Latest updates

We will be continuing to update our website and social media channels with new information following the University’s and the Government advice. Things may change at any time so please keep checking this page before making any plans.

For up-to-date information from the University, including advice from the NHS and the Government, visit their Essentials page.

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RUSU will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, students are welcome an utilise our spaces for individual study.

Reception will be open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Starbucks Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Soul of Seoul (was Korea Foods) Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm

Bagelman Cerealworks Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

Mail Box Etc Monday to Friday to 10am to 2pm

Bubble Tea Monday to Saturday 11am to 5:30pm

The Study will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, apart from 9pm Sunday-8am Monday.

Advice, RUSU Merchandise Shop and Student Activities e will all continue operating online. Please email enquiries@rusu.co.uk.

Unfortunately, RUSU has had to take the decision not to run the physical Freshers Fayres on the 13th – 15th October due to current restrictions and the worsening situation across the country, as well as concerns raised by students. This year your Students' Union will be encouraging a virtual-first approach for student societies and group social activities.

We are therefore aiming to host the Fayres via an online portal system. This will allow quick and easy access to society information on the RUSU website. Additionally, we are intending to hold in person society stalls periodically throughout the term in 3sixty so that societies can talk to students in person.

Check out our Freshers site for more information on events, schedules and other activities information. If you have any questions, contact Alex, your Activities Officer, or email the Student Activities Team.

The majority of RUSU building and outlets are open from 15th September 2020. Please see our ‘RUSU Covid-19 Safety Measures’ update below for more detail.

For all opening times as of Monday 21st September, visit our full list.

  • Reception is now open 10-4 Monday to Friday.
  • The Nursery is now open.
  • The Merch Store opens on 18th September, 10-4 Monday to Friday. Online ordering and click and collect is available now.
  • Mojos bar is open 12pm - 12am, Monday to Saturday, from the 15th September.
  • Mondial (Starbucks) opening times are as follows:

    - 15th – 18th September: 9:30am – 4pm

    - 19th and 20th September: 10am – 4pm

    - 21st September onwards: 8:30am – 6pm Monday to Friday

  • The Study is now open Monday to Friday, 9-5. Last entry is 4pm.
  • Bubble Tea is now open for takeaway 11-5, Monday to Friday, on site or via the Deliveroo App.
  • The Advice service is open for virtual appointments 10-4 Monday to Friday.
  • Student Activities is open 9-5 Monday to Friday.

We ask you to please respect your fellow students and adhere to advice provided by RUSU. We encourage enjoyment of our spaces in a safe and responsible manner. We appreciate your co-operation. If you have any concerns about the safety measures implemented, please contact us at enquiries@rusu.co.uk, or send us a message via our social channels.

We understand that students and staff might feel concerned when returning to campus. The RUSU building is open from the 15th September with meticulous safety measures implemented. We want you to feel safe in our building, so please see how we’re making our spaces as safe as possible:

  • We are operating table bookings, table service, and cashless transactions. For more information on this, contact our events team.
  • One-way systems and floor signage are in place to encourage social distancing.
  • Face coverings are required in retail areas and whilst moving around the building.
  • Maximum capacities for all areas have been individually calculated to ensure social distancing can be implemented.
  • Hands-free hand sanitising stations have been installed at all exits and entrances and at key points throughout the building.
  • Perspex screens have been installed at face-to-face advice and retail areas, as well as reception.
  • Our Advice service are running sessions online.
  • A thorough COVID-19 cleaning regime has been implemented on a 24 hour a day schedule.
  • The RUSU building and The Study have been electrostatic wrapped with high level, broad spectrum disinfectant cleaner. This stays on all treated surfaces for up to 30 days and will be repeated on a monthly basis. RUSU have committed to undertake this highly effective precaution against COVID19 for your safety.
  • Cleaning stations for personnel have been placed at key points in the building.
  • Risk assessments have been completed and actioned to promote the safety of staff, students, and all users of the building.

We ask you to please respect your fellow students and adhere to advice provided by RUSU. We encourage enjoyment of our spaces in a safe and responsible manner. We appreciate your co-operation. If you have any concerns about the safety measures implemented, please contact us at enquiries@rusu.co.uk, or send us a message via our social channels.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, RUSU has agreed with the University to pause certain projects to enable the University to direct resources to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the student experience.

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This is your last update about coronavirus from the 19/20 Full Time Officer team. This does not mean that the work stops there and the new Officer team have received a full handover which will enable them to continue speaking up for students and lobbying the University to increase the support available to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

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Our Housing Advisors have answered your questions and concerns about housing during the pandemic.

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To ensure more support is provided to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, RUSU have sent a letter to the following Government constituents requesting that they speak up for the thousands of students they represent

Read the full article and download the letter template

Here is a quick-fire update of what the Officers have done since the last round up to represent you.

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RUSU has considered the University’s response to our two open letters which raised student concerns. The Full time officer team and Charlotte, the Disabled Students Officer have worked together to respond to the letter. We have come up with practical steps we recommend the University should take, and that RUSU will take, to support students in order to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19.

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Here is your third round up from RUSU which focusses on what we have been doing in relation to COVID-19.

We have very recently received the University response to our open letters and to our Disabled Part Time Officers report. We will use the next few days to review this information and decide next steps.

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To reflect your feedback, we have written a second open letter to the University Executive Board, to ask them to reconsider the existing measures in place.

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Here is your next round up of what RUSU has been doing to make sure your voice is heard. We want to thank anyone for sharing their constructive feedback with us, it is really helpful so please keep it coming

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To ensure you are kept in the loop with how RUSU is representing your voice, here is an update into what we have raised with the University. We are meeting with the Major Incident Team at the University on a regular basis so will aim to update you at least once a week on what we have been doing.

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The five Full-time Officers sent an open letter to the university and explain their next steps.

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Your five Full-time Officers explain what they will be doing going forward after the student call for action over summer exams.

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RUSU have been working closely with the University to ensure a fair and supportive outcome for all students during the exams.

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In light of the current situation, the RUSU Events team are working hard to find a way to give you all the end of academic year events that you deserve. All event activity and gatherings on campus have been cancelled until the end of June 2020. This has come after dialogue with the University of Reading and is in line with other Universities across the UK.

We are exploring new and exciting options to make up for the delay to Grad Ball and Summer Ball, formerly due to take place in May and June respectively. We will keep you all updated with our plans in the coming months and promise to deliver alternative celebrations when it is safe to do so.

RUSU is continuing to work with the University to support students and staff throughout this difficult time. See below updates from RUSU departments:

Events & Venues

All cancelled event tickets are in the process of being refunded and #PLUR4 has been postponed. The events team are in the process of developing some ‘online events’, including a virtual quiz night and acoustic night.

Student Activities

The student activities team are working out how to deliver committee training online—relevant students will be contacted about this directly. We have set up a new community Facebook group for all students and staff to join; it is a space to share ideas and tips, for clubs and societies to post any updates, and for everyone to come together and support each other during this uncertain time.

Advice

The advice team are continuing to offer support for students with academic, housing or money issues. If you feel you need support, in the first instance contact them through the online form. Although they are not able to offer face to face advice, Advisors will be happy to provide support by email, phone or skype during usual office hours (10:00-17:00, Monday-Friday).

Representation

The representation team are still contactable digitally 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday. Officers will be campaigning to ensure students are supported with their wellbeing, have access to their studies and are assessed fairly throughout this time. Although the Teaching and Learning showcase has been postponed, we will still be sending out emails to Excellence Award nominees and winners to let them know they have been nominated or won, so watch this space!

If you are a course rep or senior rep, keep an eye out for direct emails from the representation team regarding online activities and training. If you have any queries relating to representation, please email academicreps@rusu.co.uk and we will endeavour to get back to you asap.

The Study will close at 14:00 on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is RUSU’s number one priority, therefore we have taken a number of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in line with the University and government guidance.

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