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pon oring authority at lea t annually, with the tudent uitably informed. In the e reports, the upervisor should be reali tic in the asse ment of the time likely to be required by the student to complete the course. If problems arise, the in titution hould have a clear procedure for a tudent' transfer to a different cour e or institution. he Acting Principal will shortly institute discussions with a view to introducing a King's code of practice for the next academic year. Copies of the t p

Transcript of Comment 067 February 1993

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    the College Newsletter


    he CVCP has recently is ueda Code of RecommendedPractice for oversea tudents

    tudying for higher degree in thenited Kingdom. The Code

    encourage institutions to examine theirown arrangements and to a ses whetherthey need to expand or revi e them in alocal code of practice.

    M uch of the ode refers to practiceprior to a tudent's admi ion.

    niver ities are trongly advised toestabli ha tudent' English languagecompetence before arrival in the 'K.When a tudent is admitted without asati factory knowledge of Engli h, freelanguage tuition hould be provided.Considerable emphasis is placedthroughout on the provi ion ofinformation to students and, whererelevant, ponsors. This should include:notification of the length, co t andmethod of assessment of the cour e;decisions to regi ter a student for a

    preparatory course which increase thelength of the total regi tration; detailedand accurate information about atudent's right of acces to laboratorie ,

    equipment and library facilitie .Once the student i enrolled in an

    institution, much of the responsibility forgood practice lies with the academicsupervisor. upervi ors need to beparticularly sen itive to the need ofoverseas students, on which guidanceshould be offered by the institution, andshould promote their integration into thestudent community. ix-monthlyprogress reports should be prepared, anda report hould be made to a student's

    pon oring authority at lea t annually,with the tudent uitably informed. Inthe e reports, the upervisor should bereali tic in the asse ment of the timelikely to be required by the student tocomplete the course. If problems arise,the in titution hould have a clearprocedure for a tudent' transfer to adifferent cour e or institution.

    he Acting Principal will shortlyinstitute discussions with a view tointroducing a King's code of practice forthe next academic year. Copies of thereport entitled The Managemmt 0/ flig/urDegrees Undertaken by Overseas Studentsare available from the School Offices.

    A bel/erdeal/or(){)IT"Seas students?There are currently276 overseaspostgradualestudents at King'sand 523undergraduates(thest figures do notinclude ECstudents).


  • talked about the problems cau ed by theinteraction between prescribedmedicine and mediCines bought overthe counter.

    The Plrysics Department's exhibition inthe Great Ilall to promote their ubjectto chool children ( ee page 6) receivedsome lively airplay on GLR.

    Jil/ Mackod Clork, Professor of 'u ing,wa featured in The Times when theBritish ~edical ociation' surverevealed that women are ignoring thedanger of moking during pregnancy.In their own study for the HealthEducatIOn uthorit, Profes or ~acleodClark and Karen Jone drew a profile ofwomen mo t likely to ignore anti-smoking advice, ie those with either nopartner or an un upportive one, who areunemployed and poorly educated, havefriends who smoke and whosepregnancy was unplanned. They alsofou nd that many of thosc who do giveup start again soon after their baby isborn.

    John .Speight, ResearcJz Fellow, Centre forDefence Studies, wa interviewed on CI,RNews following the publication of theAll-Party Common DefenceCommittee Report into the Army. Col

    peight explained that the Committeefelt that the previous Defence Secretary,Tom King, had gone too far in hisReport on the armed forces, OptionsforChange. It had advocated reductions inthe ire of the Army and, ome felt thatif it wa implemented, the Army wou Idbe greatly over-stretched. He thoughtthat criticism by this Committee wasinevitable even though MalcolmRifkind, the current Secretary of Statefor Defence, had already made a partialclimb down on this issue just a few daysbefore the Committee published itsReport.

    John Martin, Professor ofCardiO'UasculorScience, KCSMD, appeared on theBBCl 's Six O'Clock /\ews after hi workon heart di ea e wa published. lIefou nd that the over-prod uction of nitricoxide gas in the heart muscle might be acau e of the di ease of dilatedcardiomyopathy. This is when the heartbecomes grossly enlarged and leads toheart failure. It affects thou ands ofpeople in Britain and is a commonrea on for heart tran plant.

    Alon athan, Boots Lecturer/Practitioner inthe Department ofPharmacy, poke on aBBC Radio Lancashire programme inthe run up to the publication ofa leafletto be distributed by P andpharmaci called Mixing Medicine. I le

    John flead, Senior Lecturer in Education,was on one of the seric of threeprogrammes entitled Culture Closh onBBC 2. It examined the old dichotomybetween science and the arts and DrHead poke about the factors whichdetermine why peoplc choo e science aopposed to arts ubjects. The interviewalso explored how this choice affectssociety and the fact that science tends tobe a male-dominated subject.

    John Langdon, Professor ofOral andMaxillofacial Surgery, KCSMD, took partin Radio 4's Today programme followingthe disappearance of a Securicor vandri er with over 1 million. Profes orLangdon explained how a per on couldalter their appearancc to avoidrecognition (and In this ca e, capture) byhaving facial urgery. For example, thejaw line can be altered or the shape ofthe nose changed.

    I.ynn fraser, Reader In DevelopmentalBiology, appeared In The Obseroer' frontpage tory reporting the claims of therecently e tabli hed London enderClinic which tate It I able todetermine the ex of a child for couple .There ha been deep scepticism aboutthe effectivene of the technlq ueemployed b the linlc to separate maleand female-determining perm tocn ure ex clection. Or Frasercndorsed this view saying 'there i noevidence that uch a technique couldeparate them in any effective way.'


    The Bennell Street Estate, before and afterthe work ofthe DICE ProjectJeaturedrecently in The Times (See opposite page fordetails)

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    oda) [>ICI~ ha Identlfi do 10dern fovcmcnt ar hltemak It dl - ,eu or parent 0 e ereisenatural ontrol o\er their children, or tohand on cl.II d tradition 10 aneffc t1\;e \4a,.

    Parental inOuence I much moreere tlve 10 hou ehold. that have their0" n eparate terntory With front door

    Ieadtn~ Into cn 10 cd front garden andba doo" IcadlOg IOto enclosed b ckgarden. ew-bulld hou e can achievethl', and 0 can eXI ting hou es With thehclp ot l>ICI,-t. pc rearrangements. ,\thlld pproa h "to convert ~roundnoorlat or maISCJl1e[[e~ tnto quasl-house~\\ Ith Imilar lea tu re so that they haveno Internal conta t with the block above.

    [ p talr dwellings are then dividedIOto sub-blocks" Ith on Iy four to sixdwelllOgs aces Ible from any givenenerancc, On the Ben nett treet I: statethere \4ere formerly 19 IOterconneetln)?:entrances givtng unre tncted access to% d\\'ellings. 'I hiS resulted 10 acompletely anony mous character for thearea, where criminals could wanderunidentified; but now there IS a bettercommunity spirit among the smallernumber ofhou eholds 10 each sub-block.

    At grou nd level the plethora ofalleyway ha been replaced by a parsenetwork of through road. The alleyshave been scaled by extending housegardens acro thcm, or by convertingthem into ide paths wlthlO the curtilageof semi-detached homes. Because therearc fewer ways to filter through theestate, there i a bigger public presenceon each road, which I added to bypeople tending the new garden. ThereIS a much safer atmosphere and bothcnme and the fear of cnme havedlmtnl hed. Drug pu hcr arc alsobaulked as their escapewa s have beenblocked.

    In I the DICE te m, \4hlch lIed,con ulted the re ident~ about heirproblems and proposed a de ign-Improvement olution \4hi h in pliedthem with new hope. 'I he could '>eethe force of the proposcd change. andout of a 100% tenant vote, 9 % voted 10favour. 'I hc communlt. Ie.lder nolonger felt over\4hclmingl oppre d,a the funding brought h DICEtrengthened their hand, and he\' have\~orked vel) closely \\Ith me and m)team, a alo have the city archlte ts,surveyors, hOUSing manager and otherstaff. The vanou stages of de Ign hadto be ve([ed c1oscly, after which therewas a five month delay \4hde '1KhaelIleseltine considered the heme andfinally gave hi~ approval, althoughproposed work on the ite where drug-pushlOg took place was cxcluded andthiS was a big disappOintment. Theproject went out to tender forcontractor's bids and work began on site10 late 1991. Complction I~ cxpected inmid-I993.

    Onc of the conditions which makesthe DICE ehemcs a controllcdexperiment is the provIso that the sametenants hould be kept In occupancybefore, during and after the con tructlOnwork. To minlmi c the duration ofliving on a budding Site, the work was~eheduled for an earl beginning andcompletion at one end of the e tate,followed b treatment of ~ucce slvesection toward the mher cnd. '1 hisapproach has paid dividcnds. Forexample, [ wa~ recently asked to speako a lady who objected to what needed

    to be done at the edge of her garden,and after she heard the explanation hereplied, 'Well, I'm not convinced, butI've seen what you've done at the othercnd, 0 I'll goalong With you'.

    It may be difficult for people to envisagethe changes, but seeing is believing.. 'ow another Manchester estate wantsDICE to prepare a scheme there.

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    Three year ago the tenants of theBennett treet E tate were 10 uchdespair that they felt the only solutionwa a mass exodu , leaving all theirModern Movement buildings to bedemoli hed, There had been threemurder incidents and a great deal of

    The 'I Hnc of22 Janua aporTc L IProfmor All Cokmon, kad of Ilri' DICI',fDt' Improv I ConI liedExpmmmls) ProJUl, IS rTi IIy ~/ingffPitlr Ma I" city councrlhrs andIn~city rtgm"alion txfJms 10 discuss rwltal canbe don