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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.


Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey commends Kingston University's coronavirus testing and vaccination centres for being first class facilities

Posted Thursday 17 December 2020

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey commends Kingston University's coronavirus testing and vaccination centres for being first class facilities

Liberal Democrat leader and Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey has received a first-hand insight into the roll out of the coronavirus vaccination programme and the enormous efforts going into providing asymptomatic testing during a visit to Kingston University.

He toured two hubs set up at either end of the University's Penrhyn Road campus to provide vaccinations for borough residents aged over 80 and asymptomatic testing for students and staff in the run up to the winter break. He said he had been "bowled over" by the first class facilities and impressed at the way in which the University had stepped forward to play such a key role in the heart of the community, working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston, local GPs and medical centres in the fight against Covid-19. ...


Kingston University graduate Nadine Kaadan makes BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women of 2020 for championing inclusivity in children's books

Posted Thursday 17 December 2020

Kingston University graduate Nadine Kaadan makes BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women of 2020 for championing inclusivity in children's books

A Kingston University graduate, whose children's books champion inclusivity and have helped young people deal with trauma, has been included in the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020. 

Syrian children's author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan, who graduated with an MA in Communication Design: Illustration from Kingston School of Art in 2013, features in the list of inspirational women alongside politicians, scientists, activists, and actors who have made their mark this year.  ...


Kingston University supports GPs and health centres to dispense borough's first Covid-19 vaccinations

Posted Thursday 17 December 2020

Kingston University supports GPs and health centres to dispense borough's first Covid-19 vaccinations

Kingston University has teamed up with local GPs and medical centres to offer a base for some of the borough's most vulnerable residents to receive coronavirus vaccinations.

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Quality of Kingston University's landmark Town House and Mill Street Building recognised in raft of architecture and industry award commendations

Posted Wednesday 16 December 2020

Quality of Kingston University's landmark Town House and Mill Street Building recognised in raft of architecture and industry award commendations

Kingston University has topped off a year of widespread praise for boosting students' learning through its investment in campus facilities with its iconic Town House named runner up in the Guardian University Awards.

Designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning practice Grafton Architects, the multi-million pound Town House in Penrhyn Road is transforming the learning experience for students and acts as a gateway to the University for residents and businesses. Some 5,000 students, staff and members of the Kingston community poured through its doors on its opening day in January, and many more have done so since....


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. ...


Covid-19 historic archive to preserve experiences of Kingston University community for future generations

Posted Monday 14 December 2020

Covid-19 historic archive to preserve experiences of Kingston University community for future generations

Kingston University's archive is creating a special collection about the Covid-19 pandemic to record the personal experiences of students and staff during the unprecedented period. The archive of written testimonies and artefacts will be preserved as part of the University's 120-year history.

Archivists are inviting submissions of creative writing, artworks, videos or photographs to create a new collection reflecting the University's response to Covid-19 and the effect the pandemic has had on individuals' lives....


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