From Shakespeare to shale gas: Research Week at Kingston University showcases some of the pioneering work being undertaken to tackle challenges facing today's society

Posted Friday 31 March 2017

Research Week is an annual event that showcases some of the groundbreaking research taking place at Kingston University. Many of the University's researchers are working at the cutting edge of their fields, linking up with industry partners to address issues of real significance to today's society. In the Government's latest Research Excellence Framework, 60 per cent of the University's research was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

This year Research Week is taking place from Sunday 2 to Friday 7 April. The week-long programme of events will highlight the work of research students and academics across areas ranging from health, digital technologies and engineering to the creative industries, global economics and contemporary philosophy.

Events include a Shakespeare symposium set in the historic Garrick Temple near Hampton Court, a seminar exploring the impact of government policy on children in care and a series of lectures exploring the issue of shale gas and fracking. The week will culminate in a three-minute thesis competition held for postgraduate researchers.

The programme for the week features a range of activities led by academics from across the University's five faculties as well as the Graduate Research School.

As well as raising the profile of research at the University, the series of events also supports individual researchers by providing an opportunity for wider academic dissemination of their work. In addition, it offers the University's research students valuable networking and training opportunities.

Hal, the patient simulator robot, is an example of some of the cutting-edge technology being made available to staff and students at Kingston University.

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