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EU referendum result – a message from Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg

Posted Friday 24 June 2016

EU referendum result – a message from Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg

Kingston University is proud of its role as a dynamic, cosmopolitan university right on the doorstep of one of the most vibrant capital cities in the globe. Our students and staff come from across Europe and beyond - more than 140 countries in total - and the rich cultural heritage, diverse range of experiences, expertise and talent they bring makes Kingston University the very special seat of learning we are all so proud to be part of.

Britain's vote to leave the European Union is a huge decision. There will inevitably be significant issues for higher education institutions across the country to weigh up as more becomes clear about the implications for the sector during the coming weeks and months....


Achievements of Kingston University and St George's, University of London academics applauded in Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list

Posted Tuesday 21 June 2016

Achievements of Kingston University and St George's, University of London academics applauded in Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list

Two members of staff from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, have been recognised in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours. Professor Vari Drennan, director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and associate dean for research, was awarded an MBE for her work in health policy research, development and nursing while Professor Ian Peate received an OBE for services to nursing and nurse education.

Professor Drennan has undertaken a wide range of research around health and social care services for older adults, changing health care roles and medicine management in community settings. Her research focuses particularly on service users who may be marginalised or isolated. She regards her work as shining a light into corners of healthcare that are often overlooked. Recent studies include an examination of the effect on carers of older people with dementia and incontinence living at home, as well as the experience of people with mental health problems who are victims of crime. Professor Drennan is now undertaking research in to the contribution made by new NHS physician associates, who support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients in secondary care....


Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Friday 17 June 2016

Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

England's Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jane Cummings will share her vision for the future of patient care with staff and students at Kingston University and St George's, University of London after becoming a visiting professor at the two institutions' Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

Professor Cummings is the professional lead for thousands of nurses, midwives and care assistants across England and recently launched the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value' framework. Her new appointment in the Faculty, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, will see her deliver seminars and share her extensive expertise of the healthcare sector. She will also maintain her leadership role within NHS England and continue as the Government's principal adviser on nursing and midwifery....


Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

A visually impaired young designer from Kingston University has been shortlisted for a coveted award after impressing industry experts with her womenswear collection during Graduate Fashion Week. Bianca Von Stempel, whose garments are inspired by the way she sees the world, was one of 22 final year BA(Hons) Fashion students who unveiled their looks on the runway at the Old Truman Brewery in east London as part of Kingston University's show.

The 23 year old, who is registered blind and has no central vision, uses her heightened sense of touch to decide how pieces of fabric should be put together. Her feminine, asymmetrical designs are made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza, lace and silk chiffon, which are layered to create a blurred effect that represents how she sees the world around her....


Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Pharmacy students at Kingston University are developing new ways of using social media to help tackle key public health issues such as obesity, smoking and cancer awareness. As part of a project aiming to show how community pharmacy teams could use digital platforms to deliver health campaigns to a wide audience, final year students were tasked with setting up and managing Facebook pages to share evidence-based advice around the world.

Split into groups, they were assigned one of 12 key health topics that addressed the most commonly reported public health needs, ranging from stopping smoking to weight loss, dental health, cancer awareness and stress. The fourth-year pharmacy students then built up a community of followers over several months, posting regular advice and updates and sharing supportive health messages and videos....


Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2016

Kingston University joins forces with Edinburgh Napier to take the Big Read to new students across the Scottish border

Edinburgh Napier has joined forces with Kingston University to develop the Big Read scheme as a way of helping students settle in to campus life and foster a sense of belonging.

All new Kingston University and Edinburgh Napier undergraduates and postgraduates will be sent a special edition copy of The Humans by Matt Haig - published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books - during the summer before taking up their places....


Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

Posted Thursday 19 May 2016

Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

The question as to what makes a great leader is one that has preoccupied directors, trustees and electorates for centuries. Now Kingston University has joined forces with executive search business Adastrum Consulting to develop a new leadership model that sheds light on characteristics common amongst those on a trajectory to the top.

Research led by Dr Emma Russell and Dr Jo Yarker, from Kingston Business School, forms the basis for the new model. The study examines what drives leadership success and focuses particularly on the role and importance of ‘purpose'....


Kingston University volunteers help historians complete landmark digital archive project of British Red Cross World War One volunteers

Posted Tuesday 17 May 2016

Kingston University volunteers help historians complete landmark digital archive project of British Red Cross World War One volunteers

The stories of more than 90,000 World War One British Red Cross volunteers – whose work ranged from driving ambulances on the front line to cleaning floors in makeshift hospitals back home – can now be found online thanks to the dedication of almost 800 volunteers from Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record.

For the past two years, a team of volunteers has been hard at work painstakingly transcribing a collection of 100-year-old personnel index cards that held the details of people who gave their time to support the war effort. Many of the 90,000 Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) offered their services a number of times. Each instance was recorded separately, resulting in a staggering 244,000 registration cards....

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