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A step in the right direction

An interview with Symon Sentain, Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

How long have you been the chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust?

2 years and 5 months.

How has the trust changed and developed since you became chair?

The Trust has developed a new business model, which is more commercial and entrepreneurial. The Stephen Lawrence Centre, where we are based, now operates as a business in its own right.

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Stephen Lawrence rooms officially opened

Reading’s budding young media moguls are now comfortably situated in brand new offices after the Stephen Lawrence centre located at the back of RUSU building was officially opened on October 11th.

The centre is the new home to student led media outlets Spark*, Junction11 and RU:ON TV and is comprised of a smart new recording studio, editing suite and newsroom. The student media channels have moved from their old building which has now been refurbished and renamed ‘The Study’ as a part of a revamp of the Student Union facilities.» >

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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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