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University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

University Alliance unveils Kingston University-led report highlighting research knowledge contribution to creative economy

A Kingston University-led study that maps the ways universities support the creative sector has just been released by leading sector body University Alliance.

Called The Hidden Story:Understanding Knowledge Exchange Partnerships with the Creative Economy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project looks at how universities help to build cultural infrastructure, developing a new set of guidelines for these activities which are supported by nearly £50million of public funding each year. The research places these knowledge exchange activities in 12 distinct categories, including commercialisation, festivals, place-making and curatorial investigations. Examining the drivers for successful partnerships between higher education and the arts, the findings emphasise cross-disciplinary approaches and the importance of building resilient regional networks, adapted to the creative economy ecosystem which is characterised by a high proportion of microbusinesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). British creative industries span a range of activities, including music, art, dance, drama and film-making.Making recommendations for policymakers on how universities and the arts can work together to create more value for creative industries, the report calls for greater diversity in funding opportunities and awards to reach the smallest firms, alongside the development of new curricula to support creative leadership. It also introduces a new evaluative tool to measure the impact of individual projects in local growth and wellbeing. Policy briefing documents, including for regional contexts, are being published alongside the research report to support the dissemination of the project's findings and the research was recently presented at a Creative Industries Federation event....


Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Posted Monday 4 December 2017

Kingston School of Art research paves way for Croydon Art Store and London Biennale

Kingston University has joined forces with Croydon Council and local visual arts organisation TURF and RISE Gallery to form Croydon Art Store, a pop-up base for art and culture within the London borough. Consisting of a gallery, studios for local artists and space for research and outreach projects, the store is based in the iconic Whitgift shopping Centre, a Croydon landmark since its opening in 1968.

Professor Louis Nixon, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise at the University's Kingston School of Art, approached Croydon Council with the idea for the borough to host a biennale - a large scale international contemporary art exhibition held every two years. "The council is very keen that art and culture are part of the ongoing regeneration," Professor Nixon explained. "This resonates with Kingston School of Art's focus on bringing art and design into people's everyday lives. As a University we also want to demonstrate the impact of our research and for it to have a positive effect on society."...


Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Posted Friday 1 December 2017

Dean says entrepreneurship in Kingston Business School's DNA as QS  TopMBA.com rates it number one in world for MBA graduate start-ups

Kingston Business School's longstanding focus on enterprise and innovation has seen it top a global table for producing the highest proportion of MBA graduates to have launched their own companies, according to figures published in a QS TopMBA.com Return on Investment Report.

The report consisted of information from business schools in more than 30 countries. Leading business intelligence agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) found Kingston Business School's MBA graduates to be the most entrepreneurial in the world with 33 per cent starting up their own ventures. The agency's return on investment report forms part of the new QS Global MBA Rankings unveiled this week....


Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

Posted Friday 1 December 2017

Kingston School of Art's Dr Azadeh Fatehrad showcases the work of legendary Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless

An artist and curator from Kingston School of Art has explored her Iranian heritage to create an exhibition dedicated to the films of visionary filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless. Joining forces with the prestigious Goethe-Institut and the Munich Film Museum, Dr Azadeh Fatehrad has overseen a series of screenings and conferences on Saless's work based at the German Cultural Institute's Central London headquarters.

The programme of films from the 1970s and 1980s form Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles. Dr Fatehrad explained the exhibition is highly relevant in the modern day cinematic and political climate. "The focus of Sohrab Saless's work was to portray the challenges and hidden traumas associated with the experience of being a migrant," she said. "This is the first time his films are being screened in the UK – I could not think of a better city than London, with its mix of different cultures and backgrounds to host the screenings."...


Inspirational Kingston University postgraduate student and educator picks up top honour at Social Worker of the Year Awards

Posted Friday 1 December 2017

Inspirational Kingston University postgraduate student and educator picks up top honour at Social Worker of the Year Awards

A Kingston University Masters student who juggles studying and teaching with a full-time job as a manager for a social enterprise company has been honoured at the Social Worker of the Year Awards. Lynn Lock was named Practice Educator of the Year for her role in successfully motivating students to develop their careers in social work.Having first joined Kingston University in 2001 when she completed a degree in criminal justice studies with a diploma in social work, Lynn is currently studying part-time for her Masters in Professional Education and Training at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

The programme provides students like Lynn, who have a wealth of professional experience, with the opportunity to mentor and support current undergraduate social work students. As well as teaching degree students and undertaking her own postgraduate studies, Lynn volunteers with the Samaritans and holds down a full-time job as the Health and Wellbeing Hub Manager for the Youth Resilience Service at Achieving for Children – the organisation providing children's services for the Boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, and Windsor and Maidenhead....


Kingston University's Big Read project scoops Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

Posted Thursday 30 November 2017

Kingston University's Big Read project scoops Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

Kingston University's Big Read project has carried off one of the top honours at this year's Times Higher Education awards.

The initiative saw off stiff competition to clinch the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category. The award recognises the most imaginative and innovative University project to encourage students from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education or extend the reach of an institution in new areas of activity....


Kingston University showcases facilities to Korean delegation during visit organised through link up with Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Posted Monday 27 November 2017

Kingston University showcases facilities to Korean delegation during visit organised through link up with Kingston Chamber of Commerce

The importance of developing strong global partnerships was highlighted by Kingston University's Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Professor Ron Tuninga after the institution hosted a delegation of key business leaders from South Korea.

The historic visit saw representatives from the Chamber of Commerce from the Jinju Province sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Kingston Chamber of Commerce, before being given an introduction to Kingston Business School and a tour of the University's state-of-the-art engineering facilities at the Roehampton Vale campus....


Kingston University named among top 500 institutions globally for clinical and health education by Times Higher Education

Posted Friday 24 November 2017

Kingston University named among top 500 institutions globally for clinical and health education by Times Higher Education

Kingston University has been named one of the globe's top 500 institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects in the Times Higher Education's World University rankings.

The sector-leading publication's annual global rankings recognise the academic prestige, research excellence and teaching environment provided to undergraduates. The University was ranked in the 401-500 banding globally and was one of 58 United Kingdom institutions to feature in the 2018 subject tables....


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