Explore what we’ve done this year to better your student experience at Reading and take a look at our videos of students and staff who have worked together.
Let's keep the conversation going.
We’ve done something about catering
We’ve listened to your feedback and opened for longer during the day, evening and weekends as well as Christmas Day! We added Click and Collect and Delivery Services to Park Eat, Wantage and St. Patrick's. We know fresh food is important, so we’ve made sure those who are isolating or are in quarantine receive various forms of free support. From fresh fruit and veg boxes to ingredients bags through to ‘on-the-house’ Breakfast and Lunch bags for those who are fully catered as well as access to our services through a bespoke delivery service. Find out more on our hospitality page.
Frank the Barista
Our award-winning Frank the Barista Coffee Scheme allows you to manage your spend by subscribing with one of our fabulous re-usable cups either for specific period or in blocks of credit. You can find Frank the Barista at Park Eat, Wantage, The Dairy and Eat at the Square.
Menus of Change
All our hot food menus are now following the 24 Menus of Change Principles for healthier and sustainable menus. Our commitment to Menus of Change saw the University of Reading invited into the Menus of Change Universities Research Collaborative, a leading International group of Universities, the first in the UK. Our new approach to food has been widely complemented including by the BBC Food Programme who called our Kitchen ‘remarkable’ for their commitment to cooking healthy food from scratch each day. Find out more about Menus of Change.
Market @ St. Pats – You can now grab essentials from St. Patrick’s Dining Room from our carefully curated selection of Market Place goodies.
Our Student Partners contribute to the student experience at Reading, working collaboratively with academic staff to support the enhancement of teaching and learning.
“I highlighted to my Department the importance of additional help for students with a disability or at a disadvantage that may be challenging in a blended learning approach. They have committed to making sure every decision is mindful of all students' background in delivering online learning and how they communicate”
Shiela Dualis Bolus, Student Partner
We’ve produced ‘Get Together, Apart’
Working across teams and societies, we’ve put together an online calendar to share the variety of online and on campus events happening at any one time.
“I just wanted to say a big Thank You for the link to the 'Get Together, Apart' events diary.
This is a great idea as there are so many different locations for advertising different types of events it's been impossible to keep track!”
We’ve spent over 2,400 hours together making sure you’re ready for your career
Our Careers and Placements team has worked with you to deliver more engagement in workshops and we’ve delivered more one to one appointments. You’ve also attended more employer events than ever before!
Through our Career Smart course we’ve worked with you to understand the graduate labour market and ensured you are confident in applying for roles. Penultimate year UG students will be able to register their interest in taking part this year from March.
It has been a challenging period for students seeking placements and internships, as many employers have withdrawn, delayed, or limited their opportunities. Despite this, we have had a record start to our internship scheme and have developed a partnership with Forage, offering all our students the opportunity to participate in a virtual internship.
We relaunched the RED Award in October 2020 with an additional two levels of completion – RED Award Plus and RED Award Xcel – designed to encourage deeper engagement and progression. The Award has also moved onto a fully digital platform to make it easier to track progress, upload evidence and complete the Award online.
Get involved at reading.ac.uk/careers.
We’ve made opportunities accessible and relevant to you
Working in partnership, we’ve made our Life Tools programme even better. You’ve engaged more with us in our online format. In autumn, we delivered more than 55 talks to you, across countries and locations.
With your input, we’ve developed new webinars to tap into what you care about on topics like making presentations, managing self-doubt and emotions, managing worry thoughts, and understanding anxiety. Life Tools has kept you connected to the University and has brought useful and motivational benefits (on studies and on life in general) for those who have taken part.
What you said:
"I found this very useful and informative with applying to our everyday lives and how we can use stress to our advantage"(Managing stress webinar)
"I found this very useful, this was my first lifetools session I've attended, will definitely be coming back to more!"(Bouncing back from setbacks webinar)
Sign up to our Life Tools programme, and tell us if have any ideas and suggestions for future webinars.
Have Your Say
Students are encouraged to feed back on their degree programme and experiences at Reading, through formal evaluation such as module and programme reviews, student surveys and informal channels like Academic Tutors, RUSU and Programme Directors.