£5.7 MILLION BOOST FOR KEELE FROM HEFCE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT FUND
Keele University has received from the
Higher Education Funding Council for England a major grant of £5.7
million. The funding will help achieve the University's ambitions to be
the Ultimate Campus University for the 21st Century and a model for
other campus universities in the future.
The success means that the University can now progress in a number of vital areas:
1. Environment and Sustainability:
Developing our unique range of resources on campus to create a
Sustainability Hub for teaching and research, as well as generating
some 50% of our own energy use within five years.
2. Business: creation of new programmes and continuing professional development courses, with a focus on employers' needs.
3. Health: Developing existing
intellectual property and innovative learning and teaching techniques
associated with 'Virtual Patient'; bespoke software to train medical
and other students in communication and diagnostic skills. This
will be developed for wider application for other academic
disciplines. In partnership with Manchester University and the
two PCTs, Keele plans to also develop programmes in oral therapy and
4. Active Ageing: Developing our
traditional strengths in Gerontology and Primary Care, to act as an
exemplar on how universities can contribute to 'active ageing' as the
national demography changes.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rama Thirunamachandran, said "The University,
like many others, has been significantly affected by the
recession. This is an exciting opportunity and a major boost for
the whole University and means we can press ahead with the next phase
of development, which is vital to secure our academic and financial
SWAN AWARDS FOR KEELE SCHOOLS
Keele's School of Life Sciences this week received
the prestigious silver Athena SWAN award for excellence in recruiting
and progressing women in science, engineering and technology (SET).
award was presented at a celebratory lunch at Birmingham Botanical
Gardens, where the presenter and keynote speaker was Keele's
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Finch. Dr Anne Loweth, Head of the
School of Life Sciences, who was accompanied by the School's Athena
SWAN champion, Dr Srabasti Chakravorty, accepted the Silver award.
Elaine McFarlane and Janet Drewery, Faculty of
Natural Sciences, attended the ceremony to collect the University's
renewed bronze award, originally awarded to the School of Physical and
Geographical Sciences in 2007.
There were 80 guests from 20 different Universities also collecting bronze and/or silver awards.
RESCUE DIG AT STOKE GRAVEYARD
and students from the School of Physical Sciences and Geography/
Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied
Mathematics, have been helping Stoke-on-Trent Council archaeologists on
an emergency rescue dig at a graveyard in the north of the city this
Developers are building a community hall on part of
an old graveyard, with initial groundwork revealing several unmarked
graves and burial vaults. Near-surface geophysical surveys, led by Dr
Jamie Pringle, were undertaken to help the archaeologists locate and
recover the burials. Undergraduate forensic science and postgraduate
earth science students are also gaining invaluable experience on a
STEM CELL-BASED THERAPIES FOR DEAFNESS
of the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine gathered to
hear visiting speaker Dr Marcelo Rivolta from Sheffield University
describe the latest research on developing stem cell-based therapy for
deafness. This is an area in which Keele has long-standing expertise
and collaborations with, among others, Sheffield and Bristol
Dr Rivolta was hosted by Dr David Furness of Keele's
neuroscience research group, pictured above left, and his talk
attracted many questions on the strategies used to isolate and
characterise human auditory stem cells. The current state-of-the art
models of the cells grown from the human inner ear could prove highly
useful for drug testing and design, and more importantly should
facilitate the development of stem cell-based therapies for deafness.
The visit was part of ISTM's regular seminar series,
the next of which takes place takes place on Monday 26 October when
Keele welcomes back Professor Noel Morgan, former Head of Keele's
School of Biological Sciences and now Professor of Endocrine
Pharmacology at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth.
KEELE CONTRIBUTES TO NEW AHRC FUNDED PhD TRAINING PROGRAMME
From 2009 to 2011, Dr Alannah Tomkins (History) and
Professor David Amigoni (English), of the Research Institute for
Humanities, will be involved in an innovative, new, AHRC funded
doctoral training programme, teaching PhD students 'Theories and
Methods: Literature, Science and Medicine'. In collaboration with
eleven other partners: the Universities of Salford, Leicester,
Manchester, King's College London, the London Consortium, the Science
Museum, National Maritime Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Royal
College of Surgeons, Royal Institution of Great Britain and the
Wellcome Library, students will be taught by experts with different
approaches to disciplinary boundaries and will be equipped with the
skills needed to utilise manuscript sources, rare books, material
objects, philosophy, literature, film and visual arts in their study.
Over the next two years each partner will host one event and contribute
teaching to the whole programme. There will be twenty funded places per
event for PhD students in this field to attend events, and during 2011
the website, created and hosted by the University of Salford, will
offer training resources in this important new subject.
KEELE'S SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY ENERGY WEEK
part of their public engagement and educational outreach activities,
Keele's Science for Sustainability Environmental Education Officer,
Lucy Gallagher last week delivered an Energy Week at St.John's Catholic
Primary School in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The event was designed
to educate both pupils and staff about the importance of conserving
energy, through workshops involving all year groups. Activities
included 'Special Energy Detectives' investigations and a 'Solar Power
Scrapheap Challenge', allowing a fun, practical and interesting
approach to learning about contemporary science issues and the positive
steps required to making the school more sustainable, at both an
institutional and individual level. The week was a huge success
with great feedback from children and staff.
Since the project began in 2006, the Science for Sustainability team
(Professor Mark Ormerod, Dr Zoe Robinson and Lucy Gallagher, Research
Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied
Mathematics) have established links with a large number of primary and
secondary schools within the West Midlands and North West regions,
reaching an audience of over 6,500 school pupils and students aged 4 -
MAKING RESEARCH COUNT
Keele Making Research Count continued to promote
research mindedness among social care and social workers with two
successful events over the summer.
Professor Sian Maslin-Prothero, Dean of the Graduate
School, gave a presentation on 'Inter-professional Practice' in which
she addressed the interface between health and social services in the
context of Intermediate Care and services for older people.
Another event, 'End of Life Care', featured two speakers:
Dr Sue Read and Dr Kate Lillie, both from the School of Nursing and
Midwifery. Dr Read focused on the meaning of death and dying from
the perspective of people with an intellectual disability, while Dr
Lillie reported her research on genetic predisposition to cancer and
its impact on the care needs of palliative care patients.
Both events were well attended by delegates from partner agencies in Staffordshire, Stoke, Shropshire and Cheshire.
CONFERENCE ADDRESS ON DEVELOPING LINE MANAGERS
Cairns, CFM Head of HR and Training addressed senior learning and
development professionals at the prestigious "World of Learning" two
day conference at the NEC.
Rachel, who was introduced by Bill Turnbull the
presenter of BBC Breakfast, was asked to share her experiences of
"Building the role of the line manager in delivering successful
Her presentation was based on the case study of
developing line managers within CFM to facilitate equality and
diversity workshops for all staff and included DVD footage of Sue
Parkin, Housekeeper, and Ian Couzens, Senior Supervisor from Keele
Hall, talking about their experiences of delivering training.
Rachel said "it was fantastic to be identified as a
best practice organisation alongside some big names such as Sony, BT
and Lloyds TSB. So many people were interested in our story and it is a
credit to our line managers that they rose to the challenge of
delivering training, which is not an easy thing to do well."
FIRST ERASMUS EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM ANKARA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Student Nurse Melike Ayca Ay from the University of
Ankara, Turkey, has recently completed three months at the School of
Nursing and Midwifery. During her exchange she spent time meeting
School staff and students and was allocated to a variety of clinical
placements at local hospitals and in community settings. Ayca is the
first Erasmus exchange student to visit the School of Nursing and
Midwifery. All the clinical mentors were impressed with her
professionalism and application to nursing and she was an excellent
ambassador for Ankara University. The School's International
Strategy is to build upon the teaching exchanges which have been in
place for the last two years and to develop further student exchanges.
Keele Student Nurse Fiona Reale will be returning from Ankara the end
of October and will be doing a presentation to staff and students.
There are plans to develop joint teaching/research projects between the
WELCOME TO BRITAIN PARTY
More than 300 International students from all over the world were welcomed to Keele by the Students' Union last week.
This most British of receptions offered all the old
favourite comfort foods, such as shepherd's pie, fish and chips and
scones with cups of tea!
Students enjoyed table service in the ballroom, followed by a social in the Lounge.
The 'Welcome to Britain Party' marks the start of
the 2009/10 series of International Culture Events; these events
celebrate multiculturalism here at Keele, with students from all
countries encouraged to showcase their own cultures and
Alumni members of the Keele Society Advisory
Committee also gave a special welcome to newly-arrived international
students. Twenty-seven students from Europe, Asia, Africa and North
America enjoyed a tour of Keele Hall, a presentation given by alumni
about Keele's unique heritage and ethos and why they keep in touch with
Welcome and Society Sign Up Fairs have welcomed more than fifty
exhibitors and sixty societies to the Students' Union this week as
students old and new were greeted to Keele's new academic year.
More than 3,000 students enjoyed a lively two days, with the
opportunity to sign up to a huge variety of societies and meet local,
national and campus businesses, service providers and attractions, plus
pick up the usual plethora of freebies!
The Welcome Week Entertainments line-up has also
enjoyed rave reviews, with events such as the Ice Breaker Disco, Mega
Monday and Tony Lee Hypnotist XXX selling out on the door.
NATIONAL TEACHING FELLOWSHIP AWARDED
Dr Jonathan Parker, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Keele, was
among fifty of the best lecturers and learning support staff in higher
education in England and Northern Ireland who were recognised for their
excellence at an awards ceremony at Middle Temple Hall, London.
The 2009 National Teaching Fellowships, awarded by the Higher
Education Academy, were presented by Dr John Selby, Director (Education
and Participation) HEFCE, and Professor Shirley Pearce, Chair of the
advisory panel for the awards.
The 50 award winners for 2009, chosen from 203 nominations submitted
by higher education institutions, will each receive awards of £10,000
to support learning and teaching activities.
The new Fellows come from universities, HE colleges and conservatoires throughout England and Northern Ireland.
PROJECT GREEN PLANTS FIRST GRADUATES
Keele's ground-breaking placement initiative Project Green, managed
by Research and Enterprise Services and run via the School of Physical
and Geographical Sciences and Keele Management School, has planted its
first 35 graduates into West Midlands based companies.
Graduates from various universities (17 in total) and degree
backgrounds embarked on a fully funded 'Greening Business' module, with
most starting their environmentally-focused placements this week.
Each receives a £200 per week bursary, courtesy of the Economic
Challenge Investment Fund bid which Keele were successful in securing
earlier this year with the support of a number of local partners.
The placements range from research on renewable energy to more technical data collection and reporting projects.
GLOBAL WORKSHOP AT WHO HQ
Professor Michael Rigby, Emeritus Professor of Health Information
Strategy, Research Institute for Public Policy and Management and
School of Public Policy and Professional Practice, was recently invited
to attend a global workshop at WHO Headquarters on actions towards
reductions in inter-personal violence.
Professor Rigby attended in his capacity as task group leader for
child violence in an EU project on Public Health Actions for a Safer
The meeting will help frame the content of the next WHO action programme on this important issue.
POSTER PRIZE FOR KEELE POSTGRADUATE STUDENT
PhD student Natalie Zadurian recently attended the Division of
Health Psychology Annual Conference in Birmingham to present a poster
from her PhD work. It was called 'An investigation of cognitive and
behavioural coping amongst primary care low back pain patients'.
She was very successful, got lots of questions from experienced
psychologists and beat many other researchers to receive the Division
of Health Psychology Conference 2009 'Poster Prize for outstanding
content and presentation'.
This was a great achievement for Natalie, who received a
certificate, a book and a year's subscription to the journal
'Psychology & Health'.
RUN FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Jenny Tucker, Director of Commercial and Facilities Management, and
Caroline Mairs, Head of Science Park, raised more than £500 for Cancer
Research by taking part in a 10k race.
They took part in the run at Tatton Park, Knutsford, over a
challenging course. Caroline managed a time of 1hr 15 minutes and Jenny
completed the course in 53 minutes.
LONG STANDING CUSTOMER TAKES FULL ADVANTAGE OF KEELE HALL
Adullum Homes a specialist Housing Association providing good
quality residential accommodation and support for vulnerable people in
the Midlands, Merseyside and the North West took full advantage of the
facilities offered at Keele Hall this week for their 'Friends Together'
luncheon. 113 members used the new ballroom, which was partitioned to
provide two areas; one for their displays and the other for a lunch.
CAREERS ADVISORS UPDATE
The Faculty of Health Schools and College Liaison team recently held
a Careers Advisor update at the Clinical Education Centre, University
Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.
The event, which was well attended by 20 representatives from local
Schools and Colleges and Careers Organisations, comprised talks and
admissions advice for applications to pre-registration programmes,
tours of the Clinical Education Centre and opportunities for informal
The event was positively evaluated and careers advisors reported
that it would be of enormous benefit to help them in giving careers
advice for pupils in schools and colleges.