Energy

UK Shale Gas: Saviour or Satan ?

Thursday 6 April 2017
5.00pm–7.00pm Room PRMB JG0001

Convenors: Prof Ian Jarvis, Dr Penny Wilson
Department of Geography and Geology
School of Natural and Built Environments

As a contribution to Kingston University Research Week, two of the UK’s leading academics, Professors Dick Selley (Imperial College London) and Ernie Rutter (Manchester University), will review and debate the science behind shale gas and fracking.

This is your chance to separate fact from fiction, challenge experts in the field, and reach an informed view on UK shale gas.

A social event / reception will follow the talks.


Energy is a 'hot topic' both nationally and globally. Government, industry and the general public are all aware of how resources are becoming increasingly limited - and increasingly expensive. Through specially designed courses, Kingston University's energy initiative aims to provide a continuing pool of talented engineers and scientists to work within the UK's burgeoning energy industry - whilst its research teams will continue to provide renewable, alternative and conventional energy solutions for the future.

Kingston Energy will work in collaboration with industry and other institutions on energy research projects and the creation of tailor-made courses that provide workforces with the skills to address more specific needs. Key areas of expertise currently include:

  • human and socio-political aspects of sustainability
  • bioenergy and biomass
  • solar and wind power,
  • wave / tidal stream energy.
  • smart homes and energy conservation in buildings
  • hybrid and electric vehicles
  • conventional oil and gas exploration
  • shale gas fracking
  • nuclear energy expertise
  • geothermal and nuclear energy
  • hydrogen fuel cell development
  • thermal design and modelling of thermal systems - plus heat transfer design.

With a background in conventional energies and gas, Prof. Gavin Gillmore's own research interests lie in the geological aspects of fracking, environmental radioactivity and geothermal energy. He is a member of the Environmental Industries Commission Shale Gas Working Party and the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies.

Kingston Energy will be supported by an external advisory board which includes Malcolm Brown, Vice President Exploration at BG Group (British Gas) and Geoff Reed, consultant for Nexgas (previously of BG Group) plus Malcolm Farrow, CEO of the Environmental Industries Commission. What's more, Ian Smale - CEO of Hydrodec Ltd is also an advisor to the Faculty.

For general enquiries, please contact the Theme Leader and Head of Kingston Energy, Prof Gavin Gillmore.