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Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter on the novelist and philosopher

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017

Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter on the novelist and philosopher

Iris Murdoch fans and scholars finally have an opportunity to read between the lines as fifteen volumes of the writer's private journals, covering the period from 1939 to 1996, become available at Kingston University. The documents – which until now have been kept privately – have been donated to the University by Mrs Audi Bayley, the widow of John Bayley who was married to Iris Murdoch from 1956 until her death in 1999.

The gift also includes hundreds of unpublished poems, manuscripts, notebooks and letters, adding to the comprehensive collection already owned by the University which encompasses the late writer's Oxford and London libraries along with more than 3,500 letters written by Murdoch....


Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on babies' tears

Posted Tuesday 27 June 2017

Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on babies' tears

A chart that enables parents to calculate if their baby is crying more than it should in the first three months of its life has been created by a Kingston University researcher, following a study of colic and crying in babies from across the world.

The data is based on analysis of existing studies of almost 8,700 babies – and has resulted in the first universal chart which shows the average amount of crying in babies during the first three months, plus compares colic and crying in babies from a number of different countries....


Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

Posted Monday 26 June 2017

Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

People who vape as well as smoke traditional cigarettes may find it harder to quit as they don't see themselves as smokers, according to research undertaken by Kingston University.

Describing a typical smoker as smelly, inconsiderate and lacking self-control, many who use e-cigarettes – also known as vaping – while continuing to smoke traditional cigarettes are likely to try to distance themselves from a group they regard negatively, the research found....


Civic reception guests invited to put Kingston University's high-impact research under the microscope at showcase event

Posted Tuesday 20 June 2017

Civic reception guests invited to put Kingston University's high-impact research under the microscope at showcase event

From getting hands-on with the latest virtual reality technology to discovering how to help pre-school children grapple with numbers and maths, visitors to Kingston University's civic reception were treated to a taste of how its researchers are playing a pivotal role in addressing real-life issues.

Guests from the local community were joined by the town's mayor Councillor Julie Pickering and a host of alumni, academics and dignitaries at the annual event at the University's Penrhyn Road campus, which shone a spotlight on an array of its high-impact research. Interactive displays exploring everything from the public's role in halting the spread of antibiotic resistance to the history of the institution itself impressed visitors, while researchers shared their big ideas first-hand in a series of talks. Topics ranged from revolutionising how women are represented in superhero comics to the role of experts in shaping the news and the benefit of multisensory rooms for people with dementia....


Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Posted Monday 19 June 2017

Award-winning Kingston University staff and leading healthcare researcher recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Two leading champions of diversity, inclusivity and widening access to higher education have been recognised for their achievements in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List – alongside an academic whose pioneering research is helping stroke survivors regain their independence.

Kingston University's newly appointed Director of Student Achievement Nona McDuff was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in the monarch's 91st birthday honours. Associate Director of Widening Participation Jenni Woods and Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, have both been awarded MBEs for services to widening access to higher education and services to stroke rehabilitation respectively....


British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

Posted Friday 16 June 2017

British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

A group of Kingston University students have travelled to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the British Council to help plan an exhibition which hopes to raise the profile of Kazakh design.

The British Council gave the Curating Contemporary Design MA students a project brief - to research Kazakhstan's emerging design identity. The groups explored the Kazakh people's nomadic heritage, disrupted by Soviet rule for much of the 20th Century until independence was declared in 1991....


For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Posted Tuesday 13 June 2017

For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, Audley Genus, says Kingston University research is shedding new light on the success of renewable energy in the United Kingdom.

"On 8 June, as reported by the BBC, the National Grid announced that for the first time electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK had outstripped the amount generated from coal and gas combined....


Rapid screening test to help identify patients who may have Staphylococcus aureus sees Kingston University experts shortlisted for top award

Posted Monday 12 June 2017

Rapid screening test to help identify patients who may have Staphylococcus aureus sees Kingston University experts shortlisted for top award

A new test developed by Kingston University experts to quickly identify people who may be infected with the superbug MRSA when admitted to hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

The team, led by associate professor Dr Adam Le Gresley, Professor Mark Fielder and senior lecturer Dr Alex Sinclair, from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, took part in this year's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Emerging Technologies Competition alongside a host of top global universities and companies....

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