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University of Reading

2015 League Table Ranking 37
2015 Overall Score 750
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Entry Standards 375 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.53 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,132 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 399 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 68.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 72.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 47.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is in the top 1% worldwide. We offer an outstanding experience for all of our students – inspiring students academically and equipping everyone for their next step after graduation, whether it be work or further study.
  • We're a tight, bustling community where our students can make a big impact. We have high expectations of everyone, and help them reach their full potential.
  • We offer over 200 flexible courses, teaching of the highest calibre, and a multitude of opportunities, from studying abroad to learning languages to undertaking work placements.
  • People often comment on the friendly and vibrant atmosphere here at Reading. It’s a place to meet new people from around the world and to build friendships that last a lifetime. 
  • There is a huge range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities to get involved with, alongside a busy social calendar organised by Reading University Students’ Union. From the beautiful campus the town centre is only a short walk away, and London is just half an hour by train. The possibilities are limitless.


  • The University of Reading's origins lie in the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870.
  • It received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars.
  • In 1947 it purchased the beautiful Whiteknights campus, the former estate of the Marquess of Blandford.
  • In 2008, the University merged with Henley Management College to create the Henley Business School.

Location and Transport

  • Reading lies at the heart of the Thames Valley in south east England, and has the fastest-growing economy in England.
  • The main Whiteknights campus is set in 160 hectares of meadowland and parkland and won the Green Flag Award in 2011 as the highest-rated University campus in the scheme’s national People’s Choice Awards.
  • The town centre is well within walking distance of the University’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses – or take one of the buses from the Whiteknights campus which run every seven minutes.
  • From the recently expanded mainline rail station in the town centre it is only 30 minutes to central London, and trains run throughout the UK.
  • The M4 motorway, which connects London with South Wales, is on the edge of town. International airports Heathrow and Gatwick are also in easy reach.

Entry Standards

Student Mix

The 13,595 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Our degree programmes are designed to give you more choice in what you study and how you study it.
  • We offer more than 200 courses, in arts, humanities, business, social science and science. 
  • The modular structure of our courses means you can specialise in the areas that interest you most, while still developing core subject knowledge. 
  • Many joint degrees are available, so if you are interested in two related subjects, why not see if you can combine them?
  • http://www.reading.ac.uk/study/ug-courseatoz.aspx

Teaching Standards

  • At the University of Reading, you’ll enjoy the very best education, delivered by academics with a rare passion for their subject, backed by a range of outstanding resources.
  • Our focus on cutting-edge research – covering subjects from climate change to heart disease – not only has a direct impact on the wider world, but also impacts on your learning. If our academics make a discovery one day, you’ll hear about it in the lecture theatre the next day.

Research Standards

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, over 87% of the University’s research was rated as of international standing. Areas of particular research strength recognised by the 2008 RAE include meteorology and climate change, typography and graphic design, archaeology, italian, philosophy, food biosciences, construction management, real estate and planning as well as law.
  • In 2012/13, the university was awarded over £50 million in external research grant income.

Academic Strengths

  • The University has won the Queen's Anniversary Prize four times: In 1998 for work on early modern staging; 2006 for exceptional contribution to meteorology; 2009 in recognition of the excellence of the University's Department of Archaeology, which, uniquely within the study of archaeology, combines ground-breaking research, enterprise and teaching; and 2011 for the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication. 
  • Reading is the first institution to win a Queen's Anniversary Prize focused on typographic research.
  • The University's Department of Meteorology was awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by HM The Queen in 2013. Reading is one of just 12 institutions to receive a Regius Professorship which marks HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This is a rare privilege, as prior to this, only two had been created in the past century. The award is a fitting recognition as the University's Department of Meteorology is recognised as one of the outstanding departments of its kind in the world.

Student Facilities

The University’s academics are approachable, friendly and passionate about helping you reach your full potential and a range of additional services are on offer to support students in their studies:                                     

  • Personal Tutor – When you first arrive at the University of Reading, you’ll be allocated a member of academic staff from your department as your Personal Tutor. Able to offer one-to-one support and advice throughout your time with us, your Personal Tutor is here to help with your studies or with any other issues you might have.                                                              
  • Study Advisers – Need one-to-one help with specific study skills? Turn to the network of Study Advisers, based in the library in the centre of campus. They run workshops on issues including essay-writing and presentation skills, as well as offering online self-help guides and one-to-one sessions tailored exactly to your needs.
  • Librarians for your course – All courses have a dedicated subject liaison librarian to help you find your way around and get the materials you need, fast. There are written subject guides for every academic area too.                                                                                               
  • Maths support – Many courses draw on maths skills that you might not have used since school. If you’re feeling rusty, there is a dedicated Mathematics Support Centre, where you can get specialist help with numeracy and a range of maths topics, one-to-one or via email.

The library has recently undergone a huge refurbishment. It is open 24 hours a day during term time, and gives students access to:

  • More than 1 million books.
  • Over 29,000 e-journals.
  • A fully equipped IT suite.
  • Group discussion spaces.
  • Quiet and silent areas.

Disability Services

  • The University has a disability office which provides a wide variety of services for students with additional needs. If you have any queries then please contact the team: telephone +44 (0) 118 378 8921 / disability@reading.ac.uk

Students' Union

  • Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is run by students, for students, and provides facilities, entertainment and opportunities to help you make the most of your time at university.
  • The Students’ Union champions your voice, ensuring all students are represented and leading campaigns on the things that are important to you.
  • RUSU runs over 100 societies and 50 sports clubs, as well as offering hundreds of inspiring volunteering projects and a student run newspaper, radio station and online TV channel.
  • It is also home to Café Mondial, Mojo’s Bar and our award-winning nightclub 3sixty, bookshop, oriental food store, hairdresser, letting agent and mail and binding services.


Sports facilities include:

  • The University SportsPark, which includes a state-of-the-art fitness studio, specialist exercise studios, squash courts and a large multi-purpose sports hall.
  • Football, rugby, lacrosse, hockey and cricket pitches.
  • Tennis and netball courts.
  • SoccerPark – our purpose-built floodlit pitches, equipped with the latest third-generation surface.
  • A synthetic turf pitch for football and hockey.
  • Bulmershe Pavilion (opening in 2014) with modern changing facilities for five football pitches.
  • A world-class boathouse facility on the River Thames, a 15-minute bike ride from campus. The boathouse includes a rowers’ fitness gym, with professional coaching led by our Director of Rowing.

Sports Scholarship Programme and Sports Academy offer free access to facilities and provide financial assistance for training and competitions.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Bridges hall accommodation development will be completed for 2014-15, following Mackinder and Stenton opening in 2010, and Childs hall in 2012.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is a dedicated job shop for Reading students which advertises part-time vacancies.
  • The University's location in the prosperous south east region means that there are many part-time jobs on offer.

Notable Alumni

  • Cornelia Parker – sculptor and installation artist, Turner prize nominee.
  • Michael Rosen – broadcaster and Children's Laureate.
  • Linda Bennett OBE – founder of LK Bennett, Veuve Cliquot Business woman of the year 2005.
  • Sir John Collins – Chairman Dixons plc.
  • Professor Peter Crane – former Director of Royal Botanic gardens, Kew.
  • Nicky Kinnaird – MBE, founder of Space NK cosmetics.
  • Dr Christie Peacock – animal scientist and Chief Executive, FARM Africa.
  • Professor Li Shirong – President, Chartered Institute of Building, China.
  • John Simpson – Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Belay Ejigu Begashaw – Earth Institute of Columbia University and former Minster of Agriculture for Ethiopia.

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For further information

  • + 44 (0)118 987 5123
  • University of Reading
    PO Box 217
    RG6 6AH
UCAS Code R12

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