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New halls plans and 'macho men' - Reading in the news Fri 17 Nov

Release Date 17 November 2017

Are men skewing pain tolerance test results by trying to be 'macho'?

Please see below for today’s media coverage round-up.


Redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Hall: Heart Berkshire mentioned the plans submitted to rebuild St Patrick’s Hall. The proposed development would provide an additional 702 bedrooms, whilst retaining Pearson’s Court. Read our news story.

Life of child evacuees: Dr Teresa Murjas (Film, Theatre and Television) was interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire (39 mins 10 secs).


on her War Child event as part of Being Human Festival. The event is based on the research of Project War Child and bringing the archive to life through the department, in conjunction with the exhibition at the Museum of English Rural Life. Read more about Being Human Festival events at Reading.

‘Macho men’ and pain thresholds: Dr Tim Salomons (Psychology) has been quoted in Medical Xpress on a University of Reading study into hyper-masculinity and reported pain thresholds. Dr Salomons was also interviewed on Jack FM Berkshire regarding the study. Read our news story and watch a video on the research here.

Other coverage:


  • Special Collections at Reading were visited by the BBC to film its collection of memorabilia related to Huntley & Palmers biscuit manufacturers, to support a feature on biscuits in the First World War and an initiative by The National Archives. Dr Teresa Murjas was heavily involved as an adviser to the BBC due to her research on this subject. The piece appeared on BBC Breakfast news on Friday morning. Read Dr Murjas’ blog on the filming here
  • Dr Rhi Smith (University Museums and Special Collections Services) was interviewed on The Breeze FM on the aim of the Being Human Festival as some of the museum treasures are being put online
  • The Reading Chronicle writes on the plans of Creating Better Futures, a charity that supports the education of children in Africa, co-founded by University Reading graduate Dorothy Dix
  • 4 Traders reports on the joint achievement between Deutsche Telekom and the Walker Institute at the University of Reading in aiding student’s virtual access to this week’s COP23 climate change conference, via a robot avatar
  • Christine McCaw, a Doctoral candidate in Business Administration at the University of Reading has authored an article for The Canadian Press  on employers supporting domestic violence victims, published in 3 local Canadian papers
  • Asia One, Cetus News, ENCS, China Daily, MSN USA and Press From published articles on projected air turbulence increases due to climate change, quoting study author Professor Paul Williams (Meteorology)



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