News archive 2010
Annual Fund launches King’s radio30 Sep 2010, PR 206/10
A radio station and 3-D models for teaching nursing students to recognise patient wounds that may develop in hospitals, are among the student activities and teaching initiatives set to benefit from the College’s Annual Fund. This year nearly £300,000 has been donated by alumni, staff, parents of students and friends of King’s.
Each year grants from the Annual Fund provide new teaching facilities, extra curricula activities and PhD scholarships which afford King’s students with unrivalled opportunities to enhance their College experience and help to maintain King’s standing as a centre of educational excellence.
A broad range of exciting initiatives have been funded this time including KCL Radio, which will establish, for the first time at King’s, a student-led live on-line broadcasting radio station and media service that will be available 24/7 and also broadcast in Student Union bars. Not only a powerful communication channel, but it will also provide training and development opportunities for students interested in media, management and creative careers.
The first podcasts are planned for 15 October after which new podcasts will be released weekly and the station will launch and go live in February.
Fran Allfrey, President of the KCL Radio and Podcasting Society, comments: 'Everyone is very excited to have been awarded such a generous grant. The support from the Annual Fund means that live radio will soon be possible at King’s.
Society members will be able to develop their journalistic and broadcasting skills using professional standard equipment: a valuable experience for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the media. Furthermore everyone at King’s will be able to listen to news, music and entertainment programmes created by their friends and colleagues, creating a greater sense of community within the College.’
Another successful project is the purchase of 3-D models of the stages of pressure ulcers which facilitate student nurses’ ability to assess a patient’s skin and how pressure ulcers may develop. The visual inspection of patients' skin is a fundamental skill of nurses, and when abnormalities are identified, may lead to the reduction in pressure ulcer formation.
Carol Fordham-Clarke, Lecturer in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, explains the importance of the grant: ‘Pressure sores continue to be widespread and underestimated. The NHS estimates that between four and 10 per cent of patients admitted to hospital will develop a pressure sore. Expert skin inspection and identification of early signs of pressure sores are key skills in nursing practice. These models will provide a valuable teaching tool for nursing students.’
Other projects include:
Poetry at King’s: a series of six poetry readings across the academic year by major English Language poets, establishing King’s as a hub for poetry performance (Department of English);
The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) Video Camera and Voice Recorder Distribution Project: State crime research and advocacy project providing those living in high-risk state crime areas with access to video cameras and voice recorders with the goal of making accounts of the reality of their lives available to researchers (at King’s and elsewhere) and to the wider public. (School of Law);
Coach Education Programme: proving training for 25 aspiring student coaches an opportunity to gain a qualification in seven targeted sports and in return contribute 500 hours of coaching to the King’s community (KCLSU);
For the complete list of funded projects visit: https://alumni.kcl.ac.uk/Page.aspx?pid=3546
In the Graduate School, seven PhD students are currently being sponsored by the Annual Fund; £10,000 is also being made available to support conference attendance for graduate research students.
Alison Thompson, Head of Individual Giving, describes the importance of the Annual Fund in helping to encourage growth and development at King’s. ‘Projects supported by the Annual Fund provide our students the opportunity to blossom by realising talent, strengthening friendships and developing skills that make being at King’s both an enriching experience and one that is valued for a lifetime. They also equip students with the life-long skills that they need to support their future careers.’
Nearly 80 applications were submitted to the Annual Fund this year with 22 projects successfully funded with grants worth up to £15,000. The applications are scrutinised by a committee comprising the Principal, a member of College Council, alumni, staff and the KCLSU President.
Last year 100 per cent of all donations to the Annual Fund went to support students and staff. The College is also able to claim Matched Funding, so for every £3 donated, the Government provide a further £1.
Notes to editors
For more information: www.kclsu.org/societies
Find them on Facebook ‘KCL Radio’ and Twitter @KCLRadio
The Annual Fund, which has been running for 16 years, gifts are processed by the Individual Giving Team within the Development and Alumni Office. For more details about the Annual Fund, see the Giving to King’s web pages: https://alumni.kcl.ac.uk/Page.aspx?pid=3305
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