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Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Posted Thursday 12 May 2016

Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Kingston University has once again rocked to the sounds of music superstar David Bowie - exactly 44 years after he performed as Ziggy Stardust on campus. The iconic rock legend originally took to the stage with his support band, the Spiders from Mars, on 6 May 1972 at the then Kingston Polytechnic's Penrhyn Road site for what became a seminal gig for fans. On Saturday 7 May, more than four decades later, tribute band The Thin White Duke performed a two-hour set to a sell-out audience of more than 120 Bowie devotees at Kingston University's Knights Park bar.

University film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker fronted the band for a selection of the tracks in the guise of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. Professor Brooker will shortly complete a year-long project exploring Bowie's career as research for an academic book entitled Forever Stardust that he has been writing about the pop icon. The study has seen Professor Brooker transform himself into Bowie, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific periods in the star's life to acquire an understanding of his creative thought processes....


Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

Kingston University Professor Norma Clarke publishes new book on life and times of writer Oliver Goldsmith

A Kingston University academic is shining a spotlight on an Anglo-Irish writer with her new book about 18th Century novelist, poet and playwright Oliver Goldsmith. The book, ‘Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street', by Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing Norma Clarke, picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s, when he was believed to be aged around 30, and follows his journey from humble beginnings as a penniless writer for hire to his inimitable rise to celebrity.

Goldsmith is best known for his novel the ‘Vicar of Wakefield' (1766), his poem ‘The Deserted Village'(1770) and his plays ‘The Good Natur'd Man' (1768) and ‘She Stoops to Conquer' (1771). He is also thought (although this is disputed in some literary circles) to have written the classic children's tale ‘The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes' - which spawned the phrase ‘goody two-shoes' to describe an excessively virtuous person. The book picks up Goldsmith's story on his arrival in London in the late 1750s."In what was then the new commercial realm of print, Goldsmith was one of the first writers to promote the professional status of a paid man of letters," Professor Clarke explained. "The 18th century saw a shift in publishing, away from patronage by the elite and in to the hands of booksellers and the buying public." Through the experiences of Goldsmith and a number of his associates - his 'brothers of the quill' - the book explores some of the tensions created by that shift....


Jamaican Government calls on Kingston University academic's expertise to tighten laws preventing money laundering

Posted Tuesday 3 May 2016

Jamaican Government calls on Kingston University academic's expertise to tighten laws preventing money laundering

The Jamaican Government has tapped in to the specialist expertise of a Kingston Law School academic to help shape new legislation to strengthen the country's laws on financial sanctions. Dr Gauri Sinha was invited to the Caribbean island to advise ministers on measures to enable the country to comply with United Nations (UN) Security Council regulations, to protect global financial systems against money laundering and financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Law lecturer and anti-money laundering expert Dr Sinha, originally from Delhi in India, convened a workshop for several ministry representatives. "Anti-money laundering laws focus on conducting checks on large amounts of money being processed through regulated institutions such as banks, and raising red flags if something looks suspicious. My job was to make sure the Government had systems in place to raise those flags," she explained. "The UN has strict international rules relating to the prevention of terrorist financing and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, so the ministry officials wanted to make sure their laws were amended accordingly."...


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....

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