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Creative collaboration from Kingston School of Art fashion students and Royal School of Needlework gives modern twist to traditional Korean Hanbok

Posted Wednesday 10 April 2019

Creative collaboration from Kingston School of Art fashion students and Royal School of Needlework gives modern twist to traditional Korean Hanbok

The Korean garment Hanbok has taken centre stage at a Kingston School of Art exhibition fusing traditional costume with contemporary design. Works produced in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework and the Hanbok Advancement Centre went on show at the University's Stanley Picker Gallery following a collaborative project harnessing the skills of specially selected students from both institutions.

Eight groups of Kingston School of Art fashion students displayed their interpretations of the garments, alongside intricate exhibits stitched by the Royal School of Needlework's BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion Interiors, Textile Art students. The exhibition's opening event included preparations for a traditional Korean dressing ceremony, during which an audience of students, staff and community leaders watched on as models were meticulously dressed over a 30-minute period....


Textbook by Kingston University and St George's, University of London child nursing experts attracts international interest

Posted Monday 8 April 2019

Textbook by Kingston University and St George's, University of London child nursing experts attracts international interest

A newly-published textbook, written solely by children's nursing lecturers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has received translation rights requests after becoming the first teaching tool of its kind to hit the shelves.

Providing a wide range of essential clinical information on caring for children from newborns through to teenagers, the textbook is set to be used by trainee child nurses and health care practitioners in both hospital and community settings....


Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Posted Thursday 4 April 2019

Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Sir Brian Leveson highlighted the importance of ensuring the lessons of his landmark examination of standards in journalism were not forgotten at an event to launch Kingston University's online archive of the Leveson Inquiry. Addressing an audience of leading journalists, lawyers, MPs and inquiry witnesses, he praised the University's DiscoverLeveson.com project for providing easy access to the wealth of evidence from his inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the press, conducted during 2011 and 2012.

The website is a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource giving free access to the public testimony and submissions at the inquiry, which was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It includes Sir Brian's final report along with video and written evidence from prime ministers, police chiefs, newspaper proprietors and editors as well as victims of press abuse....


Academic Dr Meg Jensen publishes book on autobiographical writing and PTSD

Posted Friday 29 March 2019

Academic Dr Meg Jensen publishes book on autobiographical writing and PTSD

Dr Meg Jensen has this week celebrated the publication of her new book, Negotiated Truths: The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical.

From testimony on the witness stand to graphic memoirs, from prison poetry to autobiographical novels, from monuments to war memorials, "negotiated truth" is the form and structure of posttraumatic autobiographical art....


Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

The effectiveness of applying electrical currents to the brain to improve memory and enhance cognitive ability - often used to treat Alzheimer's patients and children with developmental disorders - has been thrown into question by a neuroscientist at Kingston University.

Dr Giulia Galli from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences was part of an international research team that investigated transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). The technique involves delivering a weak electrical current to specific parts of the brain using electrodes attached to the head....


Health economist claims Government's failure to offer HPV catch-up vaccinations to older boys is discriminatory

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

Health economist claims Government's failure to offer HPV catch-up vaccinations to older boys is discriminatory

Professor Giampiero Favato is a health economist and director of doctoral programmes at Kingston University's Business School. His research assessing the cost and benefits of a gender-neutral Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme contributed to the decision by health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales to offer the vaccine to 13 year old boys from September this year. Professor Favato outlines below why he believes this is not enough – and how the omission of older boys poses serious risks.

The British Government's refusal to offer boys aged 14 to 18 years old catch-up HPV vaccination based on the argument that it will provide "limited additional benefit" is quite possibly the thinnest argument ever used in public health policy ­– particularly while the Department for Health and Social Care's stated priority is to "vaccinate adolescents before they reach sexual maturity"....


University and local community take last look at Town House construction ahead of its opening next year

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

University and local community take last look at Town House construction ahead of its opening next year

More than 100 borough residents have joined Kingston University staff and students to take an exclusive look at progress on the Town House site. Kingston University is now on the countdown to completion of the new building on its Penrhyn Road campus, which is scheduled to open next year.

Town House will be a community resource for Kingston. Image: Peter Langdown.Working with RIBA award-winning and Stirling Prize-nominated Grafton Architects alongside three-time Education Constructor of the Year builders Willmott Dixon, Town House will provide a vibrant new face for the University and a welcoming gateway to Kingston upon Thames....


Politics expert Dr Robin Pettitt analyses domestic and international costs of Brexit

Posted Wednesday 27 March 2019

Politics expert Dr Robin Pettitt analyses domestic and international costs of Brexit

With the date the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union now delayed until at least 12 April and MPs unable to agree on how the current Brexit deadlock should be broken, Dr Robin Pettitt, senior lecturer in politics at Kingston University, considers the longer term costs for the United Kingdom.

A lot has been said and written about the expected economic impact of Brexit - and rightly so as it looks to be considerable, with or without a deal. However, equally ominous are the political costs, both domestically and internationally - costs that are rapidly mounting....

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