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Art students exhibition

The work of nine art students from the University of Reading was put on display at their very own public exhibition last week.

The show was entitled ‘Next to Nothing’ and featured contemporary pieces from the students that were designed to make a statement about everyday life.

The exhibition was hosted by OpenHand OpenSpace and ran with free entry to the public, from Wednesday 22 January to Saturday 26 January, with a private viewing held on the Friday.» >

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Art students help to refurbish children’s audiology ward

The Art Department here at the University of Reading has been getting involved in a planned community project between eight Fine Art students and the Child’s Audiology department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The students working on the project are: Emma Wise, Kassie Headon, Charlotte Napier, Katie Wood, Katherine Nolan, Kelly Alcantara and Suzie Murray.

The project involves adding a splash of colour to the waiting room which certainly was not looking its best; dull, boring and definitely not a place where children want to be, let alone children with hearing problems who visit the waiting room on a regular basis.» >

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Zoology Society visit Marwell

A visit to Marwell Wildlife Zoo is a chance for anyone keen on animals to get up and close with the wonders of the natural world, however this was not the only thing that encouraged Reading University’s Zoology Society to take a trip in January.

Marwell are also a zoo dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, and it was this focus on conservation, as well as the rare species on offer, that made the trip to Winchester a must for the Zoology Society.» >

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MERL receives £175,000 grant

The University owned Museum of English Rural Life has been awarded a grant of £175,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation.

The museum hosts an extensive collection relating to the history of agriculture and farming in England.

With this new funding from the Wolfson Foundation and DCMS, the museum will now be able to make some of its hidden possessions available for viewing by the public.» >

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Best for Employment

Reading is the number one place in the UK for employment, according to the Centre for Cities report.

The report shows that the percentage of people employed in the town increased 1.8% in 2013, which puts the employment rate at a remarkable 78.1% overall.

The town also came second to London when judged on average weekly earnings and ranked fifth for the amount of business start ups.

Nigel Horton-Baker, executive director for Reading UK CIC, the economic development company for the town, said: “The Centre for Cities report is a useful indicator of Reading’s strong economic performance in recent years.» >

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UCU strikes again

The University and College Union has announced that it will be instructing members to take part in more strikes that will affect the students at the University.

The UCU has instructed members to take part in three 2-hour strikes and these have and will be taking place on Thursday 23 January 11am-1pm, Tuesday 28 January 2pm-4pm and Monday 10 February 9am-11am.

This action relates to the ongoing dispute regarding the 2013 pay award, which was paid “on account” with December salaries.» >

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Uni into Community

RUSU have been encouraging students to take part in student volunteering and their campaign ‘Uni into community’ aims to recognise that students are valuable members of the community.

Throughout the autumn term, 400 volunteers completed more than 2000 hours of volunteering.

This year’s Raising and Giving (RAG) committee have already raised £6000 for their chosen charities. Their Chair, Sophie Dalton, echoed the thoughts of many student volunteers: “Seeing the benefits to people’s lives really grabs you and makes you appreciate the smaller things in life you once took for granted.”

Other student volunteering projects that contributed to the total included: tea parties, Christmas festivities, helping children with their homework and much, much more.» >

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Go Green Week

The 2014 Go Green Week will run between 10th and 14th February. The University and RUSU have combined efforts to bring a week crammed with over 20 events, the most that this week has ever had. With so many events, there will be something available for everyone.

Whether you want to find out more about careers in the growing sustainability sector on Wednesday in the Sustainability Careers Workshop; test your entrepreneurial skills in the RU an Entrepreneur competition or watch the VC and Student President get their hands dirty recycling waste.» >

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