In Brief
In Brief July 2017
In Brief is a 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’.
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Interested in being an LGBT or Bi Role Model?

Role models play a critical role in creating inclusive environments and advancing fair treatment for LGBT people at work, at home and in their communities. As part of our efforts to develop a strong network of role models at the University, we have funded six places on Stonewall’s LGBT Role Models Programme and Bi Workplace Role Models Programme over the next 12 months.

To book a place, please email a short expression of interest outlining what skills and knowledge you hope to gain from the programme and how will you apply this at work. Submission deadline is 4 August. Your School/Function must agree to cover the cost of travel to the event.

Contact Yasmin Ahmed for more.

University phasing out "top 1%" reference

The University is phasing out references to being in the “top 1%” of universities globally following a compliant received by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

ASA and the University have resolved the complaint informally, and we have agreed to withdraw the statement from our advertising and marketing materials. Please can you make sure that any references to the University being in the “top 1%” are removed from all School/Function materials – this includes websites, presentation slides, email signatures etc.

Contact Communications for more.

Teaching and Learning Facilities Survey 2017

The TEL & AV team wants your feedback on equipment available across the University. Please help us by completing the Teaching and Learning Facilities Survey, open until 28 July.

Following your feedback in the last survey, the team:

installed AV upgrades providing high quality, energy efficient audio and video. Additional AV upgrades are planned for the year and funding is being sought to continue this work further.
fitted new lecterns featuring interactive monitors, in-built cables, document cameras and extra space for laptops.
investigated new technology, including the option to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD).

Contact Helena Bampton for more.

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TEF Silver award for University of Reading

The University has been awarded Silver in the national trial of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The award is for delivering high quality teaching and learning coupled with excellent outcomes for our students, and for consistently exceeding the rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. It is valid for three years.

The TEF Panel said: “Very high proportions [of students] continue with their studies and progress to employment or further study, and to highly skilled employment”.

Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), said the award reflected the commitment and expertise of our highly professional and talented staff who teach, inspire and support our students throughout their learning experience at Reading.

Read the staff portal for more.

Teaching and Learning support staff moves

Staff office moves take place this month in preparation for the opening of the new Support Centres:

SBE, HUMS, SPEIR and SLL school offices will close 12.00pm, Friday 14 July, reopening 10.30am, Monday 17 July in the Edith Morley Support Centre (formerly HumSS), next to the café.
SMPCS, SBS, SCFP and SAGES school offices will close 12.00pm, Friday 21 July, reopening 10.30am, Monday 24 July in the JJT Support Centre, directly opposite the front entrance.
SAPD, ACD and SPCLS school offices will close 12.00pm, Friday 28 July, reopening 10.30am, Monday 31 July in the Earley Gate Support Centre (Agriculture building), to the left of the front entrance.

Available school offices can provide assistance during Friday - Monday closure.

Contact Beth Forbes for more.

New Waste Management Strategy unveiled

The University’s new Waste Strategy defines challenging targets and an action plan to deliver continued improvement in sustainable waste management by 2021. Targets include:

reducing waste by 5% per capita
increasing recycling to 60% (current rate is 50%)
increasing re-use by 10%

The Waste Strategy will also explore opportunities to investigate and reduce construction and hazardous wastes, as well as to report annually on progress towards the targets. Projects to achieve these will follow broad themes including facilities upgrades, reviewing waste management processes, implementing behavioural change projects and improving communications. Look out for projects taking place in your building this summer!

Further information available at the Waste Management Projects page.

Contact the Waste and Recycling team for more.

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Research impact and engagement champions honoured at awards

Six research projects won awards at the inaugural Research Engagement and Impact Awards on 28 June.

INFORM award: Ed Hawkins (Meteorology), for his Climate Lab Book blog and ‘climate spiral’.
INFLUENCE award: Roger Matthews (Archaeology), for his work protecting the cultural heritage of Iraq.
INSPIRE award: Mark Dallas (Pharmacy), for ‘Bright Sparks’, a play for 3–7 year olds on the brain.
INVOLVE award: Sally Lloyd-Evans (Geography and Environmental Sciences), for the Whitley Researchers project.
EMBARK award: Mai Sato (Law), for research into public attitudes towards the death penalty in Japan.
Special award: Simon Potts, Deepa Senapathi and Mike Garratt (Centre for Agri-Environmental Research), for audience engagement on safeguarding pollinators.

See the awards page for more.

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New delivered catering services available July

University staff and invited guests can now enjoy a refreshed menu from our delivered catering team, along with an improved booking system and allergen portal for a better user experience. The new services and menu will be available from 10 July.

New refreshed menu: 'Hospitality to you’ menu offers new sandwiches, wraps, mini roll platters and more.
Improved online booking: new look and feel makes booking quicker and easier. Training available 14 July (2pm) and 20 July (10am) at Sibley, Park House.
New allergen portal: enables hosts and guests to review food allergen information before placing an order.

Further details available at the Catering Services page.

Contact Eat Bookings for more.

Windows 10 and Apps Anywhere updates

As outlined in May’s In Brief, a project is underway to upgrade PCs in labs and teaching spaces to Windows 10 and Office 2016. IT are currently giving extra consideration to how the project will be deployed. Rollout will be adjusted over the coming weeks – keep an eye out for updates on which areas will be upgraded for the start of the new academic year. The latest project updates will be posted on the Windows 10 page.

Software applications requested for September are currently being packaged for Apps Anywhere. If you haven’t yet submitted your requirements for the new Academic year, now is the time.

Contact IT for more.

Timetabling and room booking system under revision

A project is underway to deliver a new user interface for the University’s timetabling and room booking system. The first release of CMISGo software is scheduled for August 2017 and will replace the CMIS ePortal for staff and ITS Timetable View for students.

A second release is planned for January 2018 and will introduce self-service central room booking for staff, with improved room information and photos. As part of the project, an interface will be created to ensure that the CMISGo portal displays the latest room data.

Contact Julie Pendleton for more.

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Campus Jobs pilot a huge success

Over 5,000 visitors attended our summer Open Days in June – a big thanks to all who helped support the open days, including our talented student ambassadors.

The Campus Jobs scheme was piloted to 77 Open Day ambassadors – the students loved completing their online timesheets and were paid a month earlier than they would have been previously. Further pilots will run during Welcome Week.

Campus Jobs will improve the experience for the University’s temporary workers and make it easier for managers to recruit workers. The Campus Jobs team are happy to meet with staff to answer any questions. They can also present to student groups on the benefits of part-time work.

Contact Campus Jobs for more.

Study Smart online course to launch August

Study Smart: Your Essential Guide for University is an online, pre-arrival course which is being created especially for new Reading students. It aims to ease students' transition to higher education and launches August 2017.

Study Smart will be available for all new Part 1 undergraduates and will follow a 3 ‘week’ structure covering essential aspects of university study:

Academic integrity
Communicating at university
Independent learning

The course aims to provide new students with a shared understanding of the principles and expectations of studying at university, and welcome them into the learning community here at Reading. A tutor’s guide is available and will be updated regularly in the run up to launch.

Contact Paddy Woodman or Michelle Reid for more.

New Travel Wise out now

The spring / summer issue of Travel Wise is now available – topics covered include:

Electric charging points
Mobile ticketing on Reading Buses
Path improvements on Whiteknights
Bikesmart prize winners so far and Reading Cycle Challenge

Further information on sustainable travel is available on our Sustainability Services page.

Contact Travel for more.

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Enjoy SportsPark for less this summer

SportsPark have lowered their monthly membership rates for a special summer promotion – University staff can enjoy the SportsPark’s facilities for just £29.50 per month, with the price lowered even further for students at £25 per month.

Membership will provide you:

unlimited access to VO2 Fitness Studio and group exercise classes
induction and personal fitness program
seven-day advance booking for all activities
one off payment – no direct debit!

Sign up today at the SportsPark promotion page.

Contact SportsPark for more.

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Events Highlights

Highlights over the coming weeks include:

TEL Fest: a festival of Technology Enhanced Learning, 11-13 July. Festival-like development programme on making the most of technology to enrich teaching and learning. See the staff portal for more.
Harris Garden Charity open day, 9 July. Join the Friends of the Harris Garden as they open up the University’s beautiful 12-acre garden to raise money for their chosen charities. See the events listing for more.

See the Events Listing page for the full events schedule.

Contact Events for more.

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