News archive 2003
18 Dec 2003 New MD for KCL Enterprises
Dr Alison Campbell has been appointed Managing Director of KCL Enterprises and will take up the post on 1 March 2004.
17 Dec 2003 Centre For Chemical Biology
University College and King’s College London are proposing to collaborate to establish a new Centre for Chemical Biology based in the King’s Strand Building.
11 Dec 2003 Widening Access
Media coverage of ‘Performance Indicators’ for higher education in the media today has focused on the issue of access to leading universities by pupils from lower income families.
10 Dec 2003 Science programme changes at King's College London
King’s College London is to realign its provision of teaching in the sciences in response to changing modalities in science, research and teaching.
05 Dec 2003 World first: London team pioneers new technique for children born with heart defects
The success of a new way of diagnosing and treating children born with congenital heart abnormalities – without exposing them to potentially harmful x-rays – is revealed in a paper to be published in The Lancet on Saturday 6 December.
27 Nov 2003 Strategic Review: Chemistry
At its meeting on 26 November, the Academic Board supported a proposal to pursue collaboration with UCL for the establishment of a research institute in Chemical Biology, and to approve the phased closure of the Department of Chemistry (including phasing out the existing undergraduate programmes run by the Department, withdrawing from Masters teaching in Chemistry at the end of the current session, and enabling completion of the current PhD students’ programmes).
23 Nov 2003 Desmond Tutu joins King's as Visiting Professor
The Most Revd Desmond Tutu will join the staff of King’s College London in the New Year when he becomes a Visiting Professor in Post-Conflict Societies for the spring term.
07 Nov 2003 The Life Sciences review: statement
King’s College London has undertaken a review of research and teaching activities in the Department of Life Sciences.
06 Nov 2003 King's academics win national prize
Two of the 25 Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2003 have been won by academics in the School of Humanities at King’s College London.
06 Nov 2003 Markets 'bring community to the neighbourhood' say shoppers
As well as being tourist attractions, markets improve the quality of Londoner's lives, claim researchers from King's College London today.
30 Oct 2003 Nobel Laureate, Maurice Wilkins's autobiography published
The Third Man of the Double Helix: The Autobiography of Maurice Wilkins. The as-yet-untold side of the story of the discovery of the Double Helix
20 Oct 2003 Block 9: An update
King's College and the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust to develop a joint plan for the St Thomas’s Campus.
16 Oct 2003 Panorama comes to King's
Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world, filmed its forthcoming programme at King’s College London.
09 Oct 2003 'The Higher' welcomes new Principal
The Times Higher Education Supplement announced the appointment of Professor Richard Trainor as the new Principal of King’s College London on its front page today (9 October). This was followed up with a ringing endorsement on its editorial page.
07 Oct 2003 New Principal for King's
Professor Richard Trainor has been appointed Principal of King's College London, following the retirement of Professor Arthur Lucas CBE, and will take up the position in September 2004. The appointment is made by the Crown, on the recommendation of the College Council.
06 Oct 2003 Gala Reception to launch Caribbean Health appeal
A glittering gala reception on Wednesday 8 October at 7.30pm at City Hall, Queens Walk, SE1 will launch a £250,000 appeal for education and training in Caribbean health.
17 Sep 2003 What happens to people when they leave the armed forces?
New study to discover what happens to people when they leave the armed forces.
15 Sep 2003 King's takes part in the London Open House Weekend
London as a living architecture exhibition: 20 - 21 September
12 Sep 2003 King's and London Weighting
Following negotiations with the AUT (both locally and nationally), AMICUS and UNISON, King’s College London has agreed to make a commitment to invest £1.4million in a two year package to address the issue of London Weighting.
12 Sep 2003 Continuity & Change: How healthy are the diets of people from ethnic minorities?
Few people these days would describe the ‘British Diet’ in a way which did not include curry, pizza or a Chinese take-away. Over the past 50 years the internationalisation of popular British cuisine has been remarkable and has been linked in part with large-scale migration to the UK.
09 Sep 2003 A genetic theory of learning disabilities
Research from the largest study of twins ever conducted in the UK shows that genetic influences on common learning disabilities are not specific to each disorder.
08 Sep 2003 King's at the BA Festival of Science
The UK’s largest science festival starts today (Monday 8 September 2003) and King’s College London has a record number of academics taking part.
29 Aug 2003 Psychiatric disorders more common in children born late in the school year
Research in this week's BMJ reveals that being one of the youngest children in your school year puts you at greater risk of developing mental health problems.
20 Aug 2003 Caribbean Health Focus, a directory of services in South East London
A brand new resource for Caribbean patients and service providers in South East London has been published and is also available online.
14 Aug 2003 Review of KCL Chemistry Department: an update
The review of chemistry provision at King’s College London approved by the College Council on July 1 is now underway and it is hoped that recommendations arising from the review will be made to Council at its October meeting.
13 Aug 2003 First UK stem cell line generated at King's
A major breakthrough has been made by UK researchers at King's College London in the generation of new human embryonic stem (hES) cells.
12 Aug 2003 First UK stem cell line generated at King's
Discussions between the Department of War Studies at King's College London and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent have resulted in an agreement to relocate the London Centre of International Relations (LCIR) to King's.
08 Aug 2003 King's register record ozone levels in London
Record ozone levels accompanied the record temperatures in London on Wednesday 6 August. These findings come from the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) Air Pollution Incident Notification issued by the Environmental Research Group, King’s College London.
30 Jul 2003 Schools' minister visits King's
Stephen Twigg MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, visited King’s College London Greenwood Theatre today to meet the 30 young people who are participating in the unique London Talent initiative.
30 Jul 2003 Two-week target 'changing little' for breast cancer patients
The Government’s two-week target is failing to have the hoped-for impact on waiting times for breast cancer treatment, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Tuesday).
28 Jul 2003 New website offers care for mental health carers
A new on-line service for people who care for someone with a mental illness is being launched on 28th July 2003 in a partnership involving the NHS, one of the worlds leading psychiatric research institutions and the UK’s largest charity for severe mental illness.
17 Jul 2003 London Talent launched at King's
A unique four-week, free, residential summer school enabling talented 12-15 year olds to develop their performance skills begins on Monday 21 July.
17 Jul 2003 Gene helps determine whether the stresses of life push you into depression
Gene helps determine whether the stresses of life push you into depression, Science study says.
17 Jul 2003 Two King's professors elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Hamid Aghvami, Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research and Professor of Telecommunications Engineering, and David Hawkes, Head of the Division of Imaging Sciences and Professor of Computational Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, have been elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. They are two of the 50 new Fellows.
14 Jul 2003 Innovations in Education: Summer Fayre
The Dental Institute’s first Educational Summer Fayre, Innovations in Education, takes place in a marquee at King’s College London’s Guy's Campus on Wednesday 16 July, 11.00 -16.00.
10 Jul 2003 How the Tooth Fairy could help to prevent asthma
Scientists investigating the rise in asthma among Britain’s children have turned to the tooth fairy to help them in their research.
04 Jul 2003 Psychology professor elected Fellow of the British Academy
One of the world’s leading experts in anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress, David Clark, Professor of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He is one of 35 new scholars whose Fellowships have been announced today.
03 Jul 2003 Heart of the matter: Launch of healthy heart schools video
Young people from south London today (Thursday July 3) celebrate the launch of their innovative video, demonstrating the workings of a healthy heart through dance and movement.
26 Jun 2003 New perspectives in nurse education
New perspectives in nurse education: comparing outcomes from three-year degree and diploma programmes.
25 Jun 2003 Allergy services totally inadequate says RCP
A new report from the Royal College of Physicians states that allergy services in the NHS are totally inadequate and cannot cope with the rising amount and increasing severity of allergy in the UK.
25 Jun 2003 London pupils go global at King's College London
Fifty young people from 15 London boroughs with limited family experience of university are taking part in an innovative summer school at King’s College London from 30 June to 4 July.
19 Jun 2003 Big news for the seriously overweight
Surgery for obesity works, thanks to a hormone related to appetite, scientists will announce tomorrow, at a special press briefing at the Endocrine Society Meeting in Philadelphia (11.00hrs BST, Thursday 19 June 2003).
16 Jun 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours
The Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced on Saturday 14 June.
10 Jun 2003 Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Suffer Lower IQ Levels
In what is believed to be the first study using twins to help account for genetic influence on IQ, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), reported that children exposed to high levels of domestic violence have lower IQs than unexposed children. These findings appear in the spring 2003 issue of Development and Psychopathology.
03 Jun 2003 King's library wins prestigious heritage award
King’s College London has won the 2003 City Heritage Award for the most outstanding conservation project in the City of London.
03 Jun 2003 Communicating the War on terror
The Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London, in association with the Royal Institution and sponsored by the ESRC, is pleased to announce the conference ‘Communicating the War on Terror’ to be held at the Royal Institution in London on 5 and 6 June 2003.
29 May 2003 King's announces the 2003 Fellows
Two new Honorary Fellows and ten new Fellows of King’s College London have been elected.
28 May 2003 How the body fights HIV virus
Scientists have revealed how a gene could act as a defence mechanism against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in the latest issue of Cell (online edition May 28, 2003).
21 May 2003 King's and NFT launch unique course
In the week of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the movie calendar, a new course in film studies is to be offered by King's College London and the National Film Theatre (NFT).
20 May 2003 Racism's hidden impact on the quality of life for Britain's ageing ethnic minorities
The impact of racism should be properly considered when attempts are made to measure the quality of life of older people among Britain’s ethnic minorities, according to a report on new research sponsored by the ESRC.
19 May 2003 FRS for King's
Professor Malcolm Irving, Director of the Randall Centre at King’s College London, has been elected one of the 42 new 2003 Fellows of the Royal Society.
14 May 2003 IP2IPO Group Ltd partnership with King's College London
Formation of university partnership with King's College London and placing to raise £6.1m.
07 May 2003 Veterans' Minister announces plans to monitor the health of personnel returning from the Gulf
Building on extensive measures put in place to protect the health of personnel involved in conflict in Iraq, Veterans' Minister Lewis Moonie today announced plans to monitor both physical and psychological health on their return.
06 May 2003 Cancer Tales: Nell Dunn's latest play to premier in London
The world premier of the first full length performance of Nell Dunn’s new play Cancer Tales will be staged for one night only at the King’s College London Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street, SE1 on Friday 16 May at 7 pm.
30 Apr 2003 Press Invitation: Panel Discussion on Peacekeeping Operations
Major report on peacekeeping launched next week.
22 Apr 2003 King's celebrates 50 years of DNA
The most important photo ever taken, the X-ray diffraction photograph which led to the discovery of the structure of DNA, came about through a series of lucky coincidences, scientists will reveal at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery.
18 Apr 2003 CDS Update on the Conflict on Iraq – fourth issue
This is the fourth of the CDS weekly bulletins on the current conflict in Iraq. It is designed to take stock of what has been happening in the war and to identify some of the underlying issues arising from current developments.
16 Apr 2003 Wanted - London's next Martine McCutcheon
A very special group of Gifted and Talented young people between 8 and 15 in London are to get the chance of a lifetime this summer. Following auditions in May, 120 lucky young people will join a four-week summer school – called ‘London Talent’ - aimed at developing their performance skills.
16 Apr 2003 King's explores dying through drama
The Performance of Dying
11 Apr 2003 CDS update on the conflict in Iraq - third issue
This is the third of the CDS weekly bulletins on the current conflict in Iraq. It is designed to take stock of what has been happening in the war and to identify some of the underlying issues arising from current developments.
04 Apr 2003 CDS update on the conflict In Iraq - second issue
This is the second of the CDS weekly bulletins on the current conflict in Iraq. It is designed to take stock of what has been happening in the war and to identify some of the underlying issues arising from current developments.
31 Mar 2003 King's scientist wins Franklin Medal
Professor Susan Gibson is the winner of the inaugural Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. Professor Gibson is a synthetic chemist at King’s College, London, where Rosalind Franklin herself made her contribution to the discovery of DNA 50 years ago.
28 Mar 2003 CDS Update on the conflict in Iraq
This is the first of a series of weekly bulletins on the current conflict in Iraq. It is designed to take stock of what has been happening in the war and to identify some of the underlying issues arising from current developments.
28 Mar 2003 Harkness Lecture
After Iraq: America and Europe was the title of this year’s prestigious annual Harkness lecture. It was given by William Shawcross, the internationally renowned writer and broadcaster and Harkness Fellow (1972-73), on Thursday 27 March in the Great Hall of King’s College London in the presence of the American Ambassador.
27 Mar 2003 UK defence expert to give keynote speech in Washington DC
Professor Sir Michael Howard, the UK’s leading military historian, will deliver a major lecture at The Library of Congress, Washington DC on 1 April 2003. The lecture will be entitled The Problem of Order in a Global Society: Global Policing or “War on Terror”?
24 Mar 2003 King's response to the Education White Paper
Response from King’s College London to the White Paper, The Future of Higher Education.
24 Mar 2003 New online War Studies programmes
UKeU, the UK government-backed company set up to provide online degrees from UK universities to students worldwide, today announced new ‘War in the Modern World’ programmes from King’s College London which will become available from January 2004.
14 Mar 2003 Diagnosing dementia in the developing world
Authors of a study in this week’s issue of THE LANCET, led by an academic in the Institute of Psychiatry, describe a potential model for diagnosing dementia in developing countries.
11 Mar 2003 Inkha the robot joins Strand reception staff
Inkha, a reactive robotic head that tracks movement, speaks, and interacts with people in a lifelike way, will be on reception at King’s College London this week. Inkha opened and closed the Blue Peter programme on Monday 10 March.
21 Feb 2003 Schools culture of testing and targets squeezes support for 'at risk' youngsters
The current competitive culture of standards, targets and formal curriculum makes it hard for schools to be inclusive and support children with the greatest social and learning needs, according to new research funded by the ESRC.
20 Feb 2003 Western malaise affects war capability, defence academic argues
Lack of conviction and purpose could undermine the capacity of British troops to fight in Iraq and of the British people to be resilient in the face of future terrorist attacks, argues Bill Durodié of the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College London, in a feature to be published today in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
13 Feb 2003 Questioning evolutionary theory: Teeth evolved twice
New research, published today in the journal Science*, will question the classic concept of the evolution of teeth and could lead to a shake up of the vertebrate family tree.
13 Feb 2003 Princess Royal Opens International Mental Health Research Centre Building
A new state-of-the-art building for one of the world's leading centres researching the genetic (nature) and environmental (nurture) factors affecting mental health was opened by the Chancellor of the University of London, HRH The Princess Royal on Thursday 13 February.
13 Feb 2003 International Policy Institute Debate: War or Peace in Iraq?
An open discussion led by internationally renowned defence experts takes place on Monday 17 February 2003, 12.30-14.00, at The Great Hall, Strand Campus.
12 Feb 2003 Major literary prize ceremony held at King's
King's College London was host last night to the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize.
11 Feb 2003 Melvyn Bragg gives major lecture on television
Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster, presenter and writer, will give a major lecture entitled 'Putting English on Television' at King's College London on Monday 17 February.
07 Feb 2003 Jean-Luc Dehaene to give keynote speech on EU constitution at King's
Jean-Luc-Dehaene, Vice-Chairman, Convention on the Future of Europe, and the former Belgian Prime Minister, will give a major speech at King's College London on Tuesday 11 February.
30 Jan 2003 50th anniversary of the Greek Play at King's
King's College London is the only university in the country to stage a play annually in the original Greek language, and this year's performance will mark a landmark 50 years of productions.
23 Jan 2003 Cherie Booth gives lecture at King's on children's rights
Cherie Booth QC, Matrix Chambers, gave a lecture entitled Inclusion in custody and exclusion from education: problems facing children's rights in the UK at King's College London on Thursday 23 January.
14 Jan 2003 King's explores death through fashion
Death Dresses by Helen Storey
This bold and innovative exhibition comes to King's College London as part of the Art of Dying, a programme of events in 2002-2003 examining changing notions about dying.
03 Jan 2003 King's College New Year Honours
The following King’s College staff and Council members were honoured in the Queen’s 2003 New Year Honours List.
03 Jan 2003 UK's first clinical postgrad course in women's health
An innovative postgraduate taught course in women’s health is being launched in March 2003 by King’s College London.