The Kingston Technical Institute opened in 1899.
Housed on the Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University Students' Union (KUSU) exists to support students through University and to enhance their experience. KUSU offers involvement in Sports clubs, Societies, Volunteering and Skills Training (as part of the NSLP). It also has three bars, two shops, and an Advice and Representation Centre (the ARC), a source of advice, information, support and representation.
This is the main university campus located close to Kingston town centre. In addition to teaching facilities, it features a library, health centre and canteen. Students based here study; Arts and Social Sciences, Civil Engineering, Computing and Information Systems and Mathematics, Statistics, Science, and Radiography. Across the road is the Reg Bailey Theatre which houses a stage area used by drama and dance students. Recent developments on this site has seen the opening of the John Galsworthy Building, providing extra teaching and office space.
The site also features Kingston University Students' Union (KUSU). Penrhyn Road also houses the recently refurbished Fitness Centre. A short walk from the campus is Cooper House, which houses Student Services and Admissions.
This campus has a much more modern look and feel to it, after undergoing a multi-million pound development in 1997. With its own halls and numerous car parks (including the main seven storey car park) Kingston Hill mainly caters to Nursing, Law, Education, Business, Music, Health and Social Sciences. Located near the top of Kingston Hill, it connects to the other campus sites by use of a free University Bus service. Recent development at this site has seen an extension to the current Learning Resources Centre.
This campus, located on Grange Road, close to Penrhyn Road, is the home of the University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, and provides undergraduate courses in Art & Design History, Interior Design, Product & Furniture, Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration & Animation, Fine Art and Fashion amongst others. The facility also features a student bar, café and arts library. The building is on the River Hogsmill (the banks of which were immortalised in the Pre-Raphaelite painting of Ophelia (painting) by John Everett Millais). The 'Middle Mill' hall of residence is situated across from the campus, close to the University's Stanley Picker Gallery.
The Roehampton Vale campus is based on Friars Avenue, on the outskirts of Kingston. Students studying all Engineering courses (except for Civil Engineering) are based here. Extensive facilities on site such as a wind tunnel, engineering workshops, flight simulator plus automotive and aeronautical learning resources. Recent development at this site has seen the opening of the Hawker Wingwill, providing further teaching space.
The university runs and operates a "headed tenancy" scheme in which the university sublets local properties to students from landlords.
The faculty delivers both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes of study across the following schools - Architecture & Landscape, Art & Design History, Fine Art, Surveying and Design. The Faculty also has a school of Foundation Studies which delivers the BTEC Foundation in Art and Design which prepares undergraduate students for entry into honours degree Art and Design programmes.Research
Research in the faculty is broadly based around Art, Design and Architectural themes from colour in design through to real estate. Research Centres and Groups in the faculty include
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 also runs Dorich House which houses a huge collection of sculptor Dora Gordine's work, plus fine examples of Russian Imperial art and furniture. Dorich House is also used as meeting and conference venue.
The faculty also offers PhD and DBA research degrees in addition to its renowned MBA programme. The Business School was the first in the world to receive AMBA accreditation for its MBA, DBA and Masters in Business Management. Other accreditations include the Law Society, the Bar Council, CIMA, CIPD.Research The faculty has a number of specialist research units which cover the principal business disciplines.
Degrees within the Faculty of Health and Social Care are awarded by either Kingston University (Nursing, Social Work, Midwifery) or the University of London (Radiography and Physiotherapy)
The School of Earth Sciences and Geography at Kingston University has a tradition of high-quality teaching and research extending over more than 50 years. Its geosciences courses were among the first to be accredited by the Geological Society as providing suitable training for the geoscience industries. The BSc Geographical Information System (GIS) course was the first of its type in the UK and established Kingston's pre-eminence in this subject.
Other courses provided by the School of Earth Sciences and Geography include BSc(Hons) Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management; BSc(Hons) Environmental Sciences; BA/BSc(Hons) Geography; BSc(Hons) Geology.
In 2000, an Employment Tribunal found that Kingston University had constructively dismissed Human Resource Management Professor, Agi Oldfield, when its HR Director threatened to sack her unless she withdrew a grievance against her manager for alleged bullying. A 2006 inquest into the suicide of the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the School heard that she, Professor Diana Winstanley, had been suffering from stress at work.
In 2008, an audio recording obtained by student media included two psychology lecturers requesting that students 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". In response, Vice-Chancellor Peter Scott issued a statement confirming that the recording was genuine but adding 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.
In 2008, the BBC obtained e-mails circulated within Kingston's School of Music, relating to the opinions of an external examiner moderating the School. The communications indicated that the examiner was persuaded to change her initially critical report on the School, softening criticism following contact from a member of the University's staff. The e-mails also detailed a plan to engage a replacement, more sympathetic external examiner, a process which Kingston stressed breaks no rules relating to the appointment of such examiners.
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