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New tennis courts, and are urban explorers breaking the law? - Reading in the news Thu 20 Apr

Release Date 20 April 2017

Are urban explorers breaking the law?

Haiti cholera outbreak: The UN’s role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2004, and its subsequent handling of the aftermath, is discussed in a blog by Professor Rosa Freedman (School of Law) on The Conversation.

Branding and recruitment: The University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, Vincenzo Raimo, is quoted in a piece on the importance of university branding to international recruitment on University World News.

New tennis courts: The University’s announcement that it will build new £850,000 weatherproof tennis courts at the sports park was covered on Heart Radio Berkshire on the radio news bulletins and online. The new courts will make the University tennis complex the biggest in Reading. Read our news story.

Trespassing law: A Devon Live article on a group of men who filmed themselves climbing onto the roof of Plymouth’s tallest building, which is still under development, uses comments from Dr Mark Wilde (School of Law) given previously to the BBC on whether doing so is legal.

Deindustrialisation in Sydney: An account from Professor Alan Evans (Henley Business School) on rising land prices in Sydney is used in a New Geography article.

Sweetener research: A Chicago symposium of researchers studying zero-calorie sweetener stevia is previewed by Canadian Insider, including a talk by Ian Rowland PhD (Food and Nutritional Sciences) from the University of Reading.

Other coverage


  • Research by Professor Jeremy Spencer (Food and Nutritional Sciences) on how Champagne has health benefits for the brain features on the New York Post website.
  • Select Science reports on research by Dr Alejandra Perotti (Biological Sciences), taking DNA measurements from very small concentrations, such as from mites or lice.
  • Funding of £8.6m for projects seeking to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere has been announced by the National Environment Research Council (NERC). An agroforestry project run by Reading scientists (SAPD / SAGE / SMPS) will receive £300,000. Read our news story.
  • Beetroot juice can help the brains of adults with high blood pressure perform like younger brains, according to a new study by Wake Forrest University in the US. Research at Reading (Food and Nutritional Sciences) on how beetroot juice can also help prevent reduce blood pressure is mentioned in the Health Medicine Network article.
  • A talk by Dr Joanna Bagniewska (Biological Sciences) on how trophy hunting affects conservation of African wildlife at the Sofia Science Festival in Bulgaria is featured in an article on
  • HR Magazine runs two article featuring expertise from Henley Business School. Dr Charmi Patel, associate professor of HRM, commented on how important it is for line managers to engage personally with staff, and Professor Andrew Kakabadse, marketing and reputation professor, commented on whether senior workers are too busy to look for new jobs but may still be open to one.
  • Research by Dr Paul Williams (Meteorology) on how severe turbulence will increase if CO2 levels continue to rise was discussed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (1 hr 37 mins 52 secs)) ahead of a full interview with Dr Williams on the Naked Scientist this weekend. A link is now also available to an interview Dr Williams gave to Colombian radio station LAFM. Website Environmental Expert also covers the story. Read our news story here.



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