Book your place for VC’s information sessions
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Van de Noort will host four information sessions this month:
- 22 October 2019 (10:00-11:00), National Grid, Greenlands, Henley
- 22 October 2019 (13:00-14:00), Madjeski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture, Whiteknights
- 24 October 2019 (13:00-14:00), LO22 (G01), London Road
- 25 October 2019 (13:00-14:00), G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights
All are invited to attend, and you can book your place using this form.
Conversation with the Vice-Chancellor
Have you got an idea or an issue that you would like to discuss with the Vice-Chancellor? Your suggestion should be linked to one of the four strategic principles of our new strategy – Community, Excellence, Sustainability and an Engaged University. The Vice-Chancellor is setting aside some time each month for these conversations. If you would like to take part please complete this form to book a slot to see how he can help you make progress.
REF 2021: Declaration of Personal Circumstances
Our Code of Practice sets out how we determine staff REF eligibility, select outputs for submission and consider personal circumstances that have affected colleagues’ ability to research productively during the REF period (e.g. maternity/parental leave; caring responsibilities; ill health).
Declarations are voluntary, but are important to ensure that the impact of circumstances on individuals can be recognised and that the collective impact on Units can be reflected in the submission, including reductions in the total number of outputs required. All currently REF eligible staff have been invited to declare personal circumstances. The Circumstances declaration form and guidance, examples and FAQs are available on the REF Code of Practice pages.
Have you downloaded Callmy Alert app?
Callmy Alert is the University’s mass notification app designed to alert staff and students of major incidents affecting campus (such as a major fire, gas leak or firearms incident).
Should an incident occur, you will receive a simple message, in real time, informing you where the incident is and which areas or the buildings to avoid. The system updates continuously and covers all of the University estate so if you are at your desk or on the move, it will help keep you safe.
It’s free to download in Apple, Android and Windows app stores. A simple verification process will follow installation, and you’ll need to add the group name UoRalert.
Apply for BAME leadership programmes
The University is inviting applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues for two leadership development programmes. These are Stellar HE and the AdvanceHE Diversifying Leadership development programmes. Full details about each programme, the criteria and the process for applying for either programme can be found on the staff portal. If you have any queries please contact People Development.
Complete the Stonewall workplace equality index
We are once again taking part in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – please take a few moments to complete a short survey to help us review attitudes and opinions towards LGBT inclusion at the University.
To complete the survey, you will need to enter our organisation name and access code:
- Organisation: University of Reading
- Access code: 1697
The Index provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate and review the progress we have made over the past 12 months and will help influence future improvements. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Full details are available on the staff portal.
Support students attending Visa Appointments
The visa process in the UK has changed. Those making applications in the UK must attend a visa appointment, scheduled to take place on the campus from 14 to 24 October 2019. As the appointments were booked prior to timetables being published, students may have to miss teaching events to attend their visa appointment. These appointments cannot be changed, so please support the students in making time for this. Failure to attend the appointment could affect their visa application and ability to continue the programme started. Therefore, students may find they have to miss teaching events to attend their visa appointment.
Any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact Katie Robertson, Head of International Student Advisory and Home Office Compliance.