WORLD FIRST FOR KEELE
has received a BREEAM environmental impact rating of 'excellent' for
the Lennard-Jones Multi-User Laboratory extension, completed last year.
It is thought that it is the only lab of its kind in the world to
achieve such a rating.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment
Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment
method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in
sustainable design and is the measure used to describe a building's
The impressive state-of-the-art Lennard-Jones building, which
achieved a score of 71.34% in the BREEAM assessment, features the use of
green sustainable materials, with low environmental impact; a green '
living wall', providing habitat and biodiversity; roof mounted solar
panels, providing hot water to the development, and rainwater recycling,
providing water to serve toilet flushing and the living wall.
Professor Pat Bailey, Dean of Natural Sciences, pictured above, said:
"This is an impressive new, multi-use facility, built to accommodate
the very substantially increased numbers of students studying chemical
sciences and pharmacy at Keele. More so, it was built to the highest
sustainable standards and we believe it is the first lab of its kind in
the world to achieve the BREEAM excellent rating."
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SEMINAR
Studies at Keele (ASK) held their third seminar last week in
celebration of 'Black History Month'. The group heard inspired
presentations from high profile figures, including three external
visitors who were welcomed to Keele by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rama
Speakers included, Ms. Mumtaz Kassam
(Deputy High Commissioner for Uganda and Keele Alumni,1979), pictured;
Sir Jeffrey James (former British High Commissioner to Kenya, Keele
Alumni, 1969); Tolu Ogunlesi, author and journalist from Nigeria
(currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA) and Dr Emma
The seminar was a great success and was attended by approximately
thirty guests, including Keele staff and students, and postgraduates
from Sussex and Goldsmiths universities. For more information on future
ASK events contact Zoë Groves, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARITY AWARDS FOR KEELE STUDENTS AND STAFF
The North Staffordshire Medical Institute presented its 2010 medical
research grant and student awards at an evening reception last week.
Performance in Medical School Year 2 Prize was awarded to James
Blackburn, and the Year 4 OSCE Examination Prize went to Sandeep Dhanda.
grants totalling £17,000 were awarded to two groups, led by members of
Keele's Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine. Dr
Divya Chari's research group received a grant for a laboratory-based
project to study side effects of corticosteroid therapy on neural cells
using genomic analyses. The work involves collaboration with Professor
Clive Hawkins, a Consultant Neurologist at UHNS, and Dr Richard Emes,
now at Nottingham University.
Paul Horrocks received his grant for a project he and Professor Steve
Allin (School of Chemistry and EPSAM) designed to synthesise and
evaluate Buchtienine as a novel antimalarial agent.
Presenting the awards, NSMI Chairman, Mr Duncan Gough, congratulated
the students and the two groups on their success and hoped the grants
would help in producing key results and publications in the future.
The closing date for the next round of NSMI pump-priming research
awards is Friday, 5 November 2010. Details can be obtained from Jacqui
Robinson at: email@example.com
KEELE STUDENTS PRAISED BY BRITISH COUNCIL
produced by eight Keele students at the second Media and Film Summer
School at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea have been praised by the
The students, part-funded for the visit
through the Prime Minister's Initiative 2 funding, spent a month in
Seoul attending a two-week course on Korean Film, followed by a two-week
film production workshop. They also attended a Buddhist retreat and
visited the Demilitarized Zone.
Lee Harris, PMI Project Delivery Officer said: "Having previously
worked in the Television and Film industry for over 10 years, I was
particularly impressed with the style and professionalism of the film
titled 'Line 4'."
Professor Marilyn Andrews, Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: "I was amazed
at the quality of the student films and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Activities such as these are so valuable in the development of our
students and to their enjoyment of being a Keele student."
A summary of the films can be seen shortly here.
BUSINESS COUNCIL VISITS KEELE
and Enterprise Services and the Applied and Environmental Geophysics
Group, from the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, played
host to a meeting of the Business Council for Sustainable Development's
Low Carbon Energy Group.
Thirty-three members, from
companies including E.ON, Converteam, Arup and Lafarge, attended the
all-day meeting held in the Keele Management Centre, where they heard
presentations from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the
Environmental Sustainability KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) and guest
speaker, Professor Peter Styles, on the ongoing coal bed methane
extraction work at Keele and the University's interest in geothermal
Delegates were treated to a visit to the new development site on
campus where Nexen have completed the test bore hole for the methane
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON WOMEN OFFENDERS
Worrall, Emerita Professor of Criminology was a keynote speaker at a
regional conference run by Cheshire Probation Trust. The conference,
entitled 'Why prison is not the place for women offenders' was the first
large conference ever held inside Styal Women's Prison and attracted
about 150 delegates from the criminal justice system.
Professor Worrall, above left, spoke about the contribution of
research to policy-making in relation to women offenders. Other keynote
speakers included Baroness Jean Corston, whose report on vulnerable
women in the criminal justice system has become a blue-print for reform
in the treatment of women offenders.
KEELE HALL'S X FACTOR
Keele Hall was the venue for one of its most elaborate events last
week, which saw 400 guests attend an Ericsson product launch. They were
met by flame performers and 'royal' footmen, before entering the hall,
which had a variety of entertainment, including a games room, sweet shop
and live performers. Blayz, an all-girl string quartet, played acoustic
sets and the Rat Pack and Show Girls provided the swing, before X
Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, performed a selection of songs. Event
organiser, Kevin Blowfield, said: "The venue needed to meet a high
criterion of specification that would enable everything from high
profile celebrity performers to a grand firework display. Keele met all
GOLD MEDAL FOR EXCHANGE STUDENT
Exchange student Lyndsay Stecher, who is currently at Keele, has been
awarded the Board of Governors Gold Medal for the highest in-course
academic achievement in Social Science at her university, the University
of Windsor, Ontario in Canada.
Lyndsay, 19, pictured above, is studying International Relations and
Development Studies at Windsor, and while at Keele for the academic year
is taking modules in Sociology, SPIRE and History.
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR MEETS KEELE STUDENTS
Pauline Fisk, renowned children's author and winner of the Smarties
Grand Prix Award (for Midnight Blue) and runner-up for the Whitbread
Children's Book Prize, came to speak to Educational Studies
undergraduates this week.
Pauline, pictured above, talked to students taking the
Childhood, Policy and Education module about her life as a writer,
her inspiration for particular stories and how she carried out research
for her books. In 2008 she trekked in the jungles of Belize,
researching the gap year experience for her latest novel, 'In the
The visit was organised by Dr Sarah Thomson, Teaching Fellow in Education.
KEELE MEDICS CHARITY SOCIETY
The Keele Medics Charity Society (KMCS) is a newly established
student organisation hoping to raise money for regional charities.
Their focus this academic year is on children's foundations and their
first major event at the Medical School was in aid of Barnardo's
The KMCS committee collected some fantastic lots for auction, largely
due to the generosity of local companies and individuals, and raised
Organisers say special thanks go to Sarah Lockey, who hosted the
event, and Kirsty Hartley, without whom the night would not have been
For more information about KMCS contact: keelemcs@ gmail.com.
FT LETTER ON SOVEREIGN RISK
In a letter published this week by The Financial Times, Professor
Costas Milas, Keele Management School, questions the use of government
bond yields as reliable indicators of sovereign risk in Eurozone
He makes the case that peripheral economies faced with a high risk of
default are currently experiencing borrowing costs that might
contradict all publicly available information.
CFM FUND RAISER
CFM raised £260 for the Douglas Macmillan Home at Blurton by supporting the Signal Radio 'bring a pound to work day'.
Star of the day was Dawn Brookes (Domestic Assistant at Barnes Hall) who joined in the fun by coming to work in fancy dress.
The Signal 1 team rolled in to Keele to cheer along the fund-raisers
and Dawn was interviewed by Liz Ellis, pictured above, who also met Dawn
Jackson and Michelle Harvey at the Darwin Building.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
This week 57 years ago -
21 October 1953
Dr W A Jenkins, Director of Studies at the University College, Keele,
has been appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Dacca,
Dr Jenkins was appointed Registrar at the University College in 1949.