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2/1 odds on your 2:1

With students facing University fees of up to £9,000 per year, the need for money is constant. Ladbrokes has introduced a trial scheme that could alleviate some of this financial difficulty by allowing students to bet on their final marks.

The new betting service started after a father attempted to gamble enough money to pay all of his daughter’s University fees if she achieved a first in her veterinary degree. A number of factors are taken into place when calculating the odds and winning money, such as subject of study, university ranking and A-Level results.» >

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Oracle Topshop to expand

Student favourite Topshop, based in Reading’s The Oracle is to double in size by the end of Spring 2014. As a result of strong sales growth, the store along with popular partnering brand Topman will turn into a massive two-storey shopping experience. Topshop and Topman belong to the Arcadia group which also consists of brands such as BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Outfit and Wallis.

The brand’s website boasts that: “street/designer collaborations and partnerships with some of history’s most iconic names have cemented the brand’s reputation as fashion leader and trendsetter” and the 10% NUS student discount will have undoubtedly made this a popular clothing store for students.» >

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Take care of your student home

Moving out of halls and into a rented student house off campus can be daunting to many students, especially so with the horror stories that follow student houses. Although there are obvious advantages to living off campus, like no security to tell you to be quiet or fines when your kitchen is not tidy enough, for some the bad outweighs the good.

A big issue students find with their off campus residence is burglaries.» >

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The University of Reading are offering one of the first ever free online short-course that allows students from around the world to learn how to program a mobile computer game.

Begin Programming: Building Your First Mobile Game is a seven-week course, available through the FutureLearn website, that teaches the basics of Java programming to develop a simple computer game from scratch that can run on computer, Android phone or tablet.

The course is due to go live on October 28th and will be part of the first wave of high quality Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from 21 top UK Universities.» >

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Biscuit Meltdown

Fire crews from Reading have been called to the University’s Halls of Residence twice in a matter of days during Freshers week.

On the afternoon of Monday 30th September, the fire crew was called to St. Georges Hall on Upper Redlands Road.

The fire crew discovered that somebody had cooked their food for too long in the microwave, causing the room to fill with smoke. The students had to be evacuated for the crew to deal with the incident.» >

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Promiscuous Reading

The University of Reading have ranked eighth in student dating site ShagAtUni.com’s top ten list of the ‘most promiscuous’ Universities in Britain.

The list, based on the times per month students were most likely to visit the site, showed that Reading placed in eighth position with a score of 6.3.

The top three Universities were St.Andrews, Leeds and Oxford respectively whilst the Universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen and Falmouth had the lowest scores.» >

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Students get safety advice on campus

Emergency services were on campus today providing some helpful tips and advice to Reading University students.

Members of the Fire Service were on hand to give fire safety advice to all students, particularly freshers, who are living away from home for the first time.

Firefighter, Robert Shaw told Spark* that the fire service had already been called out twice this term to tackle fires in St. Georges Hall and Bulmershe Campus.» >

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The Study opens on campus

Copyright Sam Winslet

University of Reading students have a brand new place to study thanks to the campaigning of RUSU.

Aptly named “The Study”, the new area has been created in what was once The Lounge. The old offices used by Student Media and the adjoining social areas have been completely renovated a reworked over the summer period.

study2The work on the building has included created a large study room with group study spaces, a lounge area and an outside study space, all featuring a rather vibrant colour scheme!» >

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