Being one of the world’s leading universities, the 154 year-old institution is highly regarded for its academic excellence and commitment to continuous delivery of top-notch education. With a successful commitment to produce graduates who excel in their academic study and who are ready for the world of work, the University of Reading constantly attracts prospective employers from all over the world.
Students are rewarded with an outstanding learning environment, facilitated by faculty who are at the forefront of their specialty subjects and disciplines as teachers and researchers.
The University of Reading delivers courses with a practical and yet rigorously academic approach that is always in line with the latest trends and issues worldwide.
90% of graduates are successfully employed, continuing higher and executive education or volunteering within months of their graduation.
90% of the University of Reading’s research is rated to be of international standard.
90% of students who have studied at the University of Reading are satisfied with the quality, standards and exposure offered in their courses.
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Health and welfare
Our Health Centre provides comprehensive medical care for students under the National Health Service (NHS) and also provides a fully-equipped dental surgery. The Practice is a ten-minute walk from the centre of the main Whiteknights campus and has a dedicated staff of doctors, nurses and supporting ancillary staff, providing all aspects of a general practice. Additional facilities outside the NHS include the services of a consultant psychiatrist and a taxi service for students who feel too unwell to travel to the Health Centre.Study support
As a new student at Reading, you will be assigned a Supervisor, if you are a postgraduate research student, or a Personal Tutor, if you are a masters or undergraduate student. S/he will support you in your studies and help you with academic or personal problems.
Your Personal Tutor is one of the most important people you will meet during your studies at Reading. He or she will normally be a member of the academic staff of your Department and will help you to settle into Reading and make the most of your time here. Available to advise and support you throughout your studies, you will meet him/her within the first weeks of arriving at Reading and s/he will help you with any academic or personal difficulties that may affect your progress.
You may also turn to our academic advisers for support. These include Course Advisers and our Study Skills Advisers who provide open workshops on study methods as well as individual consultations, where appropriate. Our Study Adviser will also provide psychological testing for students with dyslexia or other learning problems. For new international students we provide cross-cultural support of all kinds through our Adviser to International Students.English Language classes before you start your studies
If your English ability is not at the required standard (see English language requirements page) you may be asked to attend one of the Pre-sessional English courses. The course offers intensive preparation for academic study in English language and study skills and is about 20 hours per week. Courses start from April to September and vary in length depending on your ability. You will practise:
Students with disabilities, disabling conditions or specific learning difficulties
The University of Reading welcomes applications from students with disabilities, and access to our courses is based on academic merit.
We are committed to ensuring that you will be able to take as full a part in the academic and social life on campus as reasonably possible, and have a dedicated Disability Office which acts as a link between students, academic staff, support services, Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Access Centres and expert advisers, as necessary. Please contact the Disability Office with queries relating to any disability, dyslexia, medical or mental health condition which significantly affects study.
University social life
An active social life is as much a part of university life as studying. Whether you play sport, enjoy a hobby, or want to get involved in the campus community, the University of Reading has plenty to offer. You will be spoilt for choice if your idea of fun is eating out, shopping, nightclubs, or film and theatre going. Events take place virtually every night on campus and the town is a short walk or ride away. There is something for everyone and you won't have to go far to find it.On campus
Our 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. There are also over 100 clubs and societies catering for diverse interests, plus a student-run newspaper and radio station.Off campus
Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the Thames Valley. The Oracle Centre features over 80 shops, 28 bars and restaurants and a 10-screen multiplex. Its lively waterside setting is ideal for relaxing, but there are many more meeting places close by. Other local amenities include the Concert Hall, outdoor theatre and the Madejski Stadium, home to Championship football and the London Irish rugby team.Music festivals
Host to the annual rock festival, Reading also has a vibrant live music scene. This takes in everything from classical to jazz and dance music. New venues attract thousands of weekend visitors, so the town is buzzing. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time.
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