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New science laboratories set to open at Kingston University as first stage of £6.8m project part-funded by Government grant nears completion

Posted Thursday 14 July 2016

New science laboratories set to open at Kingston University as first stage of £6.8m project part-funded by Government grant nears completion

The first stage of a £6.8m project to create new state-of -the-art science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) facilities at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus has been completed and is set to open to students in September.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing secured £1.9m of Government funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) towards the project, which is delivering cutting-edge new laboratories and science and technology facilities for the benefit of the public as well as current and future students....


High quality research at Kingston University showcased during student conferences

Posted Wednesday 13 July 2016

High quality research at Kingston University showcased during student conferences

Postgraduate researchers from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing recently shared some of the latest cutting edge research being undertaken at the University, during two student conferences held in June.

Taking place during Kingston University's annual Research Week, the postgraduate conferences were hosted, organised and delivered by the students themselves....


Kingston University professor calls on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to introduce HPV vaccination for boys

Posted Friday 8 July 2016

Kingston University professor calls on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to introduce HPV vaccination for boys

Research by Professor Favato has established that vaccinating males against the HPV virus makes financial sense, overturning the outcome of previous studies and policies. The  letter delivered to Mr Hunt stated: "It not only makes sense on a public-health level, but there is now economic evidence to indicate that vaccinating both girls and boys will be cost effective. Such a step would bring the United Kingdom in to line with Australia, Austria and other countries now recommending HPV vaccination for both sexes."

HPV is the name for a group of viruses that have an affect on the moist membranes of the body. There are a number of high-risk strains and some of these can cause cervical cancer - which more than eight women per day are diagnosed with in the UK (around 3,000 cases each year). According to Professor Favato, though, what is often not realised, is that HPV infections can also lead to cancer of the anus (1,100 new cases per year) or penis (500 new cases).In 2010, Professor Favato joined a multidisciplinary research programme which aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of a gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme. Working with colleagues in public health, he developed a sophisticated economic model detailing the cost-benefit of the HPV research programme....


Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Posted Wednesday 6 July 2016

Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Kingston University has played host to an international conference dedicated to the work of Joss Whedon – creator of cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and writer and director of blockbuster film Avengers Assemble.

Taking place every two years, the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, brings together academics from across the globe to discuss the various works of Whedon – who is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in popular culture. This is the first time the event has been held outside North America....


Exploring the UK freelance workforce

Posted Tuesday 5 July 2016

Exploring the UK freelance workforce

Professor John Kitching of the Small Business Research Centre, at Kingston Business School, has produced a report for the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) exploring the role of freelance workers in the UK economy.

IPSE commissioned the report to follow on from research on the nature and size of the UK freelance marketplace first conducted in 2008. This new report, released at the IPSE conference in April, presents data drawn from official UK government sources to develop a picture of the current UK freelance workforce and looks at trends in freelance working....


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....

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