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.

Between Monday 20 February and Monday 13 March the following construction work is expected to be carried out around the outside of the Library:

  • Re-cladding the outside: The majority of work will focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior – these works will involve drilling and so may be noisy. The work will move around all sides of the Library. Students may wish to use alternative study spaces if they are not comfortable with the noise around the Library.
  • Ground works: Ground works will be evident around all sides of the Library.

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


On Thursday 23 February, all students and staff are invited to attend the third in our Alumni Lecture Series, which will be given by Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral Election, ambassador for the National Autistic Society and Reading alumna (BA French and English, 1993).

The Women’s Equality Party is a collaborative force in British politics, uniting people of all genders and backgrounds in the shared determination to see women and men enjoying the same opportunities.

Sophie and the WEP have been active in the recent world-wide demonstrations against President Donald Trump, as well as the Women’s Marches across the globe. Having been elected as leader in July 2015, Sophie represented the WEP in the 2016 London Mayoral Election.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by Ellie Highwood, Professor of Meteorology and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading; the audience will also be given the opportunity to voice questions directly. This promises to be a thought-provoking and well-attended evening, and we would be delighted if you could join us.

Need to know

When: 23 February. The lecture will start at 7pm. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30pm.

Where: G11, Henley Business School.

Register: here

Need more info? Contact the Alumni Relations team at or 0118 378 8006.

The lecture is free, but we recommend booking early because places are limited.

The University Career Centre has been nominated for two awards at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

The nominations are for Best University Careers/Employability Service and Most Improved Commitment to Employability.

The Centre supports the University’s student population with careers advice and work experience, hosting over 2,000 careers consultancy appointments each year, as well as regular CV drop-in clinics and dedicated events for undergraduates and graduates alike. Out-of-hours sessions and Skype appointments were also recently introduced to help further meet our students’ needs.  The team works alongside academic colleagues to deliver and support a range of employability sessions to develop students graduate attributes.

Providing students with real-world work experience remains a key drive for the Centre. Along with traditional careers advice the Centre also hosts several experience-focused programmes to help students gain valuable experience. In 2016, the award-winning THRIVE Careers Mentoring Programme supported 220 mentees and 282 mentors, while our flagship experience programmes, the SME internship program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, offered work experience placements for 129 students. The University itself also offers a valuable entry into work for students with ‘Campus Jobs’, an in-house temping agency in partnership with HR that enables students to fill temporary roles for the University.

The Centre also introduced several key initiatives in 2016 to further boost its services, including a significant investment to help enhance the experience of students on 4 year sandwich degrees, and the creation of a dedicated Employer Engagement Team.  Full Launch expected in September 2017.

Lorna Froud, Director of Careers and Employability Services, said:

“We are very delighted to be finalists for the National Undergraduate Awards, and the nomination categories recognise and celebrate our key achievements so far.

The Careers Team has expanded significantly in the last 3 years and we’ve worked hard to successfully engage with students, academics and University staff as well as local and national employers who are keen to work with Reading and offer career opportunities to our students. We are looking forward to another successful year of careers events and student and employer engagement.”

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Friday 24 February. Full details of the awards can be found at


Ever struggled to find information you needed? We need your help!

We are in the process of reviewing our Essentials pages and need students to help us test the pages, suggest ideas and give feedback on your experience with the University’s online information.

Essentials is intended to be the main information point for all student queries, so your input will really make a difference.

The session will not take longer than 45 minutes, and you will be provided with free snacks and drinks for giving up your time! Complete the form to sign up.

9054Investigative works will be carried out inside and outside the URS Building over the next few weeks.

The works will be carried out by Francis Construction, who were recently appointed to carry out survey works ahead of the building’s proposed refurbishment.

Key works are:

  • From Monday 5 December, four areas around the outside of the URS building will be fenced off while investigation surveys take place. Routes will be diverted for pedestrians and vehicles, with diversions and wayfinding signs put up in place. Surveys will be carried out one at a time to help minimise disruption.
  • From Monday 19 December, further works will take place inside and outside the URS Building and will involve drilling at certain points. Footpath diversions will be in place as and when required. The investigative works have been scheduled to take place after the end pf the autumn term (Friday 9 December) to further minimise disruption, and will coincide with the move of URS occupants to the Chancellor’s Building.

The programme is anticipated to be completed by Friday 23 December 2016.


Updates on the URS Building refurbishment project and the occupancy of the Chancellor’s Building will follow shortly.

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