January 2014

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Every year RUSU hold elections to see who will spend the next year leading the Students’ Union. These elected Student Officers are paid to work full-time to represent you. They campaign on your behalf to make sure that the Student Voice is heard in the University and beyond. They are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the Union are working for you.

Part-time Officers are also being elected in to represent Disabled, Women, LGBT+, Postgradute, International, Mature, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. There is also a Part-time officer to look after Environment and Ethic concerns. These roles can be performed alongside your studies.

The Student Trustees‘  primary role is to sit on the RUSU Trustee Board and to help guide the direction and strategy of the Union.

The Faculty Reps give the students academic representation within the University. They play a key role in ensuring that the student voice is heard and working on academic campaigns.

Nominations are now open for these leadership and representation roles in RUSU. All of the roles give you new skills and experiences and will look great on your CV!

The RUSU website has all you need to know. Don’t delay, head over there and nominate yourself vote today!

Key Dates

Wednesday 12 February: Nominations Close
Monday 24 February: Voting Opens
Friday 28 February: Voting Closes

The results are in!

Check the results on the RUSU website. Congratulations to everyone that took part!

You can’t have failed to notice the signs around campus promoting the National Student Survey, a chance for final-year undergraduates to give feedback on their course. But what if you’re not a final-year undergraduate?

The University still wants your views. There are three surveys currently running, two of which are open to all students. So if you’ve been infected by feedback fever, do go online for a chance to have your say and win prizes.

National Student Survey

  • Open to final-year undergraduates
  • Takes 5 minutes
  • Free coffee/tea/hot chocolate/soft drink on completion

If you are a finalist and only have five minutes, this is the survey to do. Read more about it here or go straight to http://rdg.ac/NSS2014 to complete it.

Travel survey

  • Open to all students
  • Takes 10-15 minutes
  • Chance to win an iPad

All about how you travel to and around campus, this survey helps us identify measures to promote sustainable transport.

Click here to take the Travel survey.

 Student Charter survey

  • Open to all students
  • Takes 5-10 minutes
  • Chance to win £50 worth of book tokens

The University of Reading’s Student Charter aims to explain in simple terms what students can expect of the University, as well as outlining what is reasonably expected of students by the University. We want to know what you think of the charter – or if you’ve even heard of it.

Click here to take the Student Charter survey.

Accommodation survey

  • Open to all students resident in halls
  • Takes 5-10 minutes
  • Chance to win vouchers

This is an independent survey run by UPP, who manage the University’s student accommodation. This is an annual survey and the feedback received helps UPP improve their services for students living in halls.

Keep an eye on your inbox for further details during February.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 

  • Open to all students on taught postgraduate courses (including distance-learning)
  • Takes 15-20 minutes

PTES is run by the University of Reading in partnership with the Higher Education Academy. The aim of the survey is to identify areas where improvements could be made to the provision of taught postgraduate degree programmes. You can click here to find out more about the PTES.

The survey will be launched later this term and eligible students will be contacted via email with a  link to the survey, a username and password.

Smiling student on a placementHave you found a summer internship or placement year yet? As we speak, big names such as Morgan Stanley, Amazon and Goldman Sachs are vetting their final lucky candidates (which you may be one of) whilst other companies are only just beginning to advertise their internship opportunities.

Organisations currently targeting Reading students and advertising their vacancies on the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre’s jobs board include top names such Virgin Media, Panasonic, The House of Commons, NHS, The Met Office, Accenture, KPMG and The Walt Disney Company and this is just for starters. All you need to do is go online and apply!

Competitive

According to a High Fliers survey in 2013, the total number of graduate job applications by university-leavers is a staggering 75% higher than it was five years ago, and research strongly indicates that students who have gained work experience are far more likely to get hired – so applying for an internship or placement ASAP really is a no brainer for any student!

How do I get started?

All of our programmes now offer a placement option which is embedded into the programme. These options include placements which are part of a module, a whole module or an entire year, so speak to your department and find out which option your programme currently offers.

You can also choose to do an extracurricular internship with an employer, charity or voluntary groups and also as part of a University organised scheme which include:

As well as talking to your own school or department, you can also come and talk to a central placement officer in CPEC about getting further support to help you find and secure your internship or placement.

You can also get ahead in prepping for your placement by attending our careers workshops, run by employers and careers professionals.

Here are some important dates you might want to pop in your diary:

From

To

Event

13 January RUSU Elections: Nominations open
03 February 07 February National Student Survey week
03 February Fulbright Summer Institutes deadline
05 February National Voter Registration Day
10 February 14 February Go Green Week
12 February 21 March Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) applications open
15 February Placement Bursary Scheme deadline
24 February RUSU Elections: Voting opens
28 February RUSU Elections: Voting closes
21 March End of Spring Term
21 March Alumni Scholarship deadline
17 April University closure day
18 April Public holiday
21 April Public holiday
28 April 06 June Postgraduate Exams*
28 April Start of Summer Term
30 April National Student Survey closes
30 April Placement Bursary Scheme deadline
05 May Public holiday
06 May 30 May Undergraduate Finals Exams*
07 May 06 June Part 2 Exams*
20 May 13 June Part 1 Exams*
26 May Public holiday
02 June 13 June IFP Exams (October cohort)*
02 June 27 June Module selection
04 July End of Summer Term
21 July Placement Bursary Scheme deadline (Study Abroad students only)
28 July 01 August IFP Exams (January cohort)*
18 August 29 August Resit Exams*
25 August Public holiday

 

*Individual exam timetables will be available via the RISISweb Portal late in the Spring Term, or during the Easter Vacation. Personal timetables for the resit exam period will be made available no later than 5 August.

 

Go Green Week banner: 10-14 February

In the coming weeks The University and RUSU will be running the 5th Go Green Week. The event coincides with the national People and Planet Go Green Week between 10–14 February.

The 2014 Go Green Week promises to be one of the best yet. The event has been moved from November to February to coincide with the national go Green Week. This means we have over 20 events crammed into the week, we hope there’s something for everyone. There are many student focussed events, including a Sustainable Career Workshop on 12 Wednesday, and RU an Entrepreneur competition and the Battle of the Bins. The final list of events can be found on www.readingg.ac.uk/cleanandgreen/greenweek

Click here to download the flyer (PDF-780KB)

National Student Survey banner - students enjoying FREE coffee

Do you want your opinions on your student experience to be heard? Then take part in the National Student Survey 2014, which is now live at the University of Reading.

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2014 offers final-year undergraduates the opportunity to give their views at the National Student Survey site – informing prospective students, the wider public, the students’ union and the university itself what you liked about your time here and what could be improved.

The NSS gives you a unique opportunity to leave your mark and tell the world about your course. This influential national survey takes only five minutes to fill in, and the University of Reading is offering a free drink at Mondial’s on completion (you will see instructions for claiming it on screen once you have filled in the survey). The NSS is run by Ipsos MORI, an independent research agency, so answers remain anonymous at all times.

Your opinions matter and can lead to real change. Based on previous student feedback, the University of Reading has invested more in course materials and student support; refurbished the library and committed to opening it 24/7 in term time; started a project to roll out wifi across campus; and much more.

You won’t just be informing your university: NSS results are made publicly available through Unistats to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study.

If you are eligible for the survey, Ipsos MORI will email you this week (from 27 January) to invite you to fill in the survey online. However, you can complete the NSS online or via a mobile device at the National Student Survey site at any time. Or drop into the marquee that will be available for this purpose during 3-7 February in Palmer quad (and pick up a chocolate!).

The University has launched a new scheme which will provide bursaries of between £200 and £1,000 to qualifying Undergraduate students. The funding to support this new scheme comes from the University’s Access Agreement fund and is therefore being targeted at students with low household incomes. We think that around one quarter of students will be eligible for the bursary under this criteria.

The aim of the bursary scheme is to support the University’s placement opportunities on all undergraduate degrees and to encourage students who might encounter financial barriers to take up placement opportunities in order to maximise their employability. The attached application form and guidance notes provide all the details of the scheme including eligibility criteria and amounts that will be awarded, however here is a quick summary 

  1. The scheme will support Undergraduate students taking a placement as a formal part of their degree.
  2. Students must be permanent residents of the UK or EU and have household incomes of less than £25k
  3. Bursaries will be calculated on the basis on the estimated cost of undertaking the placement
  4. Bursaries are not intended to cover the full costs 

How to apply:  

 Deadlines for applications: 15 Feb 2014  and 30 April 2014.

 Contact the Carrington Helpdesk or studentships@reading.ac.uk with any queries about eligibility or how to apply.

Thank you to all of the students who completed the Welcome Week survey back in October. Over 900 of you completed the survey and we have been busy sifting through the responses and collating the comments…

Highlights

The things that we got right included:

  • Providing good quality information
  • Getting you in to your Hall
  • School/Department meetings and social events
  • Your meeting with your Personal Tutor/Supervisor
  • Online enrolment, module selection and your online timetable

Things that were identified as needing improvement included:

  • Getting the information to you in good time – especially Admissions and Halls info
  • Doing more to highlight events being run by central and support services (eg Careers, Student Finance)
  • Giving you more information on the module choices available to you

Planning for next Welcome Week starts in earnest this term, and your comments and feedback will help us provide an even better experience for our new students. We will be contacting those of you who indicated that you would be willing to participate in Focus Groups over the coming weeks to invite you in to share your ideas.  

Students receiving prizes in the Carrington BuildingJust before Christmas we held our prize draw and picked our three lucky winners. Mona Jones won a £50 book token, Charlotte Nabavian won a £100 Amazon voucher and Vimbai Mutimutema won a £200 Oracle gift card. They came to the Carrington building at the end of term to collect their prizes from Andrea Cheshire, the Director of Student, Learning and Teaching Services.

Are you a current student? Have you ever thought about studying abroad?

The Study Abroad team are looking for your feedback on – they are trying to find out which countries students would like to be able to study abroad in. They want to increase the number of study abroad opportunities available to undergraduate students and a few minutes of your time will help the University plan the development of future activities! Please complete the short questionnaire at www.survey.bris.ac.uk/reading/studyabroadquestionnaire2014 and enter the draw to win £50! The survey closes 31 January.

 

Artist's Impressions of the Sports PavilionThe University is proposing to replace the existing Athletics Pavilion with a new modern facility. We are holding a public exhibition between 10-15 January to advise you of our plans for the new sports pavilion. We are keen to obtain the views of our students, as well as our staff and the general public before we submit our final plans to Reading Borough Council. As well as general viewing arrangements on the dates above, staff will be available on the following days to discuss the plans and answer queries:

  • Saturday 11 January – 10:00-noon
  • Monday 13 January – 10:00-noon
  • Tuesday 14 January – 18:00-20:00

Please do come along and let us know what you think!