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Second World War-era wristwatches could pose cancer risk due to radon exposure, according to new study by experts from Kingston University and University of Northampton

Posted Friday 15 June 2018

 Second World War-era wristwatches could pose cancer risk due to radon exposure, according to new study by experts from Kingston University and University of Northampton

Wristwatches passed down by Second World War soldiers to their families could emit potentially dangerous levels of radiation, new research by experts from Kingston University and the University of Northampton has found. Collectors and descendants of ex-servicemen could be at risk of radon exposure  – a leading cause of lung cancer deaths – from the antique timepieces, according to the study.

The gas comes from the paints used to make their dials glow in the dark, and the research sought to establish how harmful it could be. Kingston University's Professor of Environmental Geoscience Gavin Gillmore and Dr Robin Crockett, from the University of Northampton, tested a collection of 30 antique, radium-dial watches which were found to collectively emit radon concentrations 134 times greater than the United Kingdom's recommended safe level when kept in a space the size of a typical boxroom....


Kingston University welcomes local community on to campus for its annual Civic Reception showcasing the work of staff and students

Posted Thursday 14 June 2018

Kingston University welcomes local community on to campus for its annual Civic Reception showcasing the work of staff and students

The University's role at the heart of the community was highlighted this week as it opened its doors for its annual Civic Reception, illustrating the diversity and breadth of the work of staff and students.

Alumni, local residents, council members and the Mayor of Kingston were among the guests at the evening event – which included a panel discussion around the future of the borough involving Kingston Council leader Councillor Liz Green, deputy chief executive Roy Thompson and Kirsten Henly, chief executive of Kingston First, an organisation that represents more than 750 local businesses....


Rose Theatre plays host to festival celebrating Kingston University's drama, dance, film and music emerging talent

Posted Monday 11 June 2018

Rose Theatre plays host to festival celebrating Kingston University's drama, dance, film and music emerging talent

Kingston University drama, dance, film and music students wowed audiences as they took over the town's Rose Theatre for a three day festival of performing arts showcasing some of this year's top creative talent.

The annual Kingston Onstage event featured a breadth of original work from undergraduate students, brought together to create a vibrant programme running across three evenings. Crowds were treated to drama, cabaret, animation, contemporary dance and musical theatre performances, alongside rock, gamelan and classical ensembles among others....


Times Higher Education ranks Kingston University in top 200 young institutions across the globe

Posted Friday 8 June 2018

Times Higher Education ranks Kingston University in top 200 young institutions across the globe

Kingston University has been named in the world's top 200 young universities in the latest international rankings by sector-leading publication the Times Higher Education (THE).

The Young University Ranking 2018 rated institutions founded during the past 50 years across a series of measures including teaching, research, citations and international outlook....


Kingston School of Art designer Edie Ashley pays tribute to her trailblazing grandmother Laura Ashley in cowgirl and biker themed Graduate Fashion Week collection

Posted Friday 8 June 2018

Kingston School of Art designer Edie Ashley pays tribute to her trailblazing grandmother Laura Ashley in cowgirl and biker themed Graduate Fashion Week collection

Third generation designer Edie Ashley has drawn on the fashion heritage of her family to create a deeply personal Graduate Fashion Week collection that acts as a love letter to her life growing up in rural Wales. Her mixed menswear and womenswear range incorporates two Victorian blouses as a tribute to her grandmother, Welsh fashion legend Laura Ashley, and Lancashire ploughman trousers based on a garment found in her designer father Nick Ashley's archive.

The collection made its debut on the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk at the Old Truman Brewery in East London, alongside the work of 23 other BA(Hons) Fashion students from Kingston University's Kingston School of Art. Taking inspiration from her parents' passions for horse riding and classic motorcycles, the 21 year old from Rhosgogh, near the Brecon Beacons, sourced exclusively second-hand fabrics from antique fairs and vintage markets around London to dress a group of characters she created called the Motopolis gang....


Kingston School of Art designer's collection inspired by defiant style choices of Namibian tribe wins Considered Design award at Graduate Fashion Week

Posted Wednesday 6 June 2018

Kingston School of Art designer's collection inspired by defiant style choices of Namibian tribe wins Considered Design award at Graduate Fashion Week

A Kingston University designer's menswear collection themed around repurposing and ethical fashion has won the Considered Design award at the annual Graduate Fashion Week extravaganza. Saskia Lenaerts was one of 24 young designers from the University's Kingston School of Art who showcased their garments on the catwalk at the Old Truman Brewery in East London on June 5.

The 24 year old has now been recognised for her outstanding contribution to ethical and societal issues relating to fashion design after a panel of judges selected her collection as the winner of the prestigious event's Considered Design award, sponsored by Scottish luxury knitwear and cashmere company Johnstons of Elgin. She will receive a £750 prize as part of the award. The judging panel praised the sustainable development journey the designer's collection reflected, as well as the innovation shown in her work....


Refugee crisis and energy of music icon Kate Bush among inspiration for exhibits being unveiled at Kingston School of Art's end of year degree show

Posted Friday 1 June 2018

Refugee crisis and energy of music icon Kate Bush among inspiration for exhibits being unveiled at Kingston School of Art's end of year degree show

The intense debate sparked by the refugee crisis and creative spirit of singer Kate Bush are just some of the influences behind student work captivating art enthusiasts converging on this year's Kingston School of Art undergraduate degree show. Art lovers from across the country are turning out in force during the week-long show, which opened this weekend, to see exhibits being unveiled by the next generation of talented artists, designers and architects to graduate from KSA.

The show, an eagerly anticipated annual launchpad for emerging art and design talent, opened its doors this weekend to throngs of industry professionals and borough residents. In a first this year, it is being held across several sites due to multi-million pound improvement work taking place at the Knights Park campus. The impact of the building work has even gone as far as influencing branding for the event, with the word ‘show' formed from the soft foam attached to the scaffolding that surrounds much of the building a key feature of this year's promotional materials....


Pitch perfect – Kingston University postgraduate business start-up picks up gong at Young Enterprise national final

Posted Wednesday 30 May 2018

Pitch perfect – Kingston University postgraduate business start-up picks up gong at Young Enterprise national final

A group of inventive postgraduate students from Kingston University are celebrating after winning a prestigious prize at the final of a national entrepreneurship competition.

One Minute – a team made up of Kingston Business School MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship students – was awarded Best Business Pitch at this year's Young Enterprise national final at Loughborough College, for the creation of the Tyton Case – a protective device that gym-goers can use to store mobile phones and tablets during a workout....

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