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'It's not a coup', so what IS happening in Zimbabwe? - Reading in the news Thu 16 Nov – University of Reading

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'It's not a coup', so what IS happening in Zimbabwe? - Reading in the news Thu 16 Nov

Release Date 16 November 2017

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest

Here is today's media report.


Zimbabwe ‘coup’: Sky News interviewed Dr Heike Schmidt (History) on the developing situation in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest after the military took control of the country.

‘Macho men’ and pain: Research at Reading (Psychology) was published today showing the results of pain tolerance studies may be skewed by men being more likely to take part in them, and being less honest about their threshold, in a bid to look ‘macho’. BBC Radio Berkshire and The Breeze FM report on the paper. Read our news story.

Beckett’s in Germany: A new exhibition called ‘German Fever’ opened last week at the Marbach Literature Museum in Germany. Dr Mark Nixon (English Literature), of the Beckett Research Centre, contributed to the exhibition and an article in Die Tagespost highlights the University’s involvement. Read our news story.

Other coverage


  • The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology published an outline online of environmental uses and benefits of earth observation data. It acknowledges Dr Debbie Clifford (Institute of Environmental Analytics) as a contributor to the briefing
  • Learn Green Flower reports on research carried out by Reading scientists (School of Pharmacy) to test the effects of cannabis compounds on feeding, which found certain types of the drug do not actually lead to the munchies
  • Regional press coverage of the ASA guidelines issued to universities following complaints about advertising, such as the one that led to Reading agreeing to cease using the ‘top 1% of world universities’ claim in its marketing. Read our statement on the ASA ruling
  • New research conducted at the University of Reading into Psoriasis drug delivery is reported on



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