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Town House opens its doors to Mayor of Kingston and other special guests for inspiring preview event

Posted Wednesday 18 March 2020

Town House opens its doors to Mayor of Kingston and other special guests for inspiring preview event

The Mayor of Kingston Margaret Thompson and Leader of Kingston Council Liz Green joined a host of other key representatives including local councillors, members of Kingston University's board of governors and former staff and students for an exclusive preview event to celebrate the landmark Town House building ahead of its official opening later this year.

Guests were treated to jazz and hip hop performances by the University's dance society in the cathedral-like courtyard space on the ground floor before hearing from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier on how the building, designed by RIBA Gold Award winning Grafton Architects, is already transforming the lives of those who use it....


Primary school pupil's idea for automated sink to help mum during fight with cancer brought to life by Kingston University

Posted Monday 16 March 2020

Primary school pupil's idea for automated sink to help mum during fight with cancer brought to life by Kingston University

A North London schoolgirl's idea for an automated height-adjusting sink to help her mum during her cancer battle has become a reality thanks to Kingston University staff and students.

Abacus Belsize Primary School pupil Savannagh Dunne, from Camden, has been helping care for her mother Faye Hamilton throughout her five-year fight with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia – a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow – and has had to help her get to the bathroom when she is struggling....


Kingston University shortlisted for two Guardian University Awards

Posted Friday 13 March 2020

Kingston University shortlisted for two Guardian University Awards

Kingston University has been shortlisted in two categories in this year's Guardian University Awards. The awards recognise excellence in the higher education sector and celebrate outstanding achievements, innovation, great student experience and pioneering research and social impact of universities across the United Kingdom. The University's new flagship Town House building, which opened to the students, staff and the community in January, is vying for top honours in the Buildings that Inspire category. The entry submission describes the building as "a place of inspiration, where teaching and learning, dance, performance, lectures, exhibitions and research co-exist under one roof, and where the door is open to everyone".

The submission adds that Town House is an uplifting space where students and staff can study, but also connect in many ways and learn from each another and other disciplines. "Town House is truly a civic beacon – a physical symbol of the importance of shared learning experiences and community in an increasingly digitised world," it adds....


Thinking outside the sustainable box – Kingston University students showcase their pioneering business ideas at 15th annual Bright Ideas competition

Posted Wednesday 19 February 2020

Thinking outside the sustainable box – Kingston University students showcase their pioneering business ideas at 15th annual Bright Ideas competition

Kingston University students showcased their electrifying business ideas to industry professionals, alumni and staff at the Bright Ideas competition grand finale earlier this month. Held at Kingston Business School, sustainability was at the forefront, as students put their minds together to solve real global issues such as climate change. 


Bosses should encourage office chats to improve team performance, Kingston University research reveals

Posted Friday 31 January 2020

Bosses should encourage office chats to improve team performance, Kingston University research reveals

Managers should encourage time for non-work chats as part of maintaining a productive team with strong working relationships, new research by a chartered psychologist from Kingston University London has revealed.

Dr Antonia Dietmann, who recently completed a Professional Doctorate in Occupational and Business Psychology at Kingston Business School, presented the findings of her thesis at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon....


Kingston University graduate playing key role in Mars rover mission to search for life on red planet

Posted Thursday 30 January 2020

Kingston University graduate playing key role in Mars rover mission to search for life on red planet

Is there life on Mars? A Kingston University engineering graduate is hoping to help answer that question when Europe's first Mars rover blasts off for the red planet.

Mahilal De Silva has been playing a leading role in the construction of the six-wheeled robotic vehicle for the landmark mission at Airbus' Stevenage facility. Named the Rosalind Franklin after the British DNA pioneer, it is the first Mars rover specifically designed to find evidence of past or present life....


Award-winning architect and diversity and inclusion champion among members of Kingston University community recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List

Posted Thursday 23 January 2020

Award-winning architect and diversity and inclusion champion among members of Kingston University community recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List

A Kingston University design graduate and co-founder of RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architecture practice dRMM has been awarded an OBE for services to design in the built environment.

As well as running a busy practice, Sadie Morgan uses her design and architectural expertise to advise the government and other organisations, with the over-arching aim to make ‘joyful, thoughtful buildings that are more than just bricks and mortar'....


Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Posted Monday 6 January 2020

Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Kingston University's landmark Town House building has opened its doors to students, staff and the wider community.

Designed by this year's RIBA Gold Medal-winning firm Grafton Architects, the multi-million pound building at the Penrhyn Road campus will transform the learning experience for students and act as a gateway to the University for residents and businesses. It is the first building designed by the Dublin-based practice to be completed in the United Kingdom.Featuring a three-floor academic library, archive, dance studios and a studio theatre, Town House also incorporates a covered internal courtyard, cafes and external balconies and walkways culminating in a rooftop garden offering stunning views across Kingston and the River Thames. An open staircase weaves through the building creating connections between the different spaces.The new six-storey building, built by three-time Education Constructor of the Year winner Willmott Dixon, will provide students and staff with a world-class learning and teaching environment, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier. "Town House is a stunning architectural achievement – an inspirational building with a variety of spaces which break down barriers and encourage creativity, shared learning and unexpected encounters," he said."At the start of this project we set out to create a building that gives us a real presence in the borough and that reflects the importance of our civic role within Kingston upon Thames. We wanted an inviting, welcoming environment that would allow more opportunities for collaboration between the University, local residents and businesses. We hope Town House will act as a front door and gateway for people to come and be a part of what we are delivering for the borough and wider society....


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