Starting salaries for St George’s graduates named third best in the UK

Independent consumer watchdog Which? has named St George’s as the third best university in the UK for graduate starting salaries.

Universities were ranked by the average annual salary of graduates six months after completing their course, based on information submitted by universities and colleges to the government between 2005/6-2009/10. St George’s, University of London graduates earned an average salary of £27,015.

New funding to tackle poultry viruses

A team of researchers have received over £6.2million to develop rapid responses to emerging poultry viruses. The funding boost will also help to establish the next generation of poultry virologists, to work in a scientific area where the UK has traditionally been strong. The ‘Developing Rapid Responses to Emerging Virus Infections of Poultry’ project will enable the recognition of emerging viruses before widespread infections occur, prepare for the possibility of new subtypes of avian influenza, and help the process of developing better vaccines for poultry and humans.

 

New methods to unveil the truth about the madness of King George

Investigations into the nature of King George III’s illness will reopen this year. Neuroscientists will pore over thousands of 18th century letters to and from the monarch, well known for his bizarre behaviour and wild outbursts, searching for clues to his mental state.The question of whether King George III, who reigned in Britain between 1760 and 1820, was mad or misunderstood has been mused about since his outbursts were first documented in the late 18th century. In King George’s time, his ravings were treated as insanity; to control his outbursts the King was bound in a straitjacket and chained to a chair. Conclusions from more recent reappraisals of the historical evidence have included the inherited metabolic disorder porphyria and the psychiatric condition mania.

 

Annual deaths from solvent abuse in the UK rise from 38 to 46

Deaths from solvent abuse rose to 46 in 2009 from 38 in 2008, according to a new report on the latest UK figures released today (Friday 16 November).

The report outlines deaths from volatile substances – solvent-based products such as gas fuels, aerosols, glues, and anaesthetic agents – that occurred in 2009.

St George’s student makes the cut in national surgical skills competition

A St George’s, University of London medical student will represent London in the UK-wide Student Surgical Skills Competition, after winning the London regional heat.

Fifth-year student Ismail Vokshi has made it through to the final of the competition, run each year by the The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).