St George’s, University of London announces proposed 2012 fees and scholarship scheme

St George’s, University of London will charge new UK and EU students £9,000 a year in fees for undergraduate degrees and £6,000 a year for foundation degrees from September 2012, subject to approval of the proposed Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

To continue to support fair access to higher education, St George’s will significantly expand its spending on financial support, outreach and retention activities.

First community open day for St George’s

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London will co-host a community open day at their shared main site in Tooting on Saturday 18th June.

The day, which will run from 10am to 3pm, is free to attend and will offer visitors the chance to gain an insight into the work of a busy NHS teaching hospital and university, the science of the human body and learn more about some of the cutting-edge research conducted at St George’s. There will also be information about healthcare and medical education and career opportunities, as well as a variety of family fun activities.

New professor to champion changing face of nursing

Ruth Harris has been appointed as the first Professor of Nursing Practice and Innovation at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London’s School of Nursing. She is set to spearhead new research projects aimed at improving nursing practice and patient outcomes, and aims to work closely with local NHS trusts in developing new services.

Having always harboured a strong interest in research, Professor Harris is looking forward to the challenge of contributing to the new nursing education programmes.

Breakthrough holds promise of helping to stop premature birth

Researchers at St George’s, University of London and King’s College, London have identified a new way of suppressing uterine muscle contractions, which could lead to novel treatments to help stop premature birth.

Premature birth accounts for around seven per cent of births in the UK, and is the single biggest killer of babies under one year old. Despite improved neonatal care and survival rates for babies born early, there has been no corresponding progress in reducing the incidence of premature birth. Drugs called tocolytics can slow labour, but those currently used only delay birth by 48 hours or so which has relatively little effect on a baby’s degree of maturation at birth.

Chemical compound screening could lead to new cancer drug treatments

St George’s researchers and partners are using a new technique to screen chemical compounds for cancer-fighting properties, with the aim of finding new drug treatments.

Professor Dot Bennett and Dr Becca Collinson from St George’s, and colleagues in Senectus Therapeutics – a company set up by a consortium of researchers to develop cancer-ageing drugs – have struck a deal to access a selection of chemical compounds provided by global pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. They aim to find compounds that trigger a form of cancer cell ageing called senescence. The Senectus team will use the world’s first reliable senescence trigger-screening technique, that it developed itself.