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Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

 Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment has become the third department to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award for its commitment to gender equality and inclusivity.

This latest accreditation from Advance HE - formerly the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) - means all three Schools in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing now hold department awards, following recognition for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics as well as the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry by the Government-funded organisation....


European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Hundreds of science enthusiasts were given a taster of some of Kingston University's STEM equipment and outreach activities as New Scientist Live opened its doors at ExCel London on Thursday.

British astronaut Tim Peake - one of the guest speakers at the event - was among those visiting the Kingston stand to speak to academics and student ambassadors from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. The University's lab in a lorry, which opens up the world of science to school children across the capital, was set up in the engineering zone of the exhibition. Visitors were able to examine everyday items created using a 3D printer and try out a host of science, technology, engineering and maths equipment ranging from the NAO interactive humanoid robot to a prototype bicycle that can suck water up from a river or well by pedalling backwards....


Alumni Champions event celebrates over 2,800 hours of alumni volunteering last year

Posted Thursday 10 October 2019

Alumni Champions event celebrates over 2,800 hours of alumni volunteering last year

Last year, over 438 of our alumni at Kingston shared their valuable time to volunteer in support of Kingston students. On 26 September, we hosted our first Alumni Champions Celebration event to celebrate this success, and to say thank you for the great contribution that our alumni volunteers and donors have made.

Trish Reid, Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, spoke of her gratitude for the time and effort that our alumni have dedicated to ensuring that students at Kingston fulfil their potential. She also expressed her delight that so many of our alumni are invested in improving life chances across Kingston University's diverse student body. The success that Kingston has in widening access for students to come to University, and closing the attainment gap once they get here, has been nationally recognised on numerous occasions. The contribution our alumni have made via mentoring, providing careers advice, and funding scholarships and bursaries has been invaluable in helping us achieve this....


Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

Posted Tuesday 17 September 2019

Some children with autism more able to read thoughts and feelings from facial expressions than previously thought, Kingston University research reveals

The ability of people with autism to read what someone is feeling or thinking by looking at their eyes and face may have been underestimated, according to research conducted by a developmental psychology expert from Kingston University.

Autism is a condition that affects social communication and it is widely believed people on the autism spectrum find reading expressions particularly challenging. Yet a new study by senior lecturer in developmental psychology Dr Elisa Back, from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, suggests this is not always the case. ...


Kingston University product and furniture design graduate's modular wall planter in full bloom at London Design Festival

Posted Friday 13 September 2019

Kingston University product and furniture design graduate's modular wall planter in full bloom at London Design Festival

A striking sheet metal modular garden wall system created by a Kingston University graduate is among the products going on display at the London Design Festival.

Will Bloomfield's large-scale pieces feature living flowers and plants that grow within panels arranged in mathematical patterns. They are designed to be bolted on to building exteriors, encouraging delicate ecosystems to flourish in urban environments while adding natural beauty to densely populated areas where gardens are often sacrificed for other uses....


Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Posted Thursday 12 September 2019

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier joins leadership team of University Alliance mission group

Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier will play a key role in representing the interests of technical and professional institutions across the United Kingdom after joining the new leadership team of prominent sector body University Alliance.

Professor Spier has taken up the role of treasurer for the leading mission group, alongside new chair Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, and deputy chair Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes....


Inventor of life-saving stocking aid and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate scoops two national awards

Posted Monday 2 September 2019

Inventor of life-saving stocking aid and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate scoops two national awards

Inspirational entrepreneur and Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing graduate Neomi Bennett BEM has picked up two national awards for her innovative Neo-slip stocking aid which helps the application of compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis.

The registered nurse, who graduated in 2012, was honoured with a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Institute award and also recognised at the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace, which showcases entrepreneurs' enterprising business ideas and provides a platform to amplify and advance them....


Engineering student who came to Kingston University through Clearing hopes Santander Universities STEMship award will boost her space ambitions

Posted Thursday 22 August 2019

Engineering student who came to Kingston University through Clearing hopes Santander Universities STEMship award will boost her space ambitions

A Kingston University student who secured her place through Clearing is hoping the award of a prestigious Santander Universities STEMship will act as a launch pad for a career in space engineering.

Taylor Baugh has been selected as one of 30 beneficiaries of the inaugural STEMships programme, launched by Santander UK to support female engineering students at universities across the country. It aims to help more women embark on a career in the engineering industry and tackle the skills shortage currently facing the sector....

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