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Kingston University's integral role at heart of community celebrated at civic showcase event in borough's Guildhall

Posted Thursday 17 October 2019

Kingston University's integral role at heart of community celebrated at civic showcase event in borough's Guildhall

The key role Kingston University plays in the community has been showcased at the borough's Guildhall, with staff and students making the most of the opportunity to demonstrate the ways in which they enrich the lives of people across the borough.

Hundreds of local residents were joined by representatives from the area's businesses and community organisations, council members and the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Thompson, at the University's annual civic showcase, hosted this year by the Royal Borough of Kingston. The event featured an exhibition in the council chamber of work carried out by the University with more than 20 stands and displays accompanied by music performed by students, alongside a series of short talks and dance performances....


Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston join forces to bring historic Muybridge collection back to borough

Posted Monday 14 October 2019

Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston join forces to bring historic Muybridge collection back to borough

A highly significant collection of work by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is to be brought back to his home town thanks to a partnership between Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University.

The unique material is part of the Victorian photographer's own personal collection, which he bequeathed to Kingston Museum on his death. It includes 67 of Muybridge's famous zoopraxiscope discs, which enabled him to create projected moving images, more than 2,000 glass lantern slides which he presented in his extensive international lectures, and 150 collotype prints, a type of printing that preserves fine detail. It forms part of Kingston Museum's Muybridge Collection, one of the largest worldwide. A selection of the trailblazing photographer's work is displayed at the museum, but much of the collection is currently stored out of borough....


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....


NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2019

NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

An award-winning programme created by a Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor to help people with chronic hip and knee pain has received national recognition – after cutting NHS waiting times and saving the service millions of pounds.

The ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme – which is delivered in some 220 sites across the United Kingdom including community centres, leisure centres and schools – has treated more than 13,000 people to date, saving the NHS an estimated £22 million by reducing the amount of healthcare needed by patients....


New head of Kingston Business School determined to make it a sought after place to join, study and do business with

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2019

New head of Kingston Business School determined to make it a sought after place to join, study and do business with

People are what make Ian Roberts tick. An eminent leadership development and organisational psychology expert, the new Head of Kingston Business School has spent his career working with senior executives across the commercial and public sectors - including former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott - to coach, inspire and develop talent and transform organisations.

It's the ability and potential he sees all around him at Kingston University's Business School that excites him most in his latest role. "The raw materials here are fantastic - the location, the staff, the students, the research foundation, the business opportunities that surround us. I've fallen in love with what Kingston Business School offers," Roberts said. ...


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."...

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