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First Mental Health Nurses' Day a step in right direction, Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert says

Posted Thursday 21 February 2019

First Mental Health Nurses' Day a step in right direction, Kingston University and St George's, University of London expert says

The introduction of a Mental Health Nurses' Day is a step forward in helping people understand the crucial role these specialist nurses play in supporting service users and challenging stigma that still surrounds mental illness, according to an expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Professor of Mental Health Nursing Mary Chambers said the new awareness day, created by the Royal College of Nursing, comes at an important time - with mental health 'receiving long overdue recognition' after the government announced a number of new initiatives in the latest Budget....


Kingston University politics expert says Labour splitters have made Brexit even more complicated – and weakened prospect of what they want to achieve

Posted Monday 18 February 2019

Kingston University politics expert says Labour splitters have made Brexit even more complicated – and weakened prospect of what they want to achieve

Seven Labour MPs have resigned over Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and concerns around anti-semitism – but does this help or hinder their hopes of securing a second referendum? Dr Robin Pettit, senior lecturer in comparative politics at Kingston University in London, examines the decision of MPs Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Ann Coffey, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Gavin Shuker to quit the party and whether this could spark a radical change in British politics.

"The British political system is very unforgiving of new parties. Anyone who splits with one party to form something new is unlikely to win. You have to wonder what they are hoping to achieve – short term, this could well weaken the prospect of a second referendum and long term, there simply isn't room in our current electoral system for small parties. We saw this with the SDP, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP in 2015."...


New parliamentary report could help tackle national childhood obesity crisis, Kingston University expert says

Posted Monday 18 February 2019

New parliamentary report could help tackle national childhood obesity crisis, Kingston University expert says

A new government report could be a long-awaited step in helping to tackle the national childhood obesity crisis, according to a Kingston University expert.

Greg Dryer, who sits on the Fit and Healthy Childhood all-party parliamentary group which produced the report and is Director of the University's new Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity, said: "Schools have a key role in getting children active and playing sport and I hope this report will go some way to putting recognised measures in place to address this."...


Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

Posted Tuesday 5 February 2019

Metro Bank mogul Vernon Hill calls for companies to create fans rather than customers at Kingston University Strategy into Practice lecture

This year's series of Kingston University industry-respected Strategy into Practice seminars has launched with American entrepreneur and chairman of Metro Bank Vernon Hill speaking to a packed lecture theatre at Kingston Business School.

Mr Hill told the audience of students, staff, alumni and local business people that when he had founded Metro Bank in 2010 it had been Britain's first new high street bank for more than 100 years. "It now boasts 66 stores and assets of more than £20 billion," he said. "Building a growth company, or not-for-profit, in a slow growth world, as I did, is all about having fans rather than customers."...


Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

Posted Thursday 31 January 2019

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hails Kingston University for its work promoting diversity and increasing access to higher education

The Government's new Universities Minister has commended Kingston University for its sector-leading work on social mobility, diversity and reducing the BME attainment gap. During a visit to the University's Penrhyn Road campus, Chris Skidmore MP was given a tour of facilities, including its dedicated STEM outreach centre, which hosts primary and secondary pupils for specially tailored sessions.

He also met students including Rochelle Watson, who is the first in her family to go to university and was last year named one of the winners at the UpReach Student Social Mobility Awards. She shared her thoughts on the way university education can transform lives along with other students who have come through the University's KU Cares scheme, which supports care leavers and students estranged from their families. They spoke to the Kingswood MP about their experiences and the support they have received overcoming barriers to success....


Equipping ambulances with 5G video streaming: Kingston University project with global connectivity provider Pangea set to revolutionise emergency services

Posted Monday 21 January 2019

Equipping ambulances with 5G video streaming: Kingston University project with global connectivity provider Pangea set to revolutionise emergency services

A cutting edge 5G-enabled video streaming system that will allow A&E doctors to make life-saving decisions on patient care by viewing live footage from ambulances is being developed by Kingston University and Internet of Things (IoT) company Pangea Connected.

With accident and emergency services facing ever-increasing demand across the country – NHS ambulance trusts responded to seven million separate incidents in 2017 alone – finding ways to reduce patient turnaround time upon arrival at hospital could play a key role in helping alleviate the pressure....


Brexit: Kingston University expert explores what could lie in store for Britain as MPs plunge country into political paralysis

Posted Thursday 17 January 2019

Brexit: Kingston University expert explores what could lie in store for Britain as MPs plunge country into political paralysis

After the historic defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Conservative MPs swung behind her to ensure she survived Wednesday's motion of no confidence tabled by the opposition Labour Party. Dr Robin Pettitt, senior lecturer in politics at Kingston University, explores how the Brexit drama could play out from here.

With the Prime Minister's record breaking defeat on the Withdrawal Agreement, and her modest victory on the first no confidence vote since 1979, the UK has firmly entered into political paralysis. Parliament is emphatically unwilling to support the Prime Minister on Brexit and, with somewhat less enthusiasm, unwilling to replace her with someone else. May is free from a formal Conservative Party challenge until December this year after the failed internal no-confidence vote. At the same time Theresa May is sticking to her red lines against free movement and any form of membership of the Customs Union and the EU Free Market. Add to that that there is no parliamentary majority for the only deal May can provide within her red lines; no majority for a no-deal Brexit; and after the defeat of the no confidence motion no majority for an early general election. Considering the deep political gridlock with no immediate way out, it seems increasingly likely that the government will (probably kicking and screaming) be made to request an extension of the Article 50 deadline. That needs the approval of the EU27, which, while likely, still leaves the the question: an extension to do what?...


Damian Chapman appointed Head of Design School at Kingston School of Art

Posted Wednesday 16 January 2019

Damian Chapman appointed Head of Design School at Kingston School of Art

"The feeling around campus is electric. I love the fact that when you walk in the front door there's an open space with people working together, talking together. There's work on the wall - you walk in to a living, breathing space."

Kingston School of Art's newly appointed Head of Design, Damian Chapman, finds it easy to capture the feeling of stepping in to Kingston School of Art - one of the key reasons he felt compelled to take up his latest leadership role. "Kingston School of Art has a phenomenal reputation for creativity," he said. "Our students are at the very forefront of the design industries and, through building on the trailblazing and socially responsible work here in the Design School, we nurture and celebrate creativity as one of the key value drivers for society."...

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