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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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UoR rank 22nd for quality of life

The Bank University Quality of Life rankings were revealed last week. The survey conducted by Lloyds bank ranked Durham University first out of 91 other universities for having the best quality of life. Reading came 22nd  out of all of the other universities. Several factors were included in measuring the quality of life such as sporting achievements, graduate employability and accommodation.

Nitesh Patel, an economist at Lloyds, said: “They all score well on course satisfaction, good employment prospects and high salaries.» >

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Union J Album Signing

It was on the eve of Halloween that Union J hosted an album signing at HMV, located in The Oracle, which gave them a chance to meet and talk with their fans.

Union J rose to fame on The X Factor 2012 and so far this year have released the two top ten singles ‘Carry You’ and ‘Beautiful Life.’

The group, which consists of Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jamyi Hensley and George Shelley, have had a rather busy and successful year.» >

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Confusion and controversy over local MP’s visit to Freshers’ Societies Fayre

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, was the centre of a controversial run-in with both the Labour Society and the LGBT+ Society on Wednesday 2nd October at the University’s Freshers’ Fayre, inside the marquee. Many accounts of the events have been submitted to Spark*, which differ in several regards.

The allegation against Rob Wilson is that he snubbed questions posed to him by the LGBT+ Society, accompanied by the Labour Society, concerning his voting history in the House of Commons on same sex marriage.» >

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Update on Library Refurbishment

The library is currently undergoing its redevelopment and along with the extra materials that have been made available and the longer opening hours, the library has made some positive changes with the University having spent over £2 million pounds on the project.

Although the work is planned to continue well until November, changes are already noticeable and accessible to students on the second floor. This floor now has 350 study spaces, which all have a laptop plug point, more collaborative study options with large table seating and individual study seating for quiet study beside the windows. The whole area will also have brighter and eco-friendly lighting throughout.» >

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