Kingston University's collaboration with industry partners, entrepreneurial strengths and wide-ranging engagement activity with the local community has been recognised in this year's Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). In the recently released KEF results for 2023, the University has been assessed as having very high or high engagement in three of the seven perspectives – continuing professional development (CPD) and graduate start-ups, public and community engagement, and research partnerships.
The event was the latest of 11 half-day challenges to have taken place so far this year across the five London boroughs that make up the BIG South London network – Kingston upon Thames, Sutton, Croydon, Richmond upon Thames and Merton.
Leading figures from across industry visited the University to hear about the wide-ranging impact on society of research and knowledge exchange activity being carried out across the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment.
Business leaders from across the region gathered at Kingston Business School for the inaugural Future of Work Summit, organised by Kingston Chamber of Commerce. The event brought together organisations from a range of sectors with University staff and students to share educational insights, network, and engage in conversations around the importance of future skills for the economy.
Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier has been appointed as a member of the Creative Industries Council – the joint industry and government forum that acts as a voice for the United Kingdom's creative sector.
Kingston University's partnership work with kinetic lighting company Shine a Light has received the outstanding collaboration in product innovation accolade at the Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) South London Business Innovation Awards.
Trailblazers in business, higher education and local government from across South London have come together at Kingston University to share insights on the benefits of working in partnership at a Business Innovation and Growth Summit.
Business students at Kingston University have been given the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking and research skills in a collaboration with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier has set out the need for a progressive new model of education focused on delivering the skills for innovation required by industry during a House of Lords select committee hearing.
Leading British businesswoman Val Gooding CBE encouraged graduating students to learn, be curious, flexible and above all else never give up, as she shared lessons from her career after being awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.
In partnership with the Union of Kingston Students (UKS), Kingston University is among one of 25 higher education institutions that has achieved a Fairtrade University and College award, after being audited for the academic years of 2020/21 and 2021/22.
Students who had the opportunity to attend the launch of Kingston University's latest Future Skills report at the House of Commons have shared their views about the value a skills-centred education has added to their own degree-level learning.
Kingston University has been ranked number one for graduate start-ups out of all higher education institutions in the United Kingdom in the latest Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey. The HE-BCI survey, which gathers data on UK universities' engagement in the economy and knowledge exchange, found that the University supported 298 graduate start-ups in the year 2020-2021.
The breadth and impact of research carried out across Kingston University and the contribution it makes to society will be celebrated during the institution's annual Festival of Research later this month.
Kingston University has published a new report calling for the establishment of a Future Skills Council bringing together industry, universities and policymakers to tackle the nation's skills shortages and secure the UK's future economic prosperity.
Former Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable has been awarded an honorary degree by Kingston University in recognition of his lifelong achievements in politics and economics. He crossed the stage at Twickenham Stadium in the heart of his former constituency on Tuesday, 24 May in the company of hundreds of Kingston University graduates celebrating their degree successes.
Seventy per cent of Kingston University's research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Government's latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results represent a 10 per cent increase in the percentage of Kingston's world-leading or internationally excellent research from the previous assessment, published in 2014, with the University's overall grade point average rising to 2.89, up from 2.7 eight years ago.
Kingston University's Town House building has been named winner of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, the highest accolade in European architecture. The latest recognition for Town House places the landmark building in illustrious company as one of only three UK winners of the prestigious European Union prize. Its success also marks the first time a university building has won the award and cements its international status after it carried off the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize in 2021.
A knowledge exchange leader with a track record of developing long-standing, impactful collaborations between universities, businesses and external organisations has been appointed to a senior role at Kingston University. Dr Martin Davies will join Kingston in May as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Exchange and Innovation.
Kingston University has been shortlisted in two categories at the annual National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards – recognising its work to set students up for success once they graduate.