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Posted Friday 26 March 2021
Women working in senior academic roles across Kingston University have shared details of their research and how it has been making a difference as part of the University's Women's History Month and International Women's Day celebrations. Alongside this, the academics discussed the importance of work to ensure more women professors and associate professors are supported through their careers, as well as offering advice for female students and early career researchers working towards promotion.
Professor Ilaria Favretto...
Posted Wednesday 24 March 2021
Kingston School of Art's Curating Contemporary Design MA, taught in partnership with London's Design Museum, has produced a notable cohort of alumni who have taken up prestigious roles in museums, galleries, universities and cultural organizations around the world.
Raphael Chikukwa graduated in 2008 and was recently appointed to the position of Executive Director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. In this role Mr. Chikukwa provides strategic leadership for the institution, articulating the vision for the Museum's development. He also leads on the development and realization of the exhibitions programme and in developing relationships with the international museum sector....
Posted Tuesday 23 March 2021
As part of the University's International Women's Day and Women's History Month celebrations, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Sue Reece shares her admiration for the work of author Caroline Criado Perez and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and explains how both have highlighted in different ways the importance of ensuring leaderships teams include women who are listened to and respected.
I have been extremely fortunate to have had strong female role models inspire me in my life and career. Women who have done and thought differently - from my maternal great grandmother who, as a widow and mother of eight, bought a farm and started up a number of retail businesses (today we would call it an entrepreneurial spirit but she would probably just say it was to put food on the table) to the women I have had the privilege of working with professionally and personally....
Posted Friday 19 March 2021
As part of Kingston University's Women's History Month celebrations, Head of the School of Performing Arts and associate professor of music Dr Helen Minors reflects on the work and influence of composer, pianist and conductor Ruth Gipps - who worked at Kingston Polytechnic in the years before it became Kingston University - in what is the centenary year of Gipps' birth.
Earlier this month, on International Women's Day, I chaired a panel discussion about the work of Ruth Gipps, as part of a symposium exploring the range of her musical compositions and her contribution to British music, co-hosted by performance tutor Helena Ruinard and facilitated by Music in New Malden. I was keen to get involved for two reasons - both because Ruth Gipps represents a woman leader in music who made changes in an era where women were severely underrepresented, and her connection to Kingston University....
Posted Friday 12 March 2021
A data science pioneer who received an honorary degree from Kingston University has shared insights from her career during Women's History Month, as well as outlining some of the barriers she believes prevent girls from pursuing careers in STEM at an early age.
Edwina Dunn OBE, who was recognised by the University for her outstanding contribution to the marketing industry and to gender equality and women's involvement in STEM in 2018, helped transform the way the country shops after founding data analytics company dunnhumby with husband Clive Humby. The company, which was behind loyalty schemes that allowed the likes of Tesco to better understand their customers, was sold in 2011 when it had grown to an organisation of 1,500 people - 50 per cent of which were female - across 25 countries....
Posted Thursday 4 March 2021
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, learning disability and palliative care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne has been campaigning to ensure those with learning disabilities were prioritised for a vaccine. It's been announced the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised the government everyone on the GP learning disability register should be fast-tracked for a jab. Professor Tuffrey-Wijne gave her reaction to the news she had been calling for.
Posted Tuesday 2 March 2021
Understanding and listening to consumers is essential to promote fair trade and sustainability, says a Kingston University expert who shared some of her research findings during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Ethical consumer behaviour and sustainability expert at Kingston Business School, Dr Smirti Kutaula, has been examining buying behaviour and perceptions of fair trade and environmental issues in the UK and India. ...
Posted Sunday 28 February 2021
Following the tragic death of musician, DJ and producer SOPHIE Xeon, and as part of LGBT+ History Month, Kingston University PhD student George Reid looks at SOPHIE's song writing, production and impact on the worldwide music scene. George examines Sophie's legacy from a personal view and in the context of his own musicological research, which explores the way music technologies shape fan identities through the playfulness of their interactions.
A few years ago, a friend sent me the link to a video without any preface - he just said that I needed to watch and listen. A clipped intake of white noise and a black screen quickly led into a dreamy, synthesized-chime arpeggio and a striking, unearthly figure against an intergalactic backdrop - SOPHIE....