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Lottery grant helps bring British Red Cross World War 1 archive to life

Posted Thursday 6 February 2014

Lottery grant helps bring British Red Cross World War 1 archive to life

Public knowledge and understanding of life on the Home Front during World War 1 is set to grow thanks to archive work being carried out by Kingston University historians on behalf of the British Red Cross. With a four-year long commemoration of the Great War due to start this summer, Dr Sue Hawkins and Juliet Warren from the University's Centre for the Historical Record are marking the anniversary by overseeing the digitisation of the personnel records of a quarter of a million of the Red Cross's Voluntary Aid Detachments - as those who volunteered for the Red Cross during the first world war were known. This will shed new light on the personal experience of huge numbers of Britons and the humanitarian contribution they made during the war.

"It's a very exciting prospect," Dr Hawkins said. "From the people knitting socks, to nurses, to those who ended up driving ambulances in Europe - they're all there, so it's the embodiment of the ‘we're all in it together' attitude from 1914-1918". The project to digitise all 250,000 individual records, which are currently held on 5x3 inch cards, is being led by the British Red Cross, which has the archive in its London headquarters and will host the resulting website. The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant of £80,000 available to fund the project....


Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable commends Kingston University's cutting-edge entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 6 February 2014

Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable commends Kingston University's cutting-edge entrepreneurs

Government Minister Vince Cable has hailed Kingston University's pioneering and cutting-edge approach to entrepreneurship during a visit to the University's Knights Park campus.

Dr Cable, who is Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as being the member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency of Twickenham, was shown around the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg and Faculty Dean Professor Steven Spier. As well as viewing the workshops he also got a chance to speak to students about their work and future plans....


Family financial feud proves rich source of inspiration for Kingston historian

Posted Tuesday 4 February 2014

Family financial feud proves rich source of inspiration for Kingston historian

The remarkable decline and fall of Regency rake William Jackson, from Harrow public school boy to penniless alcoholic convict in Australia, has been brought to life nearly 200 years after his death in a highly praised book by Kingston University lecturer Dr Nicola Phillips.

The Profligate Son has been described as ‘a gem of a book' by the Washington Post, while the Wall Street Journal calls it ‘splendid, making an age come wonderfully alive'. Dr Phillips specialises in gender, social and cultural history and first approached the project as a history of inter-generational conflict, but said it soon became clear that this was a uniquely detailed case of family breakdown, in which the very contemporary issue of debt and borrowing had played a key role....


Racism is society's problem not sport's, Liverpool football legend John Barnes tells students

Posted Tuesday 21 January 2014

Racism is society's problem not sport's, Liverpool football legend John Barnes tells students

Former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes has warned of the dangers of complacency in the fight against racism during an address to Kingston University students.

Barnes, who was a target for abuse from the terraces during his playing days in the 1980s and 1990s, said although such behaviour was less prevalent now, that did not mean it had died out altogether. "From bananas being thrown on the pitch to overt racist chanting - just because we're not hearing it any more, the nature of racism hasn't changed," he said. "For 90 minutes people aren't allowed to say or do certain things, but that doesn't mean it's gone away. And the more we believe that it has, then the bigger the danger is. "...


Occupational psychologist warns of health risks of email obsession

Posted Friday 17 January 2014

Occupational psychologist warns of health risks of email obsession

Workers obsessed with checking their emails could be damaging their own mental health and that of their colleagues, according to Kingston Business School research.

Occupational psychologist Dr Emma Russell believes she has identified the seven deadly email sins that can lead to negative repercussions if not handled correctly. Some of the worst habits included ping pong messages sent back and forth and read receipts which accompanied every missive, the study, looking into which email practices caused employees most stress, found....


Study reveals patients with learning difficulties can become invisible in hospitals

Posted Friday 10 January 2014

Study reveals patients with learning difficulties can become invisible in hospitals

Hospital patients with learning difficulties face longer waits and mismanaged treatment due to nursing staff's failure to understand them, according to a newly-released report.

Report co-author Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, a senior research fellow in nursing at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, said people with learning disabilities were largely invisible within hospitals, which meant their additional needs were not recognised or understood by staff. "Our study found many examples of good practice, but also many where the safety of people with learning disabilities in hospitals was at risk," she added....


New social enterprise set to lead to significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation

Posted Monday 16 December 2013

New social enterprise set to lead to significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation

A pioneering programme that empowers stroke survivors to become more involved in their own rehabilitation has been officially launched as a social enterprise.

Bridges Self-Management Limited is the culmination of an eight-year project led by rehabilitation expert Dr Fiona Jones from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London....


Reggae Reggae Sauce king Levi Roots tells would-be entrepreneurs to focus on the brand

Posted Friday 13 December 2013

Reggae Reggae Sauce king Levi Roots tells would-be entrepreneurs to focus on the brand

It's all about the brand, according to Reggae Reggae sauce mogul and musician Levi Roots. The former Dragon's Den contestant has urged students to focus on building a brand and not simply developing a product.

Mr Roots was giving a talk on entrepreneurship at Kingston University's Business School yesterday evening and told an eager audience in the packed lecture theatre that the biggest sales asset for a new business owner was themselves. "The most important thing is to work on the personal integrity of your brand so that you can sell more than just one product," he explained. "I was advised not to call my products Reggae Reggae sauce because it was too black, Jamaican and rasta. But I ignored that because it was specific to me. It's not just about what's in the bottle, it's about you."...


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