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Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

Posted Wednesday 2 November 2016

Stories of 9/11 and 7/7 survivors shared as linguistics expert gives insight in to narratives describing trauma during Kingston University-hosted TEDx event

A Kingston University academic shared her research into how people use stories to describe traumatic experiences – including survivors of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre in 2001 and the London bombings in 2005 – as part of her talk on the power of stories at Saturday's TEDx event, held at the University.

Dr Marina Lambrou, Head of Department for Linguistics and Languages at the University, has spent the past ten years researching trauma narratives – analysing the story structure and language people use to describe and evaluate their experiences....


Astronaut Helen Sharman and chemist Dame Professor Julia Higgins unveil Kingston University's new state-of-the-art science and technology facilities

Posted Thursday 20 October 2016

Astronaut Helen Sharman and chemist Dame Professor Julia Higgins unveil Kingston University's new state-of-the-art science and technology facilities

Giving people of all ages access to cutting-edge science and technology equipment and expertise is one of the most powerful ways of convincing them of its life-changing potential, according to two top British scientists. Dr Helen Sharman and Dame Professor Julia Higgins were at Kingston University to open a new suite of laboratories named in their honour and a public outreach centre – where school children and community groups from across London will be able to explore how pioneering technologies make an impact on people's lives.

Packed with state-of-the-art equipment – including interactive floors, humanoid and patient simulator robots, virtual reality technology and forensic investigations kits – the new facilities are part of a £6.8 million project to encourage people from all backgrounds to get passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects....


Kingston University curating expert Professor Catherine McDermott honoured with 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education

Posted Monday 10 October 2016

Kingston University curating expert Professor Catherine McDermott honoured with 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education

A Kingston University professor who established a pioneering Masters course in design curation has been recognised with a prestigious award. Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University's MA in Curating Contemporary Design. The accolade comes just a year after she also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.

Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. "There was nobody who could curate or respond to design - there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed," she said....


Kingston University inclusion expert set to help shape future of higher education following appointment to Government's Teaching Excellence Framework panel

Posted Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kingston University inclusion expert set to help shape future of higher education following appointment to Government's Teaching Excellence Framework panel

An inclusion and diversity expert from Kingston University has been picked from more than 1,200 applicants to join an influential panel tasked with implementing the government's new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University's Director of Equality and Diversity Nona McDuff has been appointed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to review universities' submissions to the new framework currently being established.

Ms McDuff fought off stiff competition from other applicants from across the sector before finally being named as one of just 23 successful appointments. The panel she now joins comprises students, academics, widening participation experts and employers. The group will be responsible for implementing the new government framework being introduced to recognise and reward excellence in higher education practises....


Kingston University appoints three pioneering researchers in science and business to post of professor

Posted Friday 9 September 2016

Kingston University appoints three pioneering researchers in science and business to post of professor

A researcher who is using images of the eye to predict the risk of heart attacks has been made a professor by Kingston University.

Sarah Barman is one of three professors, alongside marketing expert Jaywant Singh and large-scale computing specialist Souheil Khaddaj, to be appointed into the new role. "I'm working with medical researchers from St George's, University of London to see if it's possible to predict the risk of heart disease and diabetes by assessing the retinal vessels on the back of the eye," Professor Barman said. "In the future, maybe in 10 years or so, it may be possible that an optometrist could assess your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as the condition of your eyes."...


Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Posted Wednesday 6 July 2016

Scholars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers converge on Kingston University for conference examining work of writer and director Joss Whedon

Kingston University has played host to an international conference dedicated to the work of Joss Whedon – creator of cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and writer and director of blockbuster film Avengers Assemble.

Taking place every two years, the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, brings together academics from across the globe to discuss the various works of Whedon – who is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in popular culture. This is the first time the event has been held outside North America....


Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Friday 17 June 2016

Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

England's Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jane Cummings will share her vision for the future of patient care with staff and students at Kingston University and St George's, University of London after becoming a visiting professor at the two institutions' Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

Professor Cummings is the professional lead for thousands of nurses, midwives and care assistants across England and recently launched the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value' framework. Her new appointment in the Faculty, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, will see her deliver seminars and share her extensive expertise of the healthcare sector. She will also maintain her leadership role within NHS England and continue as the Government's principal adviser on nursing and midwifery....


Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Kingston University pharmacy students lead the way in using social media to help tackle key public health issues

Pharmacy students at Kingston University are developing new ways of using social media to help tackle key public health issues such as obesity, smoking and cancer awareness. As part of a project aiming to show how community pharmacy teams could use digital platforms to deliver health campaigns to a wide audience, final year students were tasked with setting up and managing Facebook pages to share evidence-based advice around the world.

Split into groups, they were assigned one of 12 key health topics that addressed the most commonly reported public health needs, ranging from stopping smoking to weight loss, dental health, cancer awareness and stress. The fourth-year pharmacy students then built up a community of followers over several months, posting regular advice and updates and sharing supportive health messages and videos....


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