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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.
|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.
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 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.
The university holds a number of links with institutions from around the world to share teaching and research and facilitate staff and student exchanges.
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.
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.
Kingston's Vice Chancellor Julius Weinberg defended his decision to allow controversial speakers in the name of free speech.
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
- Paul Bailey, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Henry Bond, Senior Lecturer in Photography
- Moya Bowler, former fashion lecturer – shoe designer of 1960s–1980s
- Brian Brivati, Visiting Professor
- Will Brooker, Head of Film and Television Department
- 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
- Philippa Gregory, Fellow
- Vesna Goldsworthy, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing
- Eva Hoffman, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Robert Istepanian, Professor of Data Communications
- Steve Keen Professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics
- Hanif Kureshi, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Catherine McDermott, Professor of Design
- Catherine Malabou, Professor of Modern European Philosophy
- Jane Manning, Visiting Professor
- Richard Nott, former fashion lecturer and former student
- Catherine O'Brien, emeritus lecturer in Film Studies and French
- Peter Osborne, Professor of Philosophy
- Fiona Ross, Professor of Health Research, formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care
- Elif Shafak, Senior Researcher and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Creative Writing
- Chris Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Illustration Animation
- Paul Andrew Williams, Film studies lecturer
- Eileen Aldridge, artist and illustrator
- Richard Archer, musician, singer and songwriter, Hard-Fi
- Glenda Bailey, journalist, Editor in Chief, Harper's Bazaar
- Tony Ball, marketer, former Chief Executive of BSkyB
- Fiona Banner, artist, Turner Prize nominee
- Felipe Oliveira Baptista, fashion designer
- Ben Barnes, actor
- Zelma Blakely, artist
- Angie Bowie, model, actress and journalist
- John Bratby, artist
- Richard Bryant, photographer
- Pery Burge, artist
- Jessie Cave, actress
- Sam Chan, actor
- Eason Chan, singer (did not graduate)
- David Chipperfield, architect
- Eric Clapton, musician (did not graduate)
- Sarah-Jane Crawford, TV presenter, radio presenter and former model
- Lawrence Dallaglio, rugby union player, former captain of the English national team
- Sandy Denny (did not graduate)
- Alphonsia Emmanuel, actor
- Gail Emms, badminton player, Commonwealth Gold and Olympic Silver medallist
- Trevor Eve, actor (did not graduate)
- Caryn Franklin, fashion journalist, broadcaster, writer, director and producer
- Lee Freeman Chief constable of Humberside Police, 2017–
- Anya Gallaccio, artist
- Lavinia Greenlaw, poet and novelist
- Karen Hall, illustrator
- Laura Harling, actor
- Kirsty Hayes, British Ambassador to Portugal
- Jim Holdaway, illustrator
- Stewart Home, artist, novelist and filmmaker (did not graduate)
- Charles Ingram, British novelist, made famous by cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- James Irvine, product designer
- Just Jack, musician
- Graeme Le Saux, footballer
- Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO MITIE Group
- Ed McKeever, Kayak World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist
- Jasper Morrison, product designer
- David Nash, sculptor
- Laura Noble, art writer and photography gallerist
- Richard Nott, one half of 1989 Designer of the Year winner Workers for Freedom
- Efe Obada, American footballer
- Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist and tech evangelist
- Keith Relf, lead singer of The Yardbirds
- John Renbourn (did not graduate)
- John Richmond, fashion designer
- Fletcher Sibthorp, artist
- Hadia Tajik, Minister of Culture, Government of Norway
- Mandy Takhar, Indian actress and SingerAlphabetical
- John Tiner, financial advisor / businessman
- Adel Al Toraifi, Minister of Information and Culture of Saudi Arabia
- Aphex Twin, musician Richard David James (did not graduate)
- Gregory Venables, Bishop of Argentina
- Francis Yeoh, businessman, Chief Executive Officer of YTL Corporation
- Ratheesan Yoganathan, businessman, Chairman of Lebara Group
- Alexander Yusuf, architect, Director of Villa and Mansion Architects
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