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Researcher shines light on mystery of reindeer's changing eye colour at Christmas-themed Café Scientifique
Posted Tuesday 10 December 2013
Nobody has ever come up with a definitive explanation for Rudolph's fabled red nose, but visitors to Kingston University's latest Café Scientifique session have had the chance to hear all about the curious case of his colour-changing eyes. Geneticist and DNA expert Dr Juliet Dukes, a senior lecturer from the University's School of Life Sciences, took centre stage to explain away the mystery of why reindeer's eyes switched from gold to blue depending on the season and what the implications of this knowledge might be.
The starting point for the research, carried out while Dr Dukes was based at University College London, was wondering why reindeer did not suffer from snow blindness - a condition that affects humans living in a similar environment. "Reindeer have been around for maybe as long as 1.6 million years whereas humans are only about 200,000 years old, so clearly they've had time to adapt in a way we haven't," Dr Dukes said....
Posted Monday 9 December 2013
A Kingston University-led consortium has been awarded £1.85 million Government funding for a major project that will encourage more students to progress on to postgraduate study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is a significant boost for the £2.7 million project, which has also attracted contributions from other stakeholders.
The HEFCE grant is part of its new £25 million Postgraduate Support Scheme that will provide work placements and financial and pastoral support to more than 2,800 students at 40 universities across England. A key aim of the scheme is to encourage students who would not otherwise progress to this level to take up masters study. HEFCE has selected 20 universities to lead specific projects with partners that include other higher education institutions and employers....
Posted Thursday 28 November 2013
Kingston Law School is set to become a leading destination for researchers thanks to a £5,000 donation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to help digitise a unique historical document archive.
Insolvency expert Dr John Tribe runs the University's Muir Hunter Museum of Bankruptcy. After the death of the leading QC in 2008, his family donated all his legal papers to Dr Tribe. The most valuable part of Professor Hunter's collection relates to his involvement in the drafting of the Cork Report in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which shaped Britain's current insolvency rules and regulations."It's an invaluable archive and it means Kingston will become the seat of the history of bankruptcy and insolvency," Dr Tribe said....
Posted Tuesday 19 November 2013
A Kingston Law School professor is assisting the Government with the evaluation of a major pilot scheme which will, for the first time, allow vulnerable witnesses, including children, to have their cross-examination pre-recorded for court.
The Ministry of Justice has asked Professor Penny Cooper to sit on the official advisory group for the high-profile project, which is running at courts in Kingston, Leeds and Liverpool. The pilots will be scrutinised and undergo detailed assessment before decisions about any further expansion are taken....
Posted Monday 18 November 2013
An aeronautics student from Kingston University has been recognised as one of engineering's brightest young talents after winning the Leader of Tomorrow category at the prestigious 2013 Automotive Supply Chain awards.
Final year Master of Engineering student Sabine Brosch was nominated for the honour after applying the skills she has been honing during her degree to the University's Formula Student electric racing car project. "The first I knew about the awards was when I got an email in the summer from one of my lecturers saying I'd been put forward. The news I'd won took me completely by surprise," Sabine said. "The KU e-racing project wasn't connected to my course work, but the whole process of designing and building a prototype for an electric racing car with other students with similar interests really appealed to me, so I jumped at the chance to get involved."...
International collaboration crucial in preparing mental health nurses to provide high quality care, senior academic says
Posted Wednesday 13 November 2013
A leading mental health expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has called for greater international research collaboration to underpin the care offered to support severely disturbed people.
Professor Mary Chambers said that, although the challenges faced by countries when trying to improve quality of care for people with mental health issues often differed, there was a great deal of common ground and sharing ideas could be hugely beneficial....
Posted Tuesday 12 November 2013
An archaeology team led by a Kingston University academic has delved back into a Neolithic site at Damerham, Hampshire, and uncovered a sink hole of material that may hold vital information about the plant species thriving there 6,000 years ago.
Dr Helen Wickstead said the find was completely unexpected and had initially confused the team digging on the farmland. This is the sixth year of the project at Damerham, about 15 miles from Stonehenge, with four areas of the temple complex excavated during the summer. The surprise came in the largest of the openings, approximately 40 metres long, where careful extractions revealed a layer of uncharacteristic orange sand and clay. Typically the archaeological survey would involve mapping and cataloguing such finds as bone, pottery and tool-making waste fragments....
Posted Friday 8 November 2013
You may have spotted an influx of people wearing gowns roaming the streets of Kingston recently. That's because Kingston University students have been celebrating their graduation ceremonies at the Rose Theatre this week.
At the ceremonies the University's faculties have awarded honorary doctorates to Leslie Thomas, Mike Nigro, Derek Craston, Dame Kay Davies, Iain Stewart and Caryn Franklin. Brian Love, Trevor Garnham and Nigel Dubben have become honorary fellows for their work within Kingston University....