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GREAT BATTLES AND THEIR MYTHS - SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2016 at reading museum, reading town hall

Dr Athena Leoussi and Professor Beatrice Heuser from University of Reading invite you to join them for this all day event.

Reading Museum's Victorian facsimile of the Bayeaux Tapestry is a masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts Movement. In 2016 we celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest, as depicted in the Tapestry. The University of Reading will contribute to the celebrations with a day-long conference at the Museum, which will be free and open to the public. Experts will set the Battle of Hastings in the context of other great battles and discuss their significance for subsequent generations. The day will also include guided tours of the Tapestry and fantastic outdoor medieval-themed family activities in the Town Hall Square.

For a full conference programme go to:

Conference: Adults  9.30-18.00  Free, booking essential 0118 939 3400

Activities: All ages 1.30-15.00 Free, drop in

Bayeux Tapestry Tour: All ages

Every Saturday, 2.15-15.00  Suggested donation £2, drop in.


outstanding contribution to teaching excellence award

We were delighted to hear that the Italian academic and support team had been awarded by the Reading University Students' Union the honorary   

Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award

As part of the RUSU Excellence Awards 2016 to Teaching Staff and Support Staff in Italian Studies.

'The RUSU Excellence Awards celebrate staff who students believe have gone above and beyond expectations, tirelessly working to improve the delivery of teaching and learning at the University of Reading.  A nomination in our student-led awards is a great achievement and is testimony to the excellent teaching and support you provide to your students.'

RUSU received a special nomination for the entire Italian Department and the effort and detail that all the Italian finalists went into to nominate their entire cohort of staff could not be overlooked.

These were some of the comments that the students made in their nominations:

'We've enjoyed a huge variety of learning styles and approaches - but ultimately they all share the same values and that's helped to create a really strong foundation for our degree'

'They've created a space both formally and informally where students feels they can be listened to. They've done this informally by having an open-door policy, treating us as individuals and always been approachable.'

'We all studied abroad in our third year and we're so thankful, especially to the admin team for being a support structure when things occasionally went horribly wrong at our visiting institution; undoubtedly their support saw us through the entire experience.'

This award was presented to the entire Italian staff at the RUSU Excellence Awards on 26 April 2016.


We are delighted to announce that our students are doing well with scholarships .  The German Academic Exchange Service provides scholarships for German Studies summer schools in Germany and this year six of our students have been successful in obtaining these scholarships.  This is the most we have received and we are delighted for these students and congratulate them on being awarded these scholarships and wish them every success in the summer.  Congratulations must also go to Sandra Beer for supporting these students with their applications.  Well done all of you.



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