Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: January 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

Spring Term Week 4 Highlights


Holocaust Memorial Day Guest Speaker Holocaust Memorial Day Guest Speaker John Doabi- Jewish Society Event, 12.30pm-2.30pm, RUSU Boardroom
Register your place.

Finding summer internships and placements, 1pm-2pm, Palmer G03
Sign up here.

PWC – Cracking Code: A Beginner’s Guide to Coding, 1pm-2pm, Carrington 101
Book your place here.

RU:ON TV Give It A Go: Editing Session, come along for a FREE editing session to learn the basics of Adobe Premiere pro , 3pm, Stephen Lawrence Media Centre.
Find out more here.

Application essentials: CVs, covering letters, application forms, 5pm-6.30pm, Palmer G01
Sign up today!



Application forms, 1pm-2pm, Carrington 101
Book your place here.

Explore careers in PR and advertising, 1pm-2pm, Palmer 106
Register your attendance.

Comedy Central Live ft. Paul F Taylor, 7:30pm, Mojo’s Bar
Get your tickets here.

Reading Film Theatre – Screening ‘Mother’ (18), 7.45pm-10pm, Palmer Building
Purchase your tickets today.



Volunteering drop-in with RVA, 12pm-3pm, Edith Morley 144
Find out more and sign up here.

How to think, read and write critically, 2pm-3pm, Palmer 104
Click here for more details.

Psychometric tests: help with numerical questions, 2pm-3.30pm, Edith Morley G74
Find out more and register here.



In Limbo: Brexit testimonies from EU citizens in the UK, 6-8pm, Palmer 109
Register your attendance.

Finalist career hacks 2: Discover what you can do, 1pm-2pm, Carrington 101
Sign up here.

Interview skills 2 (placements), 1pm-2pm, Palmer 1.11
Click here to book your place.

Interview Preparation: small group workshop, 5pm-6pm, Carrington 203
Register your interest here.

Getting started with LinkedIn, 5pm-6pm, Palmer 1.05
Sign up today.

Reading Film Theatre – Screening ‘Call Me By Your Name’ (15), 7.45pm-10pm, Palmer Building
Purchase your tickets here.



R U not drinking much – Games night! – Take a break with a nice night filled with entertaining and hilarious games, 7pm, Palmer 104
Click here for more details.



R U Hacking: 24-Hour Hackathon, 10am, Palmer Building
Find out more and sign up here.



Super Bowl LII, 9:30pm, Monterey Lounge
Click here to find out more.


Run your own Welcome Week event

Have you ever wanted to run your own event? We have an exciting opportunity for students to organise and run their own Welcome Week activity for the new Part 1 cohort this September.

You have all been a new student at the University, understand what it feels like and have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and here is your chance!

The activities can be anything that helps the new students to make friends, find out useful information or feel comfortable in the next stage of their education.



If you would like to run your own session you need to

  • Email Charlotte from the Welcome Week team – – with any questions or for more information.
  • Think of a great idea for an activity.
  • Create a proposal and a budget – let us know why this would be beneficial to the students and what they will get out of your session.
  • Think about when in Welcome Week you want your activity to run – is there a specific time and date?



  • Achieve hours for the RED Award.
  • Great for your CV with event or project management.
  • Develop your organisation and management skills
  • Pass on valuable information to new students and help them settle in
  • Experience of working in a customer facing role outside of retail environment


All suggestions will be reviewed and the chosen ones will be arranged to run in Welcome Week.

Final deadline for activity submissions is 23rd March 2018

Spring Term Week 3 Highlights


Interview preparation: small group workshop. 1pm-2pm. Carrington 203.
Sign up here.

Undergraduate of the year – Creating a winning application. 5pm-6.30pm. EM 175
Book your place today!



‘Applying for postgraduate study’ workshop. 1pm-2pm. Carrington 101.
Register your attendance.

Finalist Career Hacks 1: Identify what you want (workshop). 1pm-2pm. Carrington 201.
Click here to sign up.

RUSU Comedy Central Live ft. Paul F Taylor. 7:30pm. Mojo’s Bar.
Book your tickets today.

Sign Language Sign Language Society Taster Session. 6pm. EM 126.
Find out more here.



My Voice, My Instrument: Exploring Voice and Gender (public event). 6.15pm. 3b’s bar, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH.
Attendance is free, but book your place here.

Finding summer internships and placements. 1pm-2pm. Palmer 105.
Sign up here.

CV workshop. 1pm-2pm. Carrington 101.
Book your place today.

Writing an excellent essay (workshop). 2pm-3pm. Palmer 103.
Click here for more information.

RED Award completion session. 5pm-6pm. Carrington 101.
Sign up here.

Student Activities Re-Freshers Fayre. 11am. 3sixty, RUSU
Find out more here.



‘Who benefitted from the Wolfenden Report and subsequent legislation’ (public event). 6pm. G15, Henley Business School.
Register your attendance.

Covering letters (workshop). 1pm-2pm. Carrington 101.
Sign up today.

Meet Accenture (careers). 1pm-2pm. Palmer 105.
Find out more here.


Introduction to the RED Award. 1pm-2pm. Carrington 201.
Register your attendance.

Spring Term Week 2 Highlights


Application forms with Careers. 1-2pm. Carrington 101.
Click here to sign up.
CV, LinkedIn & Networking. 1-2pm Allen Lab G09.
Book your place today.
Study Abroad Q&A: Australia. 2-3pm. EM227.
Find out more here.
Introduction to the RED Award. 5-6pm. Carrington 101.
Register your attendance.
R U Not Drinking Much Society Film Night.  7pm. Palmer 104.
More information here.


Study Abroad Q&A: Asia. 10-11am. EM227.
Click here for more information.
Finding Summer Internships and Placements. 1-2pm. Carrington 201.
Click here for more details.
Interview preparation: small group workshop. 5-6pm. Carrington 203.
Book your place today.
Reading Film Theatre – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) 7.45pm.
Purchase your tickets here.


Study Abroad Q&A: Europe. 12pm-1pm. EM228.
Click here for more information.
Army Officer career opportunities. 1-2pm. Palmer 105.
Register your attendance.
Application essentials: CVs, covering letters, application forms. 1-2.30pm. Palmer 107.
Sign up today.
Writing up your dissertation. 2-3pm. Palmer 103.
Find out more.
Solving equations: linear, quadratic, exponential workshop. 2-3pm. EM G74.
Click here for more details.


Volunteering drop-in with RVA. 12-3pm. Palmer G05.
Register your attendance.
Assessment centre skills session led by Mondelēz. 1-2pm. EM 126.
Sign up today.
Managing you online presence. 1-2pm. Carrington 101.
Sign up here.
Primary Teacher Recruitment Fair. 4.30-6pm. IOE.
Find out more.
Reading Film Theatre – De Plus Belle (12A) 8pm
Purchase your tickets today.


RUSU School Outreach Project – University Visit.

Get your ticket today.

It’s Blue Monday

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.

Delays in timetabling system

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.


New Year’s Resolutions

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.

University Travel Survey 2018


Tell us how you travel to the University

Share your views to help us improve the travel facilities around the University and you can WIN one of two iPads for taking part!

Complete the survey here.



Library refurbishment: extra study space and update on works

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.


Interview with my Personal Tutor

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.

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