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Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

Posted Tuesday 5 February 2019

Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

This year's series of Kingston University industry-respected Strategy into Practice seminars has launched with American entrepreneur and chairman of Metro Bank Vernon Hill speaking to a packed lecture theatre at Kingston Business School.

Mr Hill told the audience of students, staff, alumni and local business people that when he had founded Metro Bank in 2010 it had been Britain's first new high street bank for more than 100 years. "It now boasts 66 stores and assets of more than £20 billion," he said. "Building a growth company, or not-for-profit, in a slow growth world, as I did, is all about having fans rather than customers."...


Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

Posted Thursday 31 January 2019

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

The Government's new Universities Minister has commended Kingston University for its sector-leading work on social mobility, diversity and reducing the BME attainment gap. During a visit to the University's Penrhyn Road campus, Chris Skidmore MP was given a tour of facilities, including its dedicated STEM outreach centre, which hosts primary and secondary pupils for specially tailored sessions.

He also met students including Rochelle Watson, who is the first in her family to go to university and was last year named one of the winners at the UpReach Student Social Mobility Awards. She shared her thoughts on the way university education can transform lives along with other students who have come through the University's KU Cares scheme, which supports care leavers and students estranged from their families. They spoke to the Kingswood MP about their experiences and the support they have received overcoming barriers to success....


Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics secures Athena SWAN bronze award from Equality Challenge Unit

Posted Tuesday 29 January 2019

Kingston University's School of Computer Science and Mathematics secures Athena SWAN bronze award from Equality Challenge Unit

The School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Kingston University has been recognised for its commitment to gender equality and inclusivity with an Athena SWAN bronze department award.

The accreditation from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) is the second such award for the University, after the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry was recognised by the Government-funded organisation last year. The ECU aims to promote diversity and improve the experience of all those working and learning in institutions in the United Kingdom....


Former Kingston Council chief executive Bruce McDonald, who brought Rose Theatre and Olympic cycling to borough, receives honorary degree

Posted Monday 21 January 2019

Former Kingston Council chief executive Bruce McDonald, who brought Rose Theatre and Olympic cycling to borough, receives honorary degree

The former chief executive of Kingston Council who was instrumental in bringing Olympic cycling to the borough and transforming the town's cultural and night life with the creation of the Rose Theatre has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University.

Bruce McDonald served as the Royal Borough's most senior non-political appointee for 15 years, from 2000 to 2015. A champion of equality and an expert in leadership, he rose through the ranks of the local authority after joining the organisation as a personnel officer in 1980, following a stint as a lock keeper on the River Thames. He started his transformation from waterman to HR professional with a personnel qualification from the University's predecessor Kingston Regional Management Centre, part of Kingston Polytechnic....


Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Posted Friday 18 January 2019

Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Completing a Masters degree at the age of 82, more than half a century after she left school at the age of just 15, has been a life-changing experience for grandmother Hilary Forde-Chalkly, who has just graduated from Kingston University.

Receiving her MA in Creative Writing at the graduation ceremony at Kingston's Rose Theatre, supported by husband Syd, three children and two grandchildren, Hilary admits she still can't quite believe what she has accomplished over the past two years....


Congratulations to the winter graduates of the Class of 2018!

Posted Thursday 17 January 2019

Congratulations to the winter graduates of the Class of 2018!

Postgraduate students from Kingston School of Art and the faculties of Science, Engineering and Computing and Business and Social Sciences celebrated their achievements at our winter graduation ceremonies last week. Among the more than 2,000 students who crossed the stage at the Rose Theatre was 82 year old Hilary Forde-Chalkly, who celebrated her MA in Creative Writing after having left school at 15 with one O-Level. We're proud of the newest members of our alumni family and would like to welcome the Class of 2018!

Paying it forward...


Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

Posted Wednesday 16 January 2019

Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

A rocket scientist from Kingston University is hoping to help play a key role in leading Britain back into space after joining Scottish firm Skyrora. Dr Jack-James Marlow, from Kirkby, in Liverpool, first enrolled on a foundation year at the University a decade ago, before going on to secure a first class degree in aerospace engineering, astronautics and space technology.

His quest for knowledge propelled him on to complete a PhD in 2017. After a subsequent stint at Kingston as a postdoctoral researcher, the 30 year old is now taking everything he learned at the University in to his work in the industry. As head of propulsion group at the space firm, Dr Marlow is now responsible for both the construction and testing of engines in the United Kingdom. He is currently overseeing and managing a test campaign of the company's 3.5kN LEO engine, which is set to be used for the upper stage of its orbital launch vehicle....


Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Posted Thursday 3 January 2019

Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Kingston University graduate Glenda Bailey, the longstanding editor-in-chief of acclaimed fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, has been named a Dame in the New Year's Honours list. The prestigious accolade comes following a distinguished career in journalism and publishing that has seen Bailey much lauded for her role at the helm of a series of iconic style titles.

Originally from Derbyshire, Bailey graduated from Kingston University with a Fashion BA(Hons) degree in 1983, returning to the University to receive an Honorary Master of Design in 1994. After commencing her career in fashion journalism at Honey and Folio magazines, she was appointed launch editor of the British edition of Marie Claire in 1988. Carrying off a string of awards during her seven year tenure, she moved on to serve as Marie Claire's US editor from June 1996 before taking the top job at Harper's Bazaar in 2001....

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