second alumni event on 24 January. The reunion, which took place at the Intersect by Lexus venue at the heart of Dubai's International Financial Centre, was attended by 12 alumni from Dubai and neighbouring Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Among the attendees was alumnus and CEO of one of the Middle East's largest Chartered Professional Quantity Surveying practices, whose company hosts around 50 Kingston students each year in Dubai for a week of industry-related experience.

We were also delighted to welcome a recent Kingston School of Art research alumna, who became the first Emirati woman to graduate with a PhD in fine arts from the UK, and now an Assistant Professor at Sharjah University's College of Fine Arts and Design.
Alumni in attendance ranged from the class of 1989 up to 2016, and from industries including business, media, finance and banking, construction, technology, marketing, education, aerospace and design, and from a range of diverse nationalities. The alumni enjoyed reminiscing about their time at Kingston and are keen to develop alumni activities in the city given how important networking is in the UAE.

Christopher Neil, International Officer for the Middle East, said: "We look forward to building an active group of Kingston alumni in the UAE and across the Middle East."

If you'd like to hear about further reunions and networking opportunities in UAE, please do join our new LinkedIn group for alumni based in the area.


Enterprising Kingston University students impress judges with creative business concepts at annual Bright Ideas final

Posted Wednesday 14 February 2018

Enterprising Kingston University students impress judges with creative business concepts at annual Bright Ideas final

A wireless button to pause Netflix that can be stuck to any surface and a Back to the Future-style magnetic gadget that automatically fastens shoelaces were among the winning entries in this year's Bright Ideas final – a Dragons' Den-style competition hosted each year by Kingston University's Enterprise Education team.

The University's global reputation as a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent was once again on show with no fewer than 650 students entering this year's contest....


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