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Kingston University construction management student who swapped accountancy career for design honoured at Women in Property awards

Posted Wednesday 12 June 2019

Kingston University construction management student who swapped accountancy career for design honoured at Women in Property awards

A mum-of-one who left an accountancy career behind to pursue her creative dreams at Kingston University has been hailed as an inspirational role model at a regional construction industry award ceremony.

Lily Dixon embarked on a Construction Management BSc (Hons) degree in 2016 after a decade as a legal cashier and accountant, firstly for a law firm and then a media company. Returning to work after having daughter Cassidy, she realised accountancy wasn't providing the creative outlet she needed and began considering alternative careers....


Kingston School of Art's fashion degree among best in world, according to latest rankings released by leading sector influencer Business of Fashion

Posted Wednesday 12 June 2019

Kingston School of Art's fashion degree among best in world, according to latest rankings released by leading sector influencer Business of Fashion

Kingston University has cemented its position as a top global destination for fashion after its internationally acclaimed BA (Hons) Fashion degree has featured prominently in the hotly anticipated annual listings compiled by influential website Business of Fashion. Along with Central Saint Martins in London, the undergraduate fashion programme was one of just two in the United Kingdom and only 11 internationally to receive the maximum possible ‘Badges of Excellence' – a new feature in the prestigious rankings.

The Best Fashion Schools in the World report examines 66 institutions worldwide. It is backed by a rigorous methodology alongside input from a newly formed Business of Education Council – made up of twelve global experts from fashion education and industry. The report collates the views of academics, human resources and fashion industry professionals as well as more than 13,000 students and alumni who complete detailed surveys....


Kingston University named one of top 50 in country in Guardian league tables – rising 10 places in national newspaper's latest rankings

Posted Friday 7 June 2019

Kingston University named one of top 50 in country in Guardian league tables – rising 10 places in national newspaper's latest rankings

Kingston University has been named one of the top 50 institutions in the country in the newly released Guardian University Guide league tables.

The University has climbed 10 places to joint 48th of the 121 institutions featured in the national newspaper's annual listings. Its continued improvement in the rankings follows a jump of 23 places in last year's Guardian tables....


House of Lords becomes home of high fashion as it plays host to Kingston School of Art catwalk show

Posted Thursday 6 June 2019

House of Lords becomes home of high fashion as it plays host to Kingston School of Art catwalk show

The House of Lords was given a fresh injection of style when Kingston School of Art fashion designers unveiled their final collections in a catwalk show blending colour, style and innovative ideas. A total of 19 BA (Hons) Fashion students showcased their final year collections to an audience packed with industry experts at the home of the United Kingdom Parliament's second chamber within the dramatic environs of the Palace of Westminster, now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

One student whose eye-catching garments have already been making an impact on the fashion world is 23 year old Victoria Lyons. Her collection is a collage of inspirations – drawing from patchwork quilts to singer Van Morrison and her time in the Belgian city of Antwerp, incorporating themes of hand painting and architectural design with the latest digital print processes....


Combating climate change: Kingston University PhD student's renewable energy research wins plaudits in Three Minute Thesis competition

Posted Thursday 6 June 2019

Combating climate change: Kingston University PhD student's renewable energy research wins plaudits in Three Minute Thesis competition

A postgraduate student whose research in to how communities could help tackle climate change by cooperatively harnessing renewable energy is set to represent Kingston University in the national semi-finals of the global Three Minute Thesis competition.

Matthias Pilz, from Seelow in eastern Germany, has been exploring new approaches for the power grids of the future, which may involve solar and wind energy being integrated at local levels to limit greenhouse gas emissions....


Can artificial intelligence spot warning signs of oral cancer? Kingston University experts develop system for mobile phone app in new study

Posted Tuesday 4 June 2019

Can artificial intelligence spot warning signs of oral cancer? Kingston University experts develop system for mobile phone app in new study

Kingston University experts are exploring how artificial intelligence could be trained to detect the early signs of oral cancer using a mobile phone app. Professors Sarah Barman and Paolo Remagnino have secured £146,000 for the two year Medical Research Council-funded project, which will see them work alongside experts from the University of Malaya and Cancer Research Malaysia.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide, with 300,000 cases diagnosed each year. As with many cancers, catching the disease at an early stage is crucial. The project will see the Kingston University and University of Malaya teams train an artificial intelligence system to spot early warning signs using images taken of the inside of the mouth – referred to by medics as the oral cavity – on mobile phones....


Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus served as a reminder of how the local area bore the brunt of some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe between 1939 and 1941.

Kingston University historian Dr Steven Woodbridge has compiled five brief facts about the frightening and damaging consequences of air raids on Kingston and the surrounding district during the first three years of the war, some of which may be familiar to people but others less so. All in all, Kingston and the surrounding areas of Surbiton, Tolworth, Hook and Chessington suffered damage and casualties from Hitler's bombs during the war....


Kingston University's leading role in closing BME attainment gap highlighted in new report by Universities UK and National Union of Students

Posted Thursday 2 May 2019

Kingston University's leading role in closing BME attainment gap highlighted in new report by Universities UK and National Union of Students

​Kingston University's sector-leading work in reducing the BME attainment gap has been highlighted in a new report by Universities UK and the National Union of Students.

The report, led by Baroness Amos, director of SOAS, and Amatey Doku, vice-president of higher education for the NUS, sets out five key recommendations for the sector to adopt as a framework for closing the gap. These include providing strong leadership, having conversations about race and changing the culture, developing racially diverse and inclusive environments, getting evidence and analysing the data and understanding what works....

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