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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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University Challenge defeat

The last time the University of Reading took part in University Challenge was way back in July 2013, where they competed against and defeated St. John’s College Cambridge with a 180-120 win.

Reading’s team remained unchanged since then with, Peter Burgess as their Captain, and Michael Dunleavy, Christopher White, and Luke Tudge making up the rest of the team.

Reading’s opponents this time were SOAS (University of London, The School of Oriental and African Studies) who defeated their last opponents, back in Mid-August, with a 230-155 win.» >

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High Fliers Research: Graduate Market report

A recent report by High Fliers Research has shown that graduate employers are planning to increase the amount of graduates taken on this year.

The survey was conducted with the top one hundred graduate employers and found that there will be around an 8.7% increase in recruitment, which amounts to about 1,400 extra jobs for graduates.

This is by far the biggest rise in recruitment annually for four years and the report showed that: “Graduate starting salaries for 2014 at the UK’s leading graduate employers are expected to remain unchanged for an unprecedented fifth year – at a median of £29,000.» >

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Bee shortage in the UK

Europe lacks a total of 13.4 million honeybee colonies, approximately 7 billion individual bees, to help pollinate food crops according to new research from the University of Reading.

The UK has one of the greatest shortages of the pollinator, with a staggering one million additional honeybee colonies needed to increase the deficiency and only Moldova, with an economy 300 times smaller, sits below the UK.

Although the honeybee population grew by 7% over 41 countries between 2005 and 2010, the increased demand for biofuels throughout the same period led to a dramatic rise in particular crops.» >

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Heston’s hospital meals

Recently food scientists at the University of Reading have been working with TV chef Heston Blumenthal to improve hospital meals.

In July 2006, the University of Reading presented Heston with an honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his unique scientific approach to food and long-standing relationship with the University’s Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Heston, who is known for his scientific cooking approach, and the team of food scientists have discovered that the foods the patients found more appealing were foods made with ingredients that contain umami, the fifth basic taste.» >

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Join the Media team

RUSU Media Applications are now open! This is the first time Spark*, Junction11 and RU:ON Tv have run their applications and elections together.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, creative and passionate students to take the lead for next year’s media executive positions. It’s great experience and means you will get to lead a media outlet and work within a team.

We already have the studio, offices and equipment, feel free to come in and have a look any time at the Stephen Lawrence Media Centre.» >

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