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Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

Posted Friday 11 November 2016

Kingston University academic lays down the law at inaugural professorial lecture

The rule of law is critical because we cannot accept power that is in the hands of one person, or a selected group – society has to do the checks and balances. This was the claim made by Kingston University law professor Umut Turksen at his recent inaugural lecture. The lecture was the first in a series launched by Kingston University's Faculty of Business and Law to honour academics who have been awarded the title of professor by the University. The public talks are designed to showcase excellence in research spanning a variety of topical subjects. The series opened with an evening dedicated to senior lecturer in law, Professor Umut Turksen. The audience of staff, students and eminent representatives from the legal profession, were given an insight in to Professor Turksen's personal research journey which, he said, had begun when he was just a boy in his native Turkey. "When I was six years old I really wanted a ‘Chopper' bike and my father saw this as an opportunity for me to earn my own money, so he sent me to market with a crate of lemons," Professor Turksen recalled. "I acquired my first observational research skills when I saw how the other lemon sellers were enticing their customers by pitching the freshness and medicinal properties of the citrus fruit." Turkey was at this time experiencing a military coup and Professor Turksen's first foray in to research was followed just a few, short years later when he researched the concepts of liberty, equality and the power of the people for a poem which he performed on Turkey's republic declaration day. Reflecting on his professional journey, Professor Turksen described how his academic research had evolved to focus on the rule of law - a topic he strongly believes in and one which is rooted in the work ethic, sense of community and justice that he learned as child.

Professor Umut Turksen spoke about the rule of law at his inaugural professorial lecture.Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Martyn Jones, who chaired the event which was held at Kingston Business School, said Professor Turksen had demonstrated clear leadership in his field. "What strikes me most is the breadth of his work – which spans a number of different sectors – and how much it embodies the spirit of research," he said. "Umut makes complex concepts accessible and has a remarkable ability to spot a gap in knowledge. This makes his body of work relevant to people and communities both in the United Kingdom and internationally." People had to be resilient and fight for the rule of law because it was part and parcel of democracy and human rights, Professor Turksen asserted. "It has been a subject of debate since drafting of the Magna Carta right up to such recent developments as Brexit," he said. "Its application is critical as it enables us to seek legal redress and invoke our rights." After sketching out his early research background, Professor Turksen returned to a few key projects where he had applied the rule of law to such diverse contemporary concerns as counter-terrorism, new technology and financial crime. He had delved into areas, he explained, which had not previously been looked in to including; the use of the internet and its place in family life, the right to work and the impact of digital innovations on property and asset inheritance. Professor Turksen also described how his research had highlighted a number of conflicts of interest when it came to world trade in defence goods. He claimed a lack of clear legal criteria meant preferential treatment was often given to certain exporters. "Fairness and equality tend to be in the eye of the beholders, especially when commercial interests are at stake," he suggested. A European Union-funded research project, entitled Cities against Terrorism, which he had led on, had resulted in the creation of a model for cities which reversed the traditional concept of government being at the centre of terrorism prevention measures, Professor Turksen told the audience. "Placing the community at the heart of crime prevention was a complete departure from the accepted model and this template has now been applied to many modern cities' security plans," he said. Professor Turksen concluded the evening by turning the discussion to the pivotal role universities play in law making. They had a civic mission to educate and make the law accessible and relevant by banishing the jargon barrier that was traditionally associated with law, he said. "Too often, the symptoms of a modern issue or an unfortunate incident are the triggers for laws to be created," he added. "I believe that we should all be critical thinkers and observe when there is a need for the rule of law to be applied."...


Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

Posted Wednesday 2 November 2016

Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

A Kingston University academic shared her research into how people use stories to describe traumatic experiences – including survivors of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre in 2001 and the London bombings in 2005 – as part of her talk on the power of stories at Saturday's TEDx event, held at the University.

Dr Marina Lambrou, Head of Department for Linguistics and Languages at the University, has spent the past ten years researching trauma narratives – analysing the story structure and language people use to describe and evaluate their experiences....


Astronaut Helen Sharman and chemist Dame Professor Julia Higgins unveil Kingston University's new state-of-the-art science and technology facilities

Posted Thursday 20 October 2016

Astronaut Helen Sharman and chemist Dame Professor Julia Higgins unveil Kingston University's new state-of-the-art science and technology facilities

Giving people of all ages access to cutting-edge science and technology equipment and expertise is one of the most powerful ways of convincing them of its life-changing potential, according to two top British scientists. Dr Helen Sharman and Dame Professor Julia Higgins were at Kingston University to open a new suite of laboratories named in their honour and a public outreach centre – where school children and community groups from across London will be able to explore how pioneering technologies make an impact on people's lives.

Packed with state-of-the-art equipment – including interactive floors, humanoid and patient simulator robots, virtual reality technology and forensic investigations kits – the new facilities are part of a £6.8 million project to encourage people from all backgrounds to get passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects....


Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor elected fellow of American College of Cardiology

Posted Wednesday 12 October 2016

Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor elected fellow of American College of Cardiology

A leading British expert in cardiology care has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Professor Tom Quinn, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, joins an elite group of nursing specialists to have received the prestigious recognition.

Professor Quinn described himself as being very proud to have become an ACC fellow and especially to have the honour of being one of the few nurses to do so. "I see it as an achievement and recognition for all cardiac nurses - this is as much for the staff nurses I worked with in the 1980s as it is for me now as a professor of nursing," he said....


Kingston University curating expert Professor Catherine McDermott honoured with 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education

Posted Monday 10 October 2016

Kingston University curating expert Professor Catherine McDermott honoured with 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education

A Kingston University professor who established a pioneering Masters course in design curation has been recognised with a prestigious award. Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University's MA in Curating Contemporary Design. The accolade comes just a year after she also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.

Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. "There was nobody who could curate or respond to design - there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed," she said....


Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing students join forces with drama and history experts to stage novel production

Posted Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kingston University and St George's, University of London nursing students join forces with drama and history experts to stage novel production

An unusual collaboration between drama, nursing and history at Kingston University has led to the creation of a new interactive production.

Entitled 'Careful', the production will take audience participation to a new level with nursing students and graduates playing the part of patients in hospital beds. The first performance took place on Thursday 29 September in Kingston University's Darwin Ward, a simulated hospital environment at the Kingston Hill campus used for training student nurses....


Kingston University launches new Integrity Research Group

Posted Tuesday 20 September 2016

Kingston University launches new Integrity Research Group

A new research grouping, the Integrity Research Group (IRG), has been established in the Kingston Law School.

The primary aims of the IRG are to positively impact on the policies and activity of businesses, government and public bodies both in the UK and worldwide through promoting integrity, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and other ethical values, such as participation, transparency, proper management and accountability....


Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Posted Friday 16 September 2016

Iconic music producer Tony Visconti opens analogue recording studio at Kingston University as part of teaching and research collaboration

Legendary record producer Tony Visconti – who has worked with some of the world's greatest names in rock and pop such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey and U2 – has opened a new analogue recording studio at Kingston University, named in his honour.

The Visconti Studio is based around an unusual, octagonal-shaped live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment and a unique collection of instruments including a Hammond organ, Steinway grand piano and a Mellotron – an instrument used by Paul McCartney to produce the flute-like sound in the introduction to the Beatles' 1967 classic Strawberry Fields Forever....


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