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What the Papers Say November 2006

General university news

(Individual campus news follows below)

Greenwich appears in the top ten (at ninth) of a university table listing, 'Percentage participation of students from poorer households', in the Times. The front page article looked at a possible change of funding in which universities that admit a large number of students from poor backgrounds were likely to receive as much public funding as those that concentrate on research.

Indian based Education World online had a profile about the University of Greenwich.

The Indian based Deccan Herald and Education World reported on the agreement with Training and Advanced Studies in Management And Communication ltd (TASMAC) to provide MSc degrees in computing, computer systems & networking and enterprise software engineering Greenwich in India.(see also the coverage in the previous month)

According to Guardian Education, Times Higher Education Supplement, and the US Based Media Newswire Professor Rick Trainor, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich and current principal of King's College London, has been appointed as the next President of Universities UK (UUK), the group representing university vice-chancellors.,,1958880,00.html

The Greenwich Mercury had a photo and article on the award of an honorary degree to Kelly Holmes.

According to the News Shopper Greenwich were among the sponsors at the Greenwich Community College annual student awards.

In an interview with Professional Builders Merchant magazine the current Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants mentioned the study into the sector carried out by students at Greenwich.

There were articles in the Indian based Hindustan Times about Virender Choudhary, President of the Students’ Union, and about Greenwich having the second highest number of Indian students in the UK.

A 10 Downing Street Press Notices about the re-appointment of Councillor Jagir Sekhon OBE as a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum mentioned that she was made a Doctor of Law of the University of Greenwich in 2004

According to the Dartford Times Greenwich awarded an honorary degree to Sue Jennings CBE, former Chief Executive of Darent Valley Hospital.

The London Paper said that Akaash Bhatia, Britain’s only registered Sikh boxer and Greenwich graduate, had a forthcoming bout.

The growing numbers of students enrolling for foundation degrees backed by Greenwich was highlighted by the Kent & Sussex Courier.

Greenwich is hosting a conference on the Thames Gateway according to Environmental Data Interactive online.

Invest in Success had a profile on the University of Greenwich and how education institutions in the Thames Gateway can deliver relevant courses and programmes.

Avery Hill

Health & Social Care

Students studying for the BSc in Complementary Therapies took part in the Smile Away Stress campaign according to the News Shopper and Kent on Sunday.

The News Shopper reported that Allergy UK, the charity which supports allergy sufferers, has launched an online diploma in a bid to improve allergy services which is credit rated by the school.

According to the Guildford Times Greenwich is accrediting two foundation degrees at Guildford College, Integrative Counselling and Integrative Humanistic Counselling.

The Medway Messenger gave advance publicity to the Health & Social Care open evening at the Medway campus.

Lynn Baxter, Senior Social Work lecturer, reviewed two publications in Community Care magazine.

Architecture & Construction

Stephen Paine, a design and construction management graduate and building site manager for Costain has been named as Undergraduate of the Year at the London Construction News Awards according to the Kentish Gazette.

The Independent mentioned Architecture & Construction courses as examples of those that start in January.

Southern Business Times had an article on Bonny Umeadi, who won the Emerald Fund Prize for a tiny device that could help the oil and gas industries.

Robert Holden reviewed Urban Design Features, an anthology of 21 essays by key figures in the subject, for Green Places magazine.

Alan Powers reviewed a V & A publication called Modernism: Designing a New World in the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Education & Training

The Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer congratulated Cheryl Richmond on her Postgraduate Certificate in education.

The Belfast Telegraph listed five students who had completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

General campus news

Premises & Facilities Management reported that Sodexho had been awarded the FM services contract for the Avery Hill campus Halls of Residence for a further 20 years.

Maritime Greenwich


US Based Marketwire online and online reported that Greenwich graduate Michael Daly had been appointed as Interim Director of Film & Music Entertainment Inc.

Dr Michael Zell had a letter published in the Guardian criticising the emphasis by David Starkey and others on the monarchy’s importance in history.


Registered trade mark attorney and International Marketing & German graduate, Claire Mounteney, had an article in Kent Business about how to protect your company name, brand and trademark.

The Taiwan Journal said that Alix Salter has studied Taiwanese museums to explore partnerships with UK museums and the way they operate.

The estimated costs for the eventual decommissioning of nuclear reactors and for the disposal of highly radioactive waste from a nuclear reactor, would be a huge obstacle to Australia adpoting nuclear power according to Steve Thomas, who was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Steve Thomas also spoke on Radio 4's 'File on Four' about British Energy and nuclear power problems.

According to Event magazine a two day event management course is being run by agency Sense in conjunction with Greenwich.

Computing & Mathematical Sciences

The murder of Final Year Computing & Business student, Stevens Nyembo-Ya-Muteba was mentioned by the Daily Telegraph in an article on knife crime and a scheme to counter it. It also appeared in the Guardian which contained an interview with his widow.

There was renewed interest sparked by a press release by the Stress Management Society in a light hearted formula produced by Tony Mann about how and when shoppers lose enthusiasm for buying Christmas presents (The Amazon press release dates from December 2004). The story appeared in the Sunday Daily Record, Wales on Sunday, Glasgow Daily Record, Swindon Evening Advertiser ,Manchester Evening News, East Anglian Daily Times, Bourne & Deepings Local and Pressbox website.

Education & Training

An opinion piece in the Independent discussed the research in Higher Education and the Human Good edited by Professor McNay and Jennifer Bone, former pro vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England. Ian McNay replied to a letter about his research in the Times Higher Education Supplement saying that he recognised the importance of employability and risk of damaging the system of university education in this country.

General campus news

The conversion of the Old Royal Naval College buildings into university ones was one of those featured in an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement on ‘forgotten treasures that are being renovated with spectacular results’.

Metro London publicised a public debate in the Stephen Lawrence Building about whether writers have an obligation to address political issues in their work.

People Management publicised a CIPD (Chartered Institute of Professional Development) meeting about the role of ACAS in enabling a productive employment relationship.


School of Engineering

The appointment of Professor Li as Atkins Professor of Civil Engineering was reported on by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

ProcessTalk online reported that engineers from the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology have been highly commended in the prestigious international 2006

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Awards.

Mike Bradley had a letter published in Rail magazine pointing out that the Channel Tunnel Rail domestic train services will help travel to and from the South East.

Eureka online reported on a more efficient way of transferring powders using pneumatic conveying systems developed by the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology.

School of Science

The Medway Messenger reported on the award of the Green Technology Award for the Carbob8 Systems, a spin-out company from Greenwich, at the IChemE Awards. website reported that Sports Scientists from the University of Greenwich at Medway have been putting students at New Brompton College, Gillingham, through their paces as an introduction to what it is like studying sport at university.

Paula Carey raised concerns about the lack of progress with the decontamination of the Olympic Park Site in East London in the Evening Standard and RICS online (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

South Wales Evening Post said that Dr Stephen Edwards was giving the Royal Institution of South Wales's invitation lecture.

Natural Resources Institute

The Medway Messenger said that Jerry Cooper and Hans Dobson had produced a book which teaches vegetable farmers in Africa about cheap and sustainable pest control to protect their crops.

According to the Indian based Hindu newspaper Dr Alan Cork gave a guest lecture at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Relief Web online reported that Dr John Morton presented a report a meeting on pastoralism in Nairobi.

According to Reuters online many people who live in poverty turn out to be pretty uninterested in protecting themselves against disasters, says Terry Cannon, a development specialist at the University of Greenwich speaking to a meeting held by the Overseas Development Institute, the Development Studies Institute, DFID and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (APPGOOD).

General campus news

Navy News and Kent Director reported on the plaque rededication ceremony at the Drill Hall Library.

The Medway Messenger said that Professor Alan Reed had been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Naval Association.

Building for Education and UK Construction reported on the success of the Drill Hall Library in the Medway Design Awards.

The Medway Messenger gave advance publicity to the Health & Social Care open evening at the Medway campus.

The Medway News reported that Professor Alan Reed was giving the next Pembroke lecture which is titled Pembroke, Past, Present and Future.

The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government for the Universities at Medway project was mentioned in the Times Higher Education Supplement in an article about initiatives to integrate universities with local communities.

The Medway Standard and Medway Messenger reported that Sports Scientists introduced students from New Brompton College to what it is like studying sport at university.

The Evening Standard looking at the implications of the new high speed commuter services planned for North and East Kent mentioned the new joint campus with Kent.

The Medway Standard mentioned the demand for increased student accommodation stimulated by the joint campus in an article on plans for student housing on the riverside site of the Azko Nobel chemical factory.

Kent Director said that an agreement had been signed giving the public access to the Drill Hall Library.

Kent on Sunday mentioned Greenwich students marking Stress Awareness Day in an article about stressed Londoners heading for the county.

The Medway Messenger said that pupils from the Northfleet School of Girls and Northfleet Technology College visited the Chatham Maritime campus.

Regeneration & Renewal mentioned Greenwich and the new joint campus in an article about Chatham Maritime.

Further information

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Some websites only have stories online for a limited period before they are removed or replaced.

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.