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Fighting terror with tech and celebrating Jane Austen - Reading in the news Tue 18 July

Release Date 18 July 2017

Jane Austen's Reading connections were explained on BBC radio

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


Anti-terror technology: Professor James Ferryman (Computer Science) explained to BBC Radio Berkshire (40 mins) how face-recognition technology could help the fight against terrorism, after the government pledged £2m of funding to support this kind of research.

Remembering Jane Austen: Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of English novelist Jane Austen. Dr Rebecca Bullard (English Literature) told BBC Radio Berkshire (9 mins 55 secs) about her life and time in Reading. Clips from her interview were used throughout the morning as the station covered the unveiling of a new £10 note featuring Austen in Winchester Cathedral.

Northern Lights disappearing: Mother Nature Network reports Reading research (Meteorology) that shows the Northern Lights could move out of sight of the UK thanks to a shift in solar activity later this century. Read our news story.

Burial monument: The 5,600-year-old burial monument being investigated by Reading’s Archaeology Field School in Wiltshire is featured in articles on Yahoo News and Russian website Polit. Read our news story here.

Sugar replacement tests: Taste studies at the University of Reading (Food and Nutritional Science) suggest naturally sweet, yet calorie-free, prebiotic fibres could replace high-calorie sugars in food and drinks, reports BioSpace.

Other coverage


  • Light Sources reports a research group from the University of Reading is the first to use a new facility that allows scientists to study the surfaces of materials at ambient pressure. The group is looking at materials react and bind to surfaces while producing fine chemicals for pharmaceutical use.
  • Blogarama features an article on the health benefits of eating blueberries, referring to research (Food and Nutritional Science) carried out at Reading in 2009.
  • Amman University in Jordan hosted an education exhibition showcasing studying in the UK, with the University of Reading among those represented. This is reported in a number of publications in the region, including Saraya News
  • MGIMO University in Russia reports on its website on the opening of a new teaching internship created thanks to the Memorandum of Cooperation with Henley Business School



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