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The problem with sugar reform and green Arctic ice - Reading in the news Thu 30 Mar

Release Date 30 March 2017

The food industry has been told to reduce the amount of sugar in products

Here is today's round-up of media coverage featuring the University of Reading.


Sugar reform: Visiting professor Julian Cooper (Food Science) helped explain the new government guidelines to the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar it puts into products to BBC Radio 5 Live (13 mins 5 secs) and BBC Sheffield (40 mins 5 secs).

Arctic green ice: Research involving Reading scientists (Meteorology) on why phytoplankton is now able to grow underneath Arctic sea ice due to climate change is reported by Environmental News Network and All Latest News. Read our news story.

University strategies: A feature on on how universities create their marketing strategies mentions Reading’s ‘Limitless’ concept.

Chip implants: Professor Kevin Warwick (Cybernetics) explained how he did the first experiment on implanting technology into himself at Reading to allow him to control robots using his thoughts. An interview clip was played on BBC Radio 5 Live (1 hr 3 mins 49 secs) and some regional stations. Professor Warwick also gave a full interview to BBC Berkshire (1 hr 20 mins 27 secs).

Robotics course: Reading’s Begin Robotics open access online course, run through Future Learn, is referenced in a feature on looking at jobs that will remain even if robots begin taking jobs in some industries. See more information about the course here.

Brexit and agriculture: Professor Richard Bennett (Research Dean for Food and Professor of Agricultural Economics) will attend the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee roundtable meeting on Brexit and farm animal welfare on April 5. Details published on

Pollinator threat education: An article on about the efforts to teaching children about the threat to pollinators mentions research carried out at Reading (Agri-Environment) on the decline of pollinator colonies. Read more about this research here.

Other coverage


  • A picture tweeted by the main @UniofReading Twitter account is included in a Konbini round-up of new clouds added to the International Cloud Atlas by the World Meteorological Organisation last week, thanks to research by meteorologists at Reading. The image featured in our news story here.
  • Polish website Wyborcza ran an article on the concerns some EU nationals working in the UK have over Brexit negotiations, including the university’s Dr Joanna Bagniewska (Biological Sciences). Read the university’s Q&A page with information for staff on this subject here.
  • Research by Reading academics (GES) to build understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies in Africa is reported by Ghana News Agency.
  • The role fruit may, or may not, have played in evolution by increasing brain size in primates continues to be reported by international media like Italiafruit News, including comments by Dr Chris Venditti from Reading (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).



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