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Brexit, cold weather and the Thames Valley Science Park – Reading in the news Tues 6 March – University of Reading

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Brexit, cold weather and the Thames Valley Science Park – Reading in the news Tues 6 March

Release Date 06 March 2018


Brexit: BBC's deputy political editor John Pienaar spoke to University of Reading students for a BBC News at Ten story on how well Theresa May is handling Brexit.

Cold weather spell: Sky News featured Prof Len Shaffrey (Met) in a piece on why we experienced such cold weather last week. And Channel 4's Dispatches (16 mins in) featured Dr Rob Thompson (Met) on why the weather was so unusual for this time of year. 

Thames Valley Science Park: BBC South (approx. 6 mins in) trailed the news about the opening of the Science Park on today's breakfast and lunchtime shows. The full feature will be on tonight's programme. The story is also on the BBC Berkshire website and is covered by The Reading Chronicle. 

Increasing energy levels: An article in The Mirror describes how to maximise energy levels to get the most out of the day. It recommends eating fresh mixed berries in the morning to improve concentration levels, as discovered by University of Reading research. The article is syndicated on US website Cetus News. 

USS strikes: Prof Adrian Bell (ICMA) has written a blog for Times Higher Education on how the reconfiguration of the group that is discussing the pensions dispute could lead to more progress. The Reading Chronicle has written that Reading lecturers will be part of planned strike activity over the coming weeks. 

Civilisations Festival: Professor Amy Smith (Classics) was featured on BBC Radio Berkshire (approx. 15 mins in) this morning explaining the findings of a Greek pot from a Reading river and the archaeological importance of this. The interview was part of the BBC's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civilisation series. BBC Berkshire are interviewing various experts from the University throughout this week. 

Retailers going bust: Dr Steve Musson (Geography) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (approx. 40 mins in) about why some retailers are thriving whilst others are going into liquidation. 

Bacteria in faeces: A repeat of CBBC's Absolute Genius programme, where they visited the University of Reading to learn more bacteria in our faeces and why this helped pave the way for London's first sewer system in 1865. Dr Gemma Walton (Food) was featured on the programme.


Other coverage:

  • The University's online course "Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture" was recently featured in Daily Planet and on the UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) PreventionWeb website. The course was developed at the University's School of Agriculture.
  • Fairtrade Fortnight - the University is hosting a talk by Bandi Mbabi, a Congalese activist and refugee, looking at the green credentials of today's technology. GetReading reports.
  • Prof Jon Gibbins (Biomedical Sciences), who has been researching blood clotting to prevent heart attacks and strokes, is taking part in the British Heart Foundation's London to Reading bike ride and is quoted in The Maidenhead Advertiser and The Windsor Express.
  • Owners of a café in Henley, who met as overseas students at the University of Reading, are awaiting approval of their plans to expand their café outdoors. The story is featured in The Henley Standard.
  • Daniele Asioli (Agri-Food Economics & Social Science) is quoted in this Food Navigator article on the regulation of ‘clean label' food products.
  • and Politics of Hope covered the panel debate in Iceland on the issue of plastics waste - the panellist from Coca-Cola referenced the company's partnership with the University to supply refillable drinks bottles to students.
  • An article in Canadian Investment Review references Reading research into the diversification of commodities.
  • Reading graduate Ed Gosling is featured in The Swindon Advertiser as the owner of a successful dairy farm.
  • German site Top Agrar Online features a story about the top universities to study agriculture, according to the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018. Reading is ranked sixth in the world. Read our news story here.
  • Indonesian news site Skanaa covers research from Soochow University in China which found that dairy foods can be good for heart health. The article quotes Prof Ian Givens (Food).
  • The University museums are included in a ‘what to do with the kids during the Easter holidays' article on GetReading.

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