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Kingston University academic Dr Nick Freestone named Society of Biology's Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year

Posted Tuesday 15 April 2014

Kingston University academic Dr Nick Freestone has become the proud holder of the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.A Kingston University academic has been named the Society of Biology's Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year. Dr Nick Freestone received the award at a ceremony at the 2014 Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) spring meeting in Buckinghamshire.

A physiology and pharmacology specialist, Dr Freestone was one of three candidates vying for the honour. The judges were particularly impressed with his commitment to placing students at the heart of teaching and providing them with high quality feedback.

Dr Freestone said he was humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of this year's accolade. "I'd like to express my unreserved admiration for the efforts of the other finalists and every other bioscience practitioner in the United Kingdom," he added. "I hope the award will act as a spur to improve my practice for the benefit of my students, both now and in the future."

As an associate professor and course director for undergraduate pharmaceutical science, Dr Freestone uses a range of approaches to support student diversity - from widening participation right through to stretching those who emerge as his most able students. As the subject area leader for physiology and pharmacology, he also plays a significant role in maintaining links between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Dr Freestone was last year named Kingston University's most engaging lecturer. This year, he has been made a senior fellow and academic associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Freestone received the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000, one year's subscription to an Oxford University Press journal of his choice and a year's free membership to the Society of Biology in recognition of his teacher of the year success. He was also awarded a one year licence by Labster, one of the sponsors of the HUBS spring meeting.


Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Posted Thursday 10 April 2014

Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Kingston University has topped the tables for graduate start-ups for the fifth year running, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The University's entrepreneurial expertise has seen off competition from 150 higher education institutions across the United Kingdom, after it helped its business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground in 2012/13 – up from 201 the previous year. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2012/13 also shows Kingston University has generated more start-up companies than all of the nine higher education institutions in Wales combined....

 

March 2014

Community welcomes plans to transform Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus with new landmark building

Posted Wednesday 26 March 2014

Community welcomes plans to transform Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus with new landmark building

The local community, as well as staff and students at Kingston University, have welcomed a proposed new £55m landmark building in the town.

The University plans to replace the current Town House building on Penrhyn Road, which was built in the mid-1980s originally as a temporary, five-year measure, with a new, sustainable building and also turn the front of the Penrhyn Road campus into an attractive, landscaped area. Some 275 people attended a public exhibition at the end of January which outlined initial design plans for the re-development of the site that is on a key gateway to the town centre. This area has also been identified in Kingston Council's Area Action plan as befitting a landmark building....


Environmental hazards and disaster management expert shares experience of working on frontline of Surrey flood response with his Kingston University students

Posted Friday 21 March 2014

Environmental hazards and disaster management expert shares experience of working on frontline of Surrey flood response with his Kingston University students

Environmental hazards and disaster management students from Kingston University have been getting a first-hand insight into the challenges of co-ordinating some of the emergency response efforts following the flooding in Chertsey earlier this year.

One of their lecturers, Dr Ian Greatbatch from the University's School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, is also Surrey Search and Rescue Service's head of flood and technical rescue, so when the River Thames burst its banks after weeks of heavy rainfall the authorities looked to him for help. "There's a gold, silver and bronze level national command structure, with gold being high-ranking individuals from frontline organisations such as the police and fire service and silver one level down - giving tactical advice on how to deploy any resources needed. That's where I came in, being put in charge of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue," Dr Greatbatch explained. "I had a number of teams from across the country at my disposal which I was able to put into the water so I was organising where they were deployed and making sure they did the job as effectively as possible."...


Kingston Business School expert predicts many of Chancellor George Osborne's budget measures will have little impact

Posted Wednesday 19 March 2014

Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris said George Osborne's 2014 Budget was about style over substance.As Britain reacts to George Osborne's latest budget announcement, a Kingston Business School academic has contended that, with an election looming, the motive for many of the Chancellor's 'give-aways' is purely political.

Some of the measures outlined were simply about playing to the gallery, Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris, a senior lecturer in accounting and finance, warned. "Cutting beer duty by one penny a pint and slashing bingo duty to ten per cent, for instance, will score well on social media and in the tabloid press, but won't have any real impact and will soon be forgotten," he said.

Predictably there had been plenty of remarks about hard-working people, he said, despite only one significant piece of good news being announced for this group - raising the point at which income tax is paid to £10,500.

With an election on the horizon, Dr Noikokyris suggested some moves were designed to grab votes. "Scrapping the fuel duty rise might be a good move to please car-owning voters, but it has very little regard for the environment," he explained.

However, the budget did provide relief for those people who had been looking after their money. "Of course the measures designed for savers will be a great help for those who have been hit by low interest rates for so long, particularly pensioners," he said. Older people would also really welcome much-needed greater flexibility on pensions for those approaching retirement. "No doubt here Mr Osborne has an eye on the all-important grey vote, which will be critical for all the parties in the run up to the hustings in May 2015," Dr Noikokyris added.

The Chancellor's budget had been designed to appeal to savers and pensioners, according to Kingston University academic Dr Noikokyris. Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX


Kingston University's careers and employability team scoops top award for preparing students for world of work

Posted Wednesday 19 March 2014

Kingston University's careers and employability team scoops top award for preparing students for world of work

Kingston University's 'inspiring' drive to improve students' employment prospects after graduating has been recognised with a top award.

The University's careers and employability team, known as KU Talent, has been awarded Best Preparation for Work Strategy at the Association of Graduate Recruiters Development Awards....


Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

Posted Tuesday 18 March 2014

Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

A Kingston University expert has warned that celebrities may increasingly be abusing the bankruptcy system in order to maximise their earnings and reduce the amount of tax they pay.

Dr John Tribe, a leading researcher on personal insolvency law and bankruptcy history at Kingston University, says that during the past few years he has noticed a significant spike in the number of well-known people becoming bankrupt. "It looks like this trend has been developing partly in response to the recent changes which mean that an individual's bankruptcy record is effectively wiped clean after just a year, reducing both the stigma attached to becoming insolvent and, at the same time, providing a solution to their monetary problems," he suggested. "Also, I suspect that some celebrities are being advised that bankruptcy is the best way to avoid their tax bills."...


Alumni vs students sports day: Kingston students 2 – Kingston alumni 0

Posted Saturday 15 March 2014

Alumni vs students sports day: Kingston students 2 – Kingston alumni 0

Sports days are all about winning and the annual alumni versus students sports day was no exception. This annual event took place at Tolworth Court sports ground where our mighty students battled it out against our awesome alumni, in netball and rugby.

First up was the ladies netball. The sun was shining, the competition was fierce, there was a lot of friendly banter. In the end though there was only one winner – the students, they won 30:32 and they were delighted....

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