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Make a difference this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner it can be very easy for us students to be swept up by the usual excitement and jollities of the seasonal celebrations. For many, Christmas is a time of happiness, jubilation and drinking yet there are those a lot closer to home who aren’t as lucky as ourselves. The Reading Chronicle along with Reading Family Aid (RFA) have organised the Toys and Teens appeal to give families who feel the pressure at this tough time the chance of a happy Christmas.» >

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Students takeover The Oracle

Tuesday 15th October saw The Oracle host its third Student Takeover. This is an event set up for students and offers them the chance to return to the shopping centre after hours and benefit from exclusive discounts offered by major retailers.

With the queue for entry stretching the entire length of the Riverside before the doors opened, the turnout for the event showed its popularity amongst the students. It seems that the queue was worth the wait too as The Oracle had pulled out all the stops to make this wait worthwhile.» >

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University of Reading worth £1.78 million everyday to local economy

The University of Reading estimates that it is worth £1.78 million to the local economy every day, contributing £650 million every year, making it a hugely significant factor in the surrounding area. Indeed, in University towns like Reading, the University itself is often one of the biggest employers. The University of Reading employs around 4,000 people directly and many other jobs depend upon the other economic benefits the University brings to the area.» >

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Further fears on global warming

Scientists from the University of Reading have warned the UN-sponsored intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) of the importance of action regarding the recent findings published on the 27th September in Stockholm.

17 professors from the University’s Department of Meteorology joined scientists from 195 countries to contribute to the landmark report, in which it has been found that the scientific community is 95% certain that mankind has been the ‘dominant cause’ of the elevation of global temperatures over the last 60 years.» >

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Goodbye Athens

Over the summer, the University Library has switched from Athens to a new system that makes is simpler to log in to Library e-resources, such as e-books and e-journals.

It is so straightforward that it should be a case of just entering your University username and password when the ‘E-resources login’ page shows but occasionally you may need to select ‘University of Reading’ from a dropdown list of institutions.

The Library made this comment on the decision: “After 2008/9 JISC stopped subsidizing access management via the Athens Authentication System and instead recommended that all HEI’s become members of the UK Access Management Federation and migrate to a new authentication system involving an “institutional login”.» >

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Sprite is the ultimate student hangover cure

For many students, waking up with a hangover after a night of heavy drinking is all too familiar. Whether it is a harrowing headache, tumultuous tummy, or a foul mood that defines your hangover, scientists have now uncovered the answer to avoiding these morning blues – Sprite.

This unlikely solution has actually been found to shorten the body’s exposure to the harmful chemicals present in alcohol. Indeed, it is the biological processes of breaking down the alcohol which causes hangover symptoms.» >

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Evacuate the Dancefloor!

Saturday Union nights are very popular with University of Reading students, the ‘Saturday Union – Reading University Students Union’ page has well over 2,350 likes on Facebook and Saturday nights are usually a regular sell out.

Around 11pm on Saturday 12 October, fire alarms in the Students Union went off and everyone inside was evacuated. Josh Cave, RUSU’s Student Engagement Officer, stated that it was a “haze effect” machine that triggered the fire alarms.» >

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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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