Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: April 2018

University Quiet Period

The University Quiet Period will run from 6pm on Sunday 15 April until 6pm on Friday 8 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 receive harsher fines during the Quiet Period, with a penalty for a first offence starting at £25. 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
• 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.

Summer term: update on study space

The summer term is now in full swing, with many students working hard on final assignments, projects and dissertations.

 

How many spaces are available?

As the Large Lecture Theatre is now no longer in use until the start of the 2018-19 academic year, there are around 800 spaces available in the URS Building (there is a limit on the total occupancy of the building for fire safety).

Beyond the URS Building, there are more than 900 other study spaces across the Whiteknights and London Road campuses. This includes:

  • Study space in Halls: Around 100 new study spaces are now available across our Halls of Residence. You can find the spaces in Wessex Library, St George’s Computer Room, Wantage Computer Room, Stenton JCR, Childs JCR and Mackinder JCR – all study areas have been refurbished and kitted out with new furniture, improved lighting and heating, power sockets and USB ports, and will be open for 24 hours every day during the Quiet Period (between now and the end of the summer term, Friday 8 June). Outside of the Quiet Period, the spaces will be available from 7.00am until 12.00am. The spaces are open to residents of each respective Hall, but possibilities of opening the spaces up to other Hall residents are currently being explored;
  • Additional study space at Eat at the Square: Don’t forget that you can now study in Eat at the Square from 3-6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Refreshments can also be purchased from The Grumpy Mule;
  • Extended Chancellor’s Building opening hours: Rooms G11, G12, G13, G14 and G15 will be made available as extra study spaces from 6-9pm Monday to Friday during term time and also at weekends if study space in the URS Building becomes full – please speak to Library staff at the URS ground floor Information Desk to open Chancellor’s at weekends. Please note that classrooms 1-8 are now exam rooms for the entire exam period and are not accessible.;
  • RUSU’s The Study and The Study@TOB2: Study spaces available for all campus card holders.

Useful resources

The following resources are available to help students locate study space across campus:

Using space fairly

With exams and final projects on the horizon, it’s really important to be fair and considerate when using study spaces around campus. Demand is high at this time of year, so please treat all spaces, fellow students and staff with respect.

  • Anti-desk-hogging service in the URS Building: Students can report unattended spaces ‘booked’ with belongings by speaking to staff at the Reception or the Information Desk on the ground floor;
  • NOISYCHAT service in URS Building: If there is noise in a silent study area, students can use this service to text Library staff so that noise can be investigated.
  • Consider altering patterns of study: Our records show that 3.30pm is when URS is at its fullest, with space freeing up as the afternoon goes on. It may be worth looking for space before or after peak times – early morning and after 5pm are usually quieter than midday.
  • Don’t be shy: When demand is high, it’s vital that space is used as efficiently as possible. So please don’t be afraid to sit next to someone you don’t know – make use of the spaces that are available, and if studying in a group, consider splitting into smaller groups if it makes finding space easier.

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Summer Term Week 1 Highlights

Take at look at what’s happening on campus this week…

 

Monday 16th April

Societies, Dance, Media & Volunteering Awards ball. 7pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Find out more here.

 

Tuesday 17th April

Sport Awards Ball. 7pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Click here to find out more.

Public Event – The Classics in 20th Century British Sculpture. The Ure Museum, in partnership with the Department of Classics and the University Art Collection are pleased to host a workshop, in celebration of the installation of two statues (on loan from the University Art Collection) by local celebrated stone sculptor, Eric Stanford. 10am-7pm. URE Museum
Find out more and register here.

Reading Film Theatre – Screening ‘The Shape of Water’ (15). 8pm-10pm. Palmer Building.
Purchase your tickets today.

 

Wednesday 18th April

Prepare for success in your part 3/final exams. Study workshop. 2pm-3pm. Chancellors G14. No need to book.
Find out more here.

Reading Film Theatre – Screening ‘Manashe’ (U). 8pm-10pm. Palmer Building.
Find out more.

FLUX. 10pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Purchase your tickets today.

 

Thursday 19th April

RUSU Quiz & Karaoke. Join us in Mojo’s Bar every Thursday evening for the legendry mid-week quiz, followed by a chance to take the microphone and sing your favourite tunes. 7.30pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Click here for more information.

Reading Film Theatre – Screening ‘The Square’ (15). 7.45pm-10pm. Palmer Building.
Find out more.

 

Friday 20th April

SOAP – High School Musical theme. 10pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Purchase your tickets here.

 

Saturday 21st April

Saturday Union. 10pm – late. Reading University Students’ Union.
Buy your tickets today.

Top Up Your Degree: Choose a Language Module

Believe it or not, on 17th April, module selection opens for 2018-19.  Have you thought about studying a language module with the IWLP (Institution-Wide Language Programme)?

Your new language studies will add to your overall skill set. Being able to communicate in more than one language has many benefits. You will expand your understanding and appreciation of other cultures.  You will develop your critical thinking and observation skills.  You will learn how to really communicate in the new language, using skills applicable to the work place.  What you do varies from class to class, but you may give a presentation, watch a film and take part in a discussion, interview your classmates, write an email or a post in a blog, all in the target language.    IWLP classes are a fantastic way to meet people outside your subject in a lively, small group environment.  Class sizes are usually around 16-18 students, so you have more interaction with the tutor, receive regular feedback and get to know your classmates very well.  Learning a language can help transform you into a global citizen, comfortable and confident wherever you are.

The IWLP runs modules in 11 languages at a variety of levels.  If you are a beginner, you can start from scratch, or if you have some prior knowledge, you take a short placement test to see which level best suits your knowledge.

There are many classes, so there is a good chance one will fit in with your timetable.

Or how about studying overseas for just a 2 week period, and use that experience as part of a 20 credit module? (Additional costs apply).  There are 4 new modules called IWLP French with Academic placement in France – other destinations will soon be available too!    To find out more about these placement module opportunities in France, come along to a short meeting at one of the following times:

  • Wed 18 April 4-5pm Edith Morley 126F
  • Thurs 19 April 1-2pm Edith Morley 204
  • Fri 20 April 1-2pm Edith Morley 254

 

BE A GLOBAL GRADUATE.  APPLY NOW.

Find out more at www.reading.ac.uk/iwlp or look on RISIS for our modules, starting LA1XX….

Introducing our new Street Support Scheme

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the University’s new Street Support Scheme, from Monday 16 April. The scheme is operating on a trial basis until the end of the summer term and aims to help students feel safe and supported in the local area when socialising at night.

A team will be working in the residential streets around the campus between 10pm and 4am several nights a week. They’ll primarily be based:

  • Between Upper Redlands Road and London Road
  • Between Bridges/Wessex Halls and Wokingham Road
  • Between Northcourt Avenue and Christchurch Green

The team will offer information and advice on staying safe and being respectful to residents living locally. They’re highly trained and will be wearing branded University of Reading jackets so do say ‘hi’ if you see them out and about.

We’ve been working with RUSU and the local neighbourhood police to set up this scheme. We’ll be reviewing the trial at the end of the summer term and we’d be very grateful for student feedback to help inform our future decisions. Please send any feedback to community@reading.ac.uk.

Bicycle Security

As the weather improves lots of people will soon be swapping the car for a more healthy way to travel, and will be using their bicycles to get to work. In advance, Security would like to take this opportunity to remind you to keep your bike safe and secure.

  • It has been reported that bike thieves are once again operating in the local area.
  • Over the past couple of months we have had 5 cycles stolen from the university grounds and halls of residence.

Unfortunately, it appears that the stolen cycles were only secured by a cable lock, which was easily cut through by the thieves.

Can we please remind all cycle owners that the best protection is to use a good quality “D” Lock which is proven to deter thieves.

Security have “D” Locks for sale online and direct from the Security Office in Whiteknights House. Click here to find out more.

Practical To-do List For Exams

The exam season can be a stressful and busy time. Keeping going with your revision but also mentally preparing yourself for the exam day can often leave you feeling overwhelmed with information and important things to remember. Here are a few key things you will need to do before your exams begin…

  • Check the dates, times and locations of your exams… and then check again

The first thing to do for the exam season is to check when your exams are. There is nothing worse than finding out that your exam isn’t when you thought it was at the last minute, so check and then check again. A good tip could be to print out your timetable, add the exams to your calendar or set reminders on your phone. It also might be worth checking out the locations of your exams beforehand so you know where to go on the day itself and you won’t get lost! If there are any problems with your exam timetable, such as clashes, it is important that you tell the Examinations Office immediately by emailing examinations@reading.ac.uk.

  • Stock up on stationary

To do well in your exams you will need to have all of the necessary equipment. Restock your pencil cases with some good quality pens and always bring a spare with you just in case! Calculators should be brought if required for the examination and should be of the required calibre. If you’re not sure what this is, email examinations@reading.ac.uk. If you wish to bring a water bottle, remember to remove any labels that might be on the bottle, or purchase a plain one to avoid any suspicion of misconduct! 

  • Wear comfortable clothes

Summer is approaching, and this means the days are getting warmer. Be sure to check the weather on the morning of your exam so that you can dress accordingly, for example if it looks as if it will be a hot day then put on something light and cool. It’s also worth bearing in mind that exams can mean you are sitting in one place for a long time, so make sure that you are in something comfortable, allowing you to concentrate fully on your exam.

  • Be familiar with the University of Reading examination rules

There are lots of exam rules and regulations that you need to be aware of before you attend your first exam, particularly on things such as mobile phones, attendance, using your Campus Card, passport or driver’s licence as means of compulsory identification and appropriate behaviour during exam conditions. If you have any questions or are unsure of anything, click here to find out all of the necessary details for your  exams or check out the exams information on Essentials.

  • TLC

The night before an exam is a crucial time. Many of you will want to keep revising until late to make doubly sure that you know everything, but you don’t want to lose out on sleep as a consequence of this. Give yourself a bit of tender loving care (TLC) and get an early night so you can wake up early and have a good breakfast, feeling energised and ready for the day ahead.

Dealing with exam stress

As the exam season is approaching, it’s important to remember to look after yourself. Here are some top tips in making sure you’re prepared and in the best frame of mind to tackle your exams:

Brain food

No great amount of revision or exam preparation can be done on an empty stomach, so it’s really important that you keep your energy up and stay hydrated. By sticking to three healthy meals a day your brain will be able to concentrate for longer periods of time and you’ll be more productive with your revision. A variety of home cooked meals made from scratch are always  best (see our Student Stories Blog for many student-friendly healthy recipes) and you can always batch cook your favourite meals and freeze them for when you don’t have the time to cook. However, the best part of revision is undoubtedly the revision snacks. Ice cream, crisps and chocolate are great for a quick energy boost when you’re struggling to concentrate; but you could swap these for something like blueberries which will give you an energy boost as well as provide you with vital vitamins and nutrients to equip yourself to tackle exam revision, keeping energy levels up and stress levels down.

 

Have a manageable and realistic plan

Many students start revising by creating a revision plan or timetable. Whilst this is a good idea, it must be realistic and tailored to your study habits. For example, if you know that you’re not a morning person then don’t schedule your revision to start at the crack of dawn, as you will be likely to want to sleep in and miss them. Not sticking to a revision timetable can make you feel stressed and unmotivated, so it’s important that it’s as achievable as possible. Keeping track with your revision plan is a great motivator so by scheduling in lots of short breaks regularly you won’t feel so tired and pressured to keep working.

 

Keep in touch with friends

Revision is typically seen as a solitary activity with just you reading, writing and remembering all your notes from the year, however this can be very draining and can make you feel lonely. It’s important that when you do take your revision breaks that you see your friends and family and talk about things other than your studies. It’s important that your mind has a break away from concentrating on your studies and refreshes ready for your next study session. In addition, spending time talking to others in study breaks, rather than watching TV etc, is a great way of resting tired eyes from staring at too many screens. Alternatively, friends and family can help with your exam revision and make studying more fun. If you and your friends are revising for the same exam, create a study group and then you can socialise and study at the same time!

 

Ask for help

Whilst revising for exams, you’ll be looking back at your notes from across the year or term. Often it can be difficult to make sense of them or even remember what your lecturer was talking about if they were written some time ago. The important thing to remember is if you get stuck – ask for help. Don’t simply gloss over it and hope that it won’t come up in the exam as this will only cause you more stress. Asking for help can simply be just sending a quick email to your lecturer or tutor, or even asking a friend. You could also sign up to a study help workshop if there is something in particular that you need help with. It is far easier and less stressful to ask for help when you want it, not as a last resort when you become stressed and desperately need it. Take a look at our Life Tools programme for advice on mindfulness, procrastination, increasing concentration and other useful study related workshops.

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