November 2017

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As the winter nights draw in and the evenings are now cold and dark, it’s important to bear your own safety and security in mind when you’re out and about. Whether you live on campus or in private accommodation, it’s good to remember some simple strategies and support services that help you continue your daily routine safely.

Security Services – Staying safe and secure

The Security team at the University of Reading are largely focused on the personal safety of staff and students. They are present on campus, completing security patrols, surveillance and emergency response callouts from any location on university property. With a 24 control room and CCTV networks, the Security Team are here to support you if need help or wish to report something. They can be contacted on:

Emergency telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6300

General enquiries telephone: +44 (0)118 378 7799 (All calls are recorded for Verification and Audit purposes)


It is worth putting the numbers into your phone now, just in case!

Please note: For cases where you require the emergency services (Police, Ambulance, Fire brigade etc.), dial 999 immediately.

The Security Service also offers other services such as Campus Watch (similar to neighbourhood watch), a Chaperone Service (assistance for ensuring you get from A to B safely), and also offer security equipment (such as bike locks, personal alarms and high-visibility vest) to purchase to protect yourself and your belongings.

Security Services also offer advice, as prevention is the best way to tackle crime. They offer advice on a range of topics such as:

  • Personal safety
  • Security advice for schools and departments
  • Keeping your vehicle secure
  • Keeping your bicycle secure
  • Safe cycling

For more information, visit our Safety and Security pages.




Housing Talks by RUSU Advice Service (with free pizza!)
16.00-17.00. Monterey Lounge.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
13.00-13.40. Flagpole near Library at Whiteknights.


Reading Film Theatre – Maudie (12a)
19.45 Palmer. Get your tickets today!

RUSU Comedy Central Live ft. Marlon Davis, Kelly Convey & Adam Rowe
19.00 Mojo’s Bar. Make sure you buy your ticket!



Public Lecture – Lost & Found: Excavating the world’s first farmers in Iraq and Iran. 10,000-7,500 BC
20.00, G10 Palmer Building. Register to attend!

Christmas Wreath Making (volunteering society)
14.00. Lakeside residential Care Home

Transgender Awareness Training
14.00-16.00. Palmer 106.
Students can book by contacting Sinead O’Flynn –
Staff can book via Employee Self Service.



Reading Film Theatre – God’s Own Country (15)
19.45 Palmer. Get your tickets today!

Film Night – Beauty and the Beast (Disney, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film society collaboration)
19.00. Edith Morley 125.



Bread Making Workshop
10.30 / 11.30 Chaplaincy Centre. £2. Book your place now at:

Film Society – Comedy Collection
19.00. Minghella Building.



Big Band Swing Ball
19.00, Great Hall London Road Campus. Book your ticket today!

RU Doc Soc Christmas Trip to Bath
Coach leaving from campus at 10am.

A Flower for Oscar Wilde: Being Human Festival
10.00-13.00. Reading Museum, Belgrave Street, RG1 1QH. Register to attend!





Starting this Friday (17 November), students will be able to make use of additional study space in the URS building over the weekends.

Rooms 2s14, 2s21, 2s25, 2s26 and 2s27 will be open for use from 18:00 on Fridays until 08:00 on Mondays, during term time.

These rooms had to be closed when the Large Lecture Theatre in URS was reopened in September. They will still be inaccessible on the weekdays during term time, but will be open for use over the weekends and also during vacations and summer terms when the lecture theatre is closed.

The Library also has arrangements in place to open up space in the Chancellor’s Building on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 and 18:00 if the Library@URS reaches capacity. Users are requested to talk to Library staff at the URS Ground Floor Information Desk  if they are having difficulty in finding a space.



Work began this week on the installation of the cladding towards the front of the University Library. Over the next weeks, the contractors will be installing cladding brackets and rails on the exterior walls, which will involve heavy drilling. Occupants of Edith Morley, Whiteknights House and URS buildings may experience a higher than usual noise level, but are advised that the drilling work will finish by 10 am every day.

Meanwhile, work continues inside the Library with the focus on the internal and service works on the basement, ground and 1st floors; surveying and ductwork on the 4th floor; works to the roof and 5th and 6th floor plant room; and, weather proofing of the North, East and South sides.

The diversion in place outside the Library will continue and we will keep you updated on the progress.


Stay up to date 

Keep checking the Library blog for the latest refurbishment news and updates.

For more information on the Library refurbishment, please see our dedicated project page:

Monday 13th
HBS Event – ‘Assessment Centres Explained’        1-1.50pm Room 108

University Challenge Team Selection Quiz            6-7pm Palmer 106
Register your interest to attend!

Final day for NUS Delegates nominations             3pm (online)
Click here to nominate yourself!

R.U Not Drinking Much? Games Night                  7pm Palmer 104
Click here for more details.

WW1 Centenary Lecture with David Bilton            7pm G27 Edith Morley
Free to attend. Click here for more information.                                                                                              


Tuesday 14th
RUSU Mexican Night                                             7.30-11pm Mojos
Click here for more details.

Construction Fair                                                  11-2pm 3Sixty
Click here for more information

HBS Event – ‘Strengths Based Interviews’              1-1.50pm Room 108

Reading Film Theatre: Screening Wind River          7.45pm Palmer Building
Click here for more information.


Wednesday 15th
HBS Event – ‘Shine in the Group Exercise’             1-1.50pm Room 108

Masters Visit Afternoon                                        12-4pm Meadow Suit Park House
Confirm your place here!


Thursday 16th
Reading Film Theatre: Screening In Syria               8pm Palmer Building
Click here for more information.

Jess Phillips MP: Talk and Debate                           6pm Van Emden: Edith Morley
Register to attend!

Open Student Meeting                                           1-2pm Miller Building G05


Friday 17th
R.U Not Drinking Much? Film Night                        7pm Palmer 104
Click here for more information.

Film Society: Screening Moonlight (2016)               7pm Minghella Studios
Click here for more details.


Some criminals specifically target international students, telephoning them and pretending to be from a legitimate organisation (such as the UK Home Office, an education agent or even UKCISA). They demand money (calling it a “fine” for a non-existent immigration problem), and claim that if you do not pay them quickly, there will be damaging consequences (for example, deportation or cancelling your visa).


Is it a fraud?

You can help protect yourself by being aware of the common features of these fraudulent calls (‘scams’).

  • The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing, because they have some limited information about you (for example, your passport number, as well as your telephone number and name).
  • The caller may give you their name and telephone number, to try to convince you they are genuine.
  • They may say that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to pay a fine, or send a payment.
  • The payment is, most commonly, demanded to be made via Western Union, PayPal or iTunes as soon as possible, supposedly to prevent further action or investigation by the UK Home Office.
  • The caller will speak in dramatic terms, perhaps talking about deportation or cancelling your visa.  This is a common fraudster’s technique, to make you panic and become pressurised into paying the fake fine.


How to respond

If you receive such a call (or a similar contact by any other means, for example email or text) we advise as follows:

  • Do not give the caller/sender any personal information, and do not confirm that any information they have is correct.
  • Do not make any payment. The Home Office does not issue financial penalties. Nor does UKCISA.
  • You may wish to tell the caller/sender that you know about the fraudulent contact they are making, and that you will be reporting it to the police and the Home Office. Or you may simply wish to hang up.
  • Report the incident to the International Student Advisory Team at and the Adviser can help you report the fraud to the police and to the Home Office if you wish.
  • If you wish, you can report the matter online to Action Fraud.
  • You can also help other potential victims of this fraud by adding details of your experience to a discussion about this specific fraud on the Who Calls Me website.


The Me@Reading portal is one of the main channels that students can access important news, interesting articles and details about upcoming events. It’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your key resources, from Blackboard to your emails.

Me@Reading is individual to you. For example, if you’re an English student, you’ll receive all of the necessary information from your department, as well as other content that you may be interested in. So it’s a great way of making sure that you’re all up to speed and kept in the loop.

We want to know what you think about the portal and how we can improve it. Complete our survey by the 17th November and you could be in with a chance of winning Amazon vouchers! Complete the five quick questions to enter the draw to win Amazon vouchers; There are 1 x £150, 2 x £50 and 5 x £25 to be won!

Winners will be contacted by 24th November.

We have recently taken the decision to extend the use of the URS Building for Library study space for an extra year. This decision has been taken in consultation with RUSU, to minimise disruption for students while the Library refurbishment continues.


Originally, the arrangements to relocate Library study space to the URS Building were to remain in effect until August 2018, at which point studyspace and other facilities would move back into the Library. However, this is a complex construction project and we have unfortunately encountered some unforeseen complications along the way. To ensure the refurbishment works can continue within the required timeframe we have agreed that the URS Building will provide a better study environment until work on the Ground and First floors of the Library is complete. This means that URS will continue to operate the way it currently does until autumn 2019, with the plan being to have the majority of Library refurbishment work completed by this point.


Robert Van de Noort, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Planning & Resource) said ‘The URS Building provides a quieter environment for study, enquiries and support.  It is less disrupted by the noise or dust of the building project, while still being close enough to borrow and use the Library’s printed materials. Extending its use means that students can continue to use study space and key services away from continuing construction work in the Library for the duration of the refurbishment.’


The major £40 million Library refurbishment is on track to be completedby autumn 2019. We appreciate that study space is a key priority for our students, and it is hoped that it may be possible to re-open study space on the Library’s Ground and First floors during autumn 2018.


In the meantime, we are monitoring the usage of study spaces within URS and the alternative study spaces provided across our campuses (see below for more information) to ensure all spaces are accessible, available and well-used. Feedback on these spaces is very much welcome as it will help us to plan study space availability in the future.


Alternative study spaces

Including study space within URS, we have over 1,500 study spacesavailable across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses.


We have provided some helpful resources to make it easier for students to find a suitable space to study. These can be easily accessed through our Library refurbishment project page, and include:


Library staff in the URS building at the Information Desk or Reception will also be happy to try and help or advise students looking for study space.


Full details of the refurbishment, including FAQ, project summary, latest news and study space links, are available on our dedicated project website: