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Marine life and hoarding among inspirations behind sustainable fashion designs at the Kingston School of Art MA Fashion Show

Posted Wednesday 10 October 2018

Marine life and hoarding among inspirations behind sustainable fashion designs at the Kingston School of Art MA Fashion Show

The beauty of coral reefs and the reality of life as an extreme hoarder were among the inspirations behind the collections at this year's Kingston School of Art MA Fashion Show. A group of 12 designers shared their work with an invited audience of industry and press within the exclusive environs of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

Junsen Zhao has created a womenswear collection inspired by the colours, shapes and patterns created by coral reefs and marine life. Each of his eight looks captures a particular time and place, memories of his childhood growing up in Macau on the south coast of China. "I spent a lot of my youth travelling around the islands with my parents," he explained. "I felt my final collection should be something close to my heart and that led me to examine coral reefs."...


Kingston University climbs in latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

Posted Wednesday 26 September 2018

Kingston University climbs in latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

Kingston University has risen seven places in the newly released Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table for 2019. The University is ranked at 110 out of 132 universities, up from 117 in last year's table and a rise of 12 places during the past two years.

Kingston shares its position with Middlesex and the University of South Wales. The guide ranks universities across nine separate indicators. The University improved its national position in both the student experience and teaching quality categories, ranking 83 and 95 respectively. These metrics are based on the results of the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS)....


Leading fashion retailer White Stuff collaborates with Kingston School of Art students as part of its Nurturing Talent initiative

Posted Wednesday 19 September 2018

Leading fashion retailer White Stuff collaborates with Kingston School of Art students as part of its Nurturing Talent initiative

A range of T-shirts inspired by the great outdoors has been designed by creative Kingston School of Art students. The exclusive collection is flying off the shelves at White Stuff stores across the United Kingdom, as the result of a project launched by the leading lifestyle brand to support emerging designers.

As part of its Nurturing Talent initiative, White Stuff challenged nine groups of Kingston School of Art students completing degrees across a variety of subject areas including fashion, illustration and graphic design, to come up with concepts for the clothing. The new range, unveiled in stores as part of the retailer's autumn/winter collections, was based on the theme of Mountains and Men, with the final looks resulting from close creative collaboration between the students....


Kingston University experts to explore how 5G technology could provide farmers with eye in the sky over their fields as part of £2.1m Government-funded 5GRIT project

Posted Wednesday 12 September 2018

Kingston University experts to explore how 5G technology could provide farmers with eye in the sky over their fields as part of £2.1m Government-funded 5GRIT project

New research into how cutting-edge 5G technology could pave the way for a new era of ‘smart' farming that would allow intelligent drones to monitor crops and livestock is being carried out by Kingston University experts.

The work, which involves several other organisations, is part of a £2.1m government-funded project called the 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT). The nine-partner initiative is trialling innovative uses of 5G - the fifth generation of mobile communications technologies - across a range of rural applications, from agriculture to tourism as well as connecting poorly-served communities....


Kingston University academics appointed to UK Research and Innovation's Future Leaders Peer Review College to help identify top emerging talent

Posted Thursday 6 September 2018

Kingston University academics appointed to UK Research and Innovation's Future Leaders Peer Review College to help identify top emerging talent

Eight Kingston University academics have been selected to play a key role in helping identify the country's brightest emerging research talent as part of a new fellowship set up by national funding agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, United Kingdom registered businesses or other research environments. The programme has been designed to grow the supply of talented individuals needed to ensure British research and innovation continues to be world class....


Film showcasing Kingston University's sector-leading work raising educational aspirations unveiled at Universities UK annual conference

Posted Wednesday 5 September 2018

Film showcasing Kingston University's sector-leading work raising educational aspirations unveiled at Universities UK annual conference

Kingston University's innovative work raising the aspirations of young people from a range of backgrounds and inspiring them to consider moving on to higher education has been showcased in a short film unveiled at Universities UK's annual conference. The film forms part of ‘Universities: Improving Futures' – a series of short films made by ITN Productions exploring the impact higher education institutions have on economic growth, prosperity and social mobility in the United Kingdom.Kingston University's film focuses on its work with more than 300 schools and colleges across Greater London and the South East, delivering science, technology, engineering and maths outreach programmes designed to ignite pupils' passion for STEM subjects and encourage them to see university as a way to enhance their career prospects.

The footage features the University's lab in a lorry, which visits school playgrounds across the South East packed with cutting edge equipment to bring STEM subjects to life for pupils through a range of hands-on experiments and team building activities. It also spotlights the University's dedicated outreach centre at its Penrhyn Road campus, which hosts school pupils for sessions specifically tailored for their needs and interests....


Kingston School of Art Professor Mike Nelson wins Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious Wollaston Award

Posted Friday 31 August 2018

Kingston School of Art Professor Mike Nelson wins Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious Wollaston Award

A Kingston School of Art professor has won the Royal Academy of Arts' prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award for a rubble-filled sleeping bag that was placed on the eminent art institution's main staircase. One of the most significant prizes for art in the United Kingdom, the award is presented to the most distinguished work in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.

Sculptor and installation artist Professor Mike Nelson was presented with the prize for his work Untitled (public sculpture for a redundant space). He created the prototype ahead of a series of installations for the High Line – a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park in New York....


Kingston University academic Dr Alison Baverstock's contribution to publishing education recognised with National Teaching Fellowship

Posted Thursday 30 August 2018

Kingston University academic Dr Alison Baverstock's contribution to publishing education recognised with National Teaching Fellowship

A publishing expert from Kingston University, who pioneered an award-winning shared reading scheme and developed an industry-focused approach to learning, has been recognised with a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

Associate professor Dr Alison Baverstock has become one of 54 new National Teaching Fellows announced by Advance HE, as part of an initiative celebrating individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and teaching in higher education....

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