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Why 'Whitehall isn't working' and hazards of air pollution - Reading in the news Fri 22 Jun – University of Reading

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Why 'Whitehall isn't working' and hazards of air pollution - Reading in the news Fri 22 Jun

Release Date 22 June 2018

A Henley Business School report has revealed a 'moral problem' among government civil servants


Whitehall isn’t working: The Guardian references research by Professor Andrew Kakabadse from Henley Business School on the effectiveness of the Civil Service. Read Henley’s news story on Professor Kakabadse’s report.

Climate stripes: Professor Ed Hawkins (Meteorology) is credited as the creator of the climate stripes graphic, which was worn on clothing by weather presenters yesterday to raise awareness of climate change on the summer solstice, in articles by Washington Post, Huffington Post, Inside Climate News, Eco Watch,, Environment Guru, and Cayman Islands News Service.

UN Human Rights: Professor Rosa Freedman’s (School of Law) interview on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme, on the US pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council, is now available to view online. Read Professor Freedman’s blog on The Conversation in response to the US’s withdrawal.

Air pollution: A report outlining the potential harm caused to children by pollution, particularly vehicle emissions, was discussed on BBC Radio Berkshire (13 mins) by Professor Bill Collins (Meteorology).

Better cities: Saudi Gazette reports on research led by Reading (Real Estate and Planning) into how city density, and well thought out designs, is good for investors, residents and the environment.

Other coverage


  • Daily Mail references research carried out by the Universities of Reading Biological Sciences) and Brighton in an article on the number of foxes in urban environment.
  • The planned headquarters move by the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) from Shinfield Road to the University’s Whiteknights campus was explained on BBC Radio Berkshire (1 hr 26 mins) by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort. Read our news story.
  • BBC Radio Berkshire (56 mins) interviewed Professor Chris Scott (Meteorology) about why our days get longer in the summer, on Thursday morning - the day of the summer solstice.
  • Ceo World names Reading in its list of the top 20 campuses in the UK. Read our news story about Whiteknights Campus’ latest Green Flag People’s Choice Award.
  • Research by Dr David Ferreira (Meteorology) is referenced in an MPCourier article on whether Earth’s tilt on its axis, which causes the summer solstice, could have been the crucial detail about the plant that allows it to hold life.



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