www.kingston.ac.uk/bridge The Kingston University magazine Winter 2008 Issue 66 Buildings boost learning experience hree flagship buildings have opened was consistent across all three sites. “Each of the T across the University following the completion of a £29 million project to structures has very elegant proportions, with the rhythm of the façades and the striking shape of the expand and upgrade teaching and learning windows common in all,” he explained. facilities. The John Galsworthy Building at Penrhyn John McAslan + Partners director Murray Smith Road, the Hawker Wing at Roehampton Vale and said one of the major challenges the team had the Nightingale Centre at Kingston Hill all offer faced was creating a building which could truly students access to the very latest educational become the focal point of the Penrhyn Road equipment and technology. campus. “The L-shaped plan we developed allows The centrepiece of the project – the £20 million the John Galsworthy Building to wrap around the six-storey John Galsworthy Building at the heart sides of a landscaped central courtyard creating a of the Penrhyn Road campus – incorporates lecture useful meeting point, while its stone cladding ties theatres, flexible teaching space and information in with the University’s existing buildings and adds technology suites. It also boasts a ground floor a powerful sense of size, mass and gravity to the Knowledge Centre giving students a spacious setting campus,” he said. in which to complete course work either in groups The chief executive of the Higher Education or at a laptop bar. The exterior of the building, Funding Council for England, Professor David named after the Nobel prize-winning novelist and Eastwood, who officially opened the John playwright, is clad in German limestone complete Galsworthy Building in November, praised the with highly-visible fossils – an added bonus for University for its commitment to enhancing geologists and students at the Faculty of Science. facilities for its students. “The new buildings make Elsewhere, the £4 million, three-floor Hawker a very powerful statement that Kingston University Wing at the Faculty of Engineering’s Roehampton is brimming with confidence about the future and The Nightingale Centre at Kingston Hill offers students a spacious, state-of-the-art setting in which to Vale campus serves as a lasting tribute to Australian is determined to not only maintain but invest in complete their course work. aviator Harry Hawker, who was a test pilot for the its record for high quality teaching,” he said. Kingston-based Sopwith Aviation Company. Opened by Boeing United Kingdom president Sir Roger Bone in early December, it contains another 10 teaching rooms and additional office space for staff and students. Nearby at Kingston Hill, a £5 million extension Actress admires architecture to the Learning Resources Centre provides an extra 1,500 square metres of study space, a 60-seat creen star Susan Hampshire took a walk down memory lane when she learning café and meeting pods. Renamed the Nightingale Centre in honour of nurse Florence Nightingale who was once a regular visitor to S attended the official opening of the John Galsworthy Building. The actress, who became a household-name playing Fleur in the BBC’s 1967 television adaptation of Galsworthy’s novel The Forsyte Saga, was guest of honour at a special Kingston Hill when her aunt and uncle lived there, event celebrating completion of the £20 million complex. it also features automated self-service loans and Galsworthy, who was born at Parkfield on Kingston Hill in 1867 and whose family returns machines activated using radio frequency later moved to Coombe Warren, near Malden, penned 20 novels and 27 plays, as well identification technology. The co-ordinator of as poetry, short stories and essays during the course of his career. The 26-episode World Book Day, Cathy Schofield, described the Forsyte Saga, in which Ms Hampshire starred alongside Eric Porter, Nyree Dawn facility as both impressive and welcoming when Porter and Kenneth More, was the last major British televised drama to be shot in she declared it open in January. “This centre is a black and white. library with books at its core, but is also so much Ms Hampshire still vividly remembers how the show charting the life of the more,” she enthused. “Designed to make the prosperous upper-middle class Forsyte family gripped the nation. “It was a huge learning experience a shared and enjoyable one, phenomenon and became so successful that times of church services even had to be it is a window on the world that will allow students altered so viewers didn’t miss an episode,” she recalled. “Galsworthy had the wonderful access to what they need to succeed in their gift of describing his characters so well that readers could completely relate to each personal ambitions and make their contributions one. Fleur was quite spoilt and I found playing her extremely exciting.” to society.” Ms Hampshire described the six-storey John Galsworthy Building as a fitting tribute Construction of the buildings was overseen to the literary legend. “It was an enormous thrill to be asked to visit Kingston University by University-appointed project managers and for the official opening and reflect upon the achievements of a writer whose talent Actress Susan Hampshire was a guest of honour at the designers Arup and John McAslan + Partners. Arup’s did so much for my career,” said the actress, who collected an Honorary Doctorate official opening of the John Galsworthy Building. associate director David Height said the team had of Education from the University in 1994. been conscious of the need to ensure the design Inside T V-C’s Viewpoint T International Office Opens in India T Research Awards T Events T Experts T Professor T Dance Star T Chancellor Ensure Small Ponders Makes Directs Rose Business Scientific Academic Theatre Stays In The Predictions Début Curtain Spotlight Raiser page 3 page 4 page 7 page 8 Bridge 2 WINTER 2008 V-C’S VIEWPOINT IN THE NEWS he University has to write another Strategic Specialists put sustainability under scrutiny T Plan by the summer – although it seems hardly any time since we wrote our last plan (only three years ago). The immediate trigger Leading green thinkers, environmental cam- paigners and business managers have converged is that the Higher Education Funding Council for on the University to debate ways of combating the England needs another plan from Kingston. So we world’s growing carbon footprint. Academics and have a choice – either to call up the existing Strategic industry representatives gathered at the Kingston Plan on the screen, change a few words here and Hill campus to examine environmentally-friendly there (and, of course, the dates) and press the print business practice, climate change and carbon button; or to go back to basics, examine the emissions during two days of discussion at the challenges (and opportunities) Kingston faces and Sustainability in Practice conference. decide whether our current plan – and, more Green campaigner Sara Parkin, founder fundamentally, our mission – is still fit for purpose. director of national charity Forum for the Future, I am sure it is right to choose the latter – for three told delegates that there was little doubt human main reasons. First, writing a strategic plan is a way division of research universities (‘world-class’, behaviour had led to changes in the climate a University can reaffirm its core values – in our of course), or will the application of research responsible for such phenomena as melting polar Green champion Sarah Parkin called on case to be an open and accessible (and relevant) receive new emphasis (and be linked more ice-caps. She called for policy-makers to make it policy-makers to make it cheaper and easier university but also a university committed to more explicitly to enterprise)? easier for people to radically reduce energy use, for people to adopt eco-friendly lifestyles at traditional academic goals, in terms of excellence And so the list goes on… So there couldn’t be a recycle and access public transport. “Sustainability the Sustainability in Practice conference. in teaching and research. We don’t want to be boxed better time to be writing a new Strategic Plan. It is not just about the environment, it’s about people in to any particular mission, especially one that has allows us to consider all these far-reaching changes and it has got to become cheaper and easier to transforming London’s approach to waste been defined by other people (‘up there’) rather than in the external environment (including even more become green,” Ms Parkin said, adding that the management. by ourselves and our students. We don’t want to be fundamental changes in social practices and role of universities in this process could not be Conference organiser Dr Ros Taylor said the pigeon-holed as either ‘research led’ or ‘business cultural values) – and to try to triangulate these underplayed. “They are providing the intellectual event, run by the University’s Steering Group for facing’. We want to be both – and much else besides. changes with Kingston’s past – and very considerable foundations for change, but could do even more Sustainability, its Sustainability Team and the Centre The process of writing a new Strategic Plan (as – achievements and our aspiration to become what to ensure the wider population becomes for Sustainable Communities Achieved through much as, or even more than, the plan itself) is we sometimes call a 21st Century civic university sustainability literate,” she contended. Integrated Professional Education (C-SCAIPE), had a way we can reaffirm what we truly believe in as (and the ‘Warwick of the post-92 universities’ – but The former ward sister, awarded an OBE for highlighted the steps people from academia, a university. why limit our ambition to ‘post-92’ universities?). services to education and sustainable development, business, charities and government agencies were The second reason is that writing a Strategic Plan Of course it would be wrong for me to second- was one of a string of high-profile speakers taking to become more sustainable. “An event such is, or should be, a moment of truth because it guess the outcome of what I hope will be an who delivered lectures at the conference. Delegates as this is very important in championing good provides us with a context in which we honestly engaged, and engaging, process across the also attended workshops on such topics as practice, allowing universities and businesses to consider how we are doing. So it’s about (critical) University. So just two comments – or maybe ethical fashion, sustainable supply chains and learn from each other,” Dr Taylor said. reflection as well as reaffirmation. There is no point predictions – or maybe personal hopes: persisting with a mission that we have not been able • First, the new environment will test us – severely to deliver, because if we couldn’t deliver it in the past perhaps. The next decade is unlikely to be as University steps up presence in the chances are we won’t be able to deliver it in the congenial for Kingston as the past 10 years of future. Let me add quickly that I don’t believe this easy-to-access funded growth, relatively generous international marketplace is the case at Kingston; rather the reverse. During public support and a general reluctance to over- The University has placed itself firmly on the map Charmaine D’Souza, who heads up the operation the past decade Kingston has been a very successful determine university missions – in short, consid- in India by opening a new office in Mumbai. in Mumbai, said she was confident the new India university – the most popular in London (bar none), erable room for manoeuvre to grow, develop and Launched during a British Council Fair in Office would boost those numbers even further. the fastest growing in England, a nationally innovate (within an essentially ‘public’ culture November, Kingston’s India Office is dedicated to “Research shows institutions with a permanent recognised innovator (in Foundation Degrees, but in which there was room for idealism alongside helping potential students find out more about presence in overseas countries do particularly well much else besides), with emerging research the inevitable – and necessary – instrumen- courses and life as an overseas student. recruiting from those areas,” she said. “The strengths and great partnerships (especially with talism). The next decade is likely to be charac- Students from India already make up the largest University already has a very good reputation in St George’s). But this success does not mean we can terised by slower, and more targeted, growth and group of international scholars at Kingston, with India and we’re determined to build on that and afford to be complacent. In fact the more successful greater emphasis on ‘alternative’ funding, i.e. 185 currently enrolled on degree programmes. create a niche market for Kingston.” we are, the more we need to be tough-minded in someone else apart from the state will have to pay Potential students interested in getting a taste drawing up a balance sheet of what has worked – students, employers, even ourselves (through of life in the United Kingdom while studying at well – and what has worked not so well (often so greater ‘efficiency’), maybe within the context of one of Kingston’s four campuses can call in to the that we redouble our efforts rather than abandon a narrower ‘business’ culture. office to find out about courses, accommodation, any key aspirations). • But my second comment/prediction/hope is that, finance and visa requirements. The extra support But it is the third reason that really interests me. having been tested (however severely), we should will help speed up the application process, It is a truism to say that a lot is changing in higher stick to our principles – and will be better off allowing students to get prompt feedback about education, but it happens to be the case. because of it. In the short run the more tightly whether they have the right educational • First, the introduction of top-up fees may not focused universities, the niche players, may have credentials to secure a place. have changed much so far. The universities’ cartel an advantage. But, over the longer haul, the future Another important function for the office, has held. But it probably can’t last. The cap will will belong to universities like Kingston that refuse which was officially opened by Deputy one day be raised, opening the way to a proper to have their futures determined for them. Why? Vice-Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart, will be market in which ‘prices’ are truly variable. Then Because of the market, of course. But also because to consolidate links with the Shri Vile Parle National Student Surveys may drive more than a proper university education, even in the most Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) trust, which currently just newspaper league tables. prescribed professions, and certainly proper runs the first two years of Kingston under- • Second, the years of public expenditure aplenty university research are concerned to open up both graduate programmes in business and computer are probably over. Although it never felt like it people and subjects – often into the unknown Manager Charmaine D’Souza has been science. In the long term, the University hopes at the time, the past decade may well be and sometimes into the unknowable. So there will appointed to run the Kingston University to sign similar accords with other Indian remembered as golden years for higher education always be a premium on flexibility, adaptability India Office. institutions. spending – not quite on the scale of the NHS, but and imagination. And because political fashions, still pretty good. economic trends and social attitudes are in • Third, the skills/employer engagement agendas constant flux. So to address some political, Future of Bridge under review are being pushed harder by Ministers every year economic or social agenda to the exclusion of – and some say that employer engagement others is a recipe for rigidity – and, ultimately The future of Bridge is being looked at as part It may be that we should produce a different is the ‘new widening participation’, if only perhaps, redundancy and even extinction. of a wide ranging review of how we keep you in sort of magazine or, instead, be communicating because growth in student numbers is likely to But don’t take my word for it. Please participate as touch with what is going on at the University. in totally different ways.” be slower in the future (for demographic, and fully as you can in the writing of Kingston’s next “It’s now more than 10 years since the We would like to hear your views about Bridge other, reasons). Strategic Plan – and make it your plan. magazine was launched and it has developed and other publications or communications • Then there is research after the Research a loyal readership,” said new Director of produced by the University, as well as find out Assessment Exercise – and enterprise too, as the Professor Peter Scott Communications Alison Cahn, who is leading more about what kind of news you want to Higher Education Innovation Fund enters its Vice-Chancellor the review. “However, the time has come for us receive and the way you most like to receive it. fourth round. Will we end up with a premier email@example.com to re-evaluate Bridge to see how well it serves To share your thoughts, please email us at both staff and the world beyond the University. firstname.lastname@example.org. Bridge WINTER 2008 3 Small business centre comes of age ingston University’s Small Business From the 1980s onwards, small businesses were K Research Centre is celebrating two decades of pioneering work and a growing influence that has helped propel entrepreneurship far more likely to be viewed as the engine of a dynamic economy, Professor Blackburn said. Reflecting that, the Centre was increasingly into the academic mainstream. Centre Director consulted by organisations seeking to understand Professor Robert Blackburn said the subject had business ownership and grew to be regarded as the gone from being regarded as something of an United Kingdom’s premier centre of expertise in its academic Cinderella to a boom area since the field. Its influence now extends to government Centre was launched in 1987. Its researchers now departments, particularly the Department for work in a field that commands greater respect in Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which education circles and has increasingly captured has commissioned major projects evaluating the public imagination, with programmes such such topics as Business Link services, employers’ as BBC2’s Dragons’ Den fuelling the nation’s understanding of employment rights and the entrepreneurial bent. effects of regulation on small firms. While acknowledging the climate has changed The Centre’s work has also assumed an in the past 20 years, Professor Blackburn is more increasingly international dimension. Professor reflective about the reasons growing numbers of Blackburn was academic adviser to the European people opt for business ownership. “Research shows Commission’s Action Plan, which forms the basis that for some this is the result of limited labour for current European Union entrepreneurship market opportunities rather than a bid to make policies. Currently, the Centre is carrying out a millions,” he said. “Although the current interest study for the Treasury and Department for in start-up companies is more than just a flash in Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform the pan, we have to be measured about what they comparing the business environment for high- can contribute to the economy and society.” growth companies in the South East with that in Modern day fascination with all things entre- Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the United preneurial is a marked contrast to the Centre’s States. It is also engaged in a project with the early days, as Professor Blackburn and colleague Department for International Development and Professor David Smallbone discovered when they the Chinese Government exploring the support traced the emergence of the subject in a paper that exists for small business in China. published to mark the Centre’s 20th anniversary. Back on home turf, the team’s research “Small business research had an under-developed activity has helped embed small business and knowledge base, with contributions from a few, entrepreneurship in the University’s curriculum, often isolated, researchers,” Professor Blackburn both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. said. Securing Economic and Social Research Professor Blackburn expects the subject to come Council Centre status and annual commissions under even more scrutiny in the future as modern from the HSBC, and its predecessor the Midland business models allow for greater entrepreneurship. Bank, helped Kingston’s reputation grow. So too “Previously, there was division of labour within a did the line-up of clients eager to get a better firm,” he said. “Now, with a greater amount of understanding of the small business sector, from contracting and the evolution of more small, Professor Robert Blackburn has witnessed small business research grow from a niche area to a accountancy firms to telecommunications giant project-based companies, there’s increasingly a subject that has captured the public imagination during the past 20 years. T-Mobile. division of labour between firms.” Online resource gives Records reveal young patient’s slow road to recovery insight into healthcare ix-year-old Sarah Coulson in Victorian era S was admitted to the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street on 16 August 1875 after her chest had he University’s Centre for Local History Street between 1852 and 1914 were suffering from been badly burned in an accident. T Studies has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children to launch a website documenting patient an infectious disease, one in five of whom subsequently died, project leader Dr Sue Hawkins said. Tuberculosis was by far the most common The youngster from Derby spent 10 days in hospital but made little progress before being transferred admissions from Victorian and Edwardian disease recorded. “The hospital was not supposed to convalescent home Cromwell times. The online resource, compiled by a team to accept children with such severe conditions, House in Highgate, where her of 40 academics and volunteers, provides but the doctors obviously felt unable to turn recovery remained painfully slow. information about children who were admitted them away,” she said. Most patients were local, Sarah returned to Great Ormond to the hospital’s wards from 1852, when it first coming from nearby boroughs such as Islington Street on 1 May 1876 after suffering opened its doors, to 1914. and Shoreditch, with 20 per cent from outside fainting fits and spent three weeks Researchers working on the Small and the capital. in hospital. She was then once Special project have logged the records Dr Hawkins described the online repository as again sent to Cromwell House, of more than 84,000 young patients, detailing a unique resource which would provide a real although the scar tissue from the their names, addresses, ages and the symptoms insight into the workings of the first hospital burns on her chest was still proving from which they were suffering. The website, opened in England specifically to care for problematic. On 7 August 1876 her developed with the support of The Friends of children. “This is the first time hospital records mother was unable to bear her Great Ormond Street Hospital, also provides of such historical significance have been daughter’s absence any longer and access to old photographs, case notes and digitised,” she said. “The information will be of begged medical staff to let her admission and discharge dates. It has attracted great importance not only to medical historians return home. The doctors agreed a steady stream of interest from history and demographers but also for people compiling and Sarah headed back to Derby to buffs and genealogists since its launch in family trees or those studying London’s Victorian be reunited with her family for the November. and Edwardian past.” first time in a year. Her condition Sarah Coulson had two spells in Great Ormond Evidence gathered had revealed 10 per cent The records can be viewed by logging on to improved but she was never cured. Street Hospital after sustaining serious burns. of the young patients visiting Great Ormond www.smallandspecial.org. Bridge 4 April 2004 WINTER 2008 Advanced technology provides first aid for doctor-patient relations ioneering digital imaging technology developed by The issue was brought to Dr Nebel’s attention by Dr Simon de The new application has been welcomed by Dr Lusignan, who P Kingston experts could soon have a major impact on how doctors conduct consultations with their patients. Dr Jean- Christophe Nebel, a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Computing, Lusignan, a practising GP and course director of biomedical informatics at St George’s, University of London, who had carried out initial research by setting up cameras in his own surgery to chart said it could have far-reaching implications for doctor-patient relations in the future. “With further development, GPCVA could potentially be used as a training tool for medical students and Information Systems and Mathematics, has helped devise a system doctors’ interaction with patients. “Going through this video footage practising doctors to help improve how they deal with patients,” which automatically monitors patient movement during frame by frame proved very time-consuming,” Dr Nebel said. “Our he said. “Eventually we hope the technology will be able to appointments, allowing GPs to gauge how animated their patients goal was to see if there was any way of automating the process.” differentiate affirmative body language, such as head nodding, are and evaluate how well they are interacting with them. The result, known as the GP Consultation Video Analysis from stillness or other body movement, which will help us pinpoint Dr Nebel worked with final year computer science student David Application (GPCVA), automatically tracks movement from video in even greater detail the moments where a patient isn’t being Forson to fine tune the new technique, which uses video images images by searching for the outline of a human head and shoulders communicated with correctly. This will undoubtedly lead to better from cameras set up in a surgery to pinpoint patient head movement. in every frame. Each is then compared for signs of movement, care for patients, improved performance amongst the medical “When the patient’s head moves a lot, it usually indicates that he generating a motion curve for the entire film footage. profession and better quality of service.” or she is alert and actively engaged in conversation with the doctor,” Dr Nebel explained. “Long periods without animation can suggest the patient isn’t really relating to the doctor and maybe not getting as much as possible out of the appointment.” The project was prompted by concerns that an increased use of computers in GPs’ offices was distracting medics from spending time communicating directly with their patients. “Doctors have very limited consultation time as it is and GPs have to spend a significant amount of each appointment looking at their computers while they process information rather than concentrating on the patient,” Dr Nebel explained. Report uncovers confusion about consumption of health supplements Surgeries could soon be kitted out with lmost 60 per cent of athletes regularly reach for over- A the-counter remedies without having a clear understanding of their effects, Kingston researchers have video technology to ensure doctors communicate properly with patients rather than remaining glued to their computers. found. Academics from the School of Life Sciences teamed up with UK Sport to analyse nutritional supplements taken by athletes from more than 30 different disciplines. The researchers reviewed answers submitted by high performance athletes completing the United Kingdom Sport 2005 Drug Free Survey. They discovered three-fifths of athletes sampled Scientist makes waves studying took supplements, but their reasons for doing so did not generally tally with each product’s purpose. The team also found that relatively few supplement users appeared to be taking vitamins coastal erosion or herbal remedies as a result of medical advice. Kingston academic has put his scientific predictions under back in laboratories at Kingston. “In the long-term, we hope the Dr Andrea Petróczi, who headed the research team, said the study showed the vast array of products available and lack of A the spotlight at the largest wave testing centre in the world. Professor Curt Koenders has travelled to Germany to trial research findings could help the battle to save Britain’s disappearing shorelines, allowing experts to identify which areas may potentially industry regulation made it difficult for the average person to a theory that could soon help experts improve their understanding be more susceptible to erosion,” Professor Koenders said. make an informed choice about taking supplements. Even of coastal erosion. athletes, who were likely to be more knowledgeable about how The trip has enabled Professor Koenders, who is based in the to stay in peak physical condition, frequently used them without School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to carry out realising their full impact, she said. “We found, for example, that detailed analysis of a formula to detect how different sandy soils an athlete trying to increase body strength might actually be will wear away when waves wash over them. After some taking something designed to ward off colds,” Dr Petróczi said. encouraging early results using a makeshift testing centre made The research report, published in Nutrition Journal, also with DIY products, Professor Koenders was selected to take his highlighted the danger that some athletes might consume such experimentation to a more sophisticated level using a giant wave high doses of supplements flume at the University of Hanover’s Coastal Research Centre. that they could inadvertently “Scientists and engineers from all over the world vie to be invited damage their health. “The to the facility to submit original experiments, so it was very level of ignorance regarding exciting to be chosen to use the specialist equipment available nutritional supplements and there,” he said. their potential side effects Working with geotechnical engineer Nick Thompson, from was really quite alarming,” Bournemouth University, Professor Koenders prepared a sand base Dr Petróczi said. in the centre’s wave flume, which is 300 metres long, five metres The results raised import- wide and seven metres deep. Water was then pumped into the flume ant questions about how before metre-high waves were propelled over the sand. “The actions athletes found out about of waves erode the sand bed but, because of natural variation, it nutritional supplements, she is removed more in some places than others,” Professor Koenders Dr Andrea Petróczi and added. She called for better explained. “Our aim was to observe how the sand had shifted at her research team analysed education about their use and different points after coming into contact with waves and correlate the nutritional supplements recommended mandatory that with our erosion sensitivity measurements.” taken by athletes training for sports coaches so After the simulated surf had been pumped over the flume and Kingston professor Curt Koenders, left, and geotechnical participating in more they could play a greater part the water drained away, the team was able to measure how the engineer Nick Thompson from Bournemouth University have than 30 different sports. in redressing the situation. sand had worn away in 18 locations. Data accumulated on the tested their latest scientific theories in the wave flume at three-day fact-finding mission is now undergoing further analysis the University of Hanover’s Coastal Research Centre. Bridge WINTER 2008 April 2004 5 Life-changing events Partnership poised lead shoppers online to perfect pedestrian New mothers are one of the biggest customer groups likely to log on to buy groceries online. monitoring company that has played a key role in Legion’s head of product development James A crowd control projects for the Olympic Games is tapping in to the knowledge Amos said the company turned to the University for support because of its excellent reputation for and experience of staff from the University’s pioneering research in visual surveillance. “The Digital Imaging Research Centre to improve its project will make it much quicker and easier for us software. Pedestrian behaviour simulation to map behaviour, allowing us to expand our specialist Legion Limited is working with senior database of pedestrian profiles which we will be lecturer Dr Dimitrios Makris from the Faculty able to integrate with our existing software,” he said. of Computing, Information Systems and The partnership demonstrated the important Mathematics as part of a two-year Knowledge contributions the University was able to make to Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. company performance and profitability across The company was eager to automate data the region, Dr Makris added. “The fact we were collection for its software programs, which approached to assist such an internationally- replicated the movement of people inside build- renowned company as Legion Limited shows just ings and public spaces during the design process, how highly regarded the Knowledge Transfer Dr Makris explained. “The software tests the Partnership scheme is within industry and functionality of the architect’s concepts to see demonstrates how companies can benefit from how each structure would cope once completed, accessing the University’s wealth of resources and looking at how many people can be accommo- expertise,” he said. dated, how easily they can move around inside and what would happen if an emergency evacu- ecoming a new mother or suffering influenced by the convenience and flexibility of ation had to take place,” Dr B health problems can be key factors in making customers turn to internet shopping, new research has revealed. Experts online shopping, Unit Director Dr Ruth Rettie contended. Some were likely to find visiting stores in person too tiring, while others could prefer Makris said. “Legion’s software is based on real-life measure- ment which involves filming from Kingston Business School’s e-Commerce avoiding shopping with their children. pedestrians and going through Consumer Research Unit, who have analysed In contrast, decisions to stop shopping by CCTV footage manually, analy- customers’ reasons for using the internet to buy computer seemed to be more closely related to sing each frame. The company groceries, have identified major triggers that supermarkets failing to live up to expectations wants to streamline this labori- influence shoppers’ decision-making processes. of online shopping. This suggested that there ous process by finding a way Having a baby and developing mobility problems were tactics retailers could employ to make the of automatically gathering were among the significant events which led experience more appealing, Dr Rettie said. data relating to pedestrian people online, they found. People who returned to the aisles had often behaviour.” Reader in marketing Dr Francesca Dall’Olmo encountered problems with internet orders or The partnership, overseen Riley said consumers’ choices to begin shopping deliveries and were concerned about the quality by the University’s Enterprise from home might lie outside grocery retailers’ of produce. Exchange, is being part-funded control. “Supermarkets are always looking for The researchers also found customers were by Legion and the Department ways to increase their market share and attract unlikely to stop venturing out to the shops of Business, Enterprise and more customers to use their website shopping altogether and frequently re-evaluated whether Regulatory Reform. Most of the facilities,” she said. “However our findings suggest they would rather shop online from the comfort work will be carried out by a that buyers are usually motivated by their own of their own homes. This suggested there dedicated Knowledge Transfer distinct needs when they opt to shop online, was potential for retailers to offer incentives to Partnership associate who will rather than being mindful of the advantages.” shoppers who found themselves more house- be guided by Kingston academics Dr Dimitrios Makris has stepped forward to share his expertise Customers choosing to replenish their bound following changes in their circumstances, as the new computer program in digital imaging with leading pedestrian mapping company cupboards with the help of the internet were they concluded. takes shape. Legion Limited. Sarajevo students set to work on high-specification equipment eography students at the University of Sarajevo now Professor Guy Robinson, who worked on the project with G have some of the latest electronic mapping tools at their fingertips after receiving a helping hand from Kingston academics. Staff from the Faculty of Science Kingston colleagues Professor Nigel Walford, Dr James O’Brien and Dr Ken Field, said hands-on experience gained in the new laboratory would boost opportunities for students from the Balkans have played a pivotal role in creating a new Geographical to compete for jobs in the global marketplace. “Geographical Information Systems (GIS) laboratory at the institution in Information Systems is becoming increasingly important to Bosnia-Herzegovina, fitting it out with an array of cutting-edge decision-makers across a wide range of organisations concerned equipment. The collection of computer hardware, software with land, resource and environmental management,” he said. and associated data allows students to display and analyse “Working on this venture has been a rewarding way for us to impart a range of intricate information as they progress through our expertise and ensure Sarajevo students stand the best possible their degrees. chance of graduating with the confidence and credentials The Kingston team, renowned as a world leader in GIS, was demanded by big business and government.” drafted in to spearhead the project as part of a European Union The laboratory is the latest knowledge-sharing initiative involving Trans-European Mobility Scheme for University Studies Kingston and Sarajevo. The relationship between the two institutions (Tempus) programme, which encourages institutions to work has flourished since Kingston staff first visited the Balkans back in together to modernise course provision. Collaborating with 1997 to help update the Sarajevo University curriculum. The links specialists from the University of Graz in Austria and the were expected to continue to thrive in the long term, Professor University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) along the way, they also Professor Guy Robinson has overseen the launch of a new Robinson said. It had already been agreed that Kingston academics compiled a comprehensive training programme to embed GIS Geographical Information Systems laboratory at the University would form an external advisory panel to ensure Sarajevo students in Sarajevo’s geography curriculum. of Sarajevo. were able to keep up to speed with further advances in technology. Bridge 6 WINTER 2008 New research projects under way Kingston academics have embarked on a range of research projects after successfully securing backing from leading funding bodies. Grant Holder School/Centre Project Title Funding Body Amount/Duration Mr S Brown Performance and Screen Studies British Colour Cinematography Arts and Humanities Research Council £40,098 – three years Professor B Cathcart Humanities New Perspectives: Exploring the Potential for the Natural History Museum Arts and Humanities Research Council £16,255 – one year Collection as a Resource for Arts and Humanities Research Professor R Istepanian Computing, Information Systems Mobile Communications to Improve Monitoring of Heart Disease British Council £15,000 – three years and Mathematics and Diabetes Dr K Whiting and Life Sciences and Computing, The Interaction of Primitive Haemopoietic Progenitor Cells in Aplastic British Society of Haemotology £7,000 – one year Dr A Hoppe Information Systems and Mathematics Anaemia with Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Dr K Whiting and Life Sciences and Computing, An Investigation of the Role of Mesenchymal Stem Cells The Aplastic Anaemia Trust £15,000 – one year Dr A Hoppe Information Systems and Mathematics in Aplastic Anaemia Professor K Truss Leadership and Human Managing Employee Engagement Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development £130,000 – two years Resource Management Dr N Wilson Entrepreneurship Centre Entrepreneurs in the Corporate Workplace Cripps Sears and Partners £14,560 – seven months Professor R Blackburn Small Business Research Centre Growth Challenges for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Department for Business, Enterprise and £40,000 – three months A United Kingdom-United States Comparative Study Regulatory Reform Dr J Collis Accounting and Finance Directors’ Views on Accounting and Auditing Requirements Department for Business, Enterprise and £24,993 – six months in Company Law Regulatory Reform Mr M Humphreys Law Urban Regeneration EC1 New Deal £56,700 – three years Professor S Sayce Surveying National Land Use Database of Previously Developed Land – Scoping Study English Partnerships £97,960 – one year Professor M Stuart Education Student Diversity, Extra-curricular Activities and Higher Education Authority £27,581 – one year Perceptions of Graduate Outcomes Professor M Stuart Education The Impact of Social Identity and Cultural Capital on Economic and Social Research Council £81,881 – 18 months Different Ethnic Student Groups at University Professor J Wen Engineering Glazing Behaviour in a Fire Environment European Union Marie Curie £110,000 – two years Professor C Koenders Pharmacy and Chemistry Investigation of Slurry Flow by Means of Simulation and Theory Leverhulme Trust £13,377 – three years Dr J Orwell Computing, Information Systems To Research and Trial an Autonomous or Semi-autonomous System Ministry of Defence £75,000 – one year and Mathematics To Detect, Identify and Locate Threats in a Hostile Urban Environment Professor E Chell Small Business Research Centre The Identification and Measurement of Innovative National Endowment for Science, £118,692 – one year Characteristics of Young People Technology and the Arts Professor C Edwards Leadership and Human Survey of Working Life 2007 Kingston Council £25,000 – four months Resource Management Dr L Y Meng Small Business Research Centre Revitalising Rural China Through Land Policy Reform and UNDPR and CIRD, China £24,600 – two years Innovation in Governance and Public Service Delivery Dr W Skok Business Information Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership: To Develop a Generic Department for Business, Enterprise and £110,528 – two years Information Technology Solution for Medium-sized Charities Regulatory Reform Dr S Pretlove Architecture Knowledge Transfer Partnership: To Establish a Specialist Technology Strategy Board £110,528 – two years Sustainability Service for Clive Chapman Associates Professor W Lomax Strategy, Entrepreneurship Secondment into Knowledge: To Develop a Strategy to Enable London Development Agency £14,000 – 12 days and Marketing New Blood Art to Strengthen its Client Base and Expand Operations Dr D Stokes Enterprise Secondment into Knowledge: To Develop a Diagnostic Tool and London Development Agency £14,000 – 12 days Innovation Route Map for the Ethnic Hair and Beauty Sector Academic accomplishments Experts secure ground- The University has announced the most recent recipients of its prestigious research degrees. Shehla Darr has been named a Doctor of Philosophy after examining the ‘Compression Recovery breaking database contract of Rigid Polymer Foams Following Confinement at Elevated Temperatures’. Kingston research team has won a Abdenour-Karim Khelifi has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy after exploring ‘Attitudinal Determinants of Consumer Behaviour: An Empirical Study in the United Kingdom Credit Card Sector’. A sought-after contract to examine the process through which the Government collects, stores and provides access Youssef Ouchagour has been named a Doctor of Philosophy after investigating the ‘Suitability of to information about brownfield sites across Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Use in Binary Cement Concrete’. England. University experts have embarked on Oliver Reutter has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy after undertaking an ‘Assessment of Masonry a nine-month project to review the National Flexural Bond Strength’. Land Use Database of Previously Developed Sven Riedel has been named a Doctor of Philosophy after exploring ‘Developments in Tensiographic Land (NLUD-PDL), which provides an Multivariate Analysis Leading to a New Approach with Prevalent Applicability for Sample Fingerprinting inventory of vacant and derelict plots as well and Data Representation’. as information about occupied land and buildings with redevelopment potential. The Susan Simpson has been named a Doctor of Philosophy after undertaking ‘An Investigation into Head of the School of Surveying, Professor Professor Sarah Sayce has brought together the Uptake and Farmer Acceptance of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in Southern England’. Sarah Sayce, said the database was essential researchers from across the University to Mark Thomas has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy after examining the ‘Geomechanics of to the National Brownfield Strategy for review the national database of previously Volcano Instability and the Effects of Internally Elevated Pore Fluid (Gas) Pressures’. England. “The project forms a key part of the developed land. Yiwei Wang has been named a Doctor of Philosophy after concluding a study focusing on ‘Improving Government’s policy to make sure land across 3D Polymeric Matrices for Tissue Engineering Using Advanced Drug Delivery Techniques’. the country can be put to best use,” Professor Syms said reviewing the way data was collect- Caroline Saffell has been awarded a Doctor of Business Administration after completing a study Sayce said. “By building up a definitive ed would ensure information was as reliable, entitled ‘Values, Value, Risk and Satisfaction as Antecedents to Continue in Farming with Specific database of land uses, we will be helping the accessible and comprehensive as possible. Reference to Farming in Great Britain’. Government manage its most precious “This work will help the Government meet its resource effectively.” targets for bringing brownfield land back into Andreas Steinbauer has received a Master of Philosophy after completing ‘An Innovative Study of Launched in 1998, the database has been productive use,” he said. English Partnerships Private German Real Estate Investments in United States Residential Real Estate with Reference to refreshed annually since 2001 with data sup- and the Department of Communities and Local the Cultural Dimension’. plied by local authorities. English Partnerships Government are funding the cross-Faculty Teresa Payton has been awarded a Master of Science by Research after exploring the ‘Representational national brownfield adviser Professor Paul project, due to be completed by mid-2008. Effects in Casual Judgement’. Bridge WINTER 2008 7 Top dancer takes leading role at Kingston West End star and former backing contemporary background. “It will be about A dancer for some of the biggest names in the music industry has bowed out of show business to take centre stage in the lecture developing their existing knowledge and skills and applying them in new ways,” Mr Piper explained. As well as paving the way for graduates to become theatre. Jason Piper, who performed in singer Kylie dancers and choreographers, the course also Minogue’s sell-out Fever world tour, has become provides an academic and creative grounding for course leader for Kingston’s recently-launched those keen to specialise in outreach and youth dance degree. The 31 year old is confident the work. Students contemplating a stage career of breadth of professional experience he gained their own are set to benefit from Mr Piper’s bulging during a career which also included top billing contact book. “There will be people coming in in the critically-acclaimed, all-male version of from the top end of the industry to share their Swan Lake will make him an inspirational role knowledge,” he said. “I’m determined the students model for students. will build and develop industry relationships right After beginning his love affair with dance from the start.” aged just five, Mr Piper honed his talent The degree also examines the relationship performing with the National Youth Dance between dance and the wider community, a sub- Company before gaining a degree from the ject close to Mr Piper’s heart. Students will delve London Contemporary Dance School. “Over the into urban, ethnic and popular styles as well as years I’ve been involved in many aspects of more conventional contemporary techniques in dance, from ballet and street to working with a programme designed to capitalise on London’s artists ranging from Kylie and Christina Aguilera vibrant multicultural dance scene. As part of to Shirley Bassey,” he said. “Performing around their course work, they will be expected to forge the globe has been an amazing experience and links with festival organisers and dance out- now I’m ready to take a fresh direction and give reach groups across the capital. “Dance is the something back.” path of least resistance to the heart of any Taking a broader approach than many other culture,” Mr Piper said. “It doesn’t have a dance courses, the Kingston degree caters for political agenda and is a great way of breaking students who may not have a classical or down boundaries.” Navy personnel deployed Jason Piper has swapped his stage career for a star turn launching Kingston’s BA (Hons) in Dance. on academic operation en Royal Navy sailors have become the Alumni mark 65 years of T first students to embark on a new Kingston Business School course. The architecture education two-year, part-time Foundation Degree in Operations Management will enable service men and women to acquire an academic qualification ndustry professionals from around the Founded in 1942 by Eric Brown, the School complementing their on-the-job experience. The course includes modules on innovation and entrepreneurship, information management I globe relived their student days when they converged on the Knights Park campus to celebrate the School of Architecture and has developed a strong reputation for academic excellence. The associated School of Planning was established in the 1960s along with an and human resources. Eight of the first group Landscape’s 65th anniversary. The reunion saw Architectural Psychology Research Unit – the of students to sign up for the Kingston pro- staff mingle with 90 graduates at a champagne first of its kind in Britain. Later, with Professor gramme work at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, reception followed by the official opening of a new Peter Jacob at the helm, the School joined forces Hampshire, while two are ship-based. They will exhibition charting the School’s history. with Merrist Wood College and introduced complete the bulk of their course by computer Guests included alumnus Phil Allsopp, now landscape architecture to the curriculum. using the University’s online web-based learning president and chief executive of The Frank Lloyd Current Head of School Professor Sarah management system, Blackboard. Wright Foundation in the United States. He joined Chaplin has overseen its transition into the Naval Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Financial Times architecture critic Edwin digital era, with high-specification computing Max Sennett said returning to the books would Heathcote, who graduated in 1994, and architects facilities complementing existing workshops. enhance the future prospects of the warrant Sidney Bernstein (1963), Terry Pawson (1982), Welcoming so many familiar faces back to officers and senior rates by consolidating their Andrew Waugh (1988) and Anthony Thistleton- the University for the reunion as well as specialist skills and giving them official Petty Officer Mark Abrams has been one of the Smith (1993) in a roundtable discussion focusing renewing links with graduates the School had recognition for what they learned at work. first students to sign up for the Foundation on the School’s multi-faceted approach to lost touch with had been an enlightening “Today’s Royal Navy is committed to encour- Degree in Operations Management. architecture education. “Kingston in 1968 was a experience, Professor Chaplin said. “What was aging the continuing professional development magical place,” Mr Allsopp recalled, crediting his most remarkable was discovering, despite the of its staff in every way possible,” Lieutenant of each student’s workplace role into the course with giving him confidence in his ideas. many physical changes at Knights Park, how Sennett said. “We are determined to redress the curriculum,” Mrs Pinder-Young said. “The “There was tremendous freedom. I absorbed constant the sense of community and shared situation where, in the past, many senior course framework gives us the scope to easily whatever discipline I could by osmosis and it served ethos of the School has remained over the officers who had dedicated their entire working adapt it to suit other Armed Forces personnel. as an amazing springboard for my career.” decades,” she added. lives to the Navy had no official qualifications We also hope to roll it out in the civilian to show for the huge amount of experience they workforce catering for employees heavily had accumulated along the way.” involved in field work, such as environmental Petty Officer Mark Abrams, who is based at officers and the police.” HMS Collingwood, is confident his Foundation The University already has a strong track Financial Times Degree foray will pay dividends in his career. record of tailoring work-based learning architecture critic “I’m really looking forward to putting what I programmes to meet the needs of the Armed Edwin Heathcote, learn from my lecturers into practice and Forces. Kingston’s MSc in Technology who graduated from becoming a better manager,” he said. (Maritime Operations) for naval officers has Kingston in 1994, Course leader Deborah Pinder-Young said the been running for five years, while equipment pored over exhibits programme had been designed to fit around the support staff from the Army’s Royal Mechanical of a bygone era at students’ ongoing duties both on the ocean and Electrical Engineers (REME) have been the School of waves and back at base. “One of the key features enhancing their skills completing the MSc in Architecture’s 65th is that it is flexible enough to incorporate aspects Technology (Equipment Support). anniversary reunion. Bridge 8 WINTER 2008 Exhibitions and Events... WINTER 2008 EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY MONDAY 18 – FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 6.00pm Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy 4.30pm Theatre without Borders A panel discussion led by Endemol UK chairman Peter Part of the Think in Kingston Festival. 9.00am– Sustainable Education Bazalgette and brand evolution expert BJ Cunningham, Guest speaker director Jatinder Verma. 5.00pm An exhibition being staged as part of London Student being staged as part of The Entrepreneurship Experience Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston Go Green Week showcasing project work examining seminar series. economic environmental principles. Main Lecture Theatre, Knights Park campus 6.00pm Bridging the Gaps C-SCAIPE Reading Room, Penrhyn Road campus Former diplomat and visiting professor Sir Roderic Lyne Open evening: 5.30–8.30pm, Tuesday 19 February explores future trends in the global environment, SATURDAY 23 AND SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY communication between the boardroom and the front line WEDNESDAY 5 MARCH – SATURDAY 26 APRIL 10.00am– Cello Festival and the lack of understanding between the private and public 4.00pm Featuring workshops and performances from a line-up of sectors. Part of the Strategy into Practice lecture series. International Orange professional cellists and a masterclass conducted by expert Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill campus Ben Kelly presents a series of collaborative projects with William Bruce. such leading designers as Peter Saville, Michael Marriot Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus and DJ Simpson. EVENTS – MARCH Stanley Picker Gallery, Middle Mill, Knights Park MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY Gallery opening times: Tuesday-Friday 12.00-6.00pm; MONDAY 3 MARCH 1.15pm Lunchtime concert Saturdays 12.00-4.00pm; Mondays (by appointment only) First year music students showcase original compositions. 1.15pm Lunchtime concert Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus Second year music students showcase original compositions. Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus EVENTS – FEBRUARY 4.00– The Enforcement of International Human Rights 6.00pm Law: The Challenges Ahead THURSDAY 6 MARCH MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY Part of the Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility seminar series. 5.30pm Google and Maps: Why Where is Important 1.15pm Lunchtime concert Speakers Professor Richard Ennals and Paresh Kathrani. The Annual Industry Lecture from the Faculty of Featuring Kingston University music students. Room 6032, Frank Lampl Building, Kingston Hill campus Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics. Guest Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus speaker Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist for Google. WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY Roberts Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road campus WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 1.15pm Lunchtime concert 6.00pm Entrepreneurship and the Market 1.15pm Lunchtime concert A tribute concert being staged in honour of senior music A panel discussion led by director of the Kingston Featuring pianist Ted Beament, drummer Adrian Macintosh lecturer Dr Tim Ewers. Innovation Centre Chris Fogg, being staged as part of and bassist John Rees Jones from the Trio Time jazz group. Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus The Entrepreneurship Experience seminar series. Rose Theatre foyer, 24-26 High Street, Kingston Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill campus SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2.00pm Jazz Futures The borough’s annual jazz festival run in association with Kingston Council. Theatre-goers flock to Rose Theatre foyer, 24-26 High Street, Kingston MONDAY 10 MARCH University gala night 1.15pm Lunchtime concert Third year music students showcase original compositions. Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH eading business people and influential alumni filled 7.00pm Towards The Light L the auditorium at a Kingston University gala night celebrating the opening of the borough’s Rose Theatre. Drama enthusiasts turned out in force to watch a performance Philosopher Anthony Grayling discusses his new book as part of the Think in Kingston Festival. Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road campus of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by University THURSDAY 13 MARCH Chancellor Sir Peter Hall. Inspired by the former 16th Century Rose Theatre on 5.00– Reflections on Professional Ethics 7.00pm A seminar in which speaker Dr Bob Brecher from the London’s Bankside, the 900-person capacity complex cost University of Brighton presents the case Against Professional £11 million to complete, with the University contributing Ethics and Dr Joan McCarthy from University College Cork £500,000. Sir Peter told guests at a reception following the examines the hysterectomy scandal at Our Lady of Lourdes performance that the opening of the venue was a huge Hospital in Drogheda, Ireland. achievement. “If it wasn’t for the backing of the University Boardrooms 3 and 4, Hunter Wing, St George’s, University of London and the extraordinary strength and belief of the borough council we wouldn’t be here now,” he said. MONDAY 31 MARCH Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said the University and theatre would maintain strong links in the 6.30pm Creating the New Design Aesthetic – Meeting the future. “We are thrilled that our students will be rehearsing Global and Environmental Challenges and exhibiting their work at this fabulous venue very soon. Chief executive of the Design Council David Kester shares his views on the importance of design in the ecology of the It gives us the chance to have a strong presence in a 21st Century as part of the Think in Kingston Festival. landmark town centre location,” she said. Knights Park campus Uncle Vanya cast member Neil Pearson praised the venue’s layout. “The Rose has what all the best theatres have – space for both actors and the audience without losing that sense Editorial Information of intimacy,” he said. Gala guest Kevin Whately, who starred Editor: Nicky Baird, ext 63166 (internal); 020 8547 7166 (external) in television drama Inspector Morse, echoed those sentiments. “I believe both the town and University stand to University staff are invited to submit ideas for possible stories gain a great deal from their stunning new theatre. It works and features. Contributions should be sent by email to a treat for audiences and actors alike,” he said. email@example.com or by internal mail to Bridge, Room 2, River House. The cast of Uncle Vanya played to a packed house The editorial team reserves the right to amend articles at a University-organised gala night at Kingston’s as appropriate. new Rose Theatre.
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