The University was established in 1892 and originated as a University of Oxford extension college. Today, it is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and holds a world-class reputation for the quality of its teaching, research and links to business. Additionally, it has recently invested in a state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia.
Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Our unusually broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, 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.First-class resources support world-class teaching. Our ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities ensures our academic staff and students can achieve their full potential. We provide extensive resources from libraries and computing to language labs and wireless networking.
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.
We organise an extensive programme of career development workshops and on campus recruitment events providing something for everyone.
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.
Our main campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you’ll find plenty of places to relax during the day. The site has received seven consecutive Green Flag awards, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces.
The London Road campus has recently undergone a £30 million transformation. This historic site, one of the University’s original campuses, is home to the Institute of Education. It also features the Great Hall, which is used for concerts and graduation ceremonies, and a bar/café that serves hot and cold food.
Home to one of Europe’s top business schools, our stunning Greenlands campus is situated on the banks of the River Thames near Henley. It features a fully equipped fitness centre, business facilities, a conference centre, accommodation and dining room. Greenlands is used by the University's Henley Business School as the base for its MBA and corporate learning.
The University Library and its staff can support your studies, providing you with access to information - online, multimedia or printed - and the skills to make the most of it.
IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.
The University of Reading enjoys international recognition for its expertise in many health and biomedical areas that are making essential contributions to our healthcare-related degree courses. We have a well-established network of clinical partners hosted on campus and regionally, including the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, and together we have established the Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit to help deliver impactful clinical outcomes from our scientific discoveries.
The popular and award-winning Students' Union organises a generous calendar of events including live bands, DJs and comedy nights. As well as bars, eating places, a games area and shops, it boasts a state-of-the-art nightclub, '3Sixty'. This is ranked as one of the top UK university entertainment venues.
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 Union 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.