Kingston University to offer fashion knitwear course - in same faculty as under-threat planning

Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus

Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus

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Kingston University’s arts faculty is to offer a new Masters course in fashion knitwear – at the same time the university is considering closing planning courses.

Planning courses, taught at the school of planning and surveying within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) could be under threat due to poor recruitment figures.

The faculty announced this week it would offer a new course, which “will challenge the principles surrounding knitting in fashion, promoting a critical approach to the subject”.

Surveying student Nick Beers, 29, who is campaigning against the planning proposals, said knitting would be a “niche” course, and would likely attract low numbers of students.

He added: “Planning is a lot more widely needed than a knitwear designer would be.

“To me it doesn’t make sense. It directly contradicts what they’re saying about planning.”

Julian Wells, from the University and College Union, said: “You can see how it might fit with other fashion and design courses they have got on.

“Probably what the issue is, is it’s to do with management’s vision of what FADA ought to look like.”

Associate professor Samantha Elliott said the new MA is a “natural progression” of the university's undergraduate fashion courses.

She said: “It will cater for students eager to enhance their skills at postgraduate level in a strong growth area in the industry.

“We anticipate our first intake of students will start in October.

“Wool is regarded as being extremely sustainable and, as a result, there is huge rise in interest in developing knitted fabrics.

“In a highly competitive and increasingly technological global fashion market, innovative ideas backed up by sound academic knowledge and a thorough technical understanding are absolutely vital.

“The course will give students a more specialist understanding of the development of knitted garments and design and production processes, covering a variety of techniques, materials and machinery.

“They will receive a thorough preparation for careers in the fast-paced, high technology world of fashion knitwear and acquire the advanced knowledge to extend their studies at research or doctoral level should they be interested in following that option.”

The course’s web page tells students: “As you develop your garments, the silhouette will be formed by evolving the knitted structure, embracing an interdisciplinary approach and developing an appreciation of how this may relate to the body within the context of fashion.”

Would you take a Masters course in knitting? Comment below or write to letters@surreycomet.co.uk.


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1:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

drhowardfredrics says...

Next, they will introduce a Masters course in Basket Weaving.
Next, they will introduce a Masters course in Basket Weaving. drhowardfredrics
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

normally easy going says...

Have you ever heard of a uni closing a faculty before the students have finished their degrees? This uni has no regard for its students.
I would be very careful if you are considering signing up for this new course - or any course - at Kingston as the uni may withdraw it at any time, without giving you any notice.
The Board of Governors needs to reign in those proposing such disgraceful ideas before the uni's reputation is totally trashed.
Have you ever heard of a uni closing a faculty before the students have finished their degrees? This uni has no regard for its students. I would be very careful if you are considering signing up for this new course - or any course - at Kingston as the uni may withdraw it at any time, without giving you any notice. The Board of Governors needs to reign in those proposing such disgraceful ideas before the uni's reputation is totally trashed. normally easy going
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mr Chipps says...

The manner in which the University is proceeding certainly calls into question its reputation. It will be interesting to see just how the Board of Governors deals with this issue or do they just follow the lead of the senior management like the LSE's Board of Governors did over the disgraceful links to the Libyian dictator and his family.
The manner in which the University is proceeding certainly calls into question its reputation. It will be interesting to see just how the Board of Governors deals with this issue or do they just follow the lead of the senior management like the LSE's Board of Governors did over the disgraceful links to the Libyian dictator and his family. Mr Chipps
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Wed 5 Mar 14

drhowardfredrics says...

The Board is there to rubber stamp the decisions of senior management. The former VC once even entered the meeting room during a grievance appeal hearing break to instruct the Board on how to find in an appeal of one of the VC's decisions. The Board members are simply attempting to network, and to enhance their chances of receiving Royal honours. They're not there to ensure the well being of the university community.
The Board is there to rubber stamp the decisions of senior management. The former VC once even entered the meeting room during a grievance appeal hearing break to instruct the Board on how to find in an appeal of one of the VC's decisions. The Board members are simply attempting to network, and to enhance their chances of receiving Royal honours. They're not there to ensure the well being of the university community. drhowardfredrics
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

robertbrickwood says...

I previously registered my disgust with the univarsity in a previous article about closing the Planning and surveying department with some students mid course. I now register my disdain for the 18 students and 14 lecturers reported as affected by this decision who have failed (to my knowledge) to engage in any public resistance to the proposed closure. I took the opportunity to look up our local university in the league tables and they are 101st out of 120. Kingston University is therefore hardly a beacon of excellence! I hear on the radio that the country needs engineers (professional chartered engineers not the chaps who repair photocopiers) in key industries not, i stress not, fashion knitwear graduates. It appears the university is in a tailspin dive brought on by poor management, falling standards attracting only the dross and rejects to study in our borough. Who in their right mind would choose to have Kingston University on their CV. Not me for one i expunged it last week and although i am still proud to have gained a first class honours degree in a worthwhile subject i.e. engineering i dont however want to be associated in any way whatsover with the current university's appalling academic standing, its dictatorial vice chancellor, Its pucillaminous senior management, its cowardly lecturers (Planning and Surveying at least) and its current crop of silent clueless students (planning and surveying at least)
I previously registered my disgust with the univarsity in a previous article about closing the Planning and surveying department with some students mid course. I now register my disdain for the 18 students and 14 lecturers reported as affected by this decision who have failed (to my knowledge) to engage in any public resistance to the proposed closure. I took the opportunity to look up our local university in the league tables and they are 101st out of 120. Kingston University is therefore hardly a beacon of excellence! I hear on the radio that the country needs engineers (professional chartered engineers not the chaps who repair photocopiers) in key industries not, i stress not, fashion knitwear graduates. It appears the university is in a tailspin dive brought on by poor management, falling standards attracting only the dross and rejects to study in our borough. Who in their right mind would choose to have Kingston University on their CV. Not me for one i expunged it last week and although i am still proud to have gained a first class honours degree in a worthwhile subject i.e. engineering i dont however want to be associated in any way whatsover with the current university's appalling academic standing, its dictatorial vice chancellor, Its pucillaminous senior management, its cowardly lecturers (Planning and Surveying at least) and its current crop of silent clueless students (planning and surveying at least) robertbrickwood
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Pigeon Girl says...

Could it be assumed that a number of people within K U have had the wool pulled over their eyes?? Jokes apart their proposal is ridiculous and to top it up no business case has been presented to students or staff at risk to back up their plans to close the school of surveying and planning. Reason for that? There is no firm business case. The school is a profit making unit and has for many years subsidised the other courses offered through FADA. The whole idea stems from a couple of dictatorial men who wants to put their stamp on the place. My guess is that one of them holds a 10 min MBA possible obtained from a distance learning programme. What we are seeing is an example of extremely bad management. Do we really want people of this caliber to lead KU going forward? Suppose if you are a sheep farmer you might approve.
Could it be assumed that a number of people within K U have had the wool pulled over their eyes?? Jokes apart their proposal is ridiculous and to top it up no business case has been presented to students or staff at risk to back up their plans to close the school of surveying and planning. Reason for that? There is no firm business case. The school is a profit making unit and has for many years subsidised the other courses offered through FADA. The whole idea stems from a couple of dictatorial men who wants to put their stamp on the place. My guess is that one of them holds a 10 min MBA possible obtained from a distance learning programme. What we are seeing is an example of extremely bad management. Do we really want people of this caliber to lead KU going forward? Suppose if you are a sheep farmer you might approve. Pigeon Girl
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

normally easy going says...

I wonder whether the Vice Chancellor, any of the Deans, any members of the Board of Govenors - or anyone at all for that matter - has started a degree only to have the university withdraw it half way through. It is a moral outrage and an unprecedented one at that.
The students are actively opposing the proposal as is the students union but they need to be far more active. The union should mobilise the whole university because the university will pick off one faculty after another if this goes through so no-one will be safe. It is essential to make a stand now.
The national press is starting to take a close look at this and the management of the university will not get this through under the radar. Better that they withdraw it now than be forced to later.
I wonder whether the Vice Chancellor, any of the Deans, any members of the Board of Govenors - or anyone at all for that matter - has started a degree only to have the university withdraw it half way through. It is a moral outrage and an unprecedented one at that. The students are actively opposing the proposal as is the students union but they need to be far more active. The union should mobilise the whole university because the university will pick off one faculty after another if this goes through so no-one will be safe. It is essential to make a stand now. The national press is starting to take a close look at this and the management of the university will not get this through under the radar. Better that they withdraw it now than be forced to later. normally easy going
  • Score: 3

12:21am Fri 7 Mar 14

Gracious Store says...

Interesting! Deal away with planning courses and intoduce knitting courses. That tells us what our priority in this age is. Well we can argue that our urban cities have been planned and laid out by those before us. We do not have need for new architectural works, we hav enough, Ehmmmm. yes we have enough, so we need to focus more on what we so not have, warm fancy and fashionable knitted sweaters to deal with the unpredictable weather due to the unpredictable climate change. Yes! that is where we should focus our attention and resources, not on planning of any sort, the ground work for that has been done for us. Yes! Yes This is where we are in this 21st century.
Interesting! Deal away with planning courses and intoduce knitting courses. That tells us what our priority in this age is. Well we can argue that our urban cities have been planned and laid out by those before us. We do not have need for new architectural works, we hav enough, Ehmmmm. yes we have enough, so we need to focus more on what we so not have, warm fancy and fashionable knitted sweaters to deal with the unpredictable weather due to the unpredictable climate change. Yes! that is where we should focus our attention and resources, not on planning of any sort, the ground work for that has been done for us. Yes! Yes This is where we are in this 21st century. Gracious Store
  • Score: 1

2:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

drhowardfredrics says...

robertbrickwood wrote:
I previously registered my disgust with the univarsity in a previous article about closing the Planning and surveying department with some students mid course. I now register my disdain for the 18 students and 14 lecturers reported as affected by this decision who have failed (to my knowledge) to engage in any public resistance to the proposed closure. I took the opportunity to look up our local university in the league tables and they are 101st out of 120. Kingston University is therefore hardly a beacon of excellence! I hear on the radio that the country needs engineers (professional chartered engineers not the chaps who repair photocopiers) in key industries not, i stress not, fashion knitwear graduates. It appears the university is in a tailspin dive brought on by poor management, falling standards attracting only the dross and rejects to study in our borough. Who in their right mind would choose to have Kingston University on their CV. Not me for one i expunged it last week and although i am still proud to have gained a first class honours degree in a worthwhile subject i.e. engineering i dont however want to be associated in any way whatsover with the current university's appalling academic standing, its dictatorial vice chancellor, Its pucillaminous senior management, its cowardly lecturers (Planning and Surveying at least) and its current crop of silent clueless students (planning and surveying at least)
To be fair, there was a protest by staff and students where some 60 or so people stood in front of the building where the Board of Governors were meeting, and as they departed the meeting, the students handed the Board a petition with 1000 or so signatures opposing the closing of the School. Although the scale of the protest was inadequate, the sentiment was apparently there amongst those who attended.
[quote][p][bold]robertbrickwood[/bold] wrote: I previously registered my disgust with the univarsity in a previous article about closing the Planning and surveying department with some students mid course. I now register my disdain for the 18 students and 14 lecturers reported as affected by this decision who have failed (to my knowledge) to engage in any public resistance to the proposed closure. I took the opportunity to look up our local university in the league tables and they are 101st out of 120. Kingston University is therefore hardly a beacon of excellence! I hear on the radio that the country needs engineers (professional chartered engineers not the chaps who repair photocopiers) in key industries not, i stress not, fashion knitwear graduates. It appears the university is in a tailspin dive brought on by poor management, falling standards attracting only the dross and rejects to study in our borough. Who in their right mind would choose to have Kingston University on their CV. Not me for one i expunged it last week and although i am still proud to have gained a first class honours degree in a worthwhile subject i.e. engineering i dont however want to be associated in any way whatsover with the current university's appalling academic standing, its dictatorial vice chancellor, Its pucillaminous senior management, its cowardly lecturers (Planning and Surveying at least) and its current crop of silent clueless students (planning and surveying at least)[/p][/quote]To be fair, there was a protest by staff and students where some 60 or so people stood in front of the building where the Board of Governors were meeting, and as they departed the meeting, the students handed the Board a petition with 1000 or so signatures opposing the closing of the School. Although the scale of the protest was inadequate, the sentiment was apparently there amongst those who attended. drhowardfredrics
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Fascinus says...

The issue being that numbers are down on these courses and have been falling dramatically since the financial crisis. However, i think that the numbers are falling at Kingston University because the facilities are under funded. The University building at Penryhn campus looks dated and there is not anything that would inspire or attract the best students to Kingston. The only positive feature of the surveying school are the current lecturers.
How would you be improving the University, if you remove it's only asset?
The issue being that numbers are down on these courses and have been falling dramatically since the financial crisis. However, i think that the numbers are falling at Kingston University because the facilities are under funded. The University building at Penryhn campus looks dated and there is not anything that would inspire or attract the best students to Kingston. The only positive feature of the surveying school are the current lecturers. How would you be improving the University, if you remove it's only asset? Fascinus
  • Score: 0

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