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).
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 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*).
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.
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.
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.
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.
IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the banks of the River Thames, the original home of Henley Business School and still used today, primarily for executive education
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
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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