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The University of Reading are offering one of the first ever free online short-course that allows students from around the world to learn how to program a mobile computer game.

Begin Programming: Building Your First Mobile Game is a seven-week course, available through the FutureLearn website, that teaches the basics of Java programming to develop a simple computer game from scratch that can run on computer, Android phone or tablet.

The course is due to go live on October 28th and will be part of the first wave of high quality Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from 21 top UK Universities.» >

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Biscuit Meltdown

Fire crews from Reading have been called to the University’s Halls of Residence twice in a matter of days during Freshers week.

On the afternoon of Monday 30th September, the fire crew was called to St. Georges Hall on Upper Redlands Road.

The fire crew discovered that somebody had cooked their food for too long in the microwave, causing the room to fill with smoke. The students had to be evacuated for the crew to deal with the incident.» >

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Promiscuous Reading

The University of Reading have ranked eighth in student dating site ShagAtUni.com’s top ten list of the ‘most promiscuous’ Universities in Britain.

The list, based on the times per month students were most likely to visit the site, showed that Reading placed in eighth position with a score of 6.3.

The top three Universities were St.Andrews, Leeds and Oxford respectively whilst the Universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen and Falmouth had the lowest scores.» >

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Students get safety advice on campus

Emergency services were on campus today providing some helpful tips and advice to Reading University students.

Members of the Fire Service were on hand to give fire safety advice to all students, particularly freshers, who are living away from home for the first time.

Firefighter, Robert Shaw told Spark* that the fire service had already been called out twice this term to tackle fires in St. Georges Hall and Bulmershe Campus.» >

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The Study opens on campus

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University of Reading students have a brand new place to study thanks to the campaigning of RUSU.

Aptly named “The Study”, the new area has been created in what was once The Lounge. The old offices used by Student Media and the adjoining social areas have been completely renovated a reworked over the summer period.

study2The work on the building has included created a large study room with group study spaces, a lounge area and an outside study space, all featuring a rather vibrant colour scheme!» >

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Mojo’s Refurbishment

Mojo’s, the local pub on campus, is undergoing refurbishment.

The refurbishment is part of an on-going improvement project for commercial areas of the Students’ Union.

The refurbishment is set to be completed on September 27 with it now set to include new furniture, bars and screens to create a versatile lighter and contemporary facility for day time use and vibrant bar in the evening.

Evenings in Mojo’s include Quiz Nights, Karaoke, Live Music Nights, Wednesday flirt!» >

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Closure of Reading Jail

The Justice Secretary has announced that Reading Jail is to close by March next year.

Jails in Dorchester, Blundeston and Northallerton are all set to close too with plans for a new super-prison to be built in Wales.

Reading Jail is best known for its most famous inmate, Oscar Widle, who was sent there in 1895 after being convicted of “homosexual offences” and sentenced to two years hard labour.

Reading’s general public have stressed that they wish for the site to be utilised and Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: “The important thing now is that we have a proper consultation of local people so they can have their say on what is the best use for the future of this landmark site.”

He added: “I would encourage anyone who has ideas to contact me so that we ensure that the Ministry of Justice does the right thing with the land.”» >

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Is academic achievement enough?

The unpaid internship; a hopeless and futile series of hoops through which naive and jewel eyed students are encouraged to jump or a prerequisite for securing a sensible job upon departing from cushy campus life and arriving wide eyed and terrified at the big bad world of the workplace. New research suggests the latter is truer than ever before.

‘High Fliers Research’, a leading independent market research company in the field of graduate recruitment, has provided statistical insight into the elusive and often fruitless world of work experience.» >

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