University of Reading
Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, the University of Reading received its Royal Charter to become a university in 1926. The university is ranked in the top 1% of universities globally and enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Considered a 'red brick' university, Reading is a research-intensive institution with over 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities and nearly 4,000 members of staff.
Campus and Student Life
The main Whiteknights campus is set on 350 acres of award-winning parkland, which provides the backdrop to a unique mix of traditional and modern architecture. Contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars are centrally located on campus, and continuous investment means that students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and resources; as a result, the university is often ranked highly in terms of student satisfaction. There is also an expansive range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities in which students can participate. People often comment on the friendly and vibrant atmosphere at Reading and regard it as a place where it is easy to meet new people from around the world and to build friendships that last a lifetime
The Whiteknights campus is also just a short walk or bus ride from the centre of Reading. The town lies at the heart of the Thames Valley and has one of the fastest-growing economies in England. Located just 40 miles from London, Reading is also considered one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan towns in the south east of England. With a lively mix of culture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and professional sports teams, Reading offers a broad range of amenities to suit all tastes. Reading also boasts excellent transport links across the UK and to Heathrow and Gatwick Airport, and it is located close to some of the most scenic stretches of the Thames including the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs.
At the University of Reading, students enjoy the very best education, delivered by academics with a rare passion for their subject, supported by a range of outstanding resources and research.
The recent results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirm the University of Reading's place as a world-leading, research-intensive university; the university is ranked 19th in the UK by research intensity (a measure of quality adjusted by the proportion of researchers submitted) and 98% of the university’s research is considered internationally recognized.
The university has a strong reputation for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly in the areas of climate and environmental sciences, food security and health. The University also hosts the largest collection of Samuel Beckett materials in the world.
In addition, the University of Reading has been the recipient of the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize for teaching and research excellence on four different occasions in the departments of Meteorology, Graphic Communication and Typography, Archaeology and Education.
The University of Reading offers an outstanding experience for all of students – inspiring students academically and equipping everyone for their next step after graduation, whether it is work or further study. The university is committed to maintaining a supportive, challenging and high-quality experience for students. If you are considering joining us at Reading you can be sure of a very warm welcome.