Monday, 24 September 2012

Hello from Nick your Vice-President Student Actvities

Hi Reading students,
I’m Nick your elected Student’s Union Vice-President for Student Activities. A bit of a mouthful I know but this basically means I work with the elected student committees to get the voices of societies, sports clubs and our various volunteers heard and to effect positive changes for those groups.

I’m looking forward to having a successful year working with all our great teams, societies and volunteer programmes to ensure that Reading really is a brilliant place for students to be.

With the explanation out of the way; I hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays and congrats to all those new students who are joining us in a weeks’ time.

We have a great Freshers’ week planned with both our societies and sports clubs working very hard to ensure Freshers’ Fayre will be amazing! So if you have a hobby, a talent, play a sport or just want to try something new, get excited, because you will be spoilt for choice here at Reading.

I will be out and about during most of Freshers’ week, so if you want to have a chat please, keep an eye out for me.

Whether you are a new or returning student, if you want to try out some of the activities before you join, we have a great list of taster sessions you can get involved with. Take a look at our Student Activities Guide to find when and where they are taking place.

Other things the Student Activities team have been working on during the Summer include:

We have begun planning our Sports Varsity 2013 against our neighbours and rivals Oxford Brookes. This year it takes place at their campus in Oxford, which gives us the chance to beat them on their home turf and bring home the glory. Look out for more information on this later in the year, as we build up the Varsity fever.

RUSU Rewards and Recognition Scheme
Our societies have worked hard over the last year to secure reward and recognition points. These points highlight those who really have gone that extra mile for their members. The RUSU Activities and Design teams have worked together to design a new logo based upon a 5-1 star rating system that societies can use as a stamp, to display their level of excellence. The results from last year will be on show at Freshers’ Fayre and each society will have their star rating on display. So get excited because 2012/13 will be a year that will truly recognise achievement.

Reading Knights
I am pleased to announce that the Reading Knights brand that covers all our Sports teams, has continued to progress. We have tweaked the logo to include the Reading name. So this year people won’t only know who we are but where we’re from. I’m sure other Uni teams across the country will be worried when they see a fixture against the Reading Knights!

Look out for our new Reading Knights banner at the Whiteknights Campus entrance when you arrive for the new term! Also, check out the new Facebook page ‘Reading University Sport’ for all the updates on Reading Knights fixtures and results.

The Student Officer team and I recently volunteered down at a local Charity Garden called the Ridgeline Trust. The garden helps people with mental health problems and physical disabilities recover and relax. Volunteering is a great way to spend your spare time at Uni and enables you to give something meaningful to others. If you are interested in getting involved in our many Volunteering opportunities over the year please get in contact with me or Emily Shaw our Societies and Volunteering Coordinator.


'Raising And Giving' is back again this year. It is a student run group designed to raise as much money for charity as possible. Keep an eye out for their events over the year and support them in whatever way you can. We want to help RAG raise a large amount for charity this year to show how much students care. If you want to get involved with RAG then please contact me or Emily Shaw.

Peace Out
I hope this update has been useful and you are all as excited as us for Freshers’ Week and the new  term. I’ve got a feeling 2012/13 will be an amazing year for Reading Students and Reading Student Activities.

Thanks for reading.

Nick Cook
VP Student Activities

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