Between Monday 20 February and Monday 13 March the following construction work is expected to be carried out around the outside of the Library:

  • Re-cladding the outside: The majority of work will focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior – these works will involve drilling and so may be noisy. The work will move around all sides of the Library. Students may wish to use alternative study spaces if they are not comfortable with the noise around the Library.
  • Ground works: Ground works will be evident around all sides of the Library.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library refurbishment project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

 

On Thursday 23 February, all students and staff are invited to attend the third in our Alumni Lecture Series, which will be given by Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral Election, ambassador for the National Autistic Society and Reading alumna (BA French and English, 1993).

The Women’s Equality Party is a collaborative force in British politics, uniting people of all genders and backgrounds in the shared determination to see women and men enjoying the same opportunities.

Sophie and the WEP have been active in the recent world-wide demonstrations against President Donald Trump, as well as the Women’s Marches across the globe. Having been elected as leader in July 2015, Sophie represented the WEP in the 2016 London Mayoral Election.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by Ellie Highwood, Professor of Meteorology and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading; the audience will also be given the opportunity to voice questions directly. This promises to be a thought-provoking and well-attended evening, and we would be delighted if you could join us.

Need to know

When: 23 February. The lecture will start at 7pm. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30pm.

Where: G11, Henley Business School.

Register: here

Need more info? Contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 8006.

The lecture is free, but we recommend booking early because places are limited.

The University Career Centre has been nominated for two awards at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

The nominations are for Best University Careers/Employability Service and Most Improved Commitment to Employability.

The Centre supports the University’s student population with careers advice and work experience, hosting over 2,000 careers consultancy appointments each year, as well as regular CV drop-in clinics and dedicated events for undergraduates and graduates alike. Out-of-hours sessions and Skype appointments were also recently introduced to help further meet our students’ needs.  The team works alongside academic colleagues to deliver and support a range of employability sessions to develop students graduate attributes.

Providing students with real-world work experience remains a key drive for the Centre. Along with traditional careers advice the Centre also hosts several experience-focused programmes to help students gain valuable experience. In 2016, the award-winning THRIVE Careers Mentoring Programme supported 220 mentees and 282 mentors, while our flagship experience programmes, the SME internship program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, offered work experience placements for 129 students. The University itself also offers a valuable entry into work for students with ‘Campus Jobs’, an in-house temping agency in partnership with HR that enables students to fill temporary roles for the University.

The Centre also introduced several key initiatives in 2016 to further boost its services, including a significant investment to help enhance the experience of students on 4 year sandwich degrees, and the creation of a dedicated Employer Engagement Team.  Full Launch expected in September 2017.

Lorna Froud, Director of Careers and Employability Services, said:

“We are very delighted to be finalists for the National Undergraduate Awards, and the nomination categories recognise and celebrate our key achievements so far.

The Careers Team has expanded significantly in the last 3 years and we’ve worked hard to successfully engage with students, academics and University staff as well as local and national employers who are keen to work with Reading and offer career opportunities to our students. We are looking forward to another successful year of careers events and student and employer engagement.”

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Friday 24 February. Full details of the awards can be found at http://nueawards.co.uk.

 

Ever struggled to find information you needed? We need your help!

We are in the process of reviewing our Essentials pages and need students to help us test the pages, suggest ideas and give feedback on your experience with the University’s online information.

Essentials is intended to be the main information point for all student queries, so your input will really make a difference.

The session will not take longer than 45 minutes, and you will be provided with free snacks and drinks for giving up your time! Complete the form to sign up.

9054Investigative works will be carried out inside and outside the URS Building over the next few weeks.

The works will be carried out by Francis Construction, who were recently appointed to carry out survey works ahead of the building’s proposed refurbishment.

Key works are:

  • From Monday 5 December, four areas around the outside of the URS building will be fenced off while investigation surveys take place. Routes will be diverted for pedestrians and vehicles, with diversions and wayfinding signs put up in place. Surveys will be carried out one at a time to help minimise disruption.
  • From Monday 19 December, further works will take place inside and outside the URS Building and will involve drilling at certain points. Footpath diversions will be in place as and when required. The investigative works have been scheduled to take place after the end pf the autumn term (Friday 9 December) to further minimise disruption, and will coincide with the move of URS occupants to the Chancellor’s Building.

The programme is anticipated to be completed by Friday 23 December 2016.

 

Updates on the URS Building refurbishment project and the occupancy of the Chancellor’s Building will follow shortly.

Following RUSU’s decision to ask finalists not to take part in the NSS, the Vice Chancellor has written to RUSU President Ben Cooper, outlining the University’s position.

You can read the full message here.

The University has confirmed its UK and EU undergraduate tuition fee arrangements.

Existing undergraduates

Tuition fees are fixed at £9,000 a year for:

  • all existing UK/EU students, including those starting courses in 2016/17 for the full duration of their courses. This is unlike other institutions who are planning to raise fees midway through courses
  • all existing UK/EU undergraduates retaking academic years in 2017/18
  • all those who enrolled after 1 September 2012 but before August 2017

This will remain fixed for these students’ full course duration. This is unlike other universities intending to raise fees midway through existing students’ courses or leaving the door open to future increases.

For non-EU international students please read more on our information page.

 

New UK/EU undergraduates in 2017/18

Subject to Parliament passing legislation entitling institutions to make this increase, the University of Reading intends to:

  • charge £9,250 a year tuition fees for all new UK/EU undergraduates enrolling in 2017/18
  • fix this £9,250 a year tuition fee for the full course duration of each new UK/EU undergraduate enrolling in 2017/18
  • fix tuition fees at £9,000 for undergraduates deferring entry until 2017/18 for the full duration of their courses

 

The new £9,250 tuition fee level for all new UK/EU undergraduates enrolling in 2017/18 would be fully covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.

Fees will remain at the current £9,000 a year level if the government does not pass the necessary legislation.

Eligible University of Reading students would still be able to apply for our bursary, scholarship and finance support programmes.

A £9,250 tuition fee level means we can carry on investing in teaching, learning and student services and financial support.

Retaining a £9,000 a year fee risks a real-terms reduction in income from tuition fees not rising in line with inflation since being introduced in September 2012 – meaning there is less funding to invest in teaching and student services.

The £9,000 fee introduced 2012 is worth £8,500 in real terms this year and will reduce further if inflation rises further in coming years.

For non-EU international students, read more here.

Answer our quick survey remembering back to your experiences of first starting to study at university and you could help many new students when they start. You can also enter a prize draw to win a £20 voucher for the Oracle Centre.  

To answer the survey, click on the link: https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/transitions-to-studying-at-university

Here at Study Advice, we are creating a new online course about preparing for university study for all new students starting at Reading in 2017. Your replies to our survey will help us tailor the content of the course to make it as useful and helpful as possible.

Closing date for answering the survey is Mon 21st Nov. 

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Those of you who have logged into a University computer recently and opened up the internet may have been met by this quite confusing page:

portal login screen

 

We are in the process of getting it updated, but at the moment this does not give you a lot of information about what you are logging in to.

If you log-in to this page, it will take you to the Me@Reading student portal. From the portal, you will be able to:

  • Check your timetable and calendar
  • Easily access your email
  • Use quick links to Blackboard, Library, PC Availability, Campus Card and other services
  • See reminders, upcoming events, news and articles from across the university and within your department

Save your log-in details, and then you will only ever be one click away from all the information you need.

 

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places an obligation on the University to “in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

This is known as the Prevent duty. Whilst we are committed to maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our university community, encouraging debate and discussion, and upholding freedom of speech, it has to be balanced with the legal obligations placed upon us.

UEB has approved two new policies relating to the Prevent Duty. These are:

It is a requirement as part of our Prevent duties that we provide training for key staff, and as such this is in the process of being organised for the University’s Leadership Group.

You can read more about the University’s Prevent Policy here.

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