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What the Papers Say December 2005

General university news

(Individual campus news follows below)

A Times Higher Education Supplement article about industry support for universities said that according to the Research Yearbook Greenwich recorded the strongest growth in income from £468,000 to £1.3 million.

The award of an honorary degree to writer Malorie Blackman by Greenwich appeared in the Writers News.

Business Travel World looked at the travel procurement policies at a number of organisations, and companies, including Greenwich.

The Independent, Guardian and New Nation said that Higher Education Minister, Bill Rammell, praised the Tabeisa project which is led by Greenwich and Coventry during a visit to South Africa.

According to the Hertfordshire Mercury and Hertfordshire Star Baroness Blackstone opened two new buildings at Hertford Regional College's Ware campus.

Steve Wallis explained how overseas students could progress their careers in his regular column in the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) Journal.

The Shrewsbury Chronicle said that Bob Harris from Greenwich had been part of an Beacon Status assessment team looking at suitability of sports projects operated by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council.

Gillian duCharme, who recently received an honorary degree from Greenwich was among those interviewed in the Guardian about the idea of awarding honorary NVQs. Gillian said that she would be delighted to receive one if she was qualified in the appropriate vocational subject.

The News Shopper said that Greenwich was one of the organisations that attended a Bexley Council conference on secondary education called Vision to Reality.

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Health & Social Care

Nursing Home News said that Anne Gill explained about the foundation degree for registered nursing home managers at the annual conference of the Registered Nursing Home Association.

The success of blind student Ruth Vallis who lives and works in Canada and completed an MSc in Continuing Professional Development (Health) appeared in the Bloor West Villager (Toronto, Canada).

Architecture & Construction

The Medway News and KM Extra reported on a visit by senior lecturer Helen Brown and three students to look at the restoration of Gillingham Park. Helen is supervising the project for Medway Council.

Garden Design tutor Brian Hawtin chose bamboo as his plant of the month in Surrey Life.

3D News, Keystone and Civil Engineering Surveyor said that the Chartered Institute of Building had received 100 enquiries for the Graduate Diploma Programme that Greenwich is involved in. This allows the recruitment into the construction industry of graduates from any discipline.

Education & Training

Professor Patrick Ainley said that there were many questions about the HE sector itself that no one was looking into in a big way at the Society for Research into Higher Education according to the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The Yeovil Times said that Claire Messenger had graduated from Greenwich with a degree in Primary Education.

Uche Nworah, who is studying for a Doctorate in Education (EdD) degree at Greenwich, had an article on social change in Nigeria on the Global Politician website.

General campus news

Builder & Engineer reported on the installation of a platform lift meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act at Sparrows Farm

Maritime Greenwich


Transitions Online, a website providing news on the 28 post-communist countries, said that Greenwich was among the few universities that provide teaching in Romani Studies.


Steve Thomas from the Public Services International Research Unit discussed the options available to the government in developing new nuclear power stations on BBC Radio Kent.

According to the Open Democracy website Mehmet Ugur asked at a conference in Warsaw if the Turkish government was doing enough to build support for EU membership among existing members.

Debbie Hayes has joined the London College of Communications as Dean of the Marketing School according to the Time Higher Education Supplement.

Computing & Mathematical Sciences

The Bexley & Eltham Expres said that Chris Woolard won the Dennis Wratten Journal Award from the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society.

Education & Training

Greenwich Maritime Institute

The award of a £200,000 grant by the Leverhulme Trust to Roger Knight for research into the provision of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars was reported by the Guardian and the Plymouth Evening Herald.

The Times Higher Education Supplement had a large review of Roger Knight’s book The Pursuit of Victory.

General campus news

Lord Baker will be giving the annual Friends of Greenwich Park lecture at the campus in 2006 according to the News Shopper.

Gravesend Messenger and Dartford Messenger said that the University of Greenwich had been transformed into a film set for a film about William Wilberforce.

Plant Engineer reported on some of the proceeding of the Sensors and their Applications conference organised by the Institute of Physics at the campus

In a Greenwich Christmas walk a Times correspondent said “For years, these wonderful buildings were owned by the Ministry of Defence and closed to the public but now the buildings are occupied by the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music.”,,22949-1910129,00.html

The Seeing the Light exhibition in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery was publicised in the Greenwich & Blackheath News Shopper.


School of Engineering

The new Information Technology Management for Business degree backed by employers appeared in Computer Trade Only magazine.

The establishment of a partnership between the school and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IEE) appeared on the YourCounty website.

School of Science

Harold Goodwin presented a paper during a pro-poor tourism conference at the Safari Garden Hotel in Fajara, Gambia according to the Daily Observer (Gambia).

At the World Travel Market exhibition Harold Goodwin cited the £5 arrivals tax in Gambia as an example of a successful government initiative according to Travel Trade Gazette magazine.

The appointment of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Sciences as a centre for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme appeared in the Medway Messenger.

The award of a prize for best poster to Louise Gracia at the British Pharmaceutical conference appeared in South East Business.

The launch of the first of four innovation hubs at the campus appeared in the Medway Messenger, Faversham News, Kentish Express, Kentish Gazette, Kent Messenger. There was a large photo of Marc Hume and Professor Patricia Harvey. The story was also in Laboratory Talkonline.

Students from North West College visited the campus as part of a Aim Higher Science Day according to the Dartford Messenger.

Geoff Manby was interviewed on BBC Radio Kent about the apparent move of the magnetic pole.

Medway School of Pharmacy

The launch of Medway School of Pharmacy’s new laboratories received extensive coverage. ITV Meridian News televised a live lunchtime broadcast from the new laboratories, featuring an interview with lecturer Stuart Gill-Banham. Clare Mackie and several students were also interviewed and filmed for a longer report, broadcast in Meridian's evening bulletin. BBC Southeast TV also filmed and broadcast interviews and teaching in the new labs, as did Invicta Radio.

The story also appeared in the Medway Messenger, Medway Standard and on the BBC website

Natural Resources Institute

The work of the NRI was praised by Gareth Thomas MP, International Development Minister during a visit according to the Medway Messenger and Medway Standard.

General campus news

According to the Medway Messenger, Walter Herriot, Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge gave a talk to students from the campus at an Entrepreneurship In Action evening.

The Medway News and KM Extra reported on a visit by senior lecturer Helen Brown and three students to look at the restoration of Gillingham Park. Helen is supervising the project for Medway Council.

Professor Alan Reed focussed on the regeneration organisation Swale Forward and foundation degrees in his regular column in Kent Profile.

New Start said that Greenwich is part of a consortium of eight universities called KnowledgeEast which aims to drive business development and regeneration in the Thames Gateway.

Medway News reported on a memorial rugby match for student Tom Kiernan between Medway Rugby Club and a President’s XV, including many students from Greenwich.

The registration of a record number of students at the campus was highlighted in the Medway Messenger.

Kent Messenger gave advance publicity to the ‘My Great, Great Grandad was at Trafalgar’ lecture.

The Medway Messenger said that there was an open evening at the Local Studies Centre for those wishing to help Dr Andrew Hann with the Victoria County History Project.

The Dockside Outlet Centre has provided sponsorship for a combined Universities at Medway football team including players from Greenwich according to the Medway Messenger.

The bid to establish a new medical school which is supported by a consortium including Greenwich appeared in the Medway Messenger, the Medway News, the Isle of Thanet Gazette andMedway Extra.

The success of the Pembroke lectures with a Trafalgar theme were highlighted by the Medway Messenger.

Members of Kent Inventors club organised by Business Link Kent and hosted by the University of Greenwich at Medway secured top prizes at the British Invention Show according to Your County website.

The work of six student volunteers who organised a Christmas party for a Surestart family support group based at All Saints’ Church in Chatham appeared in the Medway News.

Further information

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University of Greenwich press releases are now available via Really Simple Syndication (RSS).

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The text of some of the articles contained may be accessed by university staff and students via the university intranet using the Information & Library Services Lexis Nexis electronic database.