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Kingston University students advised to ‘be true to yourself' as they are applauded during week of graduation ceremonies

Posted Tuesday 14 January 2020

Kingston University students advised to ‘be true to yourself' as they are applauded during week of graduation ceremonies

Hundreds of Kingston University students are celebrating their exceptional achievements this week in front of proud family, friends, staff members and special guests – as they become the University's first graduates of the new decade.


Are the UK's carers in crisis? Psychologists, support workers and researchers explore ways to improve support at Kingston University event

Posted Monday 13 January 2020

Are the UK's carers in crisis? Psychologists, support workers and researchers explore ways to improve support at Kingston University event

Around 6.5 million people in the United Kingdom are responsible for caring for loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill. It is estimated these unpaid carers save the NHS £136 billion pounds every year, yet alongside the rewards many carers highlight - such as a sense of fulfilment and increased closeness with the person they care for - there are consistent reports of the pressures it places on those doing the caring, including stress, anxiety and debt.

In an effort to explore these issues psychologists, researchers, support workers and carers came together at Kingston University to discuss how to improve support for people with caring responsibilities. Dr Tushna Vandrevala from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences has conducted extensive research with families who care for children with special needs and says the toll it takes is underestimated....


Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Posted Monday 6 January 2020

Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

Kingston University's landmark Town House building has opened its doors to students, staff and the wider community.

Designed by this year's RIBA Gold Medal-winning firm Grafton Architects, the multi-million pound building at the Penrhyn Road campus will transform the learning experience for students and act as a gateway to the University for residents and businesses. It is the first building designed by the Dublin-based practice to be completed in the United Kingdom.Featuring a three-floor academic library, archive, dance studios and a studio theatre, Town House also incorporates a covered internal courtyard, cafes and external balconies and walkways culminating in a rooftop garden offering stunning views across Kingston and the River Thames. An open staircase weaves through the building creating connections between the different spaces.The new six-storey building, built by three-time Education Constructor of the Year winner Willmott Dixon, will provide students and staff with a world-class learning and teaching environment, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier. "Town House is a stunning architectural achievement – an inspirational building with a variety of spaces which break down barriers and encourage creativity, shared learning and unexpected encounters," he said."At the start of this project we set out to create a building that gives us a real presence in the borough and that reflects the importance of our civic role within Kingston upon Thames. We wanted an inviting, welcoming environment that would allow more opportunities for collaboration between the University, local residents and businesses. We hope Town House will act as a front door and gateway for people to come and be a part of what we are delivering for the borough and wider society....


Kingston School of Art students create bear sculpture to shine new light on homelessness and the climate crisis this festive period

Posted Monday 23 December 2019

Kingston School of Art students create bear sculpture to shine new light on homelessness and the climate crisis this festive period

A life size light sculpture polar bear symbolising the plight of the homeless and the importance of living sustainably during the festive period has been created by students from Kingston School of Art's Creative and Cultural Industries.

Named The Giving Bear, it will live on London's Mount Street Gardens until 6 January, and has been constructed from more than 3000 re-used milk bottles. It features a tap donation point which encourages passing shoppers to donate to the Hidden Network, a group of charities who work with Westminster City Council to end rough sleeping....


Kingston University students explore how artificial intelligence can improve access to NHS patient records in pioneering health hackathon

Posted Monday 23 December 2019

Kingston University students explore how artificial intelligence can improve access to NHS patient records in pioneering health hackathon

The two international technology firms challenged Kingston University's nursing, computer science, digital media, mathematics and UX design students to explore how RPA could be applied to save healthcare professionals valuable time on hospital wards. Participating teams had to consider information governance, legal and policy issues and apply technical, design, and problem-solving skills to deliver an intuitive user experience.

Neil Goodman, a consultant, leading digital transformation at the NHS North East London Commissioning Support Unit, said optimising computer systems that can exchange and make use of information was currently a major challenge in healthcare. "The NHS has struggled for a long time working across multiple platforms that don't talk to each other. RPA can go a long way to solve this issue by using back-end admin bots that access multiple systems when granted the right user permissions," Mr Goodman explained. "It means they can collect data from different systems and present it in a single-view user interface," he added....


Reintroduction of Government grants for student nurses is step in right direction but more must be done, Kingston University expert says

Posted Wednesday 18 December 2019

Reintroduction of Government grants for student nurses is step in right direction but more must be done, Kingston University expert says

The British Government's decision to reintroduce grants for aspiring nurses studying at university will increase the talent pool and allow students to enjoy learning with less anxiety around financial pressures, according to the head of nursing at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 


Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra record David Bowie classic Space Oddity with super producer Tony Visconti

Posted Tuesday 17 December 2019

Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra record David Bowie classic Space Oddity with super producer Tony Visconti

World renowned super producer Tony Visconti has lent his talents to Kingston University's Stylophone Orchestra for a unique rendition of David Bowie's classic Space Oddity, created from recordings of the much loved vintage analogue synthesizer. The session, held at the Music Department's Visconti Studio at the Kingston Hill campus, revealed new layers to the song, 50 years after its original release.

The Stylophone Orchestra, thought to be the first ensemble of its kind in the world, had created a surprisingly rich sound, aided by the studio's impressive acoustics which allowed the analogue tones to resonate in new ways, Visconti said."This version is a bit like Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole and going to the land of Stylophone where the creatures have a pen with a wire attached," he said. "It was a complex session - to get it right we had to be meticulous. If one person made even the slightest mistake we had to punch in again and, with nine people playing at the same time, you never quite knew what was going to happen."...


Kingston Business School launches funded programme to help microbusinesses use tech to grow

Posted Thursday 28 November 2019

Kingston Business School launches funded programme to help microbusinesses use tech to grow

Kingston Business School is inviting 50 leaders of microbusinesses to join a management programme that will help them engage with technology to boost their productivity.

Kingston is part of a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter for their expertise in supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs who will deliver the Leading to Grow programme, which will be offered at no cost to microbusinesses across England....

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