Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: March 2017 (Page 2 of 2)

Funds raised from University Mental Health Day

Thursday 2nd March was University Mental Health Day. This annual day is a great way to raise awareness of an important issue, as well as getting everyone involved in a variety of activities and events. This year’s focus was on the link between being active and mental health.

At the University we celebrated this with two days of events. Notably, this included a talk from Frank Bruno MBE, a former World and European heavyweight boxing champion who has battled with bipolar disorder and severe depression. Frank was a brilliant guest, and lots of students and staff enjoyed hearing about boxing, sports, and the stigma around mental health. Other activities included a Super Circuits fitness session at the SportsPark, attended by Frank Bruno, and a charity rowathon.

These events combined raised a wonderful £480 for Sport in Mind and the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust; a fantastic result for a fantasic couple of days.

If you have any questions about mental health, and what support is available to you, visit our Counselling and Wellbeing pages. For more information on University Mental Health Day and other campaigns, visit

Update on exams timetables

Further to the announcement that the University’s exam timetables will be released on the 4th April, below is a statement from the Exams Office:


We do appreciate the concerns of students preparing to take exams in the Summer Term.

Work on the exam timetable cannot start until Spring Term module registration is settled at the end of week 3. The timetable must be constructed from scratch each year as the numbers of students sitting and the combinations of modules being taken are different.  Last year’s exam timetable included over 47,000 instances of a student sitting a paper and we expect this year’s timetable to be on a similar scale. The timetable is published before the end of the Spring Term each year.

The date of 4 April was given as the latest date when the timetable would be available to students and we are working very hard to ensure that it is ready as soon as possible before then.

We publish information on our website at the start of the academic year about the exam periods for their Part (eg postgraduate students 18 April – 26 May), and this should enable them to begin planning revision. It also enables international students to identify those periods of time when they need to be here to take exams.  Students will obviously need to include all modules with exams in their revision and the University normally expects students to be in Reading until the end of the academic year.

We are continuing to work on the timetable with the aim of publishing it by the end of the Spring Term.

Library refurbishment: works between 6 and 27 March

Between 6 – 27 March the following construction/internal work is expected to be carried out:

  • Re-cladding the outside: Work around the outside of the Library continues as our contractors focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior. These works involve drilling and so may be noisy – details of alternative study space are available on the Library refurbishment project page.
  • Ground works: Ground works continue around the perimeter of the Library.
  • Internal works: Activity will resume around the glass-fronted staircase (behind the white hoardings). Later in this period furniture from the 2nd and 4th floor reading rooms will start moving into the URS Building – we’ll be sharing more details of the URS move very shortly.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library refurbishment project page:

Reading Festival ticket scam








A Reading student has reportedly been targeted by a Reading Festival ticket scam.

The student was approached by someone who claimed that all Reading students were entitled to one free Reading Festival ticket. They were also told that if more than one ticket is needed, this person can ‘use their contacts’ to get more tickets for a ‘discounted fee’.

We can confirm that the University does not offer free or discounted festival tickets. Please be wary of such offers, and let your peers know.

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