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Historical research expert welcomes release of newly declassified files on Thatcher and Major governments

Posted Wednesday 31 January 2018

Historical research expert welcomes release of newly declassified files on Thatcher and Major governments

Dr Steven Woodbridge, senior lecturer in History and part of the Centre for the Historical Record, said that scholars were given an interesting New Year present by The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, with the release of formerly secret government files which provide new research evidence on the frosty relationship that developed between Margaret Thatcher and her successor as Prime Minister (PM), John Major.

Margaret Thatcher was PM from 1979-1990. Towards the end of her time in office, she alarmed her Cabinet by stating that she intended to ‘go on and on'. A number of her Ministers decided that their leader had developed a ‘bunker mentality' in Downing Street, with Thatcher refusing to acknowledge the unpopularity of some of her own cherished policies, especially the controversial Poll Tax. Key members of the Cabinet subsequently engineered Thatcher's removal from office in November, 1990....


The Graduating Class of 2017 is breaking records

Posted Monday 29 January 2018

This month postgraduate and research students from the Class of 2017 took to the stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre at their graduation ceremonies. We were proud to celebrate their achievement with them at their graduation ceremonies and receptions, and look forward to keeping up with all they will go on to accomplish in the future. The Class of 2017 did more than celebrate their own success, however; they also gave back in record numbers to current and future students as part of the Graduating Class Gift.

Transforming futures

Alumni provide hundreds of scholarships, hardship grants and bursaries every year through the Inspire the Future campaign. In 2016, we launched the Graduating Class Gift to build on this powerful tradition of alumni generosity.

Through donations of £3 at their ceremonies - matched 100% by alumni - students graduating as part of the Class of 2016 raised an incredible £1,500. This provided a bursary for a student leaving care for a full year.

Breaking records

This year, the Class of 2017 has gone even further. With graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education yet to come, the Class of 2017 has already raised an incredible £3,480 for current and future students at Kingston. This will have a powerful impact on the students it goes on to support, and we are grateful to our most recent alumni for choosing to give back to future students as they celebrate their own graduations.

The Class of 2017 has been voting for what their gift should support, choosing between scholarships for postgraduate students, emergency assistance for students in need, bursaries for students leaving Local Authority Care, or support for student innovation. So far emergency assistance for students has received the most votes, but this may change in the coming weeks as those who have graduated in January have their say.

Join us

If you would like to support current students at Kingston, you can read more about all our projects here. There are hundreds of students thriving at Kingston who would not be here without the support of our alumni - thank you for being a part of our work.

To find out more about ways to get involved at Kingston, contact the Alumni and Supporter Engagement team at alumni@kingston.ac.uk.


Teaching excellence, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency at heart of £30m Kingston School of Art campus refurbishment

Posted Thursday 25 January 2018

Teaching excellence, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency at heart of £30m Kingston School of Art campus refurbishment

Workshops and studio spaces at Kingston School of Art are undergoing a major overhaul as part of a refurbishment project due to be completed by 2019. In an extension of the art school ethos that champions collaboration between students across courses, shared flexible spaces will be at the heart of the project, alongside the highest standards of sustainability.

The works will see the exterior of the building receive an aesthetic upgrade while the interior will be transformed to provide the best possible environment for the faculty's array of designers, artists and architects. Set to be completed by December 2019, the £30m project will provide vastly improved workspaces for students with increased flexibility of studio spaces and efficient use of specialist areas....


Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Posted Thursday 18 January 2018

Former advertising agency supremo and community ambassador Colonel Geoffrey Godbold awarded honorary doctorate by Kingston University

Embracing change and not being afraid of the unknown was the advice given by former army commander, businessman and charity director Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE as he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.

The long-serving marketing consultancy boss, who took over family business Godbolds Ltd from his father, notably introduced the Kiwi fruit to Europe through an innovative advertising campaign before moving into the voluntary sector later in his career....


New style of community nursing improves care for patients with complex needs, Kingston University and St George's, University of London researchers find

Posted Tuesday 16 January 2018

New style of community nursing improves care for patients with complex needs, Kingston University and St George's, University of London researchers find

Plans are being put in place by a leading London NHS Foundation Trust to adopt an innovative style of community nursing after a report by researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London showed it benefited patients, carers and nurses.

Guy's and St Thomas' neighbourhood nurses are self-managing teams who work on a one-on-one basis with people in their own homes. Nurses get to know their patients and develop personalised care packages tailored to meet their specific, and often complex, needs....


Graduation ceremonies shine spotlight on achievement and dedication of Kingston University students

Posted Monday 15 January 2018

Graduation ceremonies shine spotlight on achievement and dedication of Kingston University students

The hard work and dedication of Kingston University students has been highlighted in a series of graduation ceremonies at Kingston's Rose Theatre. More than 1,500 undergraduate, postgraduate and research students from four faculties celebrated completing their degrees crossing the stage to begin the next chapter of their lives as Kingston University graduates.

The excitement of the new graduates reverberated around the Rose Theatre, with each recipient given a rousing cheer and round of applause from staff, family and friends as they crossed the stage. Marina Loterijman, an International Human Recourses Management MSc graduate, who received her degree this week, said she had found amazing friends at Kingston University and learned a lot that she had already put in to practice in her career....


Children's book by Nursing Times Rising Star Award-winning Kingston University graduate helps young people express emotions through language

Posted Monday 8 January 2018

Children's book by Nursing Times Rising Star Award-winning Kingston University graduate helps young people express emotions through language

An award-winning Kingston University nursing graduate has drawn on her experience working in schools to create an innovative children's book that helps young people find the right words to express their emotions – assisted by a little badger with a temper.

Katrina Sealey wrote Angry, ANGRY Angus while working in her first graduate role as a school nurse and was recently recognised for the impact she has already made on the profession with the Rising Star accolade at this year's Nursing Times awards....


Tributes flow following death of professor instrumental in placing Kingston Business School at forefront of consumer behaviour research

Posted Monday 8 January 2018

Tributes flow following death of professor instrumental in placing Kingston Business School at forefront of consumer behaviour research

Messages of sympathy have been pouring in to Kingston University following the sudden death of long-serving member of staff Professor Wendy Lomax.

Professor Lomax, who was 56, passed away on New Year's Eve after a short illness. She leaves behind daughters Kate, Alice and Sophie and son Oliver....


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