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Kingston University School of Art graduate's MA Fashion collection celebrates strong female icons and encourages women to break free from stereotypes

Posted Tuesday 19 October 2021

Kingston University  School of Art graduate's MA Fashion collection celebrates strong female icons and encourages women to break free from stereotypes

A Kingston University graduate has created a striking and colourful collection at the Kingston School of Art Fashion Show 2021 that aims to inspire women to be true to themselves and escape the stereotypical presumptions placed on them.

Rachel Page's three outfits - a trench coat, a tailored suit, and a jumpsuit – were designed to be confidently worn by anyone no matter their shape and to impart a feeling of independence, individuality, and sophistication to the wearer. They feature in the show which is the highlight of the fashion school's year and represents the culmination of students' work on the masters course....


Kingston University's flagship Town House building wins 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize

Posted Thursday 14 October 2021

Kingston University's flagship Town House building wins 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize

Kingston University's Town House has been named the winner of the 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize – confirming it as Britain's best new building.

Designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning Grafton Architects, the landmark building on the University's Penrhyn Road campus received the highest accolade in UK architecture at a prestigious ceremony at Coventry Cathedral....


Kingston University recognised by National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education

Posted Wednesday 13 October 2021

Kingston University recognised by National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education

Kingston University's commitment to promoting excellent cyber security education has been recognised with a prestigious silver award from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ.

The recognition means the University has been named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) by the UK's lead technical authority on cyber security – a feat achieved by only 11 other higher education institutions across the United Kingdom. The ACE-CSE programme aims to help close the UK's cyber skills gap by supporting the next generation of cyber experts....


Small Business Minister Paul Scully meets entrepreneurs supported through Covid-19 by Kingston University's Help to Grow programme

Posted Monday 11 October 2021

Small Business Minister Paul Scully meets entrepreneurs supported through Covid-19 by Kingston University's Help to Grow programme

Minister for Small Business Paul Scully MP has met entrepreneurs taking part in Kingston University's Help to Grow management programme as part of a fact-finding visit to learn more about how firms are overcoming challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Help to Grow is a government-subsidised short course that coaches small business leaders in all aspects of management, from strategy and innovation to digital skills and finance, so they can take advantage of opportunities to boost their companies' success....


Art installation that draws inspiration from designer's Nigerian heritage goes on display in Kingston University's Town House

Posted Thursday 7 October 2021

Art installation that draws inspiration from designer's Nigerian heritage goes on display in Kingston University's Town House

A traditional African headdress and the shared time zone between two countries are the inspirations for a striking new permanent installation in Kingston University's Town House.

The large-scale textile artwork is part of a series of major art installations being commissioned by Kingston University's Stanley Picker Gallery for the flagship structure, which was recently shortlisted for the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize for best new UK building....


Fine Art exhibition highlights artistic practices used in coronavirus lockdown and reconnection with the art school

Posted Tuesday 5 October 2021

Fine Art exhibition highlights artistic practices used in coronavirus lockdown and reconnection with the art school

Kingston School of Art's MFA Fine Art students have came together to celebrate the completion of their final projects with a show celebrating the end of a period of artistic isolation during the coronavirus pandemic's national lockdowns.

Following a challenging year of restrictions, the students have had to adapt their practices with the intense and solitary nature of producing art during a pandemic reflected in their output. The eight students displayed a range of styles, practices and techniques, including sculpture, painting and video installation. They will be exhibiting their work from 23 September at the Swan Studios, a former pub also known as the Centre for Useless Splendour – so named by Turner Prize winner and Kingston School of Art Professor Elizabeth Price – opposite Kingston School of Art's Mill Street Building....


Big Read book club panellists reflect on memories of first days at university with author Okechukwu Nzelu

Posted Thursday 30 September 2021

Big Read book club panellists reflect on memories of first days at university with author Okechukwu Nzelu

The author of Kingston University's latest Big Read title, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, has reflected on his first days at university and how nervous and excited he felt during the final in a series of book club events.

Award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu, who studied English language and literature at Cambridge, was one of six panellists who took part in the animated discussion, which also included University staff and alumni. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (his first novel) won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for both the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize....


EU Pollinator Week: How new technologies can help understand and address role of environmental pollution in decline of honeybees

Posted Monday 27 September 2021

EU Pollinator Week:  How new technologies can help understand and address role of environmental pollution in decline of honeybees

A team of academics from Kingston University including Dr Rosa Busquets, Dr Olga Duran and Dr Gordon Hunter, are working with Mark Gale, of not-for-profit company BeesMax and Surrey Honey Farm, on the development of new devices for monitoring pollutants within honeybee hives through funding from the BIG South London Voucher Scheme. At the start of this year's EU Pollinator Week, they outline why the decline in honeybee populations is a global problem and how these technologies could help better understand the impact pollution is having.

For several decades now bee populations have been in serious decline across Europe and North America. The majority of our flowering plants, including many that produce crops for human consumption, rely on bees and other insects for pollination. Honeybees and other bee species are particularly important to our agricultural sector and the produce that eventually ends up on our supermarket shelves. Much of this worrying decrease in numbers has been widely attributed to the use of pesticides, fungicides, and other pollutants in our environment....

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