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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 sixty 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 up nearly 20 places in the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education.

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....


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

Posted Friday 12 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

Having regular checks on all patients may seem sensible, but may not necessarily help improve care or increase compassion, Professor Harris from Kingston University and St Georges, University of London said. 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 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...


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....

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