Cleaning begins at Hogsmill river


By Aradhya Gujar

Students breathe a sigh of relief as Kingston University’s officials begin the work of cleaning Hogsmill river that divides Knights Park campus and Middle Mill halls of residence.

Increasing number of moths and flies hovering above the river that runs along the Stanley Picker Gallery, Middle Mill and Knights Park has been causing difficulties for students and other by passers lately.

Georgina Hamman, one of the caretakers at Middle Mill said: “With summer closing in we have to start with cleaning or the number of flies will only keep increasing.”

Flies and moths all around the place are no strangers for the students and the residents and are becoming a concern for everyone.

The cleaning process began in the last week of March and is expected to continue for another week.

Jacob Chandler, an American student doing foundation in Fine Arts said: “It’s good that they are doing the cleaning at this time as most of the students will be home during the Easter break.”

Students and staff have noticed that the number of flies always increases during the timespan between spring and summer seasons.

The work of cleaning Hogsmill is shared between the officials at Middle Mill and a company outsourced by Kingston council.


Knights Park LRC Announces 24 hour Opening Trial

By Michelle Wang


Students busy working on projects in the Knights Park LRC

The Knights Park LRC will stay open for 24-hours a day during the exam period after students demanded longer opening times, the university confirmed on Tuesday.

The trial will run from April 23 to June 20 and according to Rachel Pownall, the LRC’s Senior Information Advisor, library staff will do head counts to decide whether the measure is poplar enough to adopt permanently.

“They’re actually bringing in contractors to run it, so this really is just a trial, and we will just have to see how it runs.” said Powell.

Nigel Buckley, an information assistant at the Knights Park LRC said that the trial was a result of consulting sessions with student representatives who said that students would like longer hours to work on their projects.

In order to meet their deadlines, Knights Park students have often had to use the computers and printers in Penrhyn Road after the Knights Park LRC closed.

Kali MacKenzie, 19, a photography student on exchange from the USA, said: “I can’t believe the libraries here close so early because the ones at home stay open really late.”

Staffing, security, and uncertainty about whether the night hours would actually be used by students had been the main obstacles to longer hours at the Knights Park LRC, Buckley said.

The Knights Park LRC staff were also concerned that due to the nature of studio based courses, night openings might encourage students to pull more all-nighters and could be detrimental to their health.

Buckley said: “We want to make sure that students are looking after themselves, so if students fall asleep we will have to wake them up and ask them to leave.”

Knights Park Students Enjoying Varsity Despite Cougars Trailing After Opener

By Eric Cunha

The Kingston Cougars are trailing City University 12-4 after the first day of the 2017 varsity series at CitySport in Barbican on Tuesday.

The City University Wolfpack raced to an early lead after wins in all the volleyball and squash matches and a draw in the badminton event, before Kingston reduced the deficit with a win in the mixed hockey.

Bayn Badmaeva, an 18-year-old Interior Design student in Knights Park, watched the first day of the event and said: “It was not the best start on the field but it has definitely been fun and worth the journey to Central London.”

The varsity series is an annual event where students from two rival universities compete in various sporting events over two days.

The second day of this year’s series will take place on Wednesday at the Kingston University sports ground in Tolworth.

Fun Atmosphere

Kirstie Wong, a City University student said: “It’s my second varsity but Kingston students have been the best visiting fans. You can tell it is a great arts school.”

Tomorrow’s events include men’s football, tennis and men’s rugby, which traditionally concludes the varsity series.

Sixteen points are available in tomorrow’s events making the Cougars’ eight point deficit still recoverable.

Jae Lee, a Fashion student at Kingston and spectator, said: “Winning would be a bonus, the atmosphere is what makes these days really fun.”

Spectator tickets for the second day cost £10 and supporters are able to participate in novelty sports including zorb football during the traditional “give-it-a-go” portion of the afternoon.

Students unhappy with moving out as renovation will begin at Knights Park

By Aradhya Gujar


Render of proposed new extension building

Knights Park students are outraged by the decision to move classes to other campuses whilst rebuilding work takes place from September.

The Knights Park campus will be renovated and some courses, including Illustration Animation and Graphic Design will be forced to move to other Kingston campuses.

“The decision is fair that they want to improve the facilities but at the same time they should have thought about the difficulties the students could be facing.” Said Riyansh Shah, a second-year architecture student.

Students joining Kingston University this year have not been told about the renovation or the relocation to other campuses.

Kingston University was ranked in the top 100 for art and design courses globally earlier this month.

Nathan Ward, a first-year Illustration Animation student said: “We were told that we’ll have to go to the river house during the time they finish up with the work here at Knights Park.”

The number of applications to study abroad next year has increased but the International Administrator for the Kingston School of Art and Design said that the campus renovations were not solely to blame for this.

Some students however, believe that the rebuilding work will be beneficial in the long run.

Vighnesh Palani, a third-year graphic design student said: “I’m actually quite happy because the building really needed this change and after it’s done, people will realise it.”

The renovations are expected to begin at the start of the first semester of the next academic year.


Knights Park Students “Stereotyped” and Unable to Play Sport

By Eric Cunha

More than half of Knights Park students are not allowed to play university sport on a Wednesday afternoon according to a survey conducted last week.

Fifty-four per cent of Knights Park students have timetabled classes on Wednesday afternoons, which is often when university extra-curricular activities are played.

Abigail Collins, a first-year Fashion student said: “We might just be stereotyped because no one expects us to actually be into sport.”

A similar survey was conducted on Penrhyn Road students and just 37 per cent had lectures or seminars on a Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday Afternoon Policy

Kingston University has a policy which aims to ensure that students do not have timetabled classes on Wednesday afternoons although some classes are exempt.

Enoch Bugyei, a Games Technology student in Penrhyn Road, said: “I know the university do their best to keep Wednesdays free but it is strange that it is mainly arts students that have classes.”

According to the student union, over 1500 Kingston students play university sport.

Some Knights Park students however, favour having timetabled lessons on Wednesday afternoons.

Theo Walsh, a Fashion student said: “I prefer having lessons, I am paying £9000 for a degree after all.”

Later this week, Kingston University will compete in the annual varsity event against City University.

More statistics from the survey can be found here.

Study Abroad Applications Rise

By  Michelle Wang


Promotional image for a short course in fashion design offered by Kingston University across three top fashion cities

More students than ever before have applied to study abroad just months before most Faculty of Arts and Design courses will be forced out of the Knights Park campus due to renovations.

Some courses will be forced to move to River House, Middle Mill and Penrhyn Road in the next academic year, although fashion courses are expected to stay on Knights Park despite the refurbishments.

Harriet Davey, 20, a Graphic Design course representative said: “The campus environment makes Kingston special so it makes sense that people do not want to be here next year.”

According to Adam Haslam, the Graphic Design Course Director, applications to study abroad have more than doubled in the course.

Just five Illustration Animation students studied abroad in 2016/17, however 25 applications have already been made for 2017/18.

Ben Crombie, 20, a first year Illustration Animation student said: “Universities should by law have to tell potential students where they will be studying and if a course is being moved to a temporary building.”

Currently, 65 students from the Faculty of Arts and Design are studying abroad, a slight increase from 2014/15 where 60 students did semesters abroad.

Alan Russell, the International Administrator for the Kingston School of Art and Design, said that the campus renovations are not to blame for the growing number of study abroad applications.

Russell said: “The number of study abroad applications has gone up year on year, and students are feeling a sense of urgency to spend some time overseas before Brexit.”

Study abroad applications from the Faculty of Art and Design make up roughly 40 per cent of all study abroad applications in the university.

Students have until May 31 to apply to study abroad for the whole of the next academic year.