Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: January 2016

Plagiarism: Don’t get caught out!

Recently, an organisation was discovered on campus attempting to promote their essay writing services to students.

This organisation has now been removed, but we wanted to take this opportunity to bring awareness to plagiarism, and to provide more information if you’re not too sure about what it is!  11434

The University’s definition of plagiarism can come in several forms, including using another person’s work, content from a published paper or on a website. Like all academic institutions, Reading takes plagiarism incredibly seriously, and students who are found to have plagiarised can be faced with a number of penalties; the most severe of which being expulsion from the University. To find out about the full details on academic misconduct, visit our Examinations office page.

Even without considering these penalties, using someone else’s work also means that you are not getting the most out of your degree or your time here! The skills you learn from assessment (constructing an argument, written communication, organisation and planning) will put you in good stead for life after graduation.

If you see anyone suspicious around campus trying to distribute information on these services, please let Security Services know.

If you need help or advice on an essay or any written work, remember you can visit Study Advice on the first floor of the library, and visit Essentials for some quick tips!

Travel Survey 2016! – Let us know your views and suggestions

It is time for the University’s biannual staff and student travel survey. Make sure you take the opportunity to let us know how you get to campus and tell us your views on what we can do to improve this for you. You could win one of two iPads by taking part!

The survey is important to monitor how we are doing against the University Travel Plan, and to develop the action plan for the next couple of years. See what we have done as a result of your great responses to previous travel surveys on the Clean and Green travel pages. Action included the introduction of night buses and lighting improvements on certain routes.

It’s quite a detailed survey, but only a few of the questions are compulsory so you can skip areas that are not relevant to you.

The Travel Survey is open from Monday 25th January until Friday 12 February. 

Take the survey here

See more of Britain with HOST UK

This is the best time to be thinking of getting away from the campus for a weekend, and visiting the smaller towns and countryside. And there is no better way to do this than in the company of the people who live there.

The University subscribes to HOST UK so that our international and EU students can have the opportunity to meet British residents in their own homes, and to visit areas that tourists don’t reach. A HOST visit is a wonderful chance for international students to experience the real life of this country, to change their perceptions, and to make friends with a wide range of British people.

One student who has just returned from a HOST visit in the south-west corner of England said:

‘For a crash course on the British history and to experience the true British culture filled with lovely British people and amazingly delicious home-cook meals plus exploring of gorgeous Britain’s countryside, go for a HOST visit.’

HOST UK visits are safe and they are given to international students by the kindness of the hosts. You pay for your travel. The University of Reading will pay the application fee for the first 100 applications for first time visits. After the first 100 applications have been approved students will need to pay the application fee directly to Host UK.

Visit our Host UK information page for further details.

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