Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: February 2013

Language Festival

The International Study & Language Centre is delighted to present this year’s Language Festival, with the theme of Language and Literature. In a range of languages you will be able to listen to poetry and singing, and watch drama and film. Come and spend these two relaxing lunchtimes enjoying literature from around the world.

Wednesday 13 February

12.30 –14.00: Poetry Readings
Venue: Bulmershe Theatre, Minghella Building

13.30 –14.00: German Fairy Stories
Venue: Bob Kayley Theatre, Minghella Building

16.00-18.00: Film: Como agua para chocolate
Venue: SACLL, HumSS 230

Thursday 14 February 

13.00 – 15.00:  French Sketch: La Cantatrice Chauve    
Music and Singing: V’adoro Pupille (Handel: Gulio Cesare), Habanera (Bizet: Carmen), Russian song &  more…
Venue: Bulmershe Theatre, Minghella Building

16.00 – 18.00: Film: Nirgendwo in Afrika      
Venue: SACLL, HumSS 230     

For further information contact
Joan McCormack     
Phone: 0118 378 8407

Bicycle maintenance courses

There are still a few places left on the next introduction to bike maintenance course at the University on Wednesday 20 February from 13:00-16:00 in the JJ Thomson building.

To reserve your place you can now book online using the University’s online shop.  

The cost will be £10 for the three hour session, which is heavily subsidised. The number of places on each courses is strictly limited. We hope to have additional dates added for 20 March; 1 May; 5 June which will also be available to book on the above link shortly. We have also had requests to run the course on a day other than a Wednesday, so if you would like to attend the course but Wednesday afternoon is not convenient for you, please email with your preferred day. This is likely to take place in early May.

The three hour course is an introduction to bike maintenance, designed for anyone who needs to know how to fix their bicycle and will cover:

  • Naming and understanding the parts of a bike
  • “M Check” safety inspection
  • Fixing a puncture
  • Brakes – adjustment and fitting new pads
  • Gears – indexing and minor adjustments

You need to bring your own bike to work on (although if you don’t have one and still want to do the course let us know and we might be able to arrange something). We will provide aprons, stands and a workbench.

Any questions or comments please get in touch at

Travel survey

Tell us about your travel to University for a chance to win a pair of Eurostar tickets to Lille, Brussels or Paris.

Please go to:

Please take 10 minutes to complete the 2013 student travel survey. The information gathered helps us to plan better in future for bus routes, ticket discounts, cycle facilities, cycle parking, and general travel to the University. The survey will ask you about your travel to the University and around Reading. All responses are stored anonymously. Each completed entry will be entered into a prize draw for Eurostar tickets for two to Brussels, Lille or Paris courtesy of Ian Allan Travel Management.

The survey will be open from the 11 to 22 February 2013 at the following link:

If you have any questions about the survey please email

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