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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. ...


Kingston University supports small businesses hit by Covid-19 pandemic by delivering government-funded leadership programme

Posted Tuesday 10 November 2020

Kingston University supports small businesses hit by Covid-19 pandemic by delivering government-funded leadership programme

To help entrepreneurs in developing their company's resilience and recovery from the impact of Covid-19, Kingston Business School has launched the Small Business Leadership Programme. The programme is led by Dr Bahare Afrahi, the director of highly successful undergraduate course in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management within Kingston University.

The 10-week course will be held online and has been designed to help entrepreneurs develop the skills and the confidence to make difficult decisions about how to keep their enterprise afloat and boost growth and productivity during these challenging times, and beyond....


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....


Expressive writing project from Kingston University to help Covid-19 healthcare workers overcome traumatic experiences

Posted Monday 12 October 2020

Expressive writing project from Kingston University to help Covid-19 healthcare workers overcome traumatic experiences

A project developed by a Kingston School of Art researcher that aims to help people overcome trauma through expressive writing techniques is to be offered to healthcare professionals around the world who are on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis.

The methodology developed by Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons), Dr Meg Jensen and Dr Siobhan Campbell, senior lecturer of creative writing at the Open University, has previously been used to support military veterans and palliative care workers in the UK and refugees and victims of violence in conflict regions, most recently in Iraq and Lebanon....


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....


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....

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