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Student Development

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There is a wealth of student development opportunities available here at Reading, and ensuring that students are aware of such opportunities is a key aspect of the Personal Tutorial System. Tutors are not expected to be expert in all of the schemes and opportunities listed below, but should enthuse and promote to students the benefits of engagement - such as enhanced skill development and employability.

RED Award

The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is a new university scheme that rewards students for undertaking extra-curricular activities as well as helping them get the most out of their experiences in terms of their professional and personal development. The award is open to all students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP)

The Student and Academic Services Directorate has provided training sessions for students for many years which help students get ahead in their studies and develop key life skills. The programme of events covers areas such as careers advice, study advice and skills, IT training, maths support, and counselling and wellbeing. Attendance also counts toward the RED Award.

ERASMUS and Study Abroad

Managed by the Study Abroad team, part of Reading's International Office, the ERASMUS programme is the European Commission's flagship educational mobility programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions, and forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013). It offers a framework and finances to encourage student and staff mobility for work and study, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe.

Work Related and Placement Learning

In 2010, the Thematic Review of Work Related and Placement Learning (Thematic Review) recommended that all undergraduate programmes should have a placement opportunity available to students registered on the programme. 'Placement opportunities' means a work or academic placement, and can takeone of three forms:

• Micro - embedded within a module;
• Mini - constituting an entire module;
• Maxi - comprising a year.

This will ensure that all of our students have increased opportunities to undertake placements. This is not only beneficial in terms of work or study experience (depending on placement type) but students undertaking placements should also be encouraged to reflect and articulate the skills and expertise they have gained from placements. It is articulation such as this that is vital to our students in a time when a 'degree is not enough'. 

Peer Support

Peer Support is an informal listening and support service provided by students for students. Volunteers receive training from the Counselling Service in listening and other relevant skills, and are expected to commit to being a peer supporter for a minimum of a year.

 

Central to supporting student development is the fostering of awareness and liaison with central support service providers such as Counselling, Study Advice, CPEC etc. These are the trained experts who have the experience and resource to support students in various aspects of student development. Your role as Personal Tutor is to work with these colleagues, but not to try to replicate or replace them.

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