Training the next generation of teachers

Did you know that we are one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher training? I went to visit the IoE at our London Road campus and was amazed by the facilites we have there and the exciting events, visits and projects going on. More about my visit (and the fun they let me have with the equipment purchased by our alumni) in a later blog, but first I thought I should let Juanita introduce you to the IoE and some of what happens there. It is open to the public so do come along and visit. I promise you will be impressed!

Hello, my name is Juanita West and I am Marketing and Communications Officer for the Institute of Education (IoE). Samantha has asked me to write a guest blog to let our alumni know what’s been happening here at London Road, which I am delighted to do. For those of you not yet familiar with us, we are a one of the UK’s leading provider of teacher training, ranked “Outstanding” by Ofsted, with around 500 students qualifying as teachers each year from our various programmes.

image one This year has been eventful for us. We have celebrated the appointment of our new Head of School, Dr Cathy Tissot, whilst saying a warm and fond goodbye to our long-standing outgoing head, Professor Andy Goodwyn. We celebrated a leap up the Complete University Guide 2016 by 18 places, to 14th nationally, and were proud to be ranked 8th by the Guardian League Table for education. We’ve been excited by our appointment to work with the Government in their pioneering ‘Troops to Teachers’ scheme, which helps soldiers bring their exemplary skills to the classroom.

image twoEarlier this month, we were visited by the famed ‘Father of the Internet’, Dr Vinton G Cerf; Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Vinton had been presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University. After the ceremony, he and his wife Sigrid met Cathy Wardale (pictured here with Vinton), who is Programme Director of our renowned Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies. He also visited the IoE’s Learning Hub, our nationally unique resource for students and teachers.

In April we were very proud to celebrate the new graduates of our joint MA programme with Guangdong University. Professor Andy Goodwyn and several other senior members of the IoE visited China to celebrate with the graduates.

March saw stargazers from around the country converging on the London Road campus, when the Reading Astronomical Society joined with the British Science Association to hold a fun-filled evening of stargazing. In the same month, we had a very welcome arrival at the Hub, when the Reading Alumni Fund donated a specially designated shelf for PENPAL resources.

These are a few of the highlights of our year so far at the IoE; do come and see us or visit our blog to keep up to date with the rest of our news. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter, too!

Thank you Juanita for being our guest blogger. Don’t forget, if you would like to share a blog with us we would love to hear from you. Email and let us know.

Do you remember your graduation?

It’s that time of year again! Graduations are next week and I am very excited to be welcoming lots of new alumni to our network. I will be spending a lot of time next week at the alumni stand at graduations, chatting with our newest alum and telling them about the next stage of their journey with Reading.I will also be encouraging them to take pictures swhich I will be sharing with all of you on our social media channels.


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Picture1I graduated from Reading first in July 2005, and then in December 2013. What I remember most was the way everyone, from the people who gave me my robes to the photographers to the student helpers, congratulated me. It made me realise that it was such a special thing to be doing and something I should be proud of. I had a great time at Reading, which is why I am so happy to be back here as a member of staff!

So what are your memories of graduating from Reading? Were you nervous about the risk of tripping over on your way up to the stage? Were you proud to be able to share your achievement with family members and friends and show them your University? Did you have a reception in your department? We love to hear your stories about Reading and it would be great to have some memories to share in our graduation feature in Connected. Use the comments below, or tell us on facebook (University of Reading Alumni) or twitter (UniRdg_alumni).

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