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Reading in the News - Tues 28 May

Release Date 28 May 2019

Reading in the news

New Prime Minister: Dr Mark Shanahan (Politics & IR) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire about Theresa May’s announcement to stand down as Prime Minister. BBC News also spoke to members of the University’s Conservative Association, with a piece filmed on campus, which was also shared on BBC Berkshire.

European election results: Dr Mark Shanahan also spoke to BBC Berkshire about the results of the European elections.

Pint of Science: Event organiser Chanida Fung (Biological Sciences) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire about the week-long Pint of Science events, which culminated on Friday.

Rising emissions: Professor Keith Shine (Met) is quoted in an article by New Scientist about rising methane emissions.

Palm trees in the UK?: PhD student Tomos Jones is quoted in an article by the Daily Mail on invasive plants, and the prospect of palm trees growing wild in the UK.

Chelsea Flower Show: Horticulture Week has an article on the University’s exhibit on invasive plants at last week’s Chelsea Flower Show, which quotes Dr Alastair Culham (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology).

More sun in the countryside: Dr Natalie Theeuwes (Met) is quoted in an article by iNews about new research which suggests that cities get less sun than the countryside.

Weaker monsoons: Dr Andrew Turner (National Centre for Atmospheric Science) is quoted in an article by Scientific American on the ‘tug-of-war’ between air pollution and CO2 in Asia, and the effect on monsoon strength in the region.

Dutch education: Professor Rosa Freedman (Law) is quoted in an article by Times Higher Education in an article on changes to Dutch student financing.

Other news


  • Dr Rebecca Bullard (English Literature) spoke to BBC Radio 3 about Robinson Crusoe
  • The Amazons appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about their gig at the University, which took place last night.
  • Graduate Dr Rebekah Robinson spoke to BBC Berkshire about a campaign to tackle spittlebugs, which can spread the olive-killing disease Xylella. The story also appeared on the BBC website.
  • Graduate Penny Mordaunt MP is listed by The Mirror as one of the candidates who could succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister.
  • Holly Vickery (Animal Dairy & Food Chain Sciences) is mentioned in an article by the Veterinary Times on the Goat Veterinary Society’s annual meeting.
  • Matthew White (Campus Commerce) has written a piece for University Business.
  • Dr Ben Laker (Henley) has written an article for Business Reporter on how leaders should learn.



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