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What makes Novichok so deadly? - Reading in the news Tue 4 Sep – University of Reading

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What makes Novichok so deadly? - Reading in the news Tue 4 Sep

Release Date 04 September 2018

Novichok was used in the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal


Novichok threat: BBC Inside Out (19 mins 20 secs) visited the University of Reading to speak to Professor Gary Stephens (Pharmacy) about the Novichok nerve agent used in the assassination attempt against a former Russian spy in Salisbury earlier this year.

Property careers: Commercial Journal interviewed Jean-Pierre Choulet (Henley Business School) about the Pathways to Property scheme led by the Reading Real Estate Foundation, which helps students in schools or colleges find out more about a career in the property sector.

Healthcare partnership: BBC Radio Berkshire (1 hr 19 mins 10 secs) interviewed Professor Adrian Williams, Research Dean for Health at the University of Reading, about the new partnership with Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, which aims to provide teaching and research opportunities. Read our news story.

Other coverage


  • The Macau Daily Times and various regional BBC radio stations both feature the Wolfenden Report of 1957, chaired by former Reading Vice-Chancellor Lord Wolfenden, which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality, in their ‘This Day In History’ features.
  • Focus Malaysia reports on the University of Reading Malaysia and ICAEW signing an agreement to address employers’ hiring and skillset gap needs through the Henley ICAEW Programme.
  • reports on Reading research (Food & Nutritional Sciences) showing eating berries can improve reaction times, mood and concentration. Read our news story.
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society reports on its website that Sir Brian Burridge, a visiting professor at the University of Reading, has been appointed its new CEO.



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