Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and David Willetts MP get a taste of St George's Community Open Day spirit in China

As the Community Open Day was in full swing in Tooting on 12 October, approximately 5000 miles away in Beijing, China, Professor Julian Ma and James Hallinan, head of enterprise and innovation, were extending St George's community outreach by showcasing the university’s research at the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP) London Innovation Showcase. LUIP, of which St George's, University of London is a member, is a group of 16 London universities, formed to promote London as a study destination for students around the world.  As part of the UK's trade delegation to China this month, LUIP organised a London showcase event in the Yang Gallery in Beijing.  This pop-up installation showcased the fantastic range of innovative projects which take place in London's universities. The event was open to the public over four days from 12 to 15 October, and on Sunday 13 the VIP reception was attended by David Willets MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science; Mayor of London, Boris Johnson; and Meng Fei, Chinese TV host and celebrity.

 

St George’s team shortlisted in Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2013

A team from St George’s, University of London has been shortlisted for a Prospects Postgraduate Award, which recognises and rewards excellence and innovation in postgraduate education.

More than 150 students, universities and businesses from across the UK entered the awards across eight categories. The Postgraduate Diploma Physician Associate Studies Teaching Team at St George's will compete against teams from the University of Glasgow, University of Bradford and Cranfield University for the title of Best Teaching Team (Science, Technology and Engineering).

Study shows non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids are effective anti-cancer drugs

New research has shown that the non-hallucinogenic components of cannabis could act as effective anti-cancer agents.

The anti-cancer properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary hallucinogenic component of cannabis, has been recognised for many years, but research into similar cannabis-derived compounds, known as cannabinoids, has been limited.

Expert calls for greater awareness of the impact of crime on people with mental health problems

People with mental health problems are up to three times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population, research involving a senior academic from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has found.The report, produced by Victim Support and Mind in partnership with academics from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, King's College London and University College London, also found people with severe mental illness were more likely to be repeat victims of crime. However, they were often not believed by those they reported it to or their reports were discredited because of their mental health problems. They were also more deeply affected by crime than people without mental health issues.

"Public perception is that people with mental health issues are more likely to commit crime than be victims," Professor Vari Drennan, who is based at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George's, said. "However, this report highlights the high incidence of crime against this vulnerable group, and the serious impact it can have. They face significant barriers in getting the help they need when they report and address these incidences."

Lady Thatcher and Tony Blair used ‘hubristic language’, research finds

A new study has found that British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and the late Lady Thatcher used hubristic language during their respective periods in office.

It has been suggested that a number of Prime Ministers may have developed a personality disorder known as Hubris syndrome while in power. Researchers at St George’s, University of London have discovered that this personality change was reflected in both Blair’s and Thatcher’s use of language.