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Love Food Hate Waste comes to the University

Food waste is costing the UK £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too”

I am sure students are guilty of chucking out leftover pasta or that last few slices of stale bread we find at the end of the loaf. Little do we know, food waste has become a major issue in the UK.

Student Community Assistants Maria Kalavska and Yentil Lim led the Love Food Hate Waste campaign at the University during Green Week (10th – 14th February) to raise awareness about costly yet preventable food wastage in the student community.» >

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Exclusive: Wells Hall site sold

The University campus is always home to a number of redevelopments to improve facilities and add services for its staff and students.

Wells Hall, located on Upper Redlands Road and adjacent to Wantage Halls was once a thriving University halls of residence. Built in 1974, Wells Hall contains 300 study bedrooms and an onsite warden’s accommodation. It closed in 2006 when it was deemed not fit for purpose and the University has decided that since the development of a number of new halls has been progressing, the land is no longer required and the property will be sold with planning permission, granted in February 2013, to a developer.» >

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NUS back ‘Stop the student loan sell-off’ week

The ‘Students’ Assembly Against Austerity’, an “initiative” of the broadly left wing ‘People’s Assembly Against Austerity’, planned a “national week of action” starting Monday 3 February, focused on protesting an anticipated “great student loan giveaway” of student loans sold to third parties.

SAAA has cited the selling of £890 million of pre-1998 student loans to ‘Erudio Student Loans’ as proof of future intent to outsource the work of the Student Loans Company to for-profit third parties.» >

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National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) has now been launched and the University are encouraging as many students as possible to fill in the survey.

The NSS has been conducted since 2005 and asks undergraduates in the final year of their course to provide feedback.  For students, the NSS is an opportunity to give an opinion on what has been enjoyable and what could have been improved on respective courses.

The survey asks twenty-three core questions that relate to six key aspects of the student learning experience and overall satisfaction with the University and Students’ Union.» >

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More students begin to challenge marks

The increase of tuition fees to £9,000 has subsequently increased  the amount of students appealing against the marks that have been given to them by their lecturers.

It has been reported that many of these students have used legal representation to back their appeals or have demanded money as compensation. The news of this mark disputing amongst students has come from several delegates at a Westminster Higher Education Forum.

Robin Dutton, one of several who are a part of this Forum, stated that he now sees academic assessment as a ‘danger area’ due to the increase in appeals submitted by students in the new era of tuition fees.» >

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Vice-Chancellor warns Education Secretary

This week has seen Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, publicly disagree with the Edcation Secretary, Michael Gove about his latest comments.

Michael Gove announced that he believes that state schools in England should be more like private schools whilst the row over the Ofsted chair has also been taking place.

Mr Gove described how he would like to see the barriers between state and independent sectors broken down, which could lead to state pupils taking the private school entrance exams with the state schools also staying open longer.» >

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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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