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Posted Monday 18 November 2013
An aeronautics student from Kingston University has been recognised as one of engineering's brightest young talents after winning the Leader of Tomorrow category at the prestigious 2013 Automotive Supply Chain awards.
Final year Master of Engineering student Sabine Brosch was nominated for the honour after applying the skills she has been honing during her degree to the University's Formula Student electric racing car project. "The first I knew about the awards was when I got an email in the summer from one of my lecturers saying I'd been put forward. The news I'd won took me completely by surprise," Sabine said. "The KU e-racing project wasn't connected to my course work, but the whole process of designing and building a prototype for an electric racing car with other students with similar interests really appealed to me, so I jumped at the chance to get involved."...
International collaboration crucial in preparing mental health nurses to provide high quality care, senior academic says
Posted Wednesday 13 November 2013
A leading mental health expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has called for greater international research collaboration to underpin the care offered to support severely disturbed people.
Professor Mary Chambers said that, although the challenges faced by countries when trying to improve quality of care for people with mental health issues often differed, there was a great deal of common ground and sharing ideas could be hugely beneficial....
Posted Friday 8 November 2013
You may have spotted an influx of people wearing gowns roaming the streets of Kingston recently. That's because Kingston University students have been celebrating their graduation ceremonies at the Rose Theatre this week.
At the ceremonies the University's faculties have awarded honorary doctorates to Leslie Thomas, Mike Nigro, Derek Craston, Dame Kay Davies, Iain Stewart and Caryn Franklin. Brian Love, Trevor Garnham and Nigel Dubben have become honorary fellows for their work within Kingston University....
World-renowned health and education researchers join Kingston University and St George's, University of London
Posted Tuesday 29 October 2013
Two internationally-respected researchers have joined the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.
Newly-appointed professor of critical reflection Jan Fook brings more than 30 years' experience as an academic to the faculty's School of Education. An expert in social work theory and how it can be applied in practice, Professor Fook has a strong interest in how education can best help professionals such as social workers and teachers deliver flexible, responsible and responsive services. During the past 15 years, she has focused on developing a method of analysing and learning from professional experience to help practitioners improve what they do....
Creative Kingston University entrants earn acclaim in competition capturing Sir Winston Churchill's passion for painting
Posted Thursday 24 October 2013
Best known as one of Britain's greatest wartime leaders, Sir Winston Churchill's lesser-known passion for oil painting is still inspiring young artists almost half a century after his death. Now, Kingston University is celebrating the success of two finalists in a prestigious annual art prize named after the former British Prime Minister.
MA Illustration graduate Carl Hoare and final-year BA (Hons) Fashion student Stefanie Tschirky were among an elite group of eight contenders for the 2013 Pentland Winston Churchill Design Award, run in collaboration with leading creative graduate network Arts Thread. Students and recent graduates from across the United Kingdom were invited to create a piece of two-dimensional art that encapsulated the relevance of Sir Winston Churchill to life in Britain today....
Posted Thursday 24 October 2013
While some students spend their summer break having a holiday or picking up part-time work, Maura Struppl, a final year Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons) student, chose to spend more than a month in Tennessee at a body farm examining human remains.
Maura applied for a coveted place at the Forensic Anthropology Centre in Knoxville and was accepted on to three different courses - field methods, human identification and forensic taphonomy.
"The centre is a world leader in its field," Maura said. "It was established in 1981 by Dr William Bass, who is very well respected and runs courses for outside students once a year with only around five students per course. Candidates all over the world apply for these few spaces.The centre trains law enforcement officers, FBI agents and coroners in scene-of-crime skills and techniques."
The centre has an outdoor facility where donated bodies are buried or left in conditions that may represent a crime scene. It also houses the Bass Collection, the donated skeletal remains of around 1,000 individuals that are curated with every injury and illness catalogued.
"The courses the centre runs were different to anything I have done before. There is only so much a university in London can do with specimens, but out there we are able to handle bones, examine and compare them from a vast selection. It was invaluable for learning to determine the difference of fragmented bones, often very small, between human and animal bones.
"We also learnt how to approach and handle a crime scene as well as how to treat a site, for example as mass-grave or as an archaeological site."
Maura worked as a criminal lawyer in her native Brazil, then as a revenue analyst for the Hilton Hotel for many years in the UK. After leaving hospitality, she decided to return to study in a field that would allow her back into an aspect of criminal law. But how can someone go from those environments to a body farm?
"I had read and prepared a lot before I went so I wasn't too daunted seeing skeletal remains and bodies," Maura explained. "It's actually easier for me than, say, being a paramedic as they work under pressure to save people's lives. In a real crime scene scenario, when someone is already dead, all you can think of is that you are there for the victim and that you have a very important job to do in finding out the circumstances of the person's death. In the case of the body farm, you are there for research and you have an utmost respect for that person for donating their body to science."
Maura is using her work at the body farm for her dissertation in which she hopes to develop methods for better determining the sex of children's skeletal remains.
- Find out more about studying forensic science at Kingston University.
Posted Friday 18 October 2013
New South Wales fire fighters could not possibly have done any more to tackle the bushfires engulfing the area around Sydney and are ultimately at the mercy of the elements, according to a senior Kingston University academic.
Dr Neil Thomas, an expert in environmental hazards and disaster management who has worked extensively with fire services in the area, said "all the boxes had been ticked" for a major incident sparked by freak heat in south eastern Australia. "The weather in the past three weeks has been particularly bad - it's been very dry and windy and unseasonably hot," he said. "I've never seen this at this time of year in Sydney."
New South Wales has one of the world's biggest volunteer fire services, with local resident and newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott being a member. Dr Thomas said they were doing as good a job as they possibly could in the circumstances. "They're doing brilliantly, as always," he said. "They're probably the biggest volunteer fire service in the world and they're doing their jobs superbly. The tragedy is that many of them have lost their own homes while they've been out saving those of others."
California was the other place in the world most prone to similar problems and Dr Thomas said exchanges of professional expertise and technology allowed fire fighters to manage the blaze as best they could. However, nature often had the last say. "The Blue Mountains are a tough enough place anyway, because they're so rugged and inaccessible, and once it becomes a crown fire - in the trees, off the ground - that's the most destructive type there is," he said. "It creates its own weather system and the heat and dynamic of the fire make it almost uncontrollable. You almost have to just let it burn itself out and hope for rain."
Events of such a magnitude at this time of year were almost unprecedented, Dr Thomas said. He warned that things would probably get worse before they got better. "We're not used to this at this time of year, it's usually nearer January or February," he said. "The winds usually come from the north west, but occasionally there's a southerly change which appears to have happened and cooled things down a bit. However, it's not lasted long - there's been a bit of rain, but not much. Looking at the Bureau of Meteorology forecast, it's going to get hot again. The firefighters will be hoping for the best but preparing for the worst."
- Find out more about studying environmental hazards and disaster management at Kingston University.
Posted Tuesday 15 October 2013
Work by Kingston University students is on show in China alongside exhibits from 15 other London universities as part of an initiative supported by the Mayor of London's office to demonstrate the benefits of studying in the UK capital.
On 13 October, Kingston's Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg and Heather Forland, director of Kingston International, joined London Mayor Boris Johnson, minister of Universities and Science David Willlets and other representatives from London universities in the Yang Gallery in the heart of Beijing's art district. The occasion was the launch of the first official Chinese language website promoting London and the opening of a spectacular four-day pop-up installation ‘London: celebrating innovation' arranged by the 16 universities that form London Universities International Partnership (LUIP).
Created especially for Beijing, the giant letters which dominate the gallery spell out the word LONDON. Each letter highlights a unique contribution that London's universities are making to global research, creativity and learning.
Kingston University had a strong presence at the event, which was part of the mayor's six-day trade mission to China. Julius Weinberg launched the proceedings by welcoming 300 officials and delegates and Heather Forland, who is also the chair of the China group of LUIP, gave a speech about the benefits of studying in London and exciting collaborations between London and Chinese universities.
The pop-up installation reflects the breadth and depth of the 30,000 courses and subjects available to study at London universities. Kingston provided a series of images from the Illustration and Animation graduating class of 2013. St Georges, University of London is exhibiting its work in finding a cure for rabies using tobacco plants.
Boris Johnson demonstrated http://www.london.cn to the audience, alongside prime-time Chinese TV celebrity Meng Fei. Student services on the site include application advice tailored to Chinese candidates and full profiles of every university in London.
Mr Johnson said: "My mission on this visit is to strengthen the already impressive cultural, educational and business ties between China and London. We are already welcoming increasing numbers of Chinese tourists and students to the capital but we want to do all we can to ensure London is the first choice over competing global rivals. This welcoming new Chinese language website, providing a definitive guide to London's attractions, is one way we are making it easier for potential visitors."
The number of Chinese people studying in London is rising, with a record 15,000 last year, making China London's number one market for international students. Traditionally, a high percentage of the 15,000 Chinese students studying in London opt for a Business Studies degree, but the trend is changing. For example the number of Chinese students studying Creative Art and Design rose by 35 per cent in 2012.
Meng Fei talked about the three things he likes best about London and accepted an invitation from Boris to film an episode of his hit TV show in London. Meng Fei has a huge following on Weibo - China's equivalent to Twitter - and Kingston University's Weibo account is the fourth largest of any UK university in China, with more than 25,000 followers.