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#endweek5blues: Introduce a Reading Week

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We call on the university to introduce a reading week in Michaelmas and Lent term by adding a week in between what are currently weeks four and five. In this reading week there should be no set work, lectures or supervisions; the workload of the Cambridge tripos should remain the same.

We believe a reading week to be beneficial to many students and the university as a whole. It will give students time to sleep, relax and catch up on work or prepare for the work to come. This will not only improve student welfare by reducing the intensity of stress and pressure; it will also improve the quality of their work, since students who are underslept and overworked cannot perform to the best of their abilities. Supervisors might also benefit from such a break.

Furthermore, a reading week will improve the welfare of students with both mental and physical health problems and disabilities by giving them a time in which to rest, recover and care for themselves; time which is often lacking in the high-pressure environment that is Cambridge. It will contribute towards making the university a better, healthier and more accessible place of learning.

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