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The University of West London is a public university in the United Kingdom which has campuses in Ealing and Brentford in London, as well as in Reading and Slough in Berkshire.The university has roots back to 1860, when the Lady Byron School was founded, which later became Ealing College of Higher Education. In 1990, Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies and the London College of Music merged to form the Polytechnic of West London. In 1992, the Polytechnic of West London became a university and adopted the name Thames Valley University. In 2004, Thames Valley merged with Reading College and School of Arts and Design. A former campus in Slough was closed in 2010.In August 2010, the university announced that it had been granted permission to change its name to the University of West London, to reflect a focusing of operations onto its Ealing and Brentford campuses. The new name was formally adopted on Wednesday 6 April 2011. Wikipedia.

Makarov E.M.,University of Leicester | Makarov E.M.,University of West London | Owen N.,University of Leicester | Bottrill A.,University of Leicester | Makarova O.V.,University of Leicester
Nucleic Acids Research | Year: 2012

Spliceosomes remove introns from primary gene transcripts. They assemble de novo on each intron through a series of steps that involve the incorporation of five snRNP particles and multiple non-snRNP proteins. In mammals, all the intermediate complexes have been characterized on one transcript (MINX), with the exception of the very first, complex E. We have purified this complex by two independent procedures using antibodies to either U1-A or PRPF40A proteins, which are known to associate at an early stage of assembly. We demonstrate that the purified complexes are functional in splicing using commitment assays. These complexes contain components expected to be in the E complex and a number of previously unrecognized factors, including survival of motor neurons (SMN) and proteins of the SMN-associated complex. Depletion of the SMN complex proteins from nuclear extracts inhibits formation of the E complex and causes non-productive complexes to accumulate. This suggests that the SMN complex stabilizes the association of U1 and U2 snRNPs with pre-mRNA. In addition, the antibody to PRPF40A precipitated U2 snRNPs from nuclear extracts, indicating that PRPF40A associates with U2 snRNPs. © 2011 The Author(s).

Background: Information Literacy is essential to 'evidence-based practice'; without the ability to locate evidence, evidence-based practice is rendered extremely difficult if not impossible.There is currently little evidence to show how Information Literacy is experienced by nurses or what its parameters are within evidence-based practice and therefore whether Information Literacy educational interventions are actually promoting the correct knowledge and skills. Objective, Design and Methods: Using phenomenographic interviews the author will attempt to discover how nurses experience Information Literacy. Insights from the findings will be used to map out its parameters and to put forward a theoretical model for a course or module to develop it effectively. Results: This article presents preliminary findings, including 7 draft categories of description of how Information Literacy is experienced in nursing. Conclusions: This pilot study indicates that the complete findings may be of significant potential value in the promotion and development of Information Literacy education in nursing. It is argued that such insights into how nurses actually experience the phenomenon of Information Literacy can be used to develop potentially more effective, research-based, educational interventions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Wilson J.,University of West London
Nursing Times | Year: 2015

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are an important cause of healthcare-associated infection and are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Although intrinsic factors in patients - such as age, underlying illness and site of the procedure - increase the risk, the quality of care delivered during the perioperative period is critical to preventing SSI. This article explores what is known about the epidemiology and pathogenesis of SSI, and practices that are effective in reducing the risk of SSI.

Gatley A.,University of West London | Caraher M.,City University London | Lang T.,City University London
Appetite | Year: 2014

Food campaigners, policy makers, journalists and academics continue to debate an alleged decline in home cooking, a corresponding increase in individualised eating habits and the impact of such trends upon public health. The focus of this research was to examine and compare current domestic food practices in Britain with those of another country, namely France. In-depth interviews with 27 members of the public drawn from both countries enabled the researchers to explore people's actual cooking practices in the home. Analysis of the data revealed that respondents from both countries often lacked time to cook and increasingly relied on a mix of both raw and convenience-type foods to varying degrees. A range of cooking skills was employed in the home, although confidence in relation to cooking was more varied with the French respondents who demonstrated a greater willingness to 'cook from scratch'. There was some evidence of men on both sides of The Channel engaging with cooking in the home although this often formed part of a leisure activity undertaken at weekends and for special occasions. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

urgical site infections (SSI) account for a major proportion of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) yet many hospitals capture little data on the risk of SSI in patients undergoing surgery and therefore have little assurance about the quality of infection prevention in their operating departments. This paper is the first part of a two part series that will examine the principles and practice of surveillance of SSI. Part 2 will examine the analysis of SSI data and the use of the results to change practice. This paper reviews the principles that underpin SSI surveillance methodology, key concepts that affect the accuracy of data capture systems and strategies for addressing them, including risk factors and active case finding systems to ensure detection of SSI, including those that develop after discharge from hospital. © The Author(s) 2013.

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