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Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Posted Monday 8 July 2019

Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Creative solutions to global engineering problems dreamed up by young innovators of the future were unveiled at Kingston University as part of an annual Primary Engineer competition.

The London awards ceremony of this year's 'if you were an engineer, what would you do?' contest, run by Primary Engineer Programmes – a not-for-profit national organisation promoting engineering careers for school children – was supported by Siemens and held at the University's Penrhyn Road campus. Pupils between the ages of three and 18 were challenged to interview engineers, identify problems and design solutions to them....


International Women in Engineering Day: Kingston University expert Dawn Childs highlights importance of teaching girls how creative science careers can be

Posted Thursday 20 June 2019

 International Women in Engineering Day: Kingston University expert Dawn Childs highlights importance of teaching girls how creative science careers can be

Ensuring young girls understand the creative potential of engineering and science careers could play a key part in addressing the sector's gender imbalance, according to industry expert and Kingston University visiting professor Dawn Childs.

The group engineering director for global theme park operator Merlin and current president of the Women's Engineering Society also spoke of the need for more female engineers to visit schools and act as powerful role models to children ahead of International Women in Engineering Day this Sunday....


D-Day landings 75th anniversary: six closely-guarded military secrets about Kingston upon Thames' involvement in this critical campaign

Posted Thursday 6 June 2019

D-Day landings 75th anniversary: six closely-guarded military secrets about Kingston upon Thames' involvement in this critical campaign

On the D-Day landings' 75th anniversary, a Kingston University historian reveals the essential role the borough and its residents played in the momentous events which began Operation Overlord and changed the course of the Second World War.

It is no exaggeration to say that D-Day on 6 June 1944, in which British, American and Canadian Allies invaded German-occupied France with the Normandy landings, altered history. Kingston University lecturer Dr Steven Woodbridge takes a look back at some of the local hotspots that provided a backdrop to these key events and at the lives of local heroes who were among the brave servicemen helping to liberate Europe....


Kingston University's Dorich House Museum secures National Lottery support for heritage project exploring its recent history

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2019

Kingston University's Dorich House Museum secures National Lottery support for heritage project exploring its recent history

Dorich House Museum has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to fund a new heritage project examining a lost period in the iconic building's history. The Squatter Years: Recovering Dorich House Museum's Recent Past will collate recollections from the community that lived in and visited the building during the 1980s and 90s.

The £65,000 National Lottery grant will provide vital funds to enable museum staff and volunteers to explore the transition of Dorich House from a private home to a public museum....


Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus served as a reminder of how the local area bore the brunt of some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe between 1939 and 1941.

Kingston University historian Dr Steven Woodbridge has compiled five brief facts about the frightening and damaging consequences of air raids on Kingston and the surrounding district during the first three years of the war, some of which may be familiar to people but others less so. All in all, Kingston and the surrounding areas of Surbiton, Tolworth, Hook and Chessington suffered damage and casualties from Hitler's bombs during the war....


Kingston University's leading role in closing BME attainment gap highlighted in new report by Universities UK and National Union of Students

Posted Thursday 2 May 2019

Kingston University's leading role in closing BME attainment gap highlighted in new report by Universities UK and National Union of Students

​Kingston University's sector-leading work in reducing the BME attainment gap has been highlighted in a new report by Universities UK and the National Union of Students.

The report, led by Baroness Amos, director of SOAS, and Amatey Doku, vice-president of higher education for the NUS, sets out five key recommendations for the sector to adopt as a framework for closing the gap. These include providing strong leadership, having conversations about race and changing the culture, developing racially diverse and inclusive environments, getting evidence and analysing the data and understanding what works....


Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Posted Thursday 4 April 2019

Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Sir Brian Leveson highlighted the importance of ensuring the lessons of his landmark examination of standards in journalism were not forgotten at an event to launch Kingston University's online archive of the Leveson Inquiry. Addressing an audience of leading journalists, lawyers, MPs and inquiry witnesses, he praised the University's DiscoverLeveson.com project for providing easy access to the wealth of evidence from his inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the press, conducted during 2011 and 2012.

The website is a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource giving free access to the public testimony and submissions at the inquiry, which was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It includes Sir Brian's final report along with video and written evidence from prime ministers, police chiefs, newspaper proprietors and editors as well as victims of press abuse....


Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

The effectiveness of applying electrical currents to the brain to improve memory and enhance cognitive ability - often used to treat Alzheimer's patients and children with developmental disorders - has been thrown into question by a neuroscientist at Kingston University.

Dr Giulia Galli from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences was part of an international research team that investigated transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). The technique involves delivering a weak electrical current to specific parts of the brain using electrodes attached to the head....

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