Posted Friday 24 November 2017
Kingston University has been named one of the globe's top 500 institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects in the Times Higher Education's World University rankings.
The sector-leading publication's annual global rankings recognise the academic prestige, research excellence and teaching environment provided to undergraduates. The University was ranked in the 401-500 banding globally and was one of 58 United Kingdom institutions to feature in the 2018 subject tables.
The University's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is run in partnership with St George's, University of London, delivering a range of health-related subjects included nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography and rehabilitation sciences.
The faculty brings together a combination of health care professionals, academics, patients and members of the public, along with a thriving research community that works closely with the NHS, social care and university partners, Professor Tom Quinn, Associate Dean of Research, explained.
"Our focus is all about improving care and outcomes for patients and service users in health and social care, understanding how professionals work together and preparing the next generation of health professionals for the world of work," he said.
Aspiring nurses on the University's nursing courses, delivered at the Kingston Hill campus, undertake practice placements in NHS trusts, community and independent organisations throughout their degrees - experience that proves invaluable for their future careers, according to Dr Julia Gale, head of the faculty's School of Nursing.
"Our students acquire specialist, practical knowledge as well as the vital hands-on clinical skills and simulation experience they need to move onto roles as registered nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council," she said.
Professor Iain Beith, head of the School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care, said one of the faculty's key focuses was developing relationships across disciplines - ensuring students learn how to work with professionals across a wide range of specialisms.
"We want to ensure our graduates understand the importance of working closely with colleagues from other health care areas to ensure patients get the very best care," he said. "We encourage shared learning and have lecturers teaching modules across a range of disciplines to help deliver that inter-professional model."
Students are also given the opportunity to get as close to the real-life professional experiences they will face as possible, through investment in cutting-edge simulation suites across the school - from paramedic science to occupational therapy.
Researchers from the faculty work closely with colleagues in other health disciplines, including academics and experts from the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. "The University works cross-faculty through research centres led by internationally-renowned specialists in their field," Professor Declan Naughton, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, said.
"Researchers and students are able to share expertise and resources through collaboration on studies in a range of health science areas, including diabetes, cancer and public health."