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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

Please submit any media mentions to the Public Relations Department pr@kcl.ac.uk, 020 7848 3202.

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Exercising for 20 minutes-a-day cuts risk of developing depression by one third

Telegraph 25th April 2018

An international team including researchers from King’s College London have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression, regardless of age and geographical region. Co-author Dr Brendon Stubbs, Post-doctoral research physiotherapist, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London and Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said, ‘Our robust analysis of over a quarter of a million people found consistent evidence that people who are more active are less likely to develop depression in the future.
Also reported by the Daily Mail, BBC 1, LBC News, Sky News, British Medical Journal, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Daily Express.

King's press release related to 'Exercising for 20 minutes-a-day cuts risk of developing depression by one third'

Researchers have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression

BBC London 25th April 2018

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression, regardless of their age and where they lived. Includes interview with Dr Brendon Stubbs, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "At the moment is not just about exercise, like going to the gym or taking part in sport, but also the importance of other phsyical activity, whether that be walking to school in the morning, or playing in the playground." Starts at 2:20

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Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study says

Guardian 24th April 2018

New research from King’s College London shows that lonely young adults are more likely to experience mental health problems and more likely to be out of work than their peers. ‘It's often assumed that loneliness is an affliction of old age, but it is also very common among younger people,’ said lead author Dr Timothy Matthews from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. ‘Unlike many other risk factors, loneliness does not discriminate: it affects people from all walks of life; men and women, rich and poor.’
Also reported by Huffington Post, BBC London, Independent, Refiner, Independent, Inverse, Business Insider, ShortList, Stylist and Yorkshire Post.

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Inflammation and depression on the Today programme

BBC Radio 4 20th April 2018

Segment about link between link between physical symptoms and mental symptoms, suggesting that inflammation may have a link to depression. Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, "There's quite a lot of evidence now that inflammation plays a role in a specific group of depressed patients.... We also know that patients that have an increased activity of the immune system, at least for some patients develop symptoms of depression." Starts at 1:49.

Separating twins at school 'does not improve their performance'

iNews 19th April 2018

Article about impact seperation of twins at school has on academic achievement. References previous research by IoPPN that twins - particularly identical ones - separated in primary school had more emotional problems than those kept together.

Raising retirement age may hit least-educated workers hardest

Reuters 19th April 2018

People with little education and low socioeconomic status are more likely to leave the workforce in midlife for health reasons than better educated and higher-status workers, suggests a review of research across four developed countries. Ewan Carr from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said 'Population ageing and rising old age dependency ratios have led many governments to increase statutory retirement age. However, remaining in work until or beyond pensionable age may be challenging for those with low socioeconomic positions.'

Patients with multiple conditions not getting best possible care, say experts

Guardian 19th April 2018

A recent report pointed to a strong but little understood link between physical and mental illness. One study, for example, showed that people with depression are 37 per cent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes. Depression also substantially raises the risk of heart attack and vice versa, said Martin Prince from the Intitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

also covered in Financial Times, Radio 4

Welfare critic under fire after correcting ‘shockingly bad’ errors

Times Higher Educations 19th April 2018

Article about Adam Perkins of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) correcting errors in one of his papers (which also informed his book). Adam said that despite the errors in the paper – which meant that some results were overstated by a factor of 10 at one point – the findings 'remain statistically significant, hence the substance of the paper is unaffected'

An alarming rise in mental-health sectioning in Britain

The Economist 19th April 2018

Article about mental health sectioning. Professore Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said that doctors have become more risk averse.

Medical leaders have their say on NHS's greatest achievements

British Medical Journal 18th April 2018

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, The BMJ asked medical leaders from a range of specialties to put forward their suggestions on what they think is the NHS’s most important achievement. Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience highlighted highlights the dramatic reduction in the number of mental health patients who are treated as inpatients as a standout achievement. “When the NHS was founded 97% of people with mental illness were treated in hospitals. Now it’s 3%,” he said.

Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

BBC News 18th April 2018

A new migraine medication - one of the first bespoke drugs for decades - appears to work well even when others have failed, researchers have said. Erenumab is a monthly injection that might soon be offered to patients on the NHS if the cost can be justified. The latest findings presented at a US medical conference suggest it could help about a third of people with intractable migraine. Peter Goadsby from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Our challenge now is to work out who is going to benefit the most from them at the get-go. It's really promising that it can help some of these patients who, until now, have not had an option.'

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits'for depression

BBC News 17th April 2018

Article about benefits of ketamine on depression. Mitul Mehta from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: 'All the studies to date have been looking at intravenous use - there are some people who have explored oral ketamine but that doesn't appear to be as successful as intravenous so intranasal seems to be a really good halfway-house. It enters the body relatively quickly - it's not as fast as going straight into your bloodstream but not as slow as via the stomach and it's reasonably easy to control how much you give to a person. In that respect this is a really important study.' But he said far bigger studies are needed to look out for any rare side-effects

Markle's Sparkle for a mind-blowing wedding

Daily Express 16th April 2018

Feature on Meghan Markle's nephew Tyler Dooley's cannabis production, citing a recent interview with Professor Sir Robin Murray, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Also covered in Mail on Sunday

The "IQ trap": how genetics is informing education

New Statesman 16th April 2018

Article about genetics and IQ and education, referencing Robert Plomin's work from 2005

Spring birdwatching special

iNews 14th April 2018

Article about listening to birdsong and bird watching. References Andrea Mechelli's research on birdsong and mental health benefits

A high IQ may protect men from a cause of psychological stress

New Scientist 14th April 2018

Intelligent men are less likely to develop depression, new research suggests. Having a high IQ reduces mental distress even in those with high levels of inflammation, a study found. Previous research links inflammation with a higher risk of the mental-health disorder. Intelligent men are less likely to develop depression, new research suggests. Carmine Pariante, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience speculated that obesity and exercise may be more relevant to inflammation in women than intelligence. He adds, however, further research is required to determine if women's intelligence influences their mental health.

Also covered in Daily Mail

One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Guardian 13th April 2018

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a major new study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old. Tony Rao, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said the study, 'highlights the need to reduce alcohol-related harm in baby boomers, an age group currently at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse.'

Also covered in Mirror, South China Morning Post, CNN, i, Yahoo

Capitalism vs Communism: Is It Really in the Genes?

MedPage Today 9th April 2018

Article about a recent study by Kaili Rimfield from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience about Estonia, egentics and socioeconomic outcomes

Heads of Performance

AUTO+ Medical 5th April 2018

Article looking at Ford’s recent research project into brain performance with IoPPN, which used EEG (electroencephalography) to help discover new ways of improving professional racing drivers' performance behind the wheel.

There's Only One Correct Way to Measure a Penis

Vice 4th April 2018

Article on how to measure penis size that cites research by David Veale from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Have I already met my soulmate? You asked Google - here's the answer

Guardian 4th April 2018

Article about soulmates. Qazi Rahman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'the early high you get from being in the beginnings of a relationship can drive decisions that are not optimal. And being on a high in life in general can drive us into relationships that are not optimal in the first place.'

Huge poll provides powerful tool for mental health study

iNews 3rd April 2018

Tens of thousands of volunteers have come forward to help dramatically boost vital research into mental health disorders. Work on mental health disorders was being hampered by limited clinical information from people. However, following an appeal by doctors, more than 157,000 people volunteered to help by filling out an online mental health questionnaire developed by researchers at King's College London. Matthew Hotopf of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Given the known impact of mental health on physcial health, mental health data should interest researchers from every biomedical specialty looking at associations with health and disease.'

Generation Z Is Already Bored by the Internet

Daily Beast 3rd April 2018

Article about younger people being 'bored' with their phones. Adam Perkins from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that phone boredom may even be a good thing sometimes. He said that it could potentially stop children from engaging in more destructive thought patterns or daydreaming, which can lead to unhappiness: 'Evolution takes a long time to catch up with technology,” Perkins said. “Smartphones came out 10 years ago, it’s not enough time to change kids’ evolution of their brains… I think I’m quite optimistic about the benefits of smartphones, they’re a good thing.”

Aljazeera English 02 April 2018 11:49:18 - Carmine Pariante

Aljazeera English 2nd April 2018

In a discussion on prescribing anti-depressants to people suffering from depression with Johann Hari, host Mehdi Hasan mentions Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience psychologist Dr Carmine Pariante as an authority on the topic. Carmine is quoted as saying, 'Contrary to the claim that too many people are prescribed antidepressants... only one in five with depression in high income countries receive help, psychological or pharmacological... in the developing world it's even less, one in 27 people who need it get help.'

Now GPs told: Tell patients e-cigs are safer than smoking

Daily Mail 29th March 2018

NICE have recommended that Doctors advise patients that ecigarettes are better for you than smoking but warn they are still potentially harmful. Article makes ref to a study by Katie East at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Cancer Research UK which found children who tried e-cigarettes were 12 times more likely to smoke tobacco.

The musician and the mother-of-three diagnosed with autism in their THIRTIES: Documentary sees experts finally answer the questions that have troubled them their whole lives

Daily Mail 29th March 2018

Article about a Channel 4 documentary about late diagnosis of Asperger and autism. Francesca Happe of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is one of the presenter and examines participants in the documentary for autistic behaviours

Call for action as figures show "shocking" rise in deaths of people with neurological disorders

British Medical Journal 27th March 2018

Article about rise in deaths of people with neurological disorders by 39% of 13 years identified in a report by PHE. Leone Ridsdale of the Intitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Neurologists can help by appointing a lead for epilepsy in each area who will liaise with GPs and commissioners to reduce death rates in the future.'

James Packer: Resignation puts focus on 'high-flier' mental health

BBC News 27th March 2018

Australian billionaire James Packer has received much public praise since quitting his gaming empire due to mental health reasons. His resignation has also prompted discussion about mental health at the top of business. Sir Graham Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that currently only around a quarter of people with mental health issues in the UK seek help, meaning that the vast majority "soldier on without getting the help they need". Fears about seeking help for mental health issues often centre around an "expectation of reputational damage", particularly among those working in high-stress environments such as business or the military,

As scans show drug's impact on brain, a top doctor warns of a psychosis, paranoid delusions and a superskunk schizophrenia timebomb

Daily Mail 26th March 2018

Article about high potency skunk cannabis - Sir Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'I don’t think any serious researcher or psychiatrist would now disbute that cannabis consumption is a component cause of psychosis.'

Also covered in Daily Star

Grammar schools have virtually no effect as genetics determine academic success, study finds

Telegraph 23rd March 2018

Going to a grammar or private school makes almost no difference to how well children do educationally, according to research which found that pupils who made it into selective schools were genetically different to their comprehensive school peers. Robert Plomin, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Pscyhology & Neuroscience said the study of almost 5,000 pupils showed 'It's just a self-fulflling prophecy. You take the kids who do best at school and then show they do best at school. It's nothing more than that.' Once it factored in selection, either directly by exams or indirectly through wealth, pupils essentially did no better than they would have at comprehensives. s. Emily Smith-Woolley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said 'Our study suggests that for educational achievement there appears to be little added benefit from attending selective schools. While schools are crucial for academic achievement, the type of school appears less so.'

Also covered in Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, The Sun, BBC Radio London, Sky News, Yahoo, The Times, Financial Times, Daily Express, Economist, New Scientist, Economist Radio; and on 10/04: Daily Telegraph, The Times, Telegraph

Unsane: how film's portrayal of mental illness is (slowly) improving

Guardian 23rd March 2018

Unsane is the latest film to tackle mental health issues. Article talks about representation of mental health issues and professionals in film. Simon Wessely, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said he was particularly pleased with the psychiatrist in Hitchcock's Spellbound ("wise, serious, respectable"), but also points out the weird ones. Dr Hannibal Lecter is the most obvious example, and then there's the "hopelessly out of touch: Billy Crystal in Analyse Me, or Gene Wilder in High Anxiety"

Alzheimer's treatment: it is within reach

Daily Telegraph 23rd March 2018

Professor Sir Simon Lovestone is a lead academic for Alzheimer's Research UK's £30 million Drug Discovery Alliance that spans three of Britain's top universities. While many of the drug trials of the past have proved discouraging, the professor, a visiting professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, believes that in the majority of them, people have simply been treated too late. He said, 'Collaboration and open knowledge sharing in research is really fruitful, and there is a stage of research when it’s possible to do this long before matters of patents, intellectual property and the involvement of lawyers make it difficult. We all benefit and the science moves faster as a consequence.'

If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren't cases of schizophrenia rising?

The Conversation 23rd March 2018

Article by Musa Sami from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience about cannabis potency and incidences of schizophrenia.

Also covered in the Independent

Millennial racism: the other side of the snowflake generation

Daily Telegraph 22nd March 2018

Article about racism on college campuses. Dinesh Bhugra of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'The generous explanation for this kind of behaviour is that they don't realise what they're doing. They think it's a jape, but as they're hurting people - consciously or unconsciously - it's a major issue that needs to be resolved'

Chronic fatigue trial results 'not robust', new study says

BBC News 22nd March 2018

Fresh analysis of a controversial study, which recommended exercise and psychological therapy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, suggests their impact is more modest than first thought. The PACE trial found the treatments to be "moderately effective", leading to recovery in a fifth of patients. The three authors of the original PACE trial - Prof Michael Sharpe, from the University of Oxford, and Prof Trudie Chalder and Dr Kimberley Goldsmith, from King's College London, said the new analysis had used only part of the data from the trial.

BBC Radio Five Live 20 March 2018 08:12:23 - Sally Marlow

BBC Radio 5 LIve 20th March 2018

Segment about Ant McPartlin, TV host of Ant and Dec on Five Live Breakfast. Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed, talking about relapse

BBC 2 19 March 2018 06:46:49 - Sandrine Thuret

BBC 2 19th March 2018

Holding Back the Years segment: Sandrine Thuret from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience discusses some of the advances made in understanding memory and aging even as we get older. Advises we still have the ability to grow new memory neurons - diet, exercise, sleep, depression and age can have impact on this.

Are 'cryonic technicians'the key to immortality?

BBC News 16th March 2018

Article about potential of applying validated cryogenic techniques to the brain or whole body. Clive Coes, of the Institute of Pscyhiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'Advocates of cryonics are naive in comparing their wishful thinking with the successes achieved in storing loosely packed cells - such as sperm - at low temperatures...[However] People are tremendously hard at work in this field trying to store organs such as the kidney, and even the heart on a long term basis. That would be a tremendous boon to our health and wellbeing... But a whole body? Forget it.'

Global scientists give accolades to Hawking's accomplishments

Sina English 15th March 2018

Article about the death of Stephen Hawking. Chris Shaw, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, '[Hawking was] an outliers outlier, both in terms of his extraordinary contribution to science and the time he survived with motor neuron disease.'

Prince Harry puts mental health of veterans at forefront during speech at university

Express 15th March 2018

Article about Prince Harry at the Veterans Mental Health Conference 2018. The Prince said, 'I have seen those I have served with suffer, struggling to seek out the help they desperately need. And we know there are more just like them who continue to suffer in silence... And when the individual doesn't or can't reach out for help, it also their families who suffer, especially their spouses and children, who are left feeling desperate and confused as they try to seek appropriate help for the ones they love.'

Coverage of Prince Harry's speech was also covered in Daily Telegraph, i, Daily Express, BBC Radio London, Sky News, BBC News, Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun

Antidepressants: what do we get for £266m a year?

British Medical Journal 14th March 2018

Opinion piece on the impact of antidepressants. Derek Summerfield of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience writes that the psychiatrisation of the problems of living frequently perpetuated them.

A million more happy pills

British Medical Journal 14th March 2018

Opinion piece about drug treatment for depression referencing a recent Lancet study. Allan Young, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Network meta-analyses are now widely accepted but depend on the data put in. This study used a large amount of quality data so it can be trusted.'

How Stephen Hawking defied the odds to survive with motor neurone disease for so long

iNews 14th March 2018

Article about the death of Stephen Hawking. A 2002 quote from Nigel Leigh, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, is included: 'I am not aware of anyone else who has survived with MND as long... What is unusual is not only the length of time, but that the disease seems to have burnt out. He appears to be relatively stable. … This kind of stabilization is extremely rare.'

Children who try e-cigs are 12 times as likely to start smoking tobacco

Daily Mail 13th March 2018

Article about a study which found that children who try vaping are 12 times more likely to go on to smoke tobacco. The study by Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Cancer Research UK followed 1,152 children between 11 and 18 for four to six months. Katie East, lead author from the IoPPN said, 'These findings do suggest that some young people progress from trying e-cigarettes to trying tobacco cigarettes, but also that some go from cigarettes to e-cigarettes.'
Also covered in the Times

Labelling universities 'toxic' for mental health 'is harmful'

Times Higher Education 12th March 2018

Article warning about the growing concern about the prevalence of mental health conditions among students, with Sir Simon Wessely, Regius professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience questioning the value of campaigns that aimed to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with higher education. Sir Simon said, 'We need to ensure that people have a proper understanding of both [the good and bad experiences of mental health at universities] and not take either a mindlessly optimistic view or a negative pessimistic one... Neither is neutral – both can create distress and disorder.'

Brain scans and DNA tests personalise mental healthcare

Financial Times 5th March 2018

"Article about precision psychiatry, through genetic tests to predict responses to medication and analyse how depression manifests itself in individual brains. Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We think about depression as if it were one unified illness, but in reality, different people get depression through different pathways [and should be treated accordingly].' Thalia Elay, also of the institute, is running studies with saliva samples to try to predict peoples’ responsiveness to cognitive behavioural therapy. She looks at whether patients’ DNA can be used as an indicator of whether they would be better suited to group or individual treatments — part of a field she calls “therapy genetics”. She said, 'Many treatment decisions are [presently] made on the basis of what the individual feels is going to work for them [or] which has the shortest waiting list. It is not particularly evidence based, any of it, at the moment.'

High-strength cannabis now dominates illegal market, study finds

Guardian 28th February 2018

Article about potency of cannabis and impact on mental health. King's research tested almost 1,000 police seizures of cannabis from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found that 94 per cent were dangerously potent. Marti Di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'The increase [in potency] poses a significant hazard to users' mental health and reduces their ability to choose more benign types. Regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders compared to those who have never used cannabis.'

Also covered by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Metro, Daily Star, Sky News, BBC News, BBC 2 Newsnight, Daily Mirror, BBC Radio 4, BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live

Pregnant Women With Eating Disorders Aren't Getting Enough Support, This Team Hopes To Change That

Huffington Post 26th February 2018

Article about pregnancy and eating disorders. Pregnant women with eating disorders could be better supported if midwives and health visitors were better equipped to tackle such issues, researchers have said. Pregnancy has been identified as a unique opportunity to engage with women with eating disorders because it is a life stage during which they may be motivated to change behaviours and when they will have regular contact with health professionals. Abigail Easter of the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Women with eating disorders are often reluctant to disclose their illness to healthcare professionals, possibly due to a fear of stigma, and healthcare professionals may be unsure about how to identify women with eating disorders or what support they need.'

So what's the truth about depression pills? A study says antidepressants do work and a million more should use them

Daily Mail 23rd February 2018

Article about an Oxford study which advises that antidepressants do work for the people who are prescribed them. Article takes a critical view of this study. Allan Young, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said of the study, 'We should be aware these findings only apply to major compulsive disorder.'

Trump's language on school shooter's mental health could be harmful, experts say

CNN Edition 23rd February 2018

Article about the language used by US President Donald Trump around gun shootings and mental health. Diana Rose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'You cannot solve the problem by locking people up. It is just nonsense, and it destroys lives and is a deep form of social control, rather than provide people the support they need... it is almost impossible to predict, even if someone has a diagnosis, if they are going to be a risk' for violence.

Heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia

Daily Mail 21st February 2018

Article concerning a french study about how heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia. Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks. This has now transplanted to later life.'

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 LIve 21st February 2018

Radio segment about closure of drug and alcohol rehab clinics. Colin Drummond of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed, and said the closures have contributed to drug deaths as well as an increase in crimes such as burglery and car theft. Calls for no more funding/budget cuts

Can eating a £1 gummy bear made with cannabis oil really boost your health?

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about benefits of cannabis oil in health, using in gummy bears. Amir Englund from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'the daily dose from of CBD from these would be very low and there are no studies to support the idea that it would have any beneficial effects.' Also quoted was Tom Freeman, from the institute, who said, 'CBD has great potential [...] but none of these products on sale has been through clinical trials and people should definitely not be using them as thought they were a medicine.'

How reading crime novels could help ease depression

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about the benefits of reading on depression. Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that print and audio books work better than similar tv shows because the reader has control over how long they spend reading or listening. However, 'Reading is not a substitute for antidepressants in patients who really need them.'

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

BBC News 12th February 2018

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating schizophrenia by helping patients to train themselves to control verbal hallucinations using an MRI scanner and a computer game. A pilot study at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton suggested the technique could help patients who did not respond to medication. Dr Natasza Orlaz of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “Our study has shown that people with schizophrenia can learn some sort of mental strategy to help their symptoms – something which several years of medication has not helped with"

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Sky News (online and broadcast), BBC World News, BBC World, Yahoo, The Week, Huffington Post, Press Association and Metro

Why are so many of our heroes committing suicide?

Daily Mail 10th February 2018

An article reporting on the mental health issues facing the armed forces. Neil Greenberg, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We know that people who work in a combat role are at risk of suffering poor mental health as a result of deployment. There is a lot of scientific evidence show that "social support" is generally very protective of people's mental health. But even with the best support, some people can be psychologically injured by severe stress.'

Just one hour a week of social interaction helps dementia patients

The Guardian 7th February 2018

A study by King's College found that just one hour of social interaction a week can improve the lives of dementia patients in care homes and save money. Previous research has shown that care home residents may have as little as two minutes of social interaction a day. Increasing that to an hour a week, when combined with personalised care, reduced dementia sufferers' agitation and aggression, and improved their quality of life, according to a trial carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, King's College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Clive Ballard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We have previously found that the average amount of social interaction for people with dementia was just two minutes a day. It's hardly surprising when that has a knock on effect on qulaity of life and agitation. We must roll out approaches that work to do justice to some of the most vulnerable people in society'

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, i, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mail, Nursing Times and Express

Encourage vaping to help more smokers quit - report

Daily Telegraph 6th February 2018

Article about PHE review into e-cigarettes, PHE recommends that every smoker trying to quit should be encouraged to take up vaping, including via prescription or within hospitals. The independent review into e-cigarettes said 57,000 smokers quit every year by taking up vaping, and was conducted by experts from King's College London, the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and the University of Stirling. Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We want stop-smoking practitioners and health professionals to support smokers who would like to use e-cigarettes to stop.'

Also covered in Guardian, The Times, i, The Sun, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London, BBC1 London, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, The Independent, London Evening Standard, BMJ, The Week & Mirror

Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?

Guardian 5th February 2018

Article about potential for using ketamine to help treat alcohol dependence. Lilla Porffy is a MRC-DTP PhD Student from the Insitutute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and is working with other researchers from UCL. They are working on addiction and mental health research, including the KARE (Ketamine for reduction of Alcohol Relapse).

Alarming toll of wine o'clock: Heavy evening drinking is now sixth biggest cause of serious illness among the Baby Boomer generation

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Article about alcohol now being the biggest cause of illness for people in their 50s and 60s. Tony Rao, visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, ''The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks... There is now increasing evidence to to suggest that if you are an older person regularly drinking over three pints of beer or over half a bottle of wine a day for five years or more, you are at a higher risk of developing problems with memory and the possibility of alcohol-related dementia' Covered in print and online, also on 02/02/18 online; and in Daily Mail 03/02/18

Children as young as four who fall behind at school are more likely to suffer psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, when they are adults (Web)

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Signs of future psychotic disorders can be spotted at age four, as falling IQ scores in childhood can be a sign of mental problems in later life, research suggests. Josephine Mollon, previously of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'For individuals with psychotic disorders, our results suggest the first signs of cognitive decline are apparent as early as age four...For individuals with psychotic disorders, cognitive decline does not just begin in adulthood, when individuals start to experience symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but rather many years prior, when difficulties with intellectual tasks first emerge, and worsen over time." However, only a small minority with poor IQ scores will go on to suffer mental illness. Covered in print and online, and in the Sun; also in Hindustan Times 02/02/18 online

Blood test finds toxic Alzheimer's proteins

BBC News 1st February 2018

Scientists in Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can detect the build-up of toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease. The test was 90% accurate when trialled on healthy people, those with memory loss and Alzheimer's patients. Experts said the approach was at an early stage and needed further testing, but was still very promising. Abdul Hye, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'This study has major implications as it is the first time a group has shown a strong association of blood plasma amyloid with brain and cerebrospinal fluid." However, the blood test was still a long way from being able to be used in medical centers.

Also covered in Reuters; and in The Hindu 02/02/2018; and in VOA News 09/02/2018

Food: Truth or Scare, BBC 1

BBC 1 1st February 2018

Feature on brain-boosting foods, which includes contribution by Dr Sandrine Thuret from King's College London.

New unit to inform mental health policy

The Psychologist 31st January 2018

UCL and King's College London are leading the establishment of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit. Commissioned by the Department of Health, the unit will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together in working to inform policy.

Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes

Guardian 31st January 2018

Article about an IoPPN study suggesting that admissions to treatment centres rise and fall in line with cannabis strength. Tom Freeman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “This is the first study to provide evidence for an association between changes in potency and health-related outcomes.”

Academics 'lack support' to help with student mental health

Times Higher Education 29th January 2018

Article about a new report suggesting that university professors are struggling to cope with requests from students for support with mental health issues. The co-author on the report was Nicola Byrom from the Insitute of Psychiarty, Psychology and Neuroscience. The report advised that "Responding to the range and complexity of issues that students present to academics was seen to have ongoing cognitive, emotional, relational and practical effects" The report was also covered in the Times 29/01/2018 in print and online, and in Times Higher Education in print 05/02/18

Duchess of Cambridge to visit NHS unit caring for mothers with mental health issues

Daily Mail 24th January 2018

Article about Duchess of Cambridge's visit to IoPPN's Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Wednesday 24/01/2018

The Duchess of Cambridge visits King's College London's IoPPN

Daily Mail 24th January 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London to find out more about the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience’s (IoPPN) pioneering ‘bench to bedside’ perinatal mental health research and to meet leading scientists in the area. The Duchess continued to the Mother and Baby Unit, Royal Bethlem Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, to meet clinicians and patients.
Reported by the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Daily Star, Express, The Times, Huffington Post, Mirror, The Sun, and Yahoo; and International Business Times on 25/01

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Retirement causes brain function to rapidly decline, warn scientists

Telegraph 23rd January 2018

New research shows that brain function declines rapidly as soon as people stop work. Researchers from University College London and King's College London studied 3,400 civil servants over a 30-year period in the Whitehall II study, which they published online in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The results were published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

Also published in Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Star, online and in print; and in The Times 24/01/2018 Print and online

What neuroscience has to say about 'Alice in Wonderland'

Galileu 23rd January 2018

The profile of Alice's characters in Wonderland has also yielded several studies on neurological and psychological disorders. Holly Barker, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience proposed two more diagnoses that she thinks are evident in the stories of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's classics. In text published in Neuroscience News , Barker identifies that, "At various points in the story, Alice questions her own identity and feels somehow 'different' from when she woke up." This may characterize the disorder of depersonalization, a disorder that makes the person feel that does not belong to the body, think that is not living that moment and present a lack of memories and thoughts. Another disorder diagnosed by Barker is the prosopagnosia of the Humpty-Dumpty character. The disease, which can be both hereditary and caused by trauma, prevents the person from recognizing faces

Defence chiefs secretly shut five mental health centres despite a wave of soldier suicides and rise in PTSD cases

Daily Mail 21st January 2018

Article about the closure of 5 military mental health units (DCMHs) since 2015. Neil Greenberg, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, there had also been a reduction in the number of hours that the DCMHs were open, impacting on the quality of care and ‘DCMH now won’t see people out of office hours. Delays in providing therapy may lead to unnecessary medical discharges which is an own goal for the military and unnecessarily difficult for those affected.’

Use of sand vests to calm children with ADHD sparks concern

Guardian 20th January 2018

Some German schools are deploying sandbags as weighted clothing for students with ADHD to help their breathing. However, it isnt clear whether this will improve outcomes in the longterm, and it may be stigmatising. Philip Asherson, from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said, 'It's an idea that has caught people's imaginations, particularly among occupational therapists, but i've not seen good evidence for this'. Asherson also said that a crucial element of helping children with ADHD thrive was to find things that they did well and were passionate about, particularly outside of school.

The subject was also covered in a corresponding article 'Use of sand vests to calm children with ADHD sparks controversy in Germany'

Does dry January work? We ask the experts

The Guardian 19th January 2018

Article about giving up alcohol for January. Colin Drummond, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said that in light of the huge advertising campaigns by the alcohol industry, attempts to encourage individuals to drink less were to be welcomed. But he, too, said more research was needed. “There has been remarkably little proper valuation of campaigns like Dry January,” said, adding that such initiatives are “blunt instruments” that work best for lighter drinkers.

Also covered in print edition of Guardian 20/01/2018

Self-guided course helps women manage menopause symptoms at work

Reuters 19th January 2018

A self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program combined with relaxation techniques can ease working women's menopausal symptoms, according to a British study. Co-author Myra Hunter, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, "This study offers women who have problematic symptoms at work a brief, non-medical solution. The brief, self-help CBT helped women to manage symptoms, and also had broader impacts on sleep and wellbeing,”

Why it's mind over matter when women are turned on

The Times 17th January 2018

Article about a study indicating that far more of a woman's brain seems to be stimulated on arousal than a man's. Qazi Rahman, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said of the study, 'I think the finding that women have greater brain-genital correlations comparted with men is interesting... I think it's a case of wait and see if these findings are replicated before any further conclusions can be drawn'

Not every person who hears voices is mentally ill

Vice 17th January 2018

Article about a study from IoPPN, indicating that healthy people can have auditory and visual hallucinations that are just as realistic as those of the mentally ill. Emmanuelle Peters, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience commented on her study: "We study people who regularly experience hallucinations. On average, they've been hearing voices for 31 years without it ever being a problem for them."

Cure for smartphone addicts in black and white

Telegraph 16th January 2018

Article suggests that changing your iphone settings to black and white might cure smartphone "addiction" in adults and children. Dr Ben Carter, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), says it is 'unlikely to make a difference'

Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

BBC News 16th January 2018

Employers need to do more to normalise conversations about menopause in the workplace. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Dr Claire Hardy, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "It might be possible to make some adjustments at work, things like having a desk fan, or moving to a desk that is near a window that can be opened to cool down. Or even having some flexible working. The woman might have been having difficulty sleeping so having a later start to work might be feasible for some women, or just to miss the rush hour as well."

Anxious teenagers ‘buy Xanax on the dark web’

Guardian 15th January 2018

A growing number of children are using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax to "self-medicate" against mental health problems, prompting calls from senior Labour MPs for an investigation into the escalating use of the tranquilliser, which is around 20 times stronger than Valium. Professor Malcolm Lader, a clinical psychopharmacologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “[Users] become zombie-like. They’re dazed. It’s an introductory drug to more serious abuse. If they’re taking it every day … they’re going to be staggering around.”
Also reported in the Observer.

The truth about marijuana’s health effects

The Week 15th January 2018

Article on the health effects of marijuana use that cites a 2015 study from IoPPN, found here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/records/2015/February/Skunk-like-cannabis-associated-with-24-of-new-psychosis-cases.aspx

Sunday Breakfast - Radio Five Live

BBC Radio Five Live 14th January 2018

There is a call for employers to cater for women going through the menopause in the same way they do for pregnant women. A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has made the recommendation. Dr Claire Hardy comments.

Starts at 02:49.

Early tots' psych hit

The Sun 12th January 2018

Adults who were born very premature are at a greater risk of developing psychiatric problems in later life, a study says. Dr Chiara Nosarti, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said discovering the link between premature birth and later complications could lead to more "targeted and effective treatments of psychiatric problems" in sufferers.

Workplaces 'should cater for menopause as they do for pregnancy'

Guardian 12th January 2018

Myra Hunter, emeritus professor of clinical health psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said that menopausal symptoms remained a "taboo issue" in many workplaces and, while policies to support pregnant women are now standard, there is still little awareness of the impact that the menopause can have on women who are often at the peak of their career. Myra Hunter said: “Often there’s a will to address this among managers, but they just don’t know how to talk about it. Women want it to be raised if appropriate. They don’t want to be treated as ill, they just want some understanding and awareness of it.”
Also reported by the Sun, BBC Radio Five Live and the Daily Mail.

Questioning the humanity of prescribing antidepressants is unhelpful and dangerous

Independent 11th January 2018

Carmine Pariante, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), discusses the use of antidepressants and similar medications to treat those facing mental health issues.

Birdsong can boost mental well-being for more than four hours, scientists find

Telegraph 10th January 2018

Researchers at King’s College London, landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between nature in cities and momentary mental wellbeing in real time. They found that (i) being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, and that (ii) the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues. Dr Andrea Mechelli, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said, ‘These findings suggest that short-term exposure to nature has a measurable beneficial impact on mental wellbeing. The interaction of this effect with trait impulsivity is intriguing, as it suggests that nature could be especially beneficial to those individuals who are at risk of poor mental health. From a clinical perspective, we hope this line of research will lead to the development of low-cost scalable interventions aimed at promoting mental health in urban populations.’
Also reported in iNews and BBC1.

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Hormone replacement therapy treatments 'can prevent depression in menopausal women'

Mirror 10th January 2018

Hormone replacement therapy treatments can prevent depression in menopausal women, a study has found. Prof Tony Cleare, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "Unfortunately this beneficial effect comes at the expense of worsened menstrual bleeding in those taking HRT."
Also reported by the Daily Mail.

1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems

Daily Mail 4th January 2018

A new King’s College London study published Thursday 4 January in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems. This is more common than previously thought – but two simple questions can help identify these problems so that women can be treated. Professor Louise Howard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘In clinical practice, maternity professionals need to identify whether or not a woman has any mental disorder, not only mood disorders which until recently have been the main focus of concern. It is therefore encouraging that, in this study, there was little difference in diagnostic accuracy between the commonly used tools – the Whooley questions and the EPDS - in identifying a mental disorder.’
Also reported on BBC Radio Five Live, Sky News, BBC 1, BBC London, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4, talkRADIO, Metro, i news, Grazia, Bustle and Channel 4 news.

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Bridge research and impacts

Nature 4th January 2018

The article refers to a self-help technique developed by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) to combat bulimia.

BBC Radio 5 live - Louise Howard

BBC Radio 5 Live 4th January 2018

New research has found that one in four expectant mothers develop mental health problems before giving birth. Includes discussion with the report's author, Professor of Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), Louise Howard. She said: "We know that mental illness is still stigmatised in society and thats very unfortunate because it is so common for so many people and actually its the commonest complication of having a baby, it's commoner than many of the other complications that people are happy to talk about. So if only we could actually destigmatise that people could realise that its so common. It is incredibly rare for social care to feel that a woman is unable to care for her child because of mental illness. And actually both healthcare professionals and if social care are involved there primary aim is to support the woman so that she can look after the baby as well as possible."

Starts at 02:43:05.

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Sky News on the Hour - Louise Howard

Sky News 4th January 2018

One in four pregnant women suffer from mental health problems, research conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has found. Professor Louise Howard comments. She said: "Most people have been thinking about mental illness in terms of what happens after birth, but actually our research shows that many women are experiencing problems during pregnancy and if we don't identify them then potentially those problems can continue into the pregnancy period. Therefore we want to identify treatment as early as possible."

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'I Don't Need Help'

Huffington Post 4th January 2018

A study conducted in 2016 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) concluded that the vast majority of people suffering from depression don’t seek help.

'I was in a really negative terrible place'

BBC News 3rd January 2018

A quarter of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems, a study by King's College London suggests. Report author Prof Louise Howard, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), told the BBC the study showed disorders were more common in pregnancy than often realised "as there is a tendency to focus on post-natal illnesses i.e. pregnancy is not protective".

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Prince Harry asks: What's the impact of mental health?

BBC News 2nd January 2018

Research published in October 2017 found "The return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive." Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), says the evidence is incontrovertible."Rather than quote all the studies that show that, it's easier to say I don't know a study that doesn't," he says. "As the military says, you have to own the problem. If you are doing it in your own company, that does have a measurable impact of mental health...and productivity."

It boosts our brains, say new LSD users

Times 30th December 2017

Acid is back. The psychedelic drug so loved during the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s is undergoing a cultural renaissance on Britain's shores. Two years ago James Rucker, a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), argued for reclassification from Class A status, saying that until the late 1960s "hundreds of papers, involving tens of thousands of patients" had given evidence for using mushrooms and LSD in treating psychiatric disorders and personality development problems.

A nation hooked on 'happy pills'

Daily Mail 29th December 2017

Britain is becoming hooked on anti-depressant medicines - dubbed "Happy Pills", according to new research. Prescription rates have more than doubled in 15 years, rocketing the UK to fourth among 29 Western nations. Professor Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said society was becoming less tolerant of emotional pain. Also reported in the Mirror.

BBC Radio 4 - Mental health at work - Sir Simon Wessely

BBC Radio 4 27th December 2017

Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is interviewed about mental health at work. He said: "As the military say, you have to own the problem. and its about your workforce."
Starts at 21:35

Researchers to study school records for clues on suicide and self-harm

Guardian 26th December 2017

Researchers are embarking on an ambitious project to see whether a child's school record can provide vital clues as to whether they are at risk of suicide or self-harm. Nearly one in 10 young people self-harm or have suicidal thoughts but understanding of the causes is limited, making prevention difficult. The lead researcher, Rina Dutta, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “We have got about three children in every state school class who will eventually have these issues so I think it’s good that we’ll be able to intervene earlier. If we are able to have a better picture of which schools in particular are having this issue then we can target potentially high-need schools and colleges and maybe the culture will change earlier and we can prevent future problems.”
Also reported in the Telegraph and Yahoo.

Electric armband to banish agony of migraines

Daily Mail 26th December 2017

An armband that emits mild electric pulses may be an effective new treatment for migraine. The article quotes Professor Peter Goadsby of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "These early results are promising. Given patients are looking for better tolerated treatments, larger studies are needed to understand whether this treatment will be effective."

This Morning - Professor Peter Goadsby

ITV 1 London 20th December 2017

Professor Peter Goadsby from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins This Morning, speaking to viewers on how to cope with migraines over the festive period.
Broadcast at 11:33:54

Afternoon Edition - Amir Englund

Radio 5 Live 19th December 2017

Former teacher Jenny Hamilton joins to discuss the campaign she is taking into schools to raise awareness about the dangers of cannabis. Dr Amir Englund, a cannabis scientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), joins to discuss. He said: "Cannabis has been cross-bred to produce more THC and less CBD. To make it stronger, growers have chosen varieties that make no CBD and more THC."
Starts at 09:00

Higher education stories

Government backs calls for research data to be made freely available

The Guardian 10th April 2012

The Government has welcomed calls from academics and one of the world's biggest research charities for the results of research to be made available as widely as possible in the public domain.

University A-level plan challenged

BBC News 3rd April 2012

Government plans to let some universities decide the content of A-level courses have been met with a mixed reaction from academics and teachers.

Budget: 100m university research pledge for UK

BBC News 21st March 2012

The Government has announced a 100m fund to boost university research in the UK through private sector involvement.

Students' day of action over university changes

BBC News 14th March 2012

Students at universities across the country, including Kings, took part in a national day of action to protest against changes to higher education. The demonstrations were covered by The Guardian, Daily Express and the Press Association.

Further education colleges awarded 10,000 degree student places

The Guardian 7th March 2012

More than 10,000 undergraduate student places have been awarded to further education colleges.

Universities warn on overseas students income loss

BBC News 1st March 2012

Universities UK has warned that tightening student visa rules is undermining the drive to raise income from overseas students.

No 10 scraps plan to penalise early student loan repayments

The Guardian 16th February 2012

The Government has scrapped plans to impose penalties on students who pay university loans back early.

Vince Cable in row on choice of university access tsar

The Guardian 9th February 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable is resisting attempts by Conservative MPs to block his choice of Les Ebdon as the new head of the Office of Fair Access (Offa).

More women became UK professors, Hesa figures show

BBC News 19th January 2012

There was a 4 per cent rise in the number of female professors at UK universities last year, according to new figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, but they are still heavily outnumbered by men.

Is the number of first-class degrees cause for concern?

The Guardian 12th January 2012

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the proportion of undergraduates receiving first-class degrees has risen to 15.5% in 2010-2011 from 12.6% in 2006-2007.

Wonga stops targeting loans at students after protests

BBC News 11th January 2012

Payday loan company Wonga has removed pages from its website after protests branding it irresponsible for targeting students.

Privately-funded science university plan

BBC News 4th January 2012

The government has announced plans for a privately-funded science and technology graduate university.

Higher education policy: what should we expect in 2012?

The Guardian 19th December 2011

A summary of the debates and issues surrounding higher education policy over the past year, and a look towards 2012.

University tuition fees: last-minute changes approved

BBC News 2nd December 2011

25 universities have revised their tuition fee packages, and had them approved by the Office for Fair Access.

Student tuition fees protest passes off peacefully

The Guardian 9th November 2011

A protest in London against university fee increases passed off peacefully.

August babies are less likely to go on to top universities, says study

The Guardian 1st November 2011

Research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has found that children born in August are less likely to attend top universities.

University applications for 2012 down 9%

BBC News 24th October 2011

University applications for 2012 are running at 9% lower than the same point last year, says the Ucas admissions service.

Tuition fees at up to 28 universities could be lowered

BBC News 20th October 2011

As many as 28 universities are considering lowering the fees they will charge next year.

Number of top A-Level grades could be limited

BBC News 14th October 2011

The number of pupils being given the top A* grade at A-Level could be limited in the future.

University leaders' social mobility warning

BBC News 21st September 2011

Universities UK has warned that a drive for a market in Higher Education could damage social mobility.

Earlier A-level exams proposed in university applications shakeup

The Guardian 16th September 2011

UCAS has privately proposed that from 2016 pupils should apply to university only after they have received their A-level grades.

Universities consider cutting fees

The Guardian 8th September 2011

At least 12 universities are said to be reconsidering their decision to charge 9,000 fees, according to the Office for Fair Access.

Increase in unemployed graduates, survey suggests

BBC News 2nd September 2011

A survey has suggested that 28% of 2007 UK graduates were not in full-time employment three years later.

A-level results: top universities anxious about state pupils' choice of subjects

The Guardian 18th August 2011

A-level results have shown a growth in popularity of maths and science, with some universities warning that not enough state school pupils are taking these subjects.

Student debt nears 60,000 for 2012 university freshers, survey predicts

The Guardian 12th August 2011

A survey has shown that students beginning their courses in 2012 could have a debt of nearly 60,000 once they graduate.

Offer university scholarships via every school in England, says Simon Hughes

The Guardian 21st July 2011

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes has called for scholarships to university to be offered to 15-year-olds from low-income households.

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