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Glad RAGs for great causes

Anja Nielsen

The week beginning Monday 4th November saw this year’s RAG week come to fruition and was spent raising money for some great causes.

Events were held on all five days, with the committee getting a head start with fundraising by attending a street collection for Oxfam in London on Saturday 2nd November. The week began on Monday with a sweets sale and a second round of the Great Big Giveaway, an effort to sell supplies left in halls for a donation to charity.» >

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Reading University Jsoc’s ‘good deed day’

Jack Mendel

Reading University Jewish Society took part in an International day of social action, Mitzvah day, also known as good deed day.

Every year an astounding 25,000+ people take part in charitable and social projects, regardless of age, faith, affiliation, gender or socio-economic position – to donate their time and energy to a diverse range of vital causes that make a tangible difference to those in need around the world.» >

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Campus careers fair

In recent weeks the careers centre have been busy organising careers fairs and events around campus to point students here at Reading in the right direction regarding their post University plans.

The careers and placement fair is the largest careers event of the year. Reading welcomed more than 85 employers including PwC (our sponsors), Vodafone, Virgin Media, NHS and Teach First. A Reading Postgraduate study room and a CV Clinic were also available to the 2100 students who attended.» >

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We will remember them

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month…we remember them. As the country last week observed the two-minute silence, here at the University of Reading we heard several special stories of the brave people connected to our University who fell during World War One.

A memorial album showing photographs of 146 of the fallen that had various connections to the University, or Reading University College as it was previously known; was researched as part of the Reading Connections Project.» >

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Police tried to ‘spy’ on CUSU

The Guardian have recently reported that Police have attempted to spy on political activities at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University Students’ Union commented that they: “have always constructively engaged with the police when planning or supporting protests and demonstrations. Tactics such as these are not only intrusive, they also waste time targeting groups which are involved in making important and positive change in our society.”

The covertly recorded film that The Guardian obtained shows the officer trying to persuade an activist to spy on the political activities of the Students’ Union and the students of the University.» >

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Reading gets top spot

In a recent survey, Reading has topped the poll of the best places to live in the United Kingdom.

The survey, constructed by Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index, based its findings on ten factors that they felt were important when judging quality of life.

These included a range of factors that included jobs, health, income, housing, transport and the work-life balance.

Other places that ranked highly were Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Southampton, which scored above average.» >

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Check, Lock, Leave

‘Check, Lock and Leave’ is something that Endsleigh are encouraging students to do when leaving their halls and houses in order to prevent theft attacks on open doors or windows.

This is currently the cause of 50% of all student accommodation break-ins and Endsleigh have reported that almost one third of students have been subject to theft during their time at University.

Endsleigh is therefore starting a new campaign to encourage students to take extra precautions and prepare for all eventualities.» >

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LGBT+ Coffee Hour

Reading University LGBT+ hosts a coffee hour twice a week in Palmer G02; Mondays and Thursday from 1-2pm. This is an inclusive space on campus where students and staff can connect and chat informally with tea and coffee and frequent events. New or want to be introduced to the group? Just wanting to chat? Contact the Buddies at lgbtwelfare@rusu.co.uk.
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