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University of Reading

University of Reading

Top reasons to study here

  • A world leader in many fields that strives to support students and partner organisations through cutting edge teaching and research.
  • A diverse and inclusive community based around an awarding winning campus that offers the ideal environment in which to live and study.
  • Every year a large number of students contribute to the local community by volunteering in local schools, organisations and charities.

History

We trace our origins back to 1892 as an extension college of the University of Oxford. Reading received its royal charter in 1926 and will shortly celebrate a century of university status.  We are  ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and QS World University Rankings 2024). 

Education

Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Our wide-ranging portfolio of degree programmes covers the Arts & Humanities, Business & Management, Sciences and Social Sciences. We regularly update our programmes as new ideas emerge and industry needs change and are involved with four national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. World-class teaching and ongoing investment in high-quality facilities ensures our academic staff and students can achieve their full potential. We provide 24 hours library facilities, computing and language labs and extensive student support.

Research

Research at the University of Reading aims to solve some of the biggest problems facing people today, based on five themes: environment, food, health, heritage and creativity and prosperity and resilience. Working across continents and disciplines, our researchers explore ways to tackle climate change, improve human health, provide food security and understand human culture. In the 2021 Research Assessment Framework (REF) 40% of our research was classified as world-leading (4*) and 46% internationally excellent (3*).

Career

We organise an extensive programme of career development workshops and on campus recruitment events throughout the year. Many of our degrees offer work placement opportunities.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
172 -3
2024
169 60
2023
229
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
201 -3
2023
198
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
301
2022
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
-
2024
-
2023
333
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

The University has a range of academic services to help you excel. From Study Advice and Maths Support to Peer Assisted Learning and Liaison Librarians.

There are a number of services available to all students, to provide help and support with any aspect of academic life. They can be accessed by one-on-one appointments, at regular drop-ins or via email and telephone.

Housing services

We have a range of rooms available to suit different budgets, with both on-campus and off-campus accommodation and self-catered and catered options.

Library services

The University Library is the focal point of the campus - a 24 hour resource that has recently undergone a £ multi-million refurbishment.  A comprehensive selection of online, multimedia and printed publications are offered, with spaces for both private and group study and a vibrant coffee bar in the atrium.

ICT services

IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.

  • A portal provides a quick way to utiliise services or request assistance.
  • Training in the use of common software is available.
  • Open access PC and Unix workstation facilities are available on-campus.
  • Free highspeed internet access is available across the campus 

Medical services

The University Medical Practice provides access to general practitioner services. There is also a Dental Surgery.  Both are available to staff and students.  For emergency care and treatments requiring in or out-patient hospital appointments, the Royal Berkshire Hospital is situated less than a mile from the campus.

Campus life

  • Whiteknights Campus

Our main campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, where you’ll find plenty of places to relax during the day. The site has received 13 consecutive Green Flag awards, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces.

  • London Road Campus

The original home of the University has undergone a £30 million transformation. This historic site is home to the Institute of Education and Architecture Department. It features the Great Hall, which is used for concerts and graduation ceremonies, and a bar/café that serves hot and cold food.

  • Greenlands Campus

Located on the banks of the River Thames, the original home of Henley Business School and still used today, primarily for executive education

Sports facilities

As a student you will have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, both indoors and outdoors. On campus you will find courts, pitches and playing fields for a wide range of sports, as well as a fully-equipped sports centre with gym

Student clubs

The Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is home to a wide range of societies and clubs, all of which are run voluntarily by students. There are currently over 150 societies and sports clubs, which all students are welcome to join.

A number degrees ranging from Architecture and the Built Environment through to Pharmacy and Psychology are accrediated by professional bodies.

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