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New book by Kingston University and St George's, University of London social work expert outlines ramifications of privatising services

Posted Friday 14 December 2018

New book by Kingston University and St George's, University of London social work expert outlines ramifications of privatising services

A book setting out the far-reaching implications of privatising social work has been unveiled by a leading academic from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

In Whose Interest? The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work, by Emeritus Professor of Social Work Ray Jones, explores the impact of outsourcing crucial services, including those for families and children, to private companies. It discusses the challenges privatisation poses in the sector and the effect this approach is having on the quality and continuity of care....


Politics and international relations students shine spotlight on Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 70th anniversary

Posted Friday 7 December 2018

Politics and international relations students shine spotlight on Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 70th anniversary

Students and academics at Kingston University are marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights by exploring the significant role the landmark manifesto has played in shaping the world since 1948.

Kingston University's head of politics Professor Radu Cinpoes said the anniversary was a momentous occasion as it gave people a chance to reflect on what had happened in the world of human rights since the declaration was signed....


Discover Leveson – Kingston University's new online archive of landmark public inquiry offers unique insight into journalism and society

Posted Thursday 6 December 2018

Discover Leveson – Kingston University's new online archive of landmark public inquiry offers unique insight into journalism and society

A cutting-edge online archive of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has been launched in a project led by Kingston University. The Discover Leveson website is a comprehensive, fully searchable and freshly curated educational resource, providing the public with easy access to the wealth of evidence from the landmark inquiry, which examined the central role of news and journalism in modern society.

Established by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, the public inquiry led by judge Sir Brian Leveson ran from July 2011 to November 2012. Hearing evidence for more than eight months of that time, it explored the media's relationship with the public, politicians and the police....


University's Small Business Research Centre analyses small firms' disputes with banks for national review by UK Finance

Posted Friday 23 November 2018

University's Small Business Research Centre analyses small firms' disputes with banks for national review by UK Finance

Kingston University's Small Business Research Centre has provided an analysis of small firms' complaints with their banks for an independent review headed by Simon Walker CBE, former Director General of the Institute of Directors.

Commissioned by UK Finance, the body representing the country's banking and finance industry, the review investigated how alternative dispute resolution procedures outside the court system could be used to provide a fair and effective means of settling disagreements between banks and their small business customers....


Shifting focus from catching cheats to positive education key to protecting clean sport, Kingston University expert tells World Anti-Doping Agency conference

Posted Thursday 22 November 2018

Shifting focus from catching cheats to positive education key to protecting clean sport, Kingston University expert tells World Anti-Doping Agency conference

The assumption most athletes would dope unless stopped should be abandoned, with the focus of anti-doping education shifting towards a more positive, values-based approach, according to a Kingston University public health expert.

Professor Andrea Petroczi outlined the importance of ensuring this education was provided in a way that enabled and supported athletes to compete clean after speaking at the second World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Global Education Conference in Beijing, where she reflected on athletes own views around clean sport....


Kingston University philosophy expert wins Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to explore sex division in natural history

Posted Wednesday 21 November 2018

Kingston University philosophy expert wins Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to explore sex division in natural history

A leading philosophy expert from Kingston University has won a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to explore the philosophical basis of sex classification in natural history.

Professor of Modern European Philosophy Stella Sandford received more than £141,000 from the leading research funder for the three-year study, which will explore the meaning of sex division across the natural world - including among plants. She will examine the implications of this sexed view of the world for the way humans categorise themselves today....


International business travel increases risk taking and puts strain on mental health, research from Kingston University and International SOS reveals

Posted Friday 9 November 2018

International business travel increases risk taking and puts strain on mental health, research from Kingston University and International SOS reveals

People who travel internationally as part of their work are more likely to engage in risky behaviour while away from home, according to a new study by Kingston University, Affinity Health at Work and International SOS Foundation.

While 67 per cent of international business travellers surveyed reported being more engaged with their jobs due to travel, the research by occupational psychology expert Dr Rachel Lewis from Kingston Business School and Affinity Health at Work found 34 per cent of people were more likely to do things such as consume excessive alcohol, travel in a vehicle without adequate protection, start a sexual relationship with a new partner, have unprotected sex or use drugs when travelling internationally for work....


Encouraging more health workers to have flu jab needs new approach that connects on an emotional level, Kingston University research finds

Posted Tuesday 6 November 2018

Encouraging more health workers to have flu jab needs new approach that connects on an emotional level, Kingston University research finds

Persuading more health workers to have the flu jab to protect themselves and their patients cannot be done through facts and statistics alone, new research by a leading behavioural scientist from Kingston University has revealed. Instead it demands a new approach that connects with people emotionally to sustain immunisation rates at effective levels.

Nearly one third of nurses, GPs and other health professionals surveyed by professor of organisational behaviour Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau from Kingston Business School and her co-researcher Dr George Kassianos, national immunisation lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners, were hesitant about having the vaccine....

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