After all your hard work and studies, you deserve to have your say.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is your chance to do just that.

The PTES is a national survey run on an annual basis, giving postgraduate taught students the chance to comment on their course and your study experience. The survey is coordinated by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and means we can compare your experience to those at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning effectively.

You may have noticed that you have received an email recently, enabling you to complete the survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, we will be sending out regular reminders until the survey closes on the 16th June. You will receive reminders to both your home and email address, as we want to make it as easy as possible for you to complete.

We really value your opinions, and we want to make sure we can improve the study experience of future postgraduate students. Please take 15 minutes to fill it in!

For more information, visit our dedicated Essentials web page.

 

Music, food and festivities; what’s not to love about the University’s annual Big Band Big Lunch event?

Join the fun as we invite the local community to join members of the University over lunch, to listen to music from the University Big Band and take part in a range of family-friendly activities based around this year’stheme of Community and Creativity.

This event will have something for everyone, with food and drinkavailable to purchase, or feel free to bring along a picnic and enjoy the festivities!

Admission free, no booking required.

 

When and where

Sunday 4 June | 12.00pm
London Road campus

A reminder that work continues this week on the demolition of the Engineering Building. The demolition will be carried out in phases and should be complete by late July.

The link between the Polly Vacher (formally Systems Engineering) and Engineering buildings is anticipated to be removed by mid-July.

Where possible, teaching and other campus activities are being relocated away from the construction area during the Quiet and Exam periods.

If relocation is not possible, work will be restricted and noise levels will be closely monitored by the project team.

Footpaths and entrances

All footpaths will remain open and we will alert staff and students if this is likely to change.

The entrance and exit points of the Polly Vacher building will largely remain open as they are currently, with some minor and/or temporary alterations as the demolition progresses.

All building entrance and exit points in the nearby JJ Thomson and Mathematics and IT Services buildings will remain open as usual.

The site will become the grounds of the University’s new Health & Life Sciences facility, a brand new purpose-built teaching and research facility for the School of Biological Sciences. Construction for the new building will begin this autumn, with the project set for completion in 2019.

Please contact Robert Shankland for further information.

Students seeking to practice law will benefit from two new courses at Reading following a collaboration with the University of Law.

The new graduate courses are designed to prepare students for practical work in Law and will be offered at our London Road campus.

From September 2017, a postgraduate Legal Practice Course (LPC)will be available for students with a law degree; and the following September (2018) a graduate diploma in Law will also be open for students with other degrees.

Professor Susan Breau, Head of the School of Law at the University of Reading said:

Our undergraduate degree and postgraduate masters courses are designed to prepare students to work in the legal profession. With lawgraduates in high demand we look forward to the opportunities that collaboration with the University of Law will bring, and to continuing to develop a strong professional and academic Law offer here at the University of Reading.

Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice-Chancellor & CEO at The University of Law, said:

“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with the University of Reading, which is testament to The University of Law’s continued commitment towards delivering increased access to legal education for aspiring law professionals.

Combining ULaw’s standing as the top ranked institution for student satisfaction in the UK with the University of Reading’s world-class reputation, we believe our collective strength will equip students looking to enter the legal profession with the very bestright skills needed to succeed in a competitive market.

Further information on the University of Law can be found at www.law.ac.uk.

Did you know that you can use the Reading Buses app to buy tickets and track journeys in real time?

 

Take advantage of new features and tickets to make travelling to campus by bus even easier. 

Whether you’re a regular passenger on the 21a or catch the occasional bus into town, Reading Buses have recently launched several new services that make travelling by bus even easier.

Pay for your bus trip with your phone or contactless card

Gone are the days of hunting for exact change – Reading Buses now accept contactless payments via debit cards and their mobile app.  Depending on how often you travel, it may still be slightly cheaper to use easysaver10 tickets or longer period passes.

You can find out about the full range of ticket types at the Reading Buses Fare page.

Take two buses with one ticket

The new 60 minute transfer ticket can be used on more than one bus – ideal if you need to change buses to complete your journey. The final bus journey must start within the 60 minute period; it doesn’t have to be completed then. You can also now buy these through the Reading Buses app.

Know where your bus is with the Reading Buses app

Fed up of playing the waiting game? The Reading Buses app lets you keep track of where buses are in real time – so you know exactly where it is and when it will reach you.

More information on Reading Buses and University services are available on the Sustainability Services bus page.

The global cyber-attack on computer networks in UK last week has again highlighted the need to keep our IT systems and devices safe. The malware used in the attack may have been initially spread through email.

While IT colleagues do all they can to prevent malicious emails and rogue applications from getting through, it is possible that some will get through.

Here is a quick reminder of what you can do to help control the spread of any malware or rogue applications:

Emails and viruses

  • Please treat emails from an unfamiliar address to your University account with caution.
  • If an email seems suspicious, please notify Service Desk by calling extension 6262.
  • Avoid clicking any link or open any attachment in such an email.
  • An email asking for your password or asking you to log on to a site is potentially dangerous.
  • It is always a good idea to hover your mouse cursor over a link before clicking it. If the website it is pointing to seems unfamiliar, do not click on it.
  • Pay attention to email attachments: files named Invoice, file extensions ZIP, EXE, JS files are particularly suspect
  • Delete anything suspicious from your ‘Inbox’ and ‘Deleted Items’ folders in Outlook
  • If you detect a virus on your computer, please notify the Service Desk immediately.

Passwords

  • Do not share your personal passwords with anyone.
  • Avoid writing down your passwords.
  • Use strong passwords: at least 8 characters, include upper and lower case letters and special characters.
  • Do not disclose shared account passwords to unauthorised people

Physical Security

  • Report any security incidents and issues to the IT Service Desk immediately.
  • Lock your computer screen (Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” then “Lock this computer”, or Windows button+L) if you leave your seat temporarily.
  • Avoid leaving confidential documents unlocked or exposed.
  • Never share your campus card.

Computer security

  • Do not install software that is not necessary for your work.
  • Only use trusted sites when downloading software.

If for any reason you still have a Windows XP machine then you should not turn it on, but contact IT for advice.

The IT department have been working on a major review of IT security over the last year and this is ongoing with new protection and detection systems being implemented and additional resource being made available. A substantial project over several years has also massively reduced the use of Windows XP machines across campus, but other systems are still vulnerable. It is critical and that we continue to remain vigilant and follow good security advice and practice.

Additional information of last week’s cyber-attack can be found on the National Cyber Security Centre. The UK government has also produced Cyber Aware, a comprehensive guide to keeping safe online.

If you have any questions or concerns about online content or emails you have received, log a call with the IT department through the online portal  or phone 6262 to get support.

Preparations are underway to demolish the Engineering Building over the coming weeks.

Demolition of the main building is scheduled to begin from Monday 15 May. The demolition will be carried out in phases and should be complete by late July.

The link between the Polly Vacher (formally Systems Engineering) and Engineering buildings is anticipated to be removed by mid-July.

During the demolition there will an element of noisy work depending on the activities being carried out – noise levels will be monitored outside the site boundary and the project team will make every effort to minimise disturbance wherever possible.

All footpaths will remain open and we will alert staff and students if this is likely to change.

The entrance and exit points of the Polly Vacher building will largely remain open as they are currently, with some minor and/or temporary alterations as the demolition progresses.

All building entrance and exit points in the nearby JJ Thomson and Mathematics and IT Services buildings will remain open as usual.

The site will become the grounds of the University’s new Health & Life Sciences facility, a brand new purpose-built teaching and research facility for the School of Biological Sciences. Construction for the new building will begin this autumn, with the project set for completion in 2019.

Please contact Robert Shankland for further information.

The University of Reading is making it simpler and easier for all students to pay their tuition and accommodation fees online.

From Friday 19 May 2017 we will be asking for all tuition and accommodation fees to be paid using one of the following methods of cashless payment:

  • Credit/Debit Card or PayPal: Payments can be made online on the University’s Finance webpage https://www.webpay.reading.ac.uk/studentpayments
  • Bank Transfer with Western Union (UK & International): Simple, low cost payments can be made online at https://student.globalpay.wu.com/geo-buyer/readinguni
  • Bank-to-Bank Transfer: Please ensure that you quote your 8-digit student ID (found on RISIS) and details of what is being paid on the payment reference – without this, we cannot allocate payments to student accounts.
  • Our Bank details are:

Account name:                 University of Reading receipts account

Bank Name:                      Barclays Bank

Bank Address:                  90-93 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2AP

Sort Code:                          20-71-03

Account Number:           10468509

IBAN:                                  GB68 BARC 2071 0310 4685 09

Swift Code:                        BARCGB22

All of these online payment methods are safe and reliable ways of transferring money to the University.

Benefits of cashless payments

Cashless payments provide students and staff with:

  • A quicker, easier and more convenient way of paying fees.
  • Trackable payments that can be traced should something go wrong.
  • Protection against criminal activity, such as theft or money laundering.

Alternatively, payment by cheque (Sterling Only) can be accepted.  Cheques need to be made payable to University of Reading and should include your 8-digit Student ID written on the reverse of the cheque. From Friday 19 May 2017 cheques should be sent to the University of Reading, Collections Department, Whiteknights House, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AH*

*Please note that the address given for cheque delivery has been updated since our previous communications. The address given above is correct.

Further information

Whiteknights Cash Office closure

The Cash Office at Whiteknights House will close permanently on Friday 19 May 2017.

Following its closure, students will be required to pay fees using the methods outlined above. We will no longer accept cash payments for tuition and accommodation fees.

Hardship and short-term loans

Hardship or short-term loans that have been agreed by Student Services to be paid in cash can be collected from the Credit & Collections Office in Whiteknights House, Room number GO1.

Assistance in setting up a UK bank account

Many major banks have branches in close proximity to the University, including a branch of Santander on Whiteknights campus. Please see the Banks page for a list of banks closest to campus.

Our Student Services team can provide assistance with setting up an account – extra help will also be available during Welcome Week (starting Monday 18 September 2017).

Wherever possible, we highly recommend that students open a UK bank account before joining the University of Reading.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact the University finance team at receipts@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 6130.

Early concept image for possible quad design

The online consultation period for proposals on the quad landscapes and campus routes projects has been extended to Friday 20 May.

In addition, exhibition boards that were previously on display at Henley Business School have now been moved into the front entrance area of Eat at The Square. The boards will remain there until the online consolation period closes on Friday 20 May.

The proposals

We are inviting staff and students to provide feedback on early proposals for two separate but closely related projects. The quads outside the Palmer building, URS and the Library come alive during the summer, but are not used as much during other times of the year. The University is proposingimprovements to the quads to create a more vibrant focal point at the centre of the campus.

The second project will create an integrated series of routes that facilitate safe and enjoyable walking and cycling on the campus.

Quads Landscape Strategy

What is being proposed?

Palmer Quad – It is proposed that both the hard (paved) and soft (planted) landscape of the quads are upgraded. A new space will allow safer cycle and pedestrian movement while offering the opportunity for events to be held in the space throughout the year. A performance space with the necessary infrastructure to support events is also proposed for this quad.

Library Quad – This will pick up changes needed to pathways to fit withthe new proposals for the URS building and to enable pedestrians and cyclists to both use these safely, whilst retaining the green and tranquil feel of this quad.

Edith Morley Quad – A limited number of subtle enhancements are proposed to this quad. The existing lawn within the space could be sculpted to create a space for small scale evening recitals and events. There is potential to give the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology a greater external presence.

Campus Routes Strategy

What is being proposed?

On road routes – A core aspiration of the Campus Routes Strategy is toreduce the dominance of motor vehicles. The road environment needs to be inclusive and accommodate people walking and cycling.

Off road routes – Lack of space is an issue when large numbers of students and staff emerge at similar times. Wider routes have greater capacity and allow room for cyclists and pedestrians to move comfortably together

Key spaces (outside the Quads) – There are four key spaces across the campus, which could benefit from modifications. These spaces play an important role in strategic cycle and pedestrian routes across the campus.

Campus gateways – The gatewaysto the Whiteknights campus represent a key location, a point for the University to express its identity and differentiate itself from the surrounding road network. Redesigning the three main entrance points could help calm traffic speeds and prioritise pedestrian movement.

More details on the consultation can be found on the University website (due to be updated shortly).

Send your thoughts on the proposals to communications@reading.ac.uk.

Planning to vote in the UK General Election on Thursday 8 June? Make sure you register to vote before 11.59pm on Monday 22 May.

If you’re not sure whether you are already registered, you’ll need to contact your local electoral registration office. Search your nearest office here.

Registering only takes 5 minutes and you’ll need your National Insurance number to hand, as well as the address that you’ll be living at on 8 June 2017. If you’re staying in Reading over the summer or until the Summer Ball on 10 June, you will need to use your term-time address to register so that you can vote at a polling station in the local area.

To register to vote or update your voting address, go to gov.uk/register-to-vote now.

For more information on voting, visit yourvotematters.co.uk

 

 

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