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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....


Health care research professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London named Academy of Social Sciences Fellow

Posted Wednesday 16 October 2019

Health care research professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London named Academy of Social Sciences Fellow

Professor of Health Care Research at Kingston University and St George's, University of London Professor Annette Boaz has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Election as a Fellow is limited to scientists who have contributed to the field of social science beyond the normal demands of their job. They must have made significant achievements for public benefit and be viewed by their peers as having contributed to areas of thought leadership, practical application or policy development....


Plastic waste cleared from forest finds new life in Kingston School of Art MA student's sustainable fashion collection

Posted Wednesday 16 October 2019

Plastic waste cleared from forest finds new life in Kingston School of Art MA student's sustainable fashion collection

With the climate crisis at the forefront of young people's minds, a Kingston School of Art MA Fashion student has swung into action, creating a sustainability-themed collection made from waste plastic she collected from a forest. Aura Olarean has created eight dresses, each adorned with clear, green or brown plastic, which she hopes will highlight plastic use and how the fashion industry can create a more environment-friendly approach to its practices.

A love of nature has inspired Aura's collection and informed the shapes that make up the multi-coloured unaltered plastic, some still emblazoned with expiry dates for its original contents. "I use a lot of flower shapes in my collection to reflect my connection to nature which I feel very deeply," she explained. "I want people to think about what they can do to use less plastic in their lives. If my work can inspire five people to use less plastic, I'll feel that it has all been worthwhile."...


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....


Universities Minister Chris Skidmore discusses importance of education and significance of Black History Month in return visit to Kingston University

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore discusses importance of education and significance of Black History Month in return visit to Kingston University

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore has made the most of an opportunity to speak to students about the significance of Black History Month and witness more of Kingston University's award-winning outreach work first hand during his third visit to the Penrhyn Road campus this year.

Accompanied by Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier, Minister Skidmore was particularly keen to learn more about the programme of activities being run by the Union of Kingston Students during Black History Month. After speaking to union representatives, including president Feisal Haji and campaigns coordinator Ramla Salad, Minister Skidmore said the visit had given him an important insight into how they had been exploring black history, heritage, culture and achievements during the national celebration. "Black History Month is incredibly powerful in demonstrating both how Kingston University is an inclusive community and also pays attention to the importance of all races and all faiths as part of their university experience," he said....


Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

 Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment receives Athena SWAN bronze award from Advance HE

Kingston University's School of Engineering and the Environment has become the third department to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award for its commitment to gender equality and inclusivity.

This latest accreditation from Advance HE - formerly the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) - means all three Schools in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing now hold department awards, following recognition for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics as well as the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry by the Government-funded organisation....


Kingston University applauded for commitment to opening up education to underrepresented groups at UK Social Mobility Awards

Posted Thursday 10 October 2019

Kingston University applauded for commitment to opening up education to underrepresented groups at UK Social Mobility Awards

Kingston University has been applauded for its sector-leading approach to championing fair access and inclusivity in higher education at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019. Kingston was one of an elite group of six institutions vying for top honours in the newly created University of the Year category at this year's awards, which attracted an array of entries from businesses, charities and across the public sector.

Former Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, who won the award for outstanding contribution, cited Kingston University as an example of best practice during a glittering gala ceremony....


Grafton Architects, designers of Kingston University's flagship Town House building, named winners of 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Posted Thursday 3 October 2019

Grafton Architects, designers of Kingston University's flagship Town House building, named winners of 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

The architectural practice responsible for designing the University's landmark Town House building has been announced winner of the United Kingdom's highest honour for architecture - the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Dublin-based Grafton Architects have received the award, which is approved personally by the Queen, in recognition of their significant influence on the advancement of architecture. Renowned internationally for what RIBA describes as their people-centred approach, extensive talent and generosity of spirit, Grafton were nominated for the prestigious accolade by a line-up of influential figures from across academia, the arts and architecture....

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