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12 Oct 2010   King’s business plan competition launched

King's graduates and post doctoral researchers have an opportunity to make a difference via the Lion’s Den business plan competition launched this week. Participants have the chance to win prizes with a total value of £10,000 if they enter this programme which is a joint initiative between King’s Business and King’s Graduate School.


11 Oct 2010 Honorary Fellow wins Nobel Literature Prize

Mario Vargas Llosa, one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and leading author of his generation, a former member of staff and Honorary Fellow of the College, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.


08 Oct 2010  King's contributes to WHO Intervention Guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guidelines with important contributions from Professors Graham Thornicroft, Martin Prince and Colin Drummond, Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London and Centre for Global Mental Health, King's Health Partners.


01 Oct 2010 Cheltenham Literature Festival preview

A special preview event in conjunction with The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will take place at King’s featuring prize winning writer Rose Tremain on 5 October. In a discussion with Clare Lees, Professor of English at King’s, Tremain, one of our most versatile contemporary writers, will discuss her latest novel, Trespass.


01 Oct 2010 New Marshall Scholarship

Professor Rick Trainor, King’s Principal and Dr Frances Dow, Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission recently signed an agreement that makes the College one of Marshall’s University Partners.


27 Sep 2010 Tenth anniversary of Shakespeare MA

Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s celebrated a decade of successful collaboration with the 10th anniversary of their joint MA in Shakespeare Studies: Text and Playhouse with an event attended by 80 alumni, current students, King’s staff, colleagues from The Globe and scholars from other universities.


24 Sep 2010 Recognising success: King's Awards 2010

The 2010 King’s Awards reception took place last night (Thursday 23 September) in the Weston Room, Maughan Library. For the fourth year, members of the College community gathered to celebrate the excellence and contributions of staff and students.


23 Sep 2010 King's India Institute appoints Director

King’s College London has appointed Professor Sunil Khilnani as Director of the King’s India Institute. Sunil Khilnani is currently the Starr Foundation Professor and Director of the South Asia Studies Programme at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC – a programme which he founded. He is expected to take up his new position at King’s in July 2011.


21 Sep 2010 Massive global cost of Alzheimer's

A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. The Report was jointly authored by Professor Anders Wimo of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; and Professor Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.


17 Sep 2010 New clue to diabetic heart disease discovered

Scientists from King's College London have identified a molecule that could help predict type 2 diabetes and identify diabetics that are most vulnerable to heart and circulatory disease.


16 Sep 2010 King's academic to lead STEM Initiative

Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education, Department of Education & Professional Studies, King’s College London, will lead a coordinating team of educational researchers for the Targeted Research Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME). The initiative will help find new ways to encourage children and young people to greater engagement with science and mathematics. 


16 Sep 2010 THE/Thomson Reuters university league table

A new university world league table has been produced by the THE in partnership with Thomson Reuters, following the end of the relationship between THE and QS, which for a number of years had produced the well established THE/QS world university rankings table.


15 Sep 2010 Public says lock up fewer children

Nearly two thirds of the public do not want to see children locked up behind bars until at least the age of 12, rising to 14 for young people convicted of a non-violent crime, according to a new poll. The poll supports the findings of a major new research report by Out of Trouble profiling around 6,000 young people in custody. Punishing Disadvantage has been written by Dr Jessica Jacobson, Professor Mike Hough and colleagues at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research.


15 Sep 2010 Extending the life of the transplant

Experts from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Transplantation at King’s have revealed exciting new scientific developments for people with an organ transplant, intended to help prevent rejection of the new organ and extend its life. Watch a video of the research.


13 Sep 2010 Genes for Myopia discovered

Researchers from the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London have identified genes associated with two common eye problems, myopia and glaucoma. The findings have been published in this week’s edition of Nature Genetics.


12 Sep 2010 King's wins 'University of the Year'

King's College London has been awarded the title of 'University of the Year 2010/11' from The Sunday Times, one of the most prestigious and influential newspapers in the world. The accolade, won by Oxford last year and Loughborough in 2008, is designed to recognise all-round excellence, encompassing a range of aspects of research, teaching, and the student experience.


09 Sep 2010  Expert heads vocational review

Education Secretary Michael Gove today announced a major independent review of vocational education for 14- to 19-year-olds, to be led by Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, Department of Management, King’s College London.


08 Sep 2010 King's rises in world league table

King’s has risen two places to 21st position in the world in the 2010 QS international world rankings, formerly the Times Higher Education/QS rankings.


07 Sep 2010 Largest ever Epigenetics project launched

One of the most ambitious large-scale projects in Human Genetics has been launched today: Epitwin will capture the subtle epigenetic signatures that mark the differences between 5,000 twins on a scale and depth never before attempted, providing key therapeutic targets for the development of drug treatments.


02 Sep 2010 World's first summit on citizen cyberscience

The world’s first summit on citizen cyberscience is taking place at King’s College London today and tomorrow (2-3 September). Citizen cyberscience is a growing trend where ordinary people use their computers and the world wide web to contribute in meaningful ways to an increasingly wide range of scientific and research challenges.


19 Aug 2010 Student satisfaction increases

In the 2010 National Student Survey, published on 18 August, students’ overall satisfaction with their studies at King’s increased from 83 per cent to 86 per cent, while the national satisfaction score remained at 82 per cent.  


18 Aug 2010 Stories of the Strand

A new collaborative project at King’s College London aims to bring together the diverse groups of people who live and work along one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, through a combination of life-writing and web 2.0 technologies. The College has been based at the Strand, adjacent to Somerset House, since 1829.


17 Aug 2010 Materials scientist to give RI Lecture

Renowned materials scientist Dr Mark Miodownik, in the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s, has been invited to give the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture. The Royal Institution (Ri) Christmas Lectures have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825. They are Ri’s biggest and most public facing, fun-filled science events for young people. 


09 Aug 2010 Adult autism diagnosis by brain scan

Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London have developed a pioneering new method of diagnosing autism in adults. For the first time, a quick brain scan that takes just 15 minutes can identify adults with autism with over 90 per cent accuracy. The method could lead to the screening for autism spectrum disorders in children in the future.


05 Aug 2010 Biomarkers for CAD risk identified

A world-wide consortium of researchers, including scientists from the Twin Research Unit at King’s College London, has identified 59 novel regions of the human genome that are involved in lipid metabolism. The concentrations of lipids, such as cholesterols, in the blood are the most important risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).


04 Aug 2010 'All the King's Men' début at Fringe Festival

A dynamic group of talented male students are making their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut this month. All The King's Men were only established in September last year by freshers at King’s College London who wanted to have fun with music. The group, an all male acappella singing society, whose musical range stretches from the Bee Gees to the Black Eyed Peas, has recently released their debut eponymous album. 


02 Aug 2010 International two-year master's expanded

King’s is expanding its range of two-year international master's programmes. These programmes provide a structured pathway into graduate degrees at the College for students wishing to study in the School of Arts & Humanities, the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences and the Departments of Geography, War Studies and Political Economy within the School of Social Science & Public Policy.


28 Jul 2010 Weight management guidance for pregnancy

Women should be encouraged to achieve a healthy weight before they become pregnant and advised that there is no need to ‘eat for two’ when pregnant.  These are just two of the recommendations included in new public health guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on dietary and physical activity interventions for weight management before, during and after pregnancy.


23 Jul 2010 FBA for two King's professors

Anke Ehlers, Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, and Shalom Lappin, Professor of Computational Linguistics in the Department of Philosophy, have been elected Fellows of the British Academy.


19 Jul 2010 Centre of Excellence for leukaemia research

The Department of Haematology at King’s College London has been named as a Centre of Excellence by the national blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. A plaque was unveiled yesterday to mark the occasion by patient Daisy Turner, Professor Ghulam Mufti, Head of Department and Tim Smart, CEO of King’s College Hospital NHS Trust.


19 Jul 2010 Graduation Ceremonies

This year some 4,800 King’s students will graduate at 13 College ceremonies: four in January at the Barbican Centre and nine in June and July. The summer ceremonies include three at Southwark Cathedral, for Medical and Dental graduates which took place on 30 June and 2 July, and six at the Barbican this week from 19-21 July for all other students. 


09 Jul 2010 KCLSU becomes a registered charity

KCLSU has become one of the first students’ unions in the country to register as a charity.


08 Jul 2010 Palaeography at King's

The Palaeography Working Group, formed in March 2010 to advise on the future of Palaeography at the College, has made its recommendations. The College welcomes this as a fine piece of work that sets out a creative and convincing intellectual case for ongoing support for the discipline at King’s.


08 Jul 2010 Opening up Britain's musical memory

The official launch of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) online sound files took place on 7 July at King’s College London’s Strand Campus. The highlight of the event, hosted by Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson of the Music Department, was a guided tour of the online files by the much-loved BBC Radio 3 presenter, Rob Cowan.


06 Jul 2010 First targeted treatment for hereditary cancer

The first of a totally new type of cancer treatment is showing promise for patients with inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancer in clinical trial results published online today in The Lancet. The trials were led by Dr Andrew Tutt, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit at King’s College London.


05 Jul 2010 2010 Summer School opens

The 2010 King's College London Summer School opens today, welcoming students from over 40 countries and representing over 200 universities from across the globe. This year King’s also welcomes its first Summer School exchange students from its global partners: the University of Hong Kong and Renmin University of China, the University of Sao Paulo and the National University of Singapore.


30 Jun 2010 Government's vision for criminal justice reform

The Government’s vision for criminal justice reform has been unveiled today by the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, in his first major speech. The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, delivered the speech at the Strand Campus.


28 Jun 2010 'Combating radicalisation in prisons' report

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), King’s College London, has published a policy report entitled ‘Prisons and Terrorism Radicalisation and De-radicalisation in 15 Countries’ today (28 June). It is the first comprehensive analysis of the role prisons can play in radicalizing people and in reforming them.


25 Jun 2010 Study of 10,000 human genomes launched

A project to decode the genomes of 10,000 people over the next three years has been launched, which will be one of the largest genome sequencing programmes ever undertaken. The project will involve data from TwinsUK Registry of twins, which is led by Professor Tim Spector at King’s College London and is one of the richest collections of genotypic and phenotypic information on twins worldwide.


25 Jun 2010 African Leadership Centre launch in Nairobi

The African Leadership Centre (ALC), a unique centre that will nurture young leadership talent on the African continent, was officially launched in Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday (24 June). The ALC will offer potential young leaders a programme of study and practical experience tailored to the African context and built around the themes of peace, security, and development, enabling them to transform policy on the continent at national, sub-regional and regional level.


24 Jun 2010 'McChrystal effect' helping to turn the tide

As General McChrystal steps down as Commander of the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, a new RUSI report argues that British operations in Helmand Province are showing signs of significant progress, thanks partly to the success of the counter insurgency strategy and the leadership of the departing General. The report was written by Professor Theo Farrell, Department of War Studies.


23 Jun 2010 New MA in Christianity & The Arts

A new MA in Christianity & The Arts was launched last night by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s and Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery. The product of collaboration between one of the country’s most distinguished departments of Theology & Religious Studies and a world-class art gallery, the MA is the first of its kind.


21 Jun 2010 New clinical research facilities open at Guy's

The clinical research facilitiesNew state-of-the-art clinical research facilities on the 15th floor of Tower Wing at Guy’s are now open. The facilities have a special focus around cancer, transplantation, rheumatology, dermatology, chronic inflammatory disorders, asthma and allergy.


18 Jun 2010 CBE for Professor of Composition

George Benjamin, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King’s College London, has received a CBE (Order of the British Empire: Commander) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to music. Tonight he will conduct his first opera Into the Little Hill at the Aldeburgh Festival where he is this year’s featured contemporary composer.


17 Jun 2010 1,000 breast cancer deaths a year preventable

Nearly a thousand deaths from breast cancer could be avoided each year if short-term survival rates in England were among the best comparable countries in Europe, according to research presented at the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) conference today.


16 Jun 2010 Previously unseen Jane Austen manuscripts available online

A new digital edition funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is making  publicly available for the first time a wealth of previously unseen materials from the hand-written fiction manuscripts of Jane Austen. Austen (1775- 1817) is one of English literature’s most celebrated names. Her novels, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women, and they remain as popular today as ever.


15 Jun 2010 New web forum shames states' crimes

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) was launched at King's College London to create a single web forum at www.StateCrime.org where reports and personal experiences of state crimes around the world can be collected, monitored and discussed. These will include contemporaneous initiatives - testimony  is currently being gathered, for instance, from witnesses to the Israeli storming of the Gaza aid convoy.


14 Jun 2010 Honorary Knighthood for the Principal of King's

Professor TrainorProfessor Rick Trainor has been awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) for services to higher education. The award is honorary due to his American nationality.


09 Jun 2010 Director of King's Brazil Institute appointed

King’s has appointed Anthony W Pereira as Professor of Brazilian Studies and Director of the King’s Brazil Institute. Founded in 2008, the Institute aims to promote an understanding of Brazil and to develop the profile of Brazilian Studies at university level in the UK.


09 Jun 2010 King's experts at Cheltenham Science Festival

The 2010 Cheltenham Science Festival opens today with four King’s academics taking part in an exciting programme of events. King’s is partnering all four Cheltenham Festivals this year and the Science Festival takes place from 9 - 13 June.


08 Jun 2010 UK fails to recognise crucial role of grandparents

Britain’s grandparents are undervalued and overlooked compared to those in a number of other European countries, according to Grandparenting in Europe a new study by the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London, charity Grandparents Plus and the Beth Johnson Foundation.


03 Jun 2010 Graduate one of world's top 80 future leaders

King’s BSc (Hons) Business Management graduate Zain Jaffer has been selected as one of the world’s top 80 future leaders by Google and NASA and invited to attend an elite course at their headquarters in Silicon Valley.


02 Jun 2010 New International Science Foundation Programme

King’s has launched a new International Science Foundation Programme starting in September 2010. The programme, the result of a unique collaboration between the Schools of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and the English Language Centre, aims to attract the best and the brightest international students to King’s undergraduate programmes.


01 Jun 2010 Innovative science and cultural hub funded

The first UK research centre bringing together materials science and materials culture research in the same institution will be built at King’s College London. An important interface between the material sciences and the creative industries, it will become a unique creative force in the country.


28 May 2010 'Medical' heroin a success in RIOTT trials

Supervised administration of injectable ‘medical’ grade heroin leads to larger reductions in street heroin use in chronic heroin addicts who are failing on treatment, than does either injectable or oral methadone. The findings of the Randomised Injectable Opiate Treatment Trial (RIOTT) trial are reported in an article in this week’s Lancet, written by Professor John Strang and colleagues from the  National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s.


26 May 2010 Lost treasures discovered in historic collection

Thousands of rare books, state documents, treaties, and pamphlets are being unearthed as a unique collection formerly used by diplomats and civil servants is catalogued and conserved at King’s College London.


25 May 2010 Transplant tolerance 'signature' identified

A team of researchers at King's College London and across Europe have identified a ‘full set’ of immunological markers in the blood, which could be used to predict whether an individual’s kidney transplant will be a long term success or whether it will fail.


24 May 2010 Stem cell programme into Motor Neurone Disease

Scientists at King's are working on the first ever stem cell research programme into Motor Neurone Disease. Recent advances in stem cell research mean it is now possible to generate human motor neurons from donor skin cells in order to study the processes at work in health and disease.


24 May 2010 Professor Robin Murray elected FRS

Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, has joined a long line of distinguished scientists to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.


20 May 2010 Dementia opera world premiere

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (BRC-MH) based at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London has joined forces with London’s The Opera Group to develop ‘The Lion’s Face’, a new opera exploring dementia.


19 May 2010 UKCRC recognises clinical trials expertise at IoP

The Institute of Psychiatry’s (IoP) Mental Health and Neurosciences Clinical Trials Unit (MH&N CTU) is one of ten Clinical Trials Units recently to be fully registered by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).


14 May 2010 Oxytocin: the social molecule?

Scientists at King’s have now shown in a paper published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, that oxytocin, a small peptide that acts as a hormone and a neurotransmitter, may play a fundamental role in co-operative sociality, which goes beyond its claim to fame as the 'love molecule'.


14 May 2010 Archbishop Tutu meets King's nurses

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, Fellow and King’s alumnus, made an address to a congregation of 2000 nurses, midwives, students and health care professionals at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 12 May to celebrate the life and work of Florence Nightingale in the centennial year of her death.


13 May 2010 Troops mental health stable

A major new study led by scientists at the Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health and Institute of Psychiatry at King's has found that overall mental disorders among UK military personnel were stable between 2003 and 2009; but deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan increases troops risk of alcohol misuse.


12 May 2010 Ofsted grades PGCE course 'outstanding'

Ofsted have graded the King's College London Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with a Grade 1 'outstanding'. The PGCE programme is an initial teacher education route to becoming a qualified teacher in secondary schools.


06 May 2010 World's first Institute of Palliative Care

HRH The Princess Royal opened the world’s first purpose-built Institute of Palliative Care at King’s yesterday. It is the only organisation in the world solely dedicated to the research and improvement of services into end of life care, wherever patients are cared for.


05 May 2010 Brain stimulation may reduce food cravings in bulimia

New research led by the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, which appeared in April's Biological Psychiatry, suggests that it could be possible to control binge eating by stimulating the brain.


30 Apr 2010 A first for asthma research

The largest ever study to investigate whether it is possible to prevent children with hay fever going on to develop asthma, is to be undertaken by researchers at King’s College London in collaboration with clinicians at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital Foundation Trust.


29 Apr 2010 More Swedes than Brits survive lung cancer

Researchers from the Division of Cancer Studies at King’s have identified that the odds of surviving lung cancer are significantly higher in Norway and Sweden than they are in England, through a comparison of the three countries published in the journal Thorax today.


23 Apr 2010 Clinical Academic Group Leaders appointed

King’s Health Partners has recently appointed the next wave of Clinical Academic Group Leaders of the Academic Health Sciences Centre. Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) are structures currently being introduced across King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) which will bring clinical services, research, and education activities together within a series of single managerial units.


22 Apr 2010 Proof that airports are air polluters

Scientists in the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s have undertaken research into the effects of the closure of UK airspace on air quality surrounding major airports after the Icelandic volcano eruption, following a number of enquiries from the public.


19 Apr 2010 Restrictions on air travel

For all students currently unable to return to the UK, and those due to leave the UK.


19 Apr 2010 King's team wins 17th Willem C. Vis Moot

King's Law students won the 17th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, Austria earlier this month, marking only the second time that a UK university has won the competition, Queen Mary being the first in 2006.


16 Apr 2010 Major Leverhulme Medieval History grant awarded

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a large research project grant to King’s, to be led by Dr Stephen Baxter, Reader in Medieval History. The grant of over £250,000 will enable King’s to employ Dr Chris Lewis, one of the world’s leading authorities on eleventh-century England, and to appoint a new post-doctoral research fellow, for the two-year project.


15 Apr 2010 150th anniversary for Nursing & Midwifery

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s. To commemorate the event the School has recently launched a special anniversary microsite.


14 Apr 2010 Prostate Cancer linked to increased risk of blood clots

Scientists at King’s have found that men with Prostate Cancer are at increased risk of  thromboembolism (formation of blood clots), particularly those receiving hormone therapy. The article published in The Lancet Oncology is the first to show in detail an association between prostate cancer and thromboembolic disease, and should lead to increased surveillance in men with prostate cancer. 


01 Apr 2010 Experience King's winner

King’s has played host to Brazilian student Isabel Abreu Braga, winner of a 10-day study abroad experience. The competition was in conjunction with the British Council Brazil and was in celebration of ‘London Week’.


31 Mar 2010 Clerk Maxwell Chair of Theoretical Physics appointed

Professor John Ellis FRS has been appointed as Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King’s from September 2010. His appointment is part of a major strategic investment in the new School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences at the College, and in particular the strengthening and development of Physics.


30 Mar 2010 New Air Quality iPhone Application

The Environmental Research Group at King’s have launched a new application for the  Apple iPhone which displays the latest air pollution levels recorded at over 100 monitoring sites in the London Air Quality Network across the capital.


29 Mar 2010 Are poor quality maths textbooks letting English pupils down?

Good textbooks are more important for high attainment in maths than factors such as setting or expensive IT equipment, according to a new study by King’s academics into international comparisons of maths attainment in schools.


25 Mar 2010 Centre for Hellenic Studies: a new future

King’s College London has today announced plans to enhance its Centre for Hellenic Studies by significantly broadening the scope of its activities to include for the first time teaching as well as research.


24 Mar 2010 Lion's Den winners announced

Ten King’s staff and students benefited from a total of £10,000 prize money and seed funding after demonstrating a high level of commercial awareness and entrepreneurial spirit at the finals of the King’s College London Graduate Business Plan Competition yesterday evening.


23 Mar 2010 Sir James Black OM (1924-2010): notice of death

Nobel Laureate Sir James Black OM died on Monday 22 March aged 85.


22 Mar 2010 Women solicitors work-life balance examined

The results of one of the largest surveys of women solicitors in England and Wales are published today. 800 female solicitors, including partners, associates and assistants, from the large City Law firms to smaller regional and High Street practices participated in the survey by King's College London and The Association of Women Solicitors (AWS).


18 Mar 2010 College statement regarding HEFCE grant

The College has been allocated a provisional recurrent grant of £135,240,793 by the funding body HEFCE for 2010/11. This  represents a £0.7 million or 0.5% cut to King’s recurrent funding in cash terms, equivalent to a 2.5% cut once inflation is taken into account. This year’s grant includes £750,000 for one year only to moderate the effects of the current cuts. Once this is removed, and other special factors are taken into account, the reduction in grant approaches £4 million from the comparable 2009/10 baseline. 


18 Mar 2010 US Ambassador delivers Commemoration Oration

HE Louis B. Susman, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, delivered the King’s College London Commemoration Oration last night (17 March), at the Great Hall, Strand Campus.


15 Mar 2010 Improve rape victim care

Baroness Vivien Stern has today published her independent review into the way rape complaints are handled by public authorities. The Stern Review has published 23 recommendations to improve treatment of rape victims. Baroness Stern is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Centre for Prison Studies at the School of Law, King's College London.


12 Mar 2012 What happens if there's a hung Parliament?

On 11 March Robert Blackburn, Professor of Constitutional Law at King’s College London, and Dr Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society’s Parliament and Government Programme, gave a press briefing at the House of Commons which launched their pamphlet Who Governs? Forming a coalition or a minority government in the event of a hung Parliament.


10 Mar 2010 Innovative partnership for Pain research

King’s has partnered with Pfizer to create an open innovation laboratory for pain research. As part of the partnership, a small team of Pfizer scientists will be based at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases to conduct research in pain biology. 


08 Mar 2010 'Sexism in the media increasing'

Professor Rosalind Gill from the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries warns that there is a resurgence of sexism in the media, and a need to build a culture that is open about sex and sexuality, whilst being critical of the way in which sexualised representations are being used and reinforced.


24 Feb 2010 Type 1 Diabetes funding boost

King’s College London will be leading research for a new treatment for type 1 diabetes following an EU grant of €10.9 million. The project involves collaboration with researchers from eight European countries to develop and trial "natural immunomodulators" to change the immune process that destroys the insulin making cells in this condition.


23 Feb 2010 Scenario Simulation Spin-off

Simulstrat, a pioneer in scenario simulations for public and private sector organisations, commonly known as wargaming, is to be acquired by the business advisory firm Deloitte. The acquisition is believed to represent the first time a British university has spun off a company founded on a humanities academic discipline.


17 Feb 2010 King's has ideas with impact

Today sees the launch of a new publication at the College – ‘Ideas with impact’. Across the nine Schools of study, King’s academics are creating new knowledge with real-world application. This first volume of studies demonstrates the impact of this research.


08 Feb 2010 Genetic variant linked to biological ageing

Scientists from King’s and the University of Leicester have for the first time identified definitive variants associated with biological ageing in humans. The discovery has important implications for the understanding of cancer and age associated diseases.


04 Feb 2010 Major donation boosts Chinese studies

A generous donation from a former student has provided a boost for the newly established China Institute at King’s. The gift will contribute towards the establishment of a Lectureship in Chinese Entrepreneurship, believed to be the first post of its kind at a British university.


01 Feb 2010 Report into pay bargaining arrangements

A new report by Professor Alison Wolf, Department of Management, published today by liberal think tank CentreForum, calls for sweeping reforms in pay bargaining arrangements.


28 Jan 2010 King's joins pan-European training partner

King’s School of Biomedical & Health Sciences has secured funding for a €3.5 million pan-European PharmaTrain training grant – matched in kind by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations to integrate Drug Development Science MSc programmes across the EU.


27 Jan 2010 European project to reduce HIV transmission

King’s College London will be the coordinating institution for a new project  involving 31 partner organisations across Europe as well as in South Africa, the USA and Ukraine, aimed at developing anti-HIV products to reduce the transmission of HIV by sexual intercourse.


21 Jan 2010 King's partners Cheltenham Festivals

King’s College London and the Cheltenham Festivals celebrated their new partnership at a special launch event on 20 January in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, attended by over 150 guests.  King’s will partner all four of this year’s festivals - science, jazz, literature and music.


20 Jan 2010 'Minority ethnic middle classes not treated as equal'

A new exploratory study, the findings of which will be launched today (20 January) at the Department for Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London, will shed light on the little-considered case of the minority ethnic middle classes in Britain.


19 Jan 2010 Largest drug discovery project launched

An international consortium of scientists, led by H. Lundbeck A/S and King's College London, has launched one of the largest ever research academic-industry collaboration projects to find new methods for the development of drugs for schizophrenia and depression.


18 Jan 2010 Palliative care service assessment

A team at the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at Kings have completed a trial investigating the effectiveness of a new palliative care service in MS. The trial found that Palliative care services offered to patients with conditions other than cancer could save the NHS millions of pounds and plug a gap in service provision.


18 Jan 2010 Institute of Psychiatry welcomes new Dean

The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) and King’s College London ushered in the New Year with the appointment of a new Dean, Professor Shitij Kapur. Professor Kapur takes on this role following a two-year tenure as Vice Dean (Research) of the Institute.


12 Jan 2010 New education and health collaboration

King's Health Partners is collaborating with the South West London Academic Health and Social Care Network to form the South London Health Innovation Education Cluster (HIEC). This new government-funded network aims to deliver high quality patient care through better trained clinicians as well as faster translation and adoption of research and innovation.


11 Jan 2010 World's first heart operation using MRI

A six-year-old boy has successfully had a valve in his heart widened using an MRI scan rather than x-ray imaging. This groundbreaking technique has been developed by a team that included clinicians and scientists from King's Health Partners.


07 Jan 2010 BRC Strategic Project Awards launched

A new funding initiative is set to drive forward research collaboration between the three National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centres associated with King’s Health Partners, in order to work towards understanding the links between mental and physical health and high quality patient outcomes.  


05 Jan 2010 Leukaemia vaccine being developed

Scientists at King’s have developed a vaccine treatment for Leukaemia that can be used to stop the disease returning after chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant. The vaccine is due to be tested on patients for the first time. Eventually it is hoped the drug, which activates the body's own immune system against the leukaemia, could be used to treat other types of cancers. 


04 Jan 2010 OBE for services to Knowledge Transfer

Dr Alison Campbell, Managing Director of King's College London Business Ltd, was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Knowledge Transfer in the New Year’s Honours list.

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