It’s the write stuff

The Hub is celebrating its successful move to London Road by staging a celebration of reading in Reading on February 27th called A Novel Night. This session will involve looking back at a key event in the history of the NCLL; on Friday the 10th October 1997, the Reading Weekend POST ran an article entitled: ‘It’s the write stuff’ based on a visit by Ian Beck and organised by Prue Goodwin, who included a mock book award session.

On the evening of February 27th Ian Beck will be back at the University to launch the Learning Hub, and will be interviewed by Prue Goodwin, regarding this past event and the changes in reading and Reading since 1997, Prue will again stage a mock book award session.

Amongst the guest list will be many literacy heroes.

There will also be a display of archive material relating to Betty Root, the founder of the NCLL in 1967 with original letters and illustrations from many famous writers and illustrators.

We predict that this will be a very popular evening and tickets are limited. If you wish to attend please contact Karen ( for more details.


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Research Excellence Framework results a “Triumph for the IoE.”


Professor Andy Goodwyn, Head of the Institute of Education, has described today’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) results as: “A real triumph for the IoE that everyone can be intensely proud of.”

REF is a quality measure of universities’ research, and these 2014 results reveal very high ratings for the Education submission, to the delight of the Institute.

Professor Goodwyn continues; “I wish to thank Professor Suzanne Graham for her superb leadership of our research.”

Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the Institute of Education, here highlights the outstanding features of the results for the Institute:

  • Our national ranking was 18th (compared with 34th in 2008), which places us in the top quartile of Education submissions nationally.
  • Our overall Grade Point Average  was 3.04.
  • Over 80%  of our  submitted research publications were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent,  placing us 9th  for research outputs in the national rankings.
  • We also scored highly in Impact, with 53% of submitted work assessed as 4* (world-leading).  For Environment, 76% of our submission was judged to be at 3 or 4* level.

Professor Graham adds; “I hope everyone at the IoE is as pleased as I am – we have a great deal to be very proud of here. Best wishes and thank you to everyone – we have all contributed in some way to this outcome.”

Professor Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor  praises the excellence of the results and the hard work that has gone into them: “The REF results confirm that we have world-leading strengths across a very wide range of disciplines,”  he comments. “A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the REF process over the last few years for all your hard work and the support you have provided to one another. We are a research-led institution and we should all be proud of the depth and breadth of our outstanding research offering, which has an impact on policy, practice and everyday life in the UK and internationally.”

Read a summary of the University of Reading REF results here.

University of Reading, Institute of Education, London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX 

Teacher Recruitment Fair 2015: an unmissable opportunity


The Teacher Recruitment Fair on 8th January 2015 is an opportunity-packed event, filled with fantastic future employers who are recruiting for people like you: IoE students who will qualify with NQT status. You are warmly invited to Room G03/GO4 in L22 (London Road campus) to meet and greet some of their industry’s most interesting players, including:

Enquiries: Amanda Clutson on or 0118 378 8359.


Heike wins prestigious Raymond Wilson Poetry Prize with ‘I Am The Love For You’

Heike Poetry Winner 2014This autumn saw the University of Reading presenting its annual children’s poetry competition in honour of the brilliant educationalist Raymond Wilson (1925-1995), former Emeritus Professor of Education at the University.

After much deliberation over a very impressive standard of entries, the judges announced a winner: Heike Bruton. Heike is a full-time first year PhD student at the Institute of Education, where she also works part-time as a Research Assistant.

“I’m absolutely delighted that my poem ‘I am the love for you’ was chosen as the winning entry,” says Heike. “Thank you so much to Raymond Wilson and his family for donating this prize!”

Raymond Wilson was an exceptional educationalist, as well as an inspired editor who introduced new editions of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poetry and Jane Austen’s novels. Wilson was also well-known as an intuitive, sensitive critic and a prolific anthologist.

I am the love for you

When you are feeling sad I hold you tight

You may not see me but I’m always true

When life feels as if no one’s on your side

My darling child I am the love for you


When things get tough and effort seems in vain

I know that you can do it come what may

When you don’t ever want to try again

I pick you up and set you on your way


When down your face stream waterfalls of tears

I softly dry them with a gentle kiss

When something stops you conquering your fears

I guide you by the hand from the abyss


I’m all around you, I will keep you strong

For now, tomorrow, and for everlong.

By Heike Bruton

New Professional Doctorate Programme to be delivered in Vietnam

Staff in the Institute of Education are delighted that the University of Reading have today signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Vietnam National University, International Education Institute for the delivery of a new Educational Doctorate programme in Ho Chi Minh City, hopefully beginning later this year.  The new doctoral programme, designed in collaboration with VNU-IEI, will hopefully begin recruiting later this year. “This is an exciting new development” said Professor Andy Goodwyn, Head of the Institute of Education “not just for the Institute of Education but, for the University of Reading as a whole.” IEI Executive Director Truong Quang Duoc also said “with this partnership, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City / International Education Institute and the University of Reading share a deep commitment to the internationalization of higher education. We hope that the collaborative activities, once implemented, will contribute to the betterment of society and the friendship between the two countries”.


Photo: Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell (middle) and programme directors, Dr Carol Fuller and Dr Alan Floyd


Reading and the Great War

Sunday 27 April | 1.00pm – 5.00pm

University of Reading, London Road campus | £3 entry | students and under 18s free

Come and Join us for a special event, hosted by The Friends of the University, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and its impact on Reading and the University.

Book tickets in advance online, visit:

For more information about the event, please contact: or 0118 378 8006

Reading and the Great War - The Friends Heritage event

The Raymond Wilson Poetry Competition 2014

The Raymond Wilson Poetry Competition 2014

The annual poetry competition in memory of Raymond Wilson (1925-1995), former Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Reading, will be held again this year.  There will be a prize of £200 for the best poem for children.

The closing date for entries is 26th September 2014 and the competition is open to all members of the university.

Conditions of entry are as follows:

  • Poems should be written for children.
  • You may submit up to 3 poems with a maximum length of 40 lines for each poem.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Poems should be word processed.
  • Poems are regarded as copies and cannot be returned.
  • Your name should not be included with your poem(s). The poem(s) should be submitted in an envelope accompanied by a separate sealed envelope giving your name, connection with the University, contact address and either the title or first line of your poem(s).


The winner will be announced in the Autumn Term

Entries should be sent to the competition administrator: Chris Tibbenham, Institute of Education, University of Reading, London Road Campus, RG1 5EX.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the competition, please contact the organiser Stephanie Sharp. Ext 2675

Poetry competition 2014 poster

TAEDS Students share their thoughts

t1Handprint Theatre Visit

We were delighted to welcome back Handprint Theatre to deliver a workshop on slavery to TAEDS students. TAEDS alumni formed this accessible and highly successful theatre company which has established a strong reputation over the last few years and always provide inspirational and thought-provoking theatre for children and young people:  A Spotlight on Slavery was no exception.
The workshop began with us being separated from our ‘family’ and given a number to replace our name. W

e were then ‘whipped’ with coloured stickers if we did not behave and crammed into a boat to row across the sea. Once we arrived on land we had to go to market and display our skills in the hope that we might be bought. *It was great to see how the topic had been approached and how slavery had been looked at from all angles: history and present day. The workshop enabled me to see how I might be able to use the skills I have learnt on the course out in the real world. It was fascinating  to hear about how the 10 week project was structured and created, as on the course we usually only visit a school once. The work

shop was attended by TAEDS students from all years and this proved to be not only a valuabale way to learn from a professional company, but also an opportunity to interact with our peers in a deaf aware context.  As well as being highly informative, the workshop was also a lot of fun –  Thank you Handprint theatre!
Emily Moss,

Year 3 student


Caroline Parker Workshop

One of the most vital elements of Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS) is the use of sign language in theatre and performance. Therefore a visit from Caroline Parker (MBE), a renowned deaf actor who is notable for her performance in the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, was undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The workshop was focusing on signed singing, so we started by watching Caroline perform two songs. One of the songs


was WutheringHeights by Kate Bush, a very emotional song which Caroline performed flawlessly whilst integrating humour to create stunning entertainment.

We then looked at characterisation through the seven stages of tension, thus allowing us to create a character and therefore a tone to portray the song. The first song we attempted to portray was a nursery rhyme, which had to be performed voice-off and with no sign. In this situation we had to consider how we would portray the rhythm of the nursery rhyme whilst physically showing the story. We then moved on to an actual song- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen! In separate groups we took different stanzas of the song before performing them as a big group, which ended in a lot of cheering and laughing.

The experience of working with Caroline Parker was unforgettable. From the personal perspective of a first year, Caroline Parker was the first deaf person apart from our tutors who I had met which was worrying in itself, as we were unsure as to how well we would be able to communicate; however Caroline was exceptionally understanding of our different levels of sign ability and so she accommodated us who weren’t as experienced as our older peers. However, realising that we could communicate well with her was a real confidence booster which, intermingled with all the fun, meant that we had a truly magnificent experience! It was an absolute honour to spend those two hours learning a craft which some of us may want to pursue in the future, and an incredible experience overall.

Alice Taylor,

Year 1 student.


Vamos Theatre: The Reviewt3

One grandma, one grandson, his gang, her dementia and their journey to finding Joy-

Finding Joy‘ is about the grandma: Joy and her rebellious young grandson named Danny, who takes it upon himself to become her carer. Though Joy’s daughter neglects her, an unlikely bond transpires between two opposing generations, while they try to overcome the difficult challenges created by her dementia. However this should not be misinterpreted as just another piece of issue prompted theatre. In the humble words of the director, ‘Finding Joy‘: “Seeks to go beyond dementia to rediscover the person.

Newspapers such as: ‘The Stage’ have printed jubilant comments such as: “an immensely affirmative joie de vivre…Catch it while you can

The ever evolving bond of love and trust between Joy and Danny is exquisitely performed through a series of sporadic glimpses into Joy’s past, showing the time line from her war time nostalgic childhood including evacuation, to the eventual birth of her daughter. The trials and tribulations of each brilliantly performed character are never underplayed causing such an effect on the audience, causing them to pass around the tissues frequently. However this is greatly balanced by its light hearted comedic impact.

All this is achieved with the use of full masks, mime and the occasional inclusion of the lovable west island terrier puppet. The adept use of the masks truly show theatre students how it’s really done:  although the masks represent one emotion, the actors performed at such a level that the masks mysteriously displayed various opposing emotions, truly showing how one show can be universal for both hearing and deaf audiences.

Vamos is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most innovative exciting full mask mime companies within contemporary theatre.   ‘Finding Joy‘ is an incredibly moving and enjoyable production. All the people within TAEDS thank you Vamos.    

Blair Dunn

Year 2 student

To find out more visit: @UniRdg_TAEDS