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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....


Kingston University experts examine how politics played a key role in the impact of Covid-19 in democratic countries

Posted Friday 25 September 2020

Kingston University experts examine how politics played a key role in the impact of Covid-19 in democratic countries

As the UK enters a new phase of government-imposed measures designed to combat Covid-19, a team of experts from Kingston University has released a report examining the initial response of eight democratic countries to the pandemic, and how local, national and international politics played a pivotal role in the outcomes.

The report, Covid-19 and Democracy, First Cut Policy Analyses: Country Case Studies, looks at how the eight countries responded from April to June 30, during the early stages of the pandemic. The UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and the USA were all included in the study....


Kingston University womenswear designer returns from fashion capital of Paris to join frontline battle against Covid-19

Posted Monday 14 September 2020

Kingston University womenswear designer returns from fashion capital of Paris to join frontline battle against Covid-19

From interning with French fashion house Chanel to working on a busy hospital ward, a talented graduate designer from Kingston University has swapped haute couture for scrubs to help support the NHS in the battle against coronavirus.

Two weeks before lockdown, Megan Greenfield had just finished a six month design internship with leading French fashion house Chanel, and was part way through the recruitment process for a design role in men's embroidery with another leading fashion company....


International research into availability of PPE during Covid-19 conducted by intensive care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Thursday 3 September 2020

International research into availability of PPE during Covid-19 conducted by intensive care expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Leading critical care nurse and senior lecturer at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, Johannes Mellinghoff, has teamed up with nursing and allied health professionals and medical colleagues from around the world to conduct an extensive survey assessing personal protective equipment (PPE) available to medical teams at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The survey saw Mr Mellinghoff and his counterparts, from as far as Australia, Argentina and Libya, question healthcare workers on the availability and use of PPE while caring for Covid-19 patients in intensive care....


Kingston University and Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust receives share of £4.3m government funding for vital study in to link between ethnicity and Covid-19

Posted Wednesday 2 September 2020

Kingston University and Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust receives share of £4.3m government funding for vital study in to link between ethnicity and Covid-19

Kingston University, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and a national team of researchers will examine the disproportionate mortality rates from Covid-19 among Black and South Asian communities as part of a government-funded project - which will also see the team develop key health messages to help raise awareness and engage with adversely affected groups.

The year-long study, jointly lead by Professor Aftab Ala of Royal Surrey and Dr Tushna Vandrevala of Kingston University, is one of six projects across the UK that have been allocated a total of £4.3million from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to scrutinise the link between ethnicity and Covid-19....

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