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Kingston University London (informally Kingston or KUL) is a public research university located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in South West London, United Kingdom. The university specialises in the arts, design, fashion, science, engineering, and business. It received university status in 1992, before which the institution was known as Kingston Polytechnic. Its roots, however, go back to the Kingston Technical Institute, founded in 1899. The university has four campuses situated in Kingston and Roehampton. Kingston University London, is a member of the Association of MBAs, the European University Association and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
|Motto||Per Scientiam Progredimur (Latin) |
Motto in English
|"Let us advance through science" |
|Established||1992 – gained University Status|
1899 – Kingston Technical Institute
|Colours||Blue and White|
|Affiliations||Association of MBAs|
Kingston was founded as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899. In 1930 the Kingston School of Art separated, later to become Kingston College of Art. Kingston was recognised as a Regional College of Technology by the Ministry of Education in 1957. In 1970, it merged with the College of Art to become Kingston Polytechnic, offering 34 major courses, of which 17 were at degree level. In 1975, Kingston merged with the Gipsy Hill College of Education, itself founded in 1917, incorporating the College's faculty into Kingston's Division of Educational Studies. Kingston was granted university status under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. In 1993, Kingston opened the Roehampton Vale campus building and in 1995, Kingston acquired Dorich House.
Campuses and estateEdit
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This is the main university campus located close to Kingston town centre. Students based here study: Arts and Social Sciences, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Planning, Computing and Information Systems and Mathematics, Earth Sciences and Geography, Statistics, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science, and Radiography. Development at this site has extended it to the Learning Resources Centre. In 2015, the Union of Kingston Students, moved into the main building. Penrhyn Road also houses the refurbished Fitness Centre.
Kingston Hill mainly caters to Nursing(Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability), Law, Education, Business, Music, Health and Social Sciences. Before 1989, this campus was known as Gipsy Hill. The Business School moved to a new building on the Kingston Hill Campus in 2012.
The Roehampton Vale campus was opened in 1993 by Sir William Barlow, the president of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The site is located on Friars Avenue, on the outskirts of Kingston. Facilities on site include a wind tunnel, engineering workshops, a flight simulator, a flying condition Learjet 25, plus automotive and aeronautical learning resources.
Reg Bailey Theatre ComplexEdit
Former church converted into the Kingston Drama students’ base, the Reg Bailey has two theatres with professional lighting and sound equipment, three rehearsal rooms and a costume room while its annexed Surrey Club is dedicated to Dance students through imposing performance studio with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system and professional sound technology, two rehearsal studios and a body conditioning room, all with fully sprung Harlequin floors. The Reg Bailey has been home to such alumni members as Ben Barnes, Sam Chan, Mandy Takhar, Alphonsia Emmanuel, Jessie Cave, Laura Harling and Trevor Eve.
Tolworth Court Sports GroundEdit
The University’s 55-acre sports ground houses twelves football pitches, two rugby pitches, three cricket squares, one American football pitch, one lacrosse pitch, two netball courts and three tennis courts.
In addition to the four main campuses are three administration buildings: Cooper House near Penrhyn Road Campus, Hind Court on London Road and River House in Kingston town centre home to the office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Teaching and research are organised in five faculties.
Kingston School of ArtEdit
Kingston School of Art (KSA) was established as part of Kingston Technical Institute founded 1899. The School of Art separated from the Technical College in 1930 and left Kingston Hall Road to move to Knights Park in 1939. It became Kingston College of Art in 1945 and merged back with the Technical College to form Kingston Polytechnic in 1970. The Polytechnic later became Kingston University in 1992, under which the school was known as the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) until 2017 when it reverted to its historic name. Kingston School of Art delivers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study across three schools:
Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesEdit
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) was based at Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill campuses. The FASS consisted of 8 departments divided over two schools: The faculty was home to the London Graduate School, the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, the Practice Research Unit, the Institute of Social Science, Cultural Histories @ Kingston, and the Kingston Writers' Centre. The faculty operated Kingston University Press.
Kingston Business SchoolEdit
Kingston Business School (KBS) can be traced back to the 1960s. In 1985, the CNAA approved the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and the following year KBS moved to Kingston Hill Campus. The Business School is divided into four departments:
Faculty of Health and Social Care and EducationEdit
Founded in 1995, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE) is run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London (SGUL). The faculty is based at Penrhyn Road, Kingston Hill and St George's Hospital in Tooting. The School of Education joined the Faculty in 2012.
Faculty of Science, Engineering and ComputingEdit
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (SEC) was formed in 2011. The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment hosts Geographical Information Systems (GIS), which was the very first degree of its kind. The faculty's teaching is split between undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Facilities at the Roehampton Vale campus including a Learjet 25, flight simulator, wind tunnel and automotive workshops including a range of vehicles and testing facilities.
The Stanley Picker Gallery is the Faculty's exhibition space which is now used to present a variety of research-based projects, fellowships and exhibitions. In 2003, the Stanley Picker Gallery gave birth to Transitstation, which was created/curated by Stanley Picker Fellow Dagmar Glausnitzer-Smith, and the then gallery curator Charles Ryder. In 2003, the Director of Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Paul Stafford, converted a run-down public convenience in Kingston town centre into the Toilet Gallery. Kingston University runs Dorich House which houses a huge collection of sculptor Dora Gordine's work, and fine examples of Russian Imperial art and furniture. Dorich House is also used as meeting and conference venue.
The Kingston School of Art runs a number of research centres:
- Contemporary Art Research Centre ("CARC")
- Colour Design Research Centre
- Screen Design Research Centre
- Modern Interiors Research Design
- Sustainable Design Research Centre
- Centre for the Contemporary Visual & Material Culture
- Curating Contemporary Design Research Group
- Real Estate Research Group
- Fashion Industry Research Centre
- Fire, Explosion and Fluid Dynamics (FEFD)
Rankings and reputationEdit
|Times / Sunday Times (2019)||117|
|British Government assessment|
|Teaching Excellence Framework||Bronze|
Kingston University came 102 out of 127 UK universities in the Complete University Guide (2018). The Times/The Sunday Times Guide placed it at no. 102 (Good University Guide, 2018). In 2018, The Guardian placed Kingston 58th out of 121 surveyed universities. Kingston was ranked 1st out of 121 institutions for its graphic design and product design courses by The Guardian in 2017. In 2017, Kingston University won The Guardian University Award for teaching excellence.
Union of Kingston StudentsEdit
The Union of Kingston Students (UKS), formerly Kingston University Students' Union (KUSU), and in the 1990s KUGOS (Kingston University Guild of Students') is a charitable organisation representing the student body and aiming to provide services and activities beneficial to the student experience. It is a student union in the meaning of the term given in the Education Act 1994, and whilst independent of the university is funded by a block grant from it.
Halls of residenceEdit
The university has six halls of residence. Chancellors' and Walkden are based at the Kingston Hill campus. Middle Mill is adjacent to Knights Park campus, while Clayhill and Seething Wells are on opposite sides of Surbiton. Finally, there is Kingston Bridge House which is situated on the edge of Bushy Park at the Hampton Wick end of Kingston Bridge, London.
Notable faculty and staffEdit
Film, Photography, Illustration and AnimationEdit
- Henry Bond, Senior Lecturer in Photography
- Will Brooker, Head of Film and Television Department
- Alex McSweeney, English, Creative Writing and Drama.
- Catherine O'Brien, emeritus lecturer in Film Studies and French
- Chris Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Illustration Animation
- Paul Andrew Williams, Film studies lecturer
Philosophy and LiteratureEdit
- Paul Bailey, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Brycchan Carey, Professor of English Literature
- Peter J. Conradi, Professor Emeritus
- Rachel Cusk, Reader in Creative Writing
- Vic Duppa-Whyte, Paper engineer, pop-up book creator
- Vesna Goldsworthy, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing
- Philippa Gregory, Fellow
- Eva Hoffman, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Hanif Kureshi, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Catherine Malabou, Professor of Modern European Philosophy
- Peter Osborne, Professor of Philosophy
- Elif Shafak, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Jane Manning, Visiting Professor
Fashion and DesignEdit
- Moya Bowler, former fashion lecturer – shoe designer of 1960s–1980s
- Catherine McDermott, Professor of Design
- Richard Nott, former fashion lecturer and former student
History and PoliticsEdit
- Brian Brivati, Visiting Professor
- Steve Keen Professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics
Film (Actors & Directors)Edit
- Ben Barnes, actor
- Sam Chan, Hong Kong actor
- Mandy Takhar, Indian actress and Singer
- Angie Bowie, American model, actress and journalist
- Alphonsia Emmanuel, actor
- Jessie Cave, actress
- Stewart Home, artist, novelist and filmmaker (did not graduate)
- Laura Harling, actor
- Trevor Eve, actor (did not graduate)
- Sarah-Jane Crawford, TV presenter, radio presenter and former model
- Eileen Aldridge, artist and illustrator
- Fiona Banner, artist, Turner Prize nominee
- Zelma Blakely, artist
- John Bratby, artist
- Richard Bryant, photographer
- Pery Burge, artist
- Karen Hall, illustrator
- Jim Holdaway, illustrator
- Jasper Morrison, product designer
- David Nash, sculptor
- Laura Noble, art writer and photography gallerist
- Anya Gallaccio, artist
- James Irvine, product designer
- Fletcher Sibthorp, artist
- Yoshiko Shimada (嶋田 美子), Japanese video artist and performance artist.
- Glenda Bailey, journalist, Editor in Chief, Harper's Bazaar
- Felipe Oliveira Baptista, fashion designer
- John Richmond, fashion designer
- Caryn Franklin, fashion journalist, broadcaster, writer, director and producer
- Richard Nott, one half of 1989 Designer of the Year winner Workers for Freedom
- David Chipperfield, architect
- Alexander Yusuf, architect, Director of Villa and Mansion Architects
- Tom Wright, British architect best known as the designer of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Eric Clapton, musician (did not graduate)
- Richard Archer, musician, singer and songwriter, Hard-Fi
- Aleksandra Gintrowska, Polish singer and actress
- Eason Chan, singer (did not graduate)
- Aphex Twin, musician Richard David James (did not graduate)
- Keith Relf, lead singer of The Yardbirds
- Just Jack, musician
- John Renbourn (did not graduate)
- Sandy Denny (did not graduate)
- Robin Rimbaud, electronic musician under the name Scanner.
- Kirsty Hayes, British Ambassador to Portugal
- Adel Al Toraifi, Minister of Information and Culture of Saudi Arabia
- Hadia Tajik, Pakistani-Norwegian jurist, journalist and politician; appointed Minister of Culture, a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party representing Oslo.
- Lee Freeman Chief constable of Humberside Police, 2017–
- Guy de Faye, former news presenter and former Deputy of the States of Jersey.
- Riad Yassin (Arabic: رياض ياسين عبدالله) former Foreign Minister of Yemen
- Lavinia Greenlaw, poet and novelist
- Charles Ingram, British novelist, made famous by cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- Gregory Venables, Bishop of Argentina
- Lawrence Dallaglio, rugby union player, former captain of the English national team
- Graeme Le Saux, footballer
- Ed McKeever, Kayak World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist
- Efe Obada, American footballer
- Gail Emms, badminton player, Commonwealth Gold and Olympic Silver medallist
- Asha Philip, English sprinter Olympic bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games and silver at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
- Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist and tech evangelist
The university holds a number of links with institutions from around the world to share teaching and research and facilitate staff and student exchanges. Kingston’s International 'Study Abroad' or 'Exchange' partner institutions are as follows:
BMus Music' External examiner controversyEdit
In 2008, the BBC obtained e-mails circulated within Kingston's School of Music, relating to the opinions of an external examiner moderating the BMus course. The messages showed that her final report caused considerable concern within the department. The examiner was persuaded to moderate her criticism following contact from a member of the University's staff. The e-mails also detailed a plan to replace her (at the end of her term) with a more experienced and broad-based external examiner, a process which Kingston stressed breaks no rules relating to the appointment of such examiners. In October 2008, Peter Williams, Chief Executive of the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), presented the agency's findings to a Parliamentary Select Committee charged with investigating standards in British higher education. Following an investigation of the allegations by a former University staff member that undue pressure was applied to the School of Music's External Examiner, QAA upheld all charges of wrongdoing, as alleged.
In 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron named and shamed four British universities which gave platforms to allegedly 'extremist' speakers. Kingston's Vice Chancellor Julius Weinberg defended his decision to allow controversial speakers in the name of free speech.
National Student Survey exaggerationEdit
In 2008, an audio recording obtained by student media included two psychology lecturers asking students to inflate their graded opinions given as part of the National Student Survey. One member of staff was recorded as encouraging students to boost specific satisfaction scores, because "if Kingston comes down the bottom [of the league tables], then the bottom line is that nobody is going to want to employ you because they are going to think your degree is shit". In response, Vice-Chancellor Peter Scott confirmed that the recording was genuine but added that he believed that the incident was an isolated one. In July 2008, the Higher Education Funding Council of England removed the University's Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from the League Tables for the year as its sanction for having fraudulently manipulated the National Student Survey results.
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