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Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Pharmacy students at Kingston University are developing new ways of using social media to help tackle key public health issues such as obesity, smoking and cancer awareness. As part of a project aiming to show how community pharmacy teams could use digital platforms to deliver health campaigns to a wide audience, final year students were tasked with setting up and managing Facebook pages to share evidence-based advice around the world.

Split into groups, they were assigned one of 12 key health topics that addressed the most commonly reported public health needs, ranging from stopping smoking to weight loss, dental health, cancer awareness and stress. The fourth-year pharmacy students then built up a community of followers over several months, posting regular advice and updates and sharing supportive health messages and videos....


Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2016

Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Edinburgh Napier has joined forces with Kingston University to develop the Big Read scheme as a way of helping students settle in to campus life and foster a sense of belonging.

All new Kingston University and Edinburgh Napier undergraduates and postgraduates will be sent a special edition copy of The Humans by Matt Haig - published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books - during the summer before taking up their places....


Kingston University art, design and architecture students showcase creative talents at annual undergraduate degree show

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2016

Kingston University art, design and architecture students showcase creative talents at annual undergraduate degree show

Meditation chairs for airport travellers, candle holders containing possessions of lost loved ones and building designs for a community in Portugal have been just some of the creative ideas being showcased by graduating students from Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at this year's undergraduate degree show.

The show provides industry experts and talent scouts with the opportunity to preview the creativity flowing through the veins of the University's Knights Park campus. Visitors can expect to see cutting edge work by students completing degree courses in architecture, design, film-making, fine art, landscape architecture, graphic design, illustration and animation, interior design, photography and product and furniture design....


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.

University film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker fronted the band for a selection of the tracks in the guise of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. Professor Brooker will shortly complete a year-long project exploring Bowie's career as research for an academic book entitled Forever Stardust that he has been writing about the pop icon. The study has seen Professor Brooker transform himself into Bowie, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific periods in the star's life to acquire an understanding of his creative thought processes....


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.

Goldsmith is best known for his novel the ‘Vicar of Wakefield' (1766), his poem ‘The Deserted Village'(1770) and his plays ‘The Good Natur'd Man' (1768) and ‘She Stoops to Conquer' (1771). He is also thought (although this is disputed in some literary circles) to have written the classic children's tale ‘The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes' - which spawned the phrase ‘goody two-shoes' to describe an excessively virtuous person. The book picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s."In what was then the new commercial realm of print, Goldsmith was one of the first writers to promote the professional status of a paid man of letters," Professor Clarke explained. "The 18th century saw a shift in publishing, away from patronage by the elite and in to the hands of booksellers and the buying public." Through the experiences of Goldsmith and a number of his associates - his 'brothers of the quill' - the book explores some of the tensions created by that shift....


Jamaican Government calls on Kingston University academic's expertise to tighten laws preventing money laundering

Posted Tuesday 3 May 2016

Jamaican Government calls on Kingston University academic's expertise to tighten laws preventing money laundering

The Jamaican Government has tapped in to the specialist expertise of a Kingston Law School academic to help shape new legislation to strengthen the country's laws on financial sanctions. Dr Gauri Sinha was invited to the Caribbean island to advise ministers on measures to enable the country to comply with United Nations (UN) Security Council regulations, to protect global financial systems against money laundering and financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Law lecturer and anti-money laundering expert Dr Sinha, originally from Delhi in India, convened a workshop for several ministry representatives. "Anti-money laundering laws focus on conducting checks on large amounts of money being processed through regulated institutions such as banks, and raising red flags if something looks suspicious. My job was to make sure the Government had systems in place to raise those flags," she explained. "The UN has strict international rules relating to the prevention of terrorist financing and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, so the ministry officials wanted to make sure their laws were amended accordingly."...


Chernobyl 30 years on: Kingston University radiation expert Dr Alan Flowers reflects on impact of worst nuclear accident in history

Posted Thursday 28 April 2016

Chernobyl 30 years on: Kingston University radiation expert Dr Alan Flowers reflects on impact of worst nuclear accident in history

An expert from Kingston University returned to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident as part of an international delegation of scientists commemorating the 30th anniversary of the disaster. Dr Alan Flowers, the University's radiological protection officer and principal lecturer in engineering, has dedicated much of his academic career to working on educational initiatives and research projects examining the widespread impact of the 1986 explosion - the worst nuclear accident in history.

On 26 April that year, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine - then part of the Soviet Union - exploded, releasing huge quantities of radioactive matter over a wide area of the USSR and Europe. In the days following the explosion, Dr Flowers measured the level of fallout that had spread as far as Kingston University. This became the catalyst for a major teaching and research project that he headed, examining nuclear energy in general and the Chernobyl incident in particular....


Endurance runner Susie Chan enters Guinness World Records' books after verification of 12-hour treadmill distance set at Kingston University

Posted Tuesday 26 April 2016

Endurance runner Susie Chan enters Guinness World Records' books after verification of 12-hour treadmill distance set at Kingston University

Ultra runner Susie Chan has officially entered the record books after a 12-hour treadmill feat completed earlier this year at Kingston University was verified by Guinness World Records.

The 40 year old, who was supported by a team of sport science and exercise experts in the University's human performance laboratory, set a new women's world record for greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours on 30 January. Her distance of 68.54 miles (110.24km) beat the previous official record distance of 60.26 miles (96.98km), set by Dee Boland in October last year....


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