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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....


European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Posted Friday 11 October 2019

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake among visitors to Kingston University's lab in a lorry at New Scientist Live event

Hundreds of science enthusiasts were given a taster of some of Kingston University's STEM equipment and outreach activities as New Scientist Live opened its doors at ExCel London on Thursday.

British astronaut Tim Peake - one of the guest speakers at the event - was among those visiting the Kingston stand to speak to academics and student ambassadors from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. The University's lab in a lorry, which opens up the world of science to school children across the capital, was set up in the engineering zone of the exhibition. Visitors were able to examine everyday items created using a 3D printer and try out a host of science, technology, engineering and maths equipment ranging from the NAO interactive humanoid robot to a prototype bicycle that can suck water up from a river or well by pedalling backwards....


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

Posted Thursday 10 October 2019

Kingston University applauded for commitment to opening up education to underrepresnted 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....


NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2019

NHS includes award-winning pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London in its long term plan

An award-winning programme created by a Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor to help people with chronic hip and knee pain has received national recognition – after cutting NHS waiting times and saving the service millions of pounds.

The ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme – which is delivered in some 220 sites across the United Kingdom including community centres, leisure centres and schools – has treated more than 13,000 people to date, saving the NHS an estimated £22 million by reducing the amount of healthcare needed by patients....


New head of Kingston Business School determined to make it a sought after place to join, study and do business with

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2019

New head of Kingston Business School determined to make it a sought after place to join, study and do business with

People are what make Ian Roberts tick. An eminent leadership development and organisational psychology expert, the new Head of Kingston Business School has spent his career working with senior executives across the commercial and public sectors - including former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott - to coach, inspire and develop talent and transform organisations.

It's the ability and potential he sees all around him at Kingston University's Business School that excites him most in his latest role. "The raw materials here are fantastic - the location, the staff, the students, the research foundation, the business opportunities that surround us. I've fallen in love with what Kingston Business School offers," Roberts said. ...


Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Posted Wednesday 18 September 2019

Green entrepreneurs need access to finance to help UK meet emissions targets, Kingston University experts warn

Start-up businesses working on innovations to help combat climate change must have access to reliable funding if the United Kingdom is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets, according to leading business experts from Kingston University in London.

With the British government recently making a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Kingston Business School Dr Yannis Pierrakis said the contribution of small businesses could not be underestimated. Yet it was well known clean technology companies and enterprises focusing on the environment struggled to raise finance which would pose significant challenges, he cautioned....

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