June 2016

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The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places an obligation on the University to “in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

This is known as the Prevent duty. While we are committed to maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community, encouraging debate and discussion, and upholding freedom of speech, it has to be balanced with the legal obligations placed upon us.

The University has prepared a Prevent Policy Statement containing a process for reporting concerns relating to Prevent, which you can read here.

This is a warning to be extra vigilant, due to a current phishing scam which is targeting UK universities.

What is it?

An email scam, claiming that you have been awarded an educational grant from the Department of Education.

Who does it claim to be from?

The email claims to be from the finance department of your university, and is designed to look like it comes from your institution.

How can they scam me?

The email tricks the recipient into clicking a link within the message, to provide personal and banking details. One victim reported that after providing sensitive information about themselves (name, address, date of birth, student ID, bank details, telephone provider, National Insurance Number, driving license number and mother’s maiden name), they were then taken to a fake web page that looked like a genuine website for their bank. From here they were asked to type in their online banking details.

Please follow the advice below from Action Fraud:

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Interested in continuing your study or pursuing a career in the areas of agriculture, ecological economics, climate change, environment, or development, but need funding?

The Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics (GIIDAE), based within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is now offering £32,000 in scholarship and bursaries to pay tuition fees for applicants resident in the UK or European Union.

There are two funding options available:

  • GIIDAE Bursary – Deadline: 22nd July 2016.

The GIIDAE Bursary is open to students resident in the UK or in a member state of the European Union.  It offers one award of £7,000 towards payment of tuition fees to a student applying for our MSc in Climate Change and Development.

  • Clyde Higgs Scholarships – Deadline: 22nd July 2016.

The Clyde Higgs Scholarships 2016 offers five scholarships for applicants from the UK, worth £5,000 each towards payment of tuition fees, generously provided by the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust, for the following programmes:

  • MSc Agricultural Economics
  • MSc Agriculture and Development

 

Please read the terms and conditions of both funding options carefully before making your application.

For further information regarding GIIDAE’s programmes visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/apd/pg-taught/apd-pgt-GIIDAE.aspx

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It has come to the attention of our Advice Service, that there have been recent incidents on campus whereby a man in a blue car has been stopping students and requesting to borrow money so that he can purchase petrol.

This man has offered several re-assurances that he will repay the money as well as certain proof of his identity.

It is likely that these are false and the money will not be returned.

University Security as well as the Police have been informed.

If you are approached please do not;

  • Give this person any money
  • Disclose your bank details
  • Get in the car with the person
  • Arrange to meet this person in another location
  • Disclose any other part of your identity
  • Engage with the person any further than to reject his request

In order to assist Security and the Police you could;

  • Record the make and model of the car as well as the vehicle registration.
  • Recall a description of the person as clearly and accurately as possible
  • Recall the date and time of the conversation as well as the details of what he said to you

Please ensure your safety and the safety of others.

 

 

 

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If you are living in the residential area between the University and the Royal Berkshire Hospital, including Pepper Lane, you may have noticed posters on lamp posts announcing parking consultations.

If you don’t currently live in the area, but plan on moving there in future years, we want to make you aware of these consultations.

Find out more about the possible changes to parking and pay and display areas on the Reading Borough Council website:

  • http://www.reading.gov.uk/redlands-parking-consultation
  • http://www.reading.gov.uk/redlands-parking-consultation-part-2