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Kingston University students reach Chartered Institute of Marketing competition final with innovative idea to promote Samsung's new mobile phone to Generation Z

Posted Tuesday 6 April 2021

Kingston University students reach Chartered Institute of Marketing competition final with innovative idea to promote Samsung's new mobile phone to Generation Z

Three Kingston University marketing students made it to the final of a prestigious national competition with their original idea to make a new mobile phone appeal to Generation Z through an incentivised online learning platform. 

They were one of only nine teams selected from universities around the country to be shortlisted for the final of the Chartered Institute of Marketing's The Pitch competition.  ...


Women's History Month: Former Bupa CEO and Kingston University graduate Val Gooding CBE reflects on career barriers and offers advice to budding business women

Posted Monday 29 March 2021

Women's History Month: Former Bupa CEO and Kingston University graduate Val Gooding CBE reflects on career barriers and offers advice to budding business women

A British business leader who spent 12 years as chief executive of private healthcare firm Bupa and had a 20-year career with British Airways has shared advice with female business students, as well as recalling some of the barriers she faced and the role models who inspired her.

Val Gooding CBE, who studied a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at Kingston University - then Kingston Polytechnic - graduating in 1981, is currently the Senior Independent Director on the Board of Vodafone plc, having served as a non-executive director of Compass, BAA, J Sainsbury, Standard Chartered plc, and Tui, as well as being Chairman of Premier Farnell plc and Aviva UK....


Kingston University expands support for vaccination drive with launch of new community hub in partnership with medical practices across borough

Posted Friday 12 March 2021

Kingston University expands support for vaccination drive with launch of new community hub in partnership with medical practices across borough

A new community vaccination hub has opened its doors at Kingston University, providing a dedicated space where patients from up to six of the region's GP practices and health centres can receive their Covid-19 jabs.

Working in partnership with two local Primary Care Networks, South West London CCG and Kingston Council, the University has repurposed an area of its Penrhyn Road campus into a 10-station vaccination site. The new hub is an expansion of the vaccination operation at the University, which began in December with a smaller space in which GP teams were able to administer residents over the age of 80 with some of the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the capital....


Amplifying the voice of consumers is essential for advancing fair trade and sustainability, says Kingston University researcher during Fairtrade Fortnight

Posted Tuesday 2 March 2021

Amplifying the voice of consumers is essential for advancing fair trade and sustainability, says Kingston University researcher during Fairtrade Fortnight

Understanding and listening to consumers is essential to promote fair trade and sustainability, says a Kingston University expert who shared some of her research findings during Fairtrade Fortnight. 

Ethical consumer behaviour and sustainability expert at Kingston Business School, Dr Smirti Kutaula, has been examining buying behaviour and perceptions of fair trade and environmental issues in the UK and India. ...


Kingston University students come up with innovative ways to enhance sustainability at hackathon exploring environmental issues

Posted Thursday 25 February 2021

Kingston University students come up with innovative ways to enhance sustainability at hackathon exploring environmental issues

Students from a range of disciplines have come up with creative solutions to improve sustainability at Kingston University after taking part in a virtual hackathon focusing on environmental issues. Some 33 students and 19 academics from a broad spectrum of degree courses including business design thinking, geography and environmental studies, sustainable design and nutrition took part in the online session, with students on the MA Sustainable Design course acting as facilitators for the discussions.Participants, who were divided into teams, were each given a real-world challenge to work on from one of six areas – energy, waste, transport, water, food and nutrition, built environment and land. With support from University experts, students and staff developed ways of tackling common environmental problems and presented their findings to all participants at the end of the half-day session.Their ideas included an online marketplace through which students and staff could rent or buy furniture and other items no longer needed in halls of residences; creating more cycle paths on the University's campuses and promoting the health benefits of cycling; setting up a bicycle buddy system to support students who were not confident cyclists; and organising a weekend culinary event to showcase different cuisines from around the world and reduce food waste.The hackathon was held to encourage students to think creatively about tackling environmental issues, as well as to assess the value of introducing even more of these cross-disciplinary events into the University curriculum to enhance student learning.Godfrey Nzan, a student on the MSc Environmental Management course who supported the transport team, said it was a valuable experience, bringing students from various disciplines together to analyse problems and share solutions from different perspectives."We discussed ideas from an environmental and cost effectiveness point of view, and then drafted a plan on how organisations such as Kingston can promote more sustainable forms of transport – from using renewable energy to light up walkways on the campuses, to promoting vehicle-sharing schemes among students and staff," he said. Andrew Saperstone, a student on the MA Sustainable Design course who was in the energy team, said he found working with students from a variety of disciplines very valuable."We discussed sustainability education and proposed ways that a module could be introduced into all university courses to change behaviours around energy use," Andrew said.Students take part in Sustainability Hackathon The hackathon concluded with some clear and valuable ideas from the students on how to shape the University's sustainability commitment and policies, HackCentre project manager Amanda Baker said. 

"It was a useful exercise which generated a cross-university discussion about sustainability and brought together people with shared interests and varied skills. Some of the ideas might be introduced into the University's sustainability strategy and the event could lead to further work within curriculums, research and community projects," Ms Baker said....


Bright Ideas moves online as Kingston University students pitch their pioneering ideas to solve real-life issues

Posted Tuesday 23 February 2021

Bright Ideas moves online as Kingston University students pitch their pioneering ideas to solve real-life issues

Bright Ideas, Kingston University's annual enterprise competition, saw almost 700 entrepreneurial students pitch their innovative ideas at the first ever virtual Grand Final.  Many students harnessed inspiration from the global pandemic as they came up with solutions to help those whose lives have been affected by the virus.

Each year, students aim to win up to £1,000 by pitching ideas that solve real-life issues to a judging panel of renowned l entrepreneurs and notable University alumni. This year the University invited back some of its most successful business alumni in judging the competition. They included Marit Mohn, Chair of The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Albert Roberson, Equal Opportunity & Diversity Officer at Chapman University, and Paule Carine Dao, Digital Project Manager, Bright/Shift and Founder, Daolondon, who was also one of the winners in the competition last year....


Pioneering educational initiative co-founded by Kingston School of Art design expert Daniel Charny receives prestigious Sir Misha Black Award

Posted Tuesday 2 February 2021

Pioneering educational initiative co-founded by Kingston School of Art design expert Daniel Charny receives prestigious Sir Misha Black Award

A learning organisation that seeks to equip young people with problem-solving skills through a series of award-winning educational programmes has been awarded the prestigious Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education. 

The accolade was awarded to FixEd, a think-and-do tank co-founded by Professor Daniel Charny, Professor of Design at Kingston School of Art, and creative strategist Dee Halligan, for their innovative and exceptional work in design education.  ...


Kingston University goes BIG with its support for local business through partnership with South London boroughs and universities

Posted Tuesday 2 February 2021

Kingston University goes BIG with its support for local business through partnership with South London boroughs and universities

Kingston University is set to share the talents and expertise of its staff and students, research expertise and specialist facilities as part of a new programme of support for businesses across South London.  

BIG (Business, Innovation and Growth) in South London has been launched at a leadership summit attended by the vice-chancellors of partner universities and leaders of partner borough councils, with former Universities Minister Chris Skidmore MP as the keynote speaker.  ...

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