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Fossil discovery, Islamic finance and rat invasion - Reading in the news Mon 18 Jun

Release Date 18 June 2018

University of Reading research showed rats were becoming resistant to poisons


Islamic finance degrees: The Financial Times runs a story on an increase in demand for Islamic finance courses, quoting Teck Yong Eng, head of Henley Business School Malaysia, on the MSc in Investment Banking and Islamic Finance launched there, and the reason for their popularity.

Fossil discovery: Henley Standard reports on academics at the University of Reading (GES) identifying a rock found by a young girl in her garden as a 100-million-year-old fossil. The six-year-old was subsequently invited to the University by Dr Hazel McGoff to see its collection of dinosaur bones and other fossils.

Migrant ships: Professor Rosa Freedman (School of Law) was interviewed on Al Jazeera about the latest on the ships carrying migrants, who were turned away by Italy and have now docked in Spain.

Rat invasion: Daily Mail references Reading research (Biological Sciences) into rats developing resistance to poisons in an article on stats suggesting Britain’s prisons are overrun with the rodents.

Other coverage


  • Articles by Nature and Scientific American on Microsoft’s purchase of science collaboration website GitHub quotes a tweet by a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Reading.
  • Funding has been awarded to four universities and institutes, including Reading (Agriculture), to research how to increase productivity in a number of crops, reports Feed Navigator and SeedQuest.
  • University Anglican Chaplain Revd Mark Laynesmith delivered this week’s 60-second sermon on BBC Radio Berkshire (47 mins 15 secs) on Sunday morning.
  • Get Reading reports on challenges facing the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and how it intends to respond to them, including increasing engagement with partners like the University of Reading, by having a joint training campus and conducting medical research at the University.
  • The Nature and Health website includes Reading research (Food and Nutritional Sciences) that show blueberries can improve memory and brain function. Read our news story.
  • Natural News reports on a study by institutions including Reading (Psychology) that showed older people have greater difficulty in focusing under pressure than younger people.



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