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Nancy Astor was a 'Marmite figure' - Reading in the news Thu 12 Oct

Release Date 12 October 2017

Jacqui turner presents 'Suffrage and Citizenship' public lecture

Here is today’s media report.


Women’s suffrage anniversary: Ahead of her public lecture at the University, Dr Jacqui Turner (History) was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire (2hrs 9 mins 43 secs) about the fight for the vote and the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. Read our news story about the lecture here, and watch the live stream on Facebook here

Sustainable drinks model: The news Sustain It Coca Cola drinks machines on campus are mentioned in a feature on the Greenpeace website on how Coca Cola has made positive steps to be kinder to the environment. Read our story on the Staff Portal

John Bercow comments: A Huffington Post article on House of Commons Speaker John Bercow’s comments that MPs have the right to block Brexit, references his visit to the University of Reading earlier this year, where he told students he voted Remain in the EU Referendum. Read about the MPs visit here

Green Flag award: BBC Radio Berkshire (1 hr 27 mins 30 secs) interviewed Janis Pich (Estates & Facilities) about the University’s Whiteknights campus, which has been voted into the top 10 of the Green Flag People’s Choice Award – the only university to achieve this. Stephen Boon also gave some comments to BBC Berkshire for their news bulletins. The Breeze radio also covered the story in their news headlines. Read our news story

Shopping centre profits: Professor Dominic Swords (visiting professor at Henley Business School) spoke to BBC Radio Oxford (1 hr 13 mins 50 secs) about how Bicester Shopping Centre, where profits have risen along with overseas visitors despite worries over Brexit

University youth marketing: A Warc feature on how universities and businesses try to engage with students references the University of Reading partnership with NME magazine for the 2016 Reading Festival. It links through to the Marketing Week feature on the initiative published earlier this year. Read our news story on this year’s Reading Festival partnership with organisers Festival Republic and the blog created by our students here

Threats to birds: Professor Mark Fellowes was interviewed for this YouTube video at the Ask a Biologist event hosted by The Royal Society of Biology

Other coverage


  • Environmental Research Web reports the Reading study that found air turbulence is set to increase globally due to climate change. Read our news story
  • A Facebook post that ignited a debate on how heavily toasted the perfect slice of toast should be is the subject of articles in many regional publications, such as the Global Gazette. The feature includes a quote from Emeritus Professor Don Mottram (Food and Nutritional Science) on how burnt toast may contain harmful acrylamide
  • Science Minister Jo Johnson mentioned Reading’s investment in the new Health and Life Sciences building on Whiteknights campus in a speech at the HEFCE Conference 2017 in London, which is transcribed by Times Higher Education and on Read more about the new building here
  • Professor Steve Musson (Geography) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 36 mins) about the Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell and the competition it will pose to other nearby towns, and also whether Reading could one day become a city
  • The partnership between Huawei and Henley Business School is mentioned in a China Daily article on a new partnership between the Chinese telecoms giant and a London college
  • Archaeology News Network and Russian website are among other news outlets covering the story of a fossil held in the University of Reading’s Cole Museum of Zoology of the only known baby Protoichthyosaur in the world helping get this classified as a new species
  • A Reading Psychology professor is quoted by Buzzfeed on the ways he feels Brexit could affect British scientists involved in European research projects
  • Work done by Reading scientists alongside the British Antarctic Survey to revive Antarctic moss that has been dormant in permafrost for 1,500 years is referenced in an article on
  • Two University of Reading students (Food and Nutritional Sciences) teamed up to appear on game show Pointless, which was aired on Challenge TV on Wednesday



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