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Kingston University illustration graduate hopes crowdfunding will enable roll out of project to help children undergoing kidney transplants

Posted Monday 11 March 2019

Kingston University illustration graduate hopes crowdfunding will enable roll out of project to help children undergoing kidney transplants

Illustration animation graduate Georgina Potier is urging the public to back a project aimed at making kidney transplant operations less scary for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Georgina, who graduated in 2004, has used the creative skills she acquired at Kingston University, along with her own experiences of receiving a kidney transplant at the age of seven, to hand-design and illustrate My New Kidney – an interactive book for young patients awaiting this life-changing surgery....


Kingston University students help community reimagine suburban Tolworth through Greater London Authority-funded SHEDx project

Posted Friday 8 March 2019

Kingston University students help community reimagine suburban Tolworth through Greater London Authority-funded SHEDx project

Kingston University students are working with Tolworth residents to transform the areas they live and work in as part of a creative community-led project.

From designing mobile gardening sheds to breathing new life in to Tolworth station, students from across the University are playing a key role in the two year scheme, supported by Kingston Council with funding from the Greater London Authority and the Heritage Lottery Fund....


Inspiring young girls through strategic approach key to driving more women in to STEM careers and closing skills gap, experts say at Kingston University event

Posted Friday 8 March 2019

Inspiring young girls through strategic approach key to driving more women in to STEM careers and closing  skills gap, experts say at Kingston University event

What needs to be done to encourage more women to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths – and why are so many girls being turned away from STEM disciplines at an early age?

A panel of leading advocates for gender equality in the sciences discussed the reasons behind the underrepresentation of women in these subjects during a public event organised by Kingston University. Among the topics covered were the importance of role models, the cultural barriers to be overcome and the impact addressing the gender imbalance could have on closing the STEM skills gap....


Kingston School of Art academic spearheads national scheme giving student filmmakers access to historic footage from BBC and BFI archives

Posted Tuesday 5 March 2019

Kingston School of Art academic spearheads national scheme giving student filmmakers access to historic footage from BBC and BFI archives

A scheme led by an academic from Kingston University's Kingston School of Art is set to give student filmmakers in universities across the country access to archive material held in the BBC and BFI moving image collections. The national roll out of the Archives for Education project will enable short extracts from 39 historic archive films to be licensed for creative reuse by student filmmakers in higher education for the first time.

Developed with the support of the BFI, BBC Archive Editorial and Learning on Screen, the initiative opens up access to a rich range of audio-visual content held in the BBC and BFI collections. Exploring the footage, which spans a period from 1957 to 1992, will enable students to immerse themselves in both film and social history, pinpointing parallels and accentuating differences between their lives and those of their parents and grandparents....


Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

Posted Tuesday 5 February 2019

Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

This year's series of Kingston University industry-respected Strategy into Practice seminars has launched with American entrepreneur and chairman of Metro Bank Vernon Hill speaking to a packed lecture theatre at Kingston Business School.

Mr Hill told the audience of students, staff, alumni and local business people that when he had founded Metro Bank in 2010 it had been Britain's first new high street bank for more than 100 years. "It now boasts 66 stores and assets of more than £20 billion," he said. "Building a growth company, or not-for-profit, in a slow growth world, as I did, is all about having fans rather than customers."...


Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

Posted Thursday 31 January 2019

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore has commended Kingston University for its sector-leading work on social mobility, diversity and reducing the BME attainment gap.

During a visit to the University's Penrhyn Road campus, the Kingswood MP was given a tour of facilities, including its dedicated STEM outreach centre, which hosts primary and secondary pupils for specially tailored sessions. He also met students including Rochelle Watson, who is the first in her family to go to university and was last year named one of the winners at the UpReach Student Social Mobility Awards. She shared her thoughts on the way university education can transform lives along with other students who have come through the University's KU Cares scheme, which supports care leavers and students estranged from their families....


Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics secures Athena SWAN bronze award from Equality Challenge Unit

Posted Tuesday 29 January 2019

Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics secures Athena SWAN bronze award from Equality Challenge Unit

The School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Kingston University has been recognised for its commitment to gender equality and inclusivity with an Athena SWAN bronze department award.

The accreditation from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) is the second such award for the University, after the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry was recognised by the Government-funded organisation last year. The ECU aims to promote diversity and improve the experience of all those working and learning in institutions in the United Kingdom....


Former Kingston Council chief executive Bruce McDonald, who brought Rose Theatre and Olympic cycling to borough, receives honorary degree

Posted Monday 21 January 2019

Former Kingston Council chief executive Bruce McDonald, who brought Rose Theatre and Olympic cycling to borough, receives honorary degree

The former chief executive of Kingston Council who was instrumental in bringing Olympic cycling to the borough and transforming the town's cultural and night life with the creation of the Rose Theatre has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University.

Bruce McDonald served as the Royal Borough's most senior non-political appointee for 15 years, from 2000 to 2015. A champion of equality and an expert in leadership, he rose through the ranks of the local authority after joining the organisation as a personnel officer in 1980, following a stint as a lock keeper on the River Thames. He started his transformation from waterman to HR professional with a personnel qualification from the University's predecessor Kingston Regional Management Centre, part of Kingston Polytechnic....


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