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Kingston University professor Fiona Ross awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list for contribution to healthcare and higher education

Posted Wednesday 7 January 2015

Professor Fiona RossProfessor Fiona RossProfessor Fiona Ross, the former dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has been recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours list with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her work in health and social care and higher education.

Professor Ross says: "I am amazed, delighted and honoured to receive a CBE. I have been privileged to work at Kingston and St George's universities where, perhaps because of its unique partnership, there has always been a pioneering spirit as well as a desire to be the best. It has been great to work with colleagues across the University, who I have learned from and who have supported me to improve education, build evidence and advance our understanding of professional practice in health and social care."

Professor Ross studied at Edinburgh University and obtained a PhD at King's College London. She was appointed to St George's Hospital Medical School's first chair in nursing (primary care) in 1996 through its partnership with Kingston University and was involved in setting up the joint faculty. In 2002 she went to King's College London as director of a Department of Health-funded research programme and then returned to Kingston and St George's as dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education - a post she held for eight years. Under her leadership the faculty expanded, flourished and advanced interprofessional approaches to applied research. It is now recognised as one of the foremost places to train as a nurse, midwife, allied health professional, social worker or teacher.

Professor Ross took up a new appointment as Director of Research at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in summer 2014. She continues to work for Kingston and St George's as a research professor on NIHR studies and is chair of Kingston University's equality committee. She also has a part-time secondment to the Health Innovation Network (the South London Academic Health Sciences Network) as a senior responsible officer for education and training.

Her research interests include improving the quality of care of older people notably in primary care settings, in outcomes of teamwork in stroke care and shifting professional boundaries towards collaborative practice. She served for eight years on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Commissioning Board for Health Services and Delivery Research, is a fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences, the elected president of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute, a trustee of Princess Alice Hospice and board adviser to Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Trust.

• Find out more about the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.


Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

Posted Monday 22 December 2014

Nursing experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London investigate whether hourly hospital ward rounds improve quality of patient care

Regular checks on all patients might seem sensible but might not necessarily help improve care or increase compassion, the researchers found. A regular visit from a nurse can feel like a lifeline to a person lying in a hospital bed, but researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London are examining whether hourly ward rounds really do help deliver safe, compassionate, patient-centred care.

Led by Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Health Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, the study will examine whether regular, systematic visits by nurses to all patients on a ward are, in fact, beneficial....


Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston University research hits new high as results come in for the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Kingston University research across all disciplines has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Government's latest research evaluation.Kingston University has received a huge boost to its research with 60 per cent being rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Government research evaluation exercise. This represents a 100 per cent improvement for the University since the last assessment six years ago and propels it nearly 20 places up the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education newspaper.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the regular UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in higher education institutions. This assessment last took place in 2008, under its previous name of the Research Assessment Exercise....


Launch of business incubator at Kingston Business School hopes to encourage and support Kingston's latest group of student entrepreneurs

Posted Thursday 18 December 2014

Kingston's first student-run business incubator space, which is to be known as the Kingston Nest, has been launched at Kingston Business School.

The Kingston Nest is a place for students to hatch Kingston's next phase of businesses, offering a space on campus where students can work on their business ideas with close access to their study areas. The Kingston Nest will be able to offer students advice and help registering their businesses, and has a capacity for up to 25 students to use the space at any one time.

The Kingston Nest was declared officially open by Dennis Aguma, President of the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society, and Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro-Vice Chancellor Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.

Students from the Kingston Entrepreneurs SocietyStudents from the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society

Mr Aguma proclaimed the opening as "One small step for Kingston University, and one giant leap for Kingston Entrepreneurs." He continued, "now Kingston Entrepreneurs have a base from which to do what they do best: launch lots of businesses." For the last five years in a row, Kingston University has produced more graduate start-up companies than any other UK higher education institution.

Before cutting the ribbon to officially declare the Kingston Nest open, Professor Tuninga thanked the Kingston Entrepreneurs Society for helping so many of Kingston's students to realise their ambitions and stated that "the opening of the new Kingston Nest is just the start of a bigger project, and I hope to be able to give the incubator even more space in the future."

Professor Tuninga also announced the launch of a Kingston Entrepreneurs 'Brick Fund' to provide students with financial support with some of their business start-up costs.

The University's head of entrepreneurship education, Dr Martha Mador, was in attendance for the opening and reiterated Kingston's commitment to equipping its graduates with the confidence to try enterprise at an early stage in their careers.

In 2012/13 Kingston University helped business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground, and it is hoped that the Kingston Nest will help Kingston students start many more.


Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

Posted Thursday 4 December 2014

Kingston University secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major project marking 140 years of Kingston School of Art

The promotional poster for the 1991 undergraduate art and design degree show, which was the institution's last as a polytechnic before it became a university in 1992.London's Kingston University has received £56,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark another significant milestone in the history of the art school that has been at the heart of the borough's education system for well over a century. Called Histories in the Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art in Kingston upon Thames, the initiative will celebrate the institution's art, design and cultural heritage and bring its story to life for a new generation of local residents.

Spearheaded by academic experts from the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the project will explore the stories and personalities connected with the art school, originally founded in 1875. Five exhibitions will be staged across the borough between January and March next year, showcasing work made by the institution's artists, architects and designers. School children and family groups will also be able to soak up more information about the talent and creativity nurtured in its studios and lecture theatres over the years through a series of 20 workshops, an Art School Takeover day and specially themed storytelling, fashion, film, performance and music events. The packed programme of activity will be hosted at a number of venues including Kingston Museum, the Rose Theatre, the Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum and the Faculty's very own Platform Gallery at Knights Park....


Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, impressed by expertise in renewable energy and environmentally conscious initiatives during visit to Kingston University's Roehampton Vale campus

Posted Thursday 4 December 2014

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, visited Kingston University to learn about the University's expertise in energy and climate change.

Ed Davey talks to Necip Sahinkaya, head of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, and electric bike studentsEd Davey talks to Necip Sahinkaya, head of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, and engineering students

From bikes and racing cars to fossil fuels and drop towers, there was much on display at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing for Mr Davey to discuss and admire. He learned about the University's electric racing car which has been developed by the e-racing team and was taken on a tour of the University's electric racing bike and electric commuter motorbike by staff and students.

During his three-hour visit Mr Davey was shown further Kingston University achievements in the field of energy and climate change. There were presentations on unmanned systems and combustion research; how to reduce ice build-up and improve fuel consumption for aircraft; simulating and using solar energy; the latest thinking in marine renewable energy; the possibilities of concrete; shale gas, mineralogy and water management; and new, greener construction methods and ways to help buildings withstand earthquakes.

Ed Davey is shown Kingston University\'s Formula Student racing carEd Davey is shown the Kingston University Formula Student racing car

Andy Augousti, Director of the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing explained that the University's work with the drop tower will create reproducible microgravity conditions for experiments, adding to the body of international work that will enable people to travel to Mars and beyond; and to live in space if the Earth's climate becomes uninhabitable.

Find out more about studying Sustainability & Environmental Change Masters (MSc) at Kingston University.

Find out more about Kingston University's E-Racing team and the facilities available at the faculty of Science, Engineering and computing at Roehampton Vale campus.

Ed Davey examines the solar simulation equipmentEd Davey examines the solar simulation equipment


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 workforce 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...

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