Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: January 2019

Snow update: Disruption possible

The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for snow and ice in the Reading area. Please check your route home today and make alternative arrangements if needed.

We anticipate that our Reading campuses will be open as usual tomorrow, Friday 1 February, but there may be some disruption due to students and colleagues experiencing difficulties travelling to campus.

Please only travel if it is safe to do so and report any absences as normal. Check your University email address regularly for notification of any classes or other activities being re-scheduled.

We will publish an update on Friday morning on Facebook and Twitter to confirm if the situation has changed overnight, followed by the Me@Reading student portal as soon as possible.

For the latest weather forecast please visit BBC Weather. Other useful resources include:

Snow forecast: campus open

 

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for snow and ice until 12pm today (Wednesday).

Our Reading campuses are open as usual, but there may be some disruption due to students and colleagues experiencing difficulties travelling to campus.

Please only travel if it is safe to do so and report any absences as normal. Check your University email address regularly for notification of any classes or other activities being re-scheduled.

Further snow is forecast later this week. Please continue to check Facebook, Twitter and the Me@Reading student portal for updates.

For the latest weather forecast please visit BBC Weather. Other useful resources include:

Snow forecast: disruption possible

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for snow and ice for the Reading area.

We anticipate that our Reading campuses will be open as usual on Wednesday 30 January, but there may be some disruption due to students and colleagues experiencing difficulties travelling to campus.

Please only travel if it is safe to do so and report any absences as normal. Check your University email address regularly for notification of any classes or other activities being re-scheduled.

We will publish an update on Wednesday morning on Facebook and Twitter to confirm if the situation has changed overnight, followed by the Me@Reading student portal as soon as possible.

For the latest weather forecast please visit BBC Weather. Other useful resources include:

Me@Reading Competition

The Me@Reading student portal is one of the main channels allowing students to 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 tailored to you, meaning that you’ll receive all of the necessary information from your department, as well as other relevant content you may be interested in. It’s a great way of making sure that you’re kept up-to-date with what’s going on around campus throughout the year.

We want to know what you think about the portal and how we can improve it. Complete our survey by 21 February to share your ideas and be in with a chance to win some Amazon vouchers! Answer four quick questions to enter the draw and let us know your thoughts.

There’s 1 x £100 voucher, 2 x £50 vouchers and 3 x £25 vouchers to be won!

Winners will be contacted by 28 February.

Personal safety with PC Julie

Winter is in full swing, which means longer, darker nights across campus. PC Julie is back with some advice on personal safety.

Hello everyone and may I wish you all a happy and safe new year!

This month I want to talk to you about personal safety. Universities are often seen as an easy target for those looking to commit a crime – be that theft of valuables from student halls or the library, selling drugs, or assault.

Recently there have been some incidents where students have been harassed on campus, especially females who are on their own late at night. If you’re walking alone in the dark you’re much more at risk of becoming a target of crime, so please protect yourself and reduce this risk by following these tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings – plan your route in advance, stick to lit pathways and don’t listen to music – you won’t be able to hear someone approaching if you have your headphones in!
  • Avoid walking alone late at night at all costs – if you must walk try to walk with friends, or take an alternative form of transport like the bus or taxi. RUSU’s safe taxi scheme means you can get home even if you’ve got no cash.
  • Save the University Security number in your phone and use their chaperone service – if you’re walking alone on campus you can call Security on 0118 378 7799 (0118 378 6300 in an emergency) to let them know your route and they will track you on camera until you’ve safely reached your destination. There are over 600 cameras on campus and the University’s experienced team can reach you in minutes if you need help.

Since the beginning of the academic year, we’ve also seen an increase in thefts from the Library. Students are still leaving personal possessions on desks while going to the toilet or getting a coffee. We have had laptops and purses stolen, so please do not leave your valuables unattended when studying.

Drugs also continue to be a concern. Last year we had a bad batch of Class A drugs in the Reading area which caused death to users (non-students). Drugs ruin lives and future careers so please be sensible and do not make yourself a victim.

I’m looking forward to 2019 and seeing what it brings. Please do come and say hello to me and other police officers when you see us around campus.

PC Julie Susel

Library Spring Term opening times

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break. Please see the Library opening times for the Spring Term, including amendments to opening times over the Easter break. Click here for more information on Library services, or contact library@reading.ac.uk. You can also call on 0118 378 8770.

Library @URS

Study space, Café, IT, Study Advice, Course Collection & other Library services

Spring Term

Saturday 12 January – Sunday 31 March

Mon–Fri     24 hours

Sat             Open until 21:00

Sun            Open from 08:30

Easter holidays

Monday 1 April: Open until 19:00

Tuesday 2 April – Thursday 4 April: 08:30-19:00

Friday 5 April: 08:30-17:00

Saturday 6 April – Monday 15 April

Mon–Fri     24 hours

Sat             Open until 21:00

Sun            Open from 08:30

Tuesday 16 April: Open until Midnight

Wednesday 17 April – Monday 22 April: Closed for University Easter Closure

Tuesday 23 April: Open from 08:30

Library Building

Print resources with some library help.

Spring Term

Saturday 12 January – Sunday 31 March

Mon–Sun  09:00–22:00

Easter Holidays

Monday 1 April – Friday 5 April: 09:00-17:00

Saturday 6 April – Tuesday 16 April:

Mon–Sun  09:00–22:00

Wednesday 17 April – Monday 22 April: Closed for University Easter Closure

Special Collections Services

Please contact specialcollections@reading.ac.uk  or call 0118 378 8660 before visiting to ensure access to materials.

Mon–Fri     09:00–17:00

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Wednesday 17 April – Monday 22 April: Closed for University Easter Closure

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