Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: April 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Study space on Whiteknights campus this Bank Holiday weekend

For students looking to study on Whiteknights campus this weekend – Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May – the Library study space in the URS building will be open 24-hours (except Saturday night).

The Library building is also open 09:00-22:00 for access to books. Please speak to Library staff if you need help finding a space.

RUSU’s The Study will also be open between 8am and 9pm on these days.

If you want access to a computer, you can access 24-hour labs in other buildings with your Campus Card:

  • Agriculture (GL20) – 30 PCs
  • Meteorology (GL68) – 20 PCs
  • Palmer (G09) – 20 PCs

We understand that this is a busy time for students, and there are other spaces you can use to study when the University is open.

The Free Room Finder will help you identify available rooms in nearby buildings like Miller, Edith Morley, Allen-Lab or Palmer. These rooms can be booked through Room Bookings (email:; phone – 0118 378 6507).

If you are prefer to use a room in some other part of the campus or on London Road, the Free Room Finder will help identify a suitable room.

There are also a number of alternate study spaces around the campus that could be used.

For further information, check out the Library Refurbishment Project page.

Quads and Campus Routes Consultation: have your say

Proposals to enhance the public spaces at the heart of the University, and the routes leading it, are on display at the Henley Business School from 27 April to 5 May.

Students are invited to the exhibition and provide their feedback to us.

The proposals are made up of two separate but closely related projects. The quads outside the Palmer building, URS and the Library come alive during the summer, but are not used as much during other times of the year. The University is proposing improvements to the quads to create a more vibrant focal point at the centre of the campus.

The second project will create an integrated series of routes that facilitate safe and enjoyable walking and cycling on the campus.

Quads Landscape Strategy

What is being proposed?

Palmer Quad – It is proposed that both the hard (paved) and soft (planted) landscape of this quad are upgraded. A new space will allow a more flexible pattern of cycle and pedestrian movement while offering the opportunity for events to be held in the space throughout the year.

Library Quad – A performance space with the necessary infrastructure to support events is proposed for this quad. The area outside the refurbished and extended library will be redesigned to provide a café terrace and library garden for reading.

Edith Morley Quad – A limited number of subtle enhancements are proposed to this quad. The existing lawn within the space could be sculpted to create a space for small scale evening recitals and events. There is potential to give the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology a greater external presence.


Campus Routes Strategy

What is being proposed?

On road routes – A core aspiration of the Campus Routes Strategy is to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles. The road environment needs to be inclusive and accommodate people walking and cycling.

Off road routes – Lack of space is an issue when large numbers of students and staff emerge at similar times. Wider routes have greater capacity and allow room for cyclists and pedestrians to move comfortably together

Key spaces (outside the Quads) – There are four key spaces across the campus, which could benefit from modifications. These spaces play an important role in strategic cycle and pedestrian routes across the campus.

Campus gateways – The gateways to the Whiteknights campus represent a key location, a point for the University to express its identity and differentiate itself from the surrounding road network. Redesigning the three main entrance points could help calm traffic speeds and prioritise pedestrian movement.

More details on the consultation can be found on the University website.

Get paid to shape a visual identity!

The University is about to launch an exciting new service for students with part-time jobs on campus (including Student Ambassadors) called ‘Campus Jobs’ and we are looking for students to help us review our
designs for the visual identity of the service.

If you are interested in having a say in what ou
r new designs and headlines look like – we’d really love you to come along and help us in some student focus groups.

We’d really value your thoughts… and we will pay you for your time! If you are unable to make a session then we would equally love to hear your opinion through a short (no longer than 5 minute) survey:

Interested? Then please sign up for one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday 26th April: 12:30-1400 Humss-257
  • Thursday: 27th April: 1400-1530 Henley Business School- 201
  • Friday 28th April : 1500-1630 Miller 1.23
  • Tuesday 2nd May: 1200-1330 Miller 1.23

Please reply to with your preferred focus group date and timeslot along with your name, year of study and course. 


The Inaugural Wolfenden lecture

LGBT equality: past, present and future

What is the Wolfenden lecture?

This special event is named in honour of the 1957 report written by the Wolfenden Committee, which was chaired by Lord Wolfenden, the University’s Vice-Chancellor between 1950 and 1964.

The report became a key milestone in LGBT history in the UK when it recommended that, ‘… homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.’
On the 60th Anniversary of this report, the University is pleased to celebrate this extraordinary part of our heritage with this event to reflect on progress, and to inspire future generations of the LGBT+ community and their allies to achieve great things.

Any more details about the event?

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, will speak at the lecture. In 2015, Ruth was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent’s Rainbow List. She continues to be an inspirational figure today.

When, where and how to book: 

Thursday 4 May
7.00 pm | doors open at 6.30 pm
Van Emden Theatre, Whiteknights campus

Admission is free, places are limited.

To book a place, please visit or contact 0118 378 6718

Have you got the right calculator for your exam?

Got some queries about whether your calculator is okay for your exams, or need to buy a new one?

The University allows a small number of permitted calculator models to be used in exams.

The following models are accepted:

  • Casio FX-83GTPLUS or Casio FX-85GTPLUS
  • Any calculator that already has a foil sticker
  • Any other calculator specifically permitted on the question paper

The recommended models are widely available (retail price around £12) and Campus Central and Blackwells should stock them.

London Road parking during exams











From week 2 to 8 (28 April – 2 June) there will be exams in building 22 and the Great Hall on London Road Campus.

Due to high demand there may not be parking spaces available in the London Road carpark.

To make your exam day as stress free as possible, it’s worth planning ahead and having a look at public transport.

Take a look at:

Increase in bike theft


The Police and University Security services have reported a recent increase in bike thefts on campus and in the Earley area.

To ensure your bike is as secure as possible, please follow the below advice:

  • Use D-locks to secure bikes (most thefts are due to poor quality locks)
  • Be vigilant, especially in the hours of darkness
  • Take photographs of your bike and the serial numbers (this will help track down stolen bikes and return them to owners)
  • Report any suspicious activity / crime to the Police on 101 or to University Security


Module selection for academic year 2017/18


If you have tried to make your module selections for the next term, you may have noticed that you are not yet able to.

You will only need to access module selection if you are a full time undergraduate student based at the Whiteknights Campus.

This message is not relevant to:

  • Part 2 students going on a placement
  • Students based at another campus such as Henley Greenlands, CEM, or Malaysia
  • PGCE students
  • Postgraduate students

For those needing to access module selection, please be aware that it will be available by 12 noon tomorrow (Thursday 20 April) via the RISIS web portal.

If you have any questions get in touch by emailing

For more information on selecting and changing modules, visit the programmes and module pages on Essentials.

Library: study space now located in URS Building

Much of the study furniture from the Library has relocated to the URS Building.

The URS Building now provides students with a contemporary and versatile space to work and study – it includes around 800 spaces (including 145 computers), work areas for collaborative, quiet and silent study, and several key facilities from the Library Building.

Including URS, students can now access over 1,700 study spaces across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses.

URS Building key features

In URS you will now find:

  • Library Information Desk: For general and registration enquiries, located on the Ground Floor.
  • Study space: A variety ofstudy areas – group, quiet and silent – are available on the Ground and 2nd Floors.
  • Study Advice and Maths Support: Get help withstudy skills and maths on the Ground Floor.
  • Course Collection: Find key texts for your modules in the Course Collectionon the Ground Floor.  Holds are also available to collect here.
  • IT Service Desk and facilities: PCs and printing facilities are available on the Ground Floor.  If you need help, just ask at the IT Service Desk there.
  • Café Libro: The Library’s popular café is located on the 2nd Floor of the URS Building.
  • Opening Hours: The URS Building will adopt the 24 hour opening during term (except closing 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday) as is currently the case in the Library.

Take a look at the map and floor directory to see what’s been moved where.

Preparation of the space

The relocation was carried out over the Easter vacation – during this time, several new improvements were made to the URS building in order to make its study environment as welcoming as possible:

  • Rooms have been configured to meet a wide range of study needs – you’ll find individual study booths, group areas, quiet study spaces and more.
  • We have improved several of the building’s existing features in order to make it a better place to study – new lights have been fitted to make studying easier, and south-facing windows on the Second Floor have been tinted to deflect heat.
  • We have balanced creating a maximum number of spaces with ensuring that students can study in comfort and safety. Health & Safety guidelines recommend that URS holds a maximum capacity of 800 students.
  • Our job as a University is to provide students with comfortable spaces to study, and we believe that URS will prove to be a popular home to Library study space until summer 2018, when facilities will move back into the Library Building.

Why has the space moved?

Relocating study space and facilities from one to building to another posed several benefits.

Moving study space from the Library into URS will provide a quieter environment for study while still being close enough to borrow and use materials. It also means we can carry out more work inside the Library than previously planned, and so will complete the refurbishment around six months earlier.

With URS in such close proximity to the Library, you won’t have far to take the materials you’ve just borrowed from the original Library building for studying.

Library Building key features

The Library remains open for use – inside you will still find:

  • Printed materials: All printed material (other than Course Collection) will remain inside the library for borrowing or reference.
  • Library staff: Although Library staff are now based in URS, they will still offer a Help Point by the Library entrance and Information Desks on the 2nd and 4th Floors.
  • Opening Hours: The Library Building will open 09:00-22:00 seven days per week during term time. URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).

Construction work will continue in the Library Building whilst we strive to complete the project as soon as possible, so you may experience considerable noise whilst using this building.

Alternative study space across campus

Including URS, there are approximately 1,700 spaces to study on campus (subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use).


Keep in touch

While we have taken great care to ensure that URS meets your needs, we appreciate that there may be more to improve over the coming weeks.

Please pass on any feedback or comments to

Further information

A dedicated URS Building guide page has been created to help clarify exactly what has moved from the Library. It will be kept updated by our Library team, who will also share regular news and updates via the Library blog. The Library opening hours page lists opening times for both the Library and URS buildings.

Further details of the Library’s major £40 million refurbishment can be found on our Library Refurbishment Project webpage:


University Quiet Period

The University Quiet Period will run from 6pm on Sunday 16 April until 6pm on Friday 09 June. The Quiet Period is a time during the summer term each year when the University and RUSU actively encourages students to be mindful of the noise regulations set out in Section 5 of your Hall handbook. The bulk of University exams take place during the summer term and the Quiet Period is enforced in order to ensure that the disturbance of students and residents in the local community is kept to a minimum.

What’s involved?

Throughout this period, when students are involved in revision and examinations, Halls’ normal noise regulations are strictly enforced. (See your Hall Handbook for further details)

Be conscientious, and don’t put up with others who aren’t

Offenders against the noise regulations may expect to be fined £50. Other disciplinary sanctions may also be applied. Persistent offenders may be required to move out of the Hall.

Simple things you can do to help

Here are some steps to help ensure peace and harmony over the exams period:

  • Don’t make noise in communal areas in halls (such as kitchens)
  • Keep quieter when on your way to and from venues
  • If your neighbours knock and ask you to keep the noise down please don’t dismiss them
  • During exam period – remember there are many students that will have exams both before and after you so please be considerate when you’re lucky enough to not have any exams!

Find out more about the University expectations of student conduct.

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