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Posted Monday 26 October 2020
Racism in many forms, from overt discrimination to micro-aggression, exists at every level in the justice system and all lawyers have a responsibility to tackle it, eminent barrister Professor Leslie Thomas QC told students and academics during a return visit to his alma mater, Kingston University.
The human rights advocate was invited back to give a virtual lecture to Kingston University Law Society. He took the opportunity to share stories from his humble beginnings through to an illustrious career that has seen him take on the police, state and corporate bodies in some of the UK's most high profile inquests and public inquiries....
Posted Friday 23 October 2020
This month, the careers and employability service at Kingston University is launching ELEVATE - an accelerator programme designed to help provide Black (home) students with the support, guidance and tools to aim high and achieve their full potential. Here, careers and employability advisers Hawa Mansaray and Zion Sengulay discuss the reasons behind the development of the programme and how they hope it will help overcome some of the barriers black students face on their employment journey.
This year, one particular phenomenon has shaken our understanding of what it means to be human, to be diverse, and for all to have access to equal opportunity - Black Lives Matter. ...
Posted Wednesday 21 October 2020
Kingston University has joined a ground-breaking higher education employability programme which aims to unlock the potential of autistic students and graduates and help them into full-time work.
Posted Friday 16 October 2020
Throughout Black History Month, Kingston University is highlighting some of the inspirational Black figures and role models that have had an impact on members of our community.
Here, students, staff and alumni from across the University tell us about the people they have been inspired by, as well as sharing what Black History Month means to them. Find out more about how Kingston University is celebrating Black History Month, including upcoming events organised by the University and the Union of Kingston Students....
Posted Tuesday 13 October 2020
Testing has been a key focus in the battle against Covid-19. As part of the nationwide effort to massively ramp up testing capacity, several 'Lighthouse Labs' were set up across the country through a partnership between the Department of Health, Medicines Discovery Catapult, UK Biocentre and the University of Glasgow. Their development has been closely supported by both the NHS and Public Health England.
Since April, Kingston University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing PhD student Amtul Bhunnoo, has been among the skilled volunteers helping make that possible, working 12 hour shifts at one of the Lighthouse Labs in Milton Keynes. Covid-19 swab samples are sent to the laboratories from the NHS on the front line and other testing sites, including the drive-through sites, for analysis. Below, Amtul shares her experience of working in the labs and why she decided to get involved....
Posted Thursday 1 October 2020
A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier:
As October gets under way, so too does Black History Month - an opportunity for us all to reflect on and celebrate the many achievements of the Black community in Britain and the rich and longstanding contribution people of African and Caribbean descent have made to British society and culture....
Posted Friday 25 September 2020
Kingston School of Art graduate Oyinkan Braithwaite has been crowned winner of the prestigious Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards for her debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite beat off stiff competition from crime heavyweights including Val McDermid and Lee Child to take the prize in the awards which are run by The Bookseller, and celebrate the best of the British book industry.
Braithwaite graduated in creative writing and law in 2012 and has since enjoyed success as a freelance writer, editor and spoken word artist in her home city of Lagos, Nigeria. My Sister, the Serial Killer is a dark, comic thriller, focusing on the relationship between two Nigerian sisters. It received rave reviews on publication, featuring as a Sunday Times Bestseller, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize....
Posted Tuesday 15 September 2020
Kingston University will be throwing open its doors in the virtual realm as part of Open House 2020 - a festival celebrating London's most striking architecture. The annual event sees boroughs open up dozens of iconic buildings and hidden gems for the public to explore and learn more about their history and significance in their local communities.
The University's flagship Town House building and Kingston School of Art's newly renovated Mill Street Building at Knights Park will be showcased through free virtual tours during the event on 19 and 20 September....