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Feeling hot, hot, hot – Reading in the news Weds 25 July

Release Date 25 July 2018


Global heatwave: Prof Rowan Sutton (Meteorology) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme (approx. 2 hours 26 mins) discussing the significance of the heatwave being felt across the globe, the likely causes of this and how we will need to adapt to this kind of extreme weather becoming more normal in the future.

Comments from Prof Len Shaffrey (Meteorology) on the same topic were included in The Daily Mail, as was a blog post on the causes of the heatwave. A Press Association article, also featuring comments from Prof Shaffrey, was published on The Daily Mail as well. Reproductions of both articles featured on multiple national and regional outlets, including The Irish Times and WalesOnline. The Guardian and The Independent produced their own versions of the story.

Dr Rob Thompson (Meteorology) was also interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire (approx. 52 mins in) this morning and a tweet by Meteorology PhD student Simon Lee comparing the 1976 heatwave with this summer's has been retweeted and liked more than 11k times - he is credited for the image in Metro and Indy100. Read Simons' blog on the attention the image has got here.

Overseas campuses: Times Higher Education covers a story that Lancaster University is considering a European branch campus post-Brexit. The article features comment from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Vincenzo Raimo, who overseas Reading's campus in Malaysia, on the importance of working with local partners who have knowledge of the region.

Reading to train new mental health workers for schools: Reading will be one of seven organisations to offer education mental health practitioner courses from January 2019, under new Government plans to introduce mental health workers into schools to improve pupils' well-being. Schools Week and Care Appointments report.

Health benefits of berries: The Daily Mail covers new research which has found that eating a handful of berries eat day can reduce the chances of heart disease. The same article also references research from Reading academics which found that blueberries can boost children's reaction times by 9%. The article is reproduced on Health Medicine Network. 

Green Flag Award: GetReading covers the news that the University's main Whiteknights campus has won its eighth consecutive Green Flag Award for being a beautiful space that is open to the public. Read our story here.


Other coverage:

  • The Breeze featured a short item in its news bulletins on the bat found trapped in the University's Corporate Communications office yesterday. The discovery, care and release of the bat were documented on the University's main Twitter account.
  • Prague Daily Monitor includes a story on Emeritus Professor Kevin Warwick attending the Future Port Prague festival in September.
  • Prof Peter Hawkins (Henley Business School) was featured in a podcast for The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) exploring the connection between organisational culture and a more peaceful world.
  • A letter in The Guardian, calling for the reinstatement of Professor James Newell at Salford University, is supported by Deepa Govindarajan Driver (ICMA).



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