In Brief, October 2015
In Brief is a monthly all-staff news
round-up, giving you concise summaries
of the essential information you need.
All articles are short and are clearly categorised as ‘for action’,
‘for information’ or simply ‘nice to know’.
Contact for more.

Nominations open for Senate summer term elections

Nominations are open for the election of professors and academic staff to the University Senate. Nominations should be received in writing to Richard Messer by 12pm, Friday 27 May.

The Senate is the University's main academic administrative body. Reporting to the Council and meeting at least four times a year, the Senate advises on areas such as student entry, assessment and awards. With around 100 members, the Senate comprises of Heads of Schools / elected School representatives, professional staff and students.

Details of regulations, election timetable and nomination instructions are available here.

Contact Louise Sharman for more.


Places available for summer Graduation ceremonies

University staff are welcome to process at any of our Graduation ceremonies taking place this July.

Staff looking to take part in formal ceremonies must register on the Ede & Ravenscroft ‘Enet’ website to book their place and to hire robes as necessary. Please be aware that staff who have their own robes must still register on the Enet site. The deadline for hiring robes is Friday 10 June.

If you have any problems logging onto the Enet site, email our Graduation Office with “Staff Robe Hire” as the subject.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Details of on-the-day arrangements will be sent out late June.

Contact the Graduation Office for more.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey now open

We have now launched this year’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), which is open until Thursday 16 June.

As the only national survey to measure PGT teaching and learning experiences, the results will enable us to compare student programme experiences internally and against groups of institutions. The survey is a valuable asset in helping us measure our performance against the needs of our PGT students, and is an opportunity for students to share their opinions.

The more students that complete the survey, the better understanding we will get of our PGT experience- so please encourage our postgraduate community to take part!

Contact Emma Kay for more.


UEB information and discussion sessions

The Vice-Chancellor and members of the University Executive Board (UEB) will be hosting three information and discussion sessions this month.

The sessions are scheduled for:

9 May 2016, 14:00-15.00, National Grid, Greenlands
11 May 2016, 13.00-14.00, Madejski Theatre, Agriculture
12 May 2016, 13.00-14.00, G11, Henley Business School

Across the briefings, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors will update staff on the progress being made in their respective area of responsibility. The sessions promise to be interesting and informative and will highlight the good work that is being done across the University.

Booking is not required, but places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Communications for more.

Update on the new teaching and learning support

An update on the phased transition to the new teaching and learning support service has been published on the Professional and Administrative Services review (PAS) section of the University website. You can read the update and related FAQs here.

Me@Reading portal launches in two schools

Student and Applicant Services have launched the new digital platform, Me@Reading, to SAGES and PCLS undergraduate and postgraduate taught students with an expected completion date beyond 31 July 2016.

The portal will be rolled out to all schools from September this year.

Me@Reading is an all-encompassing portal where students can access RISIS, Blackboard, university events, their academic timetable, inbox and more. As well as improving the student experience, the portal will create a streamlined way for us to engage with our students. Take a look at our presentation to see how it works.

Demonstration sessions for staff this September- details to follow.

Contact Emma Kay for more.

Confidential Care now live

We are pleased to announce that Confidential Care, our new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), is now live.

Confidential Care can support you with any kind of situation you may be facing; work stress, depression, relationship issues, legal or financial concerns, coping with change and much more. Amongst its many services includes a comprehensive online resource packed with useful information and advice to help promote healthy living and wellbeing. The service is independent, free and completely confidential.

Read more about Confidential Care here.

Contact Claire Eckett for more.

Library refurb

Contractor appointed for Library refurbishment

The University has appointed ISG Fit Out Ltd. as the contractor for the Library refurbishment. We will now be working with ISG Fit Out to share detailed outlines of the redevelopment, including works taking place this summer.

Important information about the project, such as the provision of alternative study space and notice of disruptive works will be shared with students, staff and the wider University community at the earliest possible time.

The major project continues the refurbishments of the upper Library floors undertaken in 2013–2014. Key benefits include increased study space on the Ground and First floors, improved security and disabled access, and improvements to energy efficiency. Click here for further information.

Contact Julia Munro for more.

Visa News and important Tier 4 update

Did you know that we publish visa-related news over on our Student Pages?

Here, we publish important information and updates alongside our dedicated newsletter, Visa News. Members of staff are encouraged to share this page with our students to help raise awareness of the latest UK immigration information and advice. The latest edition of Visa News is available here.

Amongst the latest news, we have recently published an update on the academic progression requirement in relation to applying for a Tier 4 visa extension- this will be of great interest to many University communities, including staff who advise on course transfers, re-entrants and work placements.

Contact Matt Daley for more.

IT roll out next phase of remote access project

Information Technology, in conjunction with Business Systems teams in HR and Finance, have launched a service to provide remote access to selected software. The service is currently aimed at P2P approvers and some support staff within HR. A second phase of the project will later provide access to additional services.

The process will use a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) system in conjunction with a staff username and password as a means of improving security. It will require users to authenticate remote access requests by using a registered smartphone or similar device. Users will be sent information to help set everything up. Instructions can be found here, or visit the project page for more.

Contact Anton Lawrence or Godswill Arum for more.

HR Operations May newsletter now available

The May edition of the HR Operations newsletter is now available here.

The latest issue includes important information on changes to IT account set-up and an update on the Recruitment Applicant Tracking System project. Each newsletter also includes a useful directory of team updates and HR contacts.

Contact Nicola Johnson for more.

Events diary

The University Events Diary is published once a term, and features highlights of our public events.

In our summer edition, we celebrate the University’s rich cultural heritage with a showcase of music, arts, films, exhibitions and student performances featuring our talented artistic community. Find out more here.

Highlights from this term’s programme include:

Museums at Night Wednesday 11 May. Decide the fate of two historical features in a fun evening at the Museum of English Rural Life.
IoE Public Lecture Thursday 19 May. Join Professor Becky Francis from King’s College London to discover what a socially-just education system would look like.
Davis Cup Trophy Friday 27 May. Come and see the Davis Cup Trophy as it tours the UK! The trophy will be on display at the Sports Park from 11:00-12:30.

Download the Summer Events Diary here.

Please contact the Events Office for more.

slanty red line

Celebrate International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

On Tuesday 17 May RUSU will be holding several events in celebration of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT). Staff and students are welcome to attend all events.

At 1pm, a rainbow flag will be raised on the flagpole between the Library and Whiteknights House on Whiteknights Campus. The ceremony will be presided by Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, with representatives from UEB, RUSU and our LGBT Plus network in attendance. A speech will be delivered by a representative of the Beaumont Trust after the flag has been raised.

At 2pm–3pm, a workshop on Gender Identity will be held at Thet Win Aung Boardroom, RUSU. Later, a special panel discussion on the importance of allies in the LGBT movement will take place at 7:30pm–9:00pm in Van Emden lecture theatre.

Contact Calvin Smith or Peter Miles for more.

Survey: University decision-making and application process as parents or relatives

In recent months, we have been approached by a number of staff keen to share their experience of the university decision-making and application process as parents or relatives.

This feedback from colleagues has proved extremely helpful and the information provided has given insight into how we compare against other universities in terms of recruitment, conversion activities and communications.

If you have been involved in supporting a young person in an application process to university recently and are happy to share your experience with us, we would be really grateful if you could fill in this short survey.

Contact Rachel South or Katja Durkin for more.


Would you like to recruit a summer intern?

Each year the Reading Internship Scheme facilitates summer internships between our students and University departments. Interns bring a fresh perspective and insight into the student experience – they may even have a skill set that you need, such as being able to speak a particular language or being a statistics student.

The Internship Scheme takes care of the advertising of positions and deals with HR (including the SRF), making the process of taking on an intern as straightforward as possible.

Limited funding is available for University museums.

Contact Jay Russell for more.

Twitter   Facebook