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UoR grads West End show

Two University of Reading graduates have made their West End debut in their Titanic parody show ‘Death Ship 666.’ According to leicestersquaretheatre.com, the plot details how: “a doomed crew and passengers board a half-built cruise ship and set sail to the Bermuda Triangle. As the desperate heroine falls in love with the ship’s dashing, yet troubled Architect, elaborate plots conspire to destroy Death Ship and all that sail on her. In the fight for survival it’s woman vs child, human vs bear and ship vs time.”

Michael Clarkson, graduate of Film and Theatre, and Gemma Hurley, an English Literature graduate, met whilst studying at the University of Reading in 2009 and discovered a shared love and passion for writing and comedy.» >

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Construction Society’s ‘Try a Trade day’

On Thursday 28 November, members of the Reading University Construction Society were invited to take part in ‘Try a Trade day’, hosted by Brookfield Multiplex, the principal contractor at Bridges Hall of Residence student accommodation project.

The day was designed to give the group a taste of the real world of construction work in return for 4 hours that would be given back through RUSU community projects. The event took place at the project site and consisted of second year, third year and master’s students.» >

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Library 24 and refurb opinions

After the University Library has been hitting the headlines over the last few weeks, we have been collecting student opinions.

The Library 24 campaign received a wealth of support and attention from students, university staff and even the local Member of Parliament, Rob Wilson MP, who described Library 24 as: “a great grassroots campaign.”

Rob Wilson continued to say: “As a former Reading University student, I am happy to support this campaign in any way that I can.» >

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Catalogue of Life

The University of Reading has announced that its work in creating a unique list of all life on Earth will be continued by a leading research centre in Leiden, Holland.

The Catalogue of Life, is a list of all life on Earth and provides vital information on more than 1.4 million species. Instigated in 1997 by the late Professor Frank Bisby, this information has been compiled into a dictionary and is used worldwide by biodiversity and conservation groups to protect these species.» >

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Worst week for students loans

The term is coming to an end and for students, funds are most likely to be running low. MusicMagpie, a website that allows people to “declutter for cash” by selling off items such as CDs, DVDs, electronics and clothes, predict that the third week of November is when students are most likely to run out of money. With Christmas looming and the need to buy gifts for friends and family, students will have to begin looking for ways to make money quickly.» >

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Fry to teach at Oxford

Oxford University have recently announced that Stephen Fry will be the next Cameron Mackintosh visiting Professor at St Catherine’s College.

The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund was established by Cameron Mackintosh in 1988 to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts.

The aim of the Visiting Professorship is to promote interest in the study and practice of contemporary theatre at the University of Oxford. Previous visiting professors include the likes of Sir Ian Mckellan, Sir Patrick Stewart and Kevin Spacey.» >

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‘You said, we did’

The University has been listening to students’ feedback and has implemented several new ideas to improve student experience.

Feedback was collected from student course reps, RUSU, the National Student Survey and various other surveys and questionnaires that took place in the last academic year.

One of the most notable things that has been introduced is 24/7 study space ‘The Study’ which was created after a £240,000 investment from the University.

The University are also making it more affordable for its students to continue their studies at Reading and a 10% discount will be offered to all UoR students who wish to enrol on a postgraduate course.» >

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Eating at outlets on campus is not friendly for student budget

Many students choose to eat on campus, as not only is it close and convenient but the food is supposed to be catered for a student budget. However, one of the busiest places for students to eat on campus, Mojo’s, has raised its prices and has left some students feeling agitated.

The increase in prices has caused a stir amongst some students and Danielle Maguire, a second year Chemistry student, said: “the increase in prices at Mojo’s seems unfair when the quality of the food has not improved.” Another student who commented on the quality of food was Amy Tuson, a second year Law student.» >

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