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Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

Posted Thursday 9 February 2017

Kingston University secures €900,000 grant to explore how drones, smart wristbands and cameras could transform future of concert security

How a network of drones, smart wristbands and body-mounted video cameras could be used to help keep people safe at large outdoor concerts will be explored by Kingston University experts as part of a major new European research project.

Sound and technology experts from 28 partner institutions across the continent have come together for the three-year €15m European Commission-funded project MONICA. The international study initially arose from attempts to find a solution to mitigating the impact of noise levels on residents during outdoor rock shows held at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens....


Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

Posted Wednesday 8 February 2017

Dangerous ingredients rife in health food supplements, according to research by Kingston University biomolecular scientist

People taking herbal and sports supplements could be risking their lives as many contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could pose serious health threats, according to a biomolecular scientist from Kingston University.

Professor Declan Naughton, from the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, worked with a team of experts from Queen's University Belfast and science testing company LGC to investigate the detection of illegal ingredients in food supplements. "We found many products claiming to be herbal in fact contained unlicensed pharmaceutical ingredients that were not listed on the label," Professor Naughton explained. "People are taking supplements they presume are safe and healthy, but they are unknowingly taking huge risks if these products contain substances they are not supposed to."...


Antibiotics in farming: Kingston University microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Posted Monday 6 February 2017

Antibiotics in farming: Kingston University microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Developing new ways to quickly diagnose illnesses in farm animals – allowing vets to administer effective, targeted treatment – could play a key role in helping to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a Kingston University microbiology expert.

Professor Mark Fielder said that scaling back the widespread use of antibiotics was vital if attempts to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were to be successful. If not, diseases such as Tuberculosis would become increasingly difficult to manage and even routine operations would be at risk if supportive antibiotic therapy was no longer available, he warned....


Public policy leading to poverty among self-employed, Kingston Business School professor warns in awarding-winning International Small Business Journal paper

Posted Tuesday 31 January 2017

Public policy leading to poverty among self-employed, Kingston Business School professor warns in awarding-winning International Small Business Journal paper

Professor John Kitching from Kingston University's Small Business Research Centre has suggested that public policy needs to be scrutinised to ensure it is not making freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, owner managers or other self-employed workers, poor. Professor Kitching won the International Small Business Journal Best Paper Award when he presented his findings in Antwerp late last year at the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship's (ECSB) annual RENT conference.

His paper, entitled ‘Is Public Policy to Blame for Poverty Self-employment?' focuses on the income of self-employed workers and questions the commonly held premise that the rising number of people working for themselves in the United Kingdom is necessarily a good thing for individuals or the national economy. His research investigates the role of policy in creating low-paid work among the self-employed and leads to the conclusion that it should carry some of the blame for the poverty being created within this section of the workforce....


Italy adopts gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme, citing study by health economics expert from Kingston Business School

Posted Saturday 28 January 2017

Italy adopts gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme, citing study by health economics expert from Kingston Business School

Research by a leading health economics expert from Kingston Business School has played a key role in persuading Italy to introduce free mandatory vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for all 12-year-old boys and girls.

A study by Professor Giampero Favato, Director of the Institute for Leadership and Management in Health, has established that vaccinating males against HPV – a group of potentially cancer-causing viruses that have an effect on the moist membranes of the body – makes financial sense, overturning the outcome of previous studies....


First British astronaut Helen Sharman named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University

Posted Tuesday 24 January 2017

First British astronaut Helen Sharman named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University

Achieving a degree qualification can be the gateway to a world of unimaginable opportunity, first Briton in space Dr Helen Sharman told new graduates as she was named Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University.

Dr Sharman - who worked as a technical manager in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at the University from 2013 to 2015 - was presented with an honorary degree during a graduation ceremony at the borough's Rose Theatre in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the public understanding of science....


Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Posted Thursday 19 January 2017

Kingston University names best-selling author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby Honorary Doctor of Arts

Not being afraid to take risks and embracing the value of wrong turns along the way were two of the life lessons shared by acclaimed novelist Nick Hornby as he was awarded an honorary degree from Kingston University.

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter – who studied for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University after reading English at Cambridge – was named an Honorary Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and reading pleasure during a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduation ceremony at the borough's Rose Theatre....


Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

Posted Sunday 8 January 2017

Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

More than 120 David Bowie fans packed in to the University's Knights Park bar on 7 January for a gig performed by tribute band The Thin White Duke.

Bowie, who had kept his cancer hidden from the public, succumbed to the disease on 10 January last year. Following a sell-out gig in May – held exactly 44 years after he had performed as Ziggy Stardust at the University's Penrhyn Road campus – The Thin White Duke returned to commemorate Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday weekend....

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