Reading in the News 2013
As a world-renowned research and teaching institution, the University of Reading is rarely out of the local, national and international media.
This section contains a selection of media appearances by University staff and press cutting summaries which highlight the important work being done by the staff and students of the University.
- Pupils are being turned off by 'boring' IT lessons - University of Reading Vice-Chancellor says dull lessons and poor teaching have put a generation of young people off studying computer science to bolster their careers.
- Napoleon Bonaparte painting by David identified - French art expert Dr Simon Lee discovers a long-lost portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte by renowned 18/19th century French artist Jacques-Louis David worth £2m
- Reading's climate experts provide media and public with analysis of UN report into climate change
- BBC Newsnight - Ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting, University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins says climate change is still very real
- Dr Ken Dark from the University of Reading may have found the town Jesus sailed to after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, as described in the Bible.
- 'A surprise and a risk': Reaction to Booker Prize upheaval. The University of Reading's Dr David Brauner provides expert comment on Man Booker Prize's decision to allow writers from around the world to compete for the Prize
- FutureLearn courses mark UK's entry into global online learning race - The University of Reading is of 23 UK universities offering free online courses to students, the first of which is Begin programming: build your first mobile game
- Dr Matthew Nicholls, from the University of Reading's Department of Classics, is a guest on a documentary that's exploring the story of the library, from the ancient world to the modern and beyond.
- University of Reading experts are involved in a new research project that aims to get older people cycling
- New bird flu 'has unique traits’ - leading virologist Professor Ian Jones comments on a new study concerning a flu strain which has emerged in China.
- Why sofas are dirtier than toilet seats - Dr Ben Neuman from the University of Reading's School of Biological Sciences provides comment
- Paul Williams (Meteorology) speaks to BBC Radio 4's You & Yours about his research into climate change making plane flights bumpier
- University of Reading evolutionary biologist Professor Mark Pagel talks to Adam Rutherford about how words evolve and whether scientists can halt their adaptation.
- University of Reading experts feature in a Horizon special investigating one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees?
- Children's happiness in UK on the decline, report says. Dr Carol Fuller suggests educational stress is a big factor
- From George Osborne's hi-tech wristband to implants under the skin: How wearable technology could become part of our bodies. Why has Professor Kevin Warwick has implanted a chip into his nervous system?
- The University of Reading spends nearly £1m on Samuel Beckett manuscript - Reading has become the new owner of 'almost certainly the most important English language manuscript still in private hands'.
- Dr Jane Parker, founder and director of the University of Reading's Flavour Centre, works with the Food Unwrapped team to test how much cow is in a beef stock cube
- Worm poo's window into past climate - Research from the universities of Reading and York shows that earthworms could provide a window into past climates, allowing scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.
- University of Reading experts comment on a new study that the coronavirus does not currently appear to be infectious enough to pose a global threat
- Professor Ken Norris comments on a study that shows UK farming subsidies shortchange the public
- Financial researchers from across the globe showcased their work at the recent 2013 European Financial Management Association annual meeting, which was hosted by the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School.
- The University of Reading awards Ella's Kitchen baby food founder Paul Lindley an honorary degree
- Italian history expert Christopher Duggan comments on Berlusconi's 'bunga-bunga' trial verdict
- Climate scientist Richard Allan talks clouds on BBC Breakfast
- Professor Joel Felix discusses the Physiocrats’, French economic thinkers in the 18th century
- Overcast with chance of showers… for TEN sodden years (Sun front page) Met Office praises University of Reading wet summers research
- 'Build me a Brain' - University researchers star in BBC Radio 4's Frontiers
- University of Reading PhD researcher Lionel Smith showcases the benefits of his grass-free lawn in a London park
- Time Team Special – Britain’s Stone Age Tsunami featuring University of Reading's archaeological research in the Severn Estuary.
- Dr Matthew Nicholls provides expert comment for the new BBC 4 documentary Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome
- A 17th century drawing by renowned artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens is discovered among the University's teaching material
- Experts from the University's renowned Department of Meteorology provide comment and give interviews to national media in the aftermath of the Oklahoma Tornado
- Historian Dr Jeremy Burchardt provides expertise for BBC One's Countryfile
- Guardian Higher Education Network reports study showing champagne can improve memory
- US President Barack Obama tweets story featuring University of Reading researcher
- Have We Got News For You - Mark Pagel's research on Ice Age language featured on BBC One's flagship satirical news quiz
- Professor Mark Pagel discovers that European and Asian languages can be traced back to a single mother tongue
- Celebrated Irish actress Lisa Dwan wowed audiences at the University of Reading recntly during two rare performances of Samuel Beckett's iconic work ‘Not I'.
- New research from Professor Jeremy Spencer finds that drinking champagne could improve memory
- The Guardian marks 75 years of links between carbon emissions and global warming
- Did scientists get it wrong about global warming? Professor Nigel Arnell refutes the argument that climate scientists 'over-egged' the pudding
- Fasten your seatbelts: University of Reading research finds climate change doubles turbulence risk to aircraft
- Pope Francis calls for action on clerical sex abuse - Papal expert Dr Rebecca Rist says Pope Francis is signalling that he regards clerical sexual abuse as the modern day scourge of the Church.
- Dr Chris Davis provides lightning expertise for James May's Man Lab on BBC Two
- Dr Gunter Kuhnle interviewed for feature on meat and health in leading German newspaper
- Dr Carol Wagstaff interviewed by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours on the tastiness of fruit and veg
- Dr David Brauner sparks debate at Roth@80 conference with paper on the iconic author titled “Queering Philip Roth”
- BBC South Today brodcasts live Budget reaction from RUSU, the University of Reading's students' union
- University researchers show anti-wrinkle cream chemical works
- Reading research into the earth's 'electrical heartbeat' influence on clouds featured in the Guardian
- Papal history expert Dr Rebecca Rist provides context for historic resignation of Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis I
- Dr Geoffrey Sloan uncovers unseen evidence about Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising for BBC Radio 4's Document
- Who, What, Why: What is wind chill factor? The University of Reading's Ross Reynolds helps explain
- University of Reading research finds that nearly three-quarters of consumers found small print on TV, broadband and home phone bundle deals so difficult to understand that they didn't read it fully.
- Professor Kevin Warwick discusses his world-leading cybernetics work on 'Beneath the Lab Coat'
- Dr Tiffany Taylor talks about her children's book that explains evolution on BBC Radio Berkshire
- Professor Ian Jones, one of the UK's leading virologists, discusses the coronavirus
- Reading climate scientist Dr Richard Allan appears on Channel 4 documentary 'The Year Britain Flooded'
- Dr Rebecca Rist appears on Sky News - Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes - to give reaction to the news that the Pope is to stand down.
- After a baby's finger was severed in a fox attack the University of Reading's Dr Phil Baker discusses urban fox numbers in Britain
- Professor Steven Mithen appears on BBC’s flagship arts programme to comment on a new British Museum exhibition on prehistoric art.
- Health law expert Professor Christopher Newdick speaks to BBC News Channel about the Mid-Staffordshire NHS scandal
- Dr Faustina Hwang interviewed by ITV News about her work on new tech to fight malnutrition among older people
- University of Reading al-Qaeda expert explores what has happened to al-Qaeda since Osama bin Laden's death.
- University expert says much more work needs to be done on the Green Deal before the scheme becomes an effective way of improving energy efficiency
- Islamist threat to Europe is overstated says University of Reading expert
- Intelligent buildings of the future will respond to our needs, says Professor Derek Clements-Croome on BBC News
- Reading archaeologists find evidence that stone-age hunters manipulated the environment long before farming started
- Dr Carol Wagstaff explains why 2012's high rainfall could impact on the nutritional value of our crops - BBC radio
- Professor Mike Gooding explains why 2012's high rainfall could impact on the nutritional value of our crops - BBC radio and TV coverage, and national newspapers
- Climate scientists respond to 'daft' media reports that global warming has 'stopped'
- Why are we still waiting for Godot?
- Rise in tuition fees causes shift towards free fieldwork at UK universities - Guardian and THE
- 2012 was the UK's second wettest year but expect more flooding in the future, say Reading scientists