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In what was almost “lights out” for the IoE, the evening of 6th February saw the darkened campus swarming with intent figures, all with one common aim …….

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… Yes, the University’s Sustainability team were staging the NUS Blackout Event! The event highlighted the energy we could save every night, if the maximum number of appliances were switched off at the end of each day. Results to come soon; watch this space….


Is putting finances into children’s hands the key to a better future?

Staff and students at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education have been closely involved in a pioneering HSBC-funded project that helps educators teach children about money. For the last year, the Institute’s mathematics team has worked with an educational charity to roll out the ‘What Money Means’ project. The project culminated in a film crew marking this key milestone in working for a less turbulent future for our children’s finances.

nasreen pfeg children financesFunded by HSBC bank and managed by The Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg), it is estimated that this programme has benefited over 23,000 children over 5 years. In October 2012 pfeg won a prestigious Charity Times award for the project.

pfeg’s consultant, Alison Terry, who has been working closely with Catherine Foley and Nasreen Majid at the University to develop training materials, reported that the charity was impressed by how readily the university tutors recognised the potential benefits of the project.

The University’s trainee teachers who tried out the new ideas whilst on school placement were overwhelmed by the positive response. Said one trainee: “I was surprised at how excited the children were about doing a money based activity”.Another remarked: “I realised how many misconceptions the children had about money and how it is used”.

The footage from the day is being used to help other Higher Education Institutes who are planning to introduce financial capability into students’ training and can be viewed here:


See what makes this degree so unique: it offers Theatre & Teaching skills to deaf & hearing students

A completely unique degree that enables deaf and hearing students to study drama, theatre and teaching is being offered by the Institute of Education.

Ranked in the top 1% in the world, the University has a tradition of theatre as well as being home to one of the most respected teaching institutions in the world  – the Institute of Education. It is here that students can study the Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS) degree that offers such a vibrant combination of subjects, whilst demanding academic rigour and offering strong vocational skills.

Employability figures are very high for graduates of this course. Many TAEDS students enter professional theatre as actors, directors and technicians or establish their own theatre companies. Others move into education in both mainstream and special needs schools. Some graduates continue with BSL to become Communication Support Workers and qualified BSL interpreters. Still others continue postgraduate study and some enter the field of Audiology.

Find out more about this amazing course: Visit TAEDS’ webpage or email

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Are you involved? Student Union elections coming up – take part in shaping your world.

So how do I run for Election?

RUSU Elections 2015 is your chance to decide the future of your Students’ Union. This link shows you how to nominate yourself as a candidate, run a campaign and vote in the election.

As a member of RUSU you choose who’s going to represent 17,000 students. That’s pretty serious experience to take out into the workplace. This term there are elections for 5 Full-time Officers, 7 Part-time Officers, 8 Undergraduate Faculty Reps and 2 Student trustees.

So whatever your passion, whatever you care about, don’t miss your chance to get involved and be part of the change.

Nominations close at 15:00 on Thursday 12 February 2015.

Voting opens Monday 23rd February at 10am and will close on Friday 27th February at 3pm.

For any enquiries, email RUSU on We will get back to you as soon as possible.



NQTs caught up with colleagues, tutors and friends as they recharged their batteries at our NQT conference on Tuesday. 

An excellent time was had by all at our fourth annual NQT conference for early years, primary and secondary NQTs, on Tuesday 27th January 2015. A tasty lunch was followed by three one-hour workshops that covered subjects like:nqt-conf










    All had a great time, swapping stories, reliving experiences and generally recharging for the coming year. Roll on next year’s conference…


The time has come for our 2015 Spring term Campus Tours. They will take place on 21st January, 4th February, 18th February, 4th March and 18th March. Please contact to arrange your visit to the Institute of Education’s beautiful London Road Campus where our teaching courses are based. We look forward to showing you around!

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