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University of Reading

The University of Reading is a global university that has a world-class reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. Formed in 1892 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1926 the University of Reading has become a major force in British and international higher education.

Main Campus:

Whiteknights, London Road, Greenlands

Student Population:

 Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Economic and Social Sciences, Henley Business School Life Sciences, Life Sciences, Science


Why Choose?
The University of Reading is a global university that has a world-class reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. Formed in 1892 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1926 the University of Reading has become a major force in British and international higher education.


Teaching Quality
The University of Reading delivers a world-class student experience and research-led teaching.

  • The University has its own dedicated Centre for the Development of Teaching and Learning to keep its delivery of teaching at the cutting edge. It also helps staff practice new techniques and technologies to apply to their classes.
  • The University’s Institute of Education was named as one of the leading institutions in the UK to train primary school teachers (TES Guide).
  • Henley Business School is one of the largest full-service business schools in Europe ranked number one for the quality of its students.
  • Reading supports its high-quality teaching with first-class resources. These include the University library which contains over a million volumes and advanced computing and communications facilities.
  • Reading is ranked as 164th best university in the world by the 2011 Times Higher Education World Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of universities globally.
  • The University was ranked 24th in the UK by the Times Good University Guide 2013 and 25th overall by the Guardian University Guide 2012.
  • The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked the subject areas of Agriculture and Food as 1st in the UK. Similarly Teacher Training was ranked as 3rd, Earth and Marine Sciences 3rd, Art and Design 3rd, Town and Country Planning 11th, Archaeology 5th.


Research Quality
Reading’s research is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and is committed to enhancing the University’s position as a leading research-intensive university.

  • The University’s multidisciplinary research strengths fall into three main spheres which most affect society. These encompass Health, Food and Environment and Sustainability.
  • Reading also continues to have a world-class reputation in more traditional areas such as Philosophy, Archaeology, Typography and Graphic Design, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Modern Languages and Law.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 87% of the University’s research was deemed to be of international standing.
  • The work of over 600 research staff at Reading (88% of the eligible staff) was assessed, highlighting the sheer breadth of the University’s research.
  • Reading is in the top 20 UK higher education institutions for securing grants for research.
  • The University is one of a select group of research-intensive universities that make up the 1994 Group of high-quality academic institutions.
  • One third of research income comes from industry.
  • The University’s commitment to academic excellence has led it to make a £50 million investment in 50 new academic posts, which will ensure that Reading continues to build on its reputation for research.


The University is recognised as being one of the world’s best and attracts students from all around the world.

  • The University accepted its first international student in the early 1900s from Kenya. Now there are 3,000 international students from 125 countries at the University.
  • The International Study and Language Centre at Reading offers English, pre-sessional and foundation courses. The International Foundation Programme is an intensive one year courses for international students seeking to progress onto a Reading degree course but do not yet have the correct qualifications.
  • Reading plans to open a campus in Malaysia in 2014.
  • The University has formal links with over 200 organisations and institutions in over 45 different countries across the world.


Student Satisfaction
The University of Reading is committed to ensuring its students are satisfied with their university experience and regularly ranks in the top quartile of UK universities in the National Student Surveys.

  • In the 2010 National Student Survey, 88% of students at Reading were satisfied with the quality of their course, compared to sector average of 83%.
  • Similarly 86% were satisfied with their teaching, 78% with their academic support and 81% with the guidance they received with their personal development.
  • The results of the International Student Barometer Autumn 2011 show that 91% of international students were satisfied/very satisfied with their overall experience in the first six weeks of term.


Employable Graduates
Graduates from the University of Reading are highly sought after by employers with many additionally going onto further study.

  • Out of the estimated 8,000 higher education institutions world-wide, Reading was ranked as the 146th best university to recruit graduates from by employers (THE-QS World Rankings 2009).
  • In 2011 70% of Reading graduates were either in full-time employment or further study.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses
The University of Reading offers an unusually broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

  • As well as the more standard subjects, Reading also offers courses and research in the specialist areas of agriculture, construction management, horticulture, cybernetics, meteorology, real estate and typography, where there are few other national providers.
  • The University regularly updates its programmes as new ideas emerge and industry needs change.


Campus Facilities

Situated in the Royal County of Berkshire, Reading and its surrounds offer students a wonderfully diverse and vibrant place to live with easy access to London and the stunning southern counties of England. Reading is a leading shopping destination and a hub for successful international companies at the heart of the Thames Valley. The town is home to many IT firms and has been known as the Silicone Valley of Europe. Indeed Reading is home of 13 of the world’s top 30 global brands such as Vodafone and Microsoft.
The town, which has a population of 235,000, has a proud history of welcoming people from across the globe and the town is home to the largest Bajan population outside of Barbados and has lively Asian and East European communities.
For those who like to shop, Reading town centre, which is only a short distance from the campus, has two shopping centres and is one of the few places where four of the UK’s biggest department stores (John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and House of Fraser) can all be found. Aside from the high street names, Reading is also home to many independent and quirky shops and arcades. The town also boasts a strong sporting heritage. Reading Football Club has just recently been promoted to the Premier League and London Irish, who play in the English rugby premier league, also call Reading home. For those who enjoy culture, Reading has much to offer. Every year the town plays host to the famous Reading Festival, the second largest music festival in the UK after Glastonbury. There are several theatres and concert halls to be found in the town
Pushing further afield, London with all its attractions is just 25 minutes away by train and Reading itself sits within the beautiful Thames Valley. The Chiltern hills and Hampshire hills are just a short distance away and can easily be explored. Nearby there are picturesque towns such as Henley which is home to famous annual Royal Regatta and Windsor Castle, which is one of the Queen’s residences, is just a few miles away.

There are numerous bus services that run to the different areas of the University’s campuses. Reading is a mainline train station and easily accessible from elsewhere in the UK, as well as a large number of routes running to and from London. Reading is close to both London Heathrow and Gatwick which offer international flights. There are bus services from Heathrow and rail services from Gatwick.
To the main Whiteknights campus it is a 40 minute walk from Reading Station. The Whiteknights campus is 1.5 miles from the M4 and is best accessed from Junction 11 of the M4.

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