The Reading Guild of Artists’ sumptuous summer show

‘After the Rain’ by Calina Lefter

The fabulously creative Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), headed by the inspirational Carole Stephens, have collaborated with Reading University’s final year BA primary education with art specialism (QTS) students in an energised exhibition of extraordinary elan and artistic diversity.

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‘Error 404’ at the Whiteknights campus

‘Machine Gaze’ by Rachel Wyatt. Image courtesy of the University of Reading School of Art.

The Reading University School of Art has opened its degree show to the public this week. The ‘Error 404’ show is an eclectic vision of the sparkling imaginations of the University’s young artists; this year’s show was more upbeat and personable than the introspective emotional torment that seemed de rigueur in previous years.

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Student accommodation and Reading’s new local plan

The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.

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Northcourt Avenue gears up against St Patrick’s multistorey development appeal

By Simone Illger, chair of the Northcourt Avenue Resident’s Association.

Robert Cox, Simone Illger and John Bayes of NARA outside St Patricks New Court

Residents of Northcourt Avenue in Reading will take an active part in an eight-day planning appeal this month brought by property developer UPP to build new multistorey student accommodation blocks at the St Patrick’s site for Reading University.

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Reading University may fund new PCSOs to deal with student misbehaviour

Reading University hosted its second community forum at the Chancellor’s building on their Whiteknights campus on 29 January. An estimated 60 people attended the forum. They complained about the anti-social behaviour of university students which included late-night noise and drunkenness, public urination, property damage and intimidation.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about NHS staff and Brexit

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda (Labour, Reading East) spoke in the House of Commons on the evening of 28 January during the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal Bill). He highlighted the problems which Brexit might cause in his constituency  because of the high proportion of NHS workers from the EU.

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