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Award-winning architect and diversity and inclusion champion among members of Kingston University community recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List

Posted Thursday 23 January 2020

Award-winning architect and diversity and inclusion champion among members of Kingston University community recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List

A Kingston University design graduate and co-founder of RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architecture practice dRMM has been awarded an OBE for services to design in the built environment.

As well as running a busy practice, Sadie Morgan uses her design and architectural expertise to advise the government and other organisations, with the over-arching aim to make ‘joyful, thoughtful buildings that are more than just bricks and mortar'....


Kingston University students advised to ‘be true to yourself' as they are applauded during week of graduation ceremonies

Posted Tuesday 14 January 2020

Kingston University students advised to ‘be true to yourself' as they are applauded during week of graduation ceremonies

Hundreds of Kingston University students are celebrating their exceptional achievements this week in front of proud family, friends, staff members and special guests – as they become the University's first graduates of the new decade.


Kingston alumni in Nigeria strengthen their connections

Posted Monday 13 January 2020

Kingston alumni in Nigeria strengthen their connections

At our first ever Nigeria alumni reunion in October 2018, hosted by alumnus Mr Jamil Mohammed Abubakar (BSc Computer Information Systems Design), over 70 alumni and guests flew in from across the country (and even London!) to join the event in Lagos. Alumni were able to meet up with old friends and make new connections, while sharing reflections on their time at Kingston.

Since this inaugural reunion, alumni volunteers have organised a calendar of events including a 'mentoring meet-up' for recent graduates returning to Nigeria, and an Abuja Reunion as part of the Kingston is Global series, that celebrated Kingston connections all over the world in November 2019....


Are the UK's carers in crisis? Psychologists, support workers and researchers explore ways to improve support at Kingston University event

Posted Monday 13 January 2020

Are the UK's carers in crisis? Psychologists, support workers and researchers explore ways to improve support at Kingston University event

Around 6.5 million people in the United Kingdom are responsible for caring for loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill. It is estimated these unpaid carers save the NHS £136 billion pounds every year, yet alongside the rewards many carers highlight - such as a sense of fulfilment and increased closeness with the person they care for - there are consistent reports of the pressures it places on those doing the caring, including stress, anxiety and debt.

In an effort to explore these issues psychologists, researchers, support workers and carers came together at Kingston University to discuss how to improve support for people with caring responsibilities. Dr Tushna Vandrevala from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences has conducted extensive research with families who care for children with special needs and says the toll it takes is underestimated....


Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Posted Monday 6 January 2020

Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Kingston University's landmark Town House building has opened its doors to students, staff and the wider community.

Designed by this year's RIBA Gold Medal-winning firm Grafton Architects, the multi-million pound building at the Penrhyn Road campus will transform the learning experience for students and act as a gateway to the University for residents and businesses. It is the first building designed by the Dublin-based practice to be completed in the United Kingdom.Featuring a three-floor academic library, archive, dance studios and a studio theatre, Town House also incorporates a covered internal courtyard, cafes and external balconies and walkways culminating in a rooftop garden offering stunning views across Kingston and the River Thames. An open staircase weaves through the building creating connections between the different spaces.The new six-storey building, built by three-time Education Constructor of the Year winner Willmott Dixon, will provide students and staff with a world-class learning and teaching environment, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier. "Town House is a stunning architectural achievement – an inspirational building with a variety of spaces which break down barriers and encourage creativity, shared learning and unexpected encounters," he said."At the start of this project we set out to create a building that gives us a real presence in the borough and that reflects the importance of our civic role within Kingston upon Thames. We wanted an inviting, welcoming environment that would allow more opportunities for collaboration between the University, local residents and businesses. We hope Town House will act as a front door and gateway for people to come and be a part of what we are delivering for the borough and wider society....


Kingston School of Art students create bear sculpture to shine new light on homelessness and the climate crisis this festive period

Posted Monday 23 December 2019

Kingston School of Art students create bear sculpture to shine new light on homelessness and the climate crisis this festive period

A life size light sculpture polar bear symbolising the plight of the homeless and the importance of living sustainably during the festive period has been created by students from Kingston School of Art's Creative and Cultural Industries.

Named The Giving Bear, it will live on London's Mount Street Gardens until 6 January, and has been constructed from more than 3000 re-used milk bottles. It features a tap donation point which encourages passing shoppers to donate to the Hidden Network, a group of charities who work with Westminster City Council to end rough sleeping....


Kingston University students explore how artificial intelligence can improve access to NHS patient records in pioneering health hackathon

Posted Monday 23 December 2019

Kingston University students explore how artificial intelligence can improve access to NHS patient records in pioneering health hackathon

The two international technology firms challenged Kingston University's nursing, computer science, digital media, mathematics and UX design students to explore how RPA could be applied to save healthcare professionals valuable time on hospital wards. Participating teams had to consider information governance, legal and policy issues and apply technical, design, and problem-solving skills to deliver an intuitive user experience.

Neil Goodman, a consultant, leading digital transformation at the NHS North East London Commissioning Support Unit, said optimising computer systems that can exchange and make use of information was currently a major challenge in healthcare. "The NHS has struggled for a long time working across multiple platforms that don't talk to each other. RPA can go a long way to solve this issue by using back-end admin bots that access multiple systems when granted the right user permissions," Mr Goodman explained. "It means they can collect data from different systems and present it in a single-view user interface," he added....


Leading Kingston University and St George's, University of London midwifery expert called upon to help transform quality of care in Bangladesh

Posted Friday 20 December 2019

Leading Kingston University and St George's, University of London midwifery expert called upon to help transform quality of care in Bangladesh

A leading midwifery expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has been called upon to support a Royal College of Midwives Twinning Project with the Bangladesh Midwifery Society to help develop the profession in the country.

Dr Lesley Kay was chosen from a number of applicants to head to the South Asian country to work on the programme as a midwifery educator. Her role in the project includes supporting the Bangladesh Midwifery Society to create demand for midwifery services and advocate for the profession which is in its infancy in Bangladesh, with the first midwives not qualifying until 2016....


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