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News archive 2009

21 Dec 2009 New interaction for Breast Cancer Gene

Scientists at King’s College London have found that a family of proteins can play a crucial role in repairing DNA damage and help prevent Cancer – according to research published in Nature.

14 Dec 2009 BBC China 'Christmas cracker' at King's

King’s joined up with the BBC World Service, Chinese Service for a live ‘Christmas Celebration’ quiz show, on Sunday 13 December in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus. The show was filmed and streamed live over the internet to thousands of viewers on BBC China, and, some of China’s largest web portals.

11 Dec 2009 King's Archives awarded Wellcome Trust grant

The Wellcome Trust has awarded King's College London's Archives Service £108,000 to catalogue and preserve the papers of Professor Maurice Wilkins, who won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

10 Dec 2009 Composer-in-residence for Nursing & Midwifery

Renowned Irish composer John Browne will swap the opera house for the Health Service in 2010 when he becomes the first-ever Composer-in-Residence at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s, it was announced this week.

07 Dec 2009 King's and Somerset House join forces

King’s is to work together with the Somerset House Trust to provide a new cultural hub for Londoners as well as an extension to the College’s existing Strand Campus, delivering innovative research and teaching. This development represents a milestone in the long term plans to reinvigorate the estate.

03 Dec 2009 BRC Faculty launch

The NIHR comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) based at King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Foundation Trust took another important step forward with the opening of its physical home on the 16th floor of Guy’s Tower and a keynote lecture for members of the Faculty of Translational Medicine.

01 Dec 2009 Skunk 'poses greatest risk of psychosis'

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s have found that people who smoke skunk, the most potent form of cannabis available in UK, are almost seven times more likely to develop psychotic illnesses than those who use traditional cannabis resin (hash) or grass.

30 Nov 2009 King's to run anti-doping facility for London 2012

King's has formed an alliance with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to enable its world-renowned Drug Control Centre to operate a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited satellite laboratory during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The partnership was brokered by King’s Business, the innovation arm of King’s.

27 Nov 2009 Dementia largest contributor to disability in elderly

Dementia, rather than visual impairment and blindness, is the largest contributor to disability in elderly people in low- and middle-income countries. This is the conclusion of an article published in this week’s disability special issue of The Lancet, written by Renata M. Sousa from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's and colleagues from the 10/66 Dementia Research Group.

26 Nov 2009 £1.8M boost for domestic violence research

A grant of £1.8million has been awarded to researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s and colleagues from around the UK for a five year research programme which will study domestic violence and abuse across a range of health care providers, with the aim of improving their response to victims and perpetrators.

25 Nov 2009 Honorary Degree ceremony

Yesterday evening (25 November), the Chairman of Council, the Marquess of Douro, and the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, conferred Honorary Degrees on seven highly-distinguished recipients at a ceremony in the College Chapel at the Strand Campus.

25 Nov 2009 Rare items from Shakespeare's age go digital

The first stage of a project aiming to create the world’s single most important digital archive on early modern English theatre has been completed.

19 Nov 2009 Queen's Anniversary Prize honour

The Health Service and Population Research Group at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, has been honoured with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  These national honours are awarded every two years to institutions of higher and further education across the UK for work of outstanding excellence.

17 Nov 2009 Depression as deadly as smoking

A study by researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s has found that depression is as much of a risk factor for mortality as smoking.

12 Nov 2009 Action on antipsychotic drugs and dementia

An action plan to tackle the over prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to dementia sufferers was announced by the Government today in response to the findings of  an independent review by Professor Sube Banerjee, Head of Mental Health and Ageing at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London and co-author of the Government’s National Dementia Strategy.

12 Nov 2009 Unique Space Physiology Programme

A new MSc in Space Physiology & Health, the first of its kind in Europe, has been established at King’s to provide advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and operational medicine of humans in space.

11 Nov 2009 Strategic Partnership with UCSF

King’s has agreed to a pursue a strategic partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to explore opportunities for scholarly interaction, cooperative research, faculty and student exchange and other forms of academic collaboration.

06 Nov 2009 Chinese students win BBC competition

A team of 13 Chinese students from the MA programme Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in the School of Arts & Humanities have won a BBC Chinese Service quiz, beating stiff competition from Imperial College, the Cass Business School, the University of Westminster and City University.

04 Nov 2009 King's in world league table

King's has been rated 65th in the world university league table produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong university in China. The College has risen sixteen places since last year (when it was in 81st position), particularly as a result of improvement in performance in the 'highly cited researchers' category.

30 Oct 2009 Health fears for returning soldiers

Researchers at King's College London have found that common mental disorders such as depression and alcohol misuse are the top psychological problems amongst UK troops post-deployment and not post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as is widely believed. The study published today in the open access journal, BMC Psychiatry, also finds that reservists remain at special risk of operational stress injury.

29 Oct 2009 'Alcohol more harmful than many illegal drugs'

Alcohol probably poses the biggest drugs harm challenge today, according to a new briefing from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In ‘Estimating drug harms: a risky business’, Professor David Nutt from Imperial College London argues that the relative harm of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco is greater than those of a number of illegal drugs, including cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

29 Oct 2009 Chair of King's Health Partners appointed

The Partnership Board of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) has appointed Lord Butler of Brockwell as its first independent Chair.

27 Oct 2009 hapTEL Dental Virtual Laboratory

King’s College London Dental Institute is leading the integration of Virtual reality haptic systems, systems that allow human touch and interaction with the external environment in the dental undergraduate curriculum with the launch of a new hapTEL Virtual Dental Lab. 

26 Oct 2009 Biopharmaceutical agreement to drive innovation

King’s and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have signed an agreement with Quintiles, a biopharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide. The partnership will foster development between the organizations in driving innovation, improving patient care and increasing efficiency in early stage clinical research.

23 Oct 2009 Talking with Terrorists

A highlight in the School of Arts & Humanities Week, the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s brought together in conversation, for the first time, the two men who created the secret backchannel that led to IRA ceasefires and paved the way for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. 

22 Oct 2009 Launch of the Centre for Humanities and Health

A new Centre for Humanities and Health launched yesterday at the College under founding Director, Brian Hurwitz MD, D'Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts. The Centre brings together experts from Literature, Philosophy, Film Studies, History, Nursing, Psychiatry, and General Practice.

21 Oct 2009 Collaboration develops research nurses

The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are embarking on a unique partnership to develop nurses with enhanced translational research capabilities.

20 Oct 2009 New Innovation Fund

The Futures Fund for innovation was launched today by King’s Business. With a total value of £650k, the Fund will support the development of new opportunities across the range of disciplines at King’s and will have two separate review panels for Health & Technology and Arts & Society to ensure the potential of these different types of innovations can be realised. 

19 Oct 2009 The Arts, the Academy and the World

The School of Arts & Humanities begins the academic year by throwing open its doors to the public for a week of conversation. Between 19 and 24 October it will showcase events, lectures, film screenings and musical performances focusing on the relationship between the Arts, the Academy and the World.

16 Oct 2009 Study Abroad Excellence Award winners

The winners of the Study Abroad Excellence Awards were presented with their certificates at a ceremony held yesterday. The recipients of King’s scholarship for the most distinguished study abroad students in the arts, humanities and social sciences will receive £2,500 for students studying one semester, or £3,500 for students studying for the whole academic year.

13 Oct 2009 New brain network to beat dementia

King’s is to be the centre of a new £2 million network of brain banks launching today as part of a campaign to address a nationwide shortage of brains essential for dementia research and encourage people to donate brain tissue upon their death. The campaign ‘Brains for Dementia Research’ is supported by Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett MP, who has pledged to become a donor.

13 Oct 2009 New Centre for Global Mental Health

The Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), a collaborative initiative of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), under the umbrella of King’s Health Partners (KHP), was launched at the LSHTM on the 9 October.

08 Oct 2009 King's maintains global standing

King’s has maintained its standing among the top 25 universities in the world for the third year running. The College is ranked in 23rd place in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009, published today (8 October).

07 Oct 2009 Capital investment into Biomedical Research Centre

The comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at King’s and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £3.3 million from the National Institute for Health Research to purchase cutting-edge technologies to drive forward clinical research across a wide range of diseases and conditions.

05 Oct 2009 New drug addiction treatment programme

The largest ever study of heroin and crack cocaine treatment programmes in England, led by Dr John Marsden, Institute of Psychiatry, and researchers from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and colleagues, is published in The Lancet today.

02 Oct 2009 Geography data used by Google Earth

Google has launched a series of Google Earth layers and tours to allow people to explore the potential impacts of climate change. The first of these tours, Confronting Climate Change, is narrated by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and environmental activist, and uses data supplied by Dr Mark Mulligan of the Department of Geography.

28 Sep 2009 New technique for Cancer research

Researchers at King’s have been involved in a study to provide a new way to classify cancers and analyse the activity of cancerous tumours.  Professor Peter Parker, from the Division of Cancer Studies in the School of Medicine, has been working on a technique to classify a person’s cancer in a manner informing on treatment potential.

28 Sep 2009 Best Mechanical Engineering student

Joseph Sherwood, an MEng graduate from the Division of Engineering has won the award for Best Mechanical Engineering student at the Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards (SET2009).

28 Sep 2009 Welcome Fair 'best ever'

This year's Welcome Fair, organised by the Students’ Union (KCLSU), welcomed hundreds of new students to King’s on 24 and 25 September. Hailed as ‘the best ever,’ the 2009 Fair showcased a wide variety stalls from student societies, College departments and local and national companies.

22 Sep 2009 Baroness Stern to lead Government review

Dr Vivien Stern, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s and Baroness Stern of Vauxhall, will lead a Government review to investigate how rape complaints are handled from when a rape is first disclosed until the court reaches a verdict.

22 Sep 2009 Recognising success: King's Awards 2009

The 2009 King’s Awards reception took place last night (Monday 21 September) in the Weston Room, Maughan Library. For the third year, members of the College community gathered to celebrate the excellence and contributions of staff, students and alumni. 

21 Sep 2009 2009 World Alzheimer's Report

The number of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s will nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050, according to the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report prepared by researchers at King's. More than 35 million people worldwide will have dementia in 2010. The new report is released on 21 September, which is World Alzheimer’s Day.

16 Sep 2009 Strengthening Brazilian research links

King’s has signed a unique agreement with the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), the State of São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil. With this agreement King’s has become FAPESP’s first and only university partner in the UK.

15 Sep 2009 Defence policy speech at King's

The Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) yesterday (15 September) hosted a visit to the Strand Campus by the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, to give his first public speech on the forthcoming Defence Review. The visit was chaired by the Director of the CDS, Dr John Gearson.

08 Sep 2009 No improvement in maths since 70s

Rising scores in secondary maths examinations grades in England over the past 30 years do not appear to stem from real increases in mathematical understanding, a major new research study from King’s and the University of Durham has found.

07 Sep 2009 Largest ever Alzheimer's genome study

Scientists at King’s have been involved with a study that has discovered two new genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The results, from the largest ever Alzheimer’s disease genome-wide association study (GWAS) involving 16,000 individuals, are published in Nature Genetics. 

03 Sep 2009 Study India Programme launch in Mumbai

The Study India Programme (SIP), which is sponsoring 200 British students to spend three weeks in India this summer to study Indian society, culture and language, was officially launched with a reception at the CCI Club in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday 1 September.

01 Sep 2009 King's at forefront of climate change campaign

King’s College London is one of the first four universities to sign up to the 10:10 national campaign, backed by The Guardian, to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 10 percent in 2010.

27 Aug 2009 King's appoints distinguished German politician

King’s College London has appointed Dr Friedbert Pflüger as Visiting Professor to its Department of War Studies. Dr Pflüger has a distinguished career as scholar and politician.

24 Aug 2009 King's competes in 'University Challenge'

A team from King's College London will be competing against Cardiff University on BBC2's University Challenge tonight (24 August) at 20.00.

20 Aug 2009 New gene discovery for Leukaemia treatment

Professor Ghulam Mufti's group, from the Department of Haematological Medicine, has discovered a new gene which could help treat Leukemia. Analysing the gene could determine whether patients with this condition are likely to develop it more aggressively and if so treatment could be tailored to prevent the disease developing.

14 Aug 2009 $1.7m Carnegie grant for African Leadership Centre

King’s has been awarded a grant of $1,680,500 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Peace and Security Fellowships at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). The ALC equips young Africans with the skills and knowledge to become leading analysts and policymakers on peace, security and development in Africa.

06 Aug 2009 NSS reveals high student satisfaction

The results of the 2009 National Student Survey (NSS), published today (6 August), reveal that 83 per cent of King’s College London students are satisfied with their experience at the College.  The national average is 81 per cent.

04 Aug 2009 Imaging people with psychopathy

Professor Declan Murphy and colleagues Dr Michael Craig and Dr Marco Catani from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London have found differences in the brain which may provide a biological explanation for psychopathy. The results of their study are outlined in the paper Altered connections on the road to psychopathy, published in Molecular Psychiatry.

31 Jul 2009 Leading judges at King's

The world’s leading judges including the US Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roberts, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge, and the President Elect of the UK’s Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, took part in a three-day conference at King’s this week.

22 Jul 2009 Saliva test for early birth risk

An exploratory study led by Professor Lucilla Poston of King’s has shown that women going into early preterm labour have low levels of progesterone in their saliva as early as 24 weeks of gestation, and that these levels fail to rise during pregnancy in the normal way. This offers the possibility of developing a simple, non-invasive test to identify women at increased risk of delivering early.

21 Jul 2009 Fair Access to the Professions report

The Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, Chair of the Fair Access to the Professions Panel, today (21 July) launched the conclusions of the Fair Access to the Professions report at King’s College London’s Guy’s Campus.

20 Jul 2009 Classics Professor elected BA Fellow

Michael Silk, Professor of Classical and Comparative Literature, at King's College London, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

16 Jul 2009 €3m for hospital quality and safety research

The King’s Patient Safety & Service Quality Research Centre (King’s PSSQ) is taking the lead on a major new international research project on quality and safety in European hospitals. A grant of €3 million has been secured for the work (subject to contract), which will also involve the PSSQ Research Centre at Imperial College and partners from Sweden, the Netherlands, Portugal and Norway.

16 Jul 2009 New £5 million Research Design Service

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service for London has been launched officially at City Hall. The Research Design Service (RDS) London provides help to clinicians and academics preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

08 Jul 2009 Alumnus killed in Afghanistan

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and an alumnus of King’s, died on Wednesday 1 July 2009 in Afghanistan.

08 Jul 2009 Moles hold the key to Melanoma Genes

A research team led by the Twin Research Department at King’s with colleagues from Imperial College London, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Brisbane Institute of Medical Research and Leeds has found new genes for melanoma in one of several studies published in Nature Genetics this week. 

07 Jul 2009 Potential breakthrough for treating blindness

A ground-breaking laser treatment developed by Professor John Marshall from the Rayne Institute at King’s College London, could help reverse the effects of AMD (age-related macular degeneration) the leading cause of blindness in over 60s in the western world.

06 Jul 2009 Cardiovascular spin-out funding success

Another King’s spin-out raises further funding. LiDCO plc, a King’s College London spin-out company focussing on cardiovascular monitoring, has raised £3.2 million through a placing of 31.9 million shares to existing and new institutional investors and high net worth individuals. 

03 Jul 2009 Gifted & Talented Summer School

More than 55 students from London state schools attended the Gifted & Talented Summer School being held by King’s Outreach and Events team. Lectures, debates and workshops ran from Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July at three of the College’s campuses.

01 Jul 2009 New London Dental Education Centre opens

The new state-of-the-art London Dental Education Centre (LonDEC) was officially opened yesterday at King’s by Ann Keen MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Services in the presence of Dr Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer.

26 Jun 2009 Annual Fund bucks trend

The Annual Fund has enjoyed record growth this year – raising more than ever despite the economic downturn. Students across the College are celebrating after receiving grants and awards of over £325,000 this month, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and staff supporters.

24 Jun 2009 King's wins Gold in Mayor's awards

King’s has received a Gold Award in the first Green500 and Better Buildings Partnership Awards this month in recognition of the College’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. 

22 Jun 2009 King's academic awarded 2009 Lister prize

Neuroscientist Dr Juan Burrone has received major external recognition of his research with the award of the 2009 Lister Institute Research Prize. The award is one of only three granted annually and the second awarded in two years to King’s researchers.

19 Jun 2009 The Church in London project launches

A pioneering project aiming to disseminate fascinating and important new insights into the modern history of religion in London was launched at a reception at Lambeth Palace last night (18 June). The project, ‘Building on History: The Church in London’, will inform both policy-making and self-understanding.

18 Jun 2009 New Centre for Biomedicine & Society launched

A new research Centre for Biomedicine & Society (CBAS) at King’s College London is formally launched today (18 June) with a series of inaugural lectures by leading academics and a keynote speech by Professor Renée C. Fox, Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

15 Jun 2009 Vice-Principal on Iraq Committee

The Prime Minister announced today (15 June) that Vice-Principal Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman will be one of five members of a committee of inquiry into the Iraq war.

15 Jun 2009 Record numbers for Alumni Literary Festival

The first Alumni Literary Festival – a showcase for King’s alumni authors, screenwriters and critics – marked the highlight of this year’s sixth annual Alumni Weekend. The College welcomed back over 500 alumni and guests.

09 Jun 2009 New India programme launched

King’s College London and the University of Birmingham are organising a unique new summer programme for students: The Study India Programme (SIP) will sponsor 200 British students to spend three weeks in India this summer to study Indian society, culture and language. The application deadline is 30 June 2009 at 17.00.

08 Jun 2009 King's spin-out raises £50m

Proximagen, a King’s College London spin-out company focusing on neurodegenerative diseases, has raised £50 million in one of the largest biotech fundraisings in the UK in the past ten years.

05 Jun 2009 New Faculty of Translational Medicine

A new Faculty of Translational Medicine, a collaboration between King’s and the comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust will increase support for researchers as they search for new treatments and diagnostic tests for a range of diseases and conditions.

04 Jun 2009 Director of King's Health Partners appointed

The Partnership Board of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Robert Lechler as the first Executive Director. This appointment will be followed by the appointment of an independent Chairman in the summer and appointments to a permanent Executive will follow.

03 Jun 2009 Novel flood warning system developed

Researchers from King’s College London and Hohai University are together developing a ground-breaking software system, the Novel Early Flood Warning System (NEWS). NEWS will be the first commercially viable multipurpose early flood warning system to take into account both climate change and corresponding hydrological effects.

01 Jun 2009 Sixth MRC Centre for King's

King’s has been awarded a sixth MRC Centre in collaboration with Imperial College London.  The new £5 million MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health will investigate the damage that our modern living and working environment could be doing to our health.

29 May 2009 New School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

King’s College London is considering transforming its School of Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE) to create a School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (SN&MS).

26 May 2009 Innovative French master's course launched

An innovative graduate French course to be taught purely online will begin at King’s in September using a virtual classroom with a variety of online tools including voice-recording systems, chatrooms, discussion areas, video and other technological innovations that allow full interaction between students and tutors.

20 May 2009 The Madness of Mortgage Lenders

Strict new controls on mortgage lending are crucial if Britain is to avoid further house price bubbles in the future, says Chris Hamnett, King’s Professor of Human Geography and one of the Britain’s leading experts on housing, in a think tank policy paper just published.

18 May 2009 Greek Alumni Branch launched

The Greek Alumni Branch of King’s was officially launched yesterday (17 May) with a reception at the residence of the British Ambassador, Dr David Maurice Landsman OBE, in Athens. More than 220 guests attended the event, including many Greek dignitaries that are alumni of King’s.

15 May 2009 Historian examines Thatcher's legacy

This month is the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher coming to power. King’s Professor Richard Vinen’s book Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era examines the politics and policies of her governments.

15 May 2009 New Vice-Principal

King's College London is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Eeva Leinonen as Vice-Principal (Education). 

14 May 2009 Guy's Campus power failure

There has been a loss of electrical power at the Guy’s Campus caused by a flood from a burst water main in Tooley Street which happened on the morning of Thursday 14 May. College generators and distribution of power from the Trust generators are being used to provide power to areas within Guy's Campus.

12 May 2009 Dual Law Degree with HKU

King’s and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) have signed collaboration agreements to establish a dual degree programme in Law, as well as a framework for future joint PhD programmes.

12 May 2009 King's Marketing team win national award

The Marketing Department at King’s College London have won the 2009 HEIST Marketing Department of the Year.

05 May 2009 £500k to create curriculum development blueprint

King’s College London and the University of Warwick have secured funding of £544,000 from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) to create a blueprint for curriculum development in research-led universities.

29 Apr 2009 Reforms of public security in DR Congo

The Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s is taking part in a £60 million UK government-supported project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was officially launched in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday (27 April).

27 Apr 2009 National champions

King’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Team has won the UK National Championship beating more than 30 other university teams and receiving a standing ovation for their work. They will now represent the UK in the World Cup in Berlin in October.

24 Apr 2009 Outstanding assisted conception unit opens

A £4 million assisted conception unit, a joint collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Foundation Trust, was officially opened yesterday by Health Minister Dawn Primarolo.

21 Apr 2009 Eleven Universities Mutually Recognise Schemes to Widen Access

The Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, King’s College London, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Warwick are launching a Mutual Recognition Scheme. This is an initiative where students engaged in widening access activities at their local university will be able to apply to another university taking part in the scheme.

16 Apr 2009 PhD scholarships for China

King’s College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) have signed an agreement jointly to fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King’s. The agreement was signed by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s, and Li Jianmin, Deputy Secretary-General, China Scholarship Council, today (16 April) in Beijing.

14 Apr 2009 King's top for Government funding

Figures just published confirm King’s College London’s position as one of the UK’s top research-led universities. The College is the most successful higher education institution in winning grants from the Department of Health. From 2005-6 to 2007-8, almost £18 million was awarded to King’s scientists.

08 Apr 2009 Maths student fencing for Great Britain

King’s student Corinna Lawrence is finishing a successful season by competing for Great Britain at this year's Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships in Belfast. The first year Mathematics student will start fencing on Friday (10 April 2009).

06 Apr 2009 Moot success

Students from the School of Law are achieving outstanding success in two international mooting competitions and have also competed in their own internal contest. A moot is a mock trial, where participant argue points of law as they would in a court.

03 Apr 2009 MoU with Harvard for dental leadership programme

King’s Centre for International Child Oral Health and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  for a close working relationship on the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce’s leadership programme.

01 Apr 2009 King's joins boat race

Oxford and Cambridge face a challenge from King’s College London. In the light of the College’s strong showing in rowing at the Beijing Olympics, when three medals were awarded to King’s rowers, King’s has decided to take on Oxford and Cambridge in the boat race.

31 Mar 2009 TwinBank project announced

King’s College London scientists are planning to create the largest database of twins in order to investigate the genetic and environmental origins of disease and behaviour. The TwinBank project aims to hold the records of 300,000 pairs of twins.

25 Mar 2009 Lion's Den Winners announced

Two post doctoral staff, Dr Alexander Kapustin and Dr Yiwen Liu from the Cardiovascular Division at the College won the King’s College London Business Commercialisation Prize at the Finals and Awards dinner of the 2008/09 Graduate Business Plan Competition yesterday evening.

23 Mar 2009 First concert for Arts & Humanities alumni

The first ever concert for the alumni of the School of Arts & Humanities was held last night at St John’s, Smith Square with an outstanding performance by the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Tuohy.

20 Mar 2009 Any Questions? at King's

The popular programme BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby will broadcast from the College’s Waterloo Campus this evening to celebrate the centenary of King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU).  Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is one of the panellists.

19 Mar 2009 King's graduate funding success

King’s College London has received national funding for more than 170 PhD and master’s studentships, making it one of the UK’s most successful higher education institutions taking part in a new scheme.

17 Mar 2009 King's @ BFI Southbank launches

King’s Film Studies Department has developed a programming partnership with the BFI Southbank to present a series of lectures by some of the world’s leading film scholars, which will be followed by screenings. The first event is a lecture on Lena Horne this evening.

13 Mar 2009 Unique Summer School 2009 launched

Applications are now being taken for King’s College London’s new, unique Summer School 2009, which will focus on Arts, Humanities, Politics and Cultural Management. The School will use the rich cultural, political and economic environment of London to provide new perspectives on the subjects studied.

12 Mar 2009 Multi-million pound cancer collaboration

Scientists at King’s in collaboration with the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) will begin targeted experiments to gain a better understanding of how new cancer drugs could be developed by matching medication more precisely to individual patients.

09 Mar 2009 King's Health Partners accredited

King’s Health Partners has been formally accredited as one of the UK’s first Academic Health Sciences Centres (AHSCs). Five AHSCs have been approved by the international expert panel appointed by the Department of Health.

09 Mar 2009 Risks of cutting family justice system

Expert family barristers are being driven away from their work to represent the interests of vulnerable women and children as a result of repeated cuts in legal aid pay, a new report, written by a King’s academic, and out today, says.

06 Mar 2009 Universities to benefit from £150m projects boost

More than 50 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including King’s College London, are set to get a share of £200m brought forward to fund building projects in a bid to stimulate growth during the economic downturn.

05 Mar 2009 Funding announcement

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced its allocations to institutions for the financial year 2009/10. The allocation to King’s has shown a small increase (0.2 per cent), to just under £137 million.

03 Mar 2009 Student volunteering takes off

Events and activities including photography exhibitions at the Guy’s and Strand campuses, break-dancing classes with local school children, and a book collection for schools in Tanzania, were held as part of Student Volunteering Week.

16 Feb 2009 Royal Opera House premiere

King’s College London Henry Purcell Professor of Music, George Benjamin’s first opera Into the Little Hill receives its UK premiere in a new production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 14-19 February.

13 Feb 2009 Supermodel opens new £4m unit

Supermodel Naomi Campbell opened a new £4m breast cancer research unit yesterday at King’s College London. The new unit funded by Breakthrough Breast Cancer will be dedicated to finding treatments for and ways of preventing a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer.

10 Feb 2009 HRs surveyed about effects of recession

Group of people in a meetingA King’s survey of senior HR professionals published today shows more than half (58 per cent) said maintaining employee engagement was their biggest challenge. It also revealed the damage caused by the economic downturn with stress and claims of bullying and harassment on the increase.

09 Feb 2009 Pregnancy risks for obese women

A new study led by Professor Lucilla Poston at King’s, published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, reveals that obese women in their first pregnancies have a particularly high risk of having a low birthweight baby, of pre-eclampsia and of premature birth.

04 Feb 2009 Terry Pratchett at the IoP

Sir Terry Pratchett visits the Institute of Psychiatry at King's, in his special documentary Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's on BBC2 tonight at 21.00.

03 Feb 2009 Snow update: 4 February

The current advice to staff and students for Wednesday 4 February is that the College will be open and returning to normal operations.

03 Feb 2009 King's role in Dementia Strategy

Sube Banerjee, Professor Mental Health and Ageing, Institute of Psychiatry at King’s, co-authors the Government’s five-year National Dementia Strategy, unveiled today.

03 Feb 2009 Adverse weather conditions 3 February

Advice for Tuesday 3 February (posted at 07.45 on 3 February)


The occupation of a lecture theatre at the Strand campus by a number of students regarding their views on recent conflict in the Middle East has now concluded.  Throughout the occupation the College authorities and the occupying students have been in regular and constructive dialogue about the students’ concerns.

20 Jan 2009 King's student at US president's inauguration

Faraz Mujtaba, a 19-year-old Computer Science student at King’s, will be among a select number of special guests in Washington DC today that will witness the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.

20 Jan 2009 Promoting Creativity

Creative King’s, a College-wide initiative exploring the notion of creativity and its place in academic life, launches this month.

19 Jan 2009 King's spinout acquired

Theragenetics Ltd, a personalised medicine diagnostics company spun out of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, has been acquired by Avacta Group plc.

16 Jan 2009 Palliative Care receives WHO status

The King’s College London Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation has recently been awarded World Health Organisation (WHO) accreditation and has been named a WHO Collaborating Centre for its research, education and clinical care development in palliative care.

12 Jan 2009 Welcome to new term

King’s warmly welcomes staff, students and visitors to the new term which begins today. The College has nearly 20,000 students from more than 150 countries, and 5,400 employees. This is an exciting and full term with many events, activities, and lectures taking place.

09 Jan 2009 Dementia drugs 'double death risk'

New research by King’s neuroscientist Professor Clive Ballard into the effects of antipsychotic drugs commonly prescribed to Alzheimer’s patients concludes that the medication nearly doubles risk of death over three years. The study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, is published in Lancet Neurology today.

05 Jan 2009 CBE for Head of Nursing School

The Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery Professor Anne Marie Rafferty has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List alongside a list of distinguished Britons for her exceptional services to healthcare.

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