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Your brains will set you free, Director of Kingston Race and Equalities Council tells graduates as he is awarded an honorary degree by Kingston University

Posted Monday 29 July 2019

Your brains will set you free, Director of Kingston Race and Equalities Council tells graduates as he is awarded an honorary degree by Kingston University

A race and equalities campaigner who played a key role in influencing and guiding national policy on community cohesion in the wake of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence has received an honorary degree from Kingston University.

Chief executive of Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC) John Azah OBE has championed cultural diversity and inclusion across the borough, as well as at regional and national level, since taking up his post in 1989. The Ghanaian-born activist has dedicated his career to advising and supporting victims of hate crime and advocating for human rights across the country....


Kingston University expert designs new sensory room for local care home residents living with dementia

Posted Friday 26 July 2019

Kingston University expert designs new sensory room for local care home residents living with dementia

Residents of the dementia suite at a Kingston care home have had their lives enhanced by a new sensory room created by a leading design researcher from Kingston University. The facility at Coombe Hill Manor care home, part of the Signature Group, was co-designed by Dr Anke Jakob in collaboration with staff and families of residents. It uses multi-sensory, immersive technology to create a space that is specifically tuned to the needs of people living with dementia.

"I was approached by the care home team who were keen to transform an under-used lounge into a space where residents living with dementia could relax and enjoy activities they can manage," Dr Jakob explained. "The opportunities we've incorporated in to the design are particularly suited for people in later stages of dementia, when activities requiring more cognitive abilities become challenging. Although cognition is declining, a person with dementia still can relate to emotional and sensory memories."...


Leading judge and chair of landmark public inquiry in to journalism Sir Brian Leveson awarded Kingston University honorary degree

Posted Thursday 25 July 2019

Leading judge and chair of landmark public inquiry in to journalism Sir Brian Leveson awarded Kingston University honorary degree

Sir Brian Leveson, the country's most senior criminal judge until his recent retirement, highlighted the crucial role fairness and humility play within the justice system as he received an honorary degree from Kingston University.

Sir Brian was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of the University during a graduation ceremony for the University's Kingston School of Art at the Rose Theatre. The award recognised his outstanding contribution to the public understanding of journalism – having chaired the landmark Leveson Inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the press – alongside a distinguished career in the field of justice....


A sustainable future for construction – Kingston University hosts international conference to help tackle climate crisis

Posted Tuesday 23 July 2019

A sustainable future for construction – Kingston University hosts international conference to help tackle climate crisis

How does the construction industry reduce its global carbon footprint to help create a more sustainable future for the planet? Experts from around the world gathered at Kingston University for an international conference to discuss the challenges and potential solutions that could play a key role in helping tackle the climate crisis.

With the UK government recently making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, finding innovative ways to reduce waste and make construction more efficient was vital, according to Kingston University's Professor Mukesh Limbachiya, conference organiser....


Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Posted Monday 8 July 2019

Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Creative solutions to global engineering problems dreamed up by young innovators of the future were unveiled at Kingston University as part of an annual Primary Engineer competition.

The London awards ceremony of this year's 'if you were an engineer, what would you do?' contest, run by Primary Engineer Programmes – a not-for-profit national organisation promoting engineering careers for school children – was supported by Siemens and held at the University's Penrhyn Road campus. Pupils between the ages of three and 18 were challenged to interview engineers, identify problems and design solutions to them....


International Women in Engineering Day: Kingston University expert Dawn Childs highlights importance of teaching girls how creative science careers can be

Posted Thursday 20 June 2019

 International Women in Engineering Day: Kingston University expert Dawn Childs highlights importance of teaching girls how creative science careers can be

Ensuring young girls understand the creative potential of engineering and science careers could play a key part in addressing the sector's gender imbalance, according to industry expert and Kingston University visiting professor Dawn Childs.

The group engineering director for global theme park operator Merlin and current president of the Women's Engineering Society also spoke of the need for more female engineers to visit schools and act as powerful role models to children ahead of International Women in Engineering Day this Sunday....


D-Day landings 75th anniversary: six closely-guarded military secrets about Kingston upon Thames' involvement in this critical campaign

Posted Thursday 6 June 2019

D-Day landings 75th anniversary: six closely-guarded military secrets about Kingston upon Thames' involvement in this critical campaign

On the D-Day landings' 75th anniversary, a Kingston University historian reveals the essential role the borough and its residents played in the momentous events which began Operation Overlord and changed the course of the Second World War.

It is no exaggeration to say that D-Day on 6 June 1944, in which British, American and Canadian Allies invaded German-occupied France with the Normandy landings, altered history. Kingston University lecturer Dr Steven Woodbridge takes a look back at some of the local hotspots that provided a backdrop to these key events and at the lives of local heroes who were among the brave servicemen helping to liberate Europe....


Kingston University's Dorich House Museum secures National Lottery support for heritage project exploring its recent history

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2019

Kingston University's Dorich House Museum secures National Lottery support for heritage project exploring its recent history

Dorich House Museum has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to fund a new heritage project examining a lost period in the iconic building's history. The Squatter Years: Recovering Dorich House Museum's Recent Past will collate recollections from the community that lived in and visited the building during the 1980s and 90s.

The £65,000 National Lottery grant will provide vital funds to enable museum staff and volunteers to explore the transition of Dorich House from a private home to a public museum....


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