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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....


Kingston University journalism lecturer Azadeh Moaveni scoops Pulitzer Prize honour for team reporting on Islamic State with the New York Times

Posted Tuesday 26 April 2016

Kingston University journalism lecturer Azadeh Moaveni scoops Pulitzer Prize honour for team reporting on Islamic State with the New York Times

A Kingston University journalism lecturer has secured one of the most coveted accolades in the media world after being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a compelling investigation in to the true motivations behind why women join the militant group known as Islamic State.

Azadeh Moaveni was nominated with her colleagues from the New York Times, who together produced a series of articles, videos and photographs about the organisation. The team was named one of just three finalists in the International Reporting category....


The Humans by author Matt Haig chosen to be focus of this year's Kingston University Big Read project for new students

Posted Thursday 14 April 2016

The Humans by author Matt Haig chosen to be focus of this year's Kingston University Big Read project for new students

Kingston University has selected The Humans by Matt Haig as this year's novel for an annual initiative offering students the chance to settle in to campus life by reading the same book.

Launched last year, the Kingston University Big Read sees all new undergraduate and postgraduate students receive a special-edition copy of a chosen book to welcome them to the University and help bring them together through a shared experience. Kingston University is the first higher education institution in the United Kingdom to establish the scheme on a scale that involves the whole university community. It mirrors similar highly popular projects in the United States....


Researchers at Kingston University develop new model to predict outlook for US economy

Posted Wednesday 13 April 2016

Researchers at Kingston University develop new model to predict outlook for US economy

Financial forecasting can be as precarious as trying to predict the weather, but researchers at Kingston University have developed a new way to more accurately assess the outlook for the world's biggest economy. The new model highlights the inter-dependence of household, business and government expenditure and international trade in the United States and is rooted in a new approach to economics teaching.

Traditionally, students have predominantly been taught one theory - neoclassical economics. However, since the global financial crisis hit the headlines in 2008, students across Britain have increasingly been calling for reform in the way their subject is taught....


Times Higher Education names Kingston University one of the globe's top 150 young universities

Posted Wednesday 6 April 2016

Times Higher Education names Kingston University one of  the globe's top 150 young universities

Kingston University has been named one of the world's top young universities by sector-leading publication Times Higher Education (THE). Its newly-released 150 Under 50 listing ranked universities established during the past half century on a range of measures, including teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

Founded in 1992, Kingston University is one of only 30 institutions across the whole of Britain and the United States to feature in the influential listing of what the THE considers the best global universities launched since 1966. Some 39 countries are represented, including Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, South Korea, Germany, France and Italy....


Kingston University psychology graduate uses art and drama therapy to assist people with mental health issues in Sri Lanka

Posted Wednesday 30 March 2016

Kingston University psychology graduate uses art and drama therapy to assist people with mental health issues in Sri Lanka

A Kingston University psychology graduate has embarked on a life-changing trip to the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka to work with people affected by two events which have shaped the country's recent history.

Charlotte Rose, who graduated in 2015, spent five weeks in South Asia working with people affected by the long-running civil war, which ended in 2009, and the 2004 tsunami. She put into practice the skills developed during her degree working at psychiatric hospitals and leading therapeutic activity sessions at centres for people with variety of mental health needs. The placement was organised by Sri Lanka Volunteers (SLV), an organisation founded by psychology graduates to provide work experience opportunities in their subject field....


Twin win for Kingston University Norwegian graduates as they scoop British Animation and Royal Television Society awards

Posted Wednesday 23 March 2016

Twin win for Kingston University Norwegian graduates as they scoop British Animation and Royal Television Society awards

Kingston University graduate identical twins Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten have had double the reason to celebrate since their short film Bluebarry secured two prestigious awards.

In February the quirky film, which features an assortment of zany birds preying on two daring blueberries, was awarded a Royal Television Society Student Award and this month it received the public choice accolade at the British Animation Awards....

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