Find out about the wide range of activities students can get involved in alongside their studies
Many students choose to take part in activities outside of their studies. Whether it be learning a language, volunteering in the local community or joining a sports team, these activities can provide great opportunities to develop new skills and gain valuable experiences.
Campus Jobs is a one-stop shop for all temporary work at the University, providing one-off opportunities and regular shift work for Reading students. The service is a joint initiative between Careers and the HR department.
We offer a variety of part-time jobs, with one-off opportunities and regular shift work all on campus. Roles are available at the University, in bars and cafés, offices, academic departments, and in the library.
As well as the opportunity to earn some money, Campus Jobs can provide essential work experience that is flexible and convenient. Campus Jobs assignments give the opportunity to meet new people, make valuable contacts and develop employability skills. These experiences can give a distinct advantage when applying for a placement or graduate job.
Being able to communicate in more than one language has many benefits and is a skill that is highly valued by potential employers.
We teach up to ten modern languages each year, from beginners to advanced levels as part of our Institution Wide Language Programme. Students can opt to take a language as part of their optional modules, or study for personal development.
Reading University Students' Union (RUSU)
Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is a democratic, student-led organisation representing the views of over 17,000 students over three campuses. They are here to help students make the most of their time at university.
University of Reading students are automatically members of RUSU, entitling them to have a say in directing the organisation through Change It.
There are a number of student-led societies you can join through RUSU, covering a range of interests encompassing sports, music, crafts, academia, professional skills and more. Joining a club or society at university is a great way to meet new people, relax away from studies and learn something new. Read more about the clubs and societies students can get involved in here.
Reading offers an expanding range of Study Abroad opportunities around the world. By studying abroad, students can gain valuable life experiences and skills that are actively sought after by employers.
Popular destinations include Europe, USA, Canada and Australia, where students can complete a term or a full academic year, depending on their course.
Students will receive comprehensive support from Reading and the host institution to guide them throughout the whole process, and there are additional finances available to help meet some of the costs.
The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is the official University of Reading Employability Skills Certificate. It is here to help Reading students make the most of the extra-curricular activities and experiences on offer outside of the academic programme.
The certificate is awarded alongside students' degrees and will support them to gain experience and stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. The RED Award is open to all students and we recommend that they complete the award within one academic year. We would encourage them to complete this during their first year of study.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience for many students – not only is it an opportunity to make positive changes to the local community and beyond, it can also be a great way to make friends, learn new skills and develop their CV. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities for students at Reading – find out more about the kinds of activities students can get involved in here.