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This is the truth about GDPR - Reading in the news Fri 25 May

Release Date 25 May 2018

New GDPR laws came into effect today, but should companies be worried?


Here is today’s media coverage round-up.


GDPR emails: Ardi Kolah (Henley Business School) spoke to All Out Politics and World Business Report on Sky News and World Business Report on BBC News, as well as BBC Radio Wales (1 hr 10 mins), about whether the emails sent out by organisations ahead of the new GDPR law coming in today were actually necessary. Read this GDPR advice article by Mr Kolah on Henley Business School’s news page.

Climate stripes: Washington Post uses a new coloured stripe diagram by Professor Ed Hawkins (Meteorology), showing how global and US temperatures have risen since the late 19th century.

Erratic weather: Daily Mail got an explanation from Simon Lee, a Meteorology PhD student, on what has caused the unusually high and low temperatures in the UK within a few weeks of each other. His quotes appear in an explainer section of an article about stormy conditions hitting the UK this week.

Rise of MBAs: The Economist quotes Tim Sellick (Henley Business School) on the popularity of MBA courses, partly due to the apprenticeship levy introduced in Britain to encourage businesses to invest more in training.

Manic Monday: Could HR solve the problems in The Bangles’ hit song? Mark Swain (Henley Business School) examines the lyrics in an article for People Management magazine.

Prebiotics research: Professor Glenn Gibson (Food and Nutritional Sciences) is quoted in an Express article about how prebiotics can help reduce bloating by allowing good bacteria to thrive in your gut.

Other coverage


  • BBC Radio Berkshire (2hrs 3 mins 24 secs) promoted Thursday evening’s Wolfenden Lecture by interviewing Peter Tatchell for their news bulletins. Read more about the lecture and other LGBT+ initiatives at the University in our news story
  • Comments by Professor Brian Scott-Quinn (Henley Business School), on proposed job cuts by Deutsche Bank, are featured in the Guardian’s Business live blog
  • BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 48 mins 10 secs) interviewed Dr Cindy Becker (English Literature) on a list of the top 100 female authors released by the Hay Festival, and how times have changed for women writers over the last few centuries
  • Food Ingredients Brasil reports the UK shortlist in this year’s Ecotrophelia competition for food innovation, including a University of Reading (Food and Nutritional Sciences) team whose entry is a vegan, oat-based yoghurt alternative
  • Voice of Asia and Brinkwire in the US report on new research showing a link between TB and Parkinson’s Disease, and quotes Dr Patrick Lewis (Pharmacy) on how research into Parkinson’s should consider immunology
  • UK Tech News reports that an online GP service has raised £1m from Henley Business Angels, which operates out of Henley Business School and allows investors to back ventures launched by those connected with the business school
  • The Colombian Post quotes Professor Kevin Warwick (Cybernetics) on a computer passing the ‘Turing Test’, designed to determine whether someone is a human or a robot
  • Daily News Live in Zimbabwe reports on a piece written for The Conversation by Dr Mai Sato (School of Law) on the majority of Zimbabweans being opposed to the death penalty. Read the original Conversation article here



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