Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: May 2014

Open Day Ambassadors – now recruiting!

Student helping a visitor on Open DayAre you passionate about the University and what it has to offer prospective students? Are you a friendly and approachable person who enjoys talking to new people? Then why not share your enthusiasm and work on the undergraduate open days? We are looking for undergraduate students from across the University to help on the following dates:

Friday 20/Saturday 21 June
Saturday 27 September
Saturday 25 October

Payment will be £52 per day.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Module selection 2014/5

For students beginning Part 2, 3 or 4 in October 2014, the chance to choose your optional modules for the next Part of your degree programme starts on Monday 2 June (from 10:00) and finishes on Friday 27 June (noon). You will be able to make your optional module selections via the RISISweb Portal.

Note: History students need to choose their modules by Friday 13 June.

All students should, prior to making their choice, ensure that they have touched base with their School and discussed their options with their personal tutor.

Any student who has problems selecting their modules on the RISISweb Portal can contact Student Services for help –

You are required to have 120 credits worth of modules for the next Part of your degree programme. Any student who fails to complete their selection by the deadline will then have to wait until Welcome Week module surgery opens on Tuesday 23 September, by which time some modules may be full.

Student Business Idea Competition

Enter the Student Business Idea Competition and launch your entrepreneurship career

IDEAFEST logo: Student Business Idea CompetitionPitch your idea for the chance to win £1,000, plus mentoring to help you take your idea to the next stage.

Learn how to build and refine your business idea at a workshop during which you can network with other budding entrepreneurs.

The competition is managed by the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Henley Business School and consists of two rounds:

  • Round 1 – Submit your idea along with a three minute video
    Ideas will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select five to go through to the second round.
  • Round 2 – Finalists will pitch to the panel and audience of peers and faculty members

The winner and runners-up will be announced and cash prizes presented immediately after the judging.

You can enter on your own, or as part of a team (with up to a max of three students in a team). Full details of the competition and how to apply will be announced shortly – watch this space!

The competition is now open!

Full details are available on the IDEAFEST webpage.

Competition schedule

Entries open: Tues 27 May
Workshop: Thurs 12 June
Entries close: Thurs 26 June
Finalists announced: Tues 1 July
Presentation event: Friday 4 July, 14:00-17:00

If you would like details to be sent to you directly, contact

Sign up for the workshop on 12 June 2014

The ‘Recognising Opportunities and Generating Ideas’ workshop on 12 June will help you develop your business idea and answer your questions ahead of your entry submission.  It’s completely free and run by members of the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship team and a partner from Pitmans LLP, a highly respected, long-established, locally based legal practice, with a strong record of supporting entrepreneurs.

The workshop will be held in G10 at the Henley Business School Building, Whiteknights. The outline programme is:

  1. Introduction to entrepreneurship and the business idea competition
  2. Developing your idea – Part 1: Customers, Revenue and Business Model
  3. Developing your idea – Part 2: Competition, Costs, Team & Risks
  4. Protecting your business idea

Start time is 10:00 and finish by mid-afternoon.

If you have a business idea and use the workshop to develop it, you can enter IDEAFEST, the student business idea competition. The team (individual or group of students) with the best idea, as chosen by a panel of judges will win a £1,000 cash prize plus professional mentoring to help develop their business plans and commercialise their ideas.  There are also cash prizes and mentoring for runners-up.

Be sure to sign up by emailing Jurek Sikorski at

Full details about the competition and the Entry Form can be found at

Staying in contact after Graduation!

Introducing the Alumni Relations Team!

Cover of Connected magazine - click to read the issueThe time for graduation is coming near, but although you will no longer be a University of Reading student, that doesn’t mean we want to lose touch! For the next stage of your journey, we want to welcome you to our alumni network of over 107,000 former Reading students. To register with this online community, all you need to do is visit our alumni website and sign up. You can also keep in touch by finding us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

What’s in it for me?

  • Alumni discounts for further study
  • One-to-one careers advice for six months and networking opportunities
  • Annual alumni magazine (Connected) and regular e-newsletters
  • Online global community
  • Events and reunions
  • Library, sports and accommodation discounts

How can I get involved?

  • Share your experience and give advice to future students
  • Transform lives by donating to Reading’s Annual Fund
  • Become an international volunteer or join a network
  • Provide a valuable work placement or employment opportunity for students
  • Participate in events

Look out for us at your graduation day where we will be on hand to answer any questions, get you signed up to our online community and help you to commemorate this day with photos and red carpet selfies!


Rainbow flagSaturday 17 May marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and the University of Reading, as a new member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, is proud to be flying the rainbow flag in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality.

The flag will be raised between the Library and Whiteknights House – all are invited to gather by the flagpole at 12noon on Friday 16 May.

We are seeking to continue the legacy of its former Vice-Chancellor, Lord Wolfenden, by promoting diversity and tolerance in its research, teaching, and support for all who study and work here.

More details about the Stonewall campaign can be found by visiting:

For further information please contact

Accessing the Library ‘out-of-hours’

Library at nightDo you want to use the Library after 17:00? Do you want to get in the Library over the weekend? Then make sure you’ve got your Campus Card with you…

Over the exams period the Library will be limiting “out-of-hours” access to University members only. So, from 17:00 on weekday evenings until 08:00 the next day, and over the weekend, you will need to enter the Library via the right-hand door. You will need to place your Campus card on the ‘proximity reader’ by the door in order to gain access.

There is a lot of demand on the space in the Library at this time of year and we have received reports of local sixth formers using the Library for their studies. So, until exams are over, the Library is all yours!

Please remember that you may be asked at any time to show your Campus Card when you are in the Library – if you can’t show your card you may be asked to leave the Library.

Remember – no card, no entry!

Click here for more information.

Royal visit

Today we will welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex to our Whiteknights Campus. This visit forms part of a wider tour of the county taking place today during which the Royal couple will experience ‘the best of Berkshire’. Their visit to the University will focus on our Department of Meteorology which, last year, was one of just 12 academic departments from institutions around the UK to receive a Regius Professorship, awarded by Her Majesty The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

The programme for the visit to the University will include lunch, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, followed by a number of activities led by colleagues from the Department of Meteorology including a weather and climate discussion, a chance to join students demonstrating green screen weather forecasting and an opportunity to launch a weather balloon.

Students are invited to join us at 13:00 in front of the Palmer Building to observe the balloon launch.

Walking to the moon

Beat the StreetThe University is joining in Reading town’s five week programme in which 60,000 people will aim to walk (and cycle) 238,000 miles – the distance to the moon… and we need your help!

Beat the Street encourages everyone in the borough to walk as much as possible from Thursday 1 May to Wednesday 4 June.

You can take part by collecting a Beat the Street card from reception desks at Palmer, Whiteknights House or RUSU, which you then need to register online (from Wednesday 30 April):

Each walk is recorded using specially designed walking sensors, known as ‘Beat Boxes’, which will be fitted to lamp posts and other street furniture across the town and University campus.

Points are awarded and the mileage is clocked up each time you tap your personal Beat the Street card on to two or more Beat Boxes. Each box is approximately 0.5 miles apart.

Students can join the RUSU team (and pit themselves against the staff team(. Which team will clock up the most? Follow progress on the website

Campus Beat Boxes will be located outside the Palmer building by Dol.cHe Vita, at Friends Bridge, and on the path between Stenton Hall and the lake.

Beat Boxes can also be found at Christchurch Green outside Gregg’s, on Pepper Lane by the bus stop, by the BP garage on the Wokingham Road near Earley Gate, outside the Co-Op on Erleigh Road and lots more locations. Visit the website for full information about the location of all the Beat Boxes.

Help Reading reach for the moon! 

Collect your card from Palmer, Whiteknights House or RUSU, register online, and get walking! 

Student Packs surveys

We want to find out your views on the ‘Welcome’ Packs that the University provides to students.

Your feedback will help us make the Packs better for future students.

First YWelcome Packears

You should have received a Welcome Pack when you arrived at the University (usually when you collected your Campus Card).

Could you take five minutes to let us know what you thought about the Pack and it’s contents?

(Closing date: 12 May 2014)

Other Years (students living in the community)

We delivered Packs to student houses in the local area and we would like to know if you found the contents useful. Click here for more information on the survey.

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