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‘Improving your employability’

With the media full of stories about high unemployment and a lack of graduate jobs, it is no wonder students feel stressed about finding a job. RUSU aims to help provide you with the skills and confidence you need for the job market. On the 17th and 18th February RUSU are hosting an ‘Improving Your Employability’ campaign.

On Monday 17 February, the campaign will focus on the application process for jobs, particularly graduate schemes.» >

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Facebook compared to ‘infectious disease’

Facebook will lose 80% of its users between 2015 and 2017, according to new research carried out by Princeton University, USA.

Many have remarked that we are addicted to social networking sites but new reports suggests that we could be infected.

Indeed, Princeton University has compared Facebook’s popularity to that of an infectious disease, claiming that as it reaches its peak popularity, infected users will abandon the site in order to recover.» >

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So-long soggy summers

Scientists at the University of Reading have suggested that soggy summers could soon be a thing of the past, according to research published in this month’s edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.

Recent studies have suggested that one of the major warm currents in the North Atlantic, the Atlantic meridonal overturning circulation, has shown that it has slowed down by up to fifteen per-cent in the last ten years. These findings could mean that this will lead to cooler and drier British summers in the future.» >

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Plans underway for new astro pitch and pavilion on UoR Whiteknights Campus

A new Astro Turf pitch will be in place on Whiteknights campus for the start of the 2014/2015 academic year.

The announcement has been met with widespread approval with many of those connected to sport at the University of Reading. Among the delighted parties is Josh Cave, the RUSU Student Engagement Officer. He said: “The new STP is a long awaited win for many of our sports teams. It is also great to see the University and the Student Union continuing to work in partnership.» >

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Real Ale Society brews ale for campus

Ale brewed by University of Reading’s own Real Ale Society is set to be sold on campus while stock lasts.

The Real Ale Society met with local brewer Peter Cook, who is the Head Brewer at Sherfield Village Brewery, with the ambition of designing and brewing their own ale.

Jamie Duffield, President of the Real Ale Society, said of the opportunity to visit the brewery: “This all started over a pint down in the Alehouse when Pete Cook, who happens to be a friend of ours, said to me, ‘so when are you bringing the students down to brew?’ We thought, well why not?» >

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Dementia research centre opens

The University of Reading has opened its new dementia research centre to help better understanding of how the disease develops and the effects it has on those already influenced by it.

Affecting forty-four million people worldwide and eighty thousand in the UK alone, the incurable and devastating disease of dementia requires crucial exploration into how we can help to control and ultimately, prevent it.

The Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre, which opened on Wednesday 8 January 2014, is the brainchild of a joint initiative between the University of Reading and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.» >

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UoR appoints new Pro-Vice Chancellors

The University has appointed two new Pro-Vice-Chancellors to help lead its future plans over the next decade. Both appointments will involve sitting on the University Executive Board, which is chaired by the current Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell.

Vincenzo (Enzo) Raimo, a Reading graduate, is the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. His new role will involve leading Reading’s global strategy developing new markets, building academic and business partnerships overseas and raising its profile internationally.» >

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New Years Honours for UoR Staff

The work of four members of the wider University of Reading community have been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.

Both Jim Knowlson and Paul Swaddle were awarded the title of OBE, whilst Professor Julia Slingo was made a Dame and Professor Peter Lanley was appointed an MBE.

Knowlson was appointed an OBE for his contribution and services to literary scholarship, in particular his role in founding the Reading Beckett International Foundation.» >

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