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Potential £3,000 reduction in tuition fees

Lara Sams

Recent news has revealed Labour’s plan to slash tuition fees by at least £3,000 per annum.

The idea was touched upon by Ed Miliband in his speech at the 2011 Labour conference; although no definitive plans were made.

The reigniting of this idea follows fresh government calculations that around 45% of outstanding student debts will be written off. Although estimated to cost £1.7 billion to implement, it is thought that the fewer debt write offs will help to counteract this spending.» >

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating disorders are the biggest killer of all mental health problems and last week was a chance to raise awareness of this.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week took place from Monday 24 February to Sunday 2nd March and the week was an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and raise awareness of eating disorders.

At the University of Reading, in conjunction with the charity Student Minds, students ran a stall in the RUSU building.» >

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Summer Ball info

Reading University Student’s Union have announced that the 2014 Summer Ball will be taking place on Saturday 14 June.

On Thursday 20 March, early bird tickets will be available from the 3sixty box office at a reduced price of £30.00 between 11am and 6.30pm.

Information about ticket prices, what’s on and a date where the acts are announced will be available at a later date.

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Third cash point

After lots of campaigning for a second cash point on campus, the University of Reading have announced that there will now be a third.

A branch of Santander opened on the Whiteknights Campus on Monday 3 March and is situated next to Campus Central. The Santander branch is open to staff, students and members of the public and services include cash and cheque withdrawals, cash and cheque deposits, faster payment and telegraphic transfers, account servicing, account opening and a fully operational cash machine.» >

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UoR website 283rd

The best and worst performing higher education institution websites in the UK have been ranked. According to the quarterly Sitemorse ranking, the University of Reading’s website ranks 283rd. This is down from 204th in the last review and 147th at the same time a year ago.

Sitemorse is the suite of choice for Web Governance, Compliance Monitoring and Risk Mitigation and their ranking is based on more than 238 million checks assessing everything from websites’ functionality and response time to their coding quality.» >

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Living Wage campaign begins

Following the decision by Reading Borough Council to move to pay the living wage to staff and contractors, a campaign has been launched to call for the University of Reading to do the same.

Some students and staff, the Reading University Labour Society and Matt Rodda, the prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for Reading East, are all supporting the campaign, which they hope will ease the serious financial pressure faced by 378 staff and students working in catering, cleaning and other roles at the university who are currently paid below the living wage.» >

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