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Kingston University expert explores whether Covid-19 pandemic can be catalyst to develop more sustainable approach to festive period

Posted Friday 18 December 2020

Kingston University expert explores whether Covid-19 pandemic can be catalyst to develop more sustainable approach to festive period

As countries around the world imposed lockdowns earlier this year, one of the direct benefits to the planet was the short-term positive impact reducing emissions had on the environment. Now, as the first consignments of a vaccine for Covid-19 are being made available to the public, attention is shifting to Christmas and how sustainable practice can be incorporated into traditional end of the year celebrations.

Sustainable Design MA course leader Paul Micklethwaite has identified three areas - gifts, decorations and games - he believes can prompt positive change and encourage new conversations about the environment, climate crisis and sustainability....


A day in the life of a nurse during the festive season – an account from Kingston University critical care expert

Posted Friday 18 December 2020

A day in the life of a nurse during the festive season – an account from Kingston University critical care expert

As people across the United Kingdom celebrate Christmas day with their friends and families, nurses are used to not being able to join in the festivities at home and instead looking after, and caring for, patients on wards up and down the country.


Bringing seasonal spirit to the hospital ward: Kingston University academic shares experiences of nursing during the festive period

Posted Monday 14 December 2020

Bringing seasonal spirit to the hospital ward: Kingston University academic shares experiences of nursing during the festive period

With the festive period looking somewhat different for most this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, nurses across the country are facing the same busy schedule. Adult nursing lecturer at Kingston University Nicola Watts explains how healthcare workers bring some Christmas spirit and joy for patients who are in hospital during the holidays.

For many, Christmas is a time to have a well-deserved break from work commitments and to spend quality time with family and loved ones. For the staff of the NHS, the same commitment, pace and precision of the work that is provided all year round does not cease for the Christmas period, however that does not mean the festive spirit is neglected. ...


International Day of People with Disabilities – Kingston University staff and students call for better support for people with learning disabilities during and after coronavirus pandemic

Posted Thursday 3 December 2020

International Day of People with Disabilities – Kingston University staff and students call for better support for people with learning disabilities during and after coronavirus pandemic

The International Day of People with Disabilities takes place on 3 December every year and was created by the United Nations to promote an understanding of disability issues, support the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of people with disabilities and highlight the benefits of integrating them into every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

To mark this year's awareness day, staff and students from Kingston University's learning disabilities nursing department discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected those with learning disabilities mentally, physically, and socially....


Report showing higher number of coronavirus deaths in people with learning disabilities highlights need for immediate action, Kingston University expert says

Posted Wednesday 18 November 2020

Report showing higher number of coronavirus deaths in people with learning disabilities highlights need for immediate action, Kingston University expert says

A newly-published Public Health England report which shows people with learning disabilities are 6.3 times more likely to die from coronavirus than the rest of the population shows urgent action is required, according to a learning disability and palliative care expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

The report also revealed that young adults with learning disabilities, aged 18-34, are 30 times more likely to die of Covid-19 than those without. Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne said these worrying figures highlighted just how vulnerable people with learning disabilities are during a pandemic. ...


Reactions to three tiered Covid-19 restrictions demonstrate the importance of nuanced communication strategies, Kingston University politics expert warns

Posted Tuesday 27 October 2020

Reactions to three tiered Covid-19 restrictions demonstrate the importance of nuanced communication strategies, Kingston University politics expert warns

As the number of coronavirus related cases and deaths rises in the UK, senior lecturer in politics at Kingston University, Dr Peter Finn, examines how the public are adjusting to the three tiered restrictions system

The UK is in the grip of a second wave of Covid-19. It has regularly recorded in the region of 20,000 new cases of Covid-19, with deaths also rising in recent weeks. Wales has announced a firebreak lockdown, with similar restrictions in place in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland. In England, there is a three tiered restrictions system brought in by the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson In mid-October....


Kingston University masters graduate joins national Covid-19 testing effort by supporting scientists at UK Biocentre

Posted Wednesday 14 October 2020

Kingston University masters graduate joins national Covid-19 testing effort by supporting scientists at UK Biocentre

After completing his MSc in cancer biology earlier this year,  Mergim Krasniqi started volunteering at the UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes in May, where he has been supporting scientists in the lab processing tests for Covid-19. Alongside his role at the Lighthouse Lab, he has been working part time at a pharmacy as a trainee pharmacist advisor and completing applications for a PhD. 

Lighthouse Labs were set up across the country through a partnership between the Department of Health, Medicines Discovery Catapult, UK Biocentre and the University of Glasgow. Their development has been closely supported by both the NHS and Public Health England. Below, Mergim talks about the experience of being part of the volunteer effort to meet the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic....


Life inside a Lighthouse Lab: Kingston University PhD student shares experience of volunteering in specialist site testing Covid-19 samples

Posted Tuesday 13 October 2020

Life inside a Lighthouse Lab: Kingston University PhD student shares experience of volunteering in specialist site testing Covid-19 samples

Testing has been a key focus in the battle against Covid-19. As part of the nationwide effort to massively ramp up testing capacity, several 'Lighthouse Labs' were set up across the country through a partnership between the Department of Health, Medicines Discovery Catapult, UK Biocentre and the University of Glasgow. Their development has been closely supported by both the NHS and Public Health England.

Since April, Kingston University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing PhD student Amtul Bhunnoo,  has been among the skilled volunteers helping make that possible, working 12 hour shifts at one of the Lighthouse Labs in Milton Keynes. Covid-19 swab samples are sent to the laboratories from the NHS on the front line and other testing sites, including the drive-through sites, for analysis. Below, Amtul shares her experience of working in the labs and why she decided to get involved....

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