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Kingston University manufactures hundreds of protective face shields for NHS and key workers to help in coronavirus battle

Posted Thursday 11 June 2020

Kingston University manufactures hundreds of protective face shields for NHS and key workers to help in coronavirus battle

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....


Kingston University stands together as a community to say Black Lives Matter

Posted Friday 5 June 2020

Kingston University stands together as a community to say Black Lives Matter

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....


Emergency appeal raises over £140,000 for students in financial crisis

Posted Tuesday 2 June 2020

Emergency appeal raises over £140,000 for students in financial crisis

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....


New Kingston University study aims to shed light on people's beliefs and opinions on coronavirus testing

Posted Friday 1 May 2020

New Kingston University study aims to shed light on people's beliefs and opinions on coronavirus testing

The public's understanding of and attitudes towards coronavirus testing – and the factors shaping them – is being explored by a team of Kingston University researchers.

The study is being launched as the issue of testing becomes an increasing focus during the Covid-19 pandemic, with different approaches being undertaken by countries around the world and various types of tests being discussed, developed and introduced. The researchers are keen to gain an insight into the views of both the wider public and health professionals towards testing, which could inform how such information is communicated in the future....


Kingston University graduate and champion of diversity and inclusion to publish fascinating life story

Posted Tuesday 28 April 2020

Kingston University graduate and champion of diversity and inclusion to publish fascinating life story

An economics graduate from Kingston University is set to publish a memoir about how he defied the odds to go to study for a degree before embarking on a successful career in investment banking in the City of London.

Reggie Nelson grew up on a council estate in East London and had to overcome many hurdles to go to university when many of his peers didn't pursue higher education. He was told he had three options when it was time to leave school - play football, make music or get into crime....


Kingston University appoints new Chair of Board of Governors

Posted Wednesday 8 April 2020

Kingston University appoints new Chair of Board of Governors

Corporate finance expert Francis Small has been appointed Chair of Kingston University's Board of Governors.

 Following a 36-year career with professional services multinational Ernst & Young, Mr Small joined the University's governing body in 2015 as chair of its Finance Committee. A Cambridge University law graduate, he has extensive experience in audit and risk management, strategic oversight and leadership in professional and business services....


Kingston University donates supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by front-line NHS teams across borough during coronavirus outbreak

Posted Monday 6 April 2020

Kingston University donates supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by front-line NHS teams across borough during coronavirus outbreak

Gloves, safety glasses, lab coats and masks are among the items Kingston University has donated to local NHS services to help protect front-line staff from coronavirus.

The personal protective equipment, usually used in the University's laboratories and workshops, has been packaged up and delivered to Kingston Health Centre and Kingston Hospital during the past few weeks....


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....


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