June 2014

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Update 07:15, 1 July

Whiteknights campus is open today (Tuesday 1 July) as water supplies have returned. Please come onto campus as usual.

However, please note:

  • There remains a risk of further interruption to normal work. As a precautionary measure
    • Experiments or other activity that would be affected by another water failure should be postponed. This includes any experiments that are reliant on water for safety (even if only for normal handwashing protocols).
  • Water was turned off in a number of buildings to prevent damage, but it should be back on by 08.30. If youo arrive on campus early, you may find your building is still without water temporarily.

Thank you very much for your cooperation during yesterday’s disruption. We will continue to keep you updated.


Update:16:30, 30 June

Water supplies are returning to Whiteknights campus.

It therefore looks likely that Whiteknights campus will be open tomorrow (Tuesday 1 July).

However, please note that you should not leave for campus without checking for confirmation that campus is open on this site and/or on Twitter (@UniofReading or @UniRdg_Student).

Thank you very much for your cooperation during today’s disruption. We will continue to keep you updated.


There is a major loss of the mains water supply to the entire Whiteknights Campus this morning.

This is due to a fault in the wider network affecting thousands of properties in the Lower Earley area.

Thames Water says its engineers are working to restore supplies as quickly as possible, but it can currently give no clear estimate as to when it will be fully restored.

We have considered our options carefully. There are only limited tank supplies in most of the University’s buildings. Without water for sanitation or drinking, a decision has been taken to close Whiteknights campus with immediate effect.

London Road and Greenlands campuses have water and remain open.

  • If you are based at Whiteknights please make your way home without rushing.
  • Please ensure all taps are turned off.
  • All lab work should stop. If you have any experiments that are water-critical they need to be halted when safe to do so.

What happens tomorrow morning?

(See update below)
Thames Water is currently unable to say when service will resume. Please do not come onto Whiteknights campus unless you have confirmation that campus is open. Please check the this blog and Twitter (@UniofReading or @UniRdg_Student) before leaving home.

What should I do if I live in Halls?

Please go to Halls and speak to Hall staff. Please make every effort to conserve water. Please monitor this site for updates.

What if I live out but my house has no water?

Please monitor Thames Water’s Twitter stream  (@thameswater) and BBC Berkshire.(@thameswater) for updates and advice. Use bottled water and hand sanitizer.

Are Part 1 exam results still coming out tomorrow?

Yes: they will be available via the RISISweb portal at 12.30 (ie half past noon).

We’re looking for four, enthusiastic, out-going 1st years to appear in a 3- 4 minute film which will be used in this year’s welcome week to our new students. We’ll pay you £30 to take part in the film, and you’ll also be helping out fellow students, and playing a part in the new look Reading Welcome Week for our new students!

The film will be focussed on the transition to new ways of learning at University to prepare new students. We want you to talk about self-motivation, time-management, how to juggle a million pieces of course work, where to find advice on essay writing, etc. We’ll help you out and provide direction on the day, so you don’t have to be an actor – just someone with a lot of enthusiasm and a bit of personality  – and not camera shy!

If you want to take part we’d like you to:

  1. Confirm you are available for filming on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June
  2. Send us an email with your name, the subject you are studying and the hall you are living in
    and attach either:
  3. A 30sec/1 minute film taken on your phone explaining either a) why you LOVE Reading or b) what you love about your halls of residence
    Or
    A word document of 100 words on a) why you LOVE Reading or b) what you love about your halls of residence

If you’d like to take part, please send the above information to Sara at s.j.asghar@reading.ac.uk by Wednesday 18 June and we will let you know by Friday 20 if you have been successful. If you are successful, we’ll send you details of when and where to meet us on 24 and 25 June.