UROP opens up opportunities

The applications for UROP, the scheme offering research internships to undergraduates at the University of Reading, are closing today, March 31. This programme gives students the chance to participate in research projects led by academics, gain a wide range of transferable skills, and kick-start their career in the area of their interest.

Two of the students who participated in the scheme in 2016, Francesca McPeanne (Education) and Hamza Abu-Elmagd (Pharmacy), took their research projects further and, after being selected as overall winners at the Undergraduate Research showcase event last November, presented the outcomes of their research work at ‘Posters in Parliament‘ in Westminster during March.

The annual exhibition, hosted by University College London, showcases some of the best UG research in the country and saw 52 students from 27 universities display their research to a range of MPs and higher education policymakers. While Francesca’s project explored the controversial ‘bilingual advantage’ in word learning, Hamza’s work focused on evaluating stakeholder experiences of pharmacists in General Practice clinics. His poster was one of eleven research projects to be shortlisted for the overall Posters in Parliament competition on the day and was awarded joint third prize by the judging panel, which was made up of leaders in the higher education and research sectors.

A growing number of universities are engaging their undergraduates in research. Reading remains at the forefront with 2016/7 being another record breaking year for the number of UROP applications received and the number of projects being funded across the university.

Posters in Parliament, Photos by Kirsten Holst

UK Huawei Seeds for the Future – Apply now!

Are you an undergraduate student looking for a life changing experience? Are you excited by technical problems because you see them as opportunities to grow as a person? Are you fascinated by the rise of Asia and ever wondered how to get practical experience working for a dynamic global business in China?

We are offering UK undergraduates – studying STEM or related disciplines (e.g. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing) the opportunity to travel to China on a 4-week programme in August 2017.

Students can apply if:

  • are UK passport holders
  • study a STEM subject and are undergraduates(any year group)
  • submit their CV and an essay of no more than 500 words demonstrating an interest in China and in Huawei and your suitability for the programme

Students should send their CV and the supporting essay to me at m.papantoniou@reading.ac.uk  by 24th January 2017.

Find out more with the UK Huawei Seeds for the Future Brochure 2017.

Welcome Week 2016: Work as a Welcome Ambassador!


Being a Welcome Ambassador is a great opportunity to get paid for sharing your passion about being a student at the University of Reading whilst helping new students arrive, settle in and enjoy the start of their time here.

Welcome Week delivers a series of activities from Heathrow ‘Meet & Greet’, registration support and information desk queries, through orientation tours and a Campus Carnival, to Accommodation Talks, VC Welcome Talks, the Module Fair, a Joint Honours induction, and the Reading Experience Event.

Key to the success of these events and supporting all new student activities are our team of student Welcome Ambassadors.

We are looking for current students with the following qualities:

  • Passionate about studying at the University of Reading
  • Sociable and keen to engage with other students from all backgrounds
  • Good knowledge of campus, particularly support services and opportunities available
  • Friendly, hard-working and pro-active
  • Excellent level of spoken English (additional languages a benefit but not essential)

The work involves welcoming new students to the University of Reading and supporting the set up and operation of a series of key activities including:

  • Academic Success & Module Fair Event – Tues 20th Sept
  • Joint Honours Inductions – Wed 21st Sept
  • Reading Experience Day – Wed 28th Sept
  • Walking and Bus tours – various days
  • Information Point support – Thursday 15th to Fri 23rd Sept inclusive

All shifts will be paid at £7.20 per hour (including compulsory training week commencing 12th September). Whilst applicants with availability for all shifts would be preferred we would welcome applications from student working in other student engagement roles at the University. Please outline any limitations of availability for ambassador shifts on your application email including any visa restrictions.

To find out more, please email welcome@reading.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd June, interviews will be held week commencing 6th June 2016.