October 2012

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The enrolment period closes on the 31 October. By this date you should have completed online enrolment and provided the University with an up to date term-time address. :

  1. Please make sure that the University has an up to date local contact address for you (ie your term-time address). You can update your address details through the RISISweb portal. It is very important that we have a local contact address for you in cases of emergency and to send, or forward correspondence to you if needed;
  2. Please ensure that you have completed re-enrolment if you are a continuing student. Failure to complete re-enrolment may cause complications with your module selection, timetable and your status at the University.

If you are having problems with doing either of the above:

  • If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student (UG or PGT) please contact studenthelp@reading.ac.uk or go to the Student Help Desk in the Carrington Building.
  • If you are a postgraduate research student (PGR) then please contact dro@reading.ac.uk or go to the Doctoral Research Office in the Graduate School.

29 October- 2 November 2012

Liftshare Week: register a journey  at RUcarsharing.com to enter a prize draw for a Kindle!

Keep Clam and Car Share posterAre petrol prices making a hole in your budget? Have you got less money to spend on the stuff you love these days?

Well we have a way to help – RU carsharing.com!  If you drive to work, there’s probably room for at least one more in your car. Sharing your commute with just one other person will halve the cost.  RUcarsharing.com has been set up specifically for staff and students at the University of Reading, register you journey and find out who you could share a lift with. UPP staff can also join the University scheme.

If you’ve thought about lift-sharing before, this is the ideal time just to give it a try. It takes five minutes to sign up and search for others going your way.   If you sign up this week and register a journey your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle!!

You don’t even need your own car. Lots of members would be happy to give you a lift, in return for a contribution to the fuel costs and a bit of friendly company!

It’s not just about cars – you can also register walking, cycling and public transport journeys, whether you’re looking for company for added safety on your journey, or just want someone to chat to!

It doesn’t have to be a regular journey. You can look for one off journeys, journeys you do once a week, and journeys at times you don’t think anyone else will be travelling. The more people that log their journeys, the more potential matches there are!

You can select whether you just want to include members of the University scheme to share with, or widen your search to include other Liftshare members too. There could be someone working at the hospital or in town who is your ideal match.

As Anna told us: “Car-sharing saved me around £120 a month – and having some company makes the journeys go far quicker.”

It’s totally free to join RUcarsharing.com. Just log onto www.rucarsharing.com and give lift-sharing a try in liftshare Week!

Please support liftshare week by forwarding this information to your peers and colleagues, place posters in prominent places in your department and tell a friend that by signing up to RUcarsharing.com during liftshare week they will be in with a chance of winning a Kindle!!

With your support we are hoping for a record number of people to sign up, register their journey and share their commute.

Check the Clean & Green website for more green travel ideas.

Careers and Placement Fair banner

The must attend careers event for all years and disciplines.

  • Thursday 1 November 2012
  • Open between 11:00 – 16:00 in the Palmer Building
  • 100 plus exhibitors across all sectors

With over 100 organisations representing all sectors from accountancy to volunteering, this is the largest recruitment event of the year at the University of Reading, providing you with the opportunity to meet with organisations offering graduate schemes, placements, postgraduate courses and volunteering opportunities.

Click here to see the full list of exhibitors.

Along with meeting organisations and professional bodies you can review your CV with a Careers Adviser – no need to book just bring a printed copy with you.

Who is the Fair for?

  • 1st years looking for a placement scheme and careers inspiration
  • 2nd years looking for placements and exploring options
  • Final years and postgraduates looking for graduate opportunities
  • Everyone – there are recruiters looking for students from all subjects

Why should I attend?

  • Only chance to meet 100 plus recruiters targeting Reading students
  • Free CV checking service
  • Gain personal insights into a huge variety of careers areas
  • Not sure which path to take, be inspired!
  • Employer deadlines are fast approaching, be prepared!

Thursday 1st November 2012 11:00 – 16:00 in the Palmer Building

Be prepared – click here to read our important information about preparing for the Fair.

The University has a ‘Smokefree Policy’. This means that all University buildings are smoke free and that no smoking is allowed in or within ten metres of any building on campus. This is to protect occupants of rooms which are near to areas where smokers may congregate. Anyone found breaking these rules could face disciplinary action.

Stub it outPlease note that all Halls of Residence are completely smokefree, and that no smoking is allowed in any common areas or in study bedrooms.

All smokers are encouraged not to litter and to dispose of their cigarette butts and other waste smoking materials in the waste bins provided. 

You can find out more in the University’s Smokefree Policy (PDF-96KB).

Stoptober

This October the NHS is promoting a quit smoking campaing called ‘Stoptober’. Yes, we’re half way through the month, but better late than never, eh? You can find out more via the Stoptober website.

Or you could visit the NHS Smokefree website where you’ll get free advice and the chance to access a whole range of quit tools, including the ‘Quit Kit’.

Everyone at the University hopes that you have settled in well and are enjoying your studies. We know that some people may benefit from a little extra support as they start their studies at Reading. There are a range of support services available to you, including:

Thinking of leaving the University?

Sometimes students find that after having been at university for a few weeks they wish to postpone their studies or discover they would prefer to explore other career options.

If you feel that you want to make a change, please let us know as soon as possible to discuss the best way forward. It is important that you have this conversation sooner rather than later, because if you decide to withdraw or suspend your studies you may still be liable for part (or all) of your fee. There are a series of key dates by which you must make such a decision, the first being the 31 October (if you leave after the 31 October you will be liable for at least 50% of the fee – full details are available in the Fee Payment Policy). You can find more information on the processes involved on the Withdrawing/Transferring page of the Student website.

We do not wish for you to rush into a decision without careful consideration, and our staff are here to help you through the process. You can contact any of the services mentioned above to support you and offer guidance.

Flu banner - click to go to the NGS siteThis year, the University of Reading has been contacted by the NHS to raise awareness of the availability of the free flu jab for students if they are in one of the following groups:

  • pregnant women – the vaccine is safe for both mother and child anytime during pregnancy, and can help protect babies after birth
  • people who have long term health conditions, including those that have:
    • diabetes
    • a chest problem or breathing difficulties (such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema)
    • a heart problem
    • kidney disease or liver disease
    • a neurological condition (such as Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy)
    • a low immune system due to disease (such as cystic fibrosis or Crohn’s disease) or treatment (such as chemotherapy)
    • a problem with the spleen (such as sickle cell disease) or if the spleen has been removed.

A vaccination is the most effective way of protecting yourself from catching the flu. So if you are in one of the above groups then please contact the university medical practice if you are registered with them, to arrange for a free flu jab on 0118 9874551 or visit the practice at 9 Northcourt Avenue, Reading, RG2 7HE.

If you are not registered with the university health service, please contact your own GP surgery to arrange your free flu jab.

For further information, please visit www.nhs.uk/flu

Three things you should know about the flu jab

  1. The flu vaccine cannot give you flu – there is no live virus in the vaccine.
  2. A new flu vaccine is produced each year – the flu virus is always mutating and becoming a little different which means a new vaccine is needed each year.
  3. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from the flu is to get the jab – for people who are most at risk from flu, getting the jab is the most important step in protecting themselves.

It’s Security Awareness Week from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October. It’s your chance to pick up some handy hints and tips as well as some freebies!

Most of the events will be taking place in the foyer of the Palmer Building, and you can drop-in at any point during the week. On Wednesday the event will be going on the road and you’ll be able to find them in the Park Group Lounge.

Events will include:

  • Tuesday is the ‘999 Emergency Day’ with the local Fire brigade, Police and Paramedics all attending (and probably some Police horses too)
  • Wednesday will also see a demonstration of a chip-pan fire – guaranteed to be a hot affair
  • Various bike events (see below for details)

Security Staff will be on hand throughout the week in the Palmer Building and they will be running a few competitions, such as “The Usual Suspects” and a geo cashing Treasure trail (with a prize for the winners). There will be a security survey with a prize draw for all who fill it out, along with awareness tests and general security advice.

Come along and get yourself safe and secure!

You can also click here to check out the Security Facebook page here>>>

With Added Bike Bonanza!

Safe and secure cycling, including free bike maintenance checks with Dr Bike

 As part of Security Week we have arranged a number of events to promote safer cycling around the University. Come and try out a variety of bikes, try your hand at our bike maintenance course taster sessions; get a free bike health check with Dr Bike; get some tips and practise in confident cycling; or get your bike security labelled and logged with security.

Tuesday – Dr Bike available from 10:00 to 16:00 outside Palmer. Free drop in service, but they may end up booking slots on the day if there are too many people waiting as this is usually extremely popular.

Wednesday

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Dr Bike outside Palmer
  • 11:30 – 13:00 – Try a Bike Session outside Palmer
  • 13:00; 14:00; 15:00 Bike maintenance taster sessions outside Palmer or in HumSS depending on weather. To ensure your place and preferred timeslot please book by emailing travel@reading.ac.uk before the end of Monday 15 October, or direct with Dr Bike on Tuesday or Wednesday morning if spaces are available.

Thursday

  • 10:00 – 16:00 – Dr Bike – drop in clinic with a hints and tips to help look after bikes, either outside Palmer or outside RUSU lounge, car park 4
  • 11:00; 11:45; 12;30; 14:00; 14:45 – Confident Cycling Training Sessions (30 mins per sessions). You don’t need your own bike as trial bikes will be available. To be held outside RUSU lounge, in car park 4. To ensure your place please book by emailing travel@reading.ac.uk stating your preferred timeslot before the end of Monday 15 October, or direct with Dr Bike on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if spaces are available.

All weekcycle security marking and passport from security. Get your bike marked with our secure label to deter thieves and log its details with security to give it its very own passport! Available in Palmer foyer from Security.

Finally, look out for the launch of our scheme loaning out recycled abandoned bikes through RUSU! The few bikes that are available are likely to have already been taken, but you could register your interest with RUSU.

View over the lakeIn August this year our Whiteknights campus was once again judged as one of the best open spaces in the country with the award of the prestigious Green Flag – a sign to visitors that the campus is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

This award is testament to the hard work and expertise of our committed grounds and facilities maintenance teams. They are now urging students and colleagues to vote for Whiteknights in the People’s Choice Award.

Vote to make Whiteknights ‘site of the year’

This associated award gives the public the power to decide which one of the parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag Award should be named the site of the year. Click here to cast your vote! >>>

Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner closes at midnight on Sunday 14 October.

I would get some breakfast. Definitely get some breakfast.

There are still lots of timetabled sessions on today, so I really must make sure I don’t miss anything relevant to me and my course.

I’ve got the germ of a business idea (no, I’m not telling you), so at 10:00 I think I will pop along to the What Makes an Entrepreneur?session in room 108 of the Business School. Then at 12:00 I’m going to head to Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award in room 201 Carrington Building to find out all about the award and what it can do for me (and my employment prospects).

Being an oldie (but goodie) I’m going to head to the Mature Students’ Freshers’ Week Quiz in room 201, Carrington Building. Then that’s me pretty much done for the week.

One last look at the checklist:

Campus Card – Done
Library session (Finding Your Way in the Library) – Done
Hall Fire Safety Talk – Done (if you’ve missed your you can sneak into the one at 16:00 in G10, Palmer Building at 16:00)
Using Computers on Campus session – Done
Department Welcome – Done (if you’ve missed this you should contact your Department asap)
Meet Your Personal Tutor – Done (if you’ve missed this you should contact your Department asap)

That’s it – Freshers’ Week is officially done! How was your week?

I would get up and grab a cup of coffee. Then I would read the blog that’s being written by a member of staff who is imagining what they would be doing if they were a Fresher…

OK, I’ve got my Campus Card, I’ve registered with the Medical Practice, gone to my Department welcome, picked my modules – what to do now?

Well, there are still some information, induction, meetings, receptions/parties and other activities with Departments and Schools this week. And I’ve definitely got to see my Personal Tutor at some point this week – I really should check my email!

So today, after all that, it’s off to the Music at Reading (12:00-12:30 room 103, Palmer Building) to find out about all the opportunities to get involved with music at Reading. Then I think I might head off to the Freshers’ BBQ (12:00-14:00 at the Chaplaincy Centre) to grab a free burger. Having wolfed down a burger then it’s off to the IWLP Languages Talk (13:00-13:00 Van Emden Lecture Theatre, HumSS) where I can find out about the chances to study a language (either as part of my course or just for fun). Drop-in to the Freshers’ Sport and Volunteer Fayre in RUSU (11:00-17:00) to see how I can get involved (and maybe find out about the RED Award).

Must not forget Hall Fire Safety Talk!

And then finally today, it’s off to the Palmer Building at 19:00 to catch the Freshers’ Film: The Dark Knight Rises. So good I want to see it twice!

Anyway, that’s me for today… how about you?

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