Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: November 2015

Complete Enhancement Week Survey for a chance to win Amazon vouchers!


Enhancement Week offers a break from your studies, the chance to try something different, and the opportunity to develop your skills or interests.


We’ve just had our first Enhancement Week for this academic year and we would love to know what you thought! Your feedback will help us make improvements for future Enhancement Weeks.


Completing the survey will also give you the chance to be entered into a Prize Draw to win some Amazon vouchers! If you would like to fill out the survey and enter our Prize Draw please go to

Are you up to speed? Visit Essentials!

carousel-12584We hope you’re enjoying the Autumn term, but we also know that whether you’re new or returning, there’s a lot of information to take in!

You might know who your personal tutor is, but do you know where the well-being team are? What about where to go for advice on writing your essay? Or how to become a Student Ambassador?

From societies to study advice, ‘Get up to Speed’ can fill any gaps in your knowledge. Take a look at the pages, part of the Essentials website here.

Any questions? Add a comment below, or send us an email on


Santander’s Big Ideas competition

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This year Santander is launching a new initiative across the UK and would like you to take part in it.

It’s called Big Ideas and through it Santander want to find out what you would like your bank of the future to look like. If you are creative, good at problem solving and have a great idea that will shape the future of the financial industry, then Santander wants to hear from you.

There are three challenges to choose from, and entering the competition means you’re in with the chance to gain up to £5,000 if you’re the winner of one of the categories

To find out more, visit Santander’s website.

Good luck!


Get your name on the electoral register– by this Friday!


The electoral process has changed over the last year. Whilst students were previously able to register as a household, you now need to register as an individual.

Reading, like many other university towns, is represented by a lively and diverse student body. Unfortunately, students are not always registered to vote. Parliamentary seats are drawn up by the Boundary Commissions, which are informed by the electoral registers. Young people like yourselves are underrepresented if your votes are not registered. Find out more here.

The deadline for registering to appear on the electoral register is this Friday the 20th November. If you want the chance to have your say in next year’s general elections, make sure you don’t miss it!


See below for our quick tips on registering to vote:

What: You need to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in an election or referendum. The next electoral register will be taken on the 1st December.

When: The deadline for registration to appear on the electoral register is the 20th November.

How: Go to to register to vote. The process takes about 5 minutes! You need your National Insurance Number, but if you can’t find or don’t have it, call 0300 200 3502 (or Textphone: 0300 200 3519).


Review: Autumn Enhancement Week 2015

Enhancement Week runs every year at Reading, and it’s a brilliant opportunity to spend some time doing the things you might not be able to do so easily when you leave university.

Whether it is a group workshop to improve your confidence or a museum trip to compliment your studies, Enhancement Week is a break from your routine and a chance to learn new things. This Autumn we had an activity filled week! See the highlights below for more details on how it went.

Academic highlights: Monday to Wednesday

On the academic side, your departments and schools have been busy offering alternatives to your usual lectures. We’ve had everything over the past week, from biological drawing for the terrified to a trip to Stone Henge, whilst the Philosophy department asked ‘what is philosophically puzzling about colour’, along with other topics.

Beyond profit: Thursday

Enhancement Week was also a chance to go beyond your subject and think outside the box. Graduate schemes and large, corporate organisations are a common destination for students after university, but we recognise that this isn’t for everyone. Whether you want to work for a not-for-profit organisation, teach, or work in the arts, Thursday’s Beyond Profit event showcased the brilliant array of possibilities open to you post-graduation! Highlights included keynote speakers such as Rhianna Dhillon (Radio 1), and panel discussions on a variety of topics including, Alternative Science Careers and Museums, Libraries and Archives.

Breaking down barriers: Friday

After a busy week, RUSU were on hand to offer the chance to relax and get to know your union better. We were happy to see lots of students having a go at the Sports and Societies Swap, including a ballet and rugby switch! An engaging debate was held on the topic of “Are sports clubs responsible for lad culture?”, and this was followed by lively performances from Ballet, Swing Dance, Tap & Modern and singer-songwriters.


The week was wrapped up with some festive fireworks, which went down well with students, staff and the local community!


All in all, we hope that this Enhancement Week was a chance for you discover new skills, be inspired by your chosen subject, and have fun!

The next Enhancement Week will be in the Spring term, 15-19 February 2016. Save the date, and watch out for further information!

China Scholarship Council: opportunity to study in China

Whether you’re a first year or coming up to your finals, you may be thinking about taking your academic career further by studying at postgraduate level.

Whilst you develop your academic skills, why not gain valuable experience of a different culture by studying abroad? Ever considered China?

At Reading we are lucky to have worked closely with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for a number of years now.

Historically, we’ve had students from Reading go on to study, fully funded, at postgraduate level in China.

If you’d like to find out more, there will be an info-session about this opportunity taking place soon:

Thursday 19th November 2015

15:00 – 17:00

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If this is something that you are interested in learning more about, please RSVP by sending a quick email and your course title and year of study to:

Complete our Welcome Week survey for the chance to win an IPad!


The festive season is nearly upon us! Why not boost your chances of winning an IPad or Amazon vouchers as an early holiday treat or gift, by telling us what you thought of Welcome Week?

This short survey is a chance for you to have your say, so that we can make things even better next year!

Complete the survey here and you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a new IPad or Amazon vouchers.

Good luck!

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