Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: November 2012

Christmas in Reading

Each year the Chaplaincy puts together a list of events that are going on in and around Reading over the Christmas Vacation period. There’s lots to see and do and you can download the list either from the Chaplaincy website, or by clicking here.

Out of Hours Study Spaces (Autumn Term)

Carrington Building and Palmer Building at nightThe University has allocated rooms 101 and 201 in the Carrington Building (40 spaces in each room) as out-of-hours study spaces for the last two weeks of the Autumn Term (3-14 December – not on the evening of the 14 December). So, once the Library shuts its doors you can take the short walk to the Carrington Building and carry on studying there. The rooms in the Carrington Building will be available from 22:00-07:00. On the weekend the rooms will be available as follows: 7 December 19:00-07:00, 8 December and 9 December 21:00-07:00.

You will need your Campus Card to make use of this facility.

Please note that the following Code of Conduct will be in place for these rooms:

These rooms are for individuals who wish to work in silence. Please be respectful of others studying in the room.

  • do not use your iPod or play any other music that can be heard by others
  • keep laptop speakers muted
  • keep mobiles in silent mode
  • do not take or make calls on your mobile
  • leave the room tidy so that others can use it after you
  • only consume bottled water and/or cold food
  • do not leave your belongings unattended

Click here for details of other Study Spaces around campus>>>

Don’t forget, you can use the University’s new Chaperone Service if you are concerned about walking home at night. Visit the Security website for more information.

Security Services – What’s New

Security Services have just published details of a range of new initiatives on their website. This includes:

Bicycle Passport

A new service to help combat the theft of bicycles around the campus.

Click here for more information>>>

Campus Watch

Like neighbourhood watch, but for the University properties.

Click here for more information>>>

Chaperone Service

If you work late into the night and feel vulnerable on the walk home you’ll want to make use of this service. Security Services will track your journey home using their CCTV, and in some cases might be able to walk you back to your destination. You can find more information on keeping safe on campus on our Personal Safety Notice.

Click here for more information>>>


The Security Service now has its own Facebook page, and will post useful information and tips to help keep students safe when on Campus.

Click here to visit their Facebook page>>>

You can get all the details on their News page.

Choose Well

choose well logoThe Choose well campaign aims to educate and inform people about the different NHS services available to them. It promotes self-care and the use of local high-street pharmacy for common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, stomach upsets and general aches and pains. Not every ailment needs a trip to A&E!

Advice and information about a range of common winter health complaints, including how long symptoms will last and how to relieve symptoms is available from NHS Choices at You’ll find an easy to use symptom checker, can search for your local services and use the interactive First Aid toolkit. You can also access 
mobile phone friendly version of the site at

Remember – if you’ve had an accident such as an eye injury or deep cut you can be seen at a minor injuries units in Berkshire. More information can be found at 

Freshers’ Survey – Welcome Week and beyond

We’re interested in gathering feedback on your experiences on coming to the University of Reading. We’re looking to find out how supported you felt during the transition into Higher Education.

As such we would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes and click here to complete the Freshers’ survey.

Green Week: 12-16 November

Green Week flyer

12 November sees the start of the University’s Green Week, and we’ve got a whole host of activities to raise awareness about Green issues in and around campus.

During the week we’re running the Green Week Photo Challenge (closing date 14 November), where you could win a fold-up bike or a solar powered radio. Click here for further details.

From Tuesday to Friday we’ve got the Skip Cinema and Green Roadshow, where you can see selected green videos from the School of Fine Art and find out more about green initiatives on campus. You can find them between 10.00-14.00 at the following venues:

Tuesday: London Road
Wednesday: Greenlands
Thursday: Whiteknights, Minghella
Friday: Whiteknights, Earley Gate 

Monday 12 November

Battle of the Bins

Palmer Foyer

Cheer along the Vice Chancellor and Student President as they race to see who can save the most waste from going to landfill.

Community Event

Agriculture Building

Visit one of the University’s greenest buildings and discover cutting edge research into environmental behaviour.

Tuesday 13 November

Lunchtime Concert in the dark

Palmer 101

Ikuko Inoguchi will be playing the piano in the dark to highlight energy saving initiatives at the University.

Reading Film Theatre

Palmer 101

Come and watch ‘Even the Rain’, with a pre-film seminar given by Dr Emily Boyd, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (15).

Wednesday 14 November

Low Carbon Challenge

Greenlands Riverside

Race between Reading and Greenlands without the need for fossil fuels. Email to get involved.

Green Debate

Café Mondial

Join representatives from NUS and RUSU to debate the contentious issue of shale fracking.

Public Lecture

Palmer 101

Professor Janet Barlow presents a lecture on Urban Heat Islands.

Thursday 15 November

Lunch time lectures

Palmer 105

Themed lecture jointly presented by a representative of the University and our energy supplier.

Environmental Exhibition

Palmer foyer

Come and see what Green groups and suppliers are doing. Loads of competitions and freebies.

RUSU Pub Quiz

Mojo’s bar

Test your quizly knowledge with a ‘Green’ themed guest round.

Friday 16 November

Green Walk

Outside RUSU shop

Take a walk on the wild side with the University Grounds Team.

Green Week Awards

Minghella Theatre

A chance to celebrate a year of environmental success. Green Impact, Champion of Champions photo challenge and Best Green video awards will be presented by Colin Robbins, Director of Estates & Facilities.

Act of Remembrance

Poppy on a cross11 November is an opportunity for the nation to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. This year, the University will hold its own act of remembrance on Friday 9 November for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the country’s behalf.

We can remember too those within the University community who have died over the past year. Such a ceremony, with its minute’s silence, also offers a chance to reflect on close family and friends who are no longer with us.

The University’s Anglican Chaplain, Mark Laynesmith will lead the 15 minute ceremony which will include the traditional lowering of the Union flag.

All members of the University, staff and students, are welcome to gather around the flag pole between the Library and Whiteknights House at 10.50am on Friday 9 November 2012.

Being Online

We all know the basics about keeping safe online – things like using different passwords for different services (as well as changing them regularly and never giving them to someone else), avoiding ‘phishing‘ (ie scam) emails, spotting and removing spyware, and dealing with computer viruses.

However, some students are unaware of the detrimental effects that their behaviour online can have. The University has published guidance on its expectations around the use of social networking sites and other online behaviour under the title Being Online. You should take a moment to familiarise yourself with this guidance, because it forms part of the University’s rules (as found in the Calendar).

Here are some examples of potential risks on the net:

  1. If you post a picture of Facebook you are running the risk of a future employer spotting it;
  2. If you say something unpleasant on Twitter you may cause someone offence;
  3. If you use an image on Tumblr you might infringe someone else’s copyright;
  4. If you if you let off steam in a blog post you might end up defaming someone;
  5. If you post something anonymously to an online group or community you’ve given your details to the owner of that site, and who knows what they’ll do with them.

Once you post something online it can take on a life of its own and you may no longer have control over it. What seems like a laugh now might not seem so funny in the future and may cause one of your peers real distress.

There are all sorts of ways in which you can (inadvertently) break the law whilst online. Knowthenet has published an online test where you can see if you are in danger of becoming an accidental outlaw, they’ve also published some top tips on how to stay legal when using social media.

The University’s regulations for conduct outline how we expect our students to act towards others. We expect students to behave properly and ensure that they don’t bring the university into disrepute through their actions. These rules apply to your online activities too. You can find out how we expect you to act towards other students and staff in the Reading Student Charter. If you break these rules you could jeopardise your university career.

Useful links 

University Catering – have your say!

'eat' sign outside Park HouseCatering Services are pleased to announce the launch of our 3rd online customer satisfaction survey, which aims to find out what you think of the catering services that are provided on the University campuses.

We want to find out when and how each of the outlets is used, and how you rate the value for money and customer service that is on offer.

All those who take part will be in with a chance of winning a a pair of Monster Beats high performance headphones.

To find out more and take the survey visit –

The survey is now closed

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