This Week in Student Services...

Student Services - Reading College

Well done everyone for another great week! Here's an adorable picture link for everyone's hard work...

Feel better soon Carol!

As we all saw from her email, Carol is still in a lot of pain after her op and is still in recovery. On behalf of all of us I wanted to say a big get well soon to Carol, and that we hope everything is okay - from your email you seem to be doing fantastically well in your recovery!

If you feel up to it Carol, it would be great to see you at the Warwick meal on the 28th - we're all missing you at the office, and are all thinking of you.

Hope you're getting lots of rest and are able to move about a bit more now. Take care of yourself, keep getting lots of rest, and we'll see you soon! :)

Staff Successes

A huge well done this week to everyone who helped organise the Taster Evening this Wednesday, and to all of those who helped on the night. Penny was extremely appreciative of all the helping hands! :)

Anyone for Eggs..?

Just a little note to say that the Bradshaw Indian Runner ducks are now laying again and we will have some spare eggs each week - they're gorgeous poached and also great for baking!

Just let one of us know if you’d like some. Free of charge to anyone who appreciates them :)

Lesley and Will Streule enjoyed them last year and are sampling the first batch this week, so put your orders in quick!

The youngest ducks have only just started laying and are having a few accidents in the pond, bless them, but hopefully they’ll soon learn to return to the duck house!


As you all know, we're organising a meal out together after work on Friday 28th March, and will be going to Aroy Thai at the Warwick Pub, just a five minutes walk from college.

The restaurant is not very big, so please put your name down on the sign-up sheet (above the kettle) by Monday 10th March as we will probably need to book most of their space up! Penny will be walking down to the Warwick Monday lunch-time to make the booking.

It should be a great night out, so for those of you who don't fancy the meal it would be great if you still came for a quick drink! :) We're hoping that Carol may even be well enough to join us as well, so all the more reason to get your name put down!

Repeated plea for knitted mice materials!

As you all know from last week's edition, Stevie is knitting toy mice for kittens at the Cats Protection. She is in need of any old socks, tights, leggings or any form of stuffing to make these little mice with!

If you could bring anything in next week it would be fantastic. C'mon guys- for the kittens!!

A week of Birthdays...

With Rocky, David, Claire and Jordan celebrating their birthdays this week, it's been a week full of cake and celebration! Happy birthday again to you all and we hope you each had a lovely day :)

Advice & Admissions

Customer Feedback Results 3rd-7th March

Time again for the feedback from this week's Customer Service Survey that the wonderful Owen has been conducting. Please see below for details from this week, and a big well done to everyone for another week of great service! :)

The time has finally come!

Hallelujah!'s not a coffee machine! It's our shiny, sleek new ID card printer, now nicely matching the PCs and printing 500 cards to every ribbon!

The machine even has a built-in encoder, so no more manual encoding on the front desk. We've all been waiting for these so worthy of a nod in this week's issue!

Student Support

16-18 LSF Waiting List

Just a reminder that all of the money for the 16-18 Learner Support Fund has now been allocated, however Helen would still like us to encourage students to apply. This way they can be put on a waiting list for if any further funding comes through :)

So this past week has been healthy eating week, and the Student Support team have been encouraging students (and staff) to be more aware of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.

The canteen have been giving out free fruit this week, and videos have been on the screen in the refectory - they seem to have had an effect too, with the fridge being full of salads and yogurt all week you healthy people, you!

As it's Friday I gave in to Fish & Chips for lunch today...but let's all remember - an apple a day keeps the doctor away! :p

The countdown begins!

With only ten days left unil Science & Engineering week, let's remind ourselves of the exciting guest speakers coming along...

Adrian Hill, Advertising Manager for SFX Magazine 11.30 – 1 pm

Ade Hill will be Visiting Reading College on the 20th March to speak for Science and Engineering week. Ade has previously been a guest on both BBC’s “The One Show” and Sky News, speaking of his obsession for all things science.

SFX is the world’s number one science fiction and fantasy magazine, covering all aspects of Science Fiction and fantasy, including TV, films, DVDs, books, comics, games, collectables and more.

The talk will include his journey from the very beginning as a tea boy to advertising manager, encouraging our students to aspire to our "Go Further" motto. Ade will also be talking about the technical engineering journey of filming the Star Wars franchise.

To book your space on this fantastic talk, simply click on the googledocs link below:

Prof. Atta Badii, Reading University 10 – 11 am

Professor Atta Badii will be flying in specially for us to deliver a fantastic (and fascinating!) talk on his ground-breaking work.

Prof. Atta Badii is the founding director of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory (ISR) and the European Inter-Disciplinary Centre of Excellence in Socio-Ethical Privacy-Preserving Video/Data-Analytics at the University of Reading UK.

He is the leading professor of robotics and a high ranking Professor of Secure Pervasive Technologies, also holding the title of “the highest designation of Honorary Senior Professor of System Engineering and Digital Innovation" at the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina.

With more than 20 years of trans-disciplinary academic and industrial research contributions in systems engineering, rooted in the disciplines that contribute to socially responsible Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering, Prof. Atta Badii's talk promises to be unmissable.

Again, to book a space on this talk please follow the googledocs link below:

Furthermore, to find out more about Professor Atta Badii's work, please see the link below:

School Partnership

Taster Sessions

This Wednesday, yet again, saw a very successful turn-out for the 14-16 Taster Sessions.

141 students attended Wednesday’s Tasters- 50 more than last March in fact, making Wednesday our most successful March taster event to date! We lead the group with our attendance rates at tasters and we intend to keep this up!

Shannon and Owen reprised their registration role with charm and efficiency, managed by Yvonne during the first frantic hour. Meanwhile Lesley, Jordan and Penny dispensed labels and got everyone to the correct subject areas and signed-in. . the lovely Shannon even came straight from her afternoon class to help!

Yvonne, Helen, Laura, Sian, Jordan and Sagheer manned the information stands and fielded a steady stream of queries throughout the event.

The student ambassadors were also a great help during the initial rush, and with escorting latecomers across the college and conducting tours for parents. They impressed the parents and discovered areas of the college they didn’t know existed! Thank you David for co-ordinating the tours and helping our ambassadors locate their destinations.

Gill and Shawn did a fantastic job looking after around 40 parents in B100 throughout the evening. It’s no easy task keeping them occupied and content for two and a half hours, so well done to both of you!

Special thanks to Lesley for all her help in the run up to the event, for setting up and dismantling the three refreshment areas, and keeping Penny calm with regular mugs of tea!

If callers come through asking about future Taster Sessions there will be another set running in November following Open Day (exact date TBC)

Thank you again to everyone involved for another Taster success!

Employment & Careers

Employment Shop Newsletter

Please see below for the 4th issue of Jordan's Employment Shop Newsletter. Please be sure to make students on the front desk aware of all of these great opportunities

Sports & Enrichment

New Cricket & Badminton Sessions

Sagheer has new Cricket and Badminton sessions running, starting from next week. As usual, these sessions are open to staff and students alike.

The Cricket sessions will be running on Tuesday afternoons 5-6pm at Bulmershe Leisure Centre, and the Badminton sessions will be taking pleace on Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm at the Warehouse.

If you are interested, or hear of anyone that is, please either go to see Sagheer in his office or email him on

RG2 Project

The RG2 Project is an exciting upcoming event, open to students, at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 28th March.

The event is for students only so we can't go ourselves (sorry guys!) But be sure to promote the event to students when they come in to see us, as it promises to be a great night!

For more details please see the below poster, which will be going up shortly around the college: