January 2018

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Application forms with Careers. 1-2pm. Carrington 101.
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CV, LinkedIn & Networking. 1-2pm Allen Lab G09.
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Study Abroad Q&A: Australia. 2-3pm. EM227.
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Introduction to the RED Award. 5-6pm. Carrington 101.
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R U Not Drinking Much Society Film Night.  7pm. Palmer 104.
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Study Abroad Q&A: Asia. 10-11am. EM227.
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Finding Summer Internships and Placements. 1-2pm. Carrington 201.
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Interview preparation: small group workshop. 5-6pm. Carrington 203.
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Reading Film Theatre – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) 7.45pm.
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Study Abroad Q&A: Europe. 12pm-1pm. EM228.
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Army Officer career opportunities. 1-2pm. Palmer 105.
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Application essentials: CVs, covering letters, application forms. 1-2.30pm. Palmer 107.
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Writing up your dissertation. 2-3pm. Palmer 103.
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Solving equations: linear, quadratic, exponential workshop. 2-3pm. EM G74.
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Volunteering drop-in with RVA. 12-3pm. Palmer G05.
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Assessment centre skills session led by Mondelēz. 1-2pm. EM 126.
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Managing you online presence. 1-2pm. Carrington 101.
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Primary Teacher Recruitment Fair. 4.30-6pm. IOE.
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Reading Film Theatre – De Plus Belle (12A) 8pm
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RUSU School Outreach Project – University Visit.

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The Christmas holidays are long gone and Blue Monday is now here, which might explain why some of us are feeling a little down and dispirited from time-to-time… But don’t worry, here are 5 easy ways to put a spring back in your step:

  1. Exercise
    There is no better method to blow the January cobwebs and chase the blues away than getting out and doing a little exercise. The Christmas holiday, for most people, is largely a sedentary time, so small bursts of exercise can help you physically feel better and also release endorphins to help boost your mood and mental wellbeing. If you’re not fond of exercise or don’t like sports or going to the gym, try incorporating it into your daily routine by walking to lectures instead of getting the bus. You’ll start to feel better in no time.
  2. Communicate with friends & family
    For many students, the Christmas holidays have been surrounded by constant interaction with other people and so January can feel like a lonely time now that you’re back to studying away from home. Therefore, it’s really important to keep in contact with people that care and support you, whether that be with your immediate housemates at university or keeping in contact with other friends and family away from Reading. January exams and essay deadlines will bring new academic pressures, so the value of social interaction increases at this time as it is really beneficial to your happiness and great at keeping you feel settled and supported.
  3. Eat well but indulge where necessary
    Pretty much everyone will be thinking about how much they’ve overeaten during the Christmas break, so it’s quite common that many people will be aiming to eat healthy food during January. Make sure that you try to cook your own healthy food as much as possible, or even batch cook your favourite meals and then freeze the rest to eat healthy food when you don’t feel like cooking (see our Student Stories Blog for many student-friendly healthy recipes). Whilst it’s important to eat healthy food to restore all the vitamins and other goodness that have been lost over December, it’s still ok to eat that packet of biscuits or tub of ice cream on the odd occasion. Try and aim for a balance in your diet: healthy food to keep you well, but indulging on the junk food every now and then for comfort, ensuring that your foodie habits are guilt free.
  4. Ask for help
    It can be tricky coming back to university for a new academic term after a long Christmas break. Studying and fending for yourself are once again a reality, which can be very daunting and overwhelming for some students. Make sure to ask for help if you’re struggling with something, such as speaking to the Counselling and Wellbeing team, or talking to your Personal Tutor on how to improve your essay grades from last term. It’s important to always ask for help when you want it, not just as a last resort when you absolutely need it. Getting ahead in your academic and personal life will certainly help you feel organised and on top of things. Your Personal Tutor or your Support Centre will be able to assist you with any queries that you may have, or take a look at the Reading Essentials pages for general university advice on where to seek help. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved.
  5. Have things to look forward to
    One of the easiest ways to boost your mood is to have nice events or occasions put in your diary in advance. Nothing works better than having something fun to look forward to during a long and tiring week, such as a music gig or a local comedy night. However it doesn’t even have to be something expensive, you could leave a day in your weekend for yourself to go on a walk or bike ride that you’ve always wanted to do, or even book out an hour or two to call that friend that you keep meaning to get in touch with. These small events act as mini goals and rewards to keep you motivated throughout the coming weeks.

The CMISGo timetabling system is experiencing delays in data changes refreshing.

Changes to timetables made in the last week may not appear and we advise you check them on the temporary student timetabling portal.

Our apologies and we will notify you as soon as the issue has been resolved.


As we head into the new year, many people start to reflect on the year just passed and also look towards the future. Resolutions can be lifestyle based, such as giving up chocolate or doing more exercise, or something skills based like learning to play a musical instrument. Many people around the world will set themselves resolutions at this time of year, but where did this tradition all start?

It is believed that the ancient Babylonians were the first to make resolutions around 4000 years ago, such as promising to return objects they have had borrowed or pay any outstanding debts, although at this time the new year fell in March when they planted crops. It was said that if the Babylonians kept their word, the pagan gods would bestow favour on them for the coming year. If not, they would displease the gods and suffer consequently.

The Romans also adopted a similar tradition after Julius Caesar changed the calendar to start from January 1st. This is also linked to how the Romans worshipped the God ‘Janus’, a god depicted with two heads to symbolically look back to the previous year and forward into the future. Romans would worship the deity and make promises of good conduct for the following year.

Now that 2018 is here, you might be thinking about your own New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already made them, try and think of ways that you will be more likely to stick to them, particularly if you’ve set yourself a tough goal! If not, there’s still time if you plan on setting some!

A good way to decide on your resolutions is to think of ways that would improve your life and make you happier for the next year and then set goals, some that are easily achievable and some that are more difficult to achieve. For example, if you decided that getting fitter would help improve your life, an easily attainable goal would be to go to the gym once a week and your longer-term, more difficult, goal being to run a 5k. Your smaller goals will help you achieve your new year’s resolutions and make your 2018 a fantastic year!

If your goals include trying something new, joining a society, taking up a sport or just getting involved, take a look at our Opportunities pages.


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The Library@URS offers around 600 study spaces during term time. While the space is convenient for studying, we do recognise that it can be difficult to find space during peak times (occupancy rates suggest this is typically between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm).


Following student feedback, the University will be able to offer additional study space beyond the Library@URS from Monday 15 January 2018:


  • Study space at Eat at the Square: Eat at the Square will be open after lunch from 3.00 pm -6.00 pm every Monday to Friday during term time. It will provide approximately 280 spaces, with refreshments available to purchase from The Grumpy Mule.
  • Extended Chancellor’s Building opening hours: Opening hours for the Chancellor’s Building have been extended to offer additional space from 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm every Monday to Friday during term time. (This is in addition to opening Chancellor’s at weekends if URS becomes full – see below).
  • New study spaces to be created in Halls: In case you missed our announcement last November, more than 100 new study spaces will be available across our Halls of Residence. We are aiming for these to be ready by the end of February.
  • AVAILABLE NOW – Study Space Map: We have also produced a Study Space Map highlighting spaces across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses. Download the map today at our Library refurbishment page.


These new services join our existing Library@URS arrangements and space-finding tools. To recap, these are:


  • Library@URS arrangements
    • Library@URS anti-desk-hogging service: Does that jacket really need its own space? Please speak to staff at the Reception or ground floor Information Desk if you see unattended spaces ‘booked’ with belongings.
    • Chancellor’s Building as overflow space: The Chancellor’s Building can be opened as relief space if URS becomes full at weekends – please speak to staff at the URS ground floor Information Desk for more information.
    • Extra URS space over weekends and vacations: Rooms 2s14, 2s21, 2s25, 2s26 and 2s27 will be available when the Large Lecture Theatre is not in use over weekends and vacations (due to fire regulations). In term time, the rooms are available from 6.00 pm Friday until 8.00 am Monday. The rooms will be immediately available during vacations and summer terms, ensuring the maximum study space capacity can be used at exam revision time.
  • Digital space-finding tools can be easily accessed through the Library refurbishment page:

Noisy works within the Library


As ever, the Library building remains open for borrowing books and learning materials while refurbishment work takes place.

Please note there may be noisy works over the next few weeks as the next phase of work includes the cutting of concrete slab on the ground and basement floors.

Where to find out more

Don’t forget that Library staff are on hand to answer your questions and help you out –  please speak to staff at the Library@URS Reception or ground floor Information Desk if you need assistance or have any queries.

Please visit the Library refurbishment webpage for further information on the project, including the latest news, links to space-finding tools and FAQs.


2nd year Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies student, Alexander, interviews his personal tutor…

At the University, Personal Tutors are available to meet with you to discuss how you are getting on with your course. I’ve had a very positive experience with my personal tutor, and I would recommend to first year students to build up a good rapport with your tutor, and an honest relationship, because there is nothing worse than bottling things up. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to say you’re struggling, because your tutor is there to help you. I caught up with Ilan, my Personal Tutor to find out more about his role.

What is your role as a personal tutor?
Ilan: My tutoring role is a general pastoral role, to support students and make sure they are happy and enjoying university life. It could be helping them through any problems with halls of residence or renting a house, anything that they may be anxious or worried about during their time at Reading.

What can you help students with?
I: If they’re stressed or worried about anything, I can talk to their course tutor, or if it’s issues relating to halls, I can find out who the relevant person is and pass on the concerns. If they’re feeling lonely, I can encourage them to join in with university events, sports, clubs and societies. If a student has a disability, I can also sign post students to where they can get information and support.

How often can students meet with you and for how long?
I: Once every term, for one hour. Although my students can contact me, anytime to request another tutorial.

Is there a procedure to go through with booking a tutorial, or do tutors contact students?
I: I email out the times I’m available and then students book directly with me, the time they would like to have their tutorial. It works on a first come, first served basis.

Can students choose who their personal tutor is?
I: Generally, when a new cohort of students start, tutors are allocated with some students. Students don’t get to pick who their personal tutor is, although you can request a re-allocation if your relationship is not working as well as it should.

What else do you do alongside your personal tutor role?
I: I lecture on three courses; BA Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS), the new BA Education Studies, and BSL (British Sign Language) – a new module on Whiteknights.

Thank you Ilan!

To find out more about personal tutors, click here.


If you have, or suspect you may have a disability, get in touch with the disability team before Friday 9 February 2018 to make special arrangements.

What are special exam arrangements?

Special exam arrangements are put in place to support students with disabilities, long-term medical conditions, mental health or specific learning difficulties and aim to ensure that these students are not disadvantaged as a result of their condition.

Depending on your support needs, arrangements could include being allowed to sit your exam in an alternative location away from the main cohort of students, permission to use a computer, rest breaks or extra time. You can find more examples of special arrangements here.

New to the service?

How do I know if I’m eligible?

If you are not sure about what counts as a disability or whether you’re eligible for special exam arrangements, please get in touch with us on 0118 378 4202 or by emailing disability@reading.ac.uk. If you’re on campus, you can also visit the DAS reception the ground floor of the Carrington building between 10am and 4pm, Monday – Friday, and we’ll be happy to help.

How do I apply?

To get the process started, you will need to complete a Disability Advisory Service registration form and provide us with evidence of your disability, long-term medical conditions or specific learning difficulty.

Once you have registered, we will confirm your evidence and you will be asked to confirm that the recommended exam arrangements meet your needs.

Already registered with the Disability team?

As you have registered with the University’s Disability Advisory Service, you are eligible to apply for special exam arrangements. It is important that you apply for exam arrangements as soon as possible before the deadline on Friday 9 February 2018 to ensure these can be confirmed and put in place prior to the start of your exams. You can apply for these arrangements by getting in touch with the team on disability@reading.ac.uk . A Disability Adviser will then work with you to identify any reasonable adjustments that could be recommended for your exams, taking into account the information you have provided from your doctor, medical specialist or specific learning difficulties assessor.

If you already have special exam arrangements in place, or have already spoken to a Disability Adviser about the arrangements you would like, you do not need to apply again.

If your support needs change at any time during your course or you have any queries, please do contact us as soon as possible on 0118 378 4202 or at disability@reading.ac.uk

Are you an MPhil/PhD student?

Please submit your completed registration form and medical evidence, then book an appointment with a Disability Advisor. At your appointment the Advisor will look at how adjustments can be made to support your studies.

Drop in sessions with the Disability Advisory Service:

If you have any questions about the service and how it might be able to support you with exam arrangements, why not attend one of the exam ‘drop-in’ sessions for quick queries:

  • Thursday 11th January – 2-3pm – Palmer building, room G04
  • Wednesday 17th January – 2-3pm – Palmer building, room 106

If you’re fed up of your commute or are looking to be closer to your academic buildings, you can apply for university accommodation starting this January.

Accommodation is available up until June or September. Short-term lets are also considered if they are over three days. Please contact the accommodation office directly if you are interested in a short-term let.

How to apply:

1. Login to the RISIS portal
2. Select Accommodation from the Actions menu, then click to make an application

Alternatively, you can contact the accommodation office on accommodationonline@reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 4203 if you have any further questions.