Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: February 2017

Get Active for University Mental Health Day


Next week Universities up and down the country will be celebrating University Mental Health Day on Thursday 2 March – a national initiative which aims to promote greater understanding of mental health amongst students.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘active mental health’ to get people to think about the link between physical activity and positive mental wellbeing.

There will be a number of things happening on campus on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March, including group fitness classes, guided walks, and engaging talks by expert guest speakers.

For a full listing of events and activities, visit

Alongside these activities, we’re also running a photo competition open to all students where you’ll have the chance to win the top prize of a £50 Blackwells voucher, a free month’s membership at the SportsPark, or one of 2 x £20 Unique Fruits vouchers which can be spent at the weekly fruit and veg market in ThreeSixty.

To take part, simply upload a photo of you getting active to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #UoRGetActive before 5pm on Wednesday 1 March. Whether it’s a trip to the gym, taking your dog for a walk, or dancing the night away with friends – we want to see it!

Winners will be announced on Thursday 2 March. For full T&Cs click here.

For more posts on mental health, check out the Student Wellbeing blog.

Library refurbishment: works between 20 February and 13 March

Between Monday 20 February and Monday 13 March the following construction work is expected to be carried out around the outside of the Library:

  • Re-cladding the outside: The majority of work will focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior – these works will involve drilling and so may be noisy. The work will move around all sides of the Library. Students may wish to use alternative study spaces if they are not comfortable with the noise around the Library.
  • Ground works: Ground works will be evident around all sides of the Library.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library refurbishment project page:


Alumni lecture series: Sophie Walker, Women’s Equality Party

On Thursday 23 February, all students and staff are invited to attend the third in our Alumni Lecture Series, which will be given by Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral Election, ambassador for the National Autistic Society and Reading alumna (BA French and English, 1993).

The Women’s Equality Party is a collaborative force in British politics, uniting people of all genders and backgrounds in the shared determination to see women and men enjoying the same opportunities.

Sophie and the WEP have been active in the recent world-wide demonstrations against President Donald Trump, as well as the Women’s Marches across the globe. Having been elected as leader in July 2015, Sophie represented the WEP in the 2016 London Mayoral Election.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by Ellie Highwood, Professor of Meteorology and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading; the audience will also be given the opportunity to voice questions directly. This promises to be a thought-provoking and well-attended evening, and we would be delighted if you could join us.

Need to know

When: 23 February. The lecture will start at 7pm. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30pm.

Where: G11, Henley Business School.

Register: here

Need more info? Contact the Alumni Relations team at or 0118 378 8006.

The lecture is free, but we recommend booking early because places are limited.

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