News In Brief

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A selection of other news from around the University. Click on the title to learn more.

Exhibition Accompanies Ian McKellen’s Mother Goose

Professor Helen Brooks (School of Arts) has recently designed a new pop-up exhibition, which is accompanying the touring pantomime production of Mother Goose, starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop. The exhibition opened at the Ledwood Centre, Brighton’s LGBT+ community and cultural centre in December, coinciding with the pantomime’s run at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, and will accompany Mother Goose as it continues its tour in theatres across the country until April 2023.

Tramadol ban for athletes

Dr Lex Mauger, Reader in Sport and Exercise Sciences, talks about the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) decision to ban Tramadol from in-competition sport, why this move was needed and what it means for athletes going forward. Dr Mauger led the research that provided WADA with compelling evidence that tramadol is a performance enhancing drug.

Major Award for Forensic Scientist

Dr Jen Hiscock from the School of Chemistry and Forensic Science has been awarded the Bob Hay Lectureship, by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group. This prestigious lectureship is given annually by a younger chemist working in the area of macrocyclic and/or supramolecular chemistry.

100 Years: TS Eliot’s The Waste Land

An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the publication of one of the world’s most popular and studied poems is taking place in the Templeman Gallery (Templeman Library) until 30 April 2023. The exhibition, which is open to all, features features a rare first edition of ‘The Waste Land’ printed by the Hogarth Press as well as other archive material and rare books from the Modern Poetry Collection of the University’s Special Collections and Archives.

Supporting Regional Business

Kent Business School hosted its 6th annual Kent & Medway Business Summit on 13 January, featuring presentations, panel discussions and a keynote speech from Lord (Michael) Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE. Kent County Council, Roger Gough, said: ‘The strengths of the University drive forward not just the frontiers of knowledge but specific opportunities for us in the county.’ The event was attended by more than 200 delegates.

Political Scientist Awarded Major Fellowship

Professor Richard Whitman (School of Politics and International Relations) has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Senior Fellowship on the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative (the ESRC’s flagship programme for independent research-led understanding of the UK’s role in Europe). Professor Whitman is one of the UK’s leading political scientists.

Book Prize Win for Architectural Historian 

Architecture and Planning’s Dr Manolo Guerci has won an Historians of British Art book award for his London’s Golden Mile: The Great Houses of the Strand. In his book, Dr Guerci analyses the design, patronage, and ownership of eleven of the early modern townhouses built along The Strand in London.