In Brief february 2017
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Help us prepare for building renaming

Three buildings on the Whiteknights campus will have new names coming into use during the Easter break. HumSS, Food Biosciences and the Systems Engineering will be named after Edith Morley, Harry Nursten and Polly Vacher respectively – details available in our recent stories on HumSS and Food Biosciences/Systems Engineering.

Estates and Facilities are updating wayfinding signage and campus maps which will be put in place between the end of the spring term and the start of the summer term. Please share this information with your relevant teams so that staff can make any necessary updates to collateral, timetables and systems. We recommend staff make any changes during the Easter break

Contact Communications for more.

Standard email signatures, letterheads and Powerpoint templates

The University of Reading celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion we released templates for an email signature, letterheads and Powerpoint presentation slides.

Now that the year has passed, we ask that colleagues revert to the standard email signature, letterhead and Powerpoint templates instead of the 90th anniversary themed ones. Standard templates are available on the email signaturesand letterheads, reports and PowerPoint slidespages. Further information and guidance is available at the staff portal.

Contact Communications for more.

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Become a LGBT Ally and support our community

Our LGBT community needs your support. Come along to Palmer 109 on Friday 10 February, 12.00pm and find out how being an LGBT Ally can make a difference.

An LGBT+ Ally is “an individual who doesn’t identify as LGBT and believes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should experience full equality, at home, in their communities, and in their places of work”. Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell registered as an Ally last year and will host the information session alongside representatives from our LGBT Plus staff network. Lunch will be provided. Book your place through ESS.

There are several other important diversity events taking place over the next month – full details available on the staff portal.

Contact Simon Chandler-White for more.

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Electronic Management of Assessment programme gets go ahead

The Electronic Management of Assessment programme at the University has secured a full agreement to go ahead.

The three-year programme aims to deliver on the long term vision for online assessment. With a budget of around £7.5 million, the programme will support the continued move towards online submission, marking and feedback of assessed work; the underlying integration between Blackboard and RISIS; the creation of a student feedback dashboard; and, support further developments in our approach towards learning analytics.

The programme is being led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brooks, with Dr Emma Mayhew as Academic Director and Nicola Tyson-Payne as Programme Manager. A formal launch event will be held in March – details will follow shortly. .

Contact EMA programme team for more.

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NSS 2017 open to final year students

The 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) opened this week – inviting final year students to share their views of their course, university and overall student experience. The results help provide an open, honest and unvarnished view of how students feel about the University, helping us to identify what we’re doing right and where we need to improve. The survey closes 30 April 2017.

MCE has been working with Schools on tactics and activities to ensure a high participation and enable final year students complete the survey. Suggestions can be found in the NSS Briefing pack, which was distributed to nominated NSS-leads in schools on Wednesday 25 January.

Contact Communications for more.

Tuition fee increase in 2017–18

Following legislation finally passed by the Government, the University will charge all new UK/EU students enrolling in 2017–18 academic year £9250 as the full-time year one fee. Offer letters already sent out to students had already indicated the possibility of this fee increase.

The University website has been updated to reflect the change and the Recruitment and Admissions & Conversions team have updated our communications to prospective students and applicants.

Contact Samantha Drage for more.

New location for Examinations, Student Records and Graduation Office

The Examinations, Student Records and Graduation Office (ESRGO) has moved from Carrington Building to Building LO28, London Road.

While the team adjust to their new location, it is advised that staff directing students to the new London Road office first call to check that a member of the team is available to help. Phone numbers will change as a result of the move and will be updated imminently – check the Staff Search on the portal for updates.

Colleagues in the Carrington Building Helpdesk and the Support Centres have been provided with information to aid answering ESRGO’s most common student enquiries to help ease the transition.

Contact Colin Baker for more.

VC all staff presentations in February

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell will be hosting three presentations for staff this month. Details are as follows:

Wednesday 22 February: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Greenlands
Wednesday 22 February: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Madejski Lecture Theatre, Whiteknights
Thursday 23 February: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, London Road

The presentations will start and end 10 minutes early to allow sufficient time for staff to travel around campus.

All staff are welcome to attend.

Contact Communications for more.

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David Savage appointed Chief Operating Officer at UoRM

David Savage has been appointed as the full-time Chief Operating Officer at University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) and Henley Business School Malaysia from 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2018.

David will be responsible for all professional support services at the Malaysia campus; direct reports will include HR, Finance & Corporate Services and Registrar, reporting directly to UoRM Provost Professor Tony Downes and the Reading University Malaysia (RUMAL) Board. The University will appoint a full-time, permanent Chief Operating Officer from January 2019, in due course. There are no other planned changes to the current UoRM team and management.

See staff portal for more.

Development Opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic staff

We are delighted to announce two development opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff:

1. Two supported places on the Diversifying Leadership programme for BAME early career academic and professional managerial staff (below Associate Professor/Grade 8).

2. One supported place on the StellarHE programme for BAME professional support staff, academics and researchers at middle to senior management level who aspire to senior leadership positions in Higher Education.

Full details for both initiatives can be found in the attached advert.

Applications for both should be emailed to Susan Thornton by 5:00pm, Friday 24 February 2017 for consideration by the internal panel.

Contact Susan Thornton for more.

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Event highlights this month

Take a look at the spring events diary for the full schedule. Upcoming highlights include:

Alumni Lecture Series - Sophie Walker : Thursday 23 February, Henley Business School, 6.30pm. Alumna Sophie Walker shares her insights on gender equality as the leader of the Women's Equality Party. Followed by a Q&A led by Professor Ellie Highwood.
Henley Business School Public Lecture: Professor Andrew Kakabadse : Wednesday 22 February, Henley Business School, 6.15pm. Professor Andrew Kakabadse will address how governance, strategy, boards and top teams work together to produce sustainable outstanding performance.
Lunchtime Concert: Student Showcase . Wednesday 1 March, Palmer Building, 1.10pm. Take a moment to unwind at lunch and enjoy our talented student choir.
Open in Practice Conference : Thursday 30 March, HumSS, 10.00am – 4.00pm. A special conference aimed at researchers looking to incorporate open research methods into their work.

Contact Events for more.

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Procurement team awarded top honour

Following a recent, independent Procurement Maturity Assessment (PMA), the University’s Procurement team was awarded the top grade, ‘superior’.

The PMA is a detailed assessment of HE sector procurement functions nationwide. It helps institutions to understand and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their procurement functions, which can, in turn, lead to significant efficiency savings. Reading is one of only six universities awarded the superior grade (out of 97).

An action plan for further improvements identified from the assessment will be implemented to improve the effectiveness of the procurement function further, and to solidify the position as an HE sector-leading procurement team.

Contact Procurement for more.

Nominations for Honorary Degrees

The Joint Standing Committee of the Council and Senate on Honorary Degrees invites members of the University, or those associated with it, to submit nominations for recipients of Honorary Degrees.

Nominations should be presented on a single side of A4 and should articulate:

(a) the eminence of the proposed individual in their chosen field;

(b) the particular relevance of that eminence to this University (currently, in the future, or both); and

(c) the timeliness of the proposal.

The above should be accompanied by an outline CV or Who’s Who entry of the nominee. Nominations should be received by Friday 26 May 2017.

Contact Louise Sharman for more.

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