Reading in the news - Fri 14 Aug14 August 2020
#UniForReading: reaffirming our role as a civic university – find out more.
- A new Citizen Alliance has been formed for the Thames Valley region, to which the University is contributing research and expertise to help tackle local climate change issues and bring about social change. Read our news story.
#WeAreTogether: Reading’s work to help during the COVID-19 crisis. See our round-up here.
- Inventiva reports on the online course created by University of Reading psychologists. Read our news story.
COVID-19: expert comment on the coronavirus outbreak
- Dr Simon Clarke (Biological Sciences) is quoted in the Times on herd immunity; interviewed by Sky News about the government buying access to more candidate vaccines; quoted by the Daily Mail and Express Informer on a potential Northampton lockdown; and the Clacton Gazette on reports that 6% of people in England have had COVId-19.
- Professor Ian Jones (Biological Sciences) is quoted by Newscabal on the vaccine claimed to have been developed by Russian scientists.
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- Will Bailey-Watson (Institute of Education) answered questions from viewers on BBC South Today about A-level results and university admissions.
- Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Mark Fellowes told BBC Radio Berkshire that students who miss out on expected grades still have lots of options to go to university.
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Parveen Yaqoob told Heart Radio that numbers applying to university had gone up.
- Students from around the country are quoted as having secured places at the University of Reading, including in the Slough Express, Independent Catholic News and Newbury Today.
Summer heatwaves: Stephen Burt and Professor Ed Hawkins (Meteorology) are quoted in the Times Weather Eye column on summer temperature records and the importance of citizen science projects to digitise data. Stephen Burt is also quoted in a Reading.co.uk piece on Reading’s third hottest night on record this week. Read our news story.
- A piece for The Conversation by Professor Hannah Cloke (GES) on heatwaves, thunderstorms and flooding – all seen in the UK this week – is republished by Yahoo News.
- Another piece for The Conversation, written by doctoral researcher Taibat Ibitoye (Food and Nutritional Sciences), is republished by Yahoo News.
- The Reading Chronicle, Reading.co.uk and The Breeze report on the new TV studio planned at the University’s Thames Valley Science Park. BBC Radio Berkshire spoke to Professor John Gibbs (Film, Theatre & Television). Read our news story.
- Eco Debate in Brazil reports on a study showing Arctic sea ice could disappear by 2035, quoting Dr David Schroeder (Meteorology).
- Metro reports on a home in Milton Keynes that has become overrun by rats that are immune to poison, mentioning Reading research on resistance in rats.
- Reading.co.uk reports on the girl who won the School category of the Weather Game, run by the University’s meteorologists. Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez (Meteorology) spoke to BBC Suffolk alongside the Guest category winner, who hails from Ipswich, and highlighted the range of scientific courses people can study to get into meteorology. Read our news story.
- BBC Radio Berkshire highlight a Reading study showing 9 out of 10 teenagers say they don’t get enough exercise. Read our news story.
- The winners of the Farmers Weekly Awards have been named, with a mention for the University’s reviewing role for one of the winners who have tried to reduce antibiotics use in their livestock.
- Trans Africa Radio mentions training offered by Henley Business School to MultiChoice Group, which has funded three community TV stations to create new, original content.
- Study Breaks mentions Reading research suggesting blueberries increase concentration. Read our news story.
- Heart Radio also reports on viewers commenting that a contestant who helped defeat Reading’s team on University Challenge is the ‘hottest ever’.