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The Reading Rep, Issue 5
Monday 16th May 2016
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What is happening with PAS?
RUSU has been working with the University on the PAS review, getting small wins and shaping the process. There have been significant changes which the University will be announcing very soon. RUSU’s main aim is to make sure that the processes will be reviewed and planned in time for the implementation, making sure there will be as few problems as possible next year. We are still very wary of the whole situation but we are making sure our issues are being raised at the relevant meetings and achieving compromises where possible. Hear more about PAS at tomorrow's "Talk To Me" event.
Niall Hamilton
RUSU Education Officer
What have YOU achieved this year?
Summer Term is coming to an end, and your Academic Rep Team would love to hear about all the amazing things you as Academic Reps have achieved this year!

RUSU Academic Rep Impact Survey 2015/16
 
All undergraduate and postgraduate Course & Faculty Reps are encouraged to fill out our Academic Rep Impact Survey 2015/16. It only takes 10 minutes, and you have the chance to win one out of three Amazon gift vouchers!
Click here to fill out the Academic Rep Impact Survey 2015/16
Exciting opportunity: Tell us about your achievements on camera!
 
RUSU will be filming undergraduate and postgraduate Academic Reps to hear more about your experiences this year. We want to hear about the positive academic changes you have achieved and how you have personally gained from being an Academic Rep. The video material will be used to promote Academic Rep impact on campus. This is your chance to shine - sign up for a 20 min slot today!
The RUSU Partnership in Teaching & Learning Showcase took place early Summer Term, with the RUSU Excellence Awards winners receiving their trophies and giving presentations about the great quality teaching happening across campus. Read Education Officer Niall Hamilton’s comprehensive update about what we learnt along with some bits on the importance of student-led teaching awards. Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you to all the students who nominated their staff!
NUS Conference Update
During the first week of Summer Term myself and three other University of Reading delegates went down to Brighton to attend the annual NUS Conference. It was an overwhelming experience filled with huge amounts of positives as well as some controversy. Despite submitting four motions only one was debated at conference: stopping the privatisation of student accommodation. I'm happy to announce it was voted into policy with an overwhelming majority and will now shape some of the work the NUS VP Welfare will do next year. The NUS is such an important organisation for students to engage with: their support for Students' Unions is invaluable and they have made some huge wins for students over the last year. We can only shape their work if we are at these conferences and in the conversations.
You can read our report here.
Niall Hamilton, RUSU Education Officer
Course Rep Hero - Sarah Makin, Chemistry PhD

Congratulations to Sarah Makin,
our next Course Rep Hero!

Sarah has done a huge amount of work not just for Chemistry students but all PhD students, attending some of our largest meetings with academics and making sure that research students’ voices are heard along with undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. She has been an invaluable help to the Students’ Union and her work at the University has been fantastic! Thank you Sarah, a £10 Amazon gift voucher will be waiting for you at RUSU reception!
Bringing Teaching & Learning into the 21st Century
 
This year I have been pushing hard for our Teaching and Learning to match the technological world we live in. This work has been a huge priority for me: getting assessments to be handed in online, pushing for e-feedback, making sure reading lists are all available online, getting all necessary academic software for free and fighting for all lectures to be recorded and available online. There have been some huge advances this year, which I plan to build on next year in my second term. The benefits of using technology in the classroom are tremendous: it has useful benefits for students with access issues, improves grades and is reflective of life after university. It's important to whenever possible raise this narrative in your Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) meetings. I'll be talking more about this at the next Student Officer “Talk To Me” event. It would be great to see some Academic Reps tomorrow holding me to account on the work I have been doing this academic year!
Niall Hamilton, RUSU Education Officer
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