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British Heart Foundation funding boost to heart disease research at Kingston University

Posted Friday 6 February 2015

British Heart Foundation funding boost to heart disease research at Kingston University

Dr Andrew Snabaitis in the laboratoryEvery day, 480 people will have a heart attack in the UK and, at any one time, 900,000 Britons are thought to be living with heart failure. Coronary heart disease is the country's single biggest killer and something that touches every family. The British Heart Foundation has been fighting heart disease for more than 50 years. Kingston University researcher Dr Andrew Snabaitis has a well-established relationship with the charity - one that has brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to the University.

Andrew - who belongs to Kingston University's Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Group - was recently awarded more than £270,000 by the British Heart Foundation to study the ‘Regulation of cardiac apoptosis and heart failure by the type 2A protein phosphatase regulatory protein alpha4'. This project will use models of heart failure to discover how the expression of a particular naturally occurring protein can regulate apoptotic heart muscle cell death and heart failure....



Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

Posted Tuesday 20 January 2015

Olympian adventurer James Cracknell inspires Sports Performance students as he talks about his sports challenges and goals

James Cracknell talks to students about achieving goalsMulti-gold winning medallist James Cracknell gave an inspirational speech at his recent visit to Kingston University – talking to students about his road to Olympic and World Championship success and the challenges he has faced since.

James had an illustrious international rowing career, winning two Olympic gold medals and six gold medals in the World Championships. He is also well known for his endurance feats. In 2006 he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with Ben Fogal, which he says taught him a lot about how to approach challenges....



Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

Posted Monday 22 December 2014

Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

Regular checks on all patients might seem sensible but might not necessarily help improve care or increase compassion, the researchers found. A regular visit from a nurse can feel like a lifeline to a person lying in a hospital bed, but researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London are examining whether hourly ward rounds really do help deliver safe, compassionate, patient-centred care.

Led by Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Health Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, the study will examine whether regular, systematic visits by nurses to all patients on a ward are, in fact, beneficial....


Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Kingston University research across all disciplines has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Government's latest research evaluation.Kingston University has received a huge boost to its research with 60 per cent being rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Government research evaluation exercise. This represents a 100 per cent improvement for the University since the last assessment six years ago and propels it nearly 20 places up the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education newspaper.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the regular UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in higher education institutions. This assessment last took place in 2008, under its previous name of the Research Assessment Exercise....


Kingston University's Learning Resource Centres gain Customer Service Excellence accreditation

Posted Tuesday 16 December 2014

The University's Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) have received government recognition for the excellent services they provide to students.

Accreditation for Customer Service Excellence® was received from emqc Ltd on 9 December 2014; a body licenced by the Cabinet Office to assess standards of excellence in customer care.

The Customer Service Excellence® standard is awarded where there is evidence of excellent practice in prioritising customers and, in particular, where there is a focus on delivery, timeliness, information, professionalism and staff attitude. Other factors include developing customer insight, understanding the user's experience and robust measurement of service satisfaction.

Penrhyn Road LRC receptionPenrhyn Road LRC

Elizabeth Malone and Sandy Leitch, Co-Directors of Library and Learning Services, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have received independent recognition at such a high level. LRC staff work extremely hard to deliver the best service for our students and this external validation means a lot to us."

Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor, said: "This is a great achievement for our staff and the University as a whole. It's testimony to the hard work and dedication of LRC staff and there can be no better way of demonstrating the University's commitment to improving the student experience. It's absolutely right that students should remain our primary focus and I want to thank everyone in the LRCs for continuing to putting our students first."

More information about the Customer Service Excellence® standard can be seen on the CSE website.

The Nightingale Centre at Kingston Hill campusThe Nightingale Centre


Amputee rehabilitation specialist from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travels to Gaza to support teams treating residents caught up in conflict

Posted Wednesday 10 December 2014

Amputee rehabilitation specialist from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travels to Gaza to support teams treating residents caught up in conflict

Amputee rehabilitation specialist Mary Jane Cole from Kingston University and St George's, University of London travelled to Gaza with Handicap International to support local staff. An expert in amputee rehabilitation from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has travelled to Gaza to support people injured during the recent conflict, providing expert training for local healthcare staff working in the field. Senior lecturer Mary Jane Cole, from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, was part of a team from the United Kingdom deployed to the region through an initiative backed by charity Handicap International.

Mrs Cole joined occupational therapists, nurses and physiotherapists who worked alongside Handicap International's existing outreach rehabilitation teams to help build their capacity. The teams have been responsible for supporting many of the more than 11,000 Palestinians injured during the crisis, which has seen several specialist facilities damaged or destroyed....


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