King s related issue 6 _Spring 2009_

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Newsletter of the Family Programme Issue 6 | May 2009

Strand ‘wall of fame’

Welcome from the Principal
phiL Sayer

As we move towards the end of the 2008-9 academic year, we can reflect back upon some of our most notable achievements. Included in our successes are a highly creditable set of research results from the Government’s 2008 Research Assessment exercise, confirming King’s as a major force not only in the UK but also internationally. The College, with our partner hospitals, has been formally accredited as one of the UK’s first academic health Sciences Centres (ahSCs). Titled King’s Health Partners, we are one of only five ahSCs appointed by the Department of health, which gives us the opportunity to combine world-class teaching and research with clinical excellence in order to deliver groundbreaking advances in healthcare. These accomplishments indicate the comprehensive range of world class expertise that exist throughout King’s College London today. We endeavour to share this knowledge with our current students; I hope you share with me the pleasure of knowing that your student is engaged in the excellence of a King’s education. Professor Richard Trainor Principal

ing’s students, past and present, are among the King’s luminaries now brightening up one of London’s main thoroughfares. The front windows of King’s Strand Campus show some of our most famous alumni, together with descriptions of the contributions they have made to science, politics and the arts, as part of a hall of fame stretching 90 metres between Somerset House and Surrey Street. The windows all
Naomi Campbell at the launch.


represent people who have been associated with the College during its 180-year history and range from the first Duke of Wellington (who fought a duel while Prime Minister in defence of his role in founding King’s), and Florence Nightingale (who founded the College’s School of Nursing), through to Nobel Prize winners (among them Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir James Black), Bloc Party musician, Kele Okereke and journalist, Martin Bashir.

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

CoUrTeSy oF BreaKThroUGh BreaST CaNCer.


The research unit will investigate triple negative breast cancer, which is more common among younger women and those of African origin. Despite there being up to 6,000 new cases in the UK each year, very little is known about triple negative breast cancer. The research unit is the first of its kind in the UK.

MND gene discovery
otor Neurone Disease (MND) is one of the most distressing of medical conditions. It involves a wasting-away of the nerves in the body, leaving sufferers unable to move or communicate. There is currently no cure, and around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time are affected. And despite the fact that the best known MND sufferer (the physicist Professor Stephen Hawking) has lived with the condition for many years, most people with MND live only for between two and five years, with around half dying within fourteen months of diagnosis.


discovery is an important step towards understanding how the disease works, making it more likely that researchers will be able to develop drugs to combat it. And since in up to ten per cent of cases MND is an inherited condition, the discovery of the new gene will help doctors to counsel prospective parents who are at risk of passing the disease on to their children.

Students on the world stage
Away from academic studies, King’s students have been standing out from the crowd. Faraz Mujtaba, a 19-year-old first year Computer Science student, JB, X Factor star was invited as a special guest of the new administration to witness in person the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. He was chosen because of his involvement in the National Youth Leaders Forum, an organisation that prepares talented young scholars for future leadership positions. Faraz was not the only King’s student to welcome the 44th American President in style. Students back at home were able to watch the inauguration live at the Strand Campus as part of a wider project to encourage students and academics to analyse and debate recent US Presidential elections, funded through the Annual Fund. Closer to home, Jonathon Gill, a King’s second year Theology & Religious Studies student has recently been in the media spotlight. Jonathan, known as JB, made the final of the television show the X Factor in December last year as a member of the singing group JLS. Currently taking a year off from his studies, JB has been continuing his success by touring with the other X Factor finalists.
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‘Libraries are not made; they grow’ Augustine Birrell
phiL Sayer

The discovery is an important step towards understanding how the disease works
King’s College London is continuing to lead the way in the search for a cure for MND. Recently, researchers at the College’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) discovered a gene that is involved in causing the condition – the second such gene to have been discovered at the IoP in a year. The

The Maughan Library, Strand Campus.

King’s in the community
the value of the skills and experience that community volunteering can offer, but at King’s, students have long recognised that ‘giving back’ can bring great social and personal rewards. Last year over 500 King’s students spent more than 24,000 hours of their time volunteering in over 50 different community projects. And the range of activities that students are getting involved with shows that whatever they’re into, there is something they can offer to others. The range of volunteer opportunities showcased during volunteering week was immensely broad, including opportunities as diverse as creating photography exhibitions, donating bone marrow, giving break-dancing classes for local school children, charity balloon releases or collecting books for schools in Tanzania. The Students’ Union helps students to find their volunteering ‘perfect match’ and provides dedicated advice and support to students who want to set up their own initiatives. So, if your student would like to find out more about volunteering, see or email Community volunteering can lead to fantastic things.

nspiring learning has been at the heart of King’s College London since the College was founded in 1829. This vision is realised everyday at King’s through the outstanding teaching that is offered at the College and the many resources available to students, such as our first-rate libraries on every campus. Our libraries house a wealth of information with a collection of over a million printed books, with approximately 15,000 being added every year, as well as thousands of print journals. In addition, we have a growing number of electronic journals and e-books, these innovative and highly valuable sources of information allow any number of users to access these texts simultaneously, so that all students can view the information they need at the touch of a button.


so do our alumni, who themselves benefited from the libraries during their studies. We have received great support from former students to our Buy-A-Book Fund, which purchases books and journals to advance the libraries’ stock. The Buy-A-Book Fund is an extremely important foundation and ensures that the library has sufficient copies of key texts.

‘… having the most relevant textbooks is essential’
One alumnus who recently made the decision to donate to the Buy-A-Book Fund is Andrew Yale who studied Law at King’s. ‘Law is an ever-changing subject of study so having the most relevant textbooks is essential. Reading the most appropriate books, and lots of them, was key to my success at King’s and I wanted to offer students the same opportunities and resources that I had. In addition, financially it is the perfect time to make a donation to King’s as Gift Aid and the Government’s Matched Funding Scheme mean that my money goes even further.’ The Matched Funding Scheme for the higher education sector adds Government money to donations from individuals to universities. Under the scheme, running until 2011, King’s will receive an extra £1 from the Government for every £3 donated. For UK taxpayers Gift Aid (25 per cent of the value of your original gift) is also matched under the scheme. This means that

the College will receive £166.66 for every £100 donated. If you feel you can help our students in the same way as Andrew has, we would like to invite you to support the Buy-A-Book Fund to help enable our wonderful libraries to grow. As parents, guardians, spouses or grandparents of a current student, your gift towards the Buy-A-Book Fund will help the library provide additional texts for your student and their peers for years to come. Make a gift today and together we can make the King’s educational experience even more enriching.

Our libraries house a wealth of information
We are continually growing and developing our libraries, which have not only many current texts, but also contain an array of historical material, which can be located in the Foyle Special Collections Library within the Maughan Library. This specialist library houses over a 150,000 printed works, as well as maps, slides, sound recordings and manuscript material, built up over centuries. We realise the importance of a fully stocked library with ample resources, and

Charity balloon release at Guy’s Campus.


t has long been established that community work can provide you with skills and experience to fast track you into your dream career. This has not been lost on this generation of students who are getting involved in community work in record numbers, a fact celebrated during the 2009 student volunteering week held at King’s in March. A new generation may have awakened to

The Foyle Special Collections Library.

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In good company
ur staff and students have a history of achievement and discovery, and have helped shape the world of medicine for centuries. Our world renowned pioneers include:
Thomas Wharton, 1657, physician at St Thomas’. He researched the anatomy of the glands and named the thyroid gland. He was also responsible for initially describing one of the salivary ducts; the submandibular duct, which is often known as the Wharton’s duct. Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1815, surgeon and teacher

World-leading research
esearch activity at King’s has been heralded as world-leading by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). 60 per cent of all research activity at King’s has been deemed world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for British universities released by HEFCE. In total, 91 per cent of our research activity entered is internationally recognised. Areas that have done exceptionally well at King’s with 30 per cent or over of their research activity being designated 4* (the highest rating available from HEFCE),



include: Dentistry; Nutritional Sciences; Management Studies; the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (Library and Information Management); Education; Portuguese; Classics, Ancient History, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies; Philosophy; Film Studies (Dance, Drama and Performing Arts) and Music. The RAE is a highly important peer review exercise used as a means to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. This assessment informs the selective distribution of funds by the UK higher education funding bodies with effect from 2009-10.

at Guy’s, was the first to operate on the major blood vessels. In 1821, he was honoured as a baronet for removing a sebaceous cyst from the scalp of King George IV. He later became SergeantSurgeon to the King, a position he kept with the successor, William IV.
Henry Maudsley, 1923, opened and funded a medical school for the early treatment of acute mental illness, renamed Institute of Psychiatry in 1948. Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, 1929, alumnus


KCLSU 100th anniversary


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of Guy’s, was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamins. In addition, he was prominent in establishing biochemistry as a field of both teaching and research in Britain.
Sir Richard Doll, 1951, alumnus of St Thomas’,

n the academic year 2008-9, King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) is celebrating 100 years of supporting King’s students, marking the first student’s union general meeting at the College. To celebrate the centenary, KCLSU has staged a variety of events and activities involving both current students and alumni. Most recently the popular political programme BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby was broadcast from the College’s Waterloo Campus to celebrate the anniversary. Panellists on the night included Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, with 100 King’s students attending the event.

a small woolly reggie (the College mascot) on wheels presented by students to the Duke and Duchess of york when they visited King’s in 1926.

published his work linking smoking and lung cancer. He went on to publish a variety of papers on topics as wide ranging as electrical power lines and oral contraception.
Maurice Wilkins, 1962,

Each year, KCLSU helps prepare 4,000 new students for their life at university
The Union Society at King’s can trace its beginnings to December 1873 when students were first granted the use of a common room, making it the oldest student union in England. In 1908, after financial difficulties, the Union was reorganised to gain control over the athletic club and all social activities of the College. KCLSU has an illustrious history that includes one early President, Sir Ivison Macadam, going on to be the founding

latterly Emeritus Professor at King’s, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his part in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

President of the National Union of Students (NUS). Today, KCLSU is one of the most innovative students’ unions in the country. It works to represent and support King’s students in practical ways, ensuring that they have the best possible experience during their time at the College. It achieves this by providing students with personal development opportunities to broaden their intellectual and social interests. Each year, KCLSU helps prepare more than 4,000 new students for their life at university, enables around 6,500 students to pursue their cultural, religious, political and sporting passions, supports more than 3,000 volunteers and stages 60 live gigs.

Contact details
Joyce Mahaja, Development & Alumni Office, King’s College London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA Tel +44(0)20 7848 4701, Email
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