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Novel approach using drama to train mental health nurses sees Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoop Student Nursing Times Award

Posted Monday 23 May 2016

Novel approach using drama to train mental health nurses sees Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoop Student Nursing Times Award

A drama used to help mental health nursing students put their knowledge in to practice has seen Kingston University and St George's, University of London carry off the Teaching Innovation of the Year trophy at the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards. The annual awards, run by the leading nursing magazine, provide an opportunity to share good practice among student nurses and celebrate the achievements of those who will be shaping the future of the profession. Judges of the innovation category were looking for a stand out idea that would help student nurses either improve their clinical skills or broaden their understanding of academic subjects. The winning Kingston and St George's project consisted of a 15-minute drama simulation. It was performed last year at the Rose Theatre as part of a wider event called Nursing's Got Talent, which celebrated International Nurses Day and featured poetry, music and drama.Entitled Turning Crisis into Drama, the simulation involved nursing students performing alongside professional actors who took on the roles of patients, working closely with teaching staff and students on the mental health programme. They developed their characters from an original script devised by senior lecturer in mental health Chris Hart, who also directed the drama. The play had evolved through improvisation and rehearsal, Mr Hart explained. "Our students didn't know what situations the actors would come up with, so they had to deal with their emotions and respond to their needs in just the same way as they would in a real-life situation," he said. "This really helped to build the skills integral to mental health nursing." The drama had focused specifically on patients being treated by nurses, which demonstrated the key work they carried out, Mr Hart added. "It also highlighted such problems as the stigma and isolation experienced by people suffering from mental health," he explained.


Healthcare professionals call for better maternity services for parents-to-be with hearing problems at Deaf Nest Project conference

Posted Friday 20 May 2016

Healthcare professionals call for better maternity services for parents-to-be with hearing problems at Deaf Nest Project conference

Midwives, students and healthcare professionals have called for improvements in antenatal and childbirth services for deaf families, at an event organised by Kingston University and St George's, University of London.


Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

Posted Thursday 19 May 2016

Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

The question as to what makes a great leader is one that has preoccupied directors, trustees and electorates for centuries. Now Kingston University has joined forces with executive search business Adastrum Consulting to develop a new leadership model that sheds light on characteristics common amongst those on a trajectory to the top.


Kingston University named University of the Year in prestigious NEON awards recognising commitment to widening participation in higher education

Posted Wednesday 18 May 2016

Kingston University named University of the Year in prestigious NEON awards recognising commitment to widening participation in higher education

Kingston University's commitment to widening participation has seen it named University of the Year in the prestigious NEON awards. Head of Widening Participation Jenni Woods is now also the proud holder of one of the sought after NEON accolades, after carrying off top honours in the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access category.


Kingston University volunteers help historians complete landmark digital archive project of British Red Cross World War One volunteers

Posted Tuesday 17 May 2016

Kingston University volunteers help historians complete landmark digital archive project of British Red Cross World War One volunteers

The stories of more than 90,000 World War One British Red Cross volunteers – whose work ranged from driving ambulances on the front line to cleaning floors in makeshift hospitals back home – can now be found online thanks to the dedication of almost 800 volunteers from Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record.


Theatre production puts drama and human rights students in the spotlight as they scoop award from Amnesty International UK

Posted Monday 16 May 2016

Theatre production puts drama and human rights students in the spotlight as they scoop award from Amnesty International UK

Two Kingston University drama and human rights students have won a prestigious award from Amnesty International UK as part of a national competition to raise awareness about human rights issues. Yasemin Gava and Clarissa Kim are president and secretary of the Union of Kingston Students' Amnesty International Society and saw the competition as the perfect opportunity to combine their love of performance with their interest in human rights.


Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Posted Thursday 12 May 2016

Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Kingston University has once again rocked to the sounds of music superstar David Bowie - exactly 44 years after he performed as Ziggy Stardust on campus. The iconic rock legend originally took to the stage with his support band, the Spiders from Mars, on 6 May 1972 at the then Kingston Polytechnic's Penrhyn Road site for what became a seminal gig for fans. On Saturday 7 May, more than four decades later, tribute band The Thin White Duke performed a two-hour set to a sell-out audience of more than 120 Bowie devotees at Kingston University's Knights Park bar.


Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

A Kingston University academic is shining a spotlight on an Anglo-Irish writer with her new book about 18th Century novelist, poet and playwright Oliver Goldsmith. The book, ‘Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street', by Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing Norma Clarke, picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s, when he was believed to be aged around 30, and follows his journey from humble beginnings as a penniless writer for hire to his inimitable rise to celebrity.

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