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Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Posted Friday 18 January 2019

Inspirational 82 year old proves it's never too late to learn as she graduates with MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University

Completing a Masters degree at the age of 82, more than half a century after she left school at the age of just 15, has been a life-changing experience for grandmother Hilary Forde-Chalkly, who has just graduated from Kingston University.

Receiving her MA in Creative Writing at the graduation ceremony at Kingston's Rose Theatre, supported by husband Syd, three children and two grandchildren, Hilary admits she still can't quite believe what she has accomplished over the past two years....


Brexit: Kingston University expert explores what could lie in store for Britain as MPs plunge country into political paralysis

Posted Thursday 17 January 2019

Brexit: Kingston University expert explores what could lie in store for Britain as MPs plunge country into political paralysis

After the historic defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Conservative MPs swung behind her to ensure she survived Wednesday's motion of no confidence tabled by the opposition Labour Party. Dr Robin Pettitt, senior lecturer in politics at Kingston University, explores how the Brexit drama could play out from here.

With the Prime Minister's record breaking defeat on the Withdrawal Agreement, and her modest victory on the first no confidence vote since 1979, the UK has firmly entered into political paralysis. Parliament is emphatically unwilling to support the Prime Minister on Brexit and, with somewhat less enthusiasm, unwilling to replace her with someone else. May is free from a formal Conservative Party challenge until December this year after the failed internal no-confidence vote. At the same time Theresa May is sticking to her red lines against free movement and any form of membership of the Customs Union and the EU Free Market. Add to that that there is no parliamentary majority for the only deal May can provide within her red lines; no majority for a no-deal Brexit; and after the defeat of the no confidence motion no majority for an early general election. Considering the deep political gridlock with no immediate way out, it seems increasingly likely that the government will (probably kicking and screaming) be made to request an extension of the Article 50 deadline. That needs the approval of the EU27, which, while likely, still leaves the the question: an extension to do what?...


Damian Chapman appointed Head of Design School at Kingston School of Art

Posted Wednesday 16 January 2019

Damian Chapman appointed Head of Design School at Kingston School of Art

"The feeling around campus is electric. I love the fact that when you walk in the front door there's an open space with people working together, talking together. There's work on the wall - you walk in to a living, breathing space."

Kingston School of Art's newly appointed Head of Design, Damian Chapman, finds it easy to capture the feeling of stepping in to Kingston School of Art - one of the key reasons he felt compelled to take up his latest leadership role. "Kingston School of Art has a phenomenal reputation for creativity," he said. "Our students are at the very forefront of the design industries and, through building on the trailblazing and socially responsible work here in the Design School, we nurture and celebrate creativity as one of the key value drivers for society."...


Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

Posted Wednesday 16 January 2019

Rocket scientist helping Britain reach for the stars after graduating with PhD following Kingston University studies

A rocket scientist from Kingston University is hoping to help play a key role in leading Britain back into space after joining Scottish firm Skyrora. Dr Jack-James Marlow, from Kirkby, in Liverpool, first enrolled on a foundation year at the University a decade ago, before going on to secure a first class degree in aerospace engineering, astronautics and space technology.

His quest for knowledge propelled him on to complete a PhD in 2017. After a subsequent stint at Kingston as a postdoctoral researcher, the 30 year old is now taking everything he learned at the University in to his work in the industry. As head of propulsion group at the space firm, Dr Marlow is now responsible for both the construction and testing of engines in the United Kingdom. He is currently overseeing and managing a test campaign of the company's 3.5kN LEO engine, which is set to be used for the upper stage of its orbital launch vehicle....


Kingston University's student sports stars celebrated at annual awards event

Posted Monday 14 January 2019

Kingston University's student sports stars celebrated at annual awards event

Student sports stars at Kingston University have had their achievements celebrated at the annual Sports Performance Programme awards this week.

The event brought together undergraduates and postgraduates who have made it onto the University's scheme, which recognises students who are performing at a high level in their sport and supports them with balancing their sporting and academic commitments....


Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Posted Thursday 3 January 2019

Kingston University fashion graduate and Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey named Dame in New Year's Honours

Kingston University graduate Glenda Bailey, the longstanding editor-in-chief of acclaimed fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, has been named a Dame in the New Year's Honours list. The prestigious accolade comes following a distinguished career in journalism and publishing that has seen Bailey much lauded for her role at the helm of a series of iconic style titles.

Originally from Derbyshire, Bailey graduated from Kingston University with a Fashion BA(Hons) degree in 1983, returning to the University to receive an Honorary Master of Design in 1994. After commencing her career in fashion journalism at Honey and Folio magazines, she was appointed launch editor of the British edition of Marie Claire in 1988. Carrying off a string of awards during her seven year tenure, she moved on to serve as Marie Claire's US editor from June 1996 before taking the top job at Harper's Bazaar in 2001....


New textbook showcases Kingston University's management course for scientists across UK and abroad

Posted Wednesday 2 January 2019

New textbook showcases Kingston University's management course for scientists across UK and abroad

Kingston University's management studies minor field for postgraduate science students, developed through an unusual cross-disciplinary project, has received recognition in the wider higher education sector – with the subject content being published as a textbook by respected publishers, Emerald.

The book, entitled Management for Scientists, has been edited by Associate Professor in Computing Sciences Dr Robert Mellor. The thinking behind the creation of this subject field, Dr Mellor said, had been that while scientific progress – from creating more effective medicines or building stronger bridges to designing improved technology networks – could lead to exciting business opportunities, management expertise wasn't always a natural companion to scientific excellence....


2018 round up: A remarkable year for Kingston University alumni

Posted Thursday 20 December 2018

2018 round up: A remarkable year for Kingston University alumni

From OBEs and Influential Leader lists to award-winning startups and documentaries, 2018 has been another remarkable year for Kingston University alumni. Our graduates continue to be an inspiration to current and future students at Kingston, and we've shared just some of the highlights below.

Former technical manager Helen Sharman OBE was among those featured on the New Year's Honours listIn January, six alumni and three honorary graduates were among those recognised in the New Year's Honour list, including nursing alumna and entrepreneur Neomi Bennett, and former Kingston University technical manager and the first Briton in space, Helen Sharman OBE....

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