Setting up a telephone conference using Skype for Business

All staff can download and install Skype for Business, but did you know, you can also use Skype to set up a telephone conference, even if your contacts aren't on Skype? Here's how: In your Outlook Calendar, select "New Skype Meeting" from the Home tab (if you can't see this button, this article may help, or contact the IT Helpdesk).   This automatically creates a Conference ID that is unique to your conference call, detailed in the meeting invite:                 It's as simple as that! For more tips on how to use Skype for Business, check out the University's handy user guides.    ...
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Renewables come of age at University

We’re proud to consider ourselves a leader in cutting our carbon footprint, and have always taken an ‘efficiency first’ approach to reducing energy wastage in priority to investing in renewable energy, ensuring that we achieve maximum carbon reductions with the funds available.  Renewable energy technologies have never been far from our minds, but with a few exceptions, have seen a series of setbacks and disappointments.  That situation is now changing and by this summer, we expect to have installed over 300 kW of renewables in just 12 months. Early success Back in 2007, we installed one of the first commercial-scale ground source heat pumps in Reading, providing low carbon heating to the new Carrington building.  This was complimented 4 years later by the addition of solar PV panels on Carrington’s roof, which generate enough electricity each year to run the heat pumps.  Unfortunately that was 1 of only 2 PV systems we managed to install before the first of the Government’s dramatic...
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Are we focusing on the right environmental issues?

Opinion: Dan Fernbank, Energy & Sustainability Manager Paper cups, plastic bottles, plastic straws - it seems everyone's talking about them.  High profile coverage from the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'War on Waste!' and David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet 2' have done wonders to highlight their environmental impacts, and to encourage practical environmental action on a large scale. But are these really today's big environmental issues? The University has set ambitious targets for continual environmental improvement throughout its operations, aiming by 2021 to cut its carbon emissions by 45%, water consumption by 35%, boost recycling to 60% and continuously improve sustainable travel options to and on our campuses.  Is there a risk that the current focus on single-use plastics/packaging, while worthy, may divert attention and resources away from our much larger goals, or should this be welcomed as an encouraging sign of mass interest in environmental issues? One of the challenges we often face as environmental professionals is how to engage people with our ambitious targets...
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Green Gown shortlisting for smashing our 35% carbon target!

Our achievements in meeting our 35% carbon reduction target have been recognised with a shortlisting in the Carbon Reduction category of the EAUC's Green Gown Awards, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Since 2011, we have reduced our annual carbon emissions from 44,000 tCO2 to just over 28,500 tCO2, making us the leader amongst research-intensive universities for delivering sustained reductions in our emissions.*  Our wide-ranging programme has delivered over £17 million of financial savings for the University, whilst delivering more efficiency buildings, improving building comfort and upgrading science laboratory facilities. Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, said “We are delighted to be nominated for a Green Gown Award again this year, in recognition of our significant achievements in reducing the carbon emissions from our operations. This further reinforces the commitment of the University to sustainability as well as our ability to deliver all that we have promised.” Watch our short video highlighting our...
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University leads the way in reducing carbon emissions

The University of Reading has been ranked as one of the best universities in the country for reducing its environmental impacts.  In Brite Green’s lastest University Carbon Reduction Report, the University ranks: 5th for overall carbon emissions reductions 2nd for annual carbon reductions 2nd greatest reduction in carbon emissions per £ income We are proud of our achievements in reducing our carbon footprint; being the best research-intensive university in the country for delivering absolute reductions.  Brite Green’s report underlines our success as a sector leader, and we are particularly pleased to have made the 2nd best annual reductions (from 2014/15 – 2015/16) of any university in England. We are committed to continuing this progress, and plan to invest a further £6.2 million in meeting our next carbon and water reduction targets by July 2021.  Our new Carbon & Water Management Plan Summary provides a quick overview of what we’ve got planned in the coming years.         Footnote: The University’s own carbon reporting includes a...
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