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A new way of getting more students to study languages - Reading in the news Fri 13 Jul

Release Date 13 July 2018

The TES interviewed Prof Suzanne Graham on language course uptake


Language study: The Times Education Supplement interviews Professor Suzanne Graham (Institute of Education) on the current low uptake and attainment in languages courses and how to fix it.

Side hustle economy: A Henley Business School report on the many workers run a small business on the side of their main job is featured in The Sun newspaper (see attached).

Refugee scholarship: That’s Thames Valley TV interviewed Professor Robert Van de Noort, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning and Resource, about the University of Reading’s new refugee scholarship scheme and the social media reaction to its announcement. Read our news story on the scheme.

Other coverage


  • Following his extensive BBC World News interviews on Thursday about US President Donald Trump’s UK visit, Dr Mark Shanahan (Politics & International Relations) also spoke to Canadian news channel CBC for a televised interview in London that evening. BBC Radio Berkshire (1hr 12 mins) then got his thoughts on Friday morning on a turbulent week for Brexit negotiations and Trump’s comments on this.
  • BBC Four repeats a documentary titled Deep Down Dirty: The Science of Soil, in which Reading Emeritus Professor Stephen Nortcliff (GES) explains how rocky landscapes break down over time to create soil (30 mins in).
  • Sam FM reports in its radio news bulletins and online on the Silchester Archaeology Field School investigation of a Roman baths building, believed to be one of Roman Britain’s earliest buildings. Read our news story.
  • Get Reading runs a data story on the number of students using counselling services across the country, including some Reading data. It includes quotes from Selina Patankar-Owens, Head of Student Wellbeing Services, putting the issue in context and explaining the ways Reading supports its students.
  • Get Reading reports that two Reading Art graduates are having work exhibited at Here Comes The Sun Festival at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading.



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