Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: October 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Language Festival 2014

3-6 November 2014

Why not take part in the International Study and Language Institute’s Language Festival programme during Enhancement Week? This year’s festival will explore the theme of Language and Diversity through films, cuisine, music and games.

Main events

Wednesday 5 November
Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL), HumSS 230

Great World Cook-off Competition
Share your national dish for a chance to win a prize. Email your details and recipe in the language you are learning before 3 November.

World Games Afternoon
Come and practise your language skills while playing games from different parts of the world.

Photography Competition

Music Session


Come and watch a film in French, Spanish, German or Italian. Your chance to improve your language and learn about other cultures.
Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL), HumSS 230

Spanish: Ocho Apellidos Vascos
16:30, Monday 3 November

French: Intouchables
16:30, Tuesday 4 November

Italian: Le Fate Ignoranti
16:30, Wednesday 5 November

German: Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (The Educators)

16:30, Thursday 6 November


Joan McCormack

Alison Nicholson

Future Leaders Programme

Do you have what it takes to be a Future Leader? Find out during Enhancement Week (and beyond). Development skills you need with the Henley Future Leaders Programme. 

Come and get involved with one of our exciting one-day programmes featuring accomplished professionals from industry and pioneering academics from Henley Business School.

Henley Future Leaders is an opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership, change, entrepreneurship and personal development through a series of stimulating lectures and seminars. You will be inspired by influential business leaders, entrepreneurs and experienced academics who will share their own reflections on what has made them successful.

In addition, you will also participate in interactive career development sessions run by Henley Careers designed to help you recognise your own leadership skills. You will develop an understanding of how you can use your full potential to boost your employability.

The programme is open to students from all subject matters and all levels (ie UG and PG). There is a charge of £25 for attending the programme (this covers lunch, refreshments and an attendance certificate).


Wednesday 5 November 2014: Agenda (PDF-121KB)
Friday 7 November 2014: Agenda (PDF-100KB)

Monday 16 February 2015
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Friday 20 February 2015

(The November and February dates will be held at the Whiteknights campus)

Monday 8 June 2015
Wednesday 10 June 2015

(Both June dates will be held at the Greenlands campus. Transport to Greenlands is included).

Click here for more information

Voter registration

"Your vote matters -make sure you're in" bannerIf you are living in Reading you may be eligible to join the local electoral roll.

Use the link below to:

  • register to vote
  • update your name, address or other details on the electoral register

You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.

Registering takes around 5 minutes.

You’ll need your National Insurance number (if you have one).

Click here to register to vote.

Top ten safety tips

Well, it had to happen eventually… Here’s our first ‘top ten’ post. These are the things my mum told me to remember – most of them still hold true. Top ten safety tips (in no particular order):

1. Don’t drink too much

Yes, it can be fun to drink. But it’s not so much fun if you drink so much you don’t know where you are, or who you’re with or why you’re standing in a puddle of your own dinner.

Drink sensibly, know when to stop and let your friends know when to stop. And make sure you get home safely!

2. Things aren’t always as they seem…

That fantastic offer you’ve received via an email, that phone call telling you that you’ve been awarded a select scholarship, that letter promising a massive cheque – they’re all lies! Well, mostly. People want your details (logins, password, bank details) so they can take from you. Be cautious – and if in doubt don’t give them!

3. Watch where you walk

Try to keep to well-lit paths when out at night. If you’re going out for the evening go with a group of friends. Let others know where you’re going and when you might be back.

Don’t forget there’s a ‘chaperone’ service run by Security – they’ll walk you across campus (or keep an eye on you via cctv) if you request it. (See links below for more information).

4. Road vs pavement

If you’re on the pavement you should be a pedestrian. If you’re on the road you should be on a bike or in a car. Don’t mix them up. There are blurred lines when it comes to the University’s paths – basically bikes can go on paths and the road but pedestrian should keep to the paths (ie stay out of the road).

Oh, and if you’re riding a bike you should wear a helmet and have working lights if you’re out after dark.

5. Don’t leave your drink unattended

Keep hold of your drink. That extra shot your friend might think is a good idea probably isn’t. And that other stuff that your ‘new friend’ is looking to slip into your bottle definitely isn’t.

6. Home cooked or quick snack?

If you’re cooking then make sure that you don’t leave the kitchen unattended. That late night snack seems very tempting, but a sandwich might be a better option than a gourmet meal (plus it’s quicker and cleaner).

If you’re in halls remember that no-one is going to thank you if the fire alarm goes off and you all have to head outside in your pyjamas because you burnt your toast.

7. Lock it up

Got a bike? Lock it up. Got a laptop? Lock it up. Got a halls room? Lock it up. Sharing a house on Cemetery Junction? Lock it up. No-one’s going to lock things up for you – make sure you don’t give thieves a chance to get at your stuff.

8. Watch your virtual back

Make sure you have secure passwords for different services (as well as changing them regularly and never giving them to someone else), keep an eye out for spyware, and make sure your computer is free of viruses.

And protect your future-self and any potential career – remember that what you put online can (and probably will) have a life of its own.

8. Don’t show me the money

Keep your money safe and out of sight. Keep your pin secure and hidden when you use cash machines.

Pop a spare(?) £10 somewhere safe for emergencies (like a taxi home).

10. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

This is more of a guiding principle… Respect yourself, others, your property and the University’s property. Take care of yourself (eat and sleep well), don’t engage in banter that makes you or others feel uncomfortable, mark up your belongings, don’t tamper with University safety equipment (eg covering smoke alarms, letting off extinguishers).

Hopefully, this will help stop you getting in trouble or breaking rules.

Want to know more?

Here are some handy links if you want more tips on how to stay safe and secure-

This was our first top ten. Is there anything you would have listed? Should it be our last top ten? What top ten would you like to see next?

Careers and Placement Fair 2014

Careers and Placement Fair 2014

29 October, 11:00-15:00 in the Palmer Building

The Careers and Placement Fair is our biggest careers event. It is your chance to meet employers who are interested in recruiting students from a wide range of disciplines. There will be opportunities in the local area as well as  international opportunities and internship schemes.

University staff will also be on hand to provide a CV clinic and give advice on Postgraduate study at Reading.

For more information visit the Careers Centre website.

Law Fair

On 5 November we’re also running our Law Careers Fair. If you’re interested in careers in the legal professions you should head to the Palmer Building between 14:00-16:00.

Click here for more information.

Penalties for late submission

The University has issued new guidelines on the penalties for the late submission of coursework. So, if you hand your work in late be prepared to lose some marks…

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

So, if you handed in an essay two days late and your tutor felt that it was worth 65% you would only receive a mark of 45%. If you handed it on the sixth (working) day after it was due you wouldn’t get any marks.

Make sure you put any deadlines in your diary and stick to them!

Settling in

If you are struggling to settle in to life at Reading you should seek support from a member of staff at your earliest opportunity. Sources of support and advice include:

Advisory Team (ask at the Carrington Helpdesk) Careers, Placement and Experience Centre
Chaplaincy Counsellors
Disability Advisory Service Faculty Senior Tutors
Mental Health Adviser Peer Supporters
Personal Tutors Student Financial Support Team
Students’ Union Study Advisers
Wardens/Warden Assistants (in Halls of Residence)

If you are thinking of withdrawing from the University, or suspending your studies, you should 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 14 October (if you leave after the 14 October you will be liable for at least 25% of the fee. The other ‘fee liability points’ for 2014/5 are:

Liability Point Dates Amount charged of total fee following withdrawal Amount refunded of total fee
Withdrawal between start of term and liability point 1 30 September–14 October 2014 0 (but note that tuition fee deposits are non-refundable) 100%
Between liability point 1 and liability point 2 15 October 2014–11 January 2015 25% 75%
Between liability point 2 and liability point 3 12 January–19 April 2015 50% 50%
After liability point 3 to end of term 20 April 2015 100% 0%

You can find more information on the processes involved on the Withdrawing/Transferring page of the Student website.

Welcome Week survey 2014

We’re keen to hear about your experiences of Reading during Welcome Week. We’d like you to tell us about your experiences in the run-up to arriving at Reading, moving in weekend, and Welcome Week itself!

Your feedback will help us to make improvements for next year.

Completing the survey will also give you the chance to volunteer for a Welcome Week Focus Group and be entered in a Prize Draw! Prizes include:

  • £200 Oracle Gift Card
  • £100 Amazon Vouchers
  • £50 Book Tokens

A link to the survey will be emailed to eligible students this week. If you’ve lost the link, or need a reminder, then please send an email to

Please note: On question 5 please select ‘Bulmershe’ if you moved to ‘Bridges’ hall – thank you!

Closes 23:50 on 29 October 2014.

The Oracle student session

Shop in Slumber Wear at The Oracle Student Sessions

The Oracle to reattempt PJ Party world record at student event

 The Oracle is excited to announce that it will be reattempting to break the world record for the ‘Largest Gathering of People Wearing Pyjamas’ at its bi-annual Student Sessions event on 7 October from 20:30 – 23:30.

Following an attempt earlier this year at the centre’s May Student Sessions, where the crowd narrowly missed out on a claim, The Oracle is hoping for success on its second go at the Guinness World Record – which currently stands at 752.

With thousands of bargain hunting scholars expected to turn up to the event, The Oracle is encouraging all attendees to don their bed-threads for the ultimate shopping night in, whilst they attempt to break the record and crown Reading the ‘PJ Party Capital of the world’.

To add to the excitement, the first 50 students to queue at the entrance for the event in their PJ’s will also be automatically entered into a Golden Ticket ‘Supermarket Sweep’ competition, which will see one lucky academic winning an all-you-can-grab trolley dash within one of The Oracle’s stores.

Sam French, Marketing Manager at The Oracle said,

It was a real shame to miss out at our last attempt at the PJ Party world record, but rather than give up we’ve decided to have another go and hope our students will join forces to make sure we’re crowned Guinness World Record holders this October!

This year’s Student Sessions at The Oracle will see the centre open exclusively for students from 8:30pm – 11:30pm, it promises to be the most exciting to date with discounts of up to 50% already confirmed by retailers. All students with a valid ID card are eligible to attend and simply need to RSVP ahead of the event to ensure admission.  More than 45 different exclusive discounts have already been confirmed for one night only, including:

  • 50% OFF at Tampopo
  • 20% OFF at OFFICE
  • 20% OFF at Topshop / Topman
  • 20& OFF at Reebok Fithub
  • 20% OFF at H&M
  • 20% OFF at House of Fraser
  • 20% OFF at Paperchase

To register for the Student Sessions and for more information on available discounts please RSVP at Alternatively you can RSVP by text: Simply text ORACLE, your full name and email address to 60777

No Stigma, No Shame!

No Stigma, No Shame balloonsRUSU are running a series of events to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Health (6-10 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October).

Time Session Venue
Monday 6 October
10:00-11:00 Counselling and Wellbeing Talk ARC
18:00-19:00 Running Session RUSU
Tuesday 7 October
10:00-11:00 Counselling and Wellbeing Talk ARC
Wednesday 8 October
11:00-15:00 Tea and Talk The Study
noon-13:00 Knitting Session The Study
14:00-15:00 “Positive Reflection” The Study
Thursday 9 October
13:00-14:00 Meditation Class RUSU Boardroom
19:30-22:30 Jazz Lounge Café Mondial
Friday 10 October
14:00-16:00 Football Madejski Stadium*

*To sign up for football at the Madejski please email

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