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2013

Rehabilitation sciences expert Dr Iain Beith helps point way to better use of allied health professionals

Rehabilitation sciences expert Dr Iain Beith helps point way to better use of allied health professionals

A new report has recommended ways in which allied health professionals can be used more effectively to improve clinical outcomes as well as research, education and training.

Communicating risk can be a risky business, according to new Kingston research

Communicating risk can be a risky business, according to new Kingston research

Individuals whose job involves communicating risk need to be more aware of the different ways people may interpret what they say, new Kingston University research shows.

Researchers to investigate how satisfied carers of stroke survivors are with social care support

Researchers to investigate how satisfied carers of stroke survivors are with social care support

Experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, have launched a study to examine whether people caring for family members who have had a stroke feel the social care services designed to support them, work well.

Microbiology expert warns of the dangers of bacterial resistance

Microbiology expert warns of the dangers of bacterial resistance

Expert in medical microbiology at London's Kingston University Professor Mark Fielder has welcomed the findings of a Government report on antibiotics by chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies which was published this week.

Level of illegal badger killing probed

Level of illegal badger killing probed

A Kingston University professor has played a key role in research exploring the estimated extent of badger killing carried out by farmers.

Research poised to lead to major advances in cataract treatment

Research poised to lead to major advances in cataract treatment

A professor at London's Kingston University has made a discovery about the shape of the eye that could boost the effectiveness of man-made lenses used in cataract operations.

Unearthing Seething Wells' secret garden

Unearthing Seething Wells' secret garden

Kingston University archaeology enthusiasts have been rolling back the turf to reveal the secrets of a 19th century garden.

Research reveals landing first job can be harder for nurses from ethnic minorities

Research reveals landing first job can be harder for nurses from ethnic minorities

Experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London have discovered new nurses' chances of getting a job may be affected by ethnicity, the areas in which they specialise and which university they attend.

Researchers have found red wine could give sportspeople an unexpected boost

Experts warn red wine could mask testosterone levels

Researchers from Kingston University have discovered that red wine could help athletes up their game by giving them an extra dose of testosterone.

Professor Edith Sim is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in enzyme research.

British Pharmacological Society honours professor's world-leading research

The Dean of Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has received a prestigious prize recognising her lifetime's work on drug metabolism.

2012

Vitamin D2 could hold vital key to arresting development of Alzheimer's disease

Vitamin D2 could hold vital key to arresting development of Alzheimer's disease

Scientists have uncovered evidence that lack of a particular form of vitamin D is associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers challenge super food claims

Researchers challenge super food claims

Researchers are using an approach that allows them to delve deeper into the effectiveness of health-promoting 'super foods' and their elixir-giving ilk.

Novelist Iris Murdoch

Letters reveal author Iris Murdoch's love for philosopher Philippa Foot

Kingston University has acquired a collection of 250 letters written by Iris Murdoch which shed more light on her friendship with philosopher Philippa Foot.

The Curiosity rover is currently exploring Mars. Image: NASA JPL Malin Space Science Systems

Expert hails exciting possibilities for space exploration after landing of NASA's Mars rover

Kingston University researchers and students who have been working on projects to develop a lighter chassis for Mars rovers have been buoyed by the success of the latest mission to explore the Red Planet.

Vane Ivanovic's identity card is just one of many items to be found in the archive.

Memorabilia from Hitler's Olympics –kept by the late Vane Ivanovic –on display at Kingston University archives

The Vane Ivanovic collection includes haunting mementoes from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games including photographs and programmes.

Professor Steven Spier has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

New Dean urges politicians not to lose sight of impact of university education

A leading architecture expert is joining Kingston University's senior management team.

Professor Barbara Pierscionek

Academic calls for universities to join forces to boost research

Improved links across specialist subject areas will be crucial if institutions are to increase research output, according to the new Associate Dean at Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The research focuses on different types of staff engagement.

Employees much less satisfied at work after major life event

Milestones such as marriage or the birth of a first child have a negative effect on job satisfaction, according to new Kingston Business School research.

The research focuses on different types of staff engagement.

True nature of staff motivation more complex than surveys reveal

High levels of staff engagement might not be all they seem and could actually damage an organisation, Kingston Business School research has found.

 Vari Drennan, Professor of Health Policy and Service Delivery, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences

Study tackling taboos of incontinence and dementia wins category prize at RCGP research paper awards

The study co-authored by professor Vari Drennan and Laura Cole, was named the Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases category winner at the RCGP awards.

Secretary of State Ed Davey praises community's smart approach to tackling climate change

Secretary of State Ed Davey praises community's smart approach to tackling climate change

A Kingston University project that has prompted borough residents to become more energy efficient has been praised by MPs as it marks its first anniversary.

Clock-watchers more likely to suffer burn out than workaholics, study finds

Clock-watchers more likely to suffer burn out than workaholics, study finds

Employees who keep a close eye on the time are more prone to stress than people who throw themselves into work, according to Kingston Business School researchers.

Sports science specialists put radio host Christian O'Connell through his paces

Sports science specialists put radio host Christian O'Connell through his paces

Absolute Radio breakfast presenters Christian O'Connell and Richie Firth have had their fitness levels put to the test at Kingston University.

Professor Audley Genus

Tear up the rule book to deal with climate change, says new professor

Action must be taken to meet climate change targets, according to the newly-appointed YTL Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Kingston University's Business School.

Olympic authorities warned of potential doping loophole

Olympic authorities warned of potential doping loophole

Kingston University researchers have found that green and white teas could hide abnormal levels of testosterone in athletes.

Paedophiles' online chats become sexualised within two minutes, new study says

Paedophiles' online chats become sexualised within two minutes, new study says

Online paedophiles are moving away from the traditional grooming process and starting highly sexualised chats with children almost straight away, according to new research from Kingston University

Mayor of London Boris Johnson applauds students' sustainable design

Mayor of London Boris Johnson applauds students' sustainable design

Students from Kingston University have scooped the Mayor of London's low carbon prize after designing a device packed full of eco-friendly information for people moving house.

Kingston University reader Jakki Dehn has worked on the Rematerialise project for 18 years.

A world of sustainable materials at the click of a mouse

Kingston University has unveiled an online library categorising more than 1,000 materials used in ecologically-responsible design.

Kingston University acquires archive of talent scout Cary Ellison - the Simon Cowell of his era

Kingston University acquires archive of talent scout Cary Ellison - the Simon Cowell of his era

Detailed notes on some of the world's biggest stars feature in a collection of vintage theatre programmes that form part of a new Kingston University archive collection.

2011

Dr Fred Vermorel is based at Kingston University's School of Art and Design History.

Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood's biographer awarded PhD by Kingston University

A Kingston University academic who has written prolifically about some of popular culture's biggest names has been awarded a PhD.

The Kingston Business School research suggests that being a workaholic doesn't make people happier out of the office.

Professor scrutinises link between job and life satisfaction

According to new research long hours in the office can't make up for unhappiness at home.

 

University researcher Tamsyn Thring at work in the Kingston University laboratories.

Scientists pinpoint potential to fight back against secret killer

Kingston University researchers have uncovered evidence that shows white tea, witch hazel and the simple rose could all play a crucial part in tackling inflammation.

The Kingston University research shatters the stereotypical image of judges.

Judges are more ordinary than we imagine, new research suggests

New Kingston University research shows the traditional image of judges as distant, out-of-touch and pompous is no longer warranted.

The landscape database is a joint project between Kingston University and University of Liverpool geographers. (c) Freefoto.com

Geographers to collaborate on landscape database for Britain

Kingston University geographers are playing a key part in a pilot project pulling together data on Britain's diverse landscapes.

The Kingston University research says residential care can be like going back into the closet for older gay people.

Gay people risk going back into the closet in old age, sociologists find

Fears over going into care later in life are among the concerns highlighted in a new study looking at the needs of older gay, bisexual or transgender men and women.

The questionnaires are designed to get people to reveal their hidden behaviour.

Student harnesses power of Facebook for green research

A Kingston University student has designed a Facebook application called iGreen to help with her research into sustainable behaviour.

The questionnaires are designed to get people to reveal their hidden behaviour.

New approach to tracking dangers of designer drug meow meow

Experts from Kingston University have devised a new questionnaire to detect behaviour such as mephedrone use.

Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh, Kingston University engineering alumnus.

Generous donation enables Kingston to establish chair in enterprise and technology management

Kingston alumnus Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh is giving the University £500,000 to bring business management and engineering together.

CCTV expert Dr James Orwell

Intelligent CCTV technology could help bring future rioters to justice

Experts from Kingston University are devising new sophisticated surveillance systems with the potential to bring rioters and looters to justice in the future and reduce privacy concerns.

Assistant youth workers and volunteers are working on a project to cut gang violence.

A life less angry - positive impact of hospital scheme to reduce London's gang and knife crime

Academics from Kingston University are analysing a project underway at St Thomas' hospital in central London to tackle the growing trend of young people caught up in violent incidents.

The David Heneker Archive documents working notes and early drafts of scripts, manuscripts of songs as well as West End programmes and memorabilia.

Showbusiness memories from composer David Heneker go on display

A new archive housed at Kingston University will preserve a slice of musical theatre memories.

Professor Edith Sim has joined the staff at Kingston University from Oxford.

Cutting-edge research and closer ties to industry critical for economy, new Dean says

Kingston University's new Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing, Professor Edith Sim, says universities must have closer links with industry to improve graduates' job prospects.

Reader in music Dr Paul Archbold

Strings on screen – Arditti Quartet reveals tricks of the trade

A Kingston music expert has revealed the secrets of the world-renowned Arditti Quartet in a free documentary available on iTunes U.

A painting of Sergeant H.D. Parker by Eric Kennington, 1941

Academic brings acclaimed war artist back to public attention

A Kingston University art historian is staging the first ever exhibition of renowned painter Eric Kennington's World War II work.

Professor Declan Naughton from Kingston University led the team conducting the research.

Getting enough vitamin D may not just be about seeing enough sun, new blood test reveals

A new blood test developed by a Kingston University professor can accurately reveal the different types of vitamin D the body absorbs from diet and sunshine.

Stanley Picker's house and gallery in north Kingston, was designed by Kenneth Wood Associates.

Study to reveal magic of modernist architect Kenneth Wood

A Kingston University researcher is set to produce the first study of architect Kenneth Wood whose designs helped shape suburban southern England.

Dr Christos Politis led the project to improve after terror attacks and natural disasters.

Kingston researchers say supermarkets could freshen up their home delivery services

Research by Kingston University suggests that supermarkets are failing to retain their online customers – and need to find more imaginative ways of trying to appeal to them.

Dinosaur expert Dr Angela Milner

Living with dinosaurs – oral history project preserves Natural History Museum memories

Experts on dinosaurs, butterflies and whales are among staff who have recorded their memories of working at London's Natural History Museum in a project being conducted by Kingston University researchers.

A Kingston academic has made a new film to shed light on one of World War II's lesser known operations.

Film sheds new light on WWII operation that changed history

A new documentary by a Kingston academic reveals the true story behind one of World War II's lesser-known operations, which played a crucial role on the Eastern Front.

Dr Christos Politis led the project to improve after terror attacks and natural disasters.

Researchers devise new technique to help rescuers communicate after terrorist attacks

A new app, designed by Kingston University experts, is set to help rescue workers communicate better in the aftermath of terror attacks and natural disasters.

Zac Goldsmith launched the Smart Communities project at Fern Hill Primary School in Kingston.

MP Zac Goldsmith launches research to help families go green

Borough school children are learning to become energy-efficiency enthusiasts courtesy of a project devised by researchers at Kingston University.

Kingston University counts the historic Hampton Court Palace as one of its research partners.

Academics predict a bright future for arts and humanities research

Newer universities have a vital role to play in the research game, Kingston University professors say.

Elderly people will go to extreme lengths to keep active and maintain their social life.

Research reveals keys to quality of life in old age

Resourcefulness, staying active and a busy social life play vital roles in helping people cope with the challenges of old age, research from Kingston University and St George's University of London has found.

Occupational psychologist Dr Stephanie Morgan.

Government warned about dangers of changing employment regulations for outsourcing

Research shows it is important that managers understand the range of emotions experienced by staff when they are outsourced.

Professor Andrea Petroczi from Kingston University's School of Life Sciences.

Athletes taking banned drugs try to cover their tracks

A Kingston University study has found athletes who take prohibited substances are more likely to manipulate answers on questionnaires to fit the image of a 'clean' sportsperson.

The air chair, designed by Kingston University graduate Jasper Morrison.

Are you sitting comfortably? Professor looks at chair design through the ages

A Kingston University professor has delved under the upholstery to discover how the chair has shaped and reflected society.

Royal seal of approval for Kingston professor

Royal seal of approval for Kingston professor

Kingston professor Robert Blackburn is preparing for a trip to Buckingham Palace to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Professor Ruth Harris

New professor to champion changing face of nursing

Ruth Harris, recently appointed as the Faculty's first Professor of Nursing Practice and Innovation, is set to spearhead new research aimed at improving nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Mental health expert Professor Mary Chambers

Course to help curb violent incidents on mental health wards

A course developed by a leading mental health specialist from Kingston Unversity and St George's, University of London could soon be rolled out across Europe.

Nonsuch High School for Girls pupil Fiona Vernon, left, and Dr Helen Wickstead carry out the survey

Historic church's subterranean secrets revealed

Experts from Kingston University have delved beneath the surface of the borough's All Saints Church to find out more about its history.

Older workers are the jam in an inter-generational sandwich.

Older workers a new and unique resource says Kingston professor

Research by Kingston University shows that older workers could be a valuable asset, but are are the jam in an inter-generational sandwich, at risk of being squeezed by multiple pressures.

Reverend Neil Elliot, Kingston University PhD student.

Spirituality on the slopes - vicar gains PhD in snowboarding

A vicar from Canada has just completed research specialising in spirituality on the slopes.

New research shows there are three different types of online groomers targeting young people on the internet.

Study sheds light on online groomers' different methods

Young people could be unwittingly acting as a magnet for online sexual offenders by using sexual screen names and images, new research by Kingston University shows.

Professor Vari Drennan is leading the two-year study.

Researchers put physician assistants under the spotlight

A team led by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, is investigating physician assistants' contribution to healthcare in England.

Professor Nigel Walford.

Hand-held device to help dodge hazards

A Kingston University expert is developing a tool to help older people and the disabled find their way around unfamiliar city centres.

The researchers believe early years' education is crucial to toddlers' future success.

Research to help toddlers reach full potential

Early years' education specialists from Kingston University are taking part in a European study that aims to ensure youngsters get the best start in life.

Dr Andy King.

A matter of respect

Dr Andy King has received funding for a project that will help older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people receive equal access to services and be treated with respect.

Jakki Dehn, reader in sustainable design from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Ecobuild 2011

Kingston University will be showcasing Rematerialise, a unique sustainable materials library and online resource at Ecobuild 2011.

The material in the archive dates back twenty years to the first meeting to discuss a new prize for women's writing.

Kingston acquires Orange Prize archive

A collection of documents charting the rise of leading literary award the Orange Prize has come to Kingston University.

2010

Psychologist Professor Antonia Bifulco is a co-director of the new abuse centre.

Abuse and trauma centre opens at Kingston University

The UK's only multi-disciplinary centre for research and training on abuse and trauma has opened at Kingston University.

A young patient at the Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children, photographed around 1895.

Kingston database of rare hospital records

The lives of poor, sick children in Glasgow during Victorian times are revealed in a new online database developed by Kingston University.

Professor Ann Bowling is a world-renowned expert on health care for older people.

Leading expert joins Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences

Acclaimed social scientist Professor Ann Bowling has taken up a new role at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

David Kynaston.

Historian seeks public perspective on post-war era

Historian David Kynaston will be gathering material for his latest book when he hosts a discussion on post-war history at Kingston University.

Professor Lane.

DNA barcode professor awarded doctorate

A professor who has helped launch the DNA 'barcode of life' a huge project cataloguing every species on earth has been named an Honorary Doctor of Science by Kingston University.

Professor Robert Blackburn..

Kingston research gives small firms positive prognosis

Britain's small businesses are in good health and set to make a strong contribution to the economic recovery, according to research from the Faculty of Business and Law which has been hitting the headlines recently.

Dr Ruth Rettie.

Business School wins major award for local energy research project

The Faculty of Business and Law have received a award from the RCUK Energy Programme for a three-year study in north Kingston of how a community can work together to reduce energy usage.

Early years lecturers Helen Sutherland

Kingston joins European research into improving toddlers' lives

A team from Kingston's School of Education will be conducting a three-year cross-European study – thought to be the biggest of its kind – that will examine how toddlers can be given the best start in life.

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP).

Philosophy centre comes to Kingston

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) has a new home at Kingston University.

Dr Steven Guilbert is exploring recycling habits.

Green champions and eco-refuseniks quizzed about recycling behaviour

Kingston University scientists are taking part in a three-year project to get a better understanding of people's attitudes towards recycling and household waste.

Professor Matthew Pateman's research includes a study of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy expert appointed to new professorship

Television favourite Buffy the Vampire Slayer and one of the world's foremost philosophers are among the wide-ranging interests of Kingston University's new professor of contemporary popular aesthetics.

Nurses' voices reveal St George's history.

Nurses' voices reveal St George's history

Military matrons, dogs on the ward and starchy uniforms are just a few of the memories of life at St George's Hospital recorded in a new book telling nurses' first-hand accounts over the last 80 years.

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