First Generation Students are students whose parents or legal guardians did not attend or complete a university degree. You are still a first-gen student even if your siblings or extended family attended university.
When you start university, there are lots of terms that you may not know or understand that others do. This can make it difficult to settle into the university experience and can be upsetting especially when you don’t know where to find support about these feelings.
Your academic tutors, library services and the Welfare team are always here to help you. They can help you understand all the new vocabulary as well as guide you in the right direction.
Academic Liaison Librarians
Every department has its own academic liaison librarian who can show you how to use the library to the best of your ability, as well as provide support on academic research.
A great place to look for webinars and events that can help you gain employability skills and experience. Careers can help you apply and prepare for part-time and postgraduate roles.
A mentorship scheme which allows you to match with a professional in your chosen field. This programme is great if you want to gain a greater understanding of an industry or to further your professional network.
Reading Student’s Union
The student union is a student-led charity that represents and supports the students at the University of Reading. They offer hospitality, retail, work and advice services based inside the RSU building on Whiteknights Campus. They also support societies and clubs for various hobbies, sports and interests. This is one of the best ways to get involved during your time at university!