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Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Posted Friday 18 January 2019

Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Completing a Masters degree at the age of 82, more than half a century after she left school at just 15, has been a life-changing experience for grandmother Hilary Forde-Chalkly, who has just graduated from Kingston University.

Receiving her MA in Creative Writing at the graduation ceremony at Kingston's Rose Theatre, supported by husband Syd, three children and two grandchildren, Hilary admits she still can't quite believe what she has accomplished over the past two years....


Congratulations to the winter graduates of the Class of 2018!

Posted Thursday 17 January 2019

Congratulations to the winter graduates of the Class of 2018!

Postgraduate students from Kingston School of Art and the faculties of Science, Engineering and Computing and Business and Social Sciences celebrated their achievements at our winter graduation ceremonies last week. Among the more than 2,000 students who crossed the stage at the Rose Theatre was 82 year old Hilary Forde-Chalkly, who celebrated her MA in Creative Writing after having left school at 15 with one O-Level. We're proud of the newest members of our alumni family and would like to welcome the Class of 2018!

Paying it forward...


Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

Posted Wednesday 16 January 2019

Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

A rocket scientist from Kingston University is hoping to help play a key role in leading Britain back into space after joining Scottish firm Skyrora. Dr Jack-James Marlow, from Kirkby, in Liverpool, first enrolled on a foundation year at the University a decade ago, before going on to secure a first class degree in aerospace engineering, astronautics and space technology.

His quest for knowledge propelled him on to complete a PhD in 2017. After a subsequent stint at Kingston as a postdoctoral researcher, the 30 year old is now taking everything he learned at the University in to his work in the industry. As head of propulsion group at the space firm, Dr Marlow is now responsible for both the construction and testing of engines in the United Kingdom. He is currently overseeing and managing a test campaign of the company's 3.5kN LEO engine, which is set to be used for the upper stage of its orbital launch vehicle....


Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Posted Thursday 3 January 2019

Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Kingston University graduate Glenda Bailey, the longstanding editor-in-chief of acclaimed fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, has been named a Dame in the New Year's Honours list. The prestigious accolade comes following a distinguished career in journalism and publishing that has seen Bailey much lauded for her role at the helm of a series of iconic style titles.

Originally from Derbyshire, Bailey graduated from Kingston University with a Fashion BA(Hons) degree in 1983, returning to the University to receive an Honorary Master of Design in 1994. After commencing her career in fashion journalism at Honey and Folio magazines, she was appointed launch editor of the British edition of Marie Claire in 1988. Carrying off a string of awards during her seven year tenure, she moved on to serve as Marie Claire's US editor from June 1996 before taking the top job at Harper's Bazaar in 2001....


2018 round up: A remarkable year for Kingston University alumni

Posted Thursday 20 December 2018

2018 round up: A remarkable year for Kingston University alumni

From OBEs and Influential Leader lists to award-winning startups and documentaries, 2018 has been another remarkable year for Kingston University alumni. Our graduates continue to be an inspiration to current and future students at Kingston, and we've shared just some of the highlights below.

Former technical manager Helen Sharman OBE was among those featured on the New Year's Honours listIn January, six alumni and three honorary graduates were among those recognised in the New Year's Honour list, including nursing alumna and entrepreneur Neomi Bennett, and former Kingston University technical manager and the first Briton in space, Helen Sharman OBE....


Politics and international relations students shine spotlight on Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 70th anniversary

Posted Friday 7 December 2018

Politics and international relations students shine spotlight on Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 70th anniversary

Students and academics at Kingston University are marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights by exploring the significant role the landmark manifesto has played in shaping the world since 1948.

Kingston University's head of politics Professor Radu Cinpoes said the anniversary was a momentous occasion as it gave people a chance to reflect on what had happened in the world of human rights since the declaration was signed....


Discover Leveson – Kingston University's new online archive of landmark public inquiry offers unique insight into journalism and society

Posted Thursday 6 December 2018

Discover Leveson – Kingston University's new online archive of landmark public inquiry offers unique insight into journalism and society

A cutting-edge online archive of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has been launched in a project led by Kingston University. The Discover Leveson website is a comprehensive, fully searchable and freshly curated educational resource, providing the public with easy access to the wealth of evidence from the landmark inquiry, which examined the central role of news and journalism in modern society.

Established by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, the public inquiry led by judge Sir Brian Leveson ran from July 2011 to November 2012. Hearing evidence for more than eight months of that time, it explored the media's relationship with the public, politicians and the police....


Kingston University child development scientist shares expertise with politicians in Westminster as part of Royal Society scheme

Posted Friday 30 November 2018

Kingston University child development scientist shares expertise with politicians in Westminster as part of Royal Society scheme

A leading child development expert from Kingston University London has spent a week in Westminster, getting the inside track on how research can effectively influence policy. Dr Jo Van Herwegen was based in the House of Commons from 26 to 30 November as part of a pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the United Kingdom's national academy of science – with support from the Government Science and Engineering  profession board.

During her visit Dr Van Herwegen shadowed Laura Reed, senior policy adviser at the Department for Education, learning about her work. As well as going to seminars and panel discussions about how evidence was used in policy making, Dr Van Herwegen also attended a mock Select Committee....


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