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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....


Eye drop containing natural antimicrobial agent could be key to treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that causes blindness in babies, Kingston University experts find

Posted Friday 9 October 2020

Eye drop containing natural antimicrobial agent could be key to treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that causes blindness in babies, Kingston University experts find

A natural treatment for an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that causes blindness in infants can be effectively administered through a simple eye drop without causing irritation, Kingston University researchers have found.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria which causes the sexually-transmitted infection gonorrhoea, is increasingly becoming resistant to the antibiotics used to treat it. The infection can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby, where it can infect the eyes and cause permanent blindness if left untreated....


Pioneering pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoops Health Service Journal award

Posted Monday 5 October 2020

Pioneering pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoops Health Service Journal award

A hip and knee pain rehabilitation programme that was created by a Kingston University and St George's, University of London professor, has picked up a prestigious Health Service Journal award.

The ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme landed the Musculoskeletal Care Initiative of the Year in the Health Service Journal Awards, which celebrate healthcare service excellence in the UK and initiatives that improve patient outcomes....


How Black History Month has inspired research into the stories and achievements of Black figures from Kingston and Surrey's past

Posted Monday 5 October 2020

How Black History Month has inspired research into the stories and achievements of Black figures from Kingston and Surrey's past

Kingston University historian Dr Steven Woodbridge explores how recent research inspired by Black History Month is shining a light on the Black history of Kingston and its surrounding areas.

Although Black people have lived in this country since Roman times, members of Britain's Black community were first recorded officially in the Tudor period - and one talented Black musician was a regular presence just down the road at Hampton Court Palace, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Paintings from the time show that John Blanke was a Black trumpeter, one of the six elite trumpeters in the Royal retinue to the King (the other five were white). Blanke was clearly well-regarded by Henry, as he successfully petitioned the King for a wage increase....


Black History Month at Kingston University – a message from the Vice-Chancellor

Posted Thursday 1 October 2020

Black History Month at Kingston University – a message from the Vice-Chancellor

A message to students, staff and alumni from Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier:

As October gets under way, so too does Black History Month - an opportunity for us all to reflect on and celebrate the many achievements of the Black community in Britain and the rich and longstanding contribution people of African and Caribbean descent have made to British society and culture....


NHS Trust appoints Kingston University and St George's, University of London cardiovascular nursing expert as Non-Executive Director

Posted Wednesday 30 September 2020

NHS Trust appoints Kingston University and St George's, University of London cardiovascular nursing expert as Non-Executive Director

A cardiovascular nursing expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London has been appointed as Non-Executive Director at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).

Professor Tom Quinn, lead for the Emergency, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Research Group in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, begins a three-year term of office with the NHS Trust with immediate effect....


Kingston University student scoops prestigious D&AD New Blood Award for creative campaign showcasing microprocessor technology

Posted Friday 25 September 2020

Kingston University student scoops prestigious D&AD New Blood Award for creative campaign showcasing microprocessor technology

A Kingston University creative economy student has won a prestigious New Blood Pencil from the D&AD Awards, for designing a campaign for computing giant Intel that features magnified images of microprocessors alongside the global challenges the technology firm is trying to solve.

The D&AD Awards recognise creative excellence in design and advertising and attract entries from around the world. The New Blood category is a platform for budding students and young creatives to showcase their talent on briefs set by real clients and judged by the industry's top creatives....


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