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Last year, all members of the University community were invited to take part in the 2016 Travel Survey. We are now seeing the direct impact of your feedback, as improvements are planned to widen the path from the Friends Bridge to Meteorology.

The path on Whiteknights Campus is the location that most staff and students rated as suffering from overcrowding and pedestrian cyclists issues. These concerns are now being addressed!

What are the aims of the improvement?

  • To provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Ensure that cyclists and pedestrians can share the route safely

When will it take place?

Sustainability Services and Maintenance Services have arranged for these improvements to be made over the Easter break; the works at Meteorology are due to start Monday 27 March and are scheduled to be finished by Monday 24 April.

Read the full travel survey results report and summary

Look out for…

Further improvements to routes on Whiteknights Campus over the coming years – a draft for consultation should be available before the summer, so please share your views when this becomes available.


  • If you have any questions about the project or suggestions relating to sustainable travel please contact

Vending machines around campus will be upgraded this Easter following the appointment of a new vending machine provider.
Ideal Vending were recently awarded a contract to manage the vending provision across the University estate.
All existing vending machines will be replaced with brand new ones over the Easter vacation period. Up to 60% of the new machines will accept cashless payments as well as cash – all forms of cashless payment will be

Machines in the busiest areas will accept cashless payments

accepted with the exception of the Campus Card.

Cashless payments include:

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay

Cashless payment will be available on all high-usage machines, including the SportsPark, Bridges Hall reception and Park Group reception.


As part of the relocation of study space from the Library into URS, old vending machines inside the Library building will be removed and their new replacements will move into the URS Building. All vending machines based in URS will accept cashless payments.







When you’re in the midst of exam preparation, remembering to eat a good meal, exercise and relax may not be at the top of your to do list. In reality, they’re not only essential to your success, but most importantly, your health and wellbeing.

Our Counselling and Wellbeing team offer a series of Life Tools talks, giving you advice in a number of areas, such as getting a good night’s sleep or managing academic pressure. They also have useful leaflets on a range of exam-related issues that we’re all familiar with, from dealing with procrastination to managing anxiety.

Don’t be afraid to seek support

Whilst your friend may look completely calm about exams, on the inside they could be just as stressed as you! That’s why the University puts a lot of support in place to make sure you are happy and relaxed at this potentially anxious time. RUSU have a great general exams advice page, the chaplaincy can offer a supportive environment, and your Student Support Coordinators are on hand to offer guidance and support. And remember your personal tutor will be able to offer you advice about exams.

Here are a few more things to remember during exams…

Be mindful

Mindfulness means being aware of yourself, your surroundings, and experiencing the moment. Counselling and Wellbeing have a blog which explains this topic in more detail. Being mindful can make you happier, healthier and less anxious.


Practise mindfulness with some yoga! The SportsPark offers a variety of different classes. If you’re looking for something a bit more energetic, there’s also aerobics, spin, gym facilities, or even Zumba – great for boosting your mood too! If you’re not a fan of the gym, going for a walk around campus is a great way to recharge both physically and mentally.

Eat well

Whilst a late night takeaway may feel like the perfect way to top off a day of revision, it probably won’t feel great in the long run. Find out more about eating healthily during the exam season. The BBC Good Food website also has some excellent tips on keeping calm, collected and well-nourished during exams. If you’re revising on campus, remember there are lots of healthy snacks around to help keep you going – from Dol.cHe Vita’s cereal pots to Eat at the Square’s build your own salad.

Manage your time

Planning ahead is key to reducing your levels of stress during exams. Get out the colouring pens and make your own revision schedule – and remember to plan in a few breaks along the way! The Study Advice service has some fantastic tips on managing your time.

From Tuesday 18 April, all study space inside the Library will have moved into the URS Building.

This means that:

  • Moving study space from the Library to URS will provide a quieter environment for study.
  • It’s still close to the Library, so you won’t have to travel far for a quieter place to study.
  • The Course Collection will move into URS to enable easy access to essential materials.
  • Other resources will remain in the Library for borrowing as usual.
  • The majority of Library staff will move into URS, but there will still be staff in the Library to help out. Information Desks will be set up in each building.
  • Opening times for URS will be the same as the Library is now – URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).
  • The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Easter vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes. From Tuesday 18 April the Library will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.
  • These arrangements will be in place until August 2018, at which point facilities will move back into the Library.

The move will take place during the Easter vacation.

Library Access

Study space inside the Library building will be available at a reduced capacity up until Tuesday 11 April. As part of the moving preparation, please note there will be no IT available in the Library building on Tuesday 11 April.

The Library will be closed over the University closure days at Easter (Wednesday 12 – Monday 17 April), with the Course Collection moving into URS during this time. The Library will also close for the weekend of Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April, closing at 5.00pm on Friday 31 March.

The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes.  From Tuesday 18 April the Library building will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.

Alternative study space

The Library refurbishment is a complex project – we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption to you and your studies wherever possible.

Along with URS, there are many other spaces that can be used for quiet study, subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use.

  • See our list of alternative space for spaces available across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses. You may also find our live list of available PCS helpful in choosing where to study.
  • The Study@TOB2 is a new area created within the converted music practice rooms in TOB 2, Earley Gate. As RUSU’s sister building to The Study, it provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study, and includes a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops.
  • Need to find a room quickly? The Free Room Finder lets you find rooms available for immediate use – simply choose the area of campus you wish to search in and let the finder do the rest.
  • All of the above is easily accessed via the Library Refurbishment project page:

Several of the spaces marked as available will be used for teaching and other departmental activities at certain times, so please be sure to treat each space with respect. Please read our Classroom Rules before using alternative study spaces.

Spaces within each building will be available on a first-come first-served basis; however, priority will be given to students wanting to use alternative study space within their subject-area building.

Further details

If you have any queries, please email

If you have a disability and have any concerns about using either the Library or URS Building facilities, please contact Matthew Holtby, Library Disability Co-ordinator.

Further information on the Library refurbishment project can be found at

Thursday 2nd March was University Mental Health Day. This annual day is a great way to raise awareness of an important issue, as well as getting everyone involved in a variety of activities and events. This year’s focus was on the link between being active and mental health.

At the University we celebrated this with two days of events. Notably, this included a talk from Frank Bruno MBE, a former World and European heavyweight boxing champion who has battled with bipolar disorder and severe depression. Frank was a brilliant guest, and lots of students and staff enjoyed hearing about boxing, sports, and the stigma around mental health. Other activities included a Super Circuits fitness session at the SportsPark, attended by Frank Bruno, and a charity rowathon.

These events combined raised a wonderful £480 for Sport in Mind and the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust; a fantastic result for a fantasic couple of days.

If you have any questions about mental health, and what support is available to you, visit our Counselling and Wellbeing pages. For more information on University Mental Health Day and other campaigns, visit

Further to the announcement that the University’s exam timetables will be released on the 4th April, below is a statement from the Exams Office:


We do appreciate the concerns of students preparing to take exams in the Summer Term.

Work on the exam timetable cannot start until Spring Term module registration is settled at the end of week 3. The timetable must be constructed from scratch each year as the numbers of students sitting and the combinations of modules being taken are different.  Last year’s exam timetable included over 47,000 instances of a student sitting a paper and we expect this year’s timetable to be on a similar scale. The timetable is published before the end of the Spring Term each year.

The date of 4 April was given as the latest date when the timetable would be available to students and we are working very hard to ensure that it is ready as soon as possible before then.

We publish information on our website at the start of the academic year about the exam periods for their Part (eg postgraduate students 18 April – 26 May), and this should enable them to begin planning revision. It also enables international students to identify those periods of time when they need to be here to take exams.  Students will obviously need to include all modules with exams in their revision and the University normally expects students to be in Reading until the end of the academic year.

We are continuing to work on the timetable with the aim of publishing it by the end of the Spring Term.

Between 6 – 27 March the following construction/internal work is expected to be carried out:

  • Re-cladding the outside: Work around the outside of the Library continues as our contractors focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior. These works involve drilling and so may be noisy – details of alternative study space are available on the Library refurbishment project page.
  • Ground works: Ground works continue around the perimeter of the Library.
  • Internal works: Activity will resume around the glass-fronted staircase (behind the white hoardings). Later in this period furniture from the 2nd and 4th floor reading rooms will start moving into the URS Building – we’ll be sharing more details of the URS move very shortly.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library refurbishment project page:








A Reading student has reportedly been targeted by a Reading Festival ticket scam.

The student was approached by someone who claimed that all Reading students were entitled to one free Reading Festival ticket. They were also told that if more than one ticket is needed, this person can ‘use their contacts’ to get more tickets for a ‘discounted fee’.

We can confirm that the University does not offer free or discounted festival tickets. Please be wary of such offers, and let your peers know.


Next week Universities up and down the country will be celebrating University Mental Health Day on Thursday 2 March – a national initiative which aims to promote greater understanding of mental health amongst students.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘active mental health’ to get people to think about the link between physical activity and positive mental wellbeing.

There will be a number of things happening on campus on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March, including group fitness classes, guided walks, and engaging talks by expert guest speakers.

For a full listing of events and activities, visit

Alongside these activities, we’re also running a photo competition open to all students where you’ll have the chance to win the top prize of a £50 Blackwells voucher, a free month’s membership at the SportsPark, or one of 2 x £20 Unique Fruits vouchers which can be spent at the weekly fruit and veg market in ThreeSixty.

To take part, simply upload a photo of you getting active to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #UoRGetActive before 5pm on Wednesday 1 March. Whether it’s a trip to the gym, taking your dog for a walk, or dancing the night away with friends – we want to see it!

Winners will be announced on Thursday 2 March. For full T&Cs click here.

For more posts on mental health, check out the Student Wellbeing blog.

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