The Reading Rep, Issue 6
Friday 10th June 2016
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Thank You!
This year Academic Reps have pushed for more timely feedback, lobbied for exam feedback and questioned Eurocentric curriculums. You’ve highlighted diversity, inclusion and haven’t been afraid to hold your lecturers to account. You’ve reduced the costs of courses and got more books available in the library. You’ve supported me with academic campaigns while representing your cohort at the local level. I’m incredibly proud and thankful for all the work you’ve done this year, and for those returning after summer, I hope you will run again. For those graduating, congratulations and I wish you a very successful future. Don’t forget to stay in contact!
Niall Hamilton
RUSU Education Officer
Volunteers’ Week 2016 is in full swing, which is the perfect time to celebrate our Academic Reps. Thank you all for taking part in our recent impact survey. These are some of the highlights:
85% of Academic Reps said they have positively improved their course based on student feedback this year.

72% of Academic Reps said their personal development, e.g. confidence, has increased thanks to the role.

80% of Academic Reps said they have developed key transferable skills this year through volunteering.

95% of Academic Reps would recommend becoming an Academic Rep to other students.
White Paper Update
The Government has released the white paper, a detailed plan of their impending Higher Education Bill, which has been changed after consultation with the sector on the green paper last year. I have highlighted some of these changes in a quick report. Have a read and feel free to email me with any questions you may have. There will be wider communication about this in the next few weeks, so please keep an eye on your inbox if this interests you. Niall Hamilton
Course Rep Hero - Nathalie Siah, Law (Year 3)
Congratulations Nathalie!
Our last Course Rep Hero this academic year is Nathalie Siah, a final year Law Course Rep. She has been a consistent Course Rep all year: constantly in communication with her peers, working with the other Course Reps in her year and taking the time to really look out for members of her cohort. Nathalie has put her own personal touch on academic representation and her cohort knows she’ll always be there for a chat or discussion. Thank you Nathalie for all your hard work this year, you’re ace! A £10 Amazon gift voucher awaits you at the RUSU reception.
Taught postgraduate students –
Tell the University of Reading about your year!

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the chance for taught postgraduates to feedback their experiences on teaching and learning at the University of Reading. It is an opportunity to say what went well and what could have been improved.
The PTES survey closes Thursday 16th June 2016.
Do you have any thoughts on the Reading Rep newsletter?
The Reading Rep newsletter was introduced in February this year as a way of keeping our Academic Reps and University staff involved with academic representation up-to-date with news from your Education Officer and the RUSU team. If you have any feedback on this newsletter – positive or negative – we would love to hear from you. Both Academic Reps and academic staff are encouraged to email any comments on how we could improve our newsletter to Michelle Nyberg, Academic Representation Assistant at RUSU. Thank you!
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