Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: April 2012

Extra study space over the summer examination period

Study Space PosterOver the summer term there is an increased demand for study spaces – students have exams to revise for and other deadlines loom large too. In order to cover this increased demand from 11 April to 25 May 2012 selected teaching rooms have been converted into extra study areas for any student to use.

There will be rooms available during the day (Miller Building G05, Business School G04 and Agriculture GU06), in the early evening (HumSS 175 and 301), out of hours (Carrington 101 and 201), and also with PCs (Physics 128/129PC and HumSS 172PC).

Out-of-hours study space

Rooms 101 and 201 in the Carrington Building will be made available as out-of-hours study spaces. They will be open from 19:00 – 07:00 each evening (including weekends but not Bank Holidays). The rooms in the Carrington Building will be available until the 7 June.

Code of Conduct

Use of the rooms is goverend by a Code of Conduct and there will be contact points available in the event of a problem with the room.

Click here for full details.

Register to Vote

There are local elections on the 3 May and the deadline to register to vote is the 18 April. Wokingham Borough Council is urging students living in private accommodation to register well before that deadline date. As such they are promoting ‘Register to Vote Day on the 3 April. If you live in a Halls of Residence you are automatically registered to vote in the local elections.

Research by the Electoral Commission, the UK’s independent elections watchdog, has found that only 56% of 19-24 year olds were registered to vote in April 2011. This compares to 94% of those aged 65 and over. Many young people are actively involved in politics, yet they are one of the most under-registered groups in the country.

It’s easy to register: you can either call the Woking Borough Council helpline on 0118 974 6522 or 6523 or the Reading Borough Council helpline on 0118 937 3717. You can also visit to download an application form.

To vote in the election on 3 May, people need to be on the electoral register and be:

  • aged 18 or over on polling day, and
  • a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

Not sure whether you’re in Reading or Wokingham? Try the DirectGov Local Authority Finder.

Easter closure dates

The University is shut from Thursday 5 April and re-opens on Wednesday 11 April. There will be no access available to buildings or services on campus during this period.

The following student-facing services will have altered operating hours over the Easter Vacation –

  • The Student Services Centre (Carrington Building) will shut at 17:00
  • The Careers Centre (1st Floor Carrington Building) will be open 10:00-16:00 (with ‘quick query’ sessions available between 13:00-14:00). Click here for further details
  • Student Wellbeing Services (ie Counselling and Wellbeing and the Disability Advisory Service) will be closed from Monday 5 April and re-open on Monday 16 April, except for students with pre-booked appointments
  • The Halls Hotline will be running 24-7 over the Easter Vacation
  • Click here for the Library’s Easter Vacation opening hours

The summer term starts on Monday 23 April



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