We’ve had a number of exciting new awards and initiatives over the past few months, including a Guardian University Award and a new student bedroom energy competition. Our Green Impact teams have also been hard at work, ready for their workbook submissions. Read all about it in the latest edition of the Green RAU Newsletter.
MMR vaccination call following recent measles cases in university students
Public Health England and Universities UK are asking students to check that they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine in the past, following an increase in confirmed cases of measles over the past few weeks.
Cases have mainly been confirmed in unimmunised adolescents and young adults, some of which are known to be university students in the South. Many of these cases have been admitted to hospital.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It’s now uncommon in the UK because of the effective MMR vaccination programme. Although it may be a mild illness in children, measles can be more severe in adults. Those who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease.
It’s never too late to have the vaccine. Students who have not received two doses of the vaccine in the past – or who are unsure – should speak to their GP. There’s no harm in receiving an additional dose if there is any uncertainty.
Students are also asked to remain alert to measles, which can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature or a red-brown blotchy rash. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention, but phone ahead before visiting GP surgeries so arrangements can be made to prevent others from being infected. Those who have been in close contact with someone who has measles should also see their GP, if they have not been fully vaccinated (had two doses of the MMR vaccine) or haven’t had the infection before – particularly those who are immunosuppressed, pregnant or infants.
Two doses of MMR vaccine are routinely provided as part of the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme in England. Uptake is now high with more than 90% of children receiving 1 dose of the vaccine by 2 years of age, but uptake of the vaccine was lower at the time the majority of current university students were offered the vaccine as children.
The British countryside needs talented people with new ideas and the know-how to keep the UK farming industry moving forward. And that’s why The Prince’s Countryside Fund has teamed up with Land Rover to offer five young people the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year to support their rural career.
Entrants must be aged between 21 and 35 years old and pursuing a career in farming or a related profession
Entrants can apply for professional or community use
All entrants must have more than two years’ driving experience, a UK driving licence and no more than six penalty points
All applicants must live in the UK
If you know a young, inspiring person pursuing a rural career, we want to hear from them!
Thank you so much for your support and if you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Hannah Barnley (Hannah.Barnley@bitc.org.uk / 020 7566 8749).
New café opens on campus
Mike Simmons has teamed up with Jo Carrier to open a brand new café on campus in the Food Centre.
Re-Fresh will be opening its doors bright and early on Monday morning (18 April), serving up a sumptuous selection of great quality fresh food at fantastic prices. They’ll be using local suppliers to create a truly refreshing menu.
It’s service with a smile from 8am until 5pm, every week day. They’re also keen to establish a ‘café culture’ in the evenings, once the new academic year starts – so watch this space!
Mike and Jo said: “We’re very excited about this new venture, and look forward to welcoming students and staff to Re-Fresh from Monday onwards. Come along and get your fresh food with plenty of banter!”
Two brand new RFID self-issue kiosks are now available in the library, so you can issue/renew/return books by yourself and take control of your library transactions.
The introduction of RFID technology is part of our ongoing commitment to supporting student needs. Some of the main benefits are:
It offers a faster and more efficient way of borrowing and returning books.
It means less queuing at the library desk
It allows library staff to focus on answering your queries and providing an even better quality service at the library help desk.
You will need to bring your ID card with you to the library to use the new machines. For a brief period, we will be able to issue books at the desk if you do not have your card, but soon we will cease doing that as a matter of course. From that point on, which we will announce in advance, it will be a matter of ‘no card – no borrowing of books’.
Coming soon will be the additional facility to pay your fines online.
The library would like to thank you for your patience during the installation period.
We hope you enjoy and benefit from this new self-issue system.
RAU named sustainability champion
The Royal University was thrilled to be announced the winner in the sustainability category at the prestigious The Guardian University Award 2016 on Wednesday (16 March).
The Sustainability Project award recognised ‘an outstanding initiative that creates and champions a more sustainable living and working environment in the university and beyond’.
Our award entry showcased how the University implemented its Environmental Action Plan to drive a holistic series of interventions; installing innovative technologies, improving biodiversity on campus and in the community, incentivising behaviour change, and reviewing supply chains. It also demonstrated how sustainability is embedded throughout the curriculum.
The University was also runner up in the Entrepreneurship category.
Success for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship programmes as all its programmes have now been fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, CMI which is the professional body for managers and leaders. The first group of undergraduates received dual qualifications in July 2015. With the full accreditation complete this will mean that from 2016 onwards all students will be graduating with ‘Dual Qualifications’ i.e. a BSc (Hons) and a Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership for undergraduates and an MSc or MBA and a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership for postgraduates.
In addition, first degree graduates will become eligible immediately for Associate membership - ACMI, and our masters level graduates will be eligible for member status – MCMI.
This dual qualification combing an academic degree with a professional Diploma signals to all employers that our graduates are qualified and skilled for management positions.
This development will place all our graduates at an advantage in their careers and future development.
This is a significant development with exceptional benefits available to all SBE students during your studies and for your employability. The CMI portal ManagementDirect will provide some of the most recent surveys, business reports and all the main journal articles to assist students taking all core and elective modules.
Mentoring support from industry leaders for you career development, professional assistance with CV writing, external speakers who are making the agenda and
special CMI awards to our outstanding students are some of the benefits coming out of this important partnership.
All full time staff of the SBE are now registered members with professional status and this partnership will also play a part in their professional development.
The School has adopted the CMI’s code of conduct and practice as it moves ahead of its competitors by having its degrees accredited at the Diploma level which very few have.
For details please visit the CMI site on Student One Stop Shop