A new Co-op supermarket is set to open on the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus this Autumn.

The new store will replace the current Campus Central, which is next to the Palmer Quad – at the heart of campus. A full refurbishment of the shop will see Campus Central close for business from 5pm on Friday 21st July.

The brand new, modern fit-out will take approximately five to six weeks, with the store to open mid-September, ready for the new term. Work is due to start on Monday 31st July.

Students and staff across campus will benefit from a wider range of fresh produce, an in-store bakery, healthy foods, meal ideas, hot food and essentials. NUS extra card holders will receive a 10% discount on all goods. Customers that sign up to Co-op’s Membership rewards scheme, at a cost of £1, will receive a further 5% reward into their membership account when purchasing own-branded products and services, with an extra 1% of this going to local good causes, community groups and charities.

In addition, the new store will have extended opening hours, providing more convenience for customers.

Aisles in Campus Central store

Campus Central will be closing on 21 July, with the new Co-op emerging in its place by mid-September.

Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said: “This is an exciting development for students and staff alike here at Whiteknights campus. Co-op is one of the UK’s biggest food retailers and can offer its customers a wide range of fresh, good quality produce.

“Strong ethical values and the discount schemes offered to NUS extra card holders and Co-op members make Co-op the right fit for our campus. It is important that the University partners with organisations that uphold the same values we do, and equally important that we consider the potential impact to the cost of living for our students.”

Campus Central is currently run by Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU), with all profits from the shop going towards services and opportunities offered by RUSU. The University has committed to ensuring that RUSU is not financially disadvantaged by the change of circumstances by providing an increased grant until 2021.

Current Campus Central permanent staff will become Co-op employees and the terms of their contracts remain the same. Student employment opportunities will be available.

A temporary store supplying a limited range of cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches will be run out of Monterey Lounge (inside the main RUSU building) while the fit-out is taking place.

A section of pedestrian pathway near the site of the Engineering Building will temporarily close from Monday 17 July 2017.

The foot pathway will be closed from the boiler house to the area adjacent to car park 12, next to the recently-demolished Engineering Building at Whiteknights campus.

Car park 13 (in front of the Harborne Building) and the road nearby will remain open, but the area will only be accessible to cars and other vehicles.

An alternative pedestrian route from the zebra crossings by the Pepper Lane entrance will be signposted.

An update on footpath access around the area will follow as early as possible.

The activity forms part of works for the creation of the University’s new Health & Life Sciences Building, which is due to be complete by summer 2019.

Refurbishment work in and around the Library building continues over the summer vacation.

One of the main tasks being carried out over the next few weeks is the demolition of “stair 2” – the staircase housed behind hoardings on the right-hand side of the building as you walk into the Library through the front entrance, adjacent to the male toilets, (south side of the building).

The demolition will be carried out in progressive phases, moving from top to bottom of the structure. Noise levels are likely to be high, depending on the works being carried out. The bulk of the noisiest demolition works are planned to be carried out before the start of the new academic term.

Study space across campus 

You can find details of study space across campus on the Library refurbishment project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb. This includes around 800 spaces available in the URS Building, and other campus rooms available for immediate use, which you can find through the Free Room Finder.

Keep checking the Library blog for the latest refurbishment news and updates.

Details of the Library facilities available in URS (including services, map and opening times) can be found on our dedicated Library@URS page.

All of the above can be easily accessed through our Library refurbishment project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

The stair case is being removed so that new, larger lifts can be installed.


See the opening times for the library services over the summer vacation – from Sat 10 June to Fri 15 September.

URS Building

Access to Study space, Cafe, IT, Study Advice, Course Collection and other Library services

  • Mon-Fri 08:30-17:00
  • Sat-Sun: closed

Library Building

Print resources with some library help

  • Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00
  • Sat-Sun: closed

Also open additional Saturdays:

  • Sat 15 July 11:00-17:00
  • Sat 19 August 11:00-17:00
  • Sat 16 September 11:00-17:00

Special Collections services

  • Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00
  • Sat-Sun: closed
  • Last Thursday of month open to 21:00


Visit the Library website

The Sportspark are offering summer membership from £25 a month for all NUS Students.

This will give you unlimited access to the VO2 Fitness Studio and unlimited VO2 Group exercise classes. You will be given a free induction and personal fitness programme from one of the SportsPark personal trainers.

You can make a one-off payment of £25, with no direct debit or long-term contract.

If you are interested, call 0118 378 8799, visit the SportsPark website or pop in to find out more.


If you are moving out of your private/rented house at the end of term, we’ve got lots of tips on the Essentials guide to help you move without hassle. Good luck with your move!


Need help getting your deposit back?
Take a look at RUSU’s housing advice for help on your inventory, your deposit and how to pay your final bills.
Too much waste?
You can be fined up to £300 if you leave waste outside your house, even in black bin bags. Your landlord may also keep your deposit.

Make sure your rubbish fits into your bins and if you have extra waste, organise a bulky waste collection from Reading Council or take it to the tip.

If you live in Earley, find out recycling and bulky waste collection information on the Wokingham Council website.

Where to recycle?

1. Bottles / glass
Remember bottle banks fill up fast. Recycle your bottles across Reading:

  • Palmer Park Stadium car park – RG6 1LF
  • Erleigh Rd – outside the Fruit Bat – RG1 5LY
  • Erleigh Rd – by the electric substation – RG1 5NN
  • Mount St car park, off Whitley St – RG2 0BD
  • Cintra Park car park, Northumberland Ave – RG2 7PS
  • Homebase car park, Forbury Road – RG1 3DH
  • Sidmouth Street, near the canal – RG1 4QY
  • Orts Road – RG1 3JL

Recycling information in Earley is on the Wokingham Council website

  1. Unwanted items, including clothing, books, DVDs, kitchenware, stationery

British Heart Foundation red donation banks are located in halls across campus. Use the bags delivered to your house or collect from the hall reception. No duvets or sharp knives please.

  • Northcourt Group: Benyon Hall and Sherfield Hall
  • Park Group: Childs Hall, Dunsden Hall, Windsor Hall, Mackinder Hall and Stenton bike sheds
  • Redlands group: Bridges Hall, St Georges Hall, Wantage Hall, Wessex Hall

The British Heart Foundation have raised £1.5million by working with Universities to sell unwanted items in their local shops. Some of this money funds life-saving research at the University of Reading.

There have been a number of reports recently about scam phone calls targeting University of Reading staff, and we want you to be aware, too!

The caller purports to be from Microsoft saying that a computer is unsafe and asking for access to it. If access is given, then they will most likely use this as a way of installing malware on your machine or as a way of asking for payment.

Microsoft will not proactively reach out to you to offer technical support. This is a scam and the call should be ended as soon as it is determined it’s not legitimate; you should then report this through the IT Portal.

General advice to follow:

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Do not provide personal information or information about the University, unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.

The government’s National Cyber Security Centre has up to date advice on cyber-threats and how to protect yourself against these. Cyber Aware is also good resource on the issue.

After all your hard work and studies, you deserve to have your say.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is your chance to do just that.

The PTES is a national survey run on an annual basis, giving postgraduate taught students the chance to comment on their course and your study experience. The survey is coordinated by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and means we can compare your experience to those at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning effectively.

You may have noticed that you have received an email recently, enabling you to complete the survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, we will be sending out regular reminders until the survey closes on the 16th June. You will receive reminders to both your home and email address, as we want to make it as easy as possible for you to complete.

We really value your opinions, and we want to make sure we can improve the study experience of future postgraduate students. Please take 15 minutes to fill it in!

For more information, visit our dedicated Essentials web page.


Music, food and festivities; what’s not to love about the University’s annual Big Band Big Lunch event?

Join the fun as we invite the local community to join members of the University over lunch, to listen to music from the University Big Band and take part in a range of family-friendly activities based around this year’stheme of Community and Creativity.

This event will have something for everyone, with food and drinkavailable to purchase, or feel free to bring along a picnic and enjoy the festivities!

Admission free, no booking required.


When and where

Sunday 4 June | 12.00pm
London Road campus

A reminder that work continues this week on the demolition of the Engineering Building. The demolition will be carried out in phases and should be complete by late July.

The link between the Polly Vacher (formally Systems Engineering) and Engineering buildings is anticipated to be removed by mid-July.

Where possible, teaching and other campus activities are being relocated away from the construction area during the Quiet and Exam periods.

If relocation is not possible, work will be restricted and noise levels will be closely monitored by the project team.

Footpaths and entrances

All footpaths will remain open and we will alert staff and students if this is likely to change.

The entrance and exit points of the Polly Vacher building will largely remain open as they are currently, with some minor and/or temporary alterations as the demolition progresses.

All building entrance and exit points in the nearby JJ Thomson and Mathematics and IT Services buildings will remain open as usual.

The site will become the grounds of the University’s new Health & Life Sciences facility, a brand new purpose-built teaching and research facility for the School of Biological Sciences. Construction for the new building will begin this autumn, with the project set for completion in 2019.

Please contact Robert Shankland for further information.

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