September 2016

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High levels of noise at the HumSS, JJ Thomson and Agriculture buildings may be experienced over the coming weeks as part of ongoing construction activity.

The works taking place around these buildings are related to the creation of our new Students Support Centres. Work at the HumSS Building is scheduled to be complete by late November, with JJ Thomson and Agriculture following in
December.

Noise levels will fluctuate depending on the activities being carried out. It will not be constant, and should reduce as each project nears completion. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact Robert Shankland.

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You may have noticed that week 6 of the Autumn and Spring term has different timetabling from the other weeks of term. This is because week 6 is used by your School to enhance the curriculum and offer you slightly different content.

If you’re a returning student, you will remember that week 6 of both terms was previously ‘Enhancement Week’. For new students, this was a week of both academically related and extracurricular activities.

From this academic year onward, week 6 will purely include degree-related material. The week will be used by your School to enhance the curriculum and offer you slightly different content. This might be helping your with your study skills, allowing you to go on a field trip without missing classes or receiving specialist tuition without the hindrance of fitting it into a full timetable. You may therefore have fewer classes this week.

Please note that the University of Reading does not have half term or a reading week. Week 6 of term is part of your curriculum and your attendance is compulsory and no different from other weeks of term.

Make sure you ask your personal tutor about what the School has planned and keep an eye on Me@Reading Student for more updates.

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The Me@Reading Student portal became available to all students on the 19th September. We hope that over the last week, lots of you have been able to begin using it and are seeing the benefits of having all of your important resources in one place.

We just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about a couple of technical things to be aware of:

  • If you have any technical queries or difficulties with the portal, or can’t login, contact IT on it@reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 6262
  • Remember, when you sign in, you need to click the link to allow the portal access to your o365 inbox. This just means that you will be able to access and reply to email from within the portal. Without clicking this box, you will not be able to login.

Any other questions about the portal? Email studentcomms@reading.ac.uk .

 

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In preparation for both new and returning students coming to our lovely campus in just a couple of weeks, we have a message from our Community Relations Officer and Thames Valley Police about using ID around town!

What you need to know

There are only 3 forms of accepted ID in Reading town centre – UK driving licenses, UK Passports and the “PASS” scheme cards, available online or from Reading borough council. You will also be expected to carry a recognisable Student card of some format.

This might be particularly useful to International students who do not have a UK driving license or passport. More info on PASS can be found here: http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/

 

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We’re approaching the halfway point for early works now, continuing to build towards the demolition of the glass-fronted staircase. Work over the next two weeks will largely focus on finishing off the internal hoardings and continued activity around the glass-fronted staircase.

Main works proposed up to Sunday 18 September 2016:

  • Internal hoardings on the Ground, First, Third and Fifth floors should be completed, with doors added for construction workers to access work areas. It goes without saying that these areas are strictly off limits to Library users, so please keep out!
  • Work around the glass-fronted staircase will continue from the Basement all the way up to the Second floor.
  • The Second floor is expected to reopen for full use during the week beginning Monday 12 September (date subject to change), including the group study area.
  • Once the Second floor has reopened the Fourth floor will undergo the same programme of works that were recently carried out on the Second floor. As a result the Fourth floor will be closed temporarily. If you were looking to use the group study area on the Fourth floor, please use the space available on the Second floor instead.
  • Outside, hoarding will be set up around the bike shed area so that ground works can begin.

Additional details can be found in a floor-by-floor plan. In addition, our contractors ISG have prepared a helpful news bulletin tracking progress over the past month.

As usual, the nosiest sections of work will be carried out up until 10:00am.

Please contact Robin Hunter if you have any queries. Additional information about the Library refurbishment can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

We’re approaching the halfway point for the competition of early works

We’re approaching the halfway point for the competition of early works

 

Hello to students new and old! Here is an update on what is changing with Student Services this year:

Student support arrangements

The University announced plans last year to open three main support centres in the HUMSS, JJ Thompson and Agriculture Buildings, and two ‘satellite’ centres at Foxhill House and London Road.

The two smaller centres will be open from September 2016 – providing support to Education, Architecture and Law students.

However, the three main centres will not be in operation until the start of the 2017-18 academic year. So for the majority of students, there will be no changes this year – your school office will continue to support you as it has always done.

If you would like the full details about where your academic school’s support staff will be based here on the University website.

Me@Reading Student portal

This is the new portal we are launching this term, designed to link together RISIS, Blackboard, your inbox, academic timetable, tailored content and more into a one-stop website for all aspects of student life.

No more navigating around a web of different tabs and websites: you can reach everything you need through one site.

No more missing out on interesting events and opportunities: the portal will provide content specific to you, depending on your academic school and degree stage – whether it is a RUSU event this weekend, a society fundraiser, a module registration deadline, Me@Reading Student will help keep you in the loop.

You will be able to log in from 19th September at this website:  http://student.reading.ac.uk

If you have any questions, get in contact with us at studentcomms@reading.ac.uk.