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We regret to announce the death of Emeritus Professor Peter Noble, MA, Cambridge; Dip. Ed., PhD, London.

Peter was appointed Assistant Lecturer in French in 1967. He became a Lecturer in 1969 and Senior Lecturer in 1974. He gained the title of Reader in 1983, and was the Director of the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies from 1983 - 1986. He was appointed Head of the Department of French Studies in 1991 and gained the title of Professor in 1997. He retired from the University in 2007.

A private family funeral will be held for Peter.

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.


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