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Paralympic champion David Weir hails greater understanding of disability for being lasting legacy of London 2012 Games as he receives Kingston University honorary degree

Posted Friday 14 November 2014

Paralympic champion David Weir hails greater understanding of disability for being lasting legacy of London 2012 Games as he receives Kingston University honorary degree

Paralympian David Weir was awarded his honorary degree at a graduation ceremony staged by Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.Paralympian David Weir was awarded his honorary degree at a graduation ceremony staged by Kingston University's faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.The biggest legacy of the London 2012 Games has been a change in attitudes towards disability that extends well beyond the boundaries of sport, leading British Paralympian David Weir says.

Speaking after being named an Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University, the 35-year-old wheelchair athlete said the phenomenal international attention the Paralympics had attracted had helped banish much of the misunderstanding that had surrounded disability. "The best thing London 2012 did was to stop people being scared of disability," the six-time gold-medallist, dubbed the Weir Wolf, explained. "That means people aren't ashamed to ask about it and people with disabilities don't have to feel embarrassed. We've grown up with it - it's part of our lives and we can talk about it. Children aren't afraid to ask things like ‘Why don't your legs work?'. They're not being rude, they're just being curious - and in terms of understanding and acceptance, that's no bad thing."...


Professor Andy Kent appointed as new leader for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Tuesday 11 November 2014

Professor Andy KentProfessor Andy Kent

Professor Andy Kent has been appointed to head the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London that plays a significant role in training the capital's healthcare and teaching workforce.

The Faculty is one of the leading providers of health and social care education in the United Kingdom, with more than 7,000 students. It offers courses in nursing, midwifery and child health, social work, radiography, rehabilitation sciences, paramedic science and education, as well as a range of continuing personal and professional development programmes.

Professor Kent said: "I am truly delighted to be appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. I have been at St George's for 25 years and have watched the Faculty go from strength to strength since it was founded in 1995.

"In recent years it has flourished under Professor Fiona Ross's outstanding leadership, with the development of several exciting new programmes and the addition of the School of Education.

"I am very much looking forward to working closely with Dr Val Collington and the other members of the senior leadership team to build on nearly 20 years of successful partnership between Kingston and St George's."

Professor Kent, who has a specialist interest in perinatal mental health, started working at St George's as a research fellow more than 20 years ago and went on to hold various roles including Course Director for Medicine. More recently he has served as Research and Development Director for the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust.

In his role as Dean of Education, he has been responsible for the strategic direction of teaching and learning at St George's.

He is also a school governor for a large non-selected intake comprehensive school in Surrey.


Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record helps reveal stories behind Red Cross volunteering during First World War in new digital archive

Posted Wednesday 5 November 2014

Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record helps reveal stories behind Red Cross volunteering during First World War in new digital archive

One hundred years ago, the Red Cross and the Order of St John joined forces to care for sick and wounded soldiers as the WW1 Joint War Committee. To mark this milestone, the Red Cross has worked with Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record to create a unique online archive that will make nearly a quarter of a million records of WW1 volunteers readily available for the first time.

1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge - British Red Cross Museum and Archives...


Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

Posted Wednesday 22 October 2014

Kingston University design expert unveils new guide highlighting ways sensory rooms can improve dementia care

The researchers recommend that care homes catering for people with dementia set aside special areas to stimulate sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement.Research spearheaded by a design expert from Kingston University is shedding new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have in dementia care.

Academic expert Dr Anke Jakob, from Kingston's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, has joined forces with Dr Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, to produce a new guide for care homes highlighting the importance of sensory areas specifically created to meet the needs of people living with the condition. Their publication, How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia, was unveiled as part of the Inside Out Festival, which showcased the contributions universities make to London's cultural life....


Professor Mark Fielder's reddit AMA - Questions on Ebola, antibiotic resistance and how to pursue a career in microbiology

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Professor Mark Fielder's reddit AMA - Questions on Ebola, antibiotic resistance and how to pursue a career in microbiology

Professor Fielder prepares to answer questions from the reddit communityKingston University professor of medical microbiology and honorary general secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, Mark Fielder, recently took part in a live Q&A on reddit. Mark invited redditors (community members) to pose questions on subjects ranging from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, to the growing resistance of infections to antibiotics, vaccination or anything to do with the spread and control of infectious diseases.

Reddit is the self-styled ‘front page of the internet', a vast online community with over 170 million visitors per month. Mark's AMA generated over 400 questions and comments and was ‘upvoted' to the front page of reddit.Below are 10 questions and answers selected from the AMA, or read the full exchange on reddit....


Applications open for AHRC doctoral studentships 2014/15

Posted Thursday 16 October 2014

Applications open for AHRC doctoral studentships 2014/15

Kingston University is a member of two Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) consortia offering funded full and part-time doctoral studentships. Both TECHNE and the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDOC) bring together leading academic institutions, cultural organisations and industry partners to provide innovative postgraduate training and support for the next generation of researchers.

Find out more and how to apply:...



Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Posted Tuesday 7 October 2014

Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Esme Dominguez Pueyo's collection included dunces' hats portraying Spanish people who she believes are being fooled regarding the state of their economy.Denim workwear and dunces' hats have been given the haute couture treatment by a Kingston University MA Fashion student. Esme Dominguez Pueyo has used her latest collection, showcased during London Fashion Week, to make a stand about the impact of economic austerity in her native Spain. The menswear includes jersey T-shirts emblazoned with statistics, suits made from 100 per cent cotton denim and dunces' hats produced to portray her view that Spaniards are being fooled by the nation's politicians.

The 24 year old designer, originally from Valencia, worked with small, established British labels to develop her collection, called System Error. They included The London Cloth Company, home to one of the capital's first micro-mills using 19th Century looms, to create some of her cotton and indigo-dyed denim designs. Milliner House of Flora meanwhile produced the dunces' hats from a combination of net and printed fabric. Esme drew her inspiration for the thought-provoking headwear from artist and satirist Goya....

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