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Green Flag Award

The Whiteknights campus has been voted as one of the best and most popular green spaces in the UK. It is also the highest placing University space and the only one that places in the top ten.

The campus ranked in sixth out of over 1,400 spaces on the Green Flag People’s Choice award where the public were asked to vote for their favourite.

This is the University’s third Green Flag Award and recognises its well-maintained and well-managed campus.» >

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UoR rank 22nd for quality of life

The Bank University Quality of Life rankings were revealed last week. The survey conducted by Lloyds bank ranked Durham University first out of 91 other universities for having the best quality of life. Reading came 22nd  out of all of the other universities. Several factors were included in measuring the quality of life such as sporting achievements, graduate employability and accommodation.

Nitesh Patel, an economist at Lloyds, said: “They all score well on course satisfaction, good employment prospects and high salaries.» >

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Union J Album Signing

It was on the eve of Halloween that Union J hosted an album signing at HMV, located in The Oracle, which gave them a chance to meet and talk with their fans.

Union J rose to fame on The X Factor 2012 and so far this year have released the two top ten singles ‘Carry You’ and ‘Beautiful Life.’

The group, which consists of Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jamyi Hensley and George Shelley, have had a rather busy and successful year.» >

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Confusion and controversy over local MP’s visit to Freshers’ Societies Fayre

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, was the centre of a controversial run-in with both the Labour Society and the LGBT+ Society on Wednesday 2nd October at the University’s Freshers’ Fayre, inside the marquee. Many accounts of the events have been submitted to Spark*, which differ in several regards.

The allegation against Rob Wilson is that he snubbed questions posed to him by the LGBT+ Society, accompanied by the Labour Society, concerning his voting history in the House of Commons on same sex marriage.» >

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Update on Library Refurbishment

The library is currently undergoing its redevelopment and along with the extra materials that have been made available and the longer opening hours, the library has made some positive changes with the University having spent over £2 million pounds on the project.

Although the work is planned to continue well until November, changes are already noticeable and accessible to students on the second floor. This floor now has 350 study spaces, which all have a laptop plug point, more collaborative study options with large table seating and individual study seating for quiet study beside the windows. » >

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Robin in the Thicke of it

Robin Thicke’s controversial number one ‘Blurred Lines’ has been banned from five UK Universities.

The song, which has become the fastest selling digital song in history, has been under heavy criticism for its connotations with the degradation and objectification of women and its promotion of non-consensual sex through its risky lyrics.

As sparsely dressed women dance around the fully dressed singer in the Blurred Lines music video, Thicke joined by T.I and Pharrell sing lyrics such as “Do it like it hurt”, “I know you want it” and “I hate these blurred lines”.» >

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Further league changes for Reading

The University of Reading saw nine courses ranked in the top ten of their respected fields in the latest Times Good University Guide League Table, despite a fall in the University’s overall national ranking.

Land and Property Management at the University is ranked as the second best in the country according to the 2014 study, with Building and Italian placed 4th. Food Science was ranked as the 5th best in the country, meanwhile Agriculture and Archaeology both achieved a ranking of 6th.» >

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Supermarket ‘co-operates’ with NUS

The NUS extra card harbours plenty of student-friendly discounts, from cutting prices on the latest clothing trends, to saving you 25% on your train tickets.

Arguably the most important aspect of student life which should be carefully budgeted for, however, is the food shop.

Thankfully, as of the 23rd of September 2013, a 10% student discount is available from Co-operative Food, potentially saving students up to £130 a year.

The wait is finally over for students, who, throughout many NUS surveys have requested a supermarket discount.» >

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