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Kingston University academics appointed to UK Research and Innovation's Future Leaders Peer Review College to help identify top emerging talent

Posted Thursday 6 September 2018

Kingston University academics appointed to UK Research and Innovation's Future Leaders Peer Review College to help identify top emerging talent

Eight Kingston University academics have been selected to play a key role in helping identify the country's brightest emerging research talent as part of a new fellowship set up by national funding agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, United Kingdom registered businesses or other research environments. The programme has been designed to grow the supply of talented individuals needed to ensure British research and innovation continues to be world class....


Film showcasing Kingston University's sector-leading work raising educational aspirations unveiled at Universities UK annual conference

Posted Wednesday 5 September 2018

Film showcasing Kingston University's sector-leading work raising educational aspirations unveiled at Universities UK annual conference

Kingston University's innovative work raising the aspirations of young people from a range of backgrounds and inspiring them to consider moving on to higher education has been showcased in a short film unveiled at Universities UK's annual conference. The film forms part of ‘Universities: Improving Futures' – a series of short films made by ITN Productions exploring the impact higher education institutions have on economic growth, prosperity and social mobility in the United Kingdom.Kingston University's film focuses on its work with more than 300 schools and colleges across Greater London and the South East, delivering science, technology, engineering and maths outreach programmes designed to ignite pupils' passion for STEM subjects and encourage them to see university as a way to enhance their career prospects.

The footage features the University's lab in a lorry, which visits school playgrounds across the South East packed with cutting edge equipment to bring STEM subjects to life for pupils through a range of hands-on experiments and team building activities. It also spotlights the University's dedicated outreach centre at its Penrhyn Road campus, which hosts school pupils for sessions specifically tailored for their needs and interests....


Kingston School of Art Professor Mike Nelson wins Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious Wollaston Award

Posted Friday 31 August 2018

Kingston School of Art Professor Mike Nelson wins Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious Wollaston Award

A Kingston School of Art professor has won the Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award for a rubble-filled sleeping bag that was placed on the eminent art institution's main staircase. One of the most significant prizes for art in the United Kingdom, the award is presented to the most distinguished work in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.

Sculptor and installation artist Professor Mike Nelson was presented with the prize for his work Untitled (public sculpture for a redundant space). He created the prototype ahead of a series of installations for the High Line – a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park in New York....


Kingston University academic Dr Alison Baverstock's contribution to publishing education recognised with National Teaching Fellowship

Posted Thursday 30 August 2018

Kingston University academic Dr Alison Baverstock's contribution to publishing education recognised with National Teaching Fellowship

A publishing expert from Kingston University, who pioneered an award-winning shared reading scheme and developed an industry-focused approach to learning, has been recognised with a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

Associate professor Dr Alison Baverstock has become one of 54 new National Teaching Fellows announced by Advance HE, as part of an initiative celebrating individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and teaching in higher education....


Leading publication Creative Review picks Kingston School of Art graphic design and illustration animation graduates as rising stars in its annual Gradwatch listing

Posted Wednesday 29 August 2018

Leading publication Creative Review picks Kingston School of Art graphic design and illustration animation graduates as rising stars in its annual Gradwatch listing

Two Kingston School of Art graduates have been listed as rising stars in industry magazine Creative Review's annual Gradwatch showcase. Creative Review is a monthly magazine focused on the commercial arts and design scene looking at content from the UK, USA and Europe - the list spotlights art and design graduates the magazine rates as producing outstanding work.

Illustration animation graduate Matt Armitage won praise for his graduation film Brass, which compares the music created in response to the miners' strike of the 1980s and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The distinctive and emotive film makes use of warm reds, passionate pinks and dramatic purples to showcase New Orleans while earthy greens and murky yellows allude to the Yorkshire mining communities....


Kingston University receives £835,000 donation to help disadvantaged learners thrive in degree studies

Posted Friday 24 August 2018

Kingston University receives £835,000 donation to help disadvantaged learners thrive in degree studies

Students from lower income backgrounds, care leavers and learners who are estranged from their families are set to benefit from an expanded programme of support at Kingston University as a result of a substantial injection of funding from the Mohn Westlake Foundation. The Foundation funds a range of activities tackling poverty and enhancing young people's educational opportunities.

The donation of £835,000, which has been made possible by an alumna, will enable the expansion of Kingston University's successful Head Start programme as well as bolster support specifically aimed at young independent students who do not have backing or financial help from their families....


The Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation and pay it forward

Posted Wednesday 8 August 2018

The Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation and pay it forward

We were delighted to welcome our newest graduates to the Kingston University Alumni family in late July at our undergraduate graduation ceremonies where they celebrated with family and friends in record temperatures. The Class of 2018 also chose to 'pay it forward' by taking part in their Graduating Class Gift. Through individual donations of just £3, they have already raised an incredible £2,069 for future students at Kingston.

Each year, alumni provide scores of scholarships, hardship grants and bursaries to current students at Kingston through the Inspire the Future campaign. This allows students to study and thrive here at Kingston when that would not otherwise be possible, and enables our students to change their own futures....


Alumnus Robert Rakison hosts law students ahead of the International Criminal Court Moot competition in The Hague

Posted Friday 3 August 2018

Alumnus Robert Rakison hosts law students ahead of the International Criminal Court Moot competition in The Hague

The ICC Moot Court Competition welcomes universities from all over the world for a large scale moot court, simulating the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Competition, founded in 2004, consists of an extensive six-day educational and social program, which brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to The Hague to challenge their skills as future international lawyers.Kingston University Law students Ruxandra Pitu, Asha Abukar, Dan Green and Whitney Presicci qualified through the national rounds last year, which secured them a place in the international rounds in May. Robert Rakison and his colleague, Vivian Robertson QC, kindly listened to the students rehearse their oral submissions before their appearance at The Hague in The Netherlands providing some very useful feedback.Thanks to Robert, Vivian and the support from Eric Jeanpierre, Senior Law Lecturer at Kingston University, the students did very well in the international rounds and climbed 18 places compared to last year. They achieved 73% overall for their written memorials and 81% for their oral presentations - a significant improvement from last year's competition.An extraordinary amount of work and passion went into the preparation of the competition and we are incredibly grateful for Robert's generous support. Congratulations to the students who took part!


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