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Football, fame and fortune – Reading in the news Tues 7 Aug – University of Reading

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Football, fame and fortune – Reading in the news Tues 7 Aug

Release Date 07 August 2018


Football predictions: A computer model developed by Reading economists, which uses team data to predict football scores and finishing results, has received coverage in Football.London. Dr James Reade (Economics) also discussed the result from Reading's first match on BBC Radio Berkshire (approx. 11 mins in) - whilst the score wasn't exactly as predicted, the model did predict a win for Derby. Read our news story and blog article on the model.

Fame and fortune: Prof Kate Williams (History) is profiled in The Sunday Times (£), speaking about her career and her best and worst business decisions.

Beckett influence: Professor Anna McMullan (FTT and Co-Director of Beckett International Foundation) was a guest on BBC World Service radio show The Forum to discuss Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot and its influence on theatre. The interview was reproduced on New York radio stations WNYC-FM and WINS-AM.

Internationalisation in HE: The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and Advance HE have published the results of a survey which show that domestic undergraduates often don't see the benefits of studying alongside international students. An article in Times Higher Education covers the survey, including comments from Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University.


Other coverage:

  • Comments from Prof Len Shaffrey (Meteorology) appear in WalesOnline in an article about the hot weather last until October.
  • The Windsor Express, The Slough Express and The Maidenhead Advertiser all feature an interview with students from schools in Maidenhead who participated in the University's Pathways to Property programme, which is run by the Reading Real estate Foundation, based at Henley Business School.
  • Prof Flora Samuels (Architecture) is listed as a speaker at the upcoming Sydney Architecture Festival, reports Art Daily.
  • A researcher based in Saudi Arabia has discovered a new compound that can help prevent strokes. Commenting in the Saudi Daily Record and the Saudi Gazette, Khalid Al-Sahly says he did his PhD at Reading.
  • University Business reports that the University of Bristol has launched ‘Be the Change', a behaviour change programme provided by employee engagement specialists, Green Rewards, to encourage members of staff to improve sustainability and wellbeing both on campus and in the home. The article states that Reading is one of 9 universities in the UK to adopt the programme.
  • An article in Ross Gazette mentions the University's involvement in analysing the data from the first ever Hedgehog Housing Census, which launched last year.
  • A number of African news sites, including This Day and Premium Times, report on Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who received an honorary degree from Reading at this summer's graduation, resigning as Deputy Governor of Kano State.



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