Professor Paul Almond appeared on the Anne Diamond show on BBC Berkshire, 30/10/2013, talking about the role and purpose of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and its role in relation to the investigation of fatalities within the Thames Valley Police force region. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jrx90 (at 1h.37 in).
The annual Pro Bono Fair held at Foxhill House on Wednesday 16th October attracted an even larger attendance than usual: judging by the application forms distributed, over 200 students came through the doors. Stallholders included outside organisations with which the Law School has a longstanding link, such as CAB, Resolve Mediation, and the British Red Cross; newer organisations such as the IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) Helpline, Victim Support, and Amicus; our own Streetlaw and Access to Law; and student organisations which offer opportunities for voluntary work, such as Peer Support, the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Amnesty International. The University’s RED Award scheme also had a stall, to remind students that participation in any of these projects and organisations can be the basis of eligibility for a RED Award (Reading Experience and Development), which is noted on the student’s transcript. Stalls were kept busy until very near the closing time.
Thanks are due to all who contributed to the success of the event, especially to students who staffed stalls, and to the team from the Student Law Society who set up the rooms and restored them to order!
The Law School has come an impressive 4th in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS). This places Reading students as amongst the most satisfied in the country with their legal studies. 96% of undergraduate law students expressed overall satisfaction with their course. Commenting on the results, Professor Chris Hilson, Head of the Law School stated: “We are delighted to have received such an outstanding level of feedback from our students. The Law School places considerable emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning and the overall student experience, and it is good to see that the survey results reflect this.”