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Posted Thursday 4 March 2021
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, learning disability and palliative care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne has been campaigning to ensure those with learning disabilities were prioritised for a vaccine. It's been announced the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised the government everyone on the GP learning disability register should be fast-tracked for a jab. Professor Tuffrey-Wijne gave her reaction to the news she had been calling for.
Posted Sunday 28 February 2021
Following the tragic death of musician, DJ and producer SOPHIE Xeon, and as part of LGBT+ History Month, Kingston University PhD student George Reid looks at SOPHIE's song writing, production and impact on the worldwide music scene. George examines Sophie's legacy from a personal view and in the context of his own musicological research, which explores the way music technologies shape fan identities through the playfulness of their interactions.
A few years ago, a friend sent me the link to a video without any preface - he just said that I needed to watch and listen. A clipped intake of white noise and a black screen quickly led into a dreamy, synthesized-chime arpeggio and a striking, unearthly figure against an intergalactic backdrop - SOPHIE....
Posted Friday 26 February 2021
As part of LGBT+ History Month, students, staff, and alumni of Kingston University have been providing personal stories, views, and creative expressions. Development Manager in the University's Development, Alumni, Relations and Engagement (DARE) team Leonie Evans gives her account of being related to a transgender man, how this affected their lives, and what can be done to increase awareness of life as a trans person and the issues they face.
I am a trans ally. This is a subject which hits close to home for me, as a very close member of my family, W, is a transgender man. W and I are close, and I have watched him struggle through the realisation of him being trans, his transition, to now fully living as who he is....
Posted Thursday 25 February 2021
As part of LGBT+ History Month, students, staff and alumni of Kingston University have been providing personal stories, views, and creative expressions. Trans member of staff Emily* shares her account of identifying as a female since being a child, after being born male, and how this has impacted her life.
Posted Thursday 25 February 2021
Students from a range of disciplines have come up with creative solutions to improve sustainability at Kingston University after taking part in a virtual hackathon focusing on environmental issues. Some 33 students and 19 academics from a broad spectrum of degree courses including business design thinking, geography and environmental studies, sustainable design and nutrition took part in the online session, with students on the MA Sustainable Design course acting as facilitators for the discussions.Participants, who were divided into teams, were each given a real-world challenge to work on from one of six areas – energy, waste, transport, water, food and nutrition, built environment and land. With support from University experts, students and staff developed ways of tackling common environmental problems and presented their findings to all participants at the end of the half-day session.Their ideas included an online marketplace through which students and staff could rent or buy furniture and other items no longer needed in halls of residences; creating more cycle paths on the University's campuses and promoting the health benefits of cycling; setting up a bicycle buddy system to support students who were not confident cyclists; and organising a weekend culinary event to showcase different cuisines from around the world and reduce food waste.The hackathon was held to encourage students to think creatively about tackling environmental issues, as well as to assess the value of introducing even more of these cross-disciplinary events into the University curriculum to enhance student learning.Godfrey Nzan, a student on the MSc Environmental Management course who supported the transport team, said it was a valuable experience, bringing students from various disciplines together to analyse problems and share solutions from different perspectives."We discussed ideas from an environmental and cost effectiveness point of view, and then drafted a plan on how organisations such as Kingston can promote more sustainable forms of transport – from using renewable energy to light up walkways on the campuses, to promoting vehicle-sharing schemes among students and staff," he said. Andrew Saperstone, a student on the MA Sustainable Design course who was in the energy team, said he found working with students from a variety of disciplines very valuable."We discussed sustainability education and proposed ways that a module could be introduced into all university courses to change behaviours around energy use," Andrew said.Students take part in Sustainability Hackathon The hackathon concluded with some clear and valuable ideas from the students on how to shape the University's sustainability commitment and policies, HackCentre project manager Amanda Baker said.
"It was a useful exercise which generated a cross-university discussion about sustainability and brought together people with shared interests and varied skills. Some of the ideas might be introduced into the University's sustainability strategy and the event could lead to further work within curriculums, research and community projects," Ms Baker said....
Posted Tuesday 23 February 2021
Kingston School of Art fashion graduate Lucy Saunders has seen off competition from design students around the globe to win the MTV Music Meets Fashion Competition, with a collection she designed for high street retailer River Island unveiled during London Fashion Week.
The talented 24-year-old triumphed over entrants from 21 fashion schools in the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico and Australia to carry off top honours in the competition run by MTV in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, River Island and ICEBERG. Lucy was also lucky enough to have her eight-piece River Island clothing collection showcased online at the close of London Fashion Week, accompanied by an exclusive performance by pop star Griff....
Posted Tuesday 23 February 2021
Bright Ideas, Kingston University's annual enterprise competition, saw almost 700 entrepreneurial students pitch their innovative ideas at the first ever virtual Grand Final. Many students harnessed inspiration from the global pandemic as they came up with solutions to help those whose lives have been affected by the virus.
Each year, students aim to win up to £1,000 by pitching ideas that solve real-life issues to a judging panel of renowned l entrepreneurs and notable University alumni. This year the University invited back some of its most successful business alumni in judging the competition. They included Marit Mohn, Chair of The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Albert Roberson, Equal Opportunity & Diversity Officer at Chapman University, and Paule Carine Dao, Digital Project Manager, Bright/Shift and Founder, Daolondon, who was also one of the winners in the competition last year....
Posted Monday 22 February 2021
Dr Max Morris is a lecturer in criminology at Kingston University. For LGBT+ History Month, Dr Morris reflects on media representations of and research about HIV. They gave a guest talk for students and staff hosted by the Union of Kingston Students.
Although other HIV positive people have critiqued associations between sex and death, guilt and blame in It's A Sin, I want to provide a partial defence of the screenwriter's intentions. In an interview with the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Russell T Davies said: "There are characters in it, who are HIV positive, and who carry on having sex. That was the thing that I was determined to write because, frankly, I've seen ten million dramas in which that's the villain. And I don't think that's villainy."...