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Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Posted Wednesday 18 September 2019

Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Start-up businesses working on innovations to help combat climate change must have access to reliable funding if the United Kingdom is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets, according to leading business experts from Kingston University in London.

With the British government recently making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Kingston Business School Dr Yannis Pierrakis said the contribution of small businesses could not be underestimated. Yet it was well known clean technology companies and enterprises focusing on the environment struggled to raise finance which would pose significant challenges, he cautioned....


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 School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

Posted Monday 16 September 2019

Kingston School of Art professor and Fixperts founder Daniel Charny awarded Design Innovation Medal at London Design Festival

A visionary academic from Kingston School of Art has been awarded the prestigious Design Innovation Medal as part of the 2019 London Design Festival showcase. Professor of Design Daniel Charny has carried off the coveted award for his trailblazing work that includes Fixperts – an initiative that challenges students to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems.

Professor Charny is founder and creative director of the learning programme that has grown from a small-scale volunteer design venture to achieve worldwide recognition. "Fixperts is a simple idea. Designers meet a person, discuss and focus on a problem they have, fix it with a design-led solution and hand the prototype over to them," Professor Charny explained. "It's about creative problem solving, teamwork and communication, with human values at the forefront of the thinking."...


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....


Your brains will set you free, Director of Kingston Race and Equalities Council tells graduates as he is awarded an honorary degree by Kingston University

Posted Monday 29 July 2019

Your brains will set you free, Director of Kingston Race and Equalities Council tells graduates as he is awarded an honorary degree by Kingston University

A race and equalities campaigner who played a key role in influencing and guiding national policy on community cohesion in the wake of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence has received an honorary degree from Kingston University.

Chief executive of Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC) John Azah OBE has championed cultural diversity and inclusion across the borough, as well as at regional and national level, since taking up his post in 1989. The Ghanaian-born activist has dedicated his career to advising and supporting victims of hate crime and advocating for human rights across the country....

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