In Brief
In Brief is a new 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 information.
Booking business travel – complete a profile form
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We have recently awarded our business travel contract to CTM. In January, a new travel portal to book all travel (including flights and rail travel) will go live. This will improve how we choose and buy tickets and will save time and money. You are required to complete a traveller profile form so that the travel agent has all your details and preferences.
To complete the form and for further information on the new online portal, click here or email the procurement team. If you need to book travel before the portal goes live, you can also find further information including contact details for CTM on the procurement staff portal pages.
Contact Claire Milham for more information.
Mandatory information compliance training by
31 January
Freedom of information and data protection legislation present significant risks for the University, in terms of reputation and in fines of up to £500k.
All colleagues who use a computer for work purposes must complete the three information compliance training courses:
Contact Lee Shailer for more information.
Complete the staff survey for the Race Equality
Charter Mark by 12 December
As part of our commitment to improving and advancing race equality,
we are participating in a trial for the Race Equality Charter Mark and inviting all minority ethnic colleagues to complete a survey. This will shape our action plan. The deadline for responses is 12 December. To complete the survey click here.
Contact Rachel Thorns for more information.
Complete the recruitment and outreach survey
by 12 December
We are asking all colleagues who are involved in recruitment and outreach activities (such as talks in schools, taster sessions on campus, career fairs, activities in primary schools) to complete a survey. This will help the Student Recruitment and Outreach team provide better support to you through resources, data analysis and shared communication channels.
You can also join the newly formed Recruitment and Outreach Network (RON), created to facilitate collaboration between departments on recruitment and outreach and to share good practice across the University.
Contact Rachel South for more information.
How you can save energy, carbon and money every day
Thank you to everyone who joined the Carbon Countdown campaign’s launch event to save energy across the University on 28 November.
The NUS-backed ‘Blackout' evening saved us 2,500kWh electricity
over the weekend. If we did this every weekend all year, it would save £16,000 for the University and 76 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
On 23 December, please make sure that you turn off all the lights, computers, monitors and printers that you won’t need over the
Christmas period.
Contact James Thorpe for more information.
University Strategy 2026
To find out about current activities, the major projects that are underway and what is happening now, please visit the updated strategy web pages here.
Contact Rachel Stewart for more information.
New way of creating and managing our content
We also have a new content policy: this will see a central team of professional content developers and writers supporting and advising colleagues across the University, with defined roles for the creation
and dissemination of different types of content, including for the web.
Click here for more about content policy and website work.
Contact Gemmaine Walsh for more information.
Professional Administrative Services review working groups established
John Brady wrote to all staff in mid-November with an update on PAS. Working groups are being established for each of the projects within the PAS review, which are: Employee Journey; Student Experience; Brand Management; Finance Management; Technical Services; and General Administrative Support. Heads of Schools and Services are nominating colleagues who understand our existing process and can work with us
to improve them for the future.
Detail of a voluntary redundancy scheme was also circulated earlier
this week.
Contact John Brady for more information.
The University Charter and Ordinances
Thank you to all colleagues who responded to the recent consultation on
the proposed changes to the University’s Charter, Statutes and Ordinances. We will provide a response to those to colleagues before Christmas.
We’ve incorporated many of the comments and suggestions from you,
the UCU and the Staff Forum into the drafts which the University’s Council considered on 21 November. We will provide a comprehensive update on this reform early in 2015.
Contact Erin Murphy for more information.
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Tree management on Whiteknights Campus
Over the next few weeks, the grounds team is pruning and removing some trees which, due
to decay and/or structural damage, could represent a hazard in storm conditions. The Black Bridge over the lake will be closed on 8 December and diversions will be
in place. More details are here.

Contact Rupert Taylor for
more information.
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Check out Discover Reading Prospects our new website
We have launched Discover Reading Prospects, a new standalone website for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. This is the first in a series of projects to transform our online presence.

Check out the new website.

Contact Luke Micallef for
more information.
Changing how we manage our
printers and photocopiers
We are implementing a Managed Print Solution (MPS) which will standardise how we commission and use printers and photocopiers across our University. This will help us understand exactly what we are spending on print, saving us money and reducing our environmental impact. As individuals, we will be able to print securely and on demand to any networked printer. Currently, we are working to better understand our space and infrastructure through a survey of our buildings. We have also asked Heads of School/Service to identify ‘print champions’ to help us work out how best to meet our printing and photocopying requirements.
Contact Simon Kent for more information.
Ready for Christmas?
Music at Reading
The Winter Concert takes place in the Great Hall, London Road on
Saturday 6 December and features the University of Reading Big Band, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. For more information and to buy tickets, visit
On Monday 8 December we will hold the University of Reading’s annual candle-lit carol service in the Great Hall at London Road. View your invitation here.
Christmas Carols at Greenlands will be on 16 December at 6.30pm.
We are selling tickets for £5 (from room 21 at Greenlands, deadline 9 Dec)
if people would like mulled wine and mince pies. Or just come along to the garden room for free and listen to the carols.
Contact for more information.
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University Christmas cards
We have a number of University Christmas cards for sale.
Numbers are limited and are available to Departments on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Packs of 20 cost just £12.50 and
will be ready from 8 December.
Order now!
2015 Calendars
Our 2015 wall calendars will
be available immediately after
the Christmas holidays.
You’ll be able to collect your copies free of charge from the receptions at Palmer Building
and Whiteknights House, from DPS at Earley Gate or from the main reception at the Institute
of Education, London Road.
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