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Bribery; poison; turmoil; and house prices - Reading in the News 16 April

Release Date 16 April 2018

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House prices: Daily Mail and Express report that comments made by Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP about house prices and the link with immigration. The articles note that the minister’s comments were based on a 2008 report by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit which was based on research from economists at the University of Reading. Further articles in Inside Housing, Estate Agent Today, Property Industry Eye and others.

Bribery and corruption post-Brexit: Professor Andrew Kakabadze (Henley Business School) is referenced in a Guardian article (which appeared in the Observer on Sunday) about the likelihood of British businesses needing to be careful of bribery and corruption when looking at post-Brexit trade beyond Europe. The article also appears in Yahoo! Finance, Cetus News, and the Politics of Hope.  


Skripal poisoning: The Times and Express quote Professor Laurence Harwood (Chemistry) in articles about the OPCW releasing an executive summary of their findings about the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury.

Delayed spring leaves farmers in turmoil: Professor Ed Hawkins (Met) is quoted in a Guardian article about the effect of a cold and wet winter and late start to spring on farming. The article references Prof Hawkins’ WeatherRescue project in which volunteers are helping to digitise historic weather records. Also in I Android Love.


Legality of Syria strikes: Prof Susan Breau (Law) spoke to LBC about the legality of air strikes against Syria following the reports of ‘chemical attacks’ in the town of Douma.



Other coverage:


  • Further coverage of two new papers published in Nature including one with authors from Meteorology show that changes in the climate have led to a weakening of a weather circulation system over the Atlantic, in Yahoo! News, US National Public Radio and 10ztalk. Read our news story here.
  • An article for Eastern Daily Press mentions the development of a farming technology business Farmex which was started by University of Reading graduate Hugh Crabtree.
  • The New Straits Times and Yahoo! Singapore report on the development of Iskandar in Malaysia into a ‘metropolis’. The articles note that the UoR Malaysia campus is based there.
  • An article on Literary Hub about Samuel Beckett notes that the Beckett archive is held in the University of Reading’s Special Collections.
  • Dr Rohan Deb Roy’s (History) post for the Conversation on the ‘fingerprints of colonialism’ in science has been reproduced for the Smithsonian magazine, Yahoo! News, the Independent and the Citizen.
  • An article for This is Wiltshire notes that UoR computer science student Ieuan Higgs has won a UK Space Agency prize in a competition to design a tool using satellites to ‘improve life on Earth’. The news was also reported in WiredGov.
  • BBC Berkshire reports on the announcement of authors for the IPCC report on climate change – as six Reading scientists take a leading role. Read our news story here.
  • The Breeze FM covers news that the University of Reading will be working as part of a collaborative project to help farming technology become commercially available more easily. Read our news story here.






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