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Posted Thursday 11 June 2020
Hundreds of face shields to help protect frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic are being produced by a team of technicians at Kingston University.
The protective face shields are being made using both laser-cutting and 3D-printing equipment in the University's workshops at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing's Roehampton Vale campus and at Kingston School of Art's Knights Park campus....
Posted Friday 5 June 2020
A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier:
The killing of George Floyd and subsequent shocking events in the United States have caused outrage, anger and distress around the world, bringing into sharp focus the inequality that continues to blight society....
Posted Tuesday 2 June 2020
Kingston University's first ever emergency appeal, launched in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, saw incredible responses from all sectors of our community - alumni, staff, current students and friends and partners including Santander Universities, the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers and The Will Houghton Foudation. In just over two months, more than £140,000 was donated to support students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is already being distributed to students in need.
The current crisis has hit many people hard, with job losses, the struggle of juggling work and childcare, and isolation taking a toll on people's mental health. At Kingston University, we work hard to make a high-quality degree education available to people from any background, and we don't believe financial background, age, or disability should limit chances of going to university. We are proud that 39 per cent of our students come from families with household incomes of under £25,000 and that we have one of the highest populations of care-experienced students in the UK. We also work hard to attract mature students (who are more likely to have children or other caring responsibilities) and students with disabilities, who are also less likely to progress on to higher education. We believe a diverse student body makes for a more enriching academic environment and a better experience for all students. As so many of our students have overcome significant odds to simply attend university, this means many have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic....
Posted Tuesday 19 May 2020
Everyday objects drawn by primary school pupils are being digitally transformed by two Kingston School of Art students as part of an innovative community project.
Developed in collaboration with The Community Brain, the Colouring in Kingston project was the brainchild of second year art direction students Izzi Toovey and Josephine Miller. It was set up to help provide children with an exciting and interactive set of challenges they could complete from home during the Covid-19 outbreak....
Posted Monday 18 May 2020
Kingston University's flagship Town House building has been unveiled as one of the finalists in the prestigious Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards. Shortlisted in the Building of the Year over £10 million category alongside six other projects, it caught the judges' eyes for its social impact, sustainability and the way the University, architects and contractors had collaborated during its construction.
The six storey structure that opened at the Penrhyn Road campus in January was designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning Grafton Architects and built by three-time Education Constructor of the Year winner Willmott Dixon. Acting as a gateway between the University and the surrounding borough, the £50 million building houses a three-floor library, a courtyard-style lecture and performance space, dance studios and a studio theatre. It also boasts cafes and two rooftop gardens with stunning views across Kingston and nearby Hampton Court Palace....
Posted Thursday 14 May 2020
A Kingston University pharmacy student has been raising awareness of the role people with disabilities are playing during the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure they don't face barriers getting to and from work.
Alongside her studies, Osayuki Igbinoba has been working as a pharmacy adviser in Croydon throughout the pandemic....
Posted Thursday 14 May 2020
The television mini-series, Chernobyl, shines a light on questions of public trust in science and the role of scientific experts in governance, which have returned to the forefront during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a Kingston University expert in the Cold War.
Dr Egle Rindzeviciute is chairing a webinar called (Re)Placing Chernobyl, which brings together international experts in science, sociology, politics and culture to examine the Chernobyl mini-series and explore the politics of aesthetics, the power of television mediation of scientific expertise and the wide-ranging impacts of this cultural representation of the disaster....
Posted Wednesday 13 May 2020
Leading critical care and nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London have been seconded to deliver vital intensive care training to NHS staff on the frontline to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.