Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: July 2016

Library redevelopment: early work to commence Tuesday 12 July

Early works for the Library redevelopment are set to begin from Tuesday 12 July. Work taking place over the next three weeks will mostly focus on getting the site prepared for large-scale works happening later this summer. A full outline of work is available here.

Early works for the Library redevelopment are set to begin from Tuesday 12 July.

Work taking place over the next three weeks will mostly focus on getting the site prepared for large-scale works happening later this summer. Please be aware that there may be bursts of noisy work during this period.

Week 1: The first task is to set up the contractor’s site behind the Library, incorporating the lawns and gardens. You will still be able to enter the Library at the usual front entrance. However, the access road behind the Library will be closed off for the duration of the works. Disabled parking bays will be available elsewhere.

Week 2: Protective hoardings will be erected outside the Library building. More hoardings will go up inside the Library on all floors around the glass-fronted south stairs, in preparation for the construction of new lifts in this area. Information desks may be relocated on the 2nd and 4th floors but access to all library stock will be unaffected. Cafe Libro service will also be unaffected.

Week 3: Work will begin on south staircase, which may be noisy at times. Library bike racks will temporarily relocate to the overhang outside the front of the URS Building.

Those requiring floor-by-floor details can find more information in the grid below:

Area Week 1: w/c 11 July Week 2: w/c 18 July Week 3: w/c 25 July
Basement Set out temporary hoardings


Dilapidation surveys

Install temporary protection locally to book collection


Southern staircase closed

Commence Internal hoardings


Commence temporary works

Ground floor Set out temporary hoardings


Dilapidation surveys

Commence relocation of coffee shop equipment


Commence relocation and removal of services of condensers


Southern staircase closed

Relocate staff and furniture from ground floor offices to new locations


Commence isolation of services


Southern staircase closed

First floor Dilapidation surveys Setting out hoardings


Southern staircase closed

Remove furniture and store


Soft strip southern staircase

Second floor Dilapidation surveys Set out hoarding


Southern staircase closed

Commence hoarding


Soft strip southern Staircase

Third floor Dilapidation surveys Setting out of hoardings


Southern staircase closed

Soft strip southern Staircase
Fourth floor No works Dilapidation surveys


Southern staircase closed

Soft Strip southern staircase
Fifth floor No works Dilapidation surveys


Southern staircase closed

Set out hording


Strip out southern staircase

Roof / Plant level No work Surveys


Southern staircase closed

Setting out
Cycle shed No work Setting out


Temporary hoarding

Temporary relocate existing bike racks to overhang at front of URS Building
Site establishment Install temporary site cabins


Suspend all parking bays to rear library road


Install temporary site compound to parking bays to the rear of the Library.


Install site accommodation

Relocation of bin store


Excavate and construct hard standing.


Excavate and install temporary drainage


Commence perimeter  hoarding


Southern staircase closed

Temporary power and water to site


Accommodation / Compound commencing


Continue  compound and hording lighting


A Powerpoint presentation illustrating each area of work can be downloaded here.

It is currently anticipated that the majority of noisy work will take place in the morning up until 10:00am.

If you have any queries about the works, please contact Paul Johnson, Head of Collections and Space.

For further information about the Library redevelopment, please visit

Museum of English Rural Life – Student Survey

MERL_guide_cover_smallThe Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside – and, as part of the University, we’re lucky to have it right on our doorstep!

Students make important contributions to the work at MERL, whether that be through volunteering, research, or just as eager visitors! Recognising this importance, the Museum wants to find out what students know  and think about their services.

To do this, they are asking all students to complete a short survey, which can be found here, and should only take 5 minutes.

Thank you in advance, from the Museum of English Rural Life.



All students invited to enter prestigious poetry competition


University of Reading students are invited to explore their creative side by entering the annual Raymond Wilson Poetry Prize. The competition is held in memory of brilliant educationalist Raymond Wilson (1925-1995), former Emeritus Professor of Education at the University. The prize of £200 will be awarded for the best poem for children.

The competition will be judged by children in a local school and their vote carries equal weighting with that of a published children’s poet and with an academic; competition organiser, Stephanie Sharp of the IoE. This brings the perspectives of teacher, writer and young reader to bear on the judging.

The closing date for entries 10th October 2016, with the winner being announced on 9th November via the University website.

Raymond Wilson was an exceptional educationalist, as well as an inspired educational editor who introduced new editions of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poetry and Jane Austen’s novels. Wilson was also well-known as an intuitive, sensitive critic and a prolific anthologist.

Entries to the Raymond Wilson Poetry Prize may be sent to the competition administrator: Chris Tibbenham, Institute of Education, University of Reading, London Road Campus, RG1 5EX.

Queries about any aspect of the competition can be addressed to Stephanie Sharp: (ext 2675). Competition rules are below.

The closing date is the 10th October 2016.

The Raymond Wilson Poetry Prize Rules:

  • Poems should be written for children.
  • Entrants may submit up to three poems with a maximum length of 40 lines for each poem.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Poems should be word processed.
  • Poems are regarded as copies and cannot be returned.
  • The writer’s name should not be included with their poem(s). The poem(s) should be submitted in an envelope accompanied by a separate sealed envelope giving the author’s name, connection with the University, contact address and either the title or first line of their poem(s).

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