Between 5 – 22 May the following work is expected to be carried out inside the Library building:

  • Mechanical and electrical works: ongoing work will be carried across various points throughout the building.
  • Ground, first and third floors: work will continue across the ground, first and third floors, and there may be concentrated activity around the staircase enclosed behind the white hoardings.

Study space across campus 

Including the study space inside the URS Building, there are approximately 1,700 spaces available to study on campus (subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use).

Stay up to date

Keep checking the Library blog for the latest 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:


The exams are well under way, and we just wanted to remind you of a couple of things to help them run as smoothly as possible.

  • Remember to check your candidate number (it will be different to last year’s) and make sure you know the venue for your exam.
  • It’s a good idea to take a bottle of water with you, but just make sure it has a lid.
  • Take your stationary in a clear pencil case.
  • Do not take mobile phones or any revision notes into the exam with you; having a phone or notes on you is classed as cheating.

To get in touch with the exams office for more information:

Phone 0118 378 3804



Are you in a band or small music ensemble? Would you like to play in amazing venues and represent the University at high profile events?

Perfect Fifth; Ensemble in Residence 2015/16

Why not audition to become our new Student Ensemble in Residence?

Previous Ensembles have performed at the House of Lords, the Royal Academy, Sandhurst Military Academy, 60 feet underground in a salt mine, and even our Vice Chancellors house.

Auditions will take place in the week beginning 22nd May 2017 for the appointment to begin September 2017.

Open to groups of all genres, with a maximum of six players, take a look at our new Ensemble in Residence pages for more information.

For students looking to study on Whiteknights campus this weekend – Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May – the Library study space in the URS building will be open 24-hours (except Saturday night).

The Library building is also open 09:00-22:00 for access to books. Please speak to Library staff if you need help finding a space.

RUSU’s The Study will also be open between 8am and 9pm on these days.

If you want access to a computer, you can access 24-hour labs in other buildings with your Campus Card:

  • Agriculture (GL20) – 30 PCs
  • Meteorology (GL68) – 20 PCs
  • Palmer (G09) – 20 PCs

We understand that this is a busy time for students, and there are other spaces you can use to study when the University is open.

The Free Room Finder will help you identify available rooms in nearby buildings like Miller, Edith Morley, Allen-Lab or Palmer. These rooms can be booked through Room Bookings (email:; phone – 0118 378 6507).

If you are prefer to use a room in some other part of the campus or on London Road, the Free Room Finder will help identify a suitable room.

There are also a number of alternate study spaces around the campus that could be used.

For further information, check out the Library Refurbishment Project page.

Proposals to enhance the public spaces at the heart of the University, and the routes leading it, are on display at the Henley Business School from 27 April to 5 May.

Students are invited to the exhibition and provide their feedback to us.

The proposals are made up of two separate but closely related projects. The quads outside the Palmer building, URS and the Library come alive during the summer, but are not used as much during other times of the year. The University is proposing improvements to the quads to create a more vibrant focal point at the centre of the campus.

The second project will create an integrated series of routes that facilitate safe and enjoyable walking and cycling on the campus.

Quads Landscape Strategy

What is being proposed?

Palmer Quad – It is proposed that both the hard (paved) and soft (planted) landscape of this quad are upgraded. A new space will allow a more flexible pattern of cycle and pedestrian movement while offering the opportunity for events to be held in the space throughout the year.

Library Quad – A performance space with the necessary infrastructure to support events is proposed for this quad. The area outside the refurbished and extended library will be redesigned to provide a café terrace and library garden for reading.

Edith Morley Quad – A limited number of subtle enhancements are proposed to this quad. The existing lawn within the space could be sculpted to create a space for small scale evening recitals and events. There is potential to give the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology a greater external presence.


Campus Routes Strategy

What is being proposed?

On road routes – A core aspiration of the Campus Routes Strategy is to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles. The road environment needs to be inclusive and accommodate people walking and cycling.

Off road routes – Lack of space is an issue when large numbers of students and staff emerge at similar times. Wider routes have greater capacity and allow room for cyclists and pedestrians to move comfortably together

Key spaces (outside the Quads) – There are four key spaces across the campus, which could benefit from modifications. These spaces play an important role in strategic cycle and pedestrian routes across the campus.

Campus gateways – The gateways to the Whiteknights campus represent a key location, a point for the University to express its identity and differentiate itself from the surrounding road network. Redesigning the three main entrance points could help calm traffic speeds and prioritise pedestrian movement.

More details on the consultation can be found on the University website.

The University is about to launch an exciting new service for students with part-time jobs on campus (including Student Ambassadors) called ‘Campus Jobs’ and we are looking for students to help us review our
designs for the visual identity of the service.

If you are interested in having a say in what ou
r new designs and headlines look like – we’d really love you to come along and help us in some student focus groups.

We’d really value your thoughts… and we will pay you for your time! If you are unable to make a session then we would equally love to hear your opinion through a short (no longer than 5 minute) survey:

Interested? Then please sign up for one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday 26th April: 12:30-1400 Humss-257
  • Thursday: 27th April: 1400-1530 Henley Business School- 201
  • Friday 28th April : 1500-1630 Miller 1.23
  • Tuesday 2nd May: 1200-1330 Miller 1.23

Please reply to with your preferred focus group date and timeslot along with your name, year of study and course. 


LGBT equality: past, present and future

What is the Wolfenden lecture?

This special event is named in honour of the 1957 report written by the Wolfenden Committee, which was chaired by Lord Wolfenden, the University’s Vice-Chancellor between 1950 and 1964.

The report became a key milestone in LGBT history in the UK when it recommended that, ‘… homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.’
On the 60th Anniversary of this report, the University is pleased to celebrate this extraordinary part of our heritage with this event to reflect on progress, and to inspire future generations of the LGBT+ community and their allies to achieve great things.

Any more details about the event?

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, will speak at the lecture. In 2015, Ruth was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent’s Rainbow List. She continues to be an inspirational figure today.

When, where and how to book: 

Thursday 4 May
7.00 pm | doors open at 6.30 pm
Van Emden Theatre, Whiteknights campus

Admission is free, places are limited.

To book a place, please visit or contact 0118 378 6718

Got some queries about whether your calculator is okay for your exams, or need to buy a new one?

The University allows a small number of permitted calculator models to be used in exams.

The following models are accepted:

  • Casio FX-83GTPLUS or Casio FX-85GTPLUS
  • Any calculator that already has a foil sticker
  • Any other calculator specifically permitted on the question paper

The recommended models are widely available (retail price around £12) and Campus Central and Blackwells should stock them.











From week 2 to 8 (28 April – 2 June) there will be exams in building 22 and the Great Hall on London Road Campus.

Due to high demand there may not be parking spaces available in the London Road carpark.

To make your exam day as stress free as possible, it’s worth planning ahead and having a look at public transport.

Take a look at:


The Police and University Security services have reported a recent increase in bike thefts on campus and in the Earley area.

To ensure your bike is as secure as possible, please follow the below advice:

  • Use D-locks to secure bikes (most thefts are due to poor quality locks)
  • Be vigilant, especially in the hours of darkness
  • Take photographs of your bike and the serial numbers (this will help track down stolen bikes and return them to owners)
  • Report any suspicious activity / crime to the Police on 101 or to University Security


« Older entries § Newer entries »