February 2016

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The Institute of Education has confirmed its national and international standing through its excellent results in the Complete University Guide 2017 league table, published on 26th April. The IoE retains its position from last year, being ranked 14th nationally, up 18 places from the 2015 table.london rod tower

Dr Cathy Tissot, Head of the IoE, commented: “This significant position on the table demonstrates how hard we are working to ensure our students are successful, secure excellent jobs and are studying in truly supportive and exciting environment.”

The University of Reading as a whole has strengthened its position in the latest league table. Reading has consolidated its ranking as a Top 30 UK university in the Complete University Guide 2017, moving up two places to 27 compared to the previous year. This is the University’s second consecutive move up the tables, after moving up eight places for the 2016 rankings.

Overall, the University is ranked as the 6th best university in the South East, and has 34 different subject areas ranked in total.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said:

sheildIt is gratifying to see another league table in which Reading has made steady progress. As ever, credit for our high position and consistent improvement must be given to our talented staff and students for their hard work.

“While one should not read too much into a single ranking, which can be prone to fluctuation, I believe the overall picture shows that Reading is moving in the right direction. We are not only one of the UK’s leading universities but also have a strong and growing international reputation.”

The Complete University Guide, published since 2007, uses nine criteria in its assessment, including:

  • Academic services spend
  • Completion rate of students
  • Average UCAS tariff score of new students under the age of 21
  • Expenditure per student on staff and student facilities
  • Proportion of firsts and upper seconds
  • Graduate prospects – or the employability of graduates
  • Average quality of research
  • Student satisfaction (from the National Student Survey)
  • Student to staff ratio.

campus05It’s been a week of activities to boost CVs, enhance employability and make everyone buzz with ideas. More than that – it’s been a lot of fun! There were cakes, pantomimus, theatre, plus sessions on academic writing, well-being, literacy and many other valuable segments.

This is a summary of what was enjoyed by all:

An Invitation to Enhancement Week 2016

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Cakes, Poems and Story-Telling presented by Stephanie Sharp L22 102    10-11

A fun session looking at poems and story-telling (including some about cakes) and there will be cake!

“A Taste of Playback Theatre – Stories of our Studies” presented by Simon Floodgate TAEDS studio       10-1

Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. It is a dynamic, interactive and powerful form of theatre.

“Pantomimus” by Berkshire Maestros (Margareta Burrell) presented by Bec Berkley L29 G01      2 – 3.30

Pantomimus is a creative music activity for EYFS children with opportunities for engaging all school staff in music making. Children sing, move, play instruments and are creative; sharing the joy of making music together. It is led by Margareta Burrell, EYFS Music specialist with Berkshire Maestros. This session is open to any IOE student. www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk/pantomimus_main.html.

TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Teaching Abroad presented by Karen Goulding L24 G06     9 – 10

Focusing on assessment, different curriculum models and resources.

Singing and Literacy presented by Rebecca Berkley L29 G01         9 – 10

Singing for literacy focuses on how to use singing in the classroom as a mechanism for developing literacy skills. This session is open to any IOE student, and will include group singing, song writing, movement and active music making.

Successful Academic Writing presented by Vince T. L16 G06         11 – 12

In this session, you can get extra support on how to improve your academic writing skills. You can bring with you either an assignment that you are currently working on or one that has already been marked, but you would like further advice.
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Well-being, work life balance and time management presented by Jane Fieldsend L10 G03          11.30 – 12.30

Fun ways to unwind and relax (with a bit of theory thrown in).

WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY
Berkshire Vision presented by Karen Goulding L22 G03       11.30 – 12.30

Our session will involve a brief outline of the activities and services we provide to different age groups of blind and partially-sighted people across the county; an exercise involving the use of simispecs; demonstration of various aids and adaptations that make life easier/safer for visually-impaired people in the home and community; display of scanners and mobile phones; and examples of sports equipment adapted for use by blind and partially sighted players.

 

An Invitation to Enhancement Week 2016