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University of Reading

4.2 out of 5 (35 ratings / 27 reviews) Reading, England, United Kingdom
The University of Reading is an integral part of the town and makes a valuable contribution to the local area.  Positive engagement with the local community is important to us and we offer a wide range of events and activities open to all. 

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (66)
Social Sciences (45)
Business & Management (41)

About

History

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. 

Education

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

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.

Career

We organise an extensive programme of career development workshops and on campus recruitment events providing something for everyone.

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GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
201
2019
201
2018
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
205 -10
2019
195 -7
2018
188
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
301 -100
2018
201
2017
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
311 -12
2019
299 2
2018
301
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

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.

Housing services

We have a range of rooms available for full or part-year bookings.

  • For Whiteknights Campus -  Halls accommodation
  • For London Road Campus  - Accommodation at Kendrick Hall 

Library services

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.

ICT services

IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.

  • On-line forms provide a quick way to apply for services.
  • Training in the use of common software is available from IT.
  • Open access PC and Unix workstation facilities are available on-campus.
  • The software list is a quick way to locate software on central computing facilities.
  • The University also provides options for storing files.

Medical services

If you are resident in an EEA/non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) member state and are visiting or studying in England you can access free NHS treatment that is medically necessary during your stay by showing a valid EHIC. This allows the UK to recover the cost of your care from your country of residence. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Whiteknights Campus

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.

  • London Road Campus

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.

  • Greenlands Campus

It features a fully equipped fitness centre, business facilities, a conference centre, accommodation and dining room. 

Sports facilities

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

Student clubs

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.

Student Reviews

The world of many colours
Gaolatlhe Boima rated 5 out of 5 stars

I learning experience was quite taxing,since I did it by distance mode and working on full time basis.Nevertheless I managed even though it took me so many years to complete my Bachelor Degree. One thing that I really enjoyed about my studies is that all the material needed for my studies and tutorials were provided, there was also emotional support when things were hard...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The first few weeks are fairly daunting and freshers was actually quite boring for me. But within a couple of weeks I settled in well to lectures - staff are helpful when approached and the overall experience at uni is very enjoyable. Only downside is that the library is always full making revision difficult.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University of Reading is a highly reputed university and is well ranked. Forming a part of 1% of the universities worldwide which are triple accredited, makes it the first preference for anyone who desires to pursue their Masters degree or Undergraduate degree in any course. I particularly chose Entrepreneurship- a course offered by very few universities. I wanted to...

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